ShinyTogeticFTW 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 04-27-10, id: 2343778
Author has written 36 stories | Bible, Pokémon, Doctor Who, Aladdin, NCIS, Harry Potter, Dragonlance, Legend of Zelda, Supernatural, Disney, Rise of the Guardians, Once Upon a Time, and Divergent Trilogy.
β : ShinyTogeticFTW is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
If you need someone who is extremely thorough (to the point of being nitpicky) about spelling and grammar, feel free to ask me to beta for you! I have been very good with words since I was very young - as far back as first grade I remember proofreading/peerediting my then-10-year-old sister's essays, etc. I frequently have to correct my sister's spelling and grammar even now, but at this point she's usually not far off.

However, because of my meticulousness, I may get disheartened if there are too many mistakes in a single beta job, so I will work best with smaller chunks; if a single chapter is more than a few hundred words, don't send me much more than 1,000 words at once or I might struggle to get through it. That's not to say I won't do lengthy fics, but long-term betawork may be subject to abandonment - even if I don't DOTFOTE (Drop Off The Face Of The Earth) in the middle of it - if you send too long a portion for me to do at one time. (Besides, the less you send me, the more you will have gotten back should I DOTFOTE partway through a chapter.)

Alternatively, if you're not looking for a betareader per se but need someone to bounce ideas off of, I'd be glad to help with that, or even if you're just having trouble coming up with titles for something; I've got a friend who always asks me "this fic is about blah-blah, what would be a good name for that?" or "such-and-such happens in this chapter, what should I call it?"

Also, please be aware of the difference between a "beta" and an "alpha"; Beta is the second letter of the Greek alphabet, so a beta is the second person to look over something whereas Alpha, being that it's the first letter of the Greek alphabet, means that an alpha is the first person to look over something. As far as I'm concerned, everyone should be their own alpha, but I don't care whether you do it yourself or not as long as it has been "alpha"d by someone before you send it to me for "beta"ing.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I am especially good with:

proper spelling (that's self-explanatory),

grammar (word meanings as well as punctuation),

word usage (tenses and conjugation of verbs, difference of equivalent pronouns in the subject vs the predicate of a sentence, commonly confused words),

and recognizing incorrect homophones and heterographs (reek vs. wreak, lead vs. led),

as well as how sentences flow - including but not limited to trimming unsightly run-on sentences in any of three ways: 1) removing unnecessary filler words, 2) dividing them with semicolons, or 3) separating one into two (or more) sentences.

Additionally, I can merge multiple short, choppy sentences into one clear statement with relative ease.

My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I suppose my weakness would have to be style... I know everyone writes in different ways, but certain quirks I have when I'm looking over my own writing may mean nothing to someone else when I'm looking at their work. For example, I personally don't like having to use most single words - or even different but similar-sounding words - more than once in a single paragraph, let alone the same sentence (or even on the same page in some cases). I'm not sure if this tendency would be bothersome for some people, but if it is then that would be my weak point.

The other thing is my tendency to DOTFOTE sometimes. If you ask me to beta and I take a long time to get back to you, feel free to ask someone else - it won't hurt my feelings. If, when I return, I have something of yours that you asked me to beta, I might give it to you with corrections at that time; better late than never, right?

Finally, there's the topic of how good a writer you are in the first place. I understand that a betareader's job is to improve the quality of the author's work, but if your work is too sloppy then I will struggle to get through it at all. If you know that your spelling and grammar is atrocious but you still want my help, make sure that what you send me is not too long; the longer something is, the fewer errors I'm willing to put up with. If I have to make 20 corrections in less than one page, you better not have given me more than that one page or I might just send back the corrections for the first page and tell you to find someone else to beta the rest for you. Reason being that the rest of the fic will probably have more of the same errors. If I correct something for you, I will tell you what was wrong with it; after that, I don't want to have to keep fixing the same mistakes - you should learn the correct way to do it yourself. As far as I'm concerned, the longer I beta for one person, the fewer errors I should be having to change each time they send me something new.

Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I'm very sappy and a sucker for happy endings. Hurt/comfort is alright, but bear in mind I will likely cry.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Anything excessively gory or with a lot of death throughout. A little whump isn't too bad, just don't go overboard with it.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Movie 10 Things I Hate About You
Movie 101/102 Dalmatians
Movie A Bugs Life
Book A Christmas Carol
Movie A Cinderella Story
Movie A Little Princess
Movie Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl
Tv Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Movie Air Bud
Movie Akeelah and the Bee
Movie Aladdin
Movie Alice in Wonderland
Movie All Dogs go to Heaven
Movie An American Tail
Movie Anastasia
Misc Anime X-overs
Book Animorphs
Play Annie
Movie Annie
Tv Are You Afraid of the Dark
Movie Aristocats
Movie Avengers
Movie Back to the Future
Movie Balto
Movie Bambi
Movie Beauty and the Beast
Movie Bee Movie
Movie Beetlejuice
Tv Believe
Cartoon Berenstian Bears
Movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Tv Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction
Book Bible
Cartoon Blue's Clues
Misc Book X-overs
Movie Borrowers
Movie Brave, 2012
Movie Bridge to Terabithia
Tv Broadchurch
Movie Brother Bear
Tv Buffy: The Vampire Slayer
Comic Calvin & Hobbes
Game Candyland
Movie Captain America
Anime Card Captor Sakura
Movie Cars
Misc Cartoon X-overs
Movie Catch That Kid
Movie Cats & Dogs
Movie Cats Don't Dance
Book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Book Charlotte's Web
Movie Cheaper by the Dozen
Movie Chicken Run
Movie Christmas Shoes
Book Chronicles of Narnia
Movie Cinderella
Movie Clockstoppers
Movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Tv Clue
Game Clue
Book Coraline
Movie Corpse Bride
Movie Coyote Ugly
Movie Croods
Game Dance Dance Revolution
Cartoon Danny Phantom
Anime Death Note
Movie Definitely, Maybe
Movie Despicable Me
Anime Detective Conan/Case Closed
Tv Diagnosis Murder
Misc Digimon/Pokemon
Game Diner Dash
Cartoon Disney
Book Divergent Trilogy
Movie Doctor Dolittle
Tv Doctor Who
Game Double Dragon
Play Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Game Drawn to Life
Book Dresden Files
Tv Dresden Files
Game Drill Dozer
Tv Dukes of Hazzard
Movie Dumbo
Tv Early Edition
Movie Eight Below
Movie Elf
Movie Ella Enchanted
Movie Emperor's New Groove
Game Epic Mickey
Movie Evan Almighty
Movie Ever After
Tv Everybody Loves Raymond
Tv Fairly Legal
Book Fairy Tales
Movie Finding Nemo
Game Fire Emblem
Tv Firefly
Movie Flicka
Movie Fly Away Home
Movie Fox and the Hound
Movie Freaky Friday, 2003
Cartoon Frosty the Snowman
Movie Frozen
Anime Fushigi Yuugi
Movie G-Force
Movie Galaxy Quest
Misc Game X-overs
Comic Garfield
Game Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
Book Goosebumps
Movie Grease
Movie Great Mouse Detective
Game Guess Who?
Movie Halloweentown
Tv Hannah Montana
Movie Happy Feet
Game HarmoKnight
Movie Harriet the Spy
Book Harry Potter
Movie Hatching Pete
Movie Hercules
Movie Hocus Pocus
Movie Home Alone
Tv Home Improvement
Movie Homeward Bound
Movie Hoodwinked!
Movie Hook
Movie Hop
Tv House, M.D.
Movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Movie How to Train Your Dragon
Anime Howl's Moving Castle
Movie Hunchback of Notre Dame
Movie I, Robot
Movie Ice Age
Movie Inception
Movie Incredibles
Anime Inuyasha
Movie Iron Giant
Cartoon Jackie Chan Adventures
Tv Jackie Chan Adventures
Movie James and the Giant Peach
Movie Joseph: King of Dreams
Movie Jumanji
Movie Jungle Book
Movie Just Like Heaven
Movie Karate Kid
Anime Kiki's Delivery Service
Cartoon Kim Possible
Game Kirby
Tv Kyle XY
Movie Labyrinth
Movie Lady and the Tramp
Movie Land Before Time
Movie Last Mimzy
Book Left Behind
Game Legend of Zelda
Tv Leverage
Cartoon Lilo & Stitch
Movie Lilo & Stitch
Movie Lion King
Movie Little Mermaid
Game Lock's Quest
Movie Lone Ranger
Cartoon Looney Tunes
Game Lost In Blue
Game Luigi's Mansion
Game Mario
Book Marley & Me
Movie Mary Christmas
Movie Mary Poppins
Movie Matilda
Book Matilda
Movie Meet the Parents
Movie Meet the Robinsons
Movie Megamind
Movie Men In Black
Game Minesweeper
Movie Miracle on 34th Street
Misc Misc. Anime/Manga
Misc Misc. Books
Misc Misc. Cartoons
Misc Misc. Comics
Misc Misc. Games
Misc Misc. Movies
Misc Misc. Tv Shows
Movie Mom's Got a Date With a Vampire
Tv Monk
Movie Monster House
Movie Monster-in-Law
Movie Monsters Inc.
Misc Movie X-overs
Movie Mulan
Tv Murder She Wrote
Cartoon My Little Pony
Tv Nanny
Movie Nanny McPhee
Movie National Treasure
Anime Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Game Neopets
Tv Neverland
Movie Newsies
Movie Night at the Museum
Movie Nightmare Before Christmas
Movie Now You See Me
Movie Oliver & Company
Tv Once Upon a Time
Tv Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Anime Origin: Spirits of the Past
Movie Over the Hedge
Cartoon Ozzy & Drix
Game Pac-Man
Movie Pacifier
Movie Paperman
Movie Parent Trap
Misc Parodies and Spoofs
Movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop
Comic Peanuts
Movie Pebble and the Penguin
Book Peter Pan
Movie Peter Pan
Movie Pinocchio
Movie Pixar shorts
Movie Pocahontas
Game Pokémon
Movie Polar Express
Anime Ponyo/崖の上のポニョ
Tv Power Rangers
Cartoon Prep & Landing
Movie Pretty Woman
Movie Prince of Egypt
Movie Princess Bride
Movie Princess Diaries
Movie Princess Of Thieves
Movie Princess Protection Program
Anime Princess Tutu
Game Professor Layton
Tv Psych
Movie R.I.P.D.
Movie Ratatouille
Movie Repo! The Genetic Opera
Cartoon Rescuers
Game Rhythm Heaven
Movie Rio
Movie Rise of the Guardians
Movie Road to Eldorado
Book Robin Hood
Movie Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Cartoon Rugrats/All Grown Up!
Tv Sarah Jane Adventures
Cartoon Scooby Doo
Game Scribblenauts
Movie Secret of NIMH
Movie Serenity
Movie Shaggy Dog
Movie Shark Tale
Tv Sherlock
Movie Sherlock Holmes
Movie Short Circuit
Movie Shrek
Movie Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
Movie Sister Act
Movie Sky High
Movie Sleeping Beauty
Movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Game Solitaire
Movie Sorcerer's Apprentice, 2010
Movie Sound of Music
Movie Space Jam
Movie Spy Kids
Cartoon Static Shock
Movie Stuart Little
Tv Suits
Game Super Smash Brothers
Tv Supernatural
Anime Sword Art Online/ソードアート・オンライン
Movie Sword in the Stone
Game Tales of Symphonia
Movie Tangled
Cartoon Teen Titans
Movie Ten Commandments
Game Tetris
Movie The Mask
Movie The Santa Clause
Movie Thor
Movie Three Ninja's
Movie Thumbelina
Book Time Traveler's Wife
Tv Tin Man
Movie Tinkerbell
Movie Titanic
Cartoon Tom and Jerry
Tv Torchwood
Tv Tower Prep
Movie Toy Story
Game Trauma Center
Movie Treasure Planet
Tv TV Commercials
Misc TV X-overs
Movie Twister
Movie Underdog
Movie Up
Cartoon Veggie Tales
Tv Walker, Texas Ranger
Movie WALL-E
Tv Warehouse 13
Game Wario Ware Inc.
Movie Warriors of Virtue
Book Wayside School series
Movie What A Girl Wants
Movie Where the Heart Is
Tv White Collar
Movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Cartoon Wild Thornberry
Movie Winnie the Pooh
Game Wipeout
Movie Wizard of Oz
Movie Wreck-It Ralph
Misc X-overs
Cartoon Xiaolin Showdown
Movie Year Without a Santa Claus
Movie Yours, Mine, and Ours
Anime Yu-Gi-Oh
Movie Zathura
Movie Zenon
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for