Monday, December 10, 2018

Available Beta Readers

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IMPORTANT NOTE 5/17/2014: I need to temporarily (possibly permanently) disable the plugin I was using to create this page’s table in order to discover if it’s the culprit behind some back-end site issues. Beta readers can still be found by scrolling down to the comments and browsing through the many volunteers who have posted their contact information. To avoid confusion while the table is gone, I’ve crossed out the lines about contacting me to have listings edited, as this is currently not relevant. Please use your Disqus account to make any edits to your comments when/if necessary; when the table returns in whatever form, I’ll be going through the comments from scratch to rebuild the list so please make sure your comment contains up-to-date information!

This page houses a list of community members who have volunteered to act as beta readers for aspiring pasta writers.

If you’re unfamiliar with the terminology, a beta reader is someone who will look over your unfinished story and offer feedback, corrections, editing, etc. This makes it different from Crappypasta’s feedback system, which is intended only for finished submissions that were deemed in need of more work.

When contacting these beta readers, please keep the following points in mind:

  • The people listed here are VOLUNTEERS, and are therefore under no official obligation to you. If a reader gets busy and cannot give you feedback at the pace you’d like, please do not harass them. Be understanding of that fact that these are people with real lives who are willing to dedicate some of their free time to helping aspiring writers. You are not entitled to their time, and you should certainly not expect them to put aside real-life obligations in order to help you work on your story.
  • Using a beta reader is not a guarantee that your story will be accepted. Peer editing will drastically improve your chances, obviously, but please keep in mind that the people listed here do not actually have any control over the submission process – as such, please do not insult or harass them if they help you with a story and it’s still rejected. Similarly, if someone helps you with a story and it ends up on Crappypasta, please do not give in to the temptation to blame your beta reader in the comments. The Crappypasta community – and myself – will see right through that tactic. Remember that, in the end, enjoyment of a pasta is subjective and your beta reader cannot guarantee a positive reaction from myself or the community at large.
  • Some of these beta readers have listed guidelines and boundaries concerning what topics they are and aren’t willing to read. Please pay attention to and respect these limits.

If you would like to be added to the above list, please comment on this post with your name, contact information, availability, any preferences you have regarding topics/types of pastas that you’d like to beta read, and any other additional notes that you feel are relevant.

IMPORTANT: IF YOU WANT TO BE A BETA READER, YOU MUST PROVIDE A WAY FOR PEOPLE TO CONTACT YOU! This should be obvious, but a staggering amount of people were volunteering without leaving any contact information, so clearly it needs to be emphasized.

If you would like your entry on this list edited or removed for any reason, please reply to your original comment or use the Contact Us form. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU COMMENT/EMAIL USING THE SAME EMAIL AND IP ADDRESS THAT YOU USED WHEN YOU FIRST VOLUNTEERED FOR THE LIST. If you don’t do this, I will email the address I have on file for you to confirm the changes- if no reply is received, I’ll assume that it was someone else impersonating you for whatever reason.


The idea for this page was originally suggested by Nessa – thank you!

Have fun, everyone!