|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I do my best to be as relaxed as possible in my beta reading, because it's my main goal that you're comfortable sharing your writing with me, and that we can work together to improve it. I do not, however, sugarcoat my opinions of your work in any way, because it's also my belief that you can't improve and work on your weaknesses as a writer if all you ever hear is "Oh, that's good!" about your work. I tend to be very honest with you, but also positive and always helping you to fix / improve what needs altering. I try to be as easygoing as possible, but I do have a few requests. Although you are the author and in the end you do have the final say about what your work looks like, I do expect you to at least consider my suggestions, and respect that I've put my time into improving your work. Please be understanding of my often hectic schedule, as I will endeavor to be patient with yours. Give your work a once over before you give it to me. While I'm happy to fix grammar errors and such, I don't want to simply be your spell check. That said, don't be afraid to give me something that isn't "perfect"! I am here to edit, and I'm happy to do so. All I ask is that I can see that you put some effort into your work first. Don't ask me to beta read a fic that you are likely to end up abandoning after a short time, simply because you got bored, etc. This list of "rules" might make me appear a little bit strict as a beta reader, but I promise, I'm not all that scary! I'll do my very best to ensure that you publish a fanfiction that demonstrates your best writing ability, and I'll do so very happily!
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I am very good at picking up on grammatical errors, word choice, spelling, etc. Basically, all of the really "nitpicky" parts of writing are a great strength for me. I love talking plot and planning out where you're going to take your story, as well as adding depth to it and getting you a clear idea of where you want to go. In addition, I'm happy to help you get a firm grasp on your characters' backstories and personalities, and getting them well-developed. Imagery and sentence flow is anther strong suit of mine, and I can help you improve in those areas as well. In addition, I do speak a decent amount of French, so, while I'm not comfortable beta reading a fic that's entirely in French, I am capable of helping you craft the dialogue for a French character or two without the help of Google Translate.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
If I don't pay attention to it, I sometimes let my characters' dialogue get quite OOC, and, because I'm often a sucker for certain tropes or "cliched" plotlines, if you're looking to make your story as original as possible, I'm likely to let those things slide when they appear in your work. If you're using humor as a main genre of your fic, I'm definitely not going to be able to help you there! Humor is absolutely my weakest genre. I'm also pretty bad at remembering that I have a chapter waiting in my Google Docs. If you haven't heard from me, feel free to come raging into my inbox until I remember.
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
Stories for fandoms I know well: Once Upon a Time, Lord of the Rings / the Hobbit, The Walking Dead, Sherlock, Star Wars, The Hunger Games, Marvel, a few others. I'm comfortable with any rating or pairing (F/M, M/M, F/F, etc., it's all good!) although I do prefer something with an element of romance, and, although I'll read for any characters, OC's are my favorites!
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Any anime story, any story in which an assault / rape / traumatic experience scene cannot be justified as having a very significant role in the plot, any Johnlock (John Watson x Sherlock Holmes) story. I am completely fine with M/M pairs, but this particular couple is my personal NOTP so I would very much like to avoid them. I also try to steer clear of crossover fics.