I have stayed largely away from the use of betas beside myself and my darling soul mate for the simple reason I've gotten into some rather ugly situations in the ficdom world on other sites. I'm sure we have all experienced them, even, sadly, some on LJ. That being said, I am really wanting to grow as a writer and have signed up to write some bangs this year.
One restriction that's kept me away from joining them before now (besides the word count -- I'm so used to doing short one-shots) is that some of them require a beta. I've finished my first one, read it through several times, but although the comm doesn't necessarily require a beta, I find I still want my fic to look and read its best when presented. I've really poured some love into this story.
If this works out, and I hope it does, I'll be looking for other betas in the future for other fandoms, but this particular story is centered on Catwoman and is slightly over ten thousand words long. What I'm looking for in a beta is some one to catch any loopholes I may have accidentally left, as well as grammar, correct spelling, sentence structure, that sort of thing. So if you're a Catwoman fan with time, and especially if you love animals as the story does center pretty largely on cats as well, and would like to help, please let me know.
I'll also be more than happy to beta anything you may have need of a second pair of eyes overlooking if I know the fandom. :-)
PS: I just want to "say" also that I chose this comm within which to start my search, because we really do have some wonderful members and mods here. I honestly don't expect any ugliness to arise from anybody here. :) But it's still hard to ask! LOL