I'm hogwartsbookworm, but if you call me Bookworm
, I shall give you cookies! Ok, not really… but I’d like you to call me Bookworm anyway.
I am a member of the noble and mighty house of Hufflepuff!
Normally, right about here I'd tell you that we're awesome, but I bet you already know that.
Anyway, here are a few things you need to know about me so you can decide if you want me to be your Beta.
My PI Accreditation number is: PI:5604525642
The Genres I will do:
General: I would love to help with these!
A note on Poetry: While I enjoy reading Poetry, and have written a little myself, I am not overly confident in my poetry beta-ing skills. I can help with rhythm, understandability, spelling and grammar. If you want more help with your poetry than that, I think another beta would suit you better.
Contest Submissions: Sure, I can do that.
Alternative Universe: Case by case.
Dark/Angsty Fics: I prefer happy endings, but I know that in reality they don’t happen all the time. I’ll take it.
Romance: Yes! I love romance.
Humor: I would love to beta this! However, I must tell you, I won’t be much help with any prank-pulling, Fred/George-esque humor. I’m more into dry wit, and ridiculous humor.
The Ships I will Take: I will take any canon ships (Ron/Hermione for example). I will also take non-canon ships that don’t sound too unlikely (Oliver/Katie, etc.). I will not, however, take canon contradicting ships (Draco/Ginny, anyone?) unless the fic has an AU, Book 7 disregarded, or Epilogue? What Epilogue warning slapped onto it, and a lot of explanations about how the world has changed and how it affects the particular character’s romantic life. For example, unless you’ve gotten Ron out of the way somehow, I don’t think I’ll find Dramione very believable.
Ratings and Warnings I will accept:
1st-2nd years: Most definitely!
3rd-5th years: Sure thing!
Will absolutely do:
Alternative Universe: Yes
Book 7 Disregarded: Yes
Character Death: I don’t mind.
DH Spoilers: I’ve only read DH about a dozen times. I think I can take it.
Epilogue? What Epilogue?: Yes
Mental Disorders: Sure.
None: Oh, yes, please! I would love to.
Will do on the specified conditions:
Abuse: If there isn’t too much of it.
Mild Profanity: “Helga’s knickers!” and etc. is ok with me. Anything beyond that... No thanks.
Substance Abuse: If it is a house elf on Butterbeer, or a wizard on Firewhiskey, sure. If it’s any other substances, the answer is no.
Sexual Situations: If you are the type of person who adds this if you’ve got a few kisses in the story, sure. If it’s more than that then, no, thank you.
Violence: If it is fairly mild or only in one or two chapters.
Any Warning or Rating You Don’t See in the Above List. If your fic needs any rating you can’t see up there, then I’m sorry, but I’m not the beta for you. I'm quite an innocent beta.
Drabble, One-Shot or Chaptered: I will do any of the three.
My Turn Around Time: For One-Shots or chapters, I’ll say 5-10 days. For drabbles, 1-5 days. Any competition entries will take first priority. I check my email quite frequently, and I’m on the boards almost every day, so I should get back to you pretty quickly.
Will I be Permanent Y/N: That is up to you.
My Strengths: I consider myself pretty good with Spelling, Characterization, Canon corrections, and Flow; fairly good with Grammar, and Plot help.
My Weaknesses: British spelling. I’m sorry, I’m not British and I sometimes forget to spell color, ‘colour;’ realized, ‘realised,’ etc. I am getting better with my Briticisms, though.
Editing Style: Track changes unless it doesn't work for you. Then I'll just leave comments and corrections in red.
Beta Style: Depending on what you would prefer, I can give you a Comprehensive Critique (that is my usual style), or I can cut it to just the Essentials. I'm usually Brutally Honest, but if you like I can try to soften my critiques and be Gentle. I would be happy to look over a chapter multiple times if that is what you feel your story needs – be Flexible – or I can look it over only once just before you submit it. It is up to you.
Additional Help I Can Offer: If you are new to writing, or if English is not your first language (or both), I am very patient and pretty good at understanding misspelled words. I can also offer advice on structuring sentences and paragraphs.
My Preferred Method of Contact: I’ll PM you my email, and thereafter I would prefer emailing to communicate.
Any Other Information/Qualifications I'd like to Share: I am very knowledgeable on canon. I have read each Harry Potter book multiple times, and know them very well. In fact, my parents like to joke that I have a selective photographic memory, because they can read me three consecutive sentences from any one of the seven books and I’ll tell them what just happened and what is about to happen next at that point in the book.
I have been correcting the grammar and spelling of the people around me for years, including my parents and teachers. I actually have one teacher who frequently turns to me for pronunciation and spelling help in the middle of class if he is unsure. I have always received high grades in English, Spelling and Grammar. I recently took the ACT and scored 99% on the English section and 97% on the Reading section.
Stories I've Beta-ed/am Beta-ing:
The Man Who Couldn't Be Moved by Neigh (CoolCatElly)
The Diary of Molly Weasley by Baloo (Blueberry Pie)
Various pieces of MWPP Homework by Gen (Sagen)
Drabble Happy Halloween by Sarah (Sapphire at Dawn)
Drabble The Magic Within by Neigh
One-shot The Magic Within by Neigh
Drabble Accio Chocolate by Ayse (kehribar)
Grim Truth by Neigh
The Lost Prophecy by Chris (muggleborn parselmouth)
Once Upon a Merry Christmas by Sarah
...As We Fall From Grace by Bine (luinrina)
Crashing Down Around Them by Manda (ravenclaw1997)
Chapter 6 of Snape Didn't Die by Molly (OliveOil_Med)
Ginny Weasley and the Deathly Hallows by Roxy (fizzingwizzbee)
Draco Colors Drabble by Sue (wishbones and witches)
Untitled R/H Christmas one-shot by Claire (abovelevel)
Reindeer drabble by Rachel (rachelnotrach)
Scorpius Malfoy and the Sins of the Fathers chapter 4 and on by Horace (Hotrav)
The Run of the Mill by Ayse
Realization by Maple (Maple_and_PheonixFeather)
Well, now you know what you need to know about me! If you would like to use my services, I will need to know a bit about you! Please Use the Following Form When Requesting:
(on MNFF and Beta boards if different)
What you prefer to be called:
(Warning: If you don’t provide this, I will
make up a nickname for you)
(and link if some is already published)
One-Shot, Chaptered, or Drabble:
(please estimate if you are not finished with it yet)
Is It a Competition Entry, Y/N:
Would you like a Permanent Beta, Y/N:
(Please include Genre and Ships)
The Style You would like Me to Beta your Fic in:
(E.g., Gentle, Flexible, Brutally Honest, etc.)
Anything in Particular You want Me to Watch out for?
And lastly, tell me, What exactly is the function of a rubber duck?
(Unless otherwise specified in my latest post.)