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Reader Comments on "Dealing with Red Ink: Writing with a Beta"

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Author: FernWithy  (signed)
Date posted: 4/8/2002 9:32:04 PM
FernWithy's Comments:

Thank you, Melyanna (and JadeSaber and Mcily_Nochi!). It's great to see the process in action.

Author: Siren_Song
Date posted: 4/9/2002 7:07:04 AM
Siren_Song's Comments:

Thanks for laying the process out step by step like that :). It was very helpful, and it will be a wonderful help for when I'm ready to submit my own fanfiction! Keep up the super work!

Author: Brigantia
Date posted: 4/10/2002 1:55:11 AM
Brigantia's Comments:

Beautiful! I'm a beta myself, so it's always great to see how others work. Good advice about the constructive criticism... I've had to learn how to be more honest and less worshipful myself, which is especially hard when you usually end up reading for your favourite authors :) All in all, an informative article...and now I want to read more of that fic :)

Author: greencat336
Date posted: 4/11/2002 6:46:05 PM
greencat336's Comments:

A very useful article for both authors and betas.

Author: Sparks  (signed)
Date posted: 4/17/2002 4:17:43 AM
Sparks's Comments:

This article definitely makes an individual wish they had JadeSaber or Mcily_Nochi to beta-read their stories as well. :)

Excellent article.

Author: Viari Skywalker  (signed)
Date posted: 5/23/2002 6:56:28 PM
Viari Skywalker's Comments:

Wow! I hadn't realized how important betas can be. I'm fairly new the fan fic world, and now I see that there is more involved then just writing a story and sending it in. Thanks for the article!

Author: Shahara  (signed)
Date posted: 6/1/2002 7:03:46 PM
Shahara's Comments:

THANK-YOU!! I have just started into beta-ing, and I was kind of afraid I'd turn people away if I picked apart their creations! Now you've eased my fears!!!

Author: Adria Skye  (signed)
Date posted: 7/8/2002 6:49:31 PM
Adria Skye's Comments:

Thanks for writing this. I was going to sign up as a beta, but then I realised I had no idea what I was 'sposed to do!! ;)

Author: Mcily Nochi
Date posted: 7/15/2002 8:37:44 AM
Mcily Nochi's Comments:

Thank you, everyone. :)

Mely, good job writing this article. It's extremely frustrating when you get a beta who doesn't know what to do, or an author who doesn't know what to expect from a beta. Very good, and extremely helpful article.

Author: Raven Nyquist
Date posted: 8/26/2002 12:27:07 PM
Raven Nyquist's Comments:

Thanks again, Melyanna. Insight like this almost always helps with my writing.

Author: A-Wings Rule  (signed)
Date posted: 4/8/2003 10:02:41 AM
A-Wings Rule's Comments:

Great! I've just sent my first story off to a beta, now I know (hopefully) what to expect :)

Author: The Stormtrooper Shrink  (signed)
Date posted: 2/15/2004 3:12:47 AM
The Stormtrooper Shrink's Comments:

Betering is the hardest and most heartrending thing I've ever experienced. I hate telling people that they should change this and that, and I'm always scared that they're fuming on the other end of the Internet after I've marked all over their stories. It's an evil, evil experience.

Thankyou for making me feel a hell of a lot better.

May the Force be with you.

Author: Alethia
Date posted: 7/12/2005 1:01:33 PM
Alethia's Comments:

Wonderful article! As I have two betawans to train, I think the first thing I will do is point them towards this article. Thanks a lot for posting it, you three!

Author: Darth Breezy  (signed)
Date posted: 11/14/2005 6:32:22 PM
Darth Breezy's Comments:

First off, I think EVERYONE should fins a beta reader they can forge a good working relationship with. A beta reader isn't just a secretary who looks for typos and grammar errors - a beta reader is your fresh set of eyes, and someone you *hopefuly* trust enough to be honest and forthwith.

I've worked with my beta reader for many years and untold stories, and as often as not, my moniter has run red with virtual ink - a comment here, a speeling (sic) error there - a point missed or phrase over used.

... And I wouldn't trade her for ANYTHING.

My beta has always shown me and my works upmost respect. She doesn't allow sloppyness in either story telling or character, but nor does she try to bully rag me into changing my 'voice'.

I <Heart> my beta, and wouldn't dream of posting a peice without her valuable, insightful input.

Author: TelenStar  (signed)
Date posted: 4/24/2006 6:34:25 PM
TelenStar's Comments:

Thank you, your article really helps. I was about to shy away from doing Beta readings any more, but now I feel more confident and ready to read! Gracias, you've really helped me out!

Author: zgfuhxxy
Date posted: 7/6/2007 11:43:07 AM
zgfuhxxy's Comments:

Gabri edit: Spam removed.

Author: wrwrsyfytf
Date posted: 8/2/2007 10:41:10 AM
wrwrsyfytf's Comments:

Gabri edit: Spam removed.

Author: Mitchell
Date posted: 1/16/2016 2:52:22 AM
Mitchell's Comments:

That kind of thikinng shows you're on top of your game

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