I'm looking for some basic guidelines to producing good (aka, 'plausible') fanfic. I've been an in-the-closet fanfic reader and writer for many years, but I still haven't managed to figure out the system, and I don't dare post any of my attempts until I know more about what I'm doing. What is this 'beta' I read of? What are the rating/pairing/credit-giving to he who created characters conventions? Any other useful stuff I should know?
I would appreciate any feedback. Lots of talent in this community!