mark-engels 's Beta Reader Profile
action: Send PM . Follow . Favorite
profile: p User Profile
since: 05-03-03, id: 379263
Author has written 3 stories | El Hazard, and Gurren Lagann.
β : mark-engels is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I may well fit the "too old for anime" label, but I'm still here. I'm a child of the 80's and have been an anime and manga fan since. I've also been interested in a couple of other manga-style and anthropomorphic titles over the years. Probably the best thing I can suggest you do to understand how I work as a beta reader and my betareading style is to read my own work. I've been writing on and off for the last 15 years or so. I like to think I'm a pretty decent writer, although I can assure you I'm my own harshest critic. I'm something of a perfectionist, so please understand that before we work together. I really care for the titles I've listed on my profile and have come to really enjoy the characters. You should feel similarly if we're to have a successful engagement. I'm not necessarily an ombudsman, but I will point out grammar/punctuation mistakes if you'd like me to. Usually I save that for the final "fluff and buff". Keep in mind, however, that if your spelling/grammar/punctuation needs a lot of work, it may detract enough from your story that I might request you remedy that before we continue. Just promise me you'll do your best to make it presentable before it comes to me. I cannot tolerate laziness. Make sure whatever you bring to me is your best work, every single time. If I make a suggestion, I expect you to either act upon it or engage me further to share why you take issue with it. If you don't, I'll warn you. If this becomes a systemic failure, then I'm afraid I'll have to tell you we can't work together again. You must know that all my communication is in complete sentences with the best grammar/spelling/punctuation I can manage. I will expect that yours will be the same. Don't type a message to me in the same manner you'd text your BFF, or u r history! My work frequently sees me working away from home on client sites for extended periods of time. During these I'm most productive with respect to my creative endeavors, be it my own writing or helping to review yours. When we begin to engage, I'll let you know what timeline you can expect for me to review your work and provide my comments. It will depend upon the length of your work and my availability. If I say I'll have it done by a certain time, you can take to the bank that I will. I will expect the same thing of you. However, I do understand that neither of us are being paid for this work and that real life can and does frequently intervene. On the occasion that does and would prevent me from fulfilling a commitment to you, I will let you know right away.
My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
My passions include anime/manga, trains, and electronics. While I'm quite familiar with these areas, I make my living with the latter two. I'm self-employed as a signal & communication systems designer and testing specialist. If you happen to write about anything related to these areas, I'll be very interested to read it. Note that my perspective might be even more critical because I know how these things are supposed to work. The same is true if you write about truck driving or operating heavy equipment, since I have real-life experience in these areas.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
Because of my technical background, I tend to be very thorough and detail oriented. A lot of information I share can sometimes take up a lot of text. If we're going to work together, I expect you to read what I write in my commentary. It might seem to be voluminous, but I promise you if I write it to you it's part of a point I'm trying to make. Should I get any inkling of "TL;DR" on your part, I will call you out on it. See my previous comments about laziness. Remember, you engaged me to help you. I must insist we do so on my terms. That means if I felt it important enough to write, I feel it important enough for you to read and understand.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
Get me to the point where I care about the characters. That's where I think a writer makes or break his work. I'm really a hopeless romantic at heart. If your story has two main characters who become romantically involved, then plan on letting me get to know them first.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Yaoi or yuri. Slashfic. Lemons/limes. Mary Sues. Marty Stus. Don't write 'em, don't like 'em. If that's what you're all about, then more power to ya. But we won't be working together on them.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » T
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Anime A.I. Love You
Anime Appleseed
Anime Area 88
Anime Battle Angel
Anime Blue Seed
Anime Bubblegum Crisis
Anime Captain Harlock
Anime Castle in the Sky
Anime Cowboy Bebop
Anime Crest of the Stars
Anime Dirty Pair
Anime Dragon Half/ドラゴンハーフ
Anime Dramacon
Anime Dual! Parallel Trouble Adv.
Anime El Hazard
Anime Escaflowne
Anime Evangelion
Anime Fushigi Yuugi
Anime Ghost in the Shell
Anime Gunnm/Battle Angel
Anime GunSmith Cats
Anime Gurren Lagann
Anime I''s
Anime Imadoki
Anime Inuyasha
Anime Iria: Zeriam the Animation
Anime Jubei-Chan
Anime Kiki's Delivery Service
Anime Kimagure Orange Road
Anime Kodomo No Omocha
Anime Last Exile
Anime Love Hina
Anime Maison Ikkoku
Anime My Neighbor Totoro/となりのトトロ
Anime Nadesico
Anime Nadia - Secret of Blue Water/ふしぎの海のナディア
Anime Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Comic Ninja High School
Anime Nuku Nuku
Anime Oh My Goddess!
Anime Outlaw Star
Anime Patlabor
Anime Porco Rosso/紅の豚
Anime Princess Mononoke
Anime Princess Nine
Anime Project A-Ko
Anime Ranma
Anime Record of Lodoss War
Anime Robotech/Macross
Anime Rurouni Kenshin
Anime Sailor Moon
Anime Samurai Champloo
Anime Slayers
Anime Starblazers
Anime Tenchi Muyo
Anime Trigun
Anime Urusei Yatsura
Comic Usagi Yojimbo
Anime Video Girl Ai
Anime Whisper of the Heart
Anime You're Under Arrest
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for