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#145542 - 10/20/04 02:42 AM Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
Wendymr Offline


Registered: 04/22/03
Posts: 3454
Loc: London (the one in Ontario, Ca...
I've noticed several people, in the Care and Feeding of BRs thread, stating that they're willing to beta for writers who are looking for BRs. But it occurred to me that these offers might get lost in the midst of that thread. So I've started this new one in the hope that those kind FoLCs, and perhaps others who've been wondering about BRing, might post here advertising their services. wink

For someone who hasn't done it before, the first question on your mind might be: What do I need to be a BR?

The most important thing to have is a love of fanfic. That's it, really. goofy Spelling, grammar, punctuation - well, that helps, but only really if the writer you BR for specifies that s/he needs help with that. When I work with a BR, what I want from her/him is these things:

  • Reactions: how does the story make you feel? Are you getting what you want from the story? From the characters' actions? From the plot? Does anything not make sense?
  • Criticisms: does it make sense? Have I explained everything? Are my characters in character - and if they're acting out of character, have I explained why? Is it just plain stupid? Does the dialogue sound right? Is there a better way to say something than I've said it?
  • Suggestions: do you have ideas about what could happen next? Or how something that's already happened could happen better? Or how I could link aspects of the story together?
  • Sometimes I want to brainstorm: I might feel that I've written myself into a corner and I want to discuss ideas as to how to escape. wink But finding those ideas isn't the BR's job - if s/he comes up with solutions that's a real bonus. Simply being able to discuss the creative process helps.
  • Spelling, grammar etc: way down the list! Sure, if my BR finds a typo or a misplaced semi-colon, I want to know. wink But it's much more about the ideas.

How does the process work? Any way you and your author want it to. goofy Some writers prefer to send a complete story; others send chunks - completed chapters or even just however many pages they have written at that point, whether or not they end at a proper finishing-point. As Yvonne said, perhaps they don't even end at the end of a sentence! wink Some writers want to discuss complete plot outlines before sending any story drafts; others prefer to keep their BRs in the dark as their story develops.

As to the mechanics of communication, there's email, there's IRC, there's chat programmes. wink Almost as many arrangements as there are BR relationships!

Someone in the other thread mentioned that it's helpful if authors looking for BRs say something about their story and what they want from their BR. Excellent idea! It's also very helpful if volunteering BRs specify what sort of stories they like and what they consider their skills and interests to be - kmar did that. thumbsup

So how about it, would-be BRs? Post here, and then wait for eager, grateful writers to contact you - and enjoy all the lovely fic which will come pouring in!

Wendy smile

Edited by LabRat (01/11/18 11:50 AM)
Just a fly-by! *waves*

#145543 - 10/20/04 04:31 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
LabRat Offline

Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Registered: 04/23/03
Posts: 9340
Loc: Scotland
I've been trying to find time to compose something like this all day. LOL. GMTA, Wendy, and thanks for saving me the trouble. laugh

I've seen official beta reader lists in several fandoms and often wondered if it's something FoLCdom might want to adopt. It may seem like a small shift from having somewhere where beta readers post to volunteer rather than the usual format of authors posting to ask for a beta. But I think it's a shift of emphasis that could work much better.

As Wendy says, the lists I've seen have betas setting out what they're prepared to take on. That they have time to beta short stories, but not longer ones. That they'll beta anything, apart from deathfic, nfic, next gen fic...whatever. And authors can then see which betas might offer them what they need and send their story to them, accordingly.

Just one thing to add:

Spelling, grammar, punctuation - well, that helps, but only really if the writer you BR for specifies that s/he needs help with that.
Spelling, grammar etc: way down the list! Sure, if my BR finds a typo or a misplaced semi-colon, I want to know. But it's much more about the ideas.
I think the importance of grammar and typos being checked by a beta might vary depending on the author. For an ESL author, for example, it might be of primary importance, above ideas and suggestions. What an author needs in a beta reader is probably as varied as authors are. So it would probably be helpful for beta readers posting here to volunteer if they also set out that they're prepared to take on that task, too. Especially as it's often the nuts and bolts of correcting grammar and typos that take the bulk of a beta's time.

LabRat smile

Athos: If you'd told us what you were doing, we might have been able to plan this properly.
Aramis: Yes, sorry.
Athos: No, no, by all means, let's keep things suicidal.

The Musketeers

#145544 - 10/20/04 06:23 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
Supes1fan Offline

Registered: 04/24/03
Posts: 1047
Loc: NJ
I had a one-time beta reader experience and really enjoyed it. But, you should have seen me! Falling all over myself, offering impressions on one hand and cringing when I nitpicked something else because I hoped that I wouldn't offend. So then I was hesitant to respond to other requests on the boards since I wasn't really sure what the ground rules were.

I think a list of betas is a great idea along with the parameters they'd be willing to work within. So with that I offer my services..I'm pretty much open to most L&C scenarios except, I think, death fics (luckily I don't run into too many of these). Length is not an issue, but I'd like to have some idea as to the time commitment. I don't care how you want to send me the story or how much you want to reveal, but I would like to have a good idea of what you expect. As Sherry said in the other thread..a 'clarity of purpose' smile What is my role? How critical do you want me to be? When do you want me to get back to you? Etc.

Oh and if you want references, email me! goofy

Lois: Can I go?
Clark: No.
Lois: Oh come on, Clark, why do we go through this? We both know I知 going to go.
Clark: Then why do you ask?
Lois: I知 trying to be nice.

#145545 - 10/20/04 06:43 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
NearlyNoelNeill Offline

Registered: 04/24/03
Posts: 176
Loc: NYC
Beta-reader, well-seasoned. Some tarnish from dealing with persistent Whams and dangling participles. Otherwise good condition. Has learned the hard way to spot plagiarism from any distance (so don't even try....Sorry, inside, black humor.) References supplied.

Prefers to receive Microsoft Word and use comments and track changes features.

Update: 4/06 I don't have the time that I used to, so I'd better not commit to long stories or they'll take forever (Sorry Ray!) But short stories in need of BR, copy edits, punctuation and grammar etc. are still fine.

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#145546 - 10/20/04 05:22 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
kmar Offline

Registered: 12/12/03
Posts: 514
Loc: Maryland
As I said I'm willing to Beta Read. I'm not the best writer but I did have a teacher once give me a B+ for my ideas. We had to look at 2 paintings and write about what we saw. I had great ideas just didn't write enough. I'm willing to read anything although there are some story lines that are not my favorites.

Not Favorite Story Lines:
1. Luthor - kill him and let him stay dead in my book.
2. Tempus - same for him.
3. The Imp - Mxy(whatever) is annoying.
4. Really don't like deathfics. If I want to be depressed I'll pick up a newspaper. Also they make me cry.
5. Hate Tank Endings.

Favorite Story Lines:
1. Premarriage post revelation or post marriage for that matter.
2. Adventures together.
3. Adventures together that include the other characters as well - even Cat Grant.
4. Enjoy the NFic Stories as well.
5. Enjoy many of the Alt World Stories
6. Premarriage, prerevelation but dating stories. Just not crazy about the period Lois was treating Clark so bad.

Have dictionary installed on my computer. Pretty good at spelling not real good with punctuation. And am I a fanfic fan. As I said I have it all saved to zip disks and CD's.

Can reach me at woomar1954@aol.com please put something in the attention line so I make sure I open the email. Been known to delete emails if not sure who or what it is about. Don't want to get any bugs.

Kmar (or KaCee)

#145547 - 10/24/04 11:49 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
LNCroxmysox Offline
Hack from Nowheresville

Registered: 05/13/03
Posts: 291
Loc: West Coast, USA
I'm willing to BETA read for someone. My strengths seem to be finding spelling errors and spotting continuity errors. So I can either do nitty-gritty fix-ups or I can just give you a general idea of things to improve -- whichever you like, just be sure to tell me what you expect. I also have all the episodes on tape and they've been watched numerous times, so if you need to find out if something you're writing jives with the show, I can probably help you there.

I prefer shorter stories (80k and below, and I'm using archive standards for that. That's not 80,000 words, that's 80 kilobytes of diskspace! Hehe I think that amounts to 30-40 pages. I can go a little higher, too, if you really, really need a BETA reader.)

I especially enjoy comedies and next gen/early years fics. I also like vignettes, elseworlds, and SOME drama, SOME angst, SOMEtimes. smile I generally don't like deathfics or overly-angsty stories. And I don't read nfic at all.

I've just updated my profile to include my email address; you can contact me there if you like. smile

#145548 - 10/28/04 02:01 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
Sailor Coruscant Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 7
Loc: Sydney
I'm always willing to beta for people, and I usually manage to get back to the author within three days (or send a nice apology saying why I can't do it sooner).

I like reading all stories, though I prefer pre-coupledom stories just because there's more conflict between Lois and Clark.

When I'm beta-ing, my responses usually tend to be more feedback on the plot, characterisation and the feel of the story, rather than nitpicking over spelling and grammar (though I'll always point out anything I spot that needs fixing).
I don't mind taking on the role of grammar-nazi for someone who doesn't have English as their first language though.

Just so long as the author lets me know what they expect from me as a beta-reader, I don't mind helping them out.

My email address is in my profile.
Catherine - naivety passing full-blown

#145549 - 10/29/04 11:17 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
LabRat Offline

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Registered: 04/23/03
Posts: 9340
Loc: Scotland
Grammar Nazi? goofy

LabRat smile

Athos: If you'd told us what you were doing, we might have been able to plan this properly.
Aramis: Yes, sorry.
Athos: No, no, by all means, let's keep things suicidal.

The Musketeers

#145550 - 10/30/04 12:54 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
Kitty Offline

Registered: 06/18/03
Posts: 383
Loc: Chicago, ILLINOIS
IRC? Never heard of it. Where is it?

lling BRs looking for work!
Too bad I don't have one. I have mountains of them to BR'ing.
In all matter of life, my favorite saying would be, "Look before you leap."

"The measure of a man's real charter is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out." -Thomas Macaulay.

#145551 - 11/14/04 11:55 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
avia Offline

Registered: 04/25/03
Posts: 148
Loc: Hadera, Israel
I知 willing to BR. smile

If RL gets to hectic I値l let you know.

As an ESL I知 pretty good with plot lines and spelling (don稚 you just love Word痴 automatic spell checker? wink ).

I知 not really good with punctuation but I知 willing to learn.

I値l read any story as long as the characterization is good.

Bring it on!

(Contact details in profile)
"I get it, you're a ghost. You're dead. Big accomplishment, move on. You see a light anywhere? Go towards it okay?"

Cordelia in 'Rm w/a Vu' - Angel episode 1x05

#145552 - 11/15/04 04:01 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
kmar Offline

Registered: 12/12/03
Posts: 514
Loc: Maryland
A couple of entries back I said I would Beta Read. Still will. Any story as long as you don't KILL OFF the main characters - I hate those.

Wanted to post this update because I have BOTH

#145553 - 11/19/04 12:21 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
Laurach Offline

Registered: 04/24/03
Posts: 4058
Loc: NY
Dear Beta readers. I have 2 old stories on the nfic archive that make me cringe when I see the mistakes. I also have timeline issues. They were both beta read but they need to be redone. I like the ideas and the passion in the stories but if anyone would be willing to reread and help correct the timeline problems and some type errors that still exhist, I would appreciate it. If you wish to look and see what would be involved, the stories are "Early to Bed" and "Another Place in time" by me, Laurach. They have been bugging me for a long time but with all the wonderful writers we have in this fandom I just never felt worthy. If someone with free time and a good sense of timeline for L n C nfic would like to practice on these, I would appreciate it. I had Lab Rat beta for me for TV or not TV, so I know that one is fine. Wanda and Robin helped me with the last one so that one is OK also. Anyway, they are on the nfic archive. Feel free to rip into them. Thanks, Laura
my e mail is lcme239@optonline.net
Clark: 的f we can be born in an instant, and die in an instant, why can稚 we fall in love in an instant?

Caroline's "Stardust"

#145554 - 11/30/04 08:48 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
Ray Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 04/24/03
Posts: 18
Loc: Wheeling, IL
I'm currently working with two authors on stories but I have some spare time to beta read. I am detail oriented and I can help with continuity issues. I am not real experienced with grammar and punctuation but am willing to help if that is required. I don't just rely on Word's spell checker as that can get you in trouble with correctly spelled words used in the wrong context.

I am very open with regards to story lines. My only restriction is New Krypton stories where Lois doesn't wait for Clark, I won't read those. I also have STRONG opinions on first season Lois and her behavior so if your story deals with that please be prepared for a vigorous debate, other than that I love them all, especially long stories.

I have also worked with an author who's native language was not English and helped her "translate" her story so I am open to that as well.

I try to respond to an author within 24-48 hours unless it is over a weekend when it may be longer and also it depends on the length of the section being sent.

Any questions you may have please email me, my address is in my profile.



#145555 - 12/15/04 03:04 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
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Registered: 04/24/03
Posts: 1744
Loc: Sydney Australia
I'm willing to beta read anything now because I've got a lot of time on my hands with summer holidays at the moment feel free to email anything to me
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#145556 - 12/15/04 05:25 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
KSaraSara Offline


Registered: 08/14/03
Posts: 2077
Loc: Las Vegas, NV
Okay... off topic, but I just had to share...

with summer holidays
I did a double take and then laughed at myself... thinking... "It's winter. Isn't it?" laugh

Sara goofy

#145557 - 12/15/04 08:04 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!

I did a double take and then laughed at myself... thinking... "It's winter. Isn't it?"
Sara, if I'm not mistaken, now is summer time in Australia. Different hemisphere, Aussies are now experiencing the equivalent of our Northern Hemisphere 'July'...so summer holidays. wink

Carole smile1

#145558 - 12/16/04 05:54 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
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Registered: 08/14/03
Posts: 2077
Loc: Las Vegas, NV
I know. laugh That's why I laughed at myself. goofy


#145559 - 12/17/04 02:30 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!

Hem. Knew I was good at making a fool of myself! shocked

Next time I'll start with the meaning of 'double take'.

(/me fetch a dic nearby)

Riiiight. *cough*

Maybe I should give long week-end break a try. Yeah, long WE's growing on me.

Sounds good, indeed.

Carole smile1

#145560 - 12/18/04 10:29 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
silentsongbird Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/14/04
Posts: 37
Loc: Nunavut, Canada
Well I doubt I'd be much help as a beta reader, yet. I'm easing my way back into the fandom but will volonteer if I ever manage to fill in the holes in my knowledge. I am not good at Spelling or Grammar (Yes I was told by a TA once that "You don't belong at a university") I cried my eyes out. My english skills however were good enough to score me a 90% in Senior English (I was lucky I got to chose the style of the written part, so I chose Narative). So I think I'm just okay, somewhere in there. I don't tend to catch a lot of things unless they are obvious.

The thing I can do is, reaction, let you know how a peice or section makes me feel. I'm MOST familiar with season 1. Season 2 and Season 3 moderately and Season 4 I missed most of because my sister joined me at private boarding school that year, and my parents couldn't (or wouldn't) program the VCR for me. :-(

That and I really LOVE reading stuff by Dr Klein et al explaining anything to do with Genetics, be it of Superman, or anyone else for that matter.

Now that I have a mission in mind I'll be watching more of my old LnC tapes, and reading more Fic so I have a feeling in the new year i'll be a more useful resource.

Katie (Songbird)

#145561 - 12/26/04 12:03 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
Lois Lane - 9397 Offline

Registered: 12/26/04
Posts: 964
Loc: Bellevue, Washington USA
I'm looking for a BR to look over several of my stories...some are LnC and others are non LnC...One being Smallville, and then another being a movie sequel. Recently, my muse had been bugging me to write again, so I've kind of re-jumped into the pool.

The thing is...I have a lot going on, so if you're the type who needs to take your time with this (and doesn't like deadlines) then I'm probably the person for you. I can only send you things when I have them...considering a lot of my stories are RPGs...(the only exception being my movie sequel at the moment.) A lot of my stories tend to be NC-17 as well, but I also make a PG-13 verison of them if I feel like it's warranted.

Anyway, if interested, please email me at LoisLane9397@aol.com

One can kind of see themselves as a "stand-by BR," so anyone interested please apply. I'll really appreciate it. smile

-Alexis wink
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#145562 - 01/22/05 09:03 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
Mad Dog Lane Offline

Registered: 07/10/04
Posts: 845
Loc: Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
Willing Best - Reader

Several fics of experience;

Especialized in finding glitches, detailed FDK, readers' reactions, babbling and Lex supporting.

1-1000 pages story. FDK in 1-5 days;

References: SQD, Joey, Farneighgal, and Laura;


Willing Professional Clip Finder

Especialized in any type of scenes from plastic plates to Elvis' stories.

1-1000 scenes in a few seconds.

References: Rachel, Julie, and SaraSKFoLC.

Satisfaction guaranted or your money back.

Please contact MDL on her e-mail address, by fax, or by smoke signs.
"Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you."

#145563 - 01/28/05 03:40 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
sandrad Offline

Registered: 10/01/04
Posts: 151
Loc: Toronto, Canada
I would just love to BR or help brainstorm! I'm going to be having a bit of time on my hands from now until May, but fanfics are always at the top of my priorities anyway, so I'll make time if the story is long and BRing extends into that period. smile I'll take the commitment seriously, and I'm pretty prompt in replying (immediately, if I happen to receive the story when I'm free, to 48 hours).

I don't have too much experience, but I'm really enthusiastic, and I always have a steady stream of ideas. Length is not an issue at all. smile

I love and am willing to read absolutely any kind of story, but my ultimate favourites are Kid/FamilyFics, where Lois is pregnant, or she and Clark have small children (either together or adopted but not only from just one of them). WAFF and angst are fantastic, nfics are great, Alt-Universes, episode re-writes, Alt-Beginnings, What Ifs, drama, Early Years, etc., I love it all. thumbsup

But stuff I can't handle, or I don't enjoy reading as much are:
-deathfics (ugh, I really can't deal with those, even if they're well-written)
-any story in which Lois and/or Clark end up being with someone else other than each other
-slash (though I've never come across any in FoLCdom)
-anything that's too extremely A Plot intensive, because I tend to lose interest and focus

My fdk is usually more about characterisation and the plot, how it makes me feel, if it's making sense, etc. I'm a more logical kind of person, so I'm good at working out kinks with believability issues. I also tend to be able to catch spelling errors/typos very well, but I'm only okay at grammar.

I can communicate through e-mail (preferably with Word attachments), on MSN or Yahoo Messenger...and I've been thinking about getting IRC, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. shocked Only thing I ask for is a clear explanation of what's expected of me in my participation in the creation of the story. Oh, and please don't start a story and stop writing in the middle of it (and, consequently, leaving me hanging) because it's my worst nightmare!

So yes! I have time, so if you need an eager brainstormer, BR, cheerleader, anything, just give me an e-mail!

Mirage smile
Clark: You're really high maintenance, aren't you?

Lois: Yes, but I'm worth it!

#145564 - 02/12/05 08:31 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
TagsNOLA Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 09/26/04
Posts: 8
Loc: Gretna, Louisiana, USA
Request for Beta Reader:

I've just finished my story "Third Son." This is NOT a short story. It is 207 pages. The setting is about 30 years into the future from the L&C TV program. It is based on the 4-part series known among some of you as the "New Krypton Arc." This is the scenario wherein Ching and Zara come to Earth to recruit Clark to go back with them to NK to rule; and wherein Lord Nor and some of his thugs attack Smallville and Metropolis.

Thirty some odd years later, give or take, Lois and Clark Kent have raised three sons to young adulthood: "Jonathan Luke, Lane Clark and Mattew Mark. Jon and Lane were born with super powers like their dad. Mark (He goes by "Mark," not "Matt.") was born perfectly healthy, but he's completely normal. He has Terran, not Kryptonian physiology. This is his story.

This is NOT a Harlequin romance story. Lois and Clark are only bit players in the scenario. There are quite a few military references and there are combat scenes, although comparatively little bloodshed.

There is one fairly intense "torture" scene.

What I am asking for:
1. Grammar, spelling and punctuation and any glaring boo boo's such as word omissions or malapropisms. I've spell checked, grammar checked, read and re-read. And STILL I keep finding errors. I think these grammar glitches must breed like rabbits or like ants. But I hope I've caught most of them. My biggest weakness, I think, is misuse of past perfect tense. Maybe a little help on that might be useful. Some of my grammar, MS Word does not like (the little green squiggly underline, mostly, I think, because of my use of passive voice). You may be like Microsoft and HATE passive voice. But I'm not writing a business letter, so I don't find passive voice all that bad. If it were bad, we wouldn't HAVE passive voice. I don't need a debate about that, but if my wording is weak and could be improved, I'd take ANY suggestions, as long as the beef is not about passive voice PER SE. ;o)

Problems with continuity within the plot: I've really TRIED to "idiot check" this thing, but two heads are better than one. As far as perfect consistency with the TV show or with any of the "ages" in the DC "Superman" legend, I totally give up. You'd need to be a PHD in "comic lore" to stay up with that. All I've tried for here is consistency WITHIN this story.

I would like some just good ole "fdk." The touchy feely kind. How did it make you feel? What about your thoughts?

I'm not really sure that this Clark(Superman) character will be to everyone's liking. That's OK. I'm interested in the why's and wherefores of the likes and dislikes, but I do not expect that this character would be everyone's cup of tea.

As for the main character, "Mark Kent," I'm sure some will NOT like him. He has "issues." I think, in his heart, he is essentially a decent soul. But he's no "boy scout."

I've taken some liberties with the storyline in the L&C TV programs upon which my story is based. The true "purists" might not like that. But I took the liberty to make my story fit. Hey, it's a free country. ;o)

I would imagine this solicitation has run a bit long compared to some, like my story. But I wanted to let anyone who might be inclined to volunteer know what they might be getting into.

I would be happy to e-mail the document to whomever might agree to beta my story. I can send it to you in MS Word .doc or in .pdf format. I'd rather NOT send it as a .txt file. I'd loose my text formatting and I've employed a LOT of italics for emphasis.

Note: there is a brief change of font from Times Roman to Courier New. That is deliberate. That short section is intended to simulate the font employed in the military telecommunications system.

Reply to: TagsNOLA@lycos.com

Thanks in advance.


#145565 - 03/09/05 07:18 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
Superdiva Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 10/08/04
Posts: 26
Loc: So Cal
I would love to be a BR! smile1 I haven't done it in the fanfic world, but I do an immense amount of writing and editing in my career. I consider myself a constructive critic, but I'm even better at giving praise. I love to see a beautifully written final draft and would help in any way possible. As an avid reader, I am willing to read and BR any type of story.

If you would like me to take a look at what you are writing, please email me! My email address is in my profile.

"We must be the change we wish to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi

#145566 - 03/25/05 04:14 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
Doranwen Offline
Beat Reporter

Registered: 03/25/05
Posts: 483
Loc: WA state, Seattle area
I love beta reading!

Experience: A Young Wizards fic awhile back, currently a Smallville fic for a friend

Strengths: Spelling & punctuation--I have been spellchecking automatically since I was young, punctuation/grammar mistakes are easy for me to spot too; if a phrase doesn't fit well, if a character just doesn't feel right, I'll probably spot it; I'm American, which will also help if someone needs to make sure they're not using British-isms or slang from anywhere else in the world

Length: Short--much as I LOVE long fics, I spend too much time on the computer already! Though if the fic's chapters were spaced out I wouldn't mind that much.

Preferred types of stories:
Lois and Clark's developing relationship, particularly before she knew he was Superman
Episode adaptations (I love TOGOM rewrites in particular, and would love to see more of The Prankster)
L&C with kids (who MUST have superpowers--I believe that Kryptonian has to produce Kryptonian even with a human laugh therefore I don't like stories as much where Clark's kids aren't superpowered, or only have partial powers)
Any story in which Lois has to let down her guard around Clark and be vulnerable for some reason (I love seeing it every time, lol)
Any story where Lois has to stay over at Clark's for some reason (I don't know why, I just like 'em)
Alt beginnings or AUs (like Meet Me in Kansas City, for instance)
Alt-Clark finds his Lois
Stories about supporting characters

Disliked types of stories:
would prefer that L&C wait till marriage for sex
Tank Endings (or stories that change everything around--i.e. Irene Dutch's last story in her series changes SO much of what happened in the earlier ones, and made me incredibly sad, though it was still good writing)
Tempus-related stories (I put up with him, but he annoys me)
Lois haircut stories (I LOVE her longer hair--the feathered style drives me nuts--sorry, Tank! hehe)
Don't point. You make holes in the air and the faeries escape.

#145567 - 04/28/05 03:28 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
minimunch3 Offline

Registered: 10/29/03
Posts: 613
Loc: VA
I would be willing to BR. School's done in a week so I'll have even more free time. I always spend a little of my day checking out the MBs and reading stories. I have read tons, although I'm ashamed to say I don't always leave my comments and praise shocked .

Things I'm not partial to:
-Future stories (although some stories with LnC having kids are good, but I don't like one's where it's so far into the future that Clark has remarried, aka NextGen.)
-Extremely long stories
-Stories where LnC end up with people other than each other
-That stupid Imp

I love basically anything else. I love any kind of relationship-y stories: early years, getting together, or married. I don't mind if a story is sad, mainly because they usually get better. And they can be written so well that it's ok to cry smile . I have learned to like Alt-stories too. I don't mind any of the other villains. There is so much that can be done with Luthor and Tempus. Tempus can get annoying, but he's still a good villain. I love reading fanfic so most likely I'll enjoy what you throw at me smile .

I'm decent at spelling and grammar. I can usually pick out characterization problems and such. I can also tell if a story is flowing correctly and those types of things. Just tell me what you expect me to help with and would like comments on. It shouldn't happen, but I don't want to upset or offend anyone! If you are writing, you have my utmost respect!

My contact info is in my profile. Let me know, I'd love to help out!

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Rachel: A moo point?
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#145568 - 04/28/05 06:40 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
Terry Leatherwood Offline

Registered: 06/22/04
Posts: 2473
Loc: Southwest USA
Hi. I'm looking for a female Beta reader willing to work at a fairly rapid pace. I've already hooked up with a pretty strong male Beta who's great with continuity and plot points and pointing out stuff that's in my head but not in my story yet, but neither he nor I are all that good with the touchy-feely stuff that belongs in this kind of fanfic writing.

I usually do longer pieces, usually close to novel-length (60,000 words and longer), and they're almost always alt-world stuff. I also don't mind characters dying within the story, as long as it moves the narrative along. I don't kill characters just to kill characters. I must also warn you that the specific piece I'm working on now has Clark getting together with someone other than Lois. (But it may not be a permanent thing. Not sure about that yet.)

Please let me know if you're interested. I'd like some assistance with plot continuity and general feel, as well as improving my WAFFy quotient. I'm pretty good with grammar and sentence structure, but everybody makes tiepoes - er, typos.

Hope to hear from you soon!
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#145569 - 04/28/05 08:22 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
LabRat Offline

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Registered: 04/23/03
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Loc: Scotland
Terry, this thread is for beta readers to post that they are willing to take on work.

I'd suggest you put your request for a beta in Fanfic Related proper - it's got more chance of being spotted by a potential beta reader there and could well be overlooked in here. smile

Or, of course, you might find the beta you're looking for here in this thread.

LabRat smile

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#145570 - 04/30/05 04:40 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
Kaethel Offline


Registered: 04/22/03
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My mistake, Rat. shocked Terry emailed me a couple of weeks ago asking where he could find a BR and I told him he could post here. I thought it worked both for willing BRs and authors looking for BRs. huh I hadn't realised it was only for willing BRs. shocked

Anyway... Terry, I hope you did find a BR for your story. smile

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#145571 - 05/01/05 12:22 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
Terry Leatherwood Offline

Registered: 06/22/04
Posts: 2473
Loc: Southwest USA
Haven't found one yet, but I refuse to give up hope. Anyway, if I was perfect, I'd be mad. And I'm not mad. What I am is pleased that I've found a bunch of people who miss this show as much as I did and have found a way to keep the magic going.

And I'm glad for all the work that the editors put in, the long hours typing and re-typeing - er, retyping - and dealing with people who think THEIR WORK is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE UNIVERSE! Hey, it may be, but not everyone lives in the same reality, right?
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#145572 - 05/16/05 04:37 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
Bgirl2004 Offline
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Registered: 12/25/04
Posts: 32
Loc: Ohio
I am always willing to BR for anyone... I love to read and spend most of my free time on the internet re-reading fanfics as it is, so new ones are always welcome to me...


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#145573 - 05/21/05 03:32 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
lisime12 Offline

Registered: 01/09/04
Posts: 120
Loc: PA
I've been working on a couple of fics with my friend shannon and I need someone to read over one of the stories that we have finished it's about 37 pages long. But I will warn you clark is written a little out of character. if you are intrested pls email me at: lisime1@msn.com
and just put in the subject: " BR FOLC" so if it goes to my junk folder I know it's you guys.
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#145574 - 07/28/05 02:12 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
Lois Lane - 9397 Offline

Registered: 12/26/04
Posts: 964
Loc: Bellevue, Washington USA
I've gotten more settled in and my muse is going into overdrive, so I'd like to request a Beta Reader to help me out with any grammar mistakes I haven't caught, feedback on story content and any other issues I'd like to bounce off.

Recently, I just completed posting Part 1 of my ADITLOM writer's group story. It's NC-17, but I'm also thinking about toning it down to PG-13 for LnC fanfic archive upload.

This is where I need help! It's fairly lenghty, so I'll be sending it in probably 20 page sections at a time so the BR won't be overwhelmed.

Please email me at LoisLane9397@aol.com if interested!

Also if you live in the Washington state area and you're interested in being BR, I'd be more than happy to meet in person to discuss my story as you read through it.

Thanks! smile
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#145575 - 11/20/05 06:38 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
Squirky Offline

Registered: 11/18/05
Posts: 85
Loc: Texas
Hey, everyone! I'm new to the forums but not the fanfics. I don't have time to write (med students generally don't :p ), but I'm more than willing to beta read for anyone that wants help. I'm *especially* good with grammar and spelling, I find flaws of continuity and bumpy phrasing, and I love a good plot! I'll work with any genre. I'm Texan, so although I usually use American spellings, I'm aware and used to British English as well. Because I'm not on ICQ, email me with work at albino226 at sbcglobal.net. I'll try to have it done within a week, if not sooner, depending on the length of the manuscript and my exam schedules.

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#145576 - 07/11/06 03:19 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
datchickukindaknow Offline

Registered: 01/02/06
Posts: 404
Loc: New York
Hi, and yes I know I'm extremely late to the thread but hey huh .

I would love to beta read for someone out there. I dont actually write fics myself, but I'm good bounce ideas off. I've never beta read for anyone before but that just mean you can mold and shape me to what works best for you. I have enough free time on my hands now that I can almost always be available to you.
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#145577 - 07/14/06 08:41 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
MadameButterfly Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 07/09/06
Posts: 30
Loc: Chicago, IL
Jumping in a little late as well-

I'd love to BR around here. I used to BR a lot with X-Files fic, so I have some experience. I'm usually pretty good with grammar, spelling, and syntax and I promise an honest reaction to the storylines/characters/etc.

Things that I really don't enjoy:
Lois and Clark with children
Alt-universe stories. I don't mind as much the AU meetings (like Meet Me in St. Louis or When Larry Met Charlie, both of which I loved). I don't really like the AU presented in the show. Just didn't do anything for me.

Everything else, I think, is fair game. I love revelation stories. I love anything to do with TOGOM, which is probably my favorite episode of the series. I don't mind long stories.

Overall, my commentary is usually very detailed and I offer a lot of suggestions. I'm a very "active" BR, if that makes sense.

So, if you need someone to look over your story, I've got some free time on my hands and am more than willing to help out.
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#145578 - 10/20/06 12:32 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
LLCK Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 10/07/06
Posts: 22

I am new to the boards so, obviously I am late. wink

But I've written a couple of stories which seem to need BRing, really because English isn't my first language.

My first story has been posted, titled Midnight Moods.

The other one, too is a small family-story, and I desperately need somebody to BR it.

Somebody please, HELP!

#145579 - 10/23/06 04:00 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
rivka Offline

Registered: 04/24/03
Posts: 1587
Loc: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Once upon a time, I used to beta. Then life (and my job) started sucking up more and more of my time, and I gradually flaked out on people. shocked

That was several years ago. Life is a bit calmer, and my job is FAR calmer (mostly because it's a very different job! laugh )

So I'd like to try betaing again. smile

I have three kids and work full-time, so I can't promise quick turn-around, and cannot commit to really long fics. But I can spot a misplaced comma at ten paces or slice a run-on sentence down to size. I've been known to make helpful suggestions on occasion (even my kids admit this occasionally), and I usually LOL and ROFL and *cry* at all the right places.

I adore angst, including well-written deathfics. I generally like kidfics too.

Email, PM, carrier pigeon -- just drop me a line. smile
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#145580 - 03/18/07 06:53 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
The Little Tornado Offline

Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 252
Loc: Metropolis
I am willing to BR. I have great grammar and I am wonderful at spelling.

And I am up to BR anything however please note that I usually do not like the fanfics that deal with Lois and Clark and what happens to their kids when they grow up - so it might take a little longer for me to get through those and get back to you. Though of course I might just like a story exactly like that so much that you might get my comments on it immediately.

I look forward to wielding a red pen soon.


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#145581 - 06/17/07 02:54 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
sammie Offline

Registered: 04/25/07
Posts: 199
Loc: lancashire, UK
im willing to beta read. i may not be good at puntuation actually im not good at it that much at all but my spellings quite good and ive got quite abit of time on my hands. nfic aswell.
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#145582 - 07/18/07 05:59 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
Nina Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 07/17/07
Posts: 12
Loc: Chicago, IL
I'm willing to beta read as well. I'm awesome with grammar and spelling and I'm always willing to put my two cents in. I'm fairly certain I've worked my way through all of the site's stories (many of them several times) over the last several years. I have lots of ideas and would love to help. Let me know.

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#145583 - 10/31/07 08:25 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
Zoar3 Offline

Registered: 12/04/06
Posts: 655
I would be happy to BR for someone. smile As I just got asked to br a darker, perhaps deathfic, let me say that I really don't care for those types of tales. smirk Nor does Alt universes, clones, too many villains or Tempus or Wells rank too high with me.I certainly don't mind L and C having to work through a problem or trial but that probably it. Generally, I like revealation, romance, episode rewrites, Clark tales, smile , L and C having kids, and of course WAFFY!


#145584 - 05/27/08 01:08 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
GuineaPants Offline

Registered: 12/03/06
Posts: 214
Loc: Alaska
I would also be more than to beta for someone! But I do feel that I must state that though I am good at grammar, my spelling kinda sucks something awful. So if you want me to beta for you I will do my best to help. Just ask and I will do what I can. smile1
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#145585 - 08/12/08 11:26 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
HelensEidolon Offline
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Registered: 08/09/08
Posts: 2
I'm just getting back into the fanfic world, and would be happy to beta for anyone who would want me.

My ability to edit for grammar and spelling is quite good - too good if you ask some of the people I exchange emails with! wink In fact, I tend to be very critical reader, so perhaps I'd be better beta reader for someone who is looking for constructive criticism.

I'm willing to read pretty much anything, including nFic.

#145586 - 09/04/09 01:18 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
Pedendang Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 08/28/09
Posts: 49
Loc: Gent, Belgium
Here's another willing BR checking in. I'm a bit late to the party, and a bit new to it all, but I hope that won't stop people from considering my offer.

Full disclosure: I have never been a beta reader in any fandom before, and as a fiction writer, I'm just entering a stage where I'm willing to show other people my writing.

That said, I have done more than my fair share of proofreading and critiquing other people's writing in other contexts, and that includes academic writing, prose, and even poetry on a few occasions.

My strengths as a beta reader for fiction include:
  • Articulating the way a story makes me feel.
  • Identifying plot holes, inconsistencies, and little tidbits that seem not to fit with the normal behavior of a character as I've come to know him/her in this specific story.
  • Brainstorming story ideas (to incorporate, mangle or discard at the sole discretion of the author).
  • Identifying sentences, or whole segments of the story that don't quite 'sound right', style-wise.

Weaknesses include:
  • The fact that English isn't my first language (in fact, it's my third, but I do spend quite a lot of time reading, writing and communicating in English, and I listen to a lot of English-language radio).
  • My tendency to use a lot of really long sentences in my own writing, which means it's unlikely that I will call you on that if you do it yourself.

I will read and comment on basically any kind of story, as long as you present it to me in digestable portions (up to 10.000 or so words at a time).

If you've made it to the end of this litany, and you still think I might be the person you're looking for, please feel free to PM me, and we'll take it from there.
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#145587 - 04/09/10 03:59 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
LolaDane Offline
Hack from Nowheresville

Registered: 06/17/04
Posts: 283
Loc: New Jersey
After being a member of these boards for so long I have decided now is the time for me to offer my services as a BR. I love reading lcfanfic and have been for YEARS! I most often leave comments but would really like to see what really is put into writing one of these...and who knows, might help me grow a pair and write one myself!

--I like solving puzzles. If you're stuck in a rut and need a sound board/help getting out of a jam, I like coming up with alternatives, offer solutions...that kind of thing.

--I speak the truth. Can't handle it? Don't hire me. If something sucks I will let you know. For example, if I were the BR for the writers from the Clone Arc I would have told them to crumple it up, send it sailing to the waste basket AND to open a window because it STINKS (all IMO)

--I am available and get back quickly.

--I like L&C. That being said, crossovers are not my thing. I mean, I'll read it--but I won't enjoy it as much as I would a typical lcfanfic.

With all this being said, I am willing to help a fellow FoLC out. E-mail is in the profile =)

Happy Writing!!
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#145588 - 09/08/10 04:34 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
hank1469 Offline

Registered: 10/03/06
Posts: 25
Loc: toronto
I'm currently on short term disability till about Nov, and have done one BR [the verdict is still out on that],I'd be interested in trying again. Spelling, grammar and run-on sentences are fun to play with. I'll try anything at least once but would like to avoid slashes.e-mail at hankbernath@msn.com
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#145589 - 12/16/10 03:34 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
HappyGirl Offline
Top Banana

Registered: 08/08/07
Posts: 1194
Loc: Northern Indiana
Hey, FoLCs,

I've finished my long story and I've got another month of bed rest before this baby shows, so if you've got a short piece in need of a beta reader, I'm your girl.

6/12/11 ETA: HappyBaby is sleeping enough that I could beta a short story or a longer one if you're not in a rush. I'd need two or three days turnaround time for a short story or for part of a longer one.

References: Bob Bartholomew, CarolM

I will point out grammatical errors or style issues if I see them. I'm pretty good at translating for ESL writers. I give honest reactions, both positive and critical. I will go to the mat on characterization (ask Carol about a certain turd-like Clark who needed rehabilitation). I won't take offense if you disagree with me--it's always your story. I can make my feedback as detailed or not as you like. I'm better at B-plot than A-plot as far as brainstorming goes, but I'll give it a shot.

I've had good experience working with MSWord documents using the comments feature.

You can reach me by e-mail or by private message.

This *is* my happily ever after.

#145590 - 05/09/11 04:02 AM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work!
VirginiaR Offline
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Registered: 04/24/11
Posts: 9508
Loc: USA
UPDATED 12/16/2012

***I am currently full-up on people I'm betaing for. I can take new stories from people I've already agreed to work with, but don't have time currently to take on new authors. Should this change in the future, I'll come back and change my status.***

Hi. Since joining the boards a year and a half ago, I've Beta'd a several short and medium sized stories. And I've also had the chance to work with some pretty terrific people who have taught me what it is to be a Beta.

I'm pretty good with grammar; although, perhaps I'm still a bit rusty. I have been proofing my friends' writing since high school; plus, I worked as a professional proofreader/editor for term papers in college. I do still have some difficulties with comma placement, but I'm improving. wink Spelling is what spell-check is for, but I can usually catch stuff that the spell checker misses (i.e. form instead of from, their/they're/there, to/two/too, etc.). Plot inconsistencies usually jump out at me, but there are no guarantees. I'll also spitball my ideas, even if you don't ask me to. Feel free to use them or ignore them as you see fit.

I know how to be constructive and point out the good stuff. I'm honest, though, so if I don't like something, I'll tell you what might be better. Don't take it personally, that's just who I am. Feel free to ignore any suggestions I have regarding your story. wink I'm not you, it's not my story, they are only suggestions.

I read-through the story, usually twice. I will give copious notes: some comments, any corrections, and all questions or confusions noted. If you're willing to give me a try (test-run), I'm your gal.

I'm still fairly new to the message boards, but I can honestly say I haven't read anything (storylines) I really don't like. (This still holds true after a year of reading stories. Good work, everyone! clap ) I'm sure some will pop up, but I haven't seen any yet. I can't imagine I'd like storylines where Lois and Clark don't end up together at the end (i.e. end up with other people). I'm a hopeless romantic at heart and believe in L&C as soul mates. I love stories that make me laugh or cry (as long as I know they'll be happy in the end) or feel. That's the sign of a good writer - the emotional connection.

Story length is not an issue. I Beta at night when the house is quiet and I can concentrate without interruption. I try to return at least a Part/Posting length back within 48 hours. (If it is sent in longer blocks this turnaround time can't be guaranteed.) Communication is key. If I can't get it back with you within a few days, I'll let you know.

Feel free to contact me at my L&C email address:

"On the long road, take small steps." -- Jor-el, "The Foundling"
"clearly there is a lack of understanding between those two... he speaks Lunkheadanian and she Stubbornanian" -- chelo.

#270191 - 05/11/16 04:34 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work! [Re: Wendymr]
SirRodStewFan Offline
Hack from Nowheresville

Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 283
Loc: Little Scotland
Hi sorry i have been absent for a while but i have been working on a story I know I have a few stories that have never been finished but this one is a re work of on of my previous so I have an end in sight. I have a few chapters on paper (for my own enjoymeant) but if i can get a beta reader wold start typing up. Also would like to try to finish my other stories if anyone would like to co write with me. All i ask is patients my laptop is slow so may be a problem uploading via my tablet and my have to use my mum's which may be once a week or everyother depending on work. Please PM and I will give my email.
Hope to here soon
Will reveal where stories are going to beta up front if they want to know.
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#270237 - 05/17/16 11:48 PM Re: Willing Beta Readers looking for work! [Re: Wendymr]
Christina Offline
Top Banana

Registered: 01/17/10
Posts: 1309
Loc: Cape Girardeau
Hi! I'm around and interested in betaing.

I am open to all kinds of stories, but I ask that any pairing of Lois/other or Clark/other be left off the table. Lois and a version of Clark? Count me in! Lois/Luthor? ikes unless there's some sort of specific reason for it (ex. season one and Lois is investigating Luthor).

I don't know if I'm the best for grammar, but as a native speaking American, I should be able to keep the slang from being off-kilter.

I do have three kids (youngest a year) so whether or not I will have time to give a quick turnaround I'm unsure of.

PM me for my email if interested!
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