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01 May 2016 @ 12:45 pm
2016 Beta Reader Sign Up!  

Most people will already have their own beta reader, but hey, maybe they want to try someone new. A beta reader is a person who reads another person's written work with a critical eye, with the aim of improving grammar, spelling, characterization, and general style of a story before the author posts it up. All participants must get their fiction beta’d by at least one person.

Beta volunteer: Can we get some lovely volunteers to help our writers out? Betas are love, so comment below with the following text! Comments are unscreened.

Need a beta: If you are in need of a beta, then drop a note or just directly contact someone that volunteers below by replying to their comments.
punch_kicker15punch_kicker15 on May 1st, 2016 07:06 pm (UTC)
User name: punch_kicker15
Email: punch_kicker15@ymail.com
Preferred Fandoms/Pairings: I'm most familiar with Buffy/Angel the Series, Deep Space Nine, Babylon 5, Arrow (through mid-Season 3), the Wire, Community (through Season 5) and Hamilton. I am partly familiar with the MCU (haven't seen all of the movies). I am happy to read other fandoms, so long as you don't need deep canon knowledge from your beta.
Is there any type of fiction you would prefer to avoid beta'ing? non-con, incest.
What are your strengths as a beta reader? grammar/spelling, logistics: (i.e. "You had her dramatically whip off her glasses at the beginning of the scene, and then she does it again at the end of the scene, but she didn't put them back on in the middle of the scene").
What kind of turn around time can someone expect from you? One week for a little bang fic, two weeks for a big bang fic. I'm also happy to read bits and pieces of the fic rather than the whole thing if you want feedback while you write.
jesterlady: BHGeorgejesterlady on July 18th, 2016 04:40 am (UTC)
Hey there. My normal beta might be unavailable for me so I was wondering if you wouldn't mind pinch hitting? I'm almost done with the fic, should have a complete rough draft sometime this week. It will likely clock in around 30k.

The fandom is Being Human, which you haven't listed, but I think it might be almost nice to get an outside view to make sure what I'm writing makes sense if you don't know what's going on. Also grammar/spelling is very important. :)

It is a sequel as well to something I wrote for a previous bang and so it would be great to know if you feel like someone wouldn't understand this without reading that first.

Thank you!
punch_kicker15punch_kicker15 on July 18th, 2016 05:04 am (UTC)
Sure, I'd be happy to take a look. (I haven't seen Being Human, so I can definitely give a sense of how the fic looks to a complete novice to the fandom).

I've got some stuff going on this week, but can start taking a look as early as this weekend. Let me know if you usual beta won't work out.
jesterlady: STVDoctorsmilejesterlady on July 19th, 2016 01:59 am (UTC)
Great, thanks so much! I'll probably be in touch this weekend.
Katherine Joy Summersstars_inthe_sky on May 1st, 2016 08:51 pm (UTC)
User name: stars_inthe_sky
Email: stars_inthe_sky AT aol DOT com
Preferred Fandoms/Pairings: I can do pretty much anything Marvel/MCU, Whedonverse, Whoniverse, Broadway-related, or that Mike Schur has some kind of hand in. I tend toward canon-compliant ships (comics or otherwise, in Marvel's case). If you write Bucky/Natasha I will do anything for you.
Is there any type of fiction you would prefer to avoid beta'ing? Bruce/Nat, non/dub-con, kink
What are your strengths as a beta reader? I just finished taking a graduate course on editing, so I actually have a credit from Harvard University that says I know what I'm doing! Also a lifelong grammar Nazi and professional writer/editor, and I've been reading and writing fic for so gosh darn long that I feel like I'm good with characterizations, tropes, etc.
What kind of turn around time can someone expect from you? Roughly two weeks, depending on length and what's going on in real life, but often faster. Check in with me as you go about your process and I can give you a better estimate!
Jessica: Tudors || Necklaceimpala_chick on May 2nd, 2016 01:02 am (UTC)
User name: Impala_Chick
Email: kalsgirl@gmail.com
Preferred Fandoms/Pairings: Hunger Games (most are fine, see below), Supernatural (any), Teen Wolf (most are fine, see below), Captain America/MCU (most are fine, see below), Agent Carter (any), Original Fic
Is there any type of fiction you would prefer to avoid beta'ing? Haymitch/Katniss, Scott/Kira, Maria Hill/anyone, Thor/anyone, watersports, disability not in canon
What are your strengths as a beta reader? Characterization, flow
What kind of turn around time can someone expect from you? I would prefer having a week, but I can get it done quicker if need be.
t.karlamartinova on May 2nd, 2016 06:18 pm (UTC)
User name: karlamartinova
Preferred Fandoms/Pairings: I can do any fandom if you don't mind but here the ones I'm familiar with: Doctor Who, Sherlock, Game of Thrones, The Pretender, Elementary, The Borgias, Dexter, Orphan Black, Sanctuary, Luther, Jessica Jones, Lucifer
Is there any type of fiction you would prefer to avoid beta'ing? Nope, I'm okay with betaing anything.
What are your strengths as a beta reader? Story flow, characterization, I'm not a native speaker but I can do grammar pretty well, have an English teaching certificate.
What kind of turn around time can someone expect from you? Around a week I suppose.
little_firestarlittle_firestar on May 18th, 2016 09:12 am (UTC)
Hi! I was looking for a beta, and I was wondering if you were willing to give me an hand! I'm writing- almost done- a 29-30.000 words story for the NCIS: NEW ORLEANS fandom, but there's no particular need to know anything about the show's background, because it only hints at certain plot-lines (due to characters' development), and, really, with a show this "young" I'm still a bit free in a certain way.
My main issues are with grammar, words order and "Consecutio temporis" (how come I don't remember if it's called like that in English despite having been studying and reading the language since I was 9 years old?).
If you are interested, let me kno!
t.karlamartinova on May 18th, 2016 07:48 pm (UTC)
Hello, sure. I can give it a try. Feel free to send it over.
little_firestarlittle_firestar on May 19th, 2016 06:20 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm going to give yet another refiniture and I'll send over something to give you an idea of what the story is.
shapeshipper on May 27th, 2016 11:54 pm (UTC)
User name: ShapeShipper
Email: kalamarii(@)icloud(.)com
Preferred Fandoms/Pairings: spn, doctor who, avengers, x men, star trek, ncis
Is there any type of fiction you would prefer to avoid beta'ing? non/dub-con
What are your strengths as a beta reader? I spent a summer getting paid to proofread stories and thesis's. I have also read an unholy amount of fanfiction.
What kind of turn around time can someone expect from you? I have exams up to the 22nd of June. After that, the turn around time is 24 hours max
happy is as happy does: Wentworth Miller (dayum)happywriter06 on August 11th, 2016 02:37 pm (UTC)
Hi. I'm in need of a beta for my Justified fic. I'm most concerned about the conflict I've created for the story and if it works. All other concrit is welcome of course. I have about 20K + words at this point. Can you help?
shapeshipper on August 11th, 2016 06:55 pm (UTC)
Hello. I don't know Justified so I'm not sure how much help I would be. If it's a basic fic, then I can do some research into Justified and help with making sure the story works, but if it's anything more complicated then I won't really be able to help you.
happy is as happy doeshappywriter06 on August 14th, 2016 03:50 am (UTC)
I've sent you a copy of it. I think it's basic so you can do basic research should be sufficient. It's not finished so keep that in mind. Thanks.

Edited at 2016-08-14 03:38 pm (UTC)