|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
Well... I'm new at this, so I'm not sure exactly what goes here, since most of the things I can think of seem to be covered in the fields below. Uh, well, I guess the main thing I'll say here is basically what I just said: I'm new, so I don't exactly have a lot of experience doing this. That said, I have proof-read stuff for people before, just not fanfiction. My style... I guess I'm likely to focus more language points, particularly grammatical points, rather than characterisation or the like. That said, I won't neglect the latter; it's just I take the view that having a slightly different interpretation of a character from the canonical version is both inevitable and at the same time no bad thing. Of course, if I feel something is blatantly OOC, I'll of course point it out.br /
As for expectations... I'd prefer stories I beta-read to be of at least a certain length. Nothing too arduous, just, say, 1,000 words minimum, excluding any author's notes. That applies whether it's a single chapter or a one-shot, although frankly if it's the latter I'd expect it to be longer than 1,000 words. Still, that's my minimum; seeing as that's only about two pages on MS Word with a standard-size font, I don't think that's too much. I'd also rather not read anything that's entirely or mostly dialogue, unless there's a very good reason for that; description, people, description. That's about it for expectations, though; I feel it would be a bit against the point of a beta-reader if I asked for something like, say, a minimum standard of grammar and spelling. Of course, if you do come to me with atrocious language, don't expect me to do anything less than point out every little mistake and correct it...
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I'm often called a Grammar Nazi, and that seems my most obvious strength. Language in general fascinates me, and I like to think I know the English language very well indeed. Be warned that I will pick you up on whatever obscure grammatical error or point of vocabulary I can find; hey, that's why you get a beta-reader, right? Also, despite what I said in my bio, I'm also told I tend to have a fairly good understanding of characters, so if you want me to help you out on characterisation, getting it closer to the canonical versions of the characters, I can probably help, even if I think aiming for 100% accuracy is not only futile but also undesirable in the first place.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
Structure is probably my biggest weakness in writing (aside that is from lacking the motivation/inspiration to actually finish something I start...), so it would be rather strange if I were able to lecture other people proficiently on it. I don't think I'm terrible, but if you think your story has structural issues, you might be better off finding a different beta-reader. I can also be a bit verbose myself, so if that's your problem, I'm unlikely to be able to help much on that count.
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
Something with a bit of romance in. I'm a bit of a sap at heart, all told, and in all honesty I come here mainly to read fluffy ship-fics. Naturally, then, that's what I'd rather beta-read, not that anything else isn't okay. Except, that is, for...
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Crack fics. Not that there's anything wrong with them - I've certainly been known to chuckle at a few - but it just seems entirely pointless to beta-read them. I mean, you can check your own grammar and spelling, right? And no one's going to care too much if it's not exactly Tolkien.br /
Also, I tend to dislike exceptionally dark fics written for series that are originally light in tone. There are exceptions to this, but to be honest, if you're the sort of writer who can pull this off, you probably don't need me beta-reading for you. So yeah, I'd rather not those.