--- Josephina Chang <jscz@...
> Hi all--I'm in need of a beta reader for a first go at a fanfic of
> this genre ... or, if listadmin, to tell me that soliciting like
> this is not permitted.
Good question and ... I've thought about this issue of asking for
beta readers onlist. Although we've softened our "gag rule" a bit to
allow onlist feedback, I think that allowing onlist beta
solicitations *might* get a little too wild. :-)
BUT ... I have an alternative suggestion, and one that's based on
what C-FAN (Comicbook Fanfic Network) used to do. Kielle kept a list
of willing beta readers. I used to point people to it, but it's now
out of date.
We need a more recent list. Fortunately, Yahoo offers a database
option! That makes it *very* easy for us to create a database of
willing beta readers. When someone needs one, or when a newbie
arrives asking for one, s/he can be pointed in that direction.
The new Beta Reader Database can be found here:
Just click on "Beta Readers," and anyone may add (click "add
Besides name and email, I've included a little information that might
assist people in finding a good beta match:
characters of interest:
'ships of interest:
characters will not read:
'ships will not read:
Not all of these have to be filled out, of course, but it does allow
people to avoid contacting a beta who's just going to turn around and
say, "EW! I won't read THAT." ;>
The "other" column is for anything you think might be of note. If,
for instance, you have a degree in English, or you're an editor in
RL, that might be the place for it. (No, obviously that's not
required, but it's useful information.) If English is NOT your
native language but you're willing to read for content rather than
grammar, you might want to so indicate.
Hope this helps, and hope people can make use of it!
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