I have a question
I was just wondering what the rules were if no one responds to a beta
request. I posted mine almost 2 weeks ago and no one has responded. I
don't know if it's me, my subject or what, as of course no one is
talking to me. Do I just continue to wait or do I repost my request?
I'm getting a bit paranoid here as I have also requested beta work on 2
other sites and have had no one respond.The requests both before and
after my posts had takers. If I've somehow done something wrong I would
really like to know as I can't think of anything and I haven't posted
nasty comments or anything anywhere so I don't think I'm being shunned
or whatever it is called........
- There aren't any rules about that. Unless you mean, can you still
post at Wraithbait even if no one responds here to your request for a
The answer is, yes, of course you can. It's not a requirement that
you use this site to find a beta reader - this is a resource to help
you find a beta before you post and thereby reduce the chances of your
story not meeting the minimum required standards of the archive,
that's all. In fact, even if you do use this list to find a beta,
there's nothing to say that you have to post the finished product to
The only thing to bear in mind is that if you can't find a beta
reader, and your story doesn't meet the minimum required standards for
Wraithbait, then the story will more than likely be rejected.
And finally, I'd agree with you that I don't think there's any
shunning going on. Apart from anything else, this is a very large
fandom and you'd have had to have done something spectacular for
people to connect this request to it :) While this list is there to
help you connect with potential beta readers, no one is required to
offer their time. Perhaps people are just busy, don't think that they
are able to give you the help that you need, don't read the pairings
that you write, don't know what help you *do* need because you weren't
specific or meant to offer and real life got in the way. There are,
however, some things you can do to improve your chances to find a beta
reader, which you might wish to bear in mind if you've also tried
elsewhere and had no luck. I have no recollection of your original
request, by the way, so these are generic points for anyone requesting
a beta rather than anything about your request:
- be clear about what you need, for example, "I think I've got a good
grasp of the basics but I need some help to make sure that my
characterisation is right." Betas have different strengths, and you
may find that someone who, perhaps, is good at spotting plot holes or
commenting on characterisation but who may struggle with the correct
way to punctuate dialogue might then be willing to volunteer.
- make sure that you proof read and spell check your request for a
beta reader. If you don't, and your request is liberally sprinkled
with errors, there's a good chance that anyone who was considering
offering may decide that, actually, you will need a considerable
amount of help and they don't have the time to assist you
- be polite. No one is obligated to help you and the more reasonably
you phrase your request, the more likely someone else will be inclined
to help you. You need to be able to work with your beta reader, and
if you come across as rude or demanding, even though you don't intend
to, then it's less likely that someone will take the risk of working
If you still can't find a beta reader, then maybe trying again a
couple of weeks later might help, or spreading your request across
other forums, for example those dedicated to pairings you like, might
have some results.
On Sun, May 18, 2008 at 6:30 PM, Laura <laura_g16@...> wrote:
> I was just wondering what the rules were if no one responds to a beta
> request. I posted mine almost 2 weeks ago and no one has responded. I
> don't know if it's me, my subject or what, as of course no one is
> talking to me. Do I just continue to wait or do I repost my request?
love and Thorntons' chocolates
unconsciousmind - www.unconsciousmind.co.uk
- You may have also hit a 'dry' spell where many of the folk who normally volunteer are busy elsewhere.... drat that RL and all...
In the US, it's the end of the academic year for college and k-12 so anyone in any of those areas is busy with the day job of studying.... And I know there are a couple of larger projects going on... "SGA Big Bang" is firmly in writing throes -- which has sucked the life out of a number of folk, I suspect....
We're also between SGA seasons and while there is lots of lovely new fic out there regularly, some folk take downtime between seasons.... and for those of us in the northern hemisphere, it's (finally) going on summer which increases the number of folk on vacations......
So, lots of reasons for no responses, none of which related to your ask or your story...... just life..... like Alyse recommended, put your request out there again and make a (polite) note that this is a second request for help... can't hurt.....
Hugs, and good luck!
- By all means, post again. If you don't need something large beta'd, I can actually take on a project now. I have fallen into that RL catagory, but things have worked-out to where I have the time to work on something I enjoy. And beta-reading doesn't cost anything, so no extra gas. LOL