Pensive Shadows 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 04-16-09, id: 663944
Author has written 1 story | Fantasy.
β : Pensive Shadows is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
There's really only a couple things you need to know about my overall style: first, I'm not fluffy-bunnies and sunshine. If you want meaningless praise, look elsewhere. I will tell you what you are doing well, but I'll also be very flat about what annoys me as a reader. I'm not tactful, and I'm not polite. I may very well hurt your feelings. That said, I'm not some sort of sadist who gets her jollies by ripping other people's stories apart. My goal is to ultimately improve you as a writer. If you can handle a no-nonsense style of beta reading, I'm your girl.

One last caveat: I absolutely cannot stand writers who do not take the time to run their writing through spelling and grammar checks before they send it off to me. Yes, I will check for errors as well, but making an effort is part of your responsibility as a writer.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
Overall style and diction. If a sentence or a word doesn't fit, I'm great at picking it out. I'm best at looking at the overall rhythm of a piece.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
Punctuation. I'll take the time to look it up if I'm unsure, but the rules keep changing on me.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
Action-filled plots. I like description, but don't give me thousands of pages of it. Part of the fun of reading for me is letting my imagination escape into your story- don't ruin it for me. Genre-wise, fantasy, light science fiction, and urban fantasy are where most of my preference lies.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Overly lengthy or dry plots. Not that I won't read things that are novel-length, but my belief is that every word, every sentence, every chapter in your story needs to be there for a reason. Romance without a meaningful plot outside the relationship (I prefer there to be hints of other genres in my romances as well,) and westerns aren't my thing.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Fiction Fantasy
Fiction Historical
Fiction Mythology
Fiction Play
Fiction Supernatural
Fiction Thriller
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for