|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I believe, at least, I'm a pretty decent editor. I am very particular person, doubly so when it comes to writing, my passion. I know people need someone who's willing to beta for them, and I'm all in! Don't be hurt by any suggestions or changes I make; always keep one original copy on your drive to mesh the changes to what fits your style. I'm pretty good at respecting creative boundaries, and all you have to do is tell me what you want/need. Depending upon the length of what you want me to edit, to be honest you can expect a lapse of about two weeks. I tend to edit as I read (I'm one of those people who sees what you're trying to say as opposed to what you're actually saying), and I so much prefer to read them as Word Documents. If you don't have a current version (it'll save as a "docx" file, same as what we use on this), Windows 97 is just fine. Attach your story to the email you send and I will send you one back, with my corrections in red. This is the easiest way for me to do my job- yes, real life lit-agent style. :D
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I once spent four years and four drafts re-crafting a story, filling in blanks and editing it until it begged me to stop, so I've had to become good at looking at writing objectively as well as creatively. I'm good at flowery language and knowing when to cut it, as well as the sometimes nessesary time lapse (pacing, if you will). I'm good for catching small things like accidental words, tense and misspellings. As I said before I tend to "read into" things more than literally reading them, which lends a hand to a literary side to my own works as well as into those I edit, which is actually a good thing that adds character an depth to almost anything. Everyone I work with asks how to spell or pronounce words, if that says anything. I'm also good with dialogue too; I've always been good at making it sound realistic while at the same time having a character sound how you want them to sound. AND if you're like me an anxious about word length I can help there as well as with some creative interaction if or when you hit a block.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
There will be some errors I won't have suggestions for or know how to fix. My biggest one is grammar, as some things I don't catch, and sometimes in my own stories I break grammar laws completely and on purpose. I can often come off critical with my corrections, for which I apologize. I'm not an English Comp Nazi but for the good of a story I can be
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
There is a laundry list of genres I read. I don't believe in genres, because every one of my own stories has about three or four genres it could fit. Romance, mythical, supernatural, horror, paranormal, manga/anime themed, literary, action, war, drama- these are all at the top of my list, but I can't say enough that I love action. If your story doesn't have any I will probably get bored and suggest some,just being honest. Also, I prefer stories/chars to be both mature and deep, nothing about children or happy go-lucky tales. To me its less realistic than something paranormal.
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Coming of age stories, stories that are entirely romance based, like regency. Political is not unless you love and support the democratic and progressive parties! If it's not a story and it's an essay of some sort, it would have to be something dealing with controversial issues. I also REFUSE to beta read anything with yuri/yaoi, shoujo ai/shounen ai. This fits into the above category of too young. I'm not a phobe, but unless you have a deep plot to back it up and show a development of TRUE love going on, it just doesn't make sense to me, and many stories of this sort DON'T, and when they're intended for mature audiences they're actually called "LGBT". Even though this is a site for original works I must also add that I will not beta fan fiction either; that is done at your own risk (I've had requests!). Other than that, I'll beta just about anything. :)