Fogwood 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 01-13-03, id: 325208
Author has written 4 stories | Harry Potter, and Twilight.
β : Fogwood is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I'm a book nerd, preferring fantasy and sci-fi but also enjoying classics and the occasional real-world fiction novel. I'm a perfectionist and when reading published novels often find errors in grammar, sentence structure, and continuity. I yearn to fix these mistakes - a desire I can fulfill through betareading. I am thorough but will not make suggestions that will detract from the writer's personal style. That said, if told in third person I think all writing should be adequately formal, and don't appreciate colloquialisms in narration. I'll usually require two days to complete a beta-read, depending on length, but since student life can vary in the availability of free-time, it may be less or more. Two would be standard, however.
My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I'm an extremely proficient editor. I've a strong grounding in most literary devices and an instinctual skill for grammar, punctuation, and spelling. I've a large and varied vocabulary [from unusual words to fantasy and sci-fi concepts to science and psychological terms to words in latin] and feel that if the right word isn't used to describe something, it oughtn't be spoken of at all. I've a background in English, French, and Linguistics and consider myself highly capable in analyzing prose, poetry, and sentence structure on whichever level you would prefer.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I occasionally get so caught up in a story that I forget to edit deeply enough and have to re-read it for less-than-obvious errors. My editing is worse if I haven't read the material it's referencing, or don't know it very well. At that point, I can edit for grammar and sentence structure, but not a lot else.
I have a lot of trouble with time. Something in my brain has the awful habit of glossing over references to time in prose. Your story may say: "In the third week of November, the sky started raining gumdrops", but my brain only recognizes, "the sky started raining gumdrops". It's a little funny, actually. No, I'm exaggerating slightly, but it is a bit of handicap.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I prefer stories with a clear plot, and dislike the majority of parodies. Not big on angst, anything else goes.
My most favouritest[sic] kind of stories ever include those with mistaken identity. I can't really explain it. It's like preferring cream in one's tea. I just do. So, mistaken identity, hidden identities, tricksy identities, you get the gist, I'm the beta for you.
I also like smart characters. Batman solves problems with his brain, so does Elizabeth Bennett, and Ender Wiggin. Actually, Ender's got some problems with that, but generally...
Super sneaky foreshadowing. I love reading a story where the clincher for victory is something that was mentioned in the first couple of chapters and seemed entirely unremarkable.
Happy endings. Yeah, yeah, I'm a romantic at heart. I don't want my protagonists dying unless they're old, infirm, and are possibly named Hagar.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Not big on angst, anything else goes. And from above: dislike parodies.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Tv 4400
Book Artemis Fowl
Anime Code Geass
Tv Doctor Who
Book Ella Enchanted
Book Ender's Game series
Tv Firefly
Book Green Rider
Book Harry Potter
Book His Dark Materials
Book Host
Book Midnighters
Anime Naruto
Anime Ouran High School Host Club
Book Tuck Everlasting
Book Twilight
Book Young Wizards
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for
General
Romance
Drama
Adventure
Mystery
Horror
Supernatural
Sci-Fi
Fantasy