|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I'm a Nazi. D That's the best introduction to my beta style. I'm super thorough - I tend to write novellas in my edits. So yeah, there'll be a LOT of colored text! It's not that you suck, or I hate your work, but that I'm writing all of my thoughts down, good AND bad. I also like to talk with you about the story - I want to know what your thoughts on the characters, the ideas, everything are, so that I can offer better advice based on what you are trying to accomplish with your story. I can promise you if I'm looking your work over, I'll be LOOKING IT OVER. It'll be thorough, it'll be accurate, and it'll be the best representation of a reader's opinion I can offer.
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I'm overly critical. That seems like a bad point, I know, but it means that any weakness in plot, any spot that doesn't work right, will be fixed. Sure, your readers may never know or care about the way someone with two broken legs needs to move, but you'll know, and if you need to work that in you'll be able to. I also not only point out mistakes, but am very good about giving my opinion on ways to fix those mistakes. I will rarely fix something without commenting on it - the only exception is spelling mistakes. I believe that I can't tell you something's wrong unless I myself would be able to fix it, and I would never tell you "okay, this doesn't work" without supporting my opinion and offering a way to make it right. I'm a fast beta - I read quickly, and I type quickly, so my response time? Pretty darned fast. I also am very very happy to work out times that I can be available to be online at the same time as you so that we can chat in real time about my edits if need be.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I tend to be way, way verbose - I abuse dashes, semicolons, and commas like no other in my own writing. I try to curb the urge when I'm editing, but sometimes I get carried away.
I am a huge research nazi. I will expect you to be too. Yes, readers probably don't care that the official color for the Nazi SS troop uniforms were black until 1938, when they became a pale grey color, but if you're going to introduce a description of that uniform, it's going to be accurate.
I'm also a perfectionist. I won't rest until something is as close to perfect as I can get it. So while I read and type fast, I also end up agonizing over things. This means that while most of the time I can promise a day turnaround time, there are other times where I may be stuck on one little spot and keep your chapter forever until I figure out how to fix it.
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I really would prefer multichapter stuff, just because I like making friends :) But if you need your one-shot looked over I'm more than happy to!
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Comedy - it's not usually done well, so I just save myself the trouble of reading it. I'll give it a try, but I'm not fond of that genre.
Crack!fic/Sugarhigh fics - NO. I refuse. These are fun to write, but belong either in a LiveJournal or on your harddrive, where you and your friends will be the ones to see and enjoy it. That's probably who it was originally written for anyway. Besides, doesn't editing these ruin the original meaning?
Shonenai/Yuri/Yaoi - another thing that isn't usually done well. I have nothing against these relationships, but they're *rarely* done well. If the romance is SECONDARY, I'm more than happy to check it out.
Scriptfiction/NC17 or M/Real-person - These things are against the rules, and I won't help you break the rules, no matter how well it's written. The only way I'll read this is if you are planning on posting it elsewhere.
Poetry - I don't claim to be a poet. I can barely do couplets well, and my haikus are horrendous. So it's not fair of me to try and beta something I can't do. I also personally believe that editing poetry removes the heart of the work.