|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I have revised many school papers and short stories. I'm critical, which is what you want in a beta-reader. Someone to be honest and upfront with you and your work. I won't sugar coat things, but I will help you with your story in a constructive and meaningful way.
What I would ask for anyone requiring my services is to check their work thoroughly before sending it to me. I would like writers to look over their work more than just once or twice, but let it sit for a day or so. A week to a month (or more) would be better. I am also not going to beta-stories that have text speak, and I want stories to be spell checked before they come to me.
I will give you my personal email address so you can send me the document so I can suggest changes. In the end, it is up to the writer for final approval. I'm more of an overarching beta reader, but if there are grammar problems I will point them out too.
Depending on my workload it might take me awhile to get back to you and the length of the piece. I would say give me a week at least for short pieces (1000 words). For longer pieces, we'll work on a chapter by chapter basis.
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I am the go-to person for the big picture problems: plotting, details, characterization, pace, themes, setting, and style. I'm pretty good with dialogue too. I'm also helpful with show versus tell, and to help writers balance this often quoted piece of workshop advice. You need both in stories you write, but sometimes it's better to have one over the other.
I want writers to have a good idea with what they are doing before they send their story to me. In other words, do not send me a first draft! Send me a draft you have revised a few times. This way we can improve your story together, and you'll get more out of me as a beta if I can focus on your story and not minor things.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I'm not a grammar Nazi, so I might not catch every mistake. I'm better at the overall picture. It's not to say I can't catch egregious errors (than/then, its/it's, their/they're/there, your/you're, etc.), run-on sentences, fragments, comma splicing, and awkward phrasing because I can. It's just not my forte. So please check your own work, and if I need to I will pull out style manuals to remind myself as well.
When it comes to Star Wars my Yoda syntax needs work, so if you have a Yoda-centric story I suggest another beta reader instead.
I'm not good with action scenes or space/sky dogfights. I don't have a background in martial arts, so I'm pretty bad at describing those kind of scenes. I'm not highly technical when it comes to very advanced Star Wars terminology, but will pull up Wookiepedia if I need to. I am pretty good with most things related to Star Wars, but some things are not my strong point. This will be on a case by case basis.
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
What I would like is for authors to send me what their story is about, who's in it (which characters and are there OC's), the issues they have with it, and what exactly they want help with. I don't want to do straight editing because it's not fun, and it's also not what I want to spend my time doing.
On that note:
Canon pairings only please! (No OC centric stories and falling in love with a main character!)
OC's depend. So many times I see OC characters that are pretty much wish fulfillment characters. I am always wary of taking on a story with them. However, I have seen OC stories that are really well done. Let's put it this way if you can try to develop your OC to be a three-dimensional character and think he or she isn't a Mary-Sue/Gary-Stu then I will be willing to take the story on. First though, take a Mary-Sue/Gary-Stu Litmus test for your character. Make them multi-dimensional. If the story does turn out to have a MS character then I will work with you to change that.
I prefer the fandoms that I have marked, and the genres as well.
Also, I want stories that are going to follow the fandom in a way that is interesting and intriguing. Fanfiction is all about the what ifs? I know I have a long way to go as a writer, but I expect authors to have a certain amount of dedication in their work. Please make it worth my time. I want stories that have SOUL in them because that's what writers should value in their work. Don't write generic stories hoping for reviews, write something you're proud of and that makes a statement. This might be fanfiction, but you shouldn't sacrifice artistic integrity.
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Slash, but if the canon paring is slash then I'm okay with it. I just prefer not to read it, but there are stories out there that have interested me. Let's put it this way, I'll take slash stories case by case.
Crack fics...I don't need to explain if you have read my preferred statement. A crack fic is defined as a story that is supposed to be written with a lot of humor, but it goes way beyond a parody in ridiculousness. I don't do crack fics because I don't like reading them. No exceptions.
Dark characters that aren't supposed to be dark from Star Wars (but will relent if you think it has a good concept like a Dark Obi-Wan story).
Lots of steam! I don't mind a really well done romance (and sex scenes), but sex shouldn't be everything. Character development trumps lemons in my opinion.
If there is rape in a story used as a plot device, I will automatically turn down the story. Rape is a sensitive issue, and unless it's dealt with in an adult, and sincere, manner there's no use in me betaing your story. Many people have suffered from rape and I don't want to beta a story that trivializes it.
I also don't like betaing sex scenes. I don't mind a few scenes, but if its constant you might want to find someone else.