Hope you get well soon :)
This is a great idea, I think that this will smooth things and help
readers and writers a lot.
I'd like to help set this up, if Larkin needs any help :)
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Alyse <alyseci5@...> wrote:
> I'm doped up on cold medication tonight, so will probably be
> unreasonable bouncy and maybe even a little incoherent. So bear with
> me :) It's not often I delurk.
> A few things:
> - Larkin has suggested setting up some kind of lists of beta readers -
> with strengths etc - to make it easier to find the type of beta reader
> you need.
> Which means, of course, that she's volunteered to do just that. So,
> polish up your resumes and think about what your betaing strengths and
> weaknesses are, and she'll inform the list in due course about how
> she's going to do it.
> - I'd also like to remind everyone of the fantastic links that
> lemontea added to the links section a while ago now. There are some
> wonderful articles about the art of beta reading and the beta
> reader/author relationship and how to make it work, and it's worth
> checking them out.
> - a reminder that guidance is given on the front page about the
> information to include when requesting a beta reader. I'd also like
> to offer a little bit of advice.
> When you're requesting a beta reader - or offering to beta read -
> please proofread and spellcheck your e-mails to the list. I know that
> e-mail is a quick and easy medium, and a lot of people's grammar,
> spelling and punctuation is far better in formal forms of
> communication than might be evident in a quick e-mail, but if you're
> requesting/offering help, remember that it's better to give as good an
> impression as possible.
> If you request a beta reader, and your request e-mail contains a
> number of spelling and/or other errors (missing apostrophes etc),
> you'll probably find people reluctant to offer their services because
> they're wondering about the amount of input they'll need to provide
> and how many mistakes of a similar nature there will be in your
> If you're offering a service as a beta reader and your offer e-mail
> contains a lot of mistakes, then you'll probably find that no one
> takes you up on your generous offer because they don't think you can
> help them.
> First impressions might be misleading, but they're often the ones
that count :)
> Also, in both cases, please be clear what you need or are offering (I
> need specific help with characterisation/I'm very good at spotting
> plotholes etc.)
> Thank you.
> love and Thorntons' chocolates
> unconsciousmind - www.unconsciousmind.co.uk