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Thread: Willing Beta Readers Volume III

  1. #26
    Have pen, will travel Cindyt's Avatar
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    AVAILABILITY - anytime, excluding a moving break from November 11 to when my internet is reconnected. ETA: the moving date has changed to December 2

    PREFERENCE - historical, thriller, mystery, crime, Christian, paranormal (ETA: I do not do demons), biography. I'm picky about some scifi and do not do erotica or illicit sex scenes in any genre.

    WHAT I WRITE - novels with a flavor of the paranormal, including Christian, historical romance, crime, biography.

    BETA STYLE - Intense, straight-foreward review and LBL critiques, and nitpick grammar and spelling, using MS WORD comments or WORKS attachment. Manuscripts that have been edited edited edited, please, but I will read the first paragraph of the first draft and may request more.

    EXPERIENCE - never a beta, but have critiqued creative writing and a few SYWs

    TIMELINE - Not over 2 weeks, otherwise I'll send a head's up

    CONTACT - PM me

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    Last edited by Cindyt; 11-11-2017 at 02:15 AM.
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    practical experience, FTW Fiender's Avatar
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    Still looking!

    Availability
    : Available, for swaps!
    Preferences: Prefer Sci-fi/Fantasy but open to almost any genre, adult or YA. No MG, Historic, or Romance please. (romantic subplots are fine).
    What I write: Mostly fantasy, usually urban. Some science fiction.
    Beta Style: Line-by-line, stream of consciousness, to give writers an idea what a reader might be thinking while they read. Can adjust focus/topics of critique (as well as frequency of the line-by-line notes) to writer preferences.
    Experience: I've critiqued a few full books, and dozens of chapters/segments.
    Contact: PM here is best
    Last edited by Fiender; 01-19-2018 at 04:15 AM.

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    Availability [as of 08 Nov 2017]: someone snatched me up! I'll update this post when I'm free again. If you're looking for feedback on a short story, feel free to message me anyway--I can usually fit a good short in somewhere.

    Preferences: I prefer to read erotic romance, erotica, or steamy romance. These are my strengths. I will also read fantasy on a limited basis.

    What I write: Erotic romance, general romance, and straight-up erotica

    Beta Style: I tend to provide a mixture of reader reactions, technical nitpicks, and general observations/suggestions for improvement. Let me know if you'd prefer not to receive any of these things, or if you want me to focus on one issue in particular. I like to be thorough, so be prepared for a lot of commentary; and I sometimes inject some humor into my nitpicks, let me know if you'd rather I didn't. I'm a good pick for authors who lack thick skins or are new to having their work critiqued (but let me know if you'd like gentle feedback all the same, please; I will get tough on occasion).

    Experience: I spend a lot of time on Scribophile and have completed 151 critiques as of this writing. I've also done a few beta reads for writers on Goodreads. I've learned quite a bit from critiquing others' work, and I hope that I can use that knowledge to help improve members' writing here as well.

    Timeline: I can critique about 12,000 words in a weekend, and about 5,000 words per weekday.

    Contact: PM me, please; we can move to email from there, if you like.
    Last edited by JadeDonovan; 11-09-2017 at 03:01 AM.

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    Availability: Someone snatched me up, currently doing a beta. Will post when I have availability.
    Preferences: I prefer romance (no BDSM please) or urban fantasy. Edited please. No sex that isn't consensual.
    What I write: Contemporary, romance, paranormal romance, or urban fantasy.
    Beta Style: I'm blunt and don't do grammar unless it starts to bother me at which time I will point out that it is bothering me, highlighting problems and leaving you a comment to check your MS for grammar. I do reader impressions, general observations, and areas to improve. Thick skin is best: I'm not a hand holder. I'm exclusively MS Word.
    Experience: I've beta read for writer friends before. But they know me, understand I'm a tough love type.
    Timeline: Depends on the project. Contact me via PM and we can discuss.
    Contact:PM is best, please.
    Last edited by GypsyLayla; 11-11-2017 at 02:21 PM.

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    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin mothgirl's Avatar
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    Availability:Monday-Thursday; 1pm to 6pm
    Preferences:realistic fiction/YA/YA romance
    What I write: YA/realistic ficiton
    Beta Style:Iíd like to read on my phone or computer. I don't have a a lot of experience beta reading but I will be able to read just like your average reader and not a critic. Iíll note in another document. I would love to help improve your story and give feedback
    Experience:I don't have experience beta teading but I read a couple of books a week.
    Timeline:I take about a few days to a week to read.
    Contact:PM

  6. #31
    practical experience, FTW Antipode91's Avatar
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    Availability: Whenever I'll probably only take one reader at a time.


    Preferences: I like YA, fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian (if you must), and really cool and interesting concepts. I don't mind reading romance, if it has an aforementioned interesting concept. Really, if it's interesting and good, I'll love to read it. My only stickler is this: if you're not writing a fantasy, and it's more than 100k words, I don't want to read it. I have a snarky tongue when it comes to fluff, and hate it. 100k words that isn't fantasy signals to me there's too much fluff.

    What I write: I write YA fantasy.

    Beta Style: I'm probably in between super strict and super relaxed. I know the difference between my opinion and what I think should be changed, and I'll clarify it in the document. I use Word comments and correction tracker. I also often add random snarky comments in the comments haha. I try to blend edit and critique, so you can get the best of both worlds.

    I'll finish whatever is given to me, except on the rare occasion that I feel there is such a huge problem that I believe reading more without fixing it would be useless.

    Experience: I've edited and critiqued numerous writings.

    Timeline: It'll probably take me a little while, like 2-3 weeks, depending on what's going on in my little life.

    Contact: PM me with either a little summary of your story, or the query you've written.

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    practical experience, FTW danatcsimpson's Avatar
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    Availability: Booked until end of January 2018.

    Preferences:
    Specifically looking for full-length manuscripts, not short stories.
    The Yes Please: fantasy, sci-fi, historical fiction, magical realism (Adult, YA, or MG). Engaging nonfiction in the areas of science, medicine, history, food, or cooking. The odd memoir.
    The Meh: contemporary, romance, horror. Tend not to seek these genres out, but I read them if I'm in the mood.
    The No Way: Christian fiction, erotica.

    What I write: Fantasy and sci-fi for YA to NA to Adult, though nothing's been published yet.

    Beta Style: I strive to be supportive and encouraging with my comments, but will never tell you I think something's good if it's not. I don't have a wealth of experience in publishing like some folks here, so I'll be reading as a member of your prospective market rather than as an editor. If you're looking for an informal sensitivity read from a lady who like ladies I can provide that as well.

    Experience: A few writing workshops here and there. Worked in my college's writing center as a consultant for a few years. Beta'ed a fair bit of fanfic back in the day (I know, I know).

    Timeline: 2-4 weeks, depending on manuscript length.

    Contact: Please PM me with your genre, word count, and the premise of your book. If I pass, it is a reflection only of the personal tastes of some random internet stranger, not the quality of your work.
    Last edited by danatcsimpson; 12-30-2017 at 07:32 PM. Reason: changed availability

  8. #33
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    Availability: Not Currently available

    Preference: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, YA,LGBT, alternate history, I can do erotica (gay preferred, but all works).

    My Stuff: fantasy and sci-fi mostly. I am currently working on a fantasy book (about 28K so far).

    Style: I am a linear writer. I am never sure what will happen next in what I write.

    Experience: I have read a lot, and am learning to critique. I don't do spelling, and I see grammar only if it is egregious.

    What I am looking for: I would enjoy doing some Beta reading and providing feedback on a chapter basis. Ultimately, I would like to find a partner that I can trade stories with.

    I prefer to do line by line critique with an overall on the chapter in question. I use a mac, so can share my documents via pages. And am willing to do the same back. Or I can also accept MS Word format — I can do RTF, but that looses any comments I have inserted inline.

    Contact: PM, e-mail, smoke signals, I don't do Morse code though (ok I used to, but I don't remember enough to be fluent anymore)

    Thank you for your consideration!
    Last edited by BryanT; 01-18-2018 at 08:07 PM.
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  9. #34
    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
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    Availability: any time if I can fit it into my schedule
    Preferences: fiction
    What I write: Fiction
    Beta Style: I prefer to read a chapter of your opus in order to give you an idea of how well I consider your approach to be, and I can be as brutal as you wish. I only prefer a synopsis of the story with said chapter. My desire would be that whatever I say, should you choose to implement it, could be used for the rest of the book.
    Experience: I have written four novels (three published). The shortest is 62,000 words, and the longest is 258,000 words.
    Timeline: I will likely take 1 - 2 weeks.
    Contact: my real name is Ruben. You can PM me through this site.

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  11. #36
    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
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    Availability: Currently available for swaps!

    Preference: YA (I prefer contemporary, but I'm open to anything!)

    My Stuff: My WIP is YA Contemporary

    Style: I give a few line notes and then a few paragraphs on my overall thoughts

    Experience: I've been a beta reader and CP for a few YA writers

    What I am looking for: I would love to swap MS's with someone so we can help each other out

    Contact: PM me so we can swap chapters and see if we'd be a good fit!

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    not available until this batch is done

    I'm bored and fatigued from writing and I feel like I've secluded myself from the community so I'm gonna open up for beta reading!

    I usually just take a month (especially if it's >100K) and if I'm longer I can just be nudged. I usually say if I don't think I'm a fit, and i try to get through the first 50, anyway, so I have something worthwhile to say. I'm mostly useful for overall plot concerns and your books entertainment level, but I'm also a relatively (informed) PC person, so while I usually stop at offensive points, I make sure to gently point out what came across not-so-okay.

    I have beta'd for plenty of people. I read across genres, but typically I read Urban Fantasy/Contemp Thrillers. YA & MG are fine. While I'm not a straight romance person, I'll read anything with some drama or heart. >75K is my sweet spot because I'm a binge reader and try to read everything in one sitting.

    PM if you're interested!
    Last edited by S. Eli; 12-21-2017 at 06:21 PM.
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    Last edited by Victor Douglas; 12-20-2017 at 07:00 AM.

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    I'm not crazy, I promise. tinyCirrusCloud's Avatar
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    Availability: Unavailable for now.

    Preferences: I read mostly adult and YA SFF, so if you write that, I would be happy to take a look. I am not much of a contemporary or romance person, though. Romance elements are fine, as long as they are not the focus.

    Beta Style: I give me immediate reactions and comments in line-notes, then elaborate on my general impression afterward. I like to separately go into my opinion on the writing, the setting, the characters, the plot, and overall enjoyment. I'm also pretty flexible when it comes to more specific things I should look for.

    Experience: I've done a handful of beta reads and critiqued a few excerpts here on this site.

    Timeline: I usually try to finish a beta read within one to two weeks, depending on the length. If something comes up during that time, I'll try to let you know, but feel free to nudge me if I take too long.

    Contact: PM me with a short synopsis and the first chapter, and we'll see if we're a good fit!
    Last edited by tinyCirrusCloud; 12-29-2017 at 10:22 PM.
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    Availability: Currently full up! Thank you for the awesome things to read!

    Preferences: Adult (as in not YA, not, you know, adult adult) mysteries, thrillers, suspense novels, horror, in no particular order. I can read fantasy, sci-fi, and historical stuff, though I only took As there in my NEWTs. I will consider other things, but the further away from this ballpark we go, the less useful my feedback may be. Clean, finished drafts please.

    What I Write: Contemporary speculative M/T/S stuff. We aim for horror but rarely settle for gross-outs.

    Beta Style: Ideally I'll get your opening chapter to look at and then we'll have a quick talk about your needs/wants/desires vs. my natural tendencies. I usually do a combination of LBL commentary to provide real-time read-along feedback, along with a general section of observations and notes compiled at the end of a chapter and/or after the entire piece is finished. Not your go-to person for grammar.

    Experience: I've read for a handful of AW'ers already.

    Timeline: Depends on the project, but should be no more than two weeks complete turnaround.

    Contact: PM me and we can chat.
    Last edited by Esmae Tyler; 01-03-2018 at 01:30 AM. Reason: Status update.

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    • Availability: I tend to read about 2 beta reads a month. I have what I call a 'beta queue' and, if I can't read your novel immediately, you can be added to the end of the queue.




    • Preferences: I will only read full manuscripts - I am not willing to read chapters or WIP.

      I like: YA, MG and historical fiction.

      I am less keen on: Fantasy, sci-fi, manuscripts over 100k.




    • What I write:I write YA and MG (mostly contemporary), but also have two historical fiction novels.




    • Beta Style: I prefer to receive your full manuscript, read it, and then give you a dot-pointed summary of the things I found good and bad. I focus on 'big picture' items like plot, characters, and pacing. I do not do line-by-lines or editing. I will tell you whether I love it or hate it, or anything in between. Normally, if I parts of the novel I did not enjoy, I will suggest ways that this can be improved.




    • Experience: I have probably beta-ed 50 or more novels by now, so... A bit.




    • Timeline: It normally takes me a week or two to read a manuscript, depending on everything else in my life. However, it may take me more than a week or two to start reading your manuscript. You'll be advised at the time you make contact.




    • Contact: Email macdogald@gmail.com with a blurb concerning your manuscript, the word count, and what kind of feedback you are seeking.
    Last edited by Leema; 01-01-2018 at 02:25 PM. Reason: Formatting.

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    Availability: Queued until February 1st, but don't be shy!

    Preferences: I enjoy dark places and I'm not squeamish. I have the most knowledge of SFF, romance, and erotica conventions because this is what I read. However, I love beta reading stories outside my natural habitat for the purposes of mind-expansion. Send me anything.

    What I write: Dystopian, cyberpunk, grimdark, dark erotica, dark romance, black humor, darkness with an extra helping of dark.

    Beta Style: I prefer to address each chapter as a whole, rather than line-by-line. I read for clarity, pay attention to voice, structure, conflict, tension, characterization, consistency of in-world mechanics, are events/characters believable, diction, flow, etc. I'm not your grammar beta.

    Experience: I love to read. I've been involved off and on with self-publishing for the past five years. Have always beta read for others in varying degrees of formality for as long as I can remember.

    Timeline: I have time to beta 30-60k/week

    Contact: Send me a PM
    Last edited by blackcat777; 01-08-2018 at 10:56 PM.

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    Availability: Available

    Preferences: Broad range of humor. 'A Confederacy of Dunces', 'Because I Said So', and 'To Catch a Giraffe' all grace my bookshelf.

    Not Interested: Please nothing that doesn't fall into a broad range of humor. Please no paranormal, erotica, or tales of forcing people against their will. Gunshot to the head = great. Methodically torturing someone = not so great.

    Beta Style: Supportive, but blunt. The blunt feedback has been the most helpful to me, so I give the honesty that I would want. Early structure editing is where I'm helpful. My grammar is worse than my spelling. If you're looking for that final polish I am not the reader for you. I'm more of a steel-wool type.

    Experience: Been a beta reader for a long time, stretching back to the East of the Web. Have completed a few beta reads for fellow AWers. Even found my old Volume II post when I was writing this.

    Contact: PM me if you need a beta reader for your humor novel or short story.

    Advice: Don't be afraid to let others read and critique your work. If you're not sure, share it. Feedback is how every writer improves.

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    Availability: Available
    Preferences: I prefer SF and regular literature
    What I write: FSF
    Beta Style: Comments in margins, noting grammar that leaps out at me, things that work well/seem unclear/don't make sense...
    Experience: Several stories for friends
    Timeline: I teach full-time, have to fit things around that...do maybe 6k a week?
    Contact: send a PM or e-mail
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    Hi all 🙂

    Iím open to being a beta reader of most genres (excluding erotica please, Iím blushing &#129325

    I havenít beta ed for anyone before and Iíll do a line by line if requested

    I write action/adventure sci-fi psychological stuff.

    Dependent on the size of your manuscript, Iíll do my best to finish it as quickly as possible. I do work full time though.

    Iíve revently finished my own manuscript and am having a month off and need something to read!

    Hope this helps

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