| Scarlie 's Beta Reader Profile
Author has written 1 story | North and South.
β : Scarlie is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
|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).
|Language: English & Bulgarian
|Content Rating: Fiction K » M
|Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
|Book North and South|
Book Northanger Abbey
|Misc Parodies and Spoofs|
|Book Pride and Prejudice|
Book Sense and Sensibility
|Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for