|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
Hello, everyone! I love editing stories and giving authors my honest feedback. Bear in mind that I am a fairly busy person. I do make beta reading a priority, bur my responses may not be prompt, especially now that ffnet no longer sends emails out when you receive a PM. Usually, my turnaround is pretty quick, typically within a week, but it depends on the size of the piece and the challenges presented. At this point, I have beta read for dozens of people and dozens of stories so I'm confident in my skills and that I'll be able to offer you some kind of feedback. I prefer to work through either MS Word or Google Docs.
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I read books about grammar for fun. I own them. I don't consider myself a master yet, but I'm always studying it. I'm always willing to clean up a story that just needs grammar edits and not content revision; that's easy. As for the rest, I'm very conscious of characterization if I know the fandom well. There is nothing I hate more than an OOC character. Except for spiders. But even outside of my chosen fandoms, I can tell if you're presenting a character a certain way and then do something OOC with them. I'm very attuned to dialogue and whether it sounds natural or not-though this will be with an American ear. I know a little about British dialect, but if you're looking to make something sound English (or Irish/Scottish/Australian/etc) I won't be especially helpful. Same thing for contemporary language versus period pieces. I thrive with contemporary American English. I used to list plot suggestions under weaknesses, but at this point I almost always am able to find myself with suggestions as to how a plot is or is not working. This can be in regards to pacing, world building, if something is coming off as dull or intriguing, etc. I will have opinions. I also am almost always willing to go the extra mile and give you resources if I notice that you're having a specific problem over and over again. I'll write out something myself and take examples from your writing, my writing, or other texts, or I'll link you to articles or videos that explain a concept well. I don't want just to fix things for you. I want you to understand my methodology and certain theories and technicalities of writing. I'm serious about this and I'll probably be too much if you're not serious too.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I'd say that I have three weaknesses. The first is that I might give too much feedback, and it might prove overwhelming to you as an author. This doesn't mean that you're not equipped to handle critique, but rather that there's only so much feedback an artist can be able to apply. At some point it just freezes you. Making sure not to hit this limit takes good communication between you and me and that's not always easy. Beyond that, I can be a little harsh; I don't give a lot of compliments for the sake of it and the amount of critiques I give might make you feel like I'm being really negative. We can try to work through that, but this is just an up-front warning. I'm trying to be better about giving compliments, though. The second is that, by this point, I've been writing for quite a while and some of my feedback is going to be catered to how I write and what I prefer to read. I always try to be conscious not to stamp out or censor my authors' writing styles, but whether a story is good or not is subjective. I bring my subjectivity into a project and so some feedback I give is going to align with my personal tastes, which won't be the same or necessarily even similar to yours. The third is that I'm not great at predicting plot or guessing what's going to come next. Not with beta projects, not with movies or books. Plot twists catch me. I don't usually think much ahead while reading, so if you're looking to see how a plot twist might land I'm not your gal. I can't predict endings for crap.
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I definitely prefer to work within my favorite fandoms and favorite pairings, but that hardly ever happens. Really, the best thing is for me to know the fandom at all, otherwise it's hard for me to be helpful with things like characterization and canon-compliance. I've worked hard to list just about all the fandoms I can think of that I'm familiar with under my beta preference list. So please refer to that as well as the stories I've written and favorited if you want to see my favorite fandoms. But, really, I'll read anything. You needn't worry yourself over whether I'll like your story or not. That's not the point of this.
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
At this point, I've beta read most everything under the sun, so, basically, try me. The one thing is that if there's bigotry of any sort coming through in your story in a problematic way, I will call it out. I'm not talking about stories including problematic characters, but rather a story that puts forth a backwards mindset without mitigation or correction. I will not take part in the publishing of a story that advances beliefs that I'm against. If it's an accident, I'm willing to work with you to make your work more inclusive, but if you fight me on a problematic piece without the desire to improve, I'll stop working with you.