Just thought it might be helpful to have a place for beta help since some of us are constanting urging people to use betas. The purpose of this post is two-fold:
1. Those who are willing to beta can post their strengths & weaknesses, as well as what they are willing to beta. Be sure to include things like if you are better with scientific help or if you wouldn't know a wormhole from wormwood, if you prefer to only beta something you could read to your kids at night or if you're willing to beta stories that will keep you up all night clutching your pillow, etc.
2. Those who need a beta can post asking for one. Please give a synopsis of your story, as well as what you're looking for from the beta service. If you only want someone to check spelling and grammar, please say so. If you only want someone to check out the characterization, please put that in your post. (You should not be worried about using two betas--I used to do that but am down to one AWESOME beta ATM)
Bear in mind, all responses must be PG-13. Beta readers, please indicate if someone can PM you with graphic details of any sort.
If you speak/write any other languages, please indicate them.
If I've missed something, please feel free to give me your suggestions.
I'll start off with my own as a response to this post.