Old Toad 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 01-08-14, id: 5441937
Author has written 43 stories | Lord of the Rings, Aliens/Predator, Discworld, Spirited Away, Adrian Mole series, Harry Potter, Red Dwarf, Doctor Who, Matrix, Chronicles of Narnia, StarTrek: The Original Series, Beowulf, Misc. Comics, Labyrinth, Parodies and Spoofs, Misc. Books, Monty Python, His Dark Materials, Wind in the Willows, Stargate: Atlantis, Enid Blyton, and Winnie-the-Pooh.
β : Old Toad is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I am English, a retired scientist and IT professional. I read with an eye for sentence construction and punctuation, the correct use of words and tense, and - of course - spelling. I look for each sentence to make sense, and for actions and dialogue to fit the characters. I look for logic in a story, and consistency - e.g. a character cannot be blond in one paragraph and bald in the next.
My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
In my own writing I am more interested in plot and situation than character development or inter-personal relationships. I make efforts to polish my prose and make the best use of words; I enjoy interesting turns of phrase but value clarity more. I try to employ a large vocabulary while avoiding obscure words. I enjoy writing crossovers and relish the challenge of blending two different story lines. I write both humorous and serious pieces and am not restricted to a few fandoms: for example, my stories range from Postman Pat to Gormenghast; Wallace and Gromit to Star Trek.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I don't feel qualified to judge or betaread any form of poetry. I much prefer writing which tells a story, rather than musings or pure descriptions. I don't write 'romantic' fiction, so I'm not the best person to beta read it.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I would like to help those whose first language is not English; I admire what they do, and believe they can benefit the most from suggestions I might make. I would be happy to check for "Englishness" - if you are an American wanting to write in a UK style I could translate for you (e.g. "pants" to "trousers", "sidewalk" to "pavement", etc.) I don't think I could do it the other way round! I am interested in cross-overs, the more unlikely the better.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I will not betaread stories which are - or should be - rated as M. I have no problems in reading such stories, I just don't want to get involved.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » T
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Book 1984
Book Adrian Mole series
Book Beowulf
Book Brave New World
Anime Castle in the Sky
Book Gormenghast
Book Hobbit
Anime Howl's Moving Castle
Movie Labyrinth
Movie Monsters Inc.
Anime My Neighbor Totoro/となりのトトロ
Anime Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Tv New Tricks
Anime Paprika
Anime Princess Mononoke
Book Silmarillion
Anime Spirited Away
Tv Stargate: Atlantis
Movie Starship Troopers
Book Wind in the Willows
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for