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Beta [bey-tuh or, chiefly Brit., bee-tuh]
verb: To edit and comment on someone else's work before it's finalized, taken presumably from the old software term "betatesting."
noun: Someone who edits your work upon your request (or bribe).


Disclaimer: The Petulant Poetess does not screen the betas who have posted profiles in this directory. Using one of the betareaders from this listing does not guarantee the story will be accepted for publishing on this site. This service is provided solely to allow authors communicate with potential betareaders.


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vitts's Beta Profile
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Experience: ExperiencedAccredited: NoAccredited With: N/A
Brit-picker: YesBritish English: YesAmerican English: NoStrict Canon: Unimportant
I'm Available: YesUsual Turnaround Time: 2-3 Days
Preferred Ships: Severus Snape/Hermione Granger, however I will beta anything.
Notes: I have qualifications in English Literature and Language so I'm good with grammar, spelling and characterisation. I'm also English (I'm from the North of England) so I'm a good brit picker.
 

vonHardenberg's Beta Profile
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Experience: ExperiencedAccredited: NoAccredited With: N/A
Brit-picker: NoBritish English: NoAmerican English: YesStrict Canon: Unimportant
I'm Available: YesUsual Turnaround Time: Not Indicated
Preferred Ships: Straight, non-slash.
Notes: None Indicated
 

Vorona's Beta Profile
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Experience: Moderately ExperiencedAccredited: YesAccredited With: Perfect Imagination
Brit-picker: NoBritish English: NoAmerican English: YesStrict Canon: Unimportant
I'm Available: NoUsual Turnaround Time: Not Indicated
Preferred Ships: Hermione/Snape
I'm willing to beta any ships other than Ron/Hermione, Snape/Lockhart, Snape/Tonks. I've read all of those, and they just don't make any sense to me (despite the first being a canon ship), so I won't be able to help you with them.
Notes: Turnaround time: My turnaround time varies greatly, but is usually at least a week. I am *very* detailed. All of my authors have been shocked at the level of detail I've provided, and have not been upset at the length of time after receiving what I've done. Aside from noting things inside the text (grammar, canon/real life details, spelling, punctuation, and sentence flow), I include a form at the end with the following information:
First Impressions
What I loved, and why
Problems I had, and why
Setting
Characters & Point of View
Dialogue (how natural is it, not punctuation)
Plot
Pacing and Showing/Telling
Flow, Language, and Organization
A general overview of the types of canon/real life and grammatical problems
Title and Summary
Overall Story and Final Comments

I also usually expect to see two drafts, at least, because a lot of the bigger changes sometimes mean that you're adding text, which means there may be new errors.

As for Brit-Picking: I do change the "Language" on Microsoft Word to "British English" to catch many American-British spelling problems, but I am an American, so I'm not a replacement for someone who actually uses the language on a daily basis.

I'm also willing to help people for whom English is not a native language. It may take me longer, however, and I may do a purely grammatical check before doing the story one... which means there may be three drafts instead of just two.

I'm not currently available, because I'm working on two long pieces and one shorter one. Because of my detail and turnaround time, I cannot take on more than that.
 

vyktorya semenovya's Beta Profile
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Experience: Somewhat ExperiencedAccredited: YesAccredited With: A major in literature stressing fiction writing tequnique
Brit-picker: NoBritish English: YesAmerican English: YesStrict Canon: Unimportant
I'm Available: YesUsual Turnaround Time: 1-2 Weeks
Preferred Ships: Severus/Hermione, Neville/Luna, Albus/Minerva Lucius/Narcissa
Notes: If a charachter death is needed, Please do not intend to make it the main character(s). I do not do sex scenes. You are up to your own devices on that.
 

wapanese's Beta Profile
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Experience: Somewhat ExperiencedAccredited: NoAccredited With: N/A
Brit-picker: YesBritish English: YesAmerican English: NoStrict Canon: Unimportant
I'm Available: YesUsual Turnaround Time: 2-3 Days
Preferred Ships: Hermione/Snape, Hermione/Lucius, Hermione/Lupin
Notes: Although I'm not amazing at writing fics myself - I read a hell of a lot, so my grammar is fine and I notice americanisms a lot, being English myself....
 

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