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Firefly Joss Whedon's award-winning sci-fi Western television series set 500 years in the future on a rickety but gorgeous spaceship with nine kickass and beautiful people inside it. Learn more. Buy the DVDs.

beta-reader An editor of fanfiction; a highly competent and separate pair of eyes who will look over a writer's work to comment on spelling and grammar, narrative flow, characterization, dialogue, tone, etc. etc. etc.

This community? A chance for everyone in the Firefly fandom to find a beta-reader. That's right! Even if you're brand new to the fandom and haven't quite had a chance to make friends yet, you can start here and even receive/give fabulous constructive criticism along the way.

The rules of constructive criticism In short: if you're a beta giving advice to a writer, please don't just say "ZOMG IT WAS REAL GOOD" or, on the other hand, "this wuz liek the worst thing I have ever read and there is no hope for you." One should both compliment what was done well and suggest all manner of possible changes for what was done badly. Dong ma?
How to Be (and Use) a Beta by Angel Negra
Musings: Beta-Reading by Jenavira
The Beta's Bible by Tania
Beta Reader Responsibilities as seen by the Sugar Quill

Posting instructions
If you're a writer looking for a beta:
1. Join this community.
2. Start a new entry containing the following pieces of information:
your pen name
your ships
- the romantic fandom relationships you write.
your maximum rating - the maximum rating (from G to NC-17) you write.
your weakness(es) - what your beta should be really really good at so they can help you.
link(s) to any writing samples - they should be Firefly fanfiction, if possible.
your availability - how often you write fic; when you're in school/work and thus dead to fandom; etc.
any other pertinent information
3. Type "writer" in the entry tag field.
4. Post away! Comments should arrive soon.

If you're a beta looking for a writer:
1. Join this community.
2. Start a new entry containing the following pieces of information:
your pen name
your ships
- the romantic fandom relationships you are willing to read and edit.
your maximum rating - the maximum rating (from G to NC-17) you are willing to read and edit.
your strength(s) - what you're really really good at; your specialties as far as helping writers.
link(s) to any writing samples - they should be Firefly fanfiction, if possible.
your availability - how long it usually takes you to beta a piece; when you're in school/work and thus dead to fandom; etc.
any other pertinent information
3. Type "beta" in the entry tag field.
4. Post away! Comments should arrive soon.

If you're both:
1. Join this community.
2. Start a new entry and give it two separate paragraphs, one advertising yourself as a writer, one as a beta. In each, follow the step 2 instructions above for both writers and betas.
3. Tag the entry as both "writer" and "beta" for ease of lookup.
4. Post away! Comments should arrive soon.

Searching tools Just type in tag/writer or tag/beta to look for postings that might be of interest to you. Comment away if you find someone you like!

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This community is maintained by ninamazing. Any and all questions can be directed to her.

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