Shorina 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 10-02-09, id: 2102491
Author has written 15 stories | Midsomer Murders, Lewis, Black Sheep Squadron/Baa Baa Black Sheep, Without a Trace, Inspector Morse, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, and Nanny.
β : Shorina is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I've been reading fanfics for years and I read a lot in general.

With shows/books/movies I know well (i.e. those I'm offering my services for here LOL), I can do general beta services, i.e. check for characterization and story flow, point out inconsistencies etc.

If you write a story in German, I can also do grammar and spelling beta.

Or, if you write for a fandom set in Germany, I can check if your story fits with life here, our culture, the way we Germans act/think. I've done that for Yuletide, too.

I will not alter your text (you're the author, not me) but put in remarks for odd phrasing or give you general feedback on where I think your story might be lacking something or what I think is really good.

I don't want to rip your story apart! You wrote it because you want to tell this story, I respect that. And as a beta I see it as my job to offer constructive criticism to help you make it better where it might be lacking something.

I try to get beta-jobs done quickly, but I work full-time and I have my own hobbies. So depending on the length of your text, give me a few days. I want to do a good job for you and not have to rush through it. If it's just one chapter or something up to 2000 words I should usually be able to do it within a day, longest two if life is busy. Of course throwing stuff at me over the weekend is helpful as I have more time to tend to it then and you can expect it back sooner than throughout the week.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I'm quite good with story flow, spotting inconsistencies or loose ends, stuff that doesn't make sense. I tend to notice small details that can easily be overlooked.

With fandoms I know well I also feel good about characterization.

As a native German speaker I can easily do spelling/grammar for German stories.

My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I'm no native English speaker so if you need a spelling/grammar beta for that, I'm not the best choice. My online dictionary is my own best friend when writing.

Punctuation... let's not go there.

I'm not the best person to ask if you need help with rating your story.

Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I love plotty stories, they make for interesting reading, even as a beta. Other favs of mine are stories of friendship, team spirit, family bonds...

I enjoy crime fandoms as well as comedy (for the type, f.e. think of the wit of Discworld). I also enjoy a couple of SciFi fandoms, too.

Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I'm not one for songfics, character-deaths or smutty het. I don't mind non-explicit het, but no sex-scenes please.

Also, don't throw texts with lacking punctuation or capitalization at me. If you can't bother to use a full stop or comma, don't expect me to bother with making sense of your text.

Beta Preferences
Language: English & German
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Book Alex Delaware series
Tv Black Sheep Squadron/Baa Baa Black Sheep
Book Discworld
Tv Falcon Crest
Tv Horatio Hornblower
Tv Inspector Morse
Tv Lewis
Tv Midsomer Murders
Misc Radio Dramas
Tv Wire in the Blood
Tv Without a Trace
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for