Made For Trapping 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 04-17-09, id: 1904807
Author has written 4 stories | Merlin.
β : Made For Trapping is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
Hi all!

Who am I as a beta-reader?
I am a graduate from University, so I have a high regard and sense for punctuality and grammar and spelling. So if there is anything that you give me that doesn't flow right because of a lack of grammar or too much of it, then I shall spot it and do something about it :-) . I love reading, and I feel as though this gives me an edge to be a good beta-reader, purely because I'm constantly exposed to different themes, settings and writing styles, so that I can be an asset to the writer.

What is my betareading style?
I tend to read aloud conversations that people have in stories, so that I can actually hear if it sounds right. If it doesn't sound right, then I change it so that it sounds better. I also tend to look for descriptions, as when there isn't any verbal communication going on in the story, the reader has to rely heavily on the description to tie everything together. I also have a pretty fast turn-around for stories that I read and ones that I write, in that I will read the chapter once and make corrections, leave it for a day, and then go back over it. Depending on the things I have going on in my life, it will normally take me between 3-6 days for a chapter to get back to the writer. Lastly, I have a brutally honest sense of honesty, so if I don't like how a sentence is written, I will probably change it. It's not because I'm nitpicking at all the little things - it's because I want the best for your story.

My Expectations:
Firstly, my main expectation is politeness! If you don't agree with what I've edited in the chapter or story section that you sent me, please don't send me an angry hate email! Just politely tell me that you don't agree with that change, and we can work on it together :-) . I can guarantee a really happy and lively reception from myself, as if we like each other, it could become a regular thing of me being a beta for your work.

Secondly, a plot overview of your story would be nice to see as well. This is so that when you approach me, I can see where you want the story to go, and I have a much more informed choice about whether to be your beta or not. Plus, as I go through the story with you, it would be a much better way for me to make sure that your story is staying on course.

Thirdly, I would expect us just to have fun. You must obviously love the shows that you are writing for, and I obviously like being a beta because I've put myself out there. If we don't have a fun, working relationship together, it'll get really boring really quickly, and I don't want that to happen. So as long as we both put in 110% effort, I'm sure we'll be a brilliant partnership.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I would say that I excel at the following:

(1) Descriptions - I love betareading and writing descriptions for stories, as like I said earlier, it is these sections that readers rely on when there isn't any conversation going on. So I'll make sure that your descriptions flow nicely and interlock with each other, so that the reader reads a nice fluid story rather than being left wondering why they've suddenly jumped a whole scene in your story.

(2) Big words - I often feel like I'm a human thesaurus with all the different words that can be used to liven up stories, and what sets one writer apart from another is indeed the words that they use. Sure, sometimes simple words are best, but sometimes, the 'bigger' words are better at portraying what you exactly want to say. So if I can use a bigger word that makes the paragraph read more smoothly, then I shall use it!

(3) Spelling, punctuation and grammar - I've had to write essays all through my degree course, and so my spelling, punctuation and grammar have improved drastically since the beginning. I am not, however, absolutely perfect!

(4) London based stories - I am an absolute must have if you have your stories being set in the brilliant city that is London, UK. I live here, so I can offer great advice over different aspects of the city, so that the result is a really believable story in a brilliant setting.

My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I would say that I have a weakness in Slash sex scenes. Unfortunately, although I love reading about them in stories, I can not write them to save my life. So if there's anatomy that shouldn't be in a certain place in that part of the sex scene, I would have no clue. So in that sense, please please please, have another beta who specialises in slash scenes look over it for you. HOWEVER, this doesn't stop me from checking it for spelling, punctuation and grammar!
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I like pretty much all sorts of stories, although I do like a good story which uses lyrics or poetry to help explain that particular chapter. So as far as I know, everything is accepted with arms wide open!
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
To be honest, I haven't read anything yet that's made me think 'Never Again'. However, if your story does make me think this, then I'll let you know!
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Tv A-Team
Tv Angel
Tv Buffy: The Vampire Slayer
Tv Dark Angel
Tv Diagnosis Murder
Tv Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Tv Numb3rs
Tv Primeval
Tv Supernatural
Movie Tremors
Tv Will and Grace
Tv Xena: Warrior Princess
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for