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Beta sign-ups

These are official sign-ups for beta volunteers for the Big Bang. These sign-ups will be open until January 29. Please comment here to volunteer as a beta.

As a beta reader you would be responsible for helping the writer prepare her story for public posting. While this usually means things like catching obvious mistakes in spelling, punctuation, grammar and canon, it can also include other things as well, depending on the wishes of the writer. She may want advice on the pacing or clarity of the story, or she may wish you to point out weak spots in the plot.

The way in which you work with your writer is up to the two of you. Everyone has her own way of doing things. It's up to you to find out what your writer expects of you and how you can best fill your role.

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Comments will be screened for now; after sign-ups have been closed, we will unscreen them, and assignments will be made.

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riverotter1951
Jan. 25th, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
LJ username: RiverOtter1951
What sources do you have experience in? The Hobbit,LOTR, Silm, History of Middle Earth
Are there time periods or races that you have more knowledge of? Humans especially Rohan and pre Third Age, Dwarves,
Briefly describe your strong points as a beta: I was trained by a professional proof reader and have a degree in English. I am strong in grammar including tenses and can edit with American or British spellings. I edit like an English paper with grammar, spelling, comments, suggestions and questions to ponder [which might be reader questions or ideas for expanding or future stories].

I belonged to a literary discussion group with Tolkien as the main focus so I have heard lots of viewpoints and research suggestions as well.
dreamflower02
Feb. 8th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
Hi, RiverOtter. You've been assigned Virodiel as the author you will beta. She does not have an LJ account, so if you will please send me an email at aelfwina at gmail dot com, I will send you her contact information.

Thanks!
shirebound
Jan. 25th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
LJ username: shirebound

What sources do you have experience in? (The Hobbit, LotR, the Silm, etc.): I am most familiar with The Hobbit and LotR. I've only read through the Silm for research for my own stories.

Are there time periods or races that you have more knowledge of?: I'm most familiar with characters and events in the Third Age, with a particular emphasis on hobbits and the Fellowship in general. I wouldn't be a great beta for Elvish history from the Silm. I prefer not to read or beta stories with an emphasis on violence, sadness, cruelty, or character death.

Briefly describe your strong points as a beta: I feel that my language and grammatical skills are good, and that I can catch most canon errors. I would stay within whatever bounds an author requests regarding suggestions or plot assistance.
lin4gondor
Jan. 25th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
LJ username: lin4gondor
What sources do you have experience in? (The Hobbit, LotR, the Silm, etc.) Mainly LotR, but I am also very comfortable with The Hobbit and the Silmarillion/Unfinished Tales, as well as some experience with HoME.
Are there time periods or races that you have more knowledge of? I write mostly 3rd Age Men, but I am comfortable with any age or race.
Briefly describe your strong points as a beta: I have a very good grasp of grammar and spelling, and have actual work experience as a copy editor.

labourslamp
Jan. 25th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
I'm in!!

LJ username: labourslamp
What sources do you have experience in? (The Hobbit, LotR, the Silm, etc.) Most experience with LotR; some of the Silm and The Hobbit. I own Letters (the one with the better index), UT, CoH, and HoM-E I-VI, XI, and XII, AoTB, and other sundries.
Are there time periods or races that you have more knowledge of? Hobbits, and the Fourth Age. Knowledge-wise I specialize in the economic, social, and cultural history of the Shire, and I should be able to separate the evidence I've found in canon from my own personal conclusions.
Briefly describe your strong points as a beta: I'm willing to give as much or as little help as the writer needs: I have tons of experience proofreading and giving tips for polishing, but I've also served as a sounding-board for ideas, characterization, logic, etc., earlier in the process.
dreamflower02
Feb. 8th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
Hello, Celeritas! You have been assigned as my beta, and I am very excited to be working with you!
baranduin
Jan. 26th, 2011 03:12 am (UTC)
LJ username: baranduin
What sources do you have experience in? (The Hobbit, LotR, the Silm, etc.)The Hobbit, LotR, some Silm, the short stories
Are there time periods or races that you have more knowledge of?Most knowledgeable about Hobbit and LotR material. Least knowledgeable about Silm so would not be anyone's first choice if knowledge of content is important to the author.
Briefly describe your strong points as a beta:Strong technical skills (spelling, punctuation, grammar, plot inconsistencies, POV and tense inconsistencies, canon facts) and strong skills in the less technical and more subjective areas (voice, pacing, word choice and anachronisms, etc.).

thunderatiger
Feb. 9th, 2011 05:28 am (UTC)
Hey Baranduin!

Dreamflower just told me that I get you as a beta. Hooray! What would be the best way to get/keep in touch? My livejournal tag is thunderatiger and my email address is thunderalaura@juno.com. I've got a couple gmail addresses, too, if you'd like to use their IM. Just let me know what works best and then we can get working on this very strange story I've started to write!
arwen75
Jan. 26th, 2011 08:16 am (UTC)
LJ username: arwen75
What sources do you have experience in? (The Hobbit, LotR, the Silm, etc.) No experience as such as I haven't written in LOTR universe (except for role-play stuff in LOTR Online MMO & earlier table-top RPG) but have read all and am generally known as a lore buff :D
Are there time periods or races that you have more knowledge of? Probably better with late Third to early fourth Age, but can tackle anything. Also have good knowledge of elves as that is what I have generally played in role-play so done a lot of reading about them. Picked up stuff about all races though in helping others out with backgrounds and the like.
Briefly describe your strong points as a beta:
I am pretty experienced in doing general English correction - admittedly in engineering & technical documents (university lecturer in electronic engineering by day) but they still need to flow properly and make sense. Got a lot of experience in dealing with non-native English speakers writing English and can be very picky about English that doesn't read correctly. I read quickly so can get stuff turned around pretty promptly although that can be a little RL dependent. Happy to be used as someone to brainstorm with.

Edited at 2011-02-03 04:35 pm (UTC)
dreamflower02
Feb. 8th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
Hello Arwen! You've been assigned LadyGreySun as the author you will beta. She does not have an LJ account at present, so if you will please email me at aelfwina at gmail dot com, I will send you her contact information.
telstar_gold
Jan. 26th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
LJ username: telstar_gold
What sources do you have experience in? (The Hobbit, LotR, the Silm, etc.) LotR (mainly bookverse, but also movieverse); the Hobbit.
Are there time periods or races that you have more knowledge of? I focus mainly on hobbits, but I'd be happy to broaden my horizons! Time period - I'd be of most use with a story set in the same period as the book/s.
Briefly describe your strong points as a beta: Brit-picking; checking spelling, grammar, punctuation etc; giving guidance on canon compliance, if the author feels that's important; providing honest feedback on matters of style; providing moral support! I'd be interested in working with an author who hasn't attempted a long fic before - I was recently in that position (though not in this fandom) and I know how daunting it can be. :))
i_o_r_h_a_e_l
Feb. 10th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
Hi dear! I'm so happy Dreamflower told me that you're going to be my beta for the bigbang. Eeee. But just fyi, I'm an Indonesian and my writing can sometimes be winding and awkward and just not right for the English standard. I hope you'll be patient with me but also please be harsh in editing. My betas never doubt to tell me in what areas I'm weak or wrong and also if something makes sense or not. Also I've not been writing LotR for awhile, esp. not long stuff since I've been busy with different fandoms. So perhaps canon will be a bit difficult for me.

Also please be patient as I haven't started the fic at all. :)

Thank you in advance!

Shinta
telstar_gold
Feb. 15th, 2011 08:43 am (UTC)
Aha, I see the comments are open here now!

Did you get the message I sent you the other day? Just so I know we've made contact.

I hope the fic is going well. :))
blslarner
Jan. 29th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
LJ username: blslarner (Larner)
What sources do you have experience in? (The Hobbit, LotR, the Silm, etc.) All three, mostly TH and LotR
Are there time periods or races that you have more knowledge of? Pretty versatile, but mostly ME Third Age.
Briefly describe your strong points as a beta: Am well versed in LotR particularly, and have an excellent appreciation for language usage and punctuation.

febobe
Feb. 9th, 2011 01:33 am (UTC)
Hey, Larner, here I am! As I understand it, we've been paired together for the Big Bang! :)

I feel so honored. I couldn't imagine a more delightful and intelligent beta with a better knowledge base. . .just let me know how you'd like to do this. I'm starting to write but don't have it done yet, but I like to run early these days rather than skidding into home plate at the last minute, which I'm betting might be your preference too? :)

Just feel free to drop me a reply or a line. You and I are friended, of course, so LJ replies are fine, or e me at febobe at yahoo dot com if you like.

Oh, thank you for being a helpful beta for this event! We'll have a grand time, I'm sure! :)

*hugs joyfully*
marta_bee
Jan. 29th, 2011 05:02 am (UTC)
LJ username: fidesquaerens (until recently: telperion1)
What sources do you have experience in? (The Hobbit, LotR, the Silm, etc.)
The Hobbit and LOTR, definitely checkski
I have written and read Silmfic and UT-based fic, though never beta'd it.

Are there time periods or races that you have more knowledge of?: I have developed something of an obsession for Second Age Numenor. Beyond that I most often write Gondor and Rohan, so naturally have thought and researched the most for that time period. But I have a good working knowledge of both LOTR and TH and am willing to try my hand at other periods as well.

Briefly describe your strong points as a beta:
I think my greatest strengths are my thoroughness and my flexibility. I teach a writing-intensive college course, and so I see some rather horrid writing (and have experience working on how to fix it without bruising egos). I prefer to work over several drafts but am happy to give as much or as little feedback as the author provides.

I do assume that the author has the fortitude to control their work, and that they realize my suggestions are just suggestions. I make whatever suggestions I feel are necessary, and leave it to the author to decide whether to accept them or not. I prefer to comment on every aspect of the work (literary structure, canon, mechanics, etc.), but I am also extremely flexible and am willing to limit myself to one area if that's what the author wants.
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katsuno_hitomi
Feb. 8th, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)
Hello! Looks like we've been paired up. What would be the best way for us to stay in contact? How would you like me to send you the rough drafts of my chapters? When are you most often available?

thunderatiger
Jan. 29th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
I actually meant to sign up for this but completely forgot. I'm so glad you extended the sign-ups!

LJ username: thunderatiger
What sources do you have experience in? (The Hobbit, LotR, the Silm, etc.) I'm reasonably well-versed in The Hobbit, LotR, The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and HOME. And if necessary, I'm pretty good at research, so I can become better versed in specific areas.
Are there time periods or races that you have more knowledge of? For timelines, I'm comfortable with anything in the latter half of the Third Age as well as the Fourth Age. I'm also fairly knowledgeable about Second Age timelines if it pertains to events on Middle-earth. I'm not as knowledgeable about the timeline of events on Numenor. For races, dwarves and elves are definitely my strong points.
Briefly describe your strong points as a beta: I can be VERY picky about grammar and stylistic concerns, e.g. parallelism, alliteration, word choice, etc. I also have a pretty good ear for dialog and a pretty good eye for contradictions (for instance, if Aragorn suddenly draws a knife when he was walking around unarmed only a few scenes earlier). But I'm so focused on the details that I'm much less helpful with pacing, atmosphere, and overall tone.
labourslamp
Feb. 8th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Hi, Thundera! You've been assigned as my beta, and I'm really looking forward to getting to work with you! What would be the best way to get/keep in touch? My email address is celeritassagittae AT gmail, but I also use a wide variety of instant messagers. Do let me know, and I'll tell you about the story I'm working on for the challenge.
dreamflower02
Jan. 31st, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
LJ username: dreamflower02
What sources do you have experience in? (The Hobbit, LotR, the Silm, etc.) I have a good deal of experience with LotR and The Hobbit, and am familiar with Letters, Unfinished Tales, and have several volumes of HoMe and also HoTH at hand. I am most familiar with the LotR Appendices, especially the Tale of Years in Appendix B, and the Hobbit Family Trees of Appendix C.
Are there time periods or races that you have more knowledge of? I am most knowledgable about hobbits, and the events of the late Third Age. I also know enough to be able to separate canon from fanon.
Briefly describe your strong points as a beta: I have beta'd for a number of people over the past few years. I have a fairly good grasp of spelling and grammar, a working knowledge of canon, and can usually spot weak points in phrasing, and assist with pacing. I have a fondness for deleting excess adjectives and adverbs. If the writer wants me to, I can also look for plot holes, do brainstorming and make suggestions. However, I am fairly amiable, and will not get upset with the author if she chooses not to take a suggestion-- though if I feel strongly enough, I might push a little. I also have some experience beta-ing ESL writers.

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