FAQ – Betas

Beta

What will I be tested on? What is required of me?
What if I fail the beta test?
What is Beta Mentoring?
What if I don’t have a lot of time but still want to beta?
If a story has a lot of the same basic grammar errors, do I have to finish beta’ing it?
What if I don’t like a story sent to me?
How often will chapters be sent to me?
How long do I get to beta a chapter?
What if I can’t beta a chapter due to time restraints?
Can I ask for an extension?
What do I do if I go on vacation?
What is Placed Hiatus?
What if I have a lot of Permanent Assignments and don’t have a lot of time for transit chapters?
What does “technical and creative feedback” mean?
Do I have to give creative feedback?

What will I be tested on? What is required of me?

New betas will be tested on: comma usage, (to connect to independent clauses, introductory/parenthetical elements, and direct address) comma splices, word choice, possessive pronouns, dialogue punctuation, and verb tense.

All PTB betas are expected to return the chapter they are beta’ing within 48 hours. Extensions are given as needed.

What if I fail the beta test?

All betas can retest after a waiting period of one week. Within that week, betas are given resources so that they may study their weaknesses. On top of that, the betas will be told what their particular weaknesses are, are given an answer key and study guide, and are invited to join the Beta Mentoring group.

What is Beta Mentoring?

This is a study guide of sorts for betas who are studying to pass the PTB beta test. Betas are given resources to study from, exercises to practice on (including a practice test), and one-on-one help with PTB moderators.

What if I don’t have a lot of time but still want to beta?

No problem. We will work around your schedule. Email Admin@ProjectTeamBeta.com and let us know when you would like us to send you chapters. Common requests are: once a week, once every two weeks, only on Fridays, etc.

If a story has a lot of the same basic grammar errors, do I have to finish beta’ing it?

The PTB moderators read through every chapter sent into transit. If we feel that the chapter has not been thoroughly self-edited by the author, we will not send it to a beta. However, sometimes chapters do slip through, and if you feel that the chapter has one too many mistakes on multiple basic grammar concepts, contact a mod ASAP at Admin@ProjectTeamBeta.com.

What if I don’t like a story sent to me?

Some stories just aren’t our cup of tea. If you are able, please try to finish beta’ing it, and then when you send it back, mention that you’d rather not beta future chapters, and we won’t send you chapters from that story anymore. However, if you do not like it at all, it offends you in some way, etc., please contact a mod ASAP at Admin@ProjectTeamBeta.com, explaining the situation, and we will reassign it.

How often will chapters be sent to me?

This varies. At the most, we try to send betas chapters once a week. However, how busy our betas are depends on how busy transit it. PTB has been through times where we haven’t been busy at all, and betas were getting chapters every two weeks, sometimes three. The same is true for the opposite. PTB has been very busy, especially at the beginning of summer, and betas have gotten chapters every 3-4 days.

If PTB is especially busy, we will send out a notice to the betas, explaining the situation. However, we will still follow beta preferences. If you request only to be sent a chapter once a week, we will only send you a chapter once a week, regardless of how busy we are.

How long do I get to beta a chapter?

All betas are required to return a chapter within 48 hours. If you are unable to beta it within that time period or if you need an extension, contact Admin@ProjectTeamBeta.com.

What if I can’t beta a chapter due to time restraints?

If you are ever unable to beta a chapter, contact Admin@ProjectTeamBeta.com ASAP, and we will reassign it.

Can I ask for an extension?

Of course! We understand sometimes a chapter needs more time for various reasons. Contact Admin@ProjectTeamBeta.com ASAP. The most we usually give for extension is two days. There are exceptions, but usually if you are unable to beta a chapter within 4 days, we will reassign it.

What do I do if I go on vacation?

Have fun! And email Hiatus@ProjectTeamBeta.com the day you want to start your hiatus and the day you can start accepting chapters again. At the end of your hiatus, we will send you a confirmation email asking if it is okay to take you off hiatus. Please respond to this email ASAP.

What is Placed Hiatus?

If a beta does not return a chapter with 48 hours and does not contact our Admin account, we will send the beta a Late Notice. The beta then has 24 hours to contact our Admin account. If we do not hear back from the beta within 24 hours, we will put the beta on Placed Hiatus. This means the beta will on a required one-week hiatus. There are exceptions, but usually, if the beta has more than three placed hiatuses, we will ask the beta to resign from PTB.

If you are put on Placed Hiatus, and there was a good reason as to why you were unable to contact us (ie. No internet connection, etc.), email Hiatus@ProjectTeamBeta.com your explanation ASAP.

What if I have a lot of Permanent Assignments and don’t have a lot of time for transit chapters?

No problem! Email Hiatus@ProjectTeamBeta.com, explaining your situation. We will put you on Permanent Assignment Hiatus, meaning you will still be a PTB beta, but you will no longer receive transit chapters until you are ready.

What does “technical and creative feedback” mean?

Technical feedback is all the grammar related comments, including but not limited to: dialogue punctuation, comma usage, verb tense, etc. We expect all of our betas to at least comment on the basic grammar concepts.

Creative feedback is all the comments related to plot development, character development, pacing, etc. These are your opinions you give the author to help improve their story.

Do I have to give creative feedback?

No. However, we do encourage it. If at any time you feel a story could improve in some way, or if something doesn’t make sense or if the timing is off, etc., please don’t hesitate to comment on it.

Please remember that most of creative feedback is your opinion. Tell the author in a respectful and polite way. Ultimately, it is up to the author to follow or to not follow your feedback.