Damaged 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 04-30-03, id: 352738
Author has written 196 stories | Family, Fantasy, Friendship, Life, General, War, Religion, Nature, Love, Supernatural, Young Adult, Song, Essay, General, Romance, and Haiku.
β : Damaged is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
Hello. My penname is Damaged (obviously). I've been writing creatively for a LOOOONG time and have been published TWICE for my poetry. I am currently working on my own novel manuscript as well as pulling together an anthology of my own writing. We shall see what happens. I have an university degree in Creative Writing, emphasis on Editorial/Publishing. That being said, if you want me to BETA your work, please understand that I deconstruct your story from all levels (grammar, character development, word usage/technique, etc). I am harsh but effective ... and please don't take my criticism personally. I am not judging you as an author--I'm judging your piece of writing in a manner where once you're finished workshopping, you'll love it and so will someone looking to publish.

Expectations: GIVE ME THE TIME I NEED TO BE EFFECTIVE! Expect a week or maybe more per story (shorter for poetry, naturally). If you're looking for a quickie, find a different BETA. I like time to read, reread, take notes, etc. I am thorough in what I do -- completely, down to the knitty-gritty. I will tell you the good, the bad, and the down-right ugly.

When I Agree To BETA You: I prefer working the editorial process through iGoogle documents. If you don't have an account, that's fine, I can explain why I use them. I WILL need your email address once the process starts. I'm not being creepy, my iGoogle account is strictly for workshopping. You won't be getting random emails from me that aren't related to your work. Guaranteed.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I love reading the abstract. I pick apart grammar, sentence structure, and correct usage of certain adjectives/other words. I am a stickler for inner voice and "believability" (yes, there are "believable" aspects in fantasy as well as creative non-fiction).
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I don't read a lot of fantasy work, so I am not as effective with pieces concerning different magic systems. However, I will do my homework and will still be effective.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I prefer reading something of 1,000+ wordcount. Genre doesn't matter, I'll read anything from the fluffies to the dark horrific pieces. I'm not the biggest fan of sci-fi, but again, I'll read it.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Erotica work. That isn't to say I won't read a romance piece that has graphic sex -- just please, I am not interested in reading a story about pedophilia or hentai. Also, if it's a religious-bashing story, I'll still BETA but I'll probably have more negative than postive feedback for you.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
All Fiction
All Poetry
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for