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Beth Dorward

Beth Dorward - Editor

Maineville, OH, United States

Seasoned copy editor and proofreader with experience in multiple genres.

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I am a seasoned professional editor and proofreader with more than two decades of experience. I have worked with several Amazon imprints as well as smaller publishers crafting both fiction and non-fiction print and eBooks for publication. My projects have included mystery, science fiction, political, fitness, self-discovery, crime, and romance. I also serve as a freelance Copy Editor for the Modern Luxury group of magazines.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Crime & Mystery Fantasy Horror LGBTQ Science Fiction Thriller
Non-Fiction
Health & wellbeing Politics & Current Affairs Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Freelance Editor & Proofreader

Self-Employed

July, 1994 – Present (over 22 years)

I focus on making each manuscript the best it can be in every aspect. When editing a manuscript I will make the author think about issues he/she may not have contemplated. As a writer myself, I understand that each manuscript is a part of the writer and I am sensitive to that while still nudging the author to create the best possible finished product. When proofreading a manuscript, nothing escapes my attention. I pride myself on being thorough and a bit obsessive.

Freelance Proofreader

Harvey Whitney Books

June, 1994 – January, 1998 (over 3 years)

Reviewed articles and abstracts for various pharmaceutical journals.

Editor

Music Teachers National Association

August, 1989 – February, 1992 (over 2 years)

While at the association, I edited and proofread feature articles for the bimonthly, national journal. I was also responsible for the content of all departments, columns, special sections, and inserts. I was also tasked with compiling the lengthy program for the annual convention and various programs for on-site convention master classes and performances.

Portfolio (25 selected works)

Bulletproof

Maci Bookout

Maci Bookout was just a normal, slightly overachieving high school girl in Chattanooga, Tennessee. But then she got pregnant, and everything turned upside down. Even as she rose to fame on MTV's hit series Teen Mom, Maci was struggling to balance life as a single teen mom with her own hopes and dreams...all while honoring her own sense of independence. This is the true story of how she took ch... read more

Maci Bookout was just a normal, slightly overachieving high school girl in Chattanooga, Tennessee. But then she got pregnant, and everything turned upside down. Even as she rose to fame on MTV's hit series Teen Mom, Maci was struggling to balance life as a single teen mom with her own hopes and dreams...all while honoring her own sense of independence. This is the true story of how she took ch... read more

Cat and Mouse: Mind Games With a Serial Killer

Brian Lane, Bill Suff

Based on interviews with William "Billy" Lester Suff, convicted in 1995 of torturing, maiming, and murdering twelve prostitutes in California, a psychological study of Suff traces his sordid career and explores his unflappable duplicity.

Based on interviews with William "Billy" Lester Suff, convicted in 1995 of torturing, maiming, and murdering twelve prostitutes in California, a psychological study of Suff traces his sordid career and explores his unflappable duplicity.

Contagious (The Contagium Series Book 1)

Emily Goodwin

I can't give this post-apocalyptic story six stars but I wish I could! -Tamara Rose Blodgett, USA Today and NY Times bestselling author "I wasn’t afraid of death. If I died, it would be over. My worst fear wasn’t of dying, it was of living. Living, while everyone around me had their flesh savagely torn from their bodies to be shoved into the festering and ever-hungry mouths of zombies. It terr... read more

I can't give this post-apocalyptic story six stars but I wish I could! -Tamara Rose Blodgett, USA Today and NY Times bestselling author "I wasn’t afraid of death. If I died, it would be over. My worst fear wasn’t of dying, it was of living. Living, while everyone around me had their flesh savagely torn from their bodies to be shoved into the festering and ever-hungry mouths of zombies. It terr... read more

Deathly Contagious (The Contagium Series Book 2)

Emily Goodwin

Orissa Penwell will do anything in the zombie plagued world to keep her friends safe. After the discovery of a zombie-proof safe house, she thinks things may actually work out and they can get through the apocalypse together. The compound offers more than just shelter. It gives her and her friends a sense of community and purpose. It gives them a reason to keep living in the dead world. But he... read more

Orissa Penwell will do anything in the zombie plagued world to keep her friends safe. After the discovery of a zombie-proof safe house, she thinks things may actually work out and they can get through the apocalypse together. The compound offers more than just shelter. It gives her and her friends a sense of community and purpose. It gives them a reason to keep living in the dead world. But he... read more

Contagious Chaos (The Contagium Series Book 3)

Emily Goodwin

Contagious Chaos, the highly anticipated third book in the Contagium Series, winner of the Contagious Reads Horror Con’s 2014 best horror series, follows Orissa and her friends as they struggle through a zombie filled world. When the compound starts to fill and food supplies dwindle, Fuller’s soldiers and Marines have no choice but to venture out into the lawless wastelands of America where th... read more

Contagious Chaos, the highly anticipated third book in the Contagium Series, winner of the Contagious Reads Horror Con’s 2014 best horror series, follows Orissa and her friends as they struggle through a zombie filled world. When the compound starts to fill and food supplies dwindle, Fuller’s soldiers and Marines have no choice but to venture out into the lawless wastelands of America where th... read more

The Truth is Contagious (The Contagium Series Book 4)

Emily Goodwin

The Truth is Contagious…the epic conclusion to the award winning Contagium Series…" A mysterious virus has infected most of the world’s population. This sickness transforms the living into violent “crazies” and eventually into the flesh-eating undead. Orissa and Hayden have survived in this new harrowing world. They have watched heroes fall, lost friends, and waged war—both against the living ... read more

The Truth is Contagious…the epic conclusion to the award winning Contagium Series…" A mysterious virus has infected most of the world’s population. This sickness transforms the living into violent “crazies” and eventually into the flesh-eating undead. Orissa and Hayden have survived in this new harrowing world. They have watched heroes fall, lost friends, and waged war—both against the living ... read more

Torrance (Scars of Tomorrow Book 1)

Tom Calen

In the year 2060—after decades of war, famine and financial collapse—individual nations ceased to exist, borders were blurred, different currencies were abandoned, and the new world order was complete. The dominion of the Global Alliance, ruled by the heads of the Five Families, had begun. Now, over a century later, the power of the Global Alliance is absolute. Every aspect of daily life bring... read more

In the year 2060—after decades of war, famine and financial collapse—individual nations ceased to exist, borders were blurred, different currencies were abandoned, and the new world order was complete. The dominion of the Global Alliance, ruled by the heads of the Five Families, had begun. Now, over a century later, the power of the Global Alliance is absolute. Every aspect of daily life bring... read more

The Ignota (Scars of Tomorrow Book 2)

Tom Calen

Assassination has rocked the Global Alliance. As one Family falls, the others rush to claim the spoils. The victims of treason seek revenge, but the layers of manipulation and deceit thicken around them. The unrest the Alliance was so desperate to suppress has spread. Enemies are forced to align, though mistrust gnaws the bonds of their fragile alliances. Torrance, the man from the woods, a fi... read more

Assassination has rocked the Global Alliance. As one Family falls, the others rush to claim the spoils. The victims of treason seek revenge, but the layers of manipulation and deceit thicken around them. The unrest the Alliance was so desperate to suppress has spread. Enemies are forced to align, though mistrust gnaws the bonds of their fragile alliances. Torrance, the man from the woods, a fi... read more

Tears of the Sowilo (Scars of Tomorrow Book 3)

Tom Calen

“When he comes to his enemies, their houses will tremble. When he comes to his allies, they will stand in awe and fear. And when the Dagaz comes to his people, his people will weep.” For more than a century, the fervent believers of the Cohors Ignota sect known as the Sowilo have waited for their savior to arrive. Prophecy promises that the Dagaz’s most dedicated followers will weep when he co... read more

“When he comes to his enemies, their houses will tremble. When he comes to his allies, they will stand in awe and fear. And when the Dagaz comes to his people, his people will weep.” For more than a century, the fervent believers of the Cohors Ignota sect known as the Sowilo have waited for their savior to arrive. Prophecy promises that the Dagaz’s most dedicated followers will weep when he co... read more

Never Too Late

Amber Portwood

When Amber Portwood debuted on MTV’s hit reality series 16 & Pregnant, no one could have predicted that the teenager from Anderson, Indiana with the dry sense of humor would go on to become one of the most controversial young celebrities in reality TV history. But soon after Amber stepped into the public eye, her life spiraled into chaos. From her struggles with anxiety, depression and addicti... read more

When Amber Portwood debuted on MTV’s hit reality series 16 & Pregnant, no one could have predicted that the teenager from Anderson, Indiana with the dry sense of humor would go on to become one of the most controversial young celebrities in reality TV history. But soon after Amber stepped into the public eye, her life spiraled into chaos. From her struggles with anxiety, depression and addicti... read more

My Townie Heart

Diana Sperrazza

Laura DiStefano is torn between dreams of a new counter-cultural life and the undertow of a dysfunctional family.Laura DiStefano has flunked out of the University of Massachusetts just as the counterculture reaches its peak in the 1970s. Reluctantly, Laura returns to live back home with her parents and sister in the blue collar town she so hoped to escape. But she soon learns that her sister, ... read more

Laura DiStefano is torn between dreams of a new counter-cultural life and the undertow of a dysfunctional family.Laura DiStefano has flunked out of the University of Massachusetts just as the counterculture reaches its peak in the 1970s. Reluctantly, Laura returns to live back home with her parents and sister in the blue collar town she so hoped to escape. But she soon learns that her sister, ... read more

Sundowners

Tonia Brown

Sundowners is a backwoods southern horror about the importance of family, the power of gossip and the nature of the artistic muse. Fifteen years ago, siblings Coil and Cassiopeia suffered an incident in the woods behind their family home. An incident that neither of them are willing to remember. Something that nearly killed Cass and left Coil accused as her abuser. An act that robbed young Coi... read more

Sundowners is a backwoods southern horror about the importance of family, the power of gossip and the nature of the artistic muse. Fifteen years ago, siblings Coil and Cassiopeia suffered an incident in the woods behind their family home. An incident that neither of them are willing to remember. Something that nearly killed Cass and left Coil accused as her abuser. An act that robbed young Coi... read more

Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again

Steve Deace

Time is running out on American exceptionalism. The light of liberty is flickering. At no point since we still had the Redcoats on our shores has freedom been more imperiled. This time it's not an invading foreign power that threatens us, but our own government gone wild— unhinged from its Constitutional limits. Many great books have been written about what we should believe and why, or why th... read more

Time is running out on American exceptionalism. The light of liberty is flickering. At no point since we still had the Redcoats on our shores has freedom been more imperiled. This time it's not an invading foreign power that threatens us, but our own government gone wild— unhinged from its Constitutional limits. Many great books have been written about what we should believe and why, or why th... read more

Taxifornia: Liberals' Laboratory to Bankrupt America

James V. Lacy

Things have never been worse for California and its citizens, and Liberalism is to blame. In Taxifornia, James V. Lacy identifies and examines California's “one-party” domination of the liberal faction of the California Democratic Party and their union and environmental lobby cronies as the cause of California's rotting economy, and how all Americans are losing as a result.Liberalism is to bla... read more

Things have never been worse for California and its citizens, and Liberalism is to blame. In Taxifornia, James V. Lacy identifies and examines California's “one-party” domination of the liberal faction of the California Democratic Party and their union and environmental lobby cronies as the cause of California's rotting economy, and how all Americans are losing as a result.Liberalism is to bla... read more

Insecurity

William Kilpatrick

Who’s guarding the fort? As global tensions mount and army enlistments drop, James Cassandra, a U.S. Army captain, notices signs of increasing Muslim presence in the officer corps at Fort Camp, the base to which he has been newly assigned. Bearded officers and burqas abound, alcohol is no longer served at the officers’ club, and Muslim children in mujahideen outfits practice hand-to-hand comba... read more

Who’s guarding the fort? As global tensions mount and army enlistments drop, James Cassandra, a U.S. Army captain, notices signs of increasing Muslim presence in the officer corps at Fort Camp, the base to which he has been newly assigned. Bearded officers and burqas abound, alcohol is no longer served at the officers’ club, and Muslim children in mujahideen outfits practice hand-to-hand comba... read more

The Information Thieves

M.L. Katz

Dallas in the near future–a city full of high-tech companies, sprawling tent cities, miracles, and dangerous secrets. Eli's family thinks he just plays computer games with a group of harmless nerds called the Merry Men. But when he disappears, the CIA, an underworld ninja, and worse yet, World Tech corporate security start chasing him. Now the race is on as his family, a shady art dealer, a cl... read more

Dallas in the near future–a city full of high-tech companies, sprawling tent cities, miracles, and dangerous secrets. Eli's family thinks he just plays computer games with a group of harmless nerds called the Merry Men. But when he disappears, the CIA, an underworld ninja, and worse yet, World Tech corporate security start chasing him. Now the race is on as his family, a shady art dealer, a cl... read more

Indian Hill: The Michael Talbot Adventures 1 and 2

Mark Tufo

Alien warfare is no match for Michael Talbot and his best friend; from gladiator flights to amassing an army, they are a force to be reckoned with.A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and for Michael Talbot that step is taken at Indian Hill with his best friend Paul Ginson by his side. Together they grow up, meet girls, and go off to college. And that's where everything chan... read more

Alien warfare is no match for Michael Talbot and his best friend; from gladiator flights to amassing an army, they are a force to be reckoned with.A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and for Michael Talbot that step is taken at Indian Hill with his best friend Paul Ginson by his side. Together they grow up, meet girls, and go off to college. And that's where everything chan... read more

Get It On!: What It Means To Lead The Way

Keni Thomas

Three words. That’s all it took. "I was writing a letter home to my mom when the call rang out across the American compound: 'Get it on!' And just like that, the course of my life changed forever.” Decorated U.S. military veteran-turned-country music star Keni Thomas gives a personal account of his heart-wrenching experiences in the chaotic 1993 Battle of Mogadishu to express a unique set of l... read more

Three words. That’s all it took. "I was writing a letter home to my mom when the call rang out across the American compound: 'Get it on!' And just like that, the course of my life changed forever.” Decorated U.S. military veteran-turned-country music star Keni Thomas gives a personal account of his heart-wrenching experiences in the chaotic 1993 Battle of Mogadishu to express a unique set of l... read more

The Curse Keepers (Curse Keepers Series)

Denise Grover Swank

The wall between our world and that of vengeful spirits has protected humanity for more than 400 years. It’s about to come crashing down.Ellie Lancaster has lived her whole life by the site of the mysterious Lost Colony of Roanoke, the North Carolina settlement that vanished without a trace around 1590. Only the descendants of the two men who banished the spirits of an enemy tribe from the mat... read more

The wall between our world and that of vengeful spirits has protected humanity for more than 400 years. It’s about to come crashing down.Ellie Lancaster has lived her whole life by the site of the mysterious Lost Colony of Roanoke, the North Carolina settlement that vanished without a trace around 1590. Only the descendants of the two men who banished the spirits of an enemy tribe from the mat... read more

King of the Grey (City of Shadows Book 1)

Richard A. Knaak

From best-selling author Richard Knaak comes a tale of the Grey. They are the shadows we see out of the corner of our eyes, the visions flickering past in the middle of the night. They are the elves, the fairies, and the other legends of our minds. They are the Grey. They are all around us, and they are a part of us, forever tied to our innermost thoughts. They seek to be truly real, to truly ... read more

From best-selling author Richard Knaak comes a tale of the Grey. They are the shadows we see out of the corner of our eyes, the visions flickering past in the middle of the night. They are the elves, the fairies, and the other legends of our minds. They are the Grey. They are all around us, and they are a part of us, forever tied to our innermost thoughts. They seek to be truly real, to truly ... read more

Frostwing (City of Shadows Book 2)

Richard A. Knaak

From the best-selling author of the Dragonrealm comes the shadowy fantasy of Grigori Nicolau, a wizard whose dreams have been haunted for centuries by the malevolent gargoyle he calls Frostwing. From Publishers Weekly: Elements of gothic romance, epic fantasy and horror story blend in this intriguing tale of a centuries-old curse destined to be fulfilled in, of all places, Chicago. Grigori Nic... read more

From the best-selling author of the Dragonrealm comes the shadowy fantasy of Grigori Nicolau, a wizard whose dreams have been haunted for centuries by the malevolent gargoyle he calls Frostwing. From Publishers Weekly: Elements of gothic romance, epic fantasy and horror story blend in this intriguing tale of a centuries-old curse destined to be fulfilled in, of all places, Chicago. Grigori Nic... read more

Dutchman (City of Shadows Book 3)

Richard A. Knaak

The Dutchman is destined to travel through realities, the harbinger and—as so many believe—the cause of the end of one variation of the earth after another. Ahead of each devastation flee the Scattered Ones, refugees from one of those lost earths. Yet in our world, the Dutchman and one of those refugees must come together to face not only the coming catastrophe, but a dark hunter intent on the... read more

The Dutchman is destined to travel through realities, the harbinger and—as so many believe—the cause of the end of one variation of the earth after another. Ahead of each devastation flee the Scattered Ones, refugees from one of those lost earths. Yet in our world, the Dutchman and one of those refugees must come together to face not only the coming catastrophe, but a dark hunter intent on the... read more

Who Really Killed Kennedy?: 50 Years Later: Stunning New Revelations About the JFK Assassination

Jerome Corsi

Almost nothing gives rise to more national intrigue than the murder of an American president. And on November 22, 2013, the nation remembered the 50th anniversary of one of the most traumatic events in modern American history, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. From day one, the truth behind JFK’s assassination has been mired in controversy and dispute. The Warren Commission, esta... read more

Almost nothing gives rise to more national intrigue than the murder of an American president. And on November 22, 2013, the nation remembered the 50th anniversary of one of the most traumatic events in modern American history, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. From day one, the truth behind JFK’s assassination has been mired in controversy and dispute. The Warren Commission, esta... read more

'White Girl Bleed A Lot': The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It

Colin Flaherty

Ferguson might be the worst, but it is not the first. Ferguson is just the latest of hundreds of examples of black mob violence around the country.White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it was written for the deniers: Reporters and public officials and others who deny black mob violence has reached epidemic levels.That is why so many readers get another ... read more

Ferguson might be the worst, but it is not the first. Ferguson is just the latest of hundreds of examples of black mob violence around the country.White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it was written for the deniers: Reporters and public officials and others who deny black mob violence has reached epidemic levels.That is why so many readers get another ... read more

Voices of the Stars (Book 1) (Volume 1)

Rowena Whaling

“Voices of the Stars” is a sweeping, heroic saga - presented in an Arthurian setting in a very historically accurate Post-Roman land of the Britons. It is a metaphysical, psychological, action/adventure, myth and magic, tragic romance, medieval warfare, fantasy, historical fiction novel. “Voices of the Stars” is the true, in-depth, eye-witness chronicle of the world of the King, Arthur, and hi... read more

“Voices of the Stars” is a sweeping, heroic saga - presented in an Arthurian setting in a very historically accurate Post-Roman land of the Britons. It is a metaphysical, psychological, action/adventure, myth and magic, tragic romance, medieval warfare, fantasy, historical fiction novel. “Voices of the Stars” is the true, in-depth, eye-witness chronicle of the world of the King, Arthur, and hi... read more

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Clare Littlemore

Beth was extremely easy to communicate with. I was in regular contact with her throughout the process and she has been very helpful and supportive with her feedback on my novel. Despite living in different countries and time zones, she was able to get back to my questions within a 24 hour turn around, and worked well within the time frame we had set up for the editing process. This is my first ...

Clare Littlemore, November 2016

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