Scarlie 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 12-14-09, id: 2178685
Author has written 1 story | North and South.
β : Scarlie is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I'm new to beta-reading of fanfic so I'm not sure what my style would be. However, I like helping where I can and believe in positive feedback and encouragement. I am good at rubbishing but I do not believe it helps one bit, so I don't do it. If I don't like something, I would say why and make a suggestion on how to improve it. I respect the author's point of view (after all, the story is his/hers); I may argue the plot if I find it generally out of character. Generally, when you send your request, specify what you want me to do (ie spelling, grammar, fluency, characterisation, etc.) and I'll stick to it.
My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I have edited corporate communications and written technical documents for many years, so fluency, precision and succinctness of expression is something I can help with. I can say the same thing with 25 words or 250 words, altho I believe that less is more. I can also help with redundant phrases ('due to the fact that' is one of my pet peeves) and heavy construction. I'm generally good at spotting time/character/logical inconsistencies. I can cope with British and American spelling, and (to a slightly lesser degree) phraseology, mostly because it is time-bound.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
English is not my mother tongue, and this is perceived sometimes as a weakness. However, it is my main language, and has been for a very long time. I'm also a stickler for words and can spend hours poring over thesaures and dictionaries looking for the right one. And PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE use the spell-check and do your best to clean up errors before you send your story to me.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
- As long as I have read/seen the original book/movie/TV series, I will review. If I haven't, I could review for spelling/grammar/fluency, but obviously not for plot/character issues. I will review unfinished stories as well. - I have no issues with cross-overs as long as they are credible (ie still with relation to original characters), but I am open to incredible ones if well-written and original (in other words, try me).
- I will review stories in English from authors who are not native speakers.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
- I am not too hot and bothered about pornography, torture or horror; altho if you believe it is well-written, and essential to the story, by all means send it to me and I'll give it a try (but I reserve the right not to finish them).
Beta Preferences
Language: English & Bulgarian
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Tv Blackadder
Book Emma
Book North and South
Book Northanger Abbey
Misc Parodies and Spoofs
Book Persuasion
Book Pride and Prejudice
Book Sense and Sensibility
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for