LanieSullivan 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 08-03-09, id: 2034312
Author has written 109 stories | Gilmore Girls, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, and Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.
β : LanieSullivan is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
My primary focus is characterization. I love reading as well as writing fanfiction, but it bugs me to no end when I read fics where characters are acting unlike themselves with no viable explanation as to why they're not themselves.

I can get over spelling and grammatical errors. I studied English in college so those things are easily fixed, but major flaws in characterization are what really throw a reader off so that's my main focus when beta-reading.

One final note; if you are looking for someone to tell you simply what a great job you've done, then I'm not the beta for you as I read each work thoroughly line by line, word by word, multiple times and provide critical analysis. If you cannot accept constructive criticism, then don't waste my time. Find another beta, or just post your rough draft as it is and let the chips fall where they may.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
As mentioned in my bio, I was an English major in college so spotting grammar and spelling errors comes easily to me. I have been writing the chraacters of SMK since 1995 before this site existed so I know them well.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I'm not tolerant of poor plot development or bad characterization. I've read fics from authors that have great plot ideas that start out in one direction and then take off in a completely different one, leaving the reader going 'huh?" wondering what happened to the original plot point. Not that I think that everything has to be tied up in a neat little bow at the end of a story, sometimes there are things better left to the imagination, but others do require a solid conclusion.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I generally prefer family, romance, or friendship type stories, but will beta others as long as I'm familiar with the characters.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I'm not interested in anything containing graphic violence. I write for Scarecrow and Mrs King so some violence is permissible to me given the content of that category, just not interested in horror movie-like gore.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Tv Gilmore Girls
Tv Scarecrow and Mrs. King
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for
General
Romance
Humor
Drama
Angst
Family
Hurt/Comfort
Friendship