Hetalia kink meme ([personal profile] hetalia_kink) wrote2011-02-27 12:30 pm

The Beta Express

The Beta Express

Want to volunteer super-basic beta services to kinkmemers? Or looking to have your WIP fill checked over? This is the place to do it!

Please keep in mind that the Beta Express is for betic quickies only -- a once-over for English grammar, a fast fact-check, things like that. And as always, remember that beta is the second letter of the Greek alphabet -- alpha is the first, and the alpha reader is YOU, the writer!

There are two formats offered here, the Once-Over (which involves reading the whole fill or part/s of it) and the Quick Question (one to two specific questions), and three aspects of express beta: English grammar, style, and fact-checking. (The Language Beta for languages other than English is here. Fact-checking can be for any topic -- history, culture, science, sex...)

There is also a whole journal dedicated to Hetalia on these terms: [livejournal.com profile] hetalia_pen 

You can go there for more help and information when this page fails you.

  • You are allowed to post logged-in. If you do, please turn on your notifs -- anonymous comments are screened by default, and while we will manually unscreen volunteers' comments, writers' comments will remain screened unless they say otherwise.
  • In your subject line, please tell us what formats and aspects you are willing to beta.
  • In the body of your post, please specify a contact method and maximum length willing to look over (if you're offering Once-Overs) as well as your area(s) of expertise (if you're offering fact-checking). If you're offering Once-Overs and there's some genre or kink which you absolutely cannot bring yourself to read through even for express-beta purposes, definitely include that information!
  • In the spirit of fillers and requesters remaining anonymous, please remain anonymous here as well. You may choose to reply directly to logged-in volunteers; your comment will remain screened and seen only by the volunteer. Otherwise, please use the contact information provided.
  • Regardless of what method of contact you choose, please tell the volunteer which of their offered services you are asking for. Please make sure to read their post carefully to ensure that they will, in fact, take your question(s) or read your writing. And finally, don't forget to thank your volunteer when the business is concluded!

Offering OO and QQ; grammar and style beta

[identity profile] hetalia-kink.livejournal.com 2010-04-20 06:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Example offering

Contact: hetalia_kink@betamadness.net

I will Once-Over anything up to 5000 words at a time. Goats freak me out like crazy, so unfortunately I can't deal with any WIPs or questions involving them. I'm also kinda busy with school, so I'll probably reply within two days, but take longer to actually read stuff other than quick questions.

Offering: Once-Over & Quick Questions; grammar beta (and style, for QQ)

[identity profile] skelody.livejournal.com 2010-04-20 07:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Contact: Message me /o/

No maximum, just be aware that longer chunks will take longer to read. (Finals are coming up, sob.) Strictly grammar/spelling for the Once-Over, please.

Offering Once-Over and Quick Questions; grammar and style beta

[identity profile] manzanadorada.livejournal.com 2010-04-21 12:32 am (UTC)(link)
Contact: Message me, reply here, comment (http://manzanadorada.livejournal.com/2888.html) (comments screened, anonymous comments allowed), or Perfect Imagination (http://www.perfectimagination.co.uk/BetaReader/profile_Kallisti.html?fandom=OtherFandom).

No maximum length; if you send me something long I'll let you know how much time I expect it to take me. I'll clean up spelling/grammar/wording for pretty much any kind of fic.

Offering: Once over and Quick Questions

[identity profile] janjanfollower.livejournal.com 2010-04-21 02:37 am (UTC)(link)
Contact: janjanfollower@live.com AND janjanfollower@gmail.com I check both daily.

No maximum length, willing to correct grammar and offer better words (to sound more sophisticated), able to read anything. Time however, is a big issue due to school. Time to reply for once overs will range from that day - the next week depending on how much work and how long it is; Quick Questions will range from that day - two days later.

Offering: Once-overs! and the occasional Quick Question

[identity profile] moodybear.livejournal.com 2010-04-21 02:46 am (UTC)(link)
Contact: moodybear2010@gmail.com

No maximum length. Send kinks, pairing, and word count in email, there isn't much I'd turn away. I have no real time crunches, so I can devote time to grammar, word choice, and some fact checking. I can also offer constructive criticism, if asked for.

Offering: Once-Over and occasional Quick Question; style beta

[identity profile] crayon-jupiter.livejournal.com 2010-04-22 12:30 am (UTC)(link)
Contact: Message me

No maximums, though longer ones will take longer to beta, you'll probably get it back fairly quickly. Also no unbearable pairings/kinks. Willing to give constructive criticism, if it's wanted. My focus is mostly on style and flow and the like.

Offering: GRAMMAR AID & Once Over (or twice, if you really want it)

[identity profile] juliet-ros.livejournal.com 2010-04-24 03:47 am (UTC)(link)
Contact: Message me or (possibly faster) email me at Selian_Moonlight@yahoo.com

If you care, I will care. Which means:
- Grammar is very important to me
- I will give you any advice I can think of on how to make you piece better
- No maximum length (although if I think it would be better shortened, I will tell you so)
- Any pairing (I can't think of any coupling I wouldn't beta although being Canadian, I'm biased when Canada is involved)
- I'm a pretty fast reader (thank goodness)
- I beta using British grammar in general, but if you so wish I can use American instead
- The only thing I won't beta (or read in general) is extreme violence. Rough sex and alike is fine to an extent. I'm fine with lemons and what not.

I will do my best to read it over as quickly as I can.

Offering: OO, QQ, Grammar, Style

[identity profile] darogadaae.livejournal.com 2010-04-24 10:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Contact: Best thing would be to email me: darogadaae@yahoo.com

No maximums. There isn't much I don't do, ultimately. Grammar, spelling, word choice, general coherence, whatever you need. I do have school for a couple more weeks, so I may be a little slow until that's out. Feel free to harass me.

With once-overs, I prefer completed works, but I'll takes WIPs.

I have yet to find anything that really bothers me. I will read ANYTHING.

Offering Once Over(s) and Quick Question(s)

[identity profile] kowala159.livejournal.com 2010-04-25 03:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Once or twice over, if need be. I'll check 'em however many times you send it to me. I'll mainly check for the fluidity of the writing and whether it's clear what's happening. Also, it's very easy for dialogue to bother me, so I'll be a stickler for that.

I'll check all writings, whether it be smut or not. Even if I'm not a fan of the kink, I'll go over it best I can.

I should be able to get the story back in a day or two on average.

Either send me a message, or send an e-mail to squirmy_lurmy_wormy@yahoo.com (e-mail preferred).

Offering: Once-Overs and Quick Questions, Grammar and Style Beta

[identity profile] cresentshadow.livejournal.com 2010-04-26 09:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Contact: message me, or email me at shadowcresentnair@gmail.com (probably will be faster this way)

No maximum lengths, I'll try to get back to you as soon as possible (longer stories may take longer, it really depends), hopefully within a day or two. I'll mainly check for grammar and correct any mistakes or misspellings, but I will give occasional comments on the flow if needed/wanted. Nothing really bothers me, so I'll take pretty much any kind of fic.

Offering: Quick Questions -> Fact checking for Italy!

[identity profile] arivi.livejournal.com 2010-05-01 10:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Both of them! Anything: culture, history, literature, art, food, sex... Just ask!

I'm really busy with uni stuff, but I'll try to answer as fast as I can - please be aware that it may still take a couple days.

Also, I can probably do something for you if you need help with Grampa Rome too.

Offering: QQ -Style beta and fact checking for Sweden

[identity profile] ardis89.livejournal.com 2010-05-02 12:08 am (UTC)(link)
I'm not going to claim to be omniscient, but I do live in Sweden, so at least I have first hand experience, eh? :)

Culture, food and history are safe bets, in any case.

Feel free to email me at alltid1603@gmail.com

Once-Overs and QQs; Grammar and Style Beta; Fact-Checking for Oriental and World History

[identity profile] themadhattertf.livejournal.com 2010-05-02 04:48 am (UTC)(link)
I have a year of pure Oriental History revolving around China. Though, in World History my main concern was Asia Minor and all its glory, and the Russian Empire. My expertise lies with Eco-Politics.

I cannot Beta for extreme kinks like tentacle!sex--anything that includes brutally mutilating the body through sexual situations. But, pedophilia is fine as long as it is somewhat humane.

Feel free to send me any notifications for beta-requests at: theevilunderlordm@gmail.com

The longer the fic the longer the Once-Over would take. I like romanticism and extentialism as writing styles though not for humour, as you know if you know how to use them. Humour is always welcome. Non-con--not always--though, you could persuade me.

I write in Brittish Grammar in general. If you like American english, just say so.

Offering: Once-Overs

[identity profile] fyria-yiries.livejournal.com 2010-06-04 02:14 am (UTC)(link)
Contact me at vancouversnow@hotmail.com since I'm horrible about checking PMs.

I read like an obsessed person, so length is not an issue. I don't do mutilations or extreme gore, but everything else is fine. Pairing wise- everything is fine, shota is fine, will read Spamano, SuFin and Franada extra intensely though.

Will edit with British or American english as specified.

Not much to do during the summer, online most of the day, will probably get fics done in <24 hours. Also, I work on purely grammar and spelling, don't want to mess with the story much.
ext_232730: (englandfairy)

Offering: OOs and QQs; grammar, style and fact-checking beta

[identity profile] the-gabih.livejournal.com 2010-06-25 09:57 am (UTC)(link)
Contact: thegabih@gmail.com

-can fact-check history, politics (particularly British), culture and basic French.
-am willing to offer alternative words and phrasing if you think things sound wrong.
-am at school and in the process of applying to University, so keeping things under 10,000 words would be appreciated.
-will try my level best to get things done within a couple of days, but again- student. It may take a while longer.
-will read violence and non-con, but kinks involving fluids that aren't water are a no-no, I'm afraid.

Offering: OOs and QQs. Grammar, style, fact-checking.

[identity profile] superlemur.livejournal.com 2010-06-26 03:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Contact: eruditeallusionhere@gmail.com

Won't read fics involving bathroom stuff, anything else is fine. Under 5,000 words please. I can check Spanish, Japanese, German, Italian, and would be happy to wikipedia you for historical stuff. Not a lot of time constraints right now, so hit me.

Offering Once-Overs and Quick Answers about grammar and style

[identity profile] doomy-slasher.livejournal.com 2010-09-02 03:15 am (UTC)(link)
I haven't done beta work before, but I did graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in English. I promise I'm not snooty about it though.

I have a ton of time on my hands right now, and I'm willing to look over pretty much anything that gets sent my way. I don't care if it's really long, or if you've only got a little bit written, or if it's really, really kinky. I'm also more than happy to give opinions on plot or character if you'd like me to.

My email's doomy.slasher@gmail.com, so send me a message if you want my help.

Offering: Quick Questions, Fact-Checking

[identity profile] pozole.livejournal.com 2010-09-05 08:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Private messages are fine, email and AIM are also ways to contact me.

AIM: epiccatfight
Email: pozole_blanco@hotmail.com

Will discuss plot/characterization details, can help with medical/biological questions (this includes figuring out details pertaining to mpreg).

Offering: OO, QQ. Grammar, Spelling, Style

[identity profile] aislingthegreat.livejournal.com 2010-12-13 02:19 am (UTC)(link)
Private messages are fine, if you'd prefer email my address is aislingnichonaill@yahoo.co.uk

-can spellcheck either British or American English
-can offer grammar and punctuation help
-will read most things and will get back to you asap
-know some French, German, Japanese and Irish

Only thing I won't read is guro. Other than that we're good.:D I'm also willing to do some history (especially Irish and British) fact-checking if you want.:D

[identity profile] lovelycudy.livejournal.com 2011-02-23 12:38 am (UTC)(link)
Username: [livejournal.com profile] lovelycudy

Name: July

Email: vivatannaregina@gmail.com

Abilities/Qualifications: I'm an ESL, so I can't vouch for my grammar skills, even though I'm fairly good. I'll check your characterisation and flow. I'm a soon-to-be History major (English history being my thesis subject) so I can help you with that. Almost everything I have ever written is smut, so I can help you with that, too.

Restrictions: I won't read vore, guro and scat. I'm not fan of mpreg, but I can work with it.

Style: I prefer working trough e-mail. I'll read the story and make comments on the margins of the document. I comment on things I think should be changed as well as on things I liked. I prefer to make comment with suggested changes instead of making them myself. I'm more than open to chat if you think it's necessary, even though I prefer e-mail as a mean of communication.

Offering: quick questions or full beta-ing for anything involving mathematics

[identity profile] aureliuszvektor.livejournal.com 2011-03-05 12:23 am (UTC)(link)
I just posted in the language thread, but I figured I should post here, too (especially because I can hang onto comments this way).

Either message me or email me at mathbeautificationsociety@gmail.com.

I'm a math major. I love my subject to death, and will be happy to provide facts, history, anecdotes, linguistic tweaks, key figures from various nations, information on what letters are used for what... anything and everything.

I can do fairly extensive checking for International French [I am "officially fluent" and may end up double-majoring, but it isn't perfect], plus some Russian, Japanese, and very little Arabic (the last is if you only need to know how to say "sweetie" or "my love" or something easy like that). My native language is Californian American English.

I can also provide basic information on literary and philosophical movements.

No content restrictions.

I'm up for full beta (grammar, characterization, everything) for fics centrally involving math, and quick questions for anything else.

Offering: Once-over and quick question beta-ing!

[identity profile] mjtehmickster.livejournal.com 2011-05-14 06:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Contact: Message me. I'm on-line all the time. (I'd prefer if you'd message me while logged in. Don't worry, I won't de-anon you. :) )

My strength lies with grammar. Typos and bad grammar bug the heck out of me, and I always itch to fix them.

I'm not offering fact-finding, as I'm not much of a history buff.

I do know a few words and phrases in a handful of languages other than English, so I may even be able to help with that.

I have no problems with any pairings or any kink (to my knowledge), but I'm not a fan of poetry.

As a college student, I may be a little busy at times. However, I read quickly and should be able to get back to you within a few days.

Offering: OO and QQ.

[identity profile] arrantpedantry.livejournal.com 2011-07-11 10:06 pm (UTC)(link)
To get hold of me: pm or email are both fine - my email is lolsocky@gmail.com.

I'll read fills of any length but bear in mind that if you send me something huge I'll need more time to read it. I should usually be able to get through 10 single-spaced pages within a couple days, with longer fills taking proportionately longer time, but I have a pretty variable schedule at work (I'll let you know if I think it's going to take longer).

I read all pairings and most kinks, including rape/dubcon and heavy violence. I can't do shota, guro, bestiality (although stuff like "Canada sprouts tentacles!" is cool - I'm only uncomfortable if it's an actual animal involved), vore, or any kind of Nazi kink (generic guard/prisoner or torture kink or whatever is fine).

As for specialties: I know quite a bit about Ancient Rome, especially the Republican period, and my Latin is pretty good if you need a reasonable amount of text translated. I've also had some experience shooting handguns of various types and I'm happy to answer questions about that. I went to boarding school; if you're working on a boarding school AU, that might be helpful. Can't think of anything else that might be in demand haha.

Wow, this is super long >.>

Offering: OO and QQ; grammar, style and fact-checking

[identity profile] geocept.livejournal.com 2012-02-27 12:08 am (UTC)(link)
Contact: studentclh@gmail.com, britannia-angel@live.com; I prefer to work through e-mail, but I am open to chat if the need arises.

Word Quota: All word counts considered.

Strength/Qualifications: As an English Literature and English Language joint-honours student in university, I can offer help with pace, grammar, mechanics and usage. I will also provide assistance in fact-checking for the following: historical settings, speech, world views, and facts; references of relevance as found in canon; realistic sexual encounters; details and challenges of mental illnesses and both mental and physical trauma; distinguishing differences between British English and American English; some foreign language usage (JP, FR); and British, American and Japanese culture. I am also open to acting as your general researcher of any topic should you require one.

Restrictions: None.

Style: I will inform you of the strengths of your story as well as the weaker points, and will offer suggested corrections as notes or make changes independently as you prefer. The only changes I will make automatically are those to spelling and grammar mistakes. I work quickly but thoroughly and am willing to communicate with you extensively regarding your story.

Note: Please use me. I've found myself with quite a lot of free time.

Offering: Once-Overs and Quick Questions; English grammar and style

(Anonymous) 2012-07-31 09:15 am (UTC)(link)
The best way to reach me is through email, and I am at sanguinedreamer96@gmail.com.

Word count doesn't matter to me, and neither does pairing/character choice. However, I refuse to beta shota, so anything but that goes.
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OO and QQ; style, English grammar

[personal profile] shinymessoyay 2014-07-23 03:02 am (UTC)(link)
Contact method: 1shinymess@gmail.com (please include Hetalia beta request in the subject line)

Word quota: 10k or fewer

Strengths: English is my first language as far as that goes, and while I'm not a hardcore prescriptivist, I do have a degree in English literature. I am primarily bothered by internal inconsistency, so if you're concerned that you might have derailed somewhere, I will be happy to let you know one way or the other.

Restrictions: I don't like actual non-con, though anything clearly framed as non-con while being negotiated consensual play is fine. No scat or gore, please.

Note: I don't know if anyone checks back here, but I thought I would add my name here. This is date-stamped in 2014 as you can see, so please feel free to contact me if would like help.