betas

Mar. 31st, 2010 04:21 pm
[personal profile] leavethesky
I know it's been said a million times (and many of those by [livejournal.com profile] ralst), but please, please, please consider using a beta before you post. Case in point:

Her purse hit the ground, the box of business cards tumbling out as _____'s body quacked with the power of her loosed emotion.

I added the bold just in case you missed it (I'm not sure how you could) and blocked out the name to protect the innocent. This just completely knocked me out of what might have been a decent story. This is one of those problems that spellcheck just can't help you with because 'quacking' is just as much a word as 'quaking' so it sails through without so much as a little red line underneath. Only another human, looking over your story before you post it, can spot such a thing. I just...I can't. I'm quacking in fear of the betalessness (spellcheck is h8ing that non-word but didn't even whimper at 'quacking'). We all make mistakes, but a beta can help you at least minimize the most glaring. Your readers will and can overlook a lot (I know I do), but you owe them the courtesy of fixing the worst of them and you get the bonus of saving yourself the embarrassment and the lost readers as a result. It's a win-win.

This has been a public service announcement from someone who reads WAY too much fic. Thank you and good night.

eta: And where is [livejournal.com profile] sr_m_grammatica when you need her? She really should swoop in with her wimple and black cloak to handle this shit. I mean... stuff.
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