FAQ – General

General

What is Project Team Beta?
What is a beta?
How do I become a member of Project Team Beta?
How does Project Team Beta work?
What is the age/content guideline, and why do you enforce it?
How long does it take for a chapter to be edited?
Can I be both an author and a beta?
How are authors and betas paired up?

What is Project Team Beta?

Project Team Beta is a group that exists to improve the quality of writing that exists in the Twilight, Harry Potter, and Hunger Games fandom, and Original Fiction. We have a large team of qualified and knowledgeable betas who volunteer to provide technical and creative feedback to authors.

What is a beta?

In the most basic sense, a beta is an editor. A beta is someone who reads a story with a critical eye with the goal of improving the technical and creative aspects of a story. On the technical side, a beta will look at grammar, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, verb tense, and more. On the creative side, a beta will look at flow, description, pacing, dialogue, and more. In order to become a beta for Project Team Beta, you must become qualified by passing a test that determines how well you are able to edit a chapter on a technical and creative level.

How do I become a member of Project Team Beta?

To become a member of Project Team Beta, you first need to fill out an application. Applications are available here.

How does Project Team Beta work?

To start the process with Project Team Beta, an author must fill out a Story Application. Once the application is approved and the author has received a Welcome Letter, Authors submit chapters via email to Admin@ProjectTeamBeta.com. A moderator will then put the chapter into transit. While the chapter is in transit, it will be sent to two qualified PTB betas. A mod will then email the chapter back to the author. All comments are read through by a mod to ensure the best quality edit possible.

What is the age/content guideline, and why do you enforce it?

Project Team Beta has an age/content guideline in place to protect our underage members and to protect ourselves. We will only work on stories rated R or NC-17 if the author is over the age of 18. Additionally, we will only send chapters rated R or NC-17 to betas over the age of 18.

How long does it take for a chapter to be edited?

The PTB process is not an instantaneous one, and according to our guidelines, we will return a chapter to an author between five and seven days. Each chapter is submitted to a first-run beta and then to a second-run beta. It is recommended that each beta return a chapter within 48 hours. As authors who work with PTB know, the five to seven days is not a hard and fast standard. Many times the process happens much faster than that. The opposite is also true. Sometimes we need extra time to beta and return a chapter to an author.

Can I be both an author and a beta?

Yes. You can fill out an application for both an author and a beta. We will not send you your own chapters to be beta’ed.

How are authors and betas paired up?

Chapters are sent to betas based on the author’s and beta’s preferences.