a geek in such the wrong way (haldoor) wrote in 1_million_words,
a geek in such the wrong way

Beta Readers Post 2020

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the 2020 post for beta-readers. This replaces the 2017 version, as I'm not sure how many people on that page are still offering beta-reading.

If you are available to beta fic for others, this is the place to comment with a note of what you're happy to help with, for example: fandom, a read-thru for basic errors, grammar/spelling/punctuation, Brit-picking (or other cultures), characterisation, plot, etc. I won't reply to your comments, then if you wish to edit/add to anything, you can do this at any time.

Anyone looking for a beta can refer to this post and PM any of the commenters if they see one who is offering something that matches their need. Failing that, you can post here asking for help, but you run the risk of not being answered directly by members - I will see it and can direct people here, but that is not as efficient as a direct PM.


It's okay for a beta to say no if they're busy or feel unable to help someone. For those of you here looking for beta help, you can always try someone else on the list if your first choice is unable to beta for you.

Remember, a beta is trying to help make a story better; they're not meant to be criticising the writer. Every suggestion to alter the story in any way is simply a SUGGESTION and the writer can accept or disregard that suggestion as they see fit. If you can't take concrit, be sure to tell the beta exactly what it is you want from their help before you get started. And betas, if a writer doesn't take your suggestions, don't take it to heart; it's their story and their choice what they use or don't use of your concrit.

You all know this comm. by now, and how we like to encourage our members; so please remember that if you can't be pleasant, please bow out nicely - from either end is acceptable - and that should be the end of it. Your mods are here if there are any issues, but if you remember to treat others as you would like to be treated, then we shouldn't have to be involved.

Thanks, guys, and let's get some beta-reading done!
Tags: admin: mod post, resources: beta-readers

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