14Phantom 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 11-24-09, id: 2156457
Author has written 4 stories | Hakuōki/薄桜鬼, and Lord of the Rings.
β : 14Phantom is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I'm not particular picky about what I betaread (that's a lie) as long as there's decent contact between me and who I betaread for. I will not betaread for you if you just walk off and expect me to fix your grammar and spelling. That's not how I work.

I like to help people grow as writers. If you have trouble with characterization (whether with OCs or not), I can help you improve. If you have trouble with plotting your story out, I can help you improve. Hey, if you have trouble with vocabulary, I just happen to be walking-talking thesaurus.

I'm not perfect though. I don't have any fancy degrees or whatever, just my own brain and critical eyes. Don't feel down if I find more mistakes than you expected and offer too many changes in presentation. Heck, if you think I'm wrong or being annoying, go ahead and tell me off.

All the same, I won't go easy on you when I see mistakes; I'll tell you and I will expect you to take note of them. If I keep seeing them I won't be a happy betareader. My goal is to help you learn.

No one, and I mean no one, is always going to be right. That goes for both you and me. If I'm wrong, I will admit it and apologize if necessary. I hope you'll do the same.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I'm good at finding spelling errors and grammar mistakes though I won't claim to be invincible in this area.

My true strength is my sense of visual appeal. When I say visual appeal, I'm talking about the flow from sentence to sentence through the reader's eye. I can take a messy paragraph and order each sentence and punctuation mark just slightly differently to improve the flow without ruining the original thought.

I'm good at plots and I'll beg that you have your plot well thought out before requesting me as your betareader. In school, plot has been drilled through my head. You need to know everything from the introduction to the conclusion, otherwise it becomes difficult for me to help you organize your work.

Also, I have no trouble helping you with characterization. It might actually be my specialty*. If your characters happen to be a bit typical or shallow it's probably going to be the first thing I let you know. When I design my own characters I even list quotes from them so I can compare the way they speak against other characters, ensuring they never sound the same. This might seem a bit extreme, but knowing your character's favorite foods is just as important as knowing their physical features. I'll help you make your cast seem more real and work on each individual's personality quirks.

I'll be the first to let you know if one of your characters is OOC as well. If you're writing about say . . . Inuyasha, and he apologizes sincerely without struggling to do so I WILL bug you about it.

*I'm Canadian so I usually spell it speciality, but I'm trying to convert to American English right now. Let me know which you prefer if you request me.

My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
If my weakness happened to be grammar and spelling I wouldn't be a beta. Of course that's important and some of you are probably wondering what else matters, but sadly I do have several undesirable flaws that can be worse than poor punctuation.

The first would be tenses. I absolutely stink at tenses, and in my defence they hardly matter. It's okay to change tenses slightly, sneakily, as long as it doesn't interrupt the flow of the overal writing. That's my opinion though.

The second would be paragraphing. I know paragraphs change when the topic changes, but I'm horrible at detecting topic changes in general. This is probably my fault for trying to blend everything together smoothly for the "flow" I discuss so often. I hate really big paragraphs though so if anything I'll probably make you break up your paragraphs.

The third would be that I'm comma happy. I use commas at least three times more often than periods and if not for the semicolon, I'd probably be in trouble. I've also noticed I went easy on the commas while writing this, which makes me kind of happy, though I'm itching to add commas in at least ten places.

Fourth would be my use of the apostrophe, I even just added "the" to avoid making apostrophe plural. Just now, I wasn't sure if using an apostrophe at the end of apostrophe would be appropriate. Insert head explosion here. Don't worry too much about my use of the apostrophe though. While betareading your work I'll definitely have my handy grammar book glued to my side, as well as a realiable dictionary and thesaurus.

Since it'll be your writing I'm editing I'll be on extra high alert; which probably means I'll be a bit irritable at times.

Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I like after stories the most but I don't mind some AUs. I don't mind interventions in the original storyline either.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I'm not fond of randomly killing off essential characters.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » T
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Anime Bleach
Anime Hakuōki/薄桜鬼
Anime Inuyasha
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for