|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I'm an avid reader who's ready and willing to help with anything and everything you need. I major in English at UC Davis, and I'm a hardcore GrammarNazi as well as a fanfiction and original fiction author. I love words. Usually, they love me. I prefer a holistic approach to beta reading - full discussions of plot, where the author wants the story to go, what the author considers canon, how the author wants the characters developed - but I've worked on a lot less. The more an author gives me to work with, the more I can help them. Length isn't a problem in regards to chapters or entire works, and there is no such thing as too much detail or discussion. Give me your brainchild plot bunnies. My domain consists mainly of Harry Potter, Supernatural, and Avatar: The Last Airbender fics, but I can and will do research if you'd like the help. I feel qualified to beta in all the areas listed below, and I'm willing to read other fics if they represent how you'd like to style yours.
As a warning, I can make you cry. I won't, unless that's what you repeatedly ask for. I can vary my thoroughness to fit your needs - anything from spellchecking to spamming your email when you aren't writing fast enough to ripping apart characterization and plot holes. Whatever helps, and whatever you feel best furthers your creations.
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I'm persistent. I have excellent grammar, diction, spelling, and syntax, and I really love getting into fics and working with authors - I like the process behind the story just as much as the story itself. I track plot and character development well, I have a strong background in psychology, especially the darker bits, and I like to explore the depth to which characters - and authors - can go. I've written quite a few original works myself, and I like making suggestions for plots, characters, and story events occasionally, if the other party is open to such things.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
Brit-picking is not my strength. I can tell when someone's failing to sound British - how to fix that is beyond me. I'm not very tolerant of fluff. I tend to ask "Why?" too much, and I expect major reactions and plot devices to have an explanation (ex: Why did Harry turn into a fairy-blood elf vampire suddenly, or Why is Edward dressed in girls' clothes and giggling, or Why is James Kirk four feet tall, female, named Jessica, and painting Uhura's toenails while Spock is illogically imagining her naked?). I employ logic, and I'm a serious person. Rainbows and butterflies and unicorns may be crushed on contact.
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I prefer to beta stories rated T or M. I can't handle the rainbows and butterflies and unicorns of K/K. I'm a dark, serious person who writes for exploration of the human mind and the greater world. The darker, angstier(?), or more tragic the fic, the better. I'm open to gore, character death, substance abuse, self harm, suicide, BDSM, smut, alternate realities, twisted minds - anything you can throw at me. And I won't discriminate against your fic on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or political affiliation (Is that everything? Yeah, I think that's everything.)
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I DON'T BETAREAD OC/OC. PERIOD. This is fanfiction, not a chance to shove original characters into a conveniently available plot. I beta on FictionPress too, and I'm perfectly willing to work with original characters over there. I can only take fics in English and I'd rather not do first-time English speakers if they're not fluent. There are many other betas who can help you more than I can.
I prefer to be civil in emails. Profanity or insults aimed at me during conversations about the fic will leave the other party beta-less. I do not flame stories, but I don't take insults lightly. I am here to help as a volunteer, and I respect authors. I expect the same respect in return.
Other than that, call me Grey. It'd be my pleasure to work with you.