|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I have little experience with doing beta reading for fandom, but proofreading is very important in my line of work; hence I can confidently say that I am capable of helping you. English is one of the official languages in my country and also the prominent medium of instruction. I am more confident with writing in English for fiction (business writing too, if that counts), compared to my mother tongue.
I am very attentive to detail; I will not only focus on grammar, but your story as a whole. I will most definitely be frank if I see something amiss with your work, but I will make an effort to do this constructively, balancing the good with the ugly. I will not give any advice on anything that is central to your plot (i.e. should this character decide this or go for that) for I think this is beyond a beta reader’s responsibility. I will not recommend rewrites unless the error of the work in front of me cannot be saved by just mere edits.
If you will choose me as your beta reader, please give me at least a week to give you a good critique. I have an 8-hour job and other responsibilities to attend to; also I don’t like sending things that are half-baked. Inasmuch that I am attentive to detail, I am a perfectionist when it comes to my work. I'd like to give it my best.
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I'm not a fanfic writer; I consider writing and reading fanfiction as a hobby. I started with writing original fiction, then went on to features and news writing. I consider this a strength because my way of thinking as a writer is leaned towards this background. Whenever I have to write something (with the exception of blogs), I always consider it as serious business.
I can help you with the overall readability of your work. This includes grammar, sentence structure, punctuation and spelling. As mentioned above, I am a perfectionist. Expect me to eliminate phrases or even whole sentences, paragraphs the most extreme. I can also be of help with spotting plot errors, especially with series that I’m very familiar with.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I am a perfectionist. Hence, I may take time to beta read because I’d like my critique to satisfy my personal standards. Of course, this doesn’t mean I’ll impose those standards on you – I’m here to help you out and give my opinion.
I am brutally frank, and not apologetic about it. As much as possible, I try to give constructive criticism, but if my exasperation reaches a certain level, I will likely give you the bad with little or no liberating points at all. It could get ugly. Of course, this can be avoided (refer to Preferred).
Even if I pay attention to detail, expect that there may be times that I won't spot some mistakes. Nobody's perfect, but the pursuit of perfection is a shared responsibility of the writer and the beta reader.
If you will make me beta read something in Filipino, sorry, pero hindi ako ganoong kalalim sa Tagalog. Pero gusto ko rin subukan, at tingin ko ma-eenjoy ko din. =D
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I appreciate getting stories that have been read, re-read, and re-re-re-read (is there such a word?) by the author. In other words, you must have critiqued your work prior to sending it to me. It is futile to depend solely on your beta reader to perfect your craft. Plus it makes my work easier and in turn, yours.
I like stories that have sad endings (happy is good but I think well-written, compelling sad endings deserve more props). I love stories that don’t give all the details – those that encourage you to think. Genres that I am into are fantasy, science fiction, romance, magic realism/supernatural and humor, among others.
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Please don’t make me beta-read anything that’s got a lot of anime lingo, like “I sweatdrop” or stories that mix random Japanese words with a predominantly English story. I find this very distasteful and would rather not waste my time on such things.
I refuse to beta read for authors who reason out a lot and make too many excuses for mistakes - in other words, writers who refuse to keep an open mind. It defeats the purpose of getting a beta reader. Plus, that pisses me off.
I’d prefer not to get M-rated yaoi; yuri is a definite no regardless of rating.