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Beta Readers

Hey everyone. One of the judges, tiraldan, had an idea to set up a list of volunteer beta readers so that entrants can get in contact with other writers that would be willing to help proofread their tournament pieces. So! If you're looking for a second set of eyes to look over your entries before you submit them, please feel free to contact anyone on this list for help.

Volunteer Beta Readers
  1. AlternativeFate
    Preferred name: Alt
    Any beta reading and other tournament writing experience: I was a judge for The Exchange in 2009.
    How you usually beta read: I prefer inserting comments using basic MS Word tools throughout the contestant’s entry so they can see the meaning behind my revisions and suggestions.
    About how many entries you are willing to read per round: 2 entries per round are preferred for my current workload. If my time becomes less stretched I may increase the number of entries.
    How much time you usually need to comfortably read/give feedback on an entry: 3 days is generally required for me to be happy with my suggestions.
    Anything else you would like us, or a potential writer match, to know: I will generally look at a writer’s previous submissions if we are already into the tournament, to better see what the writer is already capable of and it helps me view why they progress in the manner they choose. Links to their previous entries when submitting a ‘in-need-of beta read’ would be most appreciated.
  2. LadyRiverlark
    Preferred name: Lady
    Any beta reading and other tournament writing experience: I was a competitor in the first Exchange and in Break. I've beta'd for co-competitors.
    How you usually beta read: If you want grammatical editing, I prefer editing within the text. Otherwise, I can just make comments separately. I'm partial to googledocs, but am willing to work with the writer if needed for other formats.
    About how many entries you are willing to read per round: I can take probably 4-5 auditions and then 1-2 entries per round.
    How much time you usually need to comfortably read/give feedback on an entry: Expect about 3 days. If it's a particularly long entry, then budget for about 4-5 days. I might get it done quicker than that, but better safe than sorry.
    Anything else you would like us, or a potential writer match, to know: My critiques can seem harsh but are constructive and honest.
  3. JaredSol
    Preferred name: James
    Any beta reading and other tournament writing experience: Been doing OCTs for several years, constantly beta read stuff for friends, thought I'd extend the offer.
    How you usually beta read: Comments within the text, preferably using a word processor.
    About how many entries you are willing to read per round: 2
    How much time you usually need to comfortably read/give feedback on an entry: 3-4 days
    Anything else you would like us, or a potential writer match, to know: My criticisms may seem harsh and even snarky at times, but please don't take it personally. Experience has taught me the ball-busting approach is usually the most inciting (both for me and for others).


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In order to have a volunteer beta reader list, we're going to need some volunteer beta readers. You may not sign up to be a beta reader if you're a current judge, but you're welcome to sign up if you're a competitor. Just be sure to only take on as much as you can handle, as we wouldn't want beta reading to get in the way of writing your own entry. Keep in mind that as a volunteer beta reader, you aren't obligated to read every entry asked of you. If your load is getting too heavy, no need to take on more.

**Also, if you are interested in beta reading for folks but do not want to volunteer to be added to the beta reader list, please check below! We may have some entrants looking for extra beta readers and you are welcome to contact them to volunteer your services personally. Thanks!

Now, a word from tiraldan:
"To very kindly offer your services, please fill this small form out and note it to this tournament account (please be sure to note the tournament account and not mippins, as tiraldan is the judge responsible for organizing this list). Don't worry about being qualified- it can be very hard for writers to find beta readers, and everyone's help is greatly appreciated, I can tell you from experience.

Username:
Preferred name: (may be the same as username)
Any beta reading and other tournament writing experience:
How you usually beta read: (editing/commenting within the text, commenting separately, using Google Docs or MS Word, etc., any preferences you have)
About how many entries you are willing to read per round: (1-4 is probably a good amount but it's up to you)
How much time you usually need to comfortably read/give feedback on an entry: (3-4 days is default; remember that rounds are only two weeks long!)
Anything else you would like us, or a potential writer match, to know:

Thank you in advance for volunteering your help!"

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In case you're a competitor looking for a beta reader and can't pick from the list above for whatever reason (no available readers, only available is an opponent, you want a second opinion, etc.), you're welcome to submit a "beta reader wanted ad" on this list as well. This list will be updated for each round, so once the current round ends, the list will reset and you'll need to submit your information again to be added to the next list. Also, please note that if you're on this list and no one contacts you about reading your entry in time, the judges and I are really sorry about that but we can't be responsible for how effective the list is. Hopefully you'll be able to find a beta reader before that becomes a problem, though.

A word from tiraldan:
"As a writer seeking a beta reader, remember that they are doing you a favor by reading over your entry and giving you suggestions on it. Fill out the below and send it to the tournament account (again, please be sure to note the tournament account and not mippins, as tiraldan is the judge responsible for organizing this list) in order to request a beta reader for your audition or Ex II round:

Username:
Preferred name: (may be the same as username)
Link to your character ref sheet(s):
Link to your opponent's character ref sheet(s):
Link to any other relevant reference sheets:
Link to your writing to be beta read, or copy and paste below if you are not ready to post a draft: (please be neat and use HTML for any formatting you need in the entry such as italics or bold face)
Anything you would especially like the beta reader to concentrate on: (such as typos, run-on sentences, characterization, or plot flow)
Any preferences you have about how your writing is beta read:
Anything else that you would like the beta reader to know:

Please allow an average of 3-4 days for the beta reader to do their work!"

Thanks everyone! Hopefully this service will yield some good results.

Entrants Requesting Beta Readers for Auditions
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The Exchange II: Thou Shalt Die

The Exchange II is an original character tournament for writers, and it is the sequel to The Exchange, a writing tournament hosted by mippins in 2009.
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If you had a good time with Ex II, I've got some good news. I'm hosting a third and final Exchange tournament.

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This time, Death has kidnapped a group of real live mortals and brought them down into the Underworld. Trick is, he can't get them out, so your goal is to find a way home. Oh, and the mortals are you. You, and as many of your characters as you feel like bringing along.

Ex III is a prequel, too. You don't need to have been involved with the other two tournaments to participate, especially because it takes place before all the other Ex shenanigans. Death bringing these mortals down is part of the prep work for the labyrinth debacle that became Ex I.

Ex III has other neato features, like audience voting and every writer can keep competing through all four rounds. Of course, you can find more info at TheExchangeIII, so stop by and look things over if you have some extra time this summer.

Thanks everyone. Keep writing.
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SheWhoMarsTheSkin Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Will there be an Exchange III?
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mippins Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student Writer
DUNNO but probably not, heh. Sorry if that was something you were looking forward to.
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Voice-of-Levity Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Probably not, eh? ;P
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mippins Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Student Writer
I'M A FILTHY LIAR NEVER TO BE TRUSTED.
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SheWhoMarsTheSkin Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's okay! I took part in the first tournament (my character Evie was popular for some reason) and not being on the site meant I missed this.
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Voice-of-Levity Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Well, now that the tournament is over, I can dedicate time to normal silliness. Such as llamas!
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Tribal-Gizmo Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
*counts name letters*

Uh. Sorry about that. ^.^;
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7outerelements Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm actually the one that posted this - I was on my girlfriend's computer and forgot what account I was under. So, sorry for my name all over again.
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mippins Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student Writer
OH, LOL, okay, that makes way more sense and also I just saw this now. I saw the username and was like bro you ain't even in the tournament what's your bag. xD Anyway, it's cool. Most of the ranty tweets I post are just joking anyhow, but you probably know that.
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7outerelements Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Haha, yeah that was an awkward post. It'd be kind of funny/messed up if I changed my account all-a-sudden like that though.
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