I'm pretty new to this beta reading gig. Usually the stories that I peer-edit are written online by friends or actual friends, so there's been some practice but it has a narrow scope. For the most part, I have proper writing and grammar and I'm proficient in the English language. How can I not be, when it's all I've known for 19 years?
My vocabulary isn't some extensive, fire-breathing beast; it's actually a petite little lamb. It's a tiny thing, so I feed it words via the thesaurus and google. Usually I can grasp at the context at which I'm supposed to use the word in. I can help you develop your plot, build your characters, and help you with descriptions. I can proofread your grammar and tell you which sentences flow smoothly and which don't. I won't sugarcoat things, and I will tell you what sounds awkward and what doesn't. No, I'm not some master at the English language-far from it, in fact. But I'll be candid with you, and expect you to handle my criticism with grace.
What I'm expecting from you:
- Someone who can handle constructive critique
- Someone who is already somewhat adept at writing, but just needs someone to look over their stuffsss
- If your genre/category is something I'm not familiar with, feel free to still hit me up. I can't help much in terms of plot, but I can proofread for any grammar
- Be nice. I'm reallyyyyyyy nice
- Have patience with me. We all have lives, yo