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GeneralEdit

What is a beta?

A beta reader (or beta) is a person who reads a work of fiction with a critical eye, with the aim of improving grammar, spelling, characterization, and general style of a story prior to its release to the general public.

What does it take to be a beta?

  • Good grammar/spelling
  • Likes to read-preferred, but not required. (You're probably gonna be reading and looking over their entire story for them, and if it's really long.... Well, you get my point.)
  • Good at finding and pointing out mistakes
  • Good (or at least decent) at writing

Tips of Beta Reading from a BetaEdit

A good beta should be able to check:

1- Grammar, punctuation and spelling. 2- Consistency and continuity. 3- Pacing, plot holes, characterisation and phrasing.

All changes should be indicated in a different color or bold or some such so the author can see what they needed to correct (when the correction is done in Word not on a printed copy). They shouldn't just be wiped out in the document. This teaches the author their consistent mistakes. And catches mistakes the beta may have made (for example, changing British spellings to American).

How should corrections best be handled?

1 - Grammar, punctuation and spelling should besimply corrected.

2 - Inconsistencies (first Ron has blue eyes, next he has brown) and continuity issues (Fred walked through the door, then he opened it) should be pointed out, but the choice how to handle corrections is best left to the author.

3 - Corrections to the pacing, amending plot holes, fixing characterisation and especially changes to phrasing should also be left to the author. It works best to phrase these as a question, to draw out the author's personal vision and creativity. The beta may produce an outstanding turn of phrase, but it won\'t reflect the author's own talents.

Since a beta reader is not responsible for publishing the story, they should not rewrite. This is the main difference between a beta reader and an editor.

Ideally, the conversation that should take place between a beta and their writer before any editing takes place:

- What do you want me to check? Sometimes people just want a grammar check.

- When do you expect this done? Heh. You can guess what happened when I didn't ask. Oops.

- What do you think needs work? This is very helpful when the writer knows what needs an editorial eye.

On treating your beta well.

This is important.

First: give credit for the work they've done in your author comments. Someone volunteered to slog through your writing, not the easiest of tasks, on their own free time. Say thank you. Sincerely. Even if a beta doesn't work out, credit them for their efforts.

Second: don't get mad if they point out errors. This is their job. Yes, yes, I realise your story is close to your heart, and a good beta is sensitive and polite. But you've asked for this (see the conversation that should have taken place). I can't tell you how often people are defensive. I am guilty as charged.

Third: respond. When someone has beta'd your work, it's polite to send back the final corrected version. If you don\'t use a change, explain why. Don't be shy. It will shed light onto your writing style for future editing. If a beta asks a question, answer it.

Fourth: where appropriate, take their advice. If there isn't a darned good reason not to, it's probably best to listen. Writers are myopic where their own writing is concerned.

Betas, choose carefully whom you edit:

1 - Edit only stories that you like. If you hate Alternate Universes, and a friend asks you to beta an AU for them - don't do it. You can't be fair, no matter how well-written it is, no matter how hard you try.

2 - Send back unspellchecked documents and tell the author to do that part. Trust me, it's best to break writers of that habit.

3 - Work with the people you beta for. Most people have no idea how to utilize a beta, and need to be told what is expected of them as a writer.

4 - Don't beta again for people who completely ignore your advice. There's nothing worse than to have spent all that time going through a document, been credited for the beta review, only to discover they didn't even use your spelling corrections.

(I got these tips from this site: http://www.dgeek.com/forum/index.php?topic=251.0)

BetasEdit

If you want to be a beta and you meet the requirements above, post a mini profile of yourself here so people looking for a beta get to know a bit more about you!

~Angel Wings~Edit

Betas
Name ~Angel Wings~
Preferred Length of Story Any
Preferred Genre(s) Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Friendship (no romance, please!)
Preferred Method of Beta Reading N/A
Stories You've Been a Beta For None yet on this wiki
How Long You're Willing to Wait for the Chapters to be Written One month at most, probably
How to Contact You Just leave a message on my profile!
Preferred Rating K or T


Bard ericEdit

Betas
Name Bard eric
Preferred Length of Story Any
Preferred Genre(s) Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Action and Adventure, etc. Absolutely no romance.
Preferred Method of Beta Reading N/A
Stories You've Been a Beta For None
How Long You're Willing to Wait for the Chapters to be Written As long as it takes
How to Contact You Leave a message on my talk page
Preferred Rating T and below


Rebc29Edit

Betas
Name Rebc29
Preferred Length of Story Any
Preferred Genre(s) Willing to do anything
Preferred Method of Beta Reading N/A
Stories You've Been a Beta For None Yet (Hopefully yours! :D)
How Long You're Willing to Wait for the Chapters to be Written One month tops
How to Contact You Ask for my email, or leave a message on my talk page
Preferred Rating Anything


MoodleEdit

Betas

Name:

Moodle

Preferred Length of Story:

Any

Preferred Genre(s)

Anything except for romance and mystery

Prefered method of Beta reading:

Skims through story first for any very clear mistakes, then reads word for word.

Stories you've been a beta for:

None.

How Long You're Willing to Wait for the Chapters to be Written:

At the most, two months, but no more.

How to contact you:

Leave a message on my talk page, I'm most of the time on wiki.

Preferred rating:

K or T, nothing above T.

Cello freakEdit

Betas
Name Cello freak
Preferred Length of Story Short.
Preferred Genre(s) Any.
Preferred Method of Beta Reading {{{Preferred Method of Beta Reading}}}
Stories You've Been a Beta For None
How Long You're Willing to Wait for the Chapters to be Written As long as it takes
How to Contact You Leave a message on my talk page
Preferred Rating T and below


ThepersonyouleastexpectEdit

Betas
Name Thepersonyouleastexpect
Preferred Length of Story any
Preferred Genre(s) Post-Apocalyptic, sci-fi. (please no horror or macabre)
Preferred Method of Beta Reading N/A
Stories You've Been a Beta For None
How Long You're Willing to Wait for the Chapters to be Written as long as it takes
How to Contact You Tpyle 05:28, June 7, 2011 (UTC)
Preferred Rating T and below


Requesting BetasEdit

If you would like to request a beta for one or more of your stories, please fill out this form below:


Story Title:


Author Name:


Rating:


Length:


Genre:


Ships & Main Characters:


Areas of Concern:


Preferred Method of Beta Reading:


Requested Turn-Around Time:

Boundaries of RealityEdit

Story Title: Boundaries of Reality


Author Name: ~Angel Wings~


Rating: T


Length: TBD


Genre: Fantasy/Sci-fi/Adventure


Ships & Main Characters: Kylar and Adela Andrea


Areas of Concern: Pacing, plot holes, and phrasing


Preferred Method of Beta Reading: Any


Requested Turn-Around Time: One week at most

Land of KalemdiaEdit

Story Title:Land of Kalemdia

Author Name:Karikamiya

Rating :K

Length:Pretty Long

Genre:Fantasy/Magic

Ships and Main Character:Nadine Elizabeth and Jeremy

Areas of Concern:Grammar and Spelling

Preferred Method of Beta Reading:Any

Requested Turn-Around Time: Any time?

The Decarion RaceEdit

Story Title: The Decarion Race

Author Name: Thepersonyouleastexpect

Rating: T

Length: TBD

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic/Scifi/Fantasy/Adventure

Ships & Main Characters: Nova Angelo

Areas of Concern: Plot, grammar, pace, flow

Preferred Method of Beta Reading: Any

Requested turn around time: No more than 4 weeks

Getting a BetaEdit

After you add your story to the list of stories currently requesting betas, a beta will either contact you, or you can ask a beta to beta your story for you. Don't be disappointed if they're not available to beta your story—there's more than one beta on here.

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