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19th-May-2004 05:22 am
bc mod [literati]
If there is anyone out there interested in beta reading for our resident authors, please add a comment to this thread.

If you sign up and then later change your mind, simply delete your signup comment to remove yourself from the pool of available betas.

If you wish to change any part of your signup details, please delete your comment and repost.

Experience is not essential, but if you haven't beta'd before, you should have at least a couple of decent-sized posts in your journal, un-f-locked so people can view your literacy skills for themselves.

Please copy the contents of the text box below into a new comment and fill in the details as and where appropriate. Thank you.

Signups that do not use the provided template WILL BE DELETED. It's there for a reason.

There is (and has always been) a link to this post on the profile page and on the community page itself under Betas/Writing. There is now also a 'betas' tag for yet another way to find this post.

If you know someone who would like to beta Spander, please send them this way.

Thank you. :o)

June 28th 1020 ETA: This post has been edited and updated, and all beta signups older than a year have been deleted.


A writer-beta relationship is like a marriage - find the right partner and it can be heaven on earth, but it still takes work. You have to get to know each other's quirks and habits, and negotiate a middle path. You might not 'click' with your first or second or even your third beta or writer, and there's no shame in saying 'I don't think this is going to work out,' or 'You only seem to want an X-type beta and I'm really a Y-type beta,' or 'I know my sentence structure is quirky, but I don't want you to rewrite my whole story'.

Negotiate. Discuss. Explain. KEEP IN TOUCH.

Betas, if your author continues to make the same error again and again, try explaining why it's wrong, and don't be afraid to google to help you do that clearly. If authors continue to send work filled with the same simple mistakes, you have to decide if you're willing to keep correcting them forevermore, or if you want to step away.

If the relationship is not working out for one or both of you, then someone needs to end it, as politely and as reasonably as possible. Then take a deep breath, read a favourite fic, and start looking for your next writer or beta. There will always be one out there, waiting to find you.

Please use the contact information in the comments below to contact your chosen beta. Don't clog up this list with 'Please beta me' comments as I will delete them as I find them.


2nd-Aug-2010 09:17 am (UTC)
Name: windchild85
Preferred genres: Spander/Spangel. Other BtVS m/m slash is ok, too.
Beta strengths: Spelling, grammar, punctuation, word choice. I'm American - from the Deep South, no less - so the Queen's English is probably not my strong suit, although I did live in England for 8 years (loved it!).
Beta weaknesses:
I've only beta'd for one person (witchway) so far, so don't have much of a resume', yet.
Stuff I will not beta: Nothing outside of Angel/BtVS and no crossovers. No Daddy!Kink or childhood abuse. And I'm **meh** about Het fic.
Experience: I was 5th grade local spelling champ and for most of my life, I've read the dictionary for fun (my nickname in school was "Word Nerd"). I was a proofreader for our base newspaper when we were stationed overseas, and I also proofread my husband's college thesis. In ficdom, I have beta'd a bit of Spander for witchway (please see http://witchway.livejournal.com/77170.html and http://witchway.livejournal.com/77536.html)
Contact info: windchild85@livejournal.com
Other fandoms (for crossover purposes): No crossovers, please.
Any specialist knowledge: Not really.
Any other info: Unless asked to do otherwise, I tend to **only** beta for spelling, grammar, punctuation and word choice. I have, on occasion, been known to suggest a sentence restructuring or two, just to provide better flow. However, I don't make other suggestions (i.e. "Hey, wouldn't it make more sense if Spike did THIS, instead...") because, simply put, it's not my fic. I use text highlighting for all corrections/suggestions for restructuring, so the writer can plainly see those things and make any necessary changes.

Having said all that... I have recently begun writing my own Spander fic. If you would like my input on anything you've written, or would like to collaborate, I'd be open to those possibilities.

Last thing: I'm a working mom with two kids. My fic reading and beta work tend to happen late at night. If you need a quick turnaround, I'll do my best, but I can't always promise it'll happen the same night (especially true for the more epic stories). But I do promise I'll be as thorough as possible!

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