Baroness Emma 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 12-27-08, id: 1783097
Author has written 47 stories | Scarlet Pimpernel, LXG, Misc. Movies, Beauty and the Beast, Star Wars, Ironman, Sherlock Holmes, Star Trek: 2009, Daredevil, Hunger Games, Misc. Tv Shows, and Outlander.
β : Baroness Emma is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I am a stay-at-home sort of person who happens to have a huge adoration for books. Mmmm, books. Yummy. Good books tell stories in the best way ever invented, I think. It is excessively rare for me to like a movie version of a story better than the book version, but if you tell me you are working from a movieverse I will keep that rigorously in mind.

Good stories are what it's all about. If it's entertaining, then it can be a completely serious drama, and I will still love it. If it's good comedy, then what's not to love? Fiction is meant to be fun, is it not? If a story drags incessantly, or if it gets excessively depressing, I probably will not want to continue with it

I have had a little formal training in the art of writing - not much, but enough for me to care about style, context, over-arching story plans, and general tone. I generally know what I'm doing, and I usually expect other people to know what they are doing too.

If I have no clue what your fandom is about, I will not comment. I only will give opinion on what I am qualified to give opinion on. I might still HAVE an opinion, and may give it to you if you specifically ask me for it, but I try to keep my emotions out of most of these sorts of opinions, and I will NEVER try to deliberately offend someone. If I can't handle a story, I won't flame it, I'll just say "sorry, not my thing" and move on.

I think research is important, even if you are making fun of something. I know my fandoms, and expect others to know theirs as well.

Good storytelling is a gift. Fanfic is a tool for the betterment of the craft. Enjoy it, but do not abuse it.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
Research, characterization, and overall story planning. If I know the characters and world you are writing in, I will comment on the whole of your story, not just chapter by chapter. I rely heavily on how a story "feels" when I pass judgment on said story, so I look for consistency, purpose, patterns and personality. I can tell when a character leaps off the page and takes the tale into a world of its own, and I will encourage a balance between action, dialogue, and descriptions.

If you are trying to write something in a "canon" manner, and I understand your canon, I WILL keep you to it. "Scene Crafting" is an art, and it is difficult. If I recommend rewriting a whole chapter, it is not because I think it is bad, but because I think it is worth keeping and making better.

Poetry is perhaps the hardest thing in the world to critique, but if the muse descends upon you, I will brave it out, and try to figure your rhythms and rhymes and reasons.

I can get nit-picky (is that a strength?) But as I said, I don't try to offend, and if something I say comes across the wrong way, tell me, and I will apologize. At the end of the day, we're all here to have fun, so let's make it fun!

My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
Grammar. I can usually intuit when grammar is wrong, but I can't give you all the rules and regs of how to make it right. An online dictionary is my spellchecker, because I have a horrid time with spelling. I will look up every word I don't know, though, and may question the use of a word in context.

Comprehension. I'm slightly and annoyingly dyslexic. This means I do not always catch small errors, hence my tendency for nit-pickiness. *Hah-HA! I found the missing comma! Be proud of me!* But, really, if there are small errors like "to" instead of "too" or "form" instead of "from", I may not pick up on it, or it will take several read-throughs for me to notice.

Time. If it's very long, I may not have time to be as in depth as I want. If it is meant to be updated, and you do not update within a month or two, I may need to read a lot of it over again to give helpful feedback, and this may make my review less in-depth.

Communication. I work much better if there is a good stream of communication between me and whomever I am working with. Please do not ask me to work in a vacuum. Talk to me.

Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
Stories that respect their source material or at least skillfully make fun of it. Adventure, drama, mystery, romance, sci-fi, poetry, whatever, I like a story that knows where it's coming from, and at least knows where it wants to go.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Slash/non canon ships/RPF. I sometimes find an OC story or two that I wouldn't mind reading over, and a genderflipped AU can be interesting, but most of the time, slash, most non-canon ships, and all RPF, do not appeal to me.

Horror. Gruesome death, graphic torture, or any other majorly gross things. If your story has a happy ending, I am capable of enduring a lot of bad things happening, but if the bad things happening is the point of the story, then no thanks.

Gratuitous language. Occasional various "!&#$%" that stay in character are OK, but please, keep it non-R-rated. If the TV would *bleep* your story, then it probably isn't for me. If your character swears a lot, could you rein him in sometimes for me? I promise it will not ruin the story if you do.

Sex. Descriptions of gender specific body parts or in depth mentions of sex of any kind that go beyond - "the married couple kissed and then the screen faded to black" - are not for me. Sexual tension is fine if played for plot or humor, but I think tastefulness is a beautiful thing. Romance is fine, but keep it PG-13, and I will be very happy. Nothing graphic please. People in love do what people in love do, yes, we know this, but I like stories that get into such people's heads, not their pants.

Alcohol and Drugs. I would prefer not to read about people who are addicted to anything, but I understand if alcohol or drugs are part of the plot. Just keep it "canon" (if that applies), and please don't glorify the drunken state. However, incidental and in-character usage of legal substances is not a

Spiritual, Tragedy, Western and perhaps Supernatural are other specific genres that I do not think I am inclined to beta.

Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » T
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Book A Wrinkle in Time Trilogy
Book Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Book Alice in Wonderland
Tv All Creatures Great and Small
Tv Andy Griffith Show
Book Anne of Green Gables series
Movie Avengers
Book Canterbury Tales
Book Chronicles of Narnia
Tv Diagnosis Murder
Book Emily of New Moon series
Book Hercule Poirot series
Book Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Book Hobbit
Comic Ironman
Book Jane Eyre
Book Little Women
Book Lord of the Rings
Tv M*A*S*H
Tv MacGyver
Misc Misc. Books
Book Miss Marple Stories
Tv Monk
Tv Nanny
Tv Perry Mason
Tv Rosemary & Thyme
Book Scarlet Pimpernel
Book Secret Garden
Book Sherlock Holmes
Movie Star Trek: 2009
Movie Star Wars
Tv StarTrek: The Next Generation
Book To Kill a Mockingbird
Tv Wishbone
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for
General
Romance
Humor
Drama
Poetry
Adventure
Mystery
Parody
Angst
Suspense
Sci-Fi
Fantasy
Crime
Family
Hurt/Comfort
Friendship