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03 October 2016 @ 09:00 am
Beta Readers are love.  
Beta reading and Alpha reading for me is one of the most fulfilling things I can do.

When I alpha/beta read a story I give my everything. I try and do my best to make that story the best it can be. I love giving feedback to the author, help them in the parts they are having difficulty, give suggestions, even if those only serve for the author to realise they want to do something else, polish any little typo or mistake that went past the author, flail and get silly and excited in the parts I loved the most.

Beta reading takes time and effort, but in my experience 100% of the time the author is absolutely thrilled and thankful you're dedicating your time to work with them and help them.

Beta reading is a bit like being the magic behind the magic. And the end of the day, there are few things better than knowing you were there for someone when they needed, that you helped an author to work on something they can be proud and happy with, and often times it's the beginning a beautiful friendship.

hd_erised is asking for Beta Readers volunteers for the fest. If you have a moment, please consider signing up as a Beta. I know authors and artists alike will be very grateful if you can help them. :)

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wicked smut goddessgracerene on October 3rd, 2016 02:55 pm (UTC)
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on October 3rd, 2016 08:06 pm (UTC)
duirrduirr on October 3rd, 2016 07:32 pm (UTC)
I've been lurking around the fandom for a few years now but I'm still not quite sure what a beta reader is or how to find one/volunteer to be one. And I've never even heard of alpha reading! What's the difference?
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on October 3rd, 2016 08:26 pm (UTC)
So glad to see maybe you're de-lurking? :) I'm always hopeful because being active in fandom is so much fun. ;)

Well, I'm no expert or an authority in the matter, but as I understand it, beta reader is someone who helps a writer giving them feedback, helping them with the grammar and spelling, as well as giving suggestions/opinion (if the author indeed wants them) about characterisation and plot, consistency, etc. Sometimes it's not only about big edits, but smaller things, though just as important, like making sure a sentence reads correctly, you know?

They (betas) sort of go with a fine-toothed comb through the story making sure all those little details are sorted and the story is ready for posting.

An alpha reader does a lot of that, too. But they are like, I don't know, like the first line of defence. :D I kind of think an alpha focuses more on feedback, on telling the author what's working, or if a scene needs a little more work, a detail explained better, checking for consistency in the plot/characterisation, and of course, if an alpha catches a spelling/grammar mistake, is also there to point it out.

It might seem that an alpha and a beta do a lot of the same things, and maybe they do, but I think the big difference is to the author, because they've had two people reading their story, so they have a better idea what worked and what parts needed to a bit more of work.

Another thing is, after a story was beta read, the author went through their beta's notes and made some suggested edits, it means that story is ready to be published, you know? Not everybody needs or indeed "uses" an alpha, but a beta reader, is definitely someone you need, either to check grammar or spelling or if you [also] need a more in-depth feedback, a beta can be of great help with all those aspects.

Mostly people who uses alpha readers (I say uses, but the truth is, often alpha readers are like an author's confidant, who often times held the author's hand through the entire process of writing a story) also need a beta. But it's very common, maybe even more for people to only have beta readers, sometimes more than one, because fandom is about giving. ^^

I have no idea if what makes sense. Maybe one of these days I could ask my friends list what they feel is the difference between alpha and beta readers. :D
Machiavellian Puppet Mastertjs_whatnot on October 4th, 2016 09:24 am (UTC)
For me, and alpha is like a brainstormer and cheerleader. Someone I talk about the story with AS I'm writing it. And sometimes they beta it to (check for plot, understandability, grammar and whatnot) but sometimes they are as invested and likely to not see what needshe work as I am by then and so I need to find another set of eyes.
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on October 4th, 2016 12:12 pm (UTC)
I've done both, as alpha reader. I'm like a 'regular' alpha for two writers, and I do that, cheerleading along the way (so love doing that!) and often brainstorming, but like, sometimes I alpha read a story while it's being written, just as often I alpha a story after it was completed. Often (always even?) doing beta reading and pointing grammar, plot, spelling, etc), but yeah, I do feel that even if I alpha read and did point out suggestions/opinions/flail, the story will do another fresh pair of eyes. Like, when I know a writer is not going to have a beta after me, yeah, I'm like, five times more careful. I don't know if this makes sense. I reckon every experience is different, as every writer and beta dynamics are different, too. ^^
sassy_cissasassy_cissa on October 4th, 2016 03:22 am (UTC)

brilliantly worded
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on October 4th, 2016 12:12 pm (UTC)
<333 Beta readers are love!
Machiavellian Puppet Master: Blackadder--it could use a betatjs_whatnot on October 4th, 2016 09:24 am (UTC)
welcome to villa cariño!: capitu/tjwritter OTP 4EVERcapitu on October 4th, 2016 12:13 pm (UTC)