Eris R. Lebeau 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 09-10-08, id: 1689825
Author has written 13 stories | Farscape, and X-Men: Evolution.
β : Eris R. Lebeau is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I'm horrible at catching typos, so if you're worried about whether you said "word" when you meant "world" I am sooo not your beta.

I will, however, be happy to give you some tips on how you can improve your story so it makes sense, reads well, and engages the reader. I'll also be glad to point out some grammar issues when I see them cropping up multiple times. If you occasionally leave out a comma, I will almost surely fail to notice. On the other hand, if I can see that you consistently send a comma to do a semicolon's job, I'll point it out.

I really do want to help, so if you ask me to read for you, please tell me what your goals are, as well as your age and skill level. If you are wanting a very polished piece for a contest (or something like that), then I suspect you'll want to be held to a higher standard than someone who is wanting to make a casual piece a little more readable.

Please let me know how much revision you are planning to do. If you are wanting to make a few minor corrections and post quickly, then I won't bother thinking of ways you could restructure your plot, change the POV, etc. I'll just look for quick cosmetic changes you can make. On the other hand, if you're thinking of doing a major re-write, then it doesn't make sense for me to make suggestions on things like deleting an adjective or fixing a run-on sentence. Your work will be very different by the time you get to the cosmetic corrections stage, and that sentence might not even be there.

Also tell me the goal of your story- are you trying to write an exciting action story, a heart-felt drama, or a free-spirited piece of humor? Do you have a moral/religious/political point you're trying to make? Is there something specific you're wanting to convey about a particular character or relationship? When I understand exactly what it is you hope to accomplish, I can read with that in mind and make comments that are helpful.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
Wordcraft, characterization, plotting, mechanics, vocabulary.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
Typos. Minute details. I am not a detail-oriented person. This applies with regard to small mistakes like homonym errors, as well as canon issues. I can tell you whether or not I think you're accurately portraying a character's personality, a show's setting, or the type of plot appropriate to the fandom. However, I'm probably not going to catch little nuances like who had what haircut in which episode.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
Fandoms I'd like to read are: Roswell, Firefly, Harry Potter, Supernatural, Final Fantasy, Farscape, X-Men (all kinds). The list will grow as I think of more to add and become familiar with more fandoms. The list is in no way complete, so feel free to ask about other categories.

I'll consider reading something in a fandom I don't follow, but only if it's a story that you want "anyone" to be able to read, understand, and enjoy without having to know anything about the canon. In fact, I'd be happy to tell you whether or not you succeeded at that goal.

Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I'm pretty open minded. I recognize that writers have different goals, and I'll respect yours as long as you tell me what they are. If you're going for sweet-and-fluffy, I'm not going to tell you to add some edge. If you want to write slapstick comedy, I won't rag on you for being silly. The purpose of a beta reader is to help you achieve your goals, not to define them for you.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Tv Farscape
Tv Firefly
Book Harry Potter
Tv Roswell
Tv Supernatural
Comic X-Men
Cartoon X-Men: Evolution
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for
General
Romance
Humor
Drama
Adventure
Mystery
Horror
Parody
Angst
Supernatural
Suspense
Sci-Fi
Fantasy
Spiritual
Tragedy
Western
Crime
Family
Hurt/Comfort
Friendship