OjosDeGato 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 04-22-01, id: 61784
Author has written 3 stories | Star Wars, and Harry Potter.
β : OjosDeGato is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I am an English major, planning to go into editing. I often am asked to proofread papers done by my classmates, and generally am paid for it, but I've decided I could do fanfics for free, since I like them so much. I read fics with a harsh eye. Grammar errors that are not intentional irritate me. Spelling errors are also a big point for me. I'm far from perfect; I still miss things that more experienced editors would notice, but I generally catch most of it. Those who wish me to beta must understand that I rarely back down. If there is a change you don't agree with, you have to give me a good reason why, or I still see it as a mistake.

Don't argue with me on spelling, for I will have a dictionary to prove that I am right. Again, any errors that are intentional, such as sentence fragments for the sake of the tone, those are fine. My biggest pet peeve is a fic that has not even been spellchecked. Those fics are the ones I aim to correct.

I like to do it in a typical editor way - if a new draft is being posted, I like to have it sent to me via my editing email, and then I can go over and correct it. Then I send it back. I don't steal any ideas, so don't worry about confidentiality - your fics meet only my red pen before I send them back! Also, I find that if you read what I have rewritten, you can then notice what major things were changed, and it will stay with you. This also gives you the option to rewrite my rewrite, which is often much more pleasant to do once the majority is corrected.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I'm quick to catch spelling errors. I'm also quick to catch grammar (i.e. the use of 'they're' versus 'their'). I catch when an error is intentional, so I leave that alone, since every writer has their own style. I'm understanding, so long as the error mentioned is explained to be in the best interest of the fic. If that's the case, I leave it alone.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I'm not very good with punctuation. I've read books to try to correct this, but I still cannot grasp the proper placements of some punctuation marks. I'll probably leave those alone unless a sentence is a dreadful run-on; then I definitely will break it up. Obviously I know the basics of periods, commas and quotes, but as for semicolons or dashes, I'm lost. I'll take my best shot.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I will beta-read anything. Though I myself am only part of a few fanfiction worlds, I can look at any story for errors. Please feel free to send me a draft of whatever you've got, and I'll gladly look it over as long as it's in English :) Avoid anime - I don't know anything about it. I'll accept any rating.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
If a particular fanfic is of a universe that I am not familiar with, then I have problems. If it's a series that uses its own language, or terms, then I will be lost and trying to correct something that is, in fact, already correct. Keep this in mind.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
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