Lediona 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 07-07-11, id: 3053456
Author has written 4 stories | CSI: New York, CSI, and Downton Abbey.
β : Lediona is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I'm fairly new to betareading, but I've been reading pretty much nonstop since I was first able to pick up a book. I've probably spent more time wandering through fictional worlds than I have the real one! While I like to write (sometimes I'm a bit too lazy to finish my own stories), it's reading that I truly love. I've started to really enjoy following different fandoms to see what other people are doing and I find it inspiring to see the new layers and perspectives authors give to the different worlds. I'm a stickler for the rules - grammar, spelling and punctuation errors will not go unnoticed! - and I'm happy to work with authors on character and plot development. Stories are so much more interesting when they are well developed and vividly told. While I am quite busy in real life, I can still promise timely feedback and corrections to anyone that asks for them. I'm demanding but supportive and I wish you the best of luck with all your writing!
My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
The majority of my writing experience is academic nonfiction so I'm confident in correcting grammatical and spelling errors. I can read for fluidity, continuity and accuracy. I like when stories are subtle and feel natural, allowing the reader to truly inhabit the world you are trying to create. And if you happen to be one of those writers who uses 10 words when three would do, then I can help you edit and simplify your writing. I studied history and art history and can help authors with historical accuracy and avoiding anachronisms. Also, I am American and now I live in the UK, so I can help with differences in American and British English.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
As a betareader, I think my biggest challenge is putting aside my own writing style and accepting that we all have different approaches to our stories. When I find myself saying 'I'd do it like this' too often, I take a step back and look at what the author is trying to do and remind myself that it's his/her story and not my own.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I prefer fandoms with which I am familiar, but I'll happily read anything if someone asks. As a reader, I tend to get invested in the stories I'm reading and I usually prefer stories of more than 10,000 words. However, that's not an explicit requirement! And finally, I know some don't like it, but slash is fine by me.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Sometimes I can't handle OCs - especially when the character feels like s/he doesn't fit within the canon and has been plopped in to satisfy the author's own fantasies. And while I'm all for people writing about relationships and sexuality, I think it needs to be part of the larger story; not just gratuitous sex for the sake of it. Also, I find stories under 1,000 kind of pointless (not to say that there aren't some brilliantly written shorter pieces), so I generally prefer longer stories.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Tv CSI
Tv CSI: New York
Tv Downton Abbey
Tv Drop Dead Diva
Tv Game of Thrones
Book Harry Potter
Book Lord of the Rings
Movie Newsies
Movie Shelter
Tv Sherlock
Movie Star Trek: 2009
Tv Suits
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for
General
Romance
Drama
Adventure
Sci-Fi
Fantasy
Spiritual
Crime
Family
Hurt/Comfort
Friendship