Hi, I'm new (just found this list today while searching for Beta Reader
resources) and would like to introduce myself...
My name is Tara LJC O'Shea, and I'm a fanfic writer, editor, and reader.
Fandoms I've written in include:
Robin of Sherwood
The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers
Star Trek: Voyager
As for Beta Reading, I'm hugely busy, so if you don't mind a
long turn-around on a story... I am hugely uninterested, however, in
PWPs ("Plot? What Plot?" adult stories), Alternate-universes that stray
from the series in major ways (such as re-casting the characters as
historical figures), and parodies, so be warned. I have been writing
since age 11, and have a BA in Creative Writing, and have been a fan of
all 4 Trek series, and have a fair number of reference books. I have missed
a few Voyager eps in the last year, and a few dozen Deep Space Nine in the
past 3 years, but I am fairly up-to-date. My grammar and spelling are better
than most, and I am, frankly, much better at line editing others fiction as
opposed to mine own.
I am in desperate need to feedback on the Fanfic FAQ I've written for a
Star Trek: Voyager archive I maintain. I've posted portions to ASC, and a
private PT mailing list, but would love feedback from writers from other
series as well. My goal is to help teach new writers about the history of
fanfic, as well as how to become betetr writers.
In my never-ending quest to turn the P/T Collective Archive into a
top-notch writer's resource as well as an archive, I added a Beta Reader
Index form today in the hopes that truly dedicated folks would sign up so
that new authors have an index to check to find a beta reader to help them
whip their goodies into shape... Okay, and so that new writers will find out
what beta readers are and hopefully employ one or two before loosing their
creations upon the world.
Feedback from writers and readers alike (particularly on the fields
of the form, since I tried to include as much useful information as possible)
would be HUGELY appreciated.
I also added a section on Beta Reading to the FAQ, along with links to beta
mailing lists and websites.
The archive FAQ is at: http://www.geocities.com/~ptcarchive/faql.html
If no one wants to clutter up the list, by all means, contact me at any of my
plethora of addresses, including this one (ljconstantine@...