StarDuchess 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 11-05-08, id: 1733962
Author has written 51 stories | Legend of Zelda, Voltron, Harry Potter, Gate of Darkness, Circle of Light, Vampire Game, X-Files, Misc. Plays/Musicals, and Final Fantasy I-VI.
β : StarDuchess is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I enjoy helping people fix their prose. I was an amateur editor while in college and I find myself editing in my head what I read all the time. I'm extremely detail-oriented and have excellent command of the English language. As a beta-reader, I will immediately change grammatical errors but will leave suggestive comments for sentence structure, word choice, chapter layout, tone, etc, for the author to deal with in re-writes. I try to have edits done within a reasonable time frame (depends on size and complexity) but I do have a day job and two small children at home. I expect authors to have an open and respectful mind about critical comments but do not expect to have all of them acted upon. I can be a sounding board for ideas if an author needs it and asks me.
My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I am very good at grammar, spelling and punctuation. I can give critical comments about sentence and paragraph structure, word choice and repetition, story fluidity and continuity.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I'm not good with acknowledging if persons are in or out of character. People's motivations are hard for me to grasp. I find tone and dialogue difficult to address and make recommendations. I'm also lacking in humor and whit, both in writing and in real life. I enjoy comedy, don't get me wrong, but I don't think I would do a very good job editing it.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
Just about any type of story: adventure, drama, romance. I'm pretty easy! My largest interests in fanfiction are Harry Potter, Gatchaman, Legend of Zelda and Voltron GoLion.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Poetry. I love to read it but I am overly sensitive about what I like and could never do an objective job of analysis.

In anything that I don't have an interest (see profile), it would be very difficult to find errors in characters or plot details that are canon based. Plus, I would not have the motivation to edit it on time.

I do not like childish stories about characters sitting around playing Truth or Dare or Interviews with Author/Fans/Game Show Hosts or other such nonsense.

Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Anime Basara
Anime Battle of the Planets
Book Book of Amber
Book Fairy Tales
Cartoon Gargoyles
Anime Gatchaman
Book Harry Potter
Game Legend of Zelda
Book Lord of the Rings
Book Miles Vorkosigan
Anime Vampire Game
Anime Vampire Hunter D
Cartoon Voltron
Tv X-Files
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for