Hello there! My name is Yuuenchi here on Fictionpress and I want to be YOUR Beta-Reader.
As a fellow amateur writer, I enjoy helping others to find their voice and their confidence. I have many decades of schooling and reading under my belt (3 counts as many, right?), with degrees in History and Library Studies; and I am presently working on a Masters degree in Philosophy with a Christian Wisdom/Metaphysics concentration, so I know a thing or two about words. I have written 7 stories here on FictionPress with a combined total of 47,471 words and plan to add at least another 18 before I am through. Additionally, I plan to substantially re-write two of them, changing them from a single chapter work into multiple chapters, which I have learned is the best way to maintain your reader's attention in this day and age. I will encourage you to do the same.
This is what you're in store for when you select me as a beta-reader: honesty, sympathy, and objectivity combined with diligence. I will not sugarcoat my edits or my comments, but neither is it my intention to destroy you as a writer. I won't be mean, per se, but I'm not about to lie to you and say "hey that's great" when what your story really needs is to go back to the cutting room floor, the brain-storming department, or even back to grammar-school. And in fact, in the "real world" of book publishing with its line-editing, developmental editing, copyediting and even proofreading professionals, this is what you must expect -not personal animosity toward you or your work, but an objective assessment of where your work is, and how it contributes to the bottom line of the publisher. And even if you decide to self-publish later on, you need an editor, and you need thick skin. I hope to help you develop just such a thick skin.
I look forward to working with you!