Beth Attwood

Beth Attwood - Editor

Toronto, ON, Canada

Proofreader/CE with several years' experience, including in-house at Harlequin. I read everything but specialize in romance/women's fiction.

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My name is Beth and I’m a professional proofreader and copy editor. I have several years of experience working in the publishing industry, with many spent working full-time as a proofreader for Harlequin. I am a quick yet careful editor who has never missed a deadline and is adaptable to any style.

I will turn your book around at a reasonable pace because let’s face it, your readers are waiting! I will save you from any less-than-stellar reviews complaining about that one (delicious) time you wrote scone instead of sconce. I will never overstep, never alter your voice, and never suggest a big change without an explanation.

I’m here to use my rigorous in-house training to provide you with the highest quality work and polish your book until it shines. While I bring a wealth of experience in the romance industry to the table, I’m thrilled to work on any genre you’ve written!

Services Provided:

A proofread is a straight read of your book, ideally the final read before publication, doing a sweep for any lingering typographical, grammatical, or punctuation errors as well as any inconsistencies in style or plot details.

A solid proofread is an essential step for any book’s journey from conception to reader. When all your edits and copy edits are complete, and you need a fresh set of eyes to catch anything you might have missed, the proofreader provides the final pass, ensuring your work is as perfect as possible.

I also provide copy editing services if you think your book might need a bit extra love.

A copy edit is a much closer, slower sentence-level read of your book focusing on correcting spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors, sentence structure, repetition, redundancy, and plot discrepancies as well as ensuring your book adheres to a consistent style.

Your completed copy edit would include a cohesive style sheet of your book detailing any decisions made regarding punctuation, hyphenation, capitalization, number treatment, as well as a list of characters, locations, and any nonstandard spellings. You can pass this along as supplement for your proofreader or use this as a reference for future books.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Fantasy
Horror
Paranormal Romance
Romance
Science Fiction
Thriller
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Freelance Proofreader/Copy Editor

Self-employed
January, 2016 – Present (over 3 years)

Managing Editorial Coordinator

Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.
July, 2013 – December, 2015 (over 2 years)

Proofreader

Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.
October, 2010 – June, 2013 (over 2 years)

Portfolio (15 selected works)

The Marriage Lie: A bestselling psychological thriller

Kimberly Belle

Bestselling author Kimberly Belle is back with a “domestic thriller [that] will keep you reading into the wee hours of the night.” —Redbook"Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will eat up Kimberly Belle's latest novel."—Bookreporter.com Everyone has secrets Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and life is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will flies out f... read more

Bestselling author Kimberly Belle is back with a “domestic thriller [that] will keep you reading into the wee hours of the night.” —Redbook"Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will eat up Kimberly Belle's latest novel."—Bookreporter.com Everyone has secrets Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and life is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will flies out f... read more

Under My Skin

Lisa Unger

PopSugar’s Best Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in Fall 2018 Nominated for the 2019 Edgar AwardCrimeReads Best Book of 2018 Booklist’s Best New Book One of the Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2018 from CrimeReads One of Fall 2018’s Most Exciting New Mysteries & Thrillers by BookishBookbub’s One of the Biggest, Most Anticipated Thrillers of the Season, Fall 2018 Best Mystery Book Pick, and Editor... read more

PopSugar’s Best Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in Fall 2018 Nominated for the 2019 Edgar AwardCrimeReads Best Book of 2018 Booklist’s Best New Book One of the Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2018 from CrimeReads One of Fall 2018’s Most Exciting New Mysteries & Thrillers by BookishBookbub’s One of the Biggest, Most Anticipated Thrillers of the Season, Fall 2018 Best Mystery Book Pick, and Editor... read more

Dawn's Promise (Silent Wings Book 1)

A.W. Exley

A heart prepared to die that has never lived or loved…Born with fragile health, Dawn Uxbridge has lived a sheltered existence. Her lonely days are filled by drawing fanciful landscapes and nurturing plants. When tragedy strikes, she finds herself alone and penniless with only one talent – a green thumb.Jasper, the Earl of Seton, is in need of a gardener to reclaim his derelict estate in the re... read more

A heart prepared to die that has never lived or loved…Born with fragile health, Dawn Uxbridge has lived a sheltered existence. Her lonely days are filled by drawing fanciful landscapes and nurturing plants. When tragedy strikes, she finds herself alone and penniless with only one talent – a green thumb.Jasper, the Earl of Seton, is in need of a gardener to reclaim his derelict estate in the re... read more

Day's Patience (Silent Wings Book 2)

A.W. Exley

Each raindrop writes a word on her skin...After a long sickness, Lady Letitia Seton is finally free. But the last fractures in her mind won't heal until she confronts old wounds. Intent on finding answers about a murderous conspiracy against her family and to complete her recovery, she travels to County Durham. Dr Grayson Day devoted his life to healing the princess in the tower. Not wanting h... read more

Each raindrop writes a word on her skin...After a long sickness, Lady Letitia Seton is finally free. But the last fractures in her mind won't heal until she confronts old wounds. Intent on finding answers about a murderous conspiracy against her family and to complete her recovery, she travels to County Durham. Dr Grayson Day devoted his life to healing the princess in the tower. Not wanting h... read more

Body and Bone: A Novel

LS Hawker

He wants to destroy her reputation.He wants to destroy her life.He wants to destroy . . . her.Nessa Donati used to be a happily married mother with a successful music blog and satellite radio show. But that was before her husband John relapsed on drugs and went missing. That was before he was presumed dead. And before she was framed for his murder.When a commenter on Nessa’s blog starts harass... read more

He wants to destroy her reputation.He wants to destroy her life.He wants to destroy . . . her.Nessa Donati used to be a happily married mother with a successful music blog and satellite radio show. But that was before her husband John relapsed on drugs and went missing. That was before he was presumed dead. And before she was framed for his murder.When a commenter on Nessa’s blog starts harass... read more

The Other Alcott: A Novel

Elise Hooper

A People Magazine and POPSUGAR pick! “[May's] adventures illuminate the world of intrepid female artists in the late 1800s […] The Other Alcott comes alive in its development of the relationship between Louisa and May.” --The New York TimesElise Hooper’s debut novel conjures the fascinating, untold story of May Alcott—Louisa’s youngest sister and an artist in her own right.We all know the stor... read more

A People Magazine and POPSUGAR pick! “[May's] adventures illuminate the world of intrepid female artists in the late 1800s […] The Other Alcott comes alive in its development of the relationship between Louisa and May.” --The New York TimesElise Hooper’s debut novel conjures the fascinating, untold story of May Alcott—Louisa’s youngest sister and an artist in her own right.We all know the stor... read more

Under a Dark Sky: A Novel

Lori Rader-Day

From the critically-acclaimed author of The Day I Died comes a terrifying twist on a locked-room mystery that will keep readers guessing until the last pageOnly in the dark can she find the truth . . .Since her husband died, Eden Wallace's life has diminished down to a tiny pinprick, like a far-off star in the night sky. She doesn't work, has given up on her love of photography, and is so plag... read more

From the critically-acclaimed author of The Day I Died comes a terrifying twist on a locked-room mystery that will keep readers guessing until the last pageOnly in the dark can she find the truth . . .Since her husband died, Eden Wallace's life has diminished down to a tiny pinprick, like a far-off star in the night sky. She doesn't work, has given up on her love of photography, and is so plag... read more

House of Shadows: An Enthralling Historical Mystery

Nicola Cornick

The wooded hills of Oxfordshire conceal the remains of the aptly named Ashdown House—a wasted pile of cinders and regret. Once home to the daughter of a king, Ashdown and its secrets will unite three women across four centuries in a tangle of intrigue, deceit and destiny…In the winter of 1662, Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen, is on her deathbed. She entrusts an ancient pearl, rumored to hav... read more

The wooded hills of Oxfordshire conceal the remains of the aptly named Ashdown House—a wasted pile of cinders and regret. Once home to the daughter of a king, Ashdown and its secrets will unite three women across four centuries in a tangle of intrigue, deceit and destiny…In the winter of 1662, Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen, is on her deathbed. She entrusts an ancient pearl, rumored to hav... read more

Keep You Safe: A Novel

Melissa Hill

Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult & Liane Moriarty.Good mother or bad? Who decides....Widowed nurse Kate and mum of two Madeleine couldn't be more different in their approaches to parenting.Kate knows her husband's death has made her more protective of her daughter, but she's not going to apologise for it.Madeleine feels there's no such thing as a perfect mother and while her parenting style ma... read more

Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult & Liane Moriarty.Good mother or bad? Who decides....Widowed nurse Kate and mum of two Madeleine couldn't be more different in their approaches to parenting.Kate knows her husband's death has made her more protective of her daughter, but she's not going to apologise for it.Madeleine feels there's no such thing as a perfect mother and while her parenting style ma... read more

Then & Now: Book 1

Karen A. Leppert

Seth Mathis races away from what his peers are running toward: college, a career, wife, family…the white picket fence lifestyle lived by most people in his quaint hometown.But then he meets Sarah Matthews, who stops Seth dead in his tracks with her quick-wit, intelligence, and charm. Sarah and Seth embark on a thrilling ride called “first love” with its youthful passion and insecurities. Their... read more

Seth Mathis races away from what his peers are running toward: college, a career, wife, family…the white picket fence lifestyle lived by most people in his quaint hometown.But then he meets Sarah Matthews, who stops Seth dead in his tracks with her quick-wit, intelligence, and charm. Sarah and Seth embark on a thrilling ride called “first love” with its youthful passion and insecurities. Their... read more

The Deceptive Lady Darby (Lost Ladies of London Book 2)

Adele Clee

When a lost lady discovers that love is found far from home.After confessing her love for Lord Cunningham, Lady Rose Darby is whisked away by her father in the dead of night and locked in an old asylum. With no one but her paid companion, Miss Flint, for company, six months pass before Rose manages to escape.But her plans to return to London go awry when she finds herself at Everleigh, a spraw... read more

When a lost lady discovers that love is found far from home.After confessing her love for Lord Cunningham, Lady Rose Darby is whisked away by her father in the dead of night and locked in an old asylum. With no one but her paid companion, Miss Flint, for company, six months pass before Rose manages to escape.But her plans to return to London go awry when she finds herself at Everleigh, a spraw... read more

Counting Room (Gabe Ward Book 1)

Chris Culver

The victim was an investigative journalist working the biggest story of his career.He found something that shook him to his core.What secret did he take to his grave?Detective Gabriel Ward is a former Army intelligence officer with degrees in computer science and physics. As his department's computer crimes expert, he uses computer forensics to solve crimes as much as his street sense. But whe... read more

The victim was an investigative journalist working the biggest story of his career.He found something that shook him to his core.What secret did he take to his grave?Detective Gabriel Ward is a former Army intelligence officer with degrees in computer science and physics. As his department's computer crimes expert, he uses computer forensics to solve crimes as much as his street sense. But whe... read more

The Lost Girls of Paris: A Novel

Pam Jenoff

A New York Times BestsellerCosmopolitan Best Book Club Book of 2019PopSugar Must-Read Book of 2019Glamour Best Book of 2019“Fraught with danger, filled with mystery, and meticulously researched, The Lost Girls of Paris is a fascinating tale of the hidden women who helped to win the war.” —Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours“Pam Jenoff’s meticulous research a... read more

A New York Times BestsellerCosmopolitan Best Book Club Book of 2019PopSugar Must-Read Book of 2019Glamour Best Book of 2019“Fraught with danger, filled with mystery, and meticulously researched, The Lost Girls of Paris is a fascinating tale of the hidden women who helped to win the war.” —Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours“Pam Jenoff’s meticulous research a... read more

29 Dates

Melissa de la Cruz

“A heartwarming, sparkling romantic comedy about what happens when what your heart wants and what your parents want don’t match…Melissa de la Cruz enchants and delights in her usual style. Completely unputdownable!” —Sandhya Menon, New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi“A refreshingly modern love story, 29 Dates serves up a funny and heartfelt rom-com about finding love and... read more

“A heartwarming, sparkling romantic comedy about what happens when what your heart wants and what your parents want don’t match…Melissa de la Cruz enchants and delights in her usual style. Completely unputdownable!” —Sandhya Menon, New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi“A refreshingly modern love story, 29 Dates serves up a funny and heartfelt rom-com about finding love and... read more

Tormented (The Condemned Series Book 3)

Alison Aimes

She was never meant to be his…Two ruthless enemies. One cage. Zero chance of escape. An explosive lust that can’t be contained.Council assassin Jade Lakotesh survives by trusting no one. Attachments a weakness. Sex a weapon. Her mission success rate flawless. Until she ends up naked, captured, and collared, her latest assignment in jeopardy. The blame for her predicament: the hothead, scarred ... read more

She was never meant to be his…Two ruthless enemies. One cage. Zero chance of escape. An explosive lust that can’t be contained.Council assassin Jade Lakotesh survives by trusting no one. Attachments a weakness. Sex a weapon. Her mission success rate flawless. Until she ends up naked, captured, and collared, her latest assignment in jeopardy. The blame for her predicament: the hothead, scarred ... read more

Beth has 11 reviews

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Alicia Crofton
Beth was a great to work with! I was amazed with how much she was able to catch. Excellent proofreader.

Alicia Crofton, August 2019


E.M. Jaye
I love working with Beth, her rates are always fair and her turn around time is fast and efficient. Her availability is also great, she really works around your needs and gets the books when you need them.

E.M. Jaye, June 2019


E.M. Jaye
Wonderful experience again!

E.M. Jaye, May 2019


Kim Sakwa
Beth’s work is OUTSTANDING. She completed each proof ahead of schedule and well exceeded my expectations. She was quick, clear, and helpful with all of our correspondence. I never once waited or labored for an answer to a request or question. I will gladly, enthusiastically, hire her again.

Kim Sakwa, May 2019


Catherine Dershem
I have to say Beth was the most thorough copy editor I have worked with. I'm looking forward to working with her again on my next manuscript.

Catherine Dershem, April 2019

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