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Frequently Asked Questions

Since this community has been on hiatus for a while, and since there are always new fanfic writers (also new Johnny's groups and units ;D ) so we figured that an FAQ post is needed. Here you go, frequently asked questions about beta-reading and this community!

(Actually, not really, I just made up the list on my own, no one asked me questions, but well, I think this will be needed? Ahaha.)

Q: What is a beta reader?
A: Easy one, a beta is someone who beta read your fic after you've done writing it and before you post that fic anywhere.

Q: I see. If that so, then what is beta-reading?
A: Beta-reading is the process of reading a fic before it goes to the public eyes. In beta-reading, a beta reader would check your fic for potential error you missed when you wrote it. Beta-reading could consist of:
1. Spellchecking
Spotting typos/mistake in typing
2. Grammar checking
Making sure the use of correct and consistent grammar
3. Characterization checking
Making sure that the character inside the fic matches the persona of the real person
4. Pacing checking
Making sure that the flow of the story is enjoyable)
5. Overall plot checking
Making sure that there is no fatal flaw (plot hole) that would make the whole story doesn't make sense at all

A beta reader should be able to do one, some, or all of the above.

Q: Why should I have my fic beta-read?
A: Just like a book writer needs an editor, a fanfic writer needs a beta reader. Sometimes, a writing process could be too handful for a writer that they don't realize the small errors they're committing along the way. Thus, a beta reader is needed to make sure that the small mistakes won't get in the way when the fic is published and then read by a lot of people. As writer, would you want the piece you have been working really hard on gets ignored by the fandom just because as simple mistake as "I has never known that he could be that annoying"? I, for one, wouldn't want that to happen. ;D

Q: Then, what is this community for?
A: Now that you see what is a beta reader and why does a beta reader needed, you may begin to wonder if you actually need a beta reader but you have no idea where to start looking. Then, this is just the right place for you! We're here to make the process of searching a beta reader easier. We're the beta-cupids of your dream! ;D

Q: I'm looking for a beta. What should I do?
A: Join this community first. Then, create a new post by clicking 'Post to community', copy the form from here, paste it to the entry form, and edit it accordingly. Hit post and wait for us mods to approve it, then wait for someone to contact you! Or, the easier way would be checking our masterlist of beta readers and contact someone that you find interesting on there. :D

Q: I want to do beta-reading. What should I do?
A: Join this community first. Then, create a new post by clicking 'Post to community', copy the form from here, paste it to the entry form, and edit it accordingly. Hit post and wait for us mods to approve it, then wait for someone to contact you!
(Yeah I just copied the answer from the previous question and pasted it. I'm such a lazy bum like that :p )

Q: I want to contact a beta-reader from this comm, but I don't know how to contact her. What should I do?
A: By default, the first form of communication should be done by LJ PM. So you can just go ahead and send the candidate of beta of your dream a message via livejournal's inbox. However, if you're too shy to do that, you can just send the PM to us mods (inaudible_d or gurajiorasu) and we will help you to pass your message to that beta of your dream. ;D

Should you ever find this FAQ post not helpful or you have other questions that's not listed, feel free to leave a comment with your suggestion or question and we will respond accordingly. If we find your question to be as important as the questions above, we will add your question to this post. :D

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Welcome to JE_Beta.

This community was found by shardaunei after her search for a beta reader specific for the Johnny's Entertainment fandom. She found hers after much search, and she wondered how many other writers out there might be looking for one but don't know where.

Now, look no more, because we're here for that exact purpose! Either you're a fanfic writer or you like to read fanfic and wonder for ways to make writers write better, this is the place for you!

Of course, we need to set some ground rules to keep things rolling around here... So here you go!

Rule number one! No posting of fics here. This is for finding beta readers only.

Rule number two! Please use the posting form located at this post.

Rule number three! Let's have fun and please respect each other! :D

In case you feel like you want to give us suggestions, we'll gladly accept those! Please leave a comment at this post for suggestions! :D

For more info, kindly check the community's profile. :D

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