What is a beta? A beta reader is a person who reads written work, generally fiction, with the intent of looking over the material to find and improve elements such as grammar and spelling, as well as suggestions to improve the story, its characters, or its setting. Basically, the beta reader is the one who throws you virtual hugs & kisses and encourages you to fight on when you think things get too tough with your writing process.
How do I sign-up to be a beta? Fill out the beta application form at the bottom of this post and wait for a confirmation email from us. After you've successfully signed-up, you'll be included in our beta archive and we'll notify you through email if someone wants to claim you as their beta!
How do I claim a beta? Go through our beta archive that can be found at the bottom of this post and find one whom you think suits your writing process best. Fill up the beta claiming form and wait for our email regarding your beta's contact information. After that, we'll leave it up to the two of you to figure things out for your work!
Is having a beta mandatory? No, but it is strongly recommended. A beta reader can ensure the quality of your work by giving you constructive criticism. They can help you brainstorm for new ideas, figure out plot holes, and more. Additionally, wouldn't it be nice to have someone new whom you can fawn over your OTP with? But of course, having a beta reader is still completely up to you!
Does my beta reader need to be from Yuanfen Fest? No, but it is recommended! You can have your own beta reader(s) outside of the fest, but we highly advise that you claim one from the fest's archive so the both of you can be guided with our timelines and find it easier to maintain the participants' anonymity.
🍑 Beta reader applicants must NOT be participating as a writer for Yuanfen Fest. We don't want to add more things on your plate, especially if you have already claimed a prompt or two! We also want to avoid the incident of plagiarism and stealing of ideas.
🍑 No discussion of any details regarding the fic you are beta read-ing in public! Let's keep the anonymity of the fest until reveals!
🍑 Be respectful of each other! We assume that we're all professionals here, so please maintain politeness at ALL TIMES when discussing your ideas and opinions. Creative nuances are inevitable but there is always a better, nicer way to approach them.