14 Feb 05 2:15 PM
Reply To: 37858
Just some helpful hints from your Welcome Manager here. Since you've asked for a beta, it's always good to give some details about the fic you'd like betad. Generally, you'll want to tell us the following things:
: If you have one, go ahead and rename this thread with the title of your fic. Also, you can add a short description - ie, Third Age Boromir Lives AU
, or Critical Essay on Feanor
: Since it seems like you've got a good chunk written, feel free to post a brief summary of your story. You don't necessarily need to give it all away (should there be spoilers...
), but you can definitely tell us the general outline of the plot - just what you have in mind. Also, it's good to put warnings for things like violence, explicit het/slash, etc. which some betas may not be willing to cover. (If your fic is going to earn an Adult rating, it's good to edit your first post and adjust the thread's audience so it's Mature Content.)
Type of beta needed
: Here, it's good to point out the specific issues you'd like your beta to address. For example, you could ask for a purely grammatical beta, or else you could ask for an all-around beta who'll check grammar, writing style, plot structure and everything else.
Length of beta needed
: You'll want to specify whether you want a beta for just this fic, or if you'd like to establish a long-term working relationship.
Probable length of fic
: Here, just a rough idea of how long you think it'll be (novel-length, less than 50,000 words, less than 10,000 words, etc).
Preferred contact method
: This can be your e-mail, your forum, or whatever you want.
: And here's the part which will help most in attracting beta readers. You'll want to put a short sample of your story; an extract from a scene, for example. This can be around 600-800 words - and you can use whatever you want.
Hope that helps! If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact