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Sunday, April 3rd, 2016
2:58 am
Looking for a beta for HP fic
I'm looking for a beta for my HP fic
It's AU, Slash, Mpreg.
The main pairing is Remus/Snape with Sirius/Remus and OMC/Snape on the side...

Summery: While his boyfriend in a coma for three years, driven by loneliness, a drunken Remus sleeps with an equally drunken Snape, resulting in Snape getting pregnant. Snape hides the fact of his pregnancy from everyone. However, after the last battle, he's declared dead.
One year after the end of the war, Remus, who was living in the streets due to the Werewolves' new laws and restrictions, runs into a very much alive Snape and his twin children.
Friday, October 14th, 2011
12:11 pm
Searching for Betas and Artists
The [info]aiw_big_bang is looking for betas and artists.  There are a large range of fandoms and crossovers from which to choose.  Consider lending a hand and joining the fun!  Sign ups continue through October 24th.

Saturday, December 11th, 2010
10:59 am
But, But, But...
Happy Holidays, all. Hoping, however you celebrate them, you enjoy a peaceful, lovely time. Fending off much snow here, but that's not unusual.

I've been busy working with a bunch of holiday fest fics and the same issue keeps bugging me. It's the word 'but'. I'm forever correcting the use of the word at the beginning of a sentence. I was taught that whatever the sentence was, it was not really a complete sentence if it started with 'but'. I note this mistake everytime with the same people and it often gets ignored; making me look like I didn't notice the mistake. Am I wrong here or does this just not matter anymore? My son insists that in everyday conversation it would be acceptable, but not in technical writing. Which still leaves me wondering, do I keep pointing it out? Ignore it after pointing it out once? Accept the changing times?

I was also taught that you need a comma before the word 'but', unless it is in a sentence like the following. 'Harry was happy in all but that one area of his life.' Should I continue to note this, as well?

I come from the old school and writing standards were rigid. Modern writing has changed dramatically with the advent of the internet, blogging, netspeak.....etc. I'd appreciate anyone's thoughts on it.
Sunday, November 14th, 2010
2:03 pm
My Brain's Exploding
I was in a chatroom the other day for nanowrmo and the subject of tense and some of the more obscure classifications of tenses came up. Most of us were English majors and thought we knew this stuff pretty well. However, I decided to do some research and I found a site that totally blew my mind. I admit, it's been a long time since I was in college, but some of these I don't remember at all. I am trying to go through these exercises slowly as a refresher, but the reading is pretty dry and without relevant examples to follow, I'm just not remembering the stuff. It makes perfect sense at the time, but some of it just isn't sticking with me. Luckily, most English composition comes easily to me, but I feel a little overwhelmed by some of this. Anyone have favorite sites that they refer to when needed? I have a few, but they don't really go as in-depth as this one:

Monday, November 1st, 2010
6:39 pm
Fix or Note Errors?
I was wondering how other betas work on their documents. Do you go through a story and automatically fix the little things like adding commas, simple misspellings and other easy fixes? Or do you pretty much note all of the errors and let the author make the changes? I've often found so many little mistakes that it was easier to just fix them, but then some authors do not copy and paste the document I work on. So it makes more sense to point out every single little error. When I'm working in Buzzword I do a lot of the easy fixes and just let the author know because they will export the document right from the Buzzword site to their computer. All other things that are noted are always highlighted for the author. Wondering how others deal with the very small things. Fix or highlight?
Sunday, October 10th, 2010
8:01 pm
Another Question
I had another question for you all. Have you ever beta'd for two different people who have fics entered in the same fest? I had someone ask the other day and I had already done one for someone and didn't feel comfortable about having them both in the same competition, so I told her I was not able to do that one. How do you feel about it? It almost seemed like a bit of a conflict of interest, even though I didn't write the stories. 
Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
3:33 pm
Writing Skill vs SP&G
So okay, I've been beta-ing for about three years and for much of that time it has been mostly in the gen-fic genre. Since becoming more active in the LJ comms I have noticed some differences in the writing skills. What I notice most is that people are writing for fests, exchanges and challenges most of the time. This is different than on the general fanfic archive sites and yahoo groups where the fics tend to be longer and plottier. I've always been into the long, epic, multi-chaptered fics and I'm finding very few on the LJ sites. 

What I'm finding is a whole LOT of pwps. While there is nothing wrong with that, per se, I'm finding that the skill level of the author seems to take a nosedive when writing pwps. Ok, so they aren't intended to have much plot. I get that. For the most part the sp&g is acceptable and just needs a bit of tweaking. But as I go through these little fics, I find that someone who is normally a good writer falls apart completely when writing sex scenes. I'm finding that they are writing scene's that are completely flat, lifeless and about as interesting as a nap. I realize that many of these authors are young and have limited experience and it shows in their fics.

I guess my point in bringing it up is, I'm wondering how much I say to someone who gives me a 1500 word piece that is technically well-written with few typos or errors, yet it's .......well, awful. How do I tell someone that their little pwp leaves me cold? Do you all have similar experiences or do I just need to start screening my beta jobs better? I don't have a problem telling someone when I think certain passages will flow better if written differently and making suggestions on how to create better phrasing, smoother transitions and tighter structure, but what do you do when the whole thing just sucks. I looked at two pieces this morning and they are free of errors, but they're awful. Both are just short fics for exchanges, but I'm kind of embarrassed to have the author list my name as the beta. It will probably make us both look bad.

How do you all handle stuff like that? Do you simply do the basic evaluating and call it good? I can't exactly tell the author that starting over would be the only way to fix the problem. Any insight would be appreciated.
Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
6:48 pm
 Hi all! I've been beta reading for a few years, but I'm fairly new to LJ. I noticed that there hasn't been much discussion on the site for a long time. Wondering if anyone is still around to chat a bit about beta reading? I've talked with a couple of other betas, but other than that just pretty much been on my own. It'd be good to bounce a few ideas back and forth.  
Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
10:38 am
Beta Sign-ups for Alice in Wonderland Big Bang
We are currently seeking betas for the aiw_big_bang .  This is a fanfic/art challenge that seeks to encourage writers to create quality, novella length, new fanfic inspired by Alice in Wonderland, as well as to encourage artists to create outstanding art to accompany those fics.  The resulting works are then released together in a big bang.  We have writers from the following fandoms seeking betas: Burton's Alice in Wonderland, Syfy's Alice, Disney's Alice in Wonderland, and Lewis Carroll's books.

These projects are top secret unless you happen to be one of the beta readers—reason enough to volunteer.  Beta sign-ups begin on September 29th and end November 14th.  As a beta reader you might be asked to help with plot, grammar, or research.  You might provide a shoulder to cry on or a kick in the pants.

If you are curious or think you might be willing to beta a fic (or two, or three), please head over to the community and check out the beta sign-up post.
Wednesday, November 11th, 2009
8:58 am
Two HP fic fests have signups for beta readers open.

dracobigbang is looking for betas: here

As is percybigbang: here
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
8:06 pm
need beta work?
As seen elsewhere on LJ:

hp_darkfest is looking for beta readers. You can get more information here.

(And feel free to post other notices for beta reading jobs, everyone.)
Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
4:45 pm
We're pretty quiet here, less a few requests for beta readers (that have been deleted). Even though I'm not presently beta reading for anyone, I still think betas deserve some lovin' and somewhere to chat, commisserate, and gripe--hence the poll below.

Poll #1287368 community activity poll

Are you presently beta reading?


Are you presently writing?


In the past two months, about how much work have you beta read?

just a few short things--drabbles, stories under 1,000 words
limited volume--short to medium chapters for an author or two
a great deal--multiple authors or longer stories/chapters
so much I want to "accidentally" kick a hole in my monitor

List any fandoms you beta read for/feel comfortable beta reading for

And, in an effort to make this community less moderator-driven, please leave a comment about
-discussions you'd like to see (and if you are willing to pose a question or two to start a discussion--and when you might be free to do so)
-whether you could, under a members-lock, post a beta-read excerpt with you commentary, and answer questions about your craft
-whether you could take an upcoming week and sometime during that week, post a list of your favorite beta-reading resources
-whether you could write a paragraph or two on beta reading in _____ fandom/beta reading for newbies/beta reading for oldbies/beta reading process
-whether you have the time to point out some other fine discussions

I'd really love to have more input--I learn a lot from all of you!

Current Mood: busy
Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
5:13 pm
an interesting link
Thoughts/approach to beta reading.

Does anyone else have recent beta-level writing and editing links to share--or even older ones?
Thursday, January 17th, 2008
7:19 pm
Terminus programming
Hi everyone,
I wanted to drop you a quick note with a few bits of information. First, and as always, please feel free to make posts to the community about beta-related topics. We don't bite--or we do, but not each other. ;) I have some ideas for discussion, and I'm sure others of you do as well.

Next--since many of you were HP fans originally, though a lot of us have expanded or moved on--as often, betas_anonymous will be entering a team in the Terminus Quidditch Tournament. Our history and mascot should be up soon. The Punctuation Pixies will be competing with, at least, the Trolls and the Ninja, so...please shake your apostrophes and cross your exclamation points for luck.

Also of interest might be terminus2008, which has posted a series on programming submissions and even has summaries and topics to give away. I hope some of you attending will present to remind the world that we make fanfic a better place. ;)
Sunday, January 6th, 2008
9:30 am
Happy 2008!
The new year has started and there's a bit of a lull in fests--much to the relief of many, I think!

Do you beta-read for people who take part in the rush of winter holiday exchanges? Do you seek out these beta jobs? If you do, do you find that you take a different approach to feedback or quality issues? If you write for a fest or exchange, do you expect a different quality of beta reading than you might for other stories?
Thursday, September 27th, 2007
10:42 am
Harry Potter Beta Resource
As a co-mod at hpbeta_resource, I would like to invite all beta readers to join us.

We would love to expand our directory, so if you are a beta-reader, not yet listed and/or certified at hpbeta_resource, we would love to hear from you. Further info and contact details can be found at [info]hpbeta_resource!

For all writers: If you are looking for someone to beta your story, feel free to send us your beta request.

for hpbeta_resource
Friday, September 14th, 2007
7:44 pm
'to yearn'
Hello :)

I was looking for a place where someone could chase away my doubts concerning the use of the verb 'yearn', and I just stumbled upon this community.

Anyway, my problem is if 'yearn' can be followed by 'that someone does something'. Like here:

I can’t express know how much I yearn, with every single atom of my bricks, that you acknowledge my presence and let me comfort you.

It looks ok for me, but I'm not a native speaker of English, so... I just wanted someone to confirm it. Or not. ;)

Thank you in advance :)
Wednesday, September 12th, 2007
1:49 pm
Assistance, please. Does this sentence need a comma?

As it leaps, it meets not a man but stone.

Sunday, July 15th, 2007
8:08 pm
Sectus Roundtable: Author/Beta - The Ultimate OTP
Hi everyone,

I'll be leading a roundtable discussion entitled Author/Beta: The Ultimate OTP at Sectus this Friday afternoon. It'll be an opportunity for writers and beta readers with all levels of experience to meet and discuss the author/beta dynamic, how to make the most of the beta reading process, and pretty much any other topic the group brings to the table.

I'm compiling a list of useful beta resources, which I'll be handing out to participants, and posting online afterwards. So far I've got the obvious sites and references covered (this community, the Lexicon, various style guides, etc), but if anyone's got any suggestions or favourite on- or off-line resources that might be useful, I'd love to hear about them. Thanks!

I hope to see/meet some of you at Sectus!
Sunday, April 29th, 2007
1:06 am
So, we seem to be a quiet bunch...
What are you up to in terms of beta reading? I'd love to hear how everyone is doing, and see if there are fandom trends impacting .

Specifically, what does your author load look like right now? How's your turnaround time? Are you still beta reading, or are you on hiatus? Are you still reading fanfiction, and if so, does that change your standards for quality in stories?

(I'll go first: At present, I have an author load of 0. My turnaround time is speed of light, because I'm om hiatus--work presently comes with a lot of computer time, including document editing, so that's about all I can do in a day. Otherwise, I'm beta reading more technical fan writing, such as websites and systems. I have a bunch of fics bookmarked to read over the summer. In the meantime, I have basically one non-fanfic author that I annoy constantly with editing.)

How about you? Ten points if you can spot which word(s) I deliberately avoided twice above because I'm too sleepy to remember which of the homophones to use where. ;)

Current Mood: sleepy
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