Beth Partin

Beth Partin - Editor

Kansas City, MO, USA

I edit literary fiction, mysteries, memoirs, and travelers' tales; I have 25 years' experience as a copy editor.

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Overview

After copyediting for more than twenty years, I'm good at catching inconsistencies in literary fiction, mysteries, and memoirs (including travel) while respecting the author's voice. Both authors and editors at publishing houses have praised me for my thoroughness and politeness.

Most of the books I edit have already been accepted for publication. When I am working with an unpublished author, I want to make sure the manuscript is ready for copyediting, one of the last steps in the production process. I do a sample edit of several chapters, depending on length, and return the electronic file to the author. If the author and I agree on what the manuscript needs, I will proceed with a copyedit, correcting grammar and spelling, calling attention to pet words and phrases, removing repetition (unless it's done for effect), and querying actions, situations, or arguments that seem out of sync with similar elements in the manuscript.

I edit manuscripts on the computer only (currently, Word for the Mac), but I am willing to proofread a printout of a manuscript, or a PDF or Word files. In general, I use the Chicago Manual of Style as a guide, but I am comfortable conforming to publishing house style or to the author's preference. My goal is to improve clarity and flow and consistency in the author's manuscript, not to rewrite it.


Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
LGBTQ (non fiction)
Travel
Literary Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime

Work experience

Freelance editor and proofreader

Self-employed
June, 1995 – Present (over 24 years)

I have been copyediting fiction and popular nonfiction (memoir, travel) since 2001 for Perseus Books, Counterpoint, Alyson Books, and Skyhorse. I started out editing academic nonfiction for local presses in Colorado.

Publications Coordinator

Fiction Collective 2
February, 1989 – December, 1993 (almost 5 years)

Selected manuscripts for consideration by FC2 directors; reduced manuscript backlog.
Managed production of 30 Fiction Collective 2 dust jackets.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Strange as This Weather Has Been: A Novel

Ann Pancake

A West Virginia family struggles amid the booms and busts of the coal industry in this novel from an author called “Appalachia’s Steinbeck” (Jayne Anne Phillips). Set in present day West Virginia, this debut novel tells the story of a coal mining family—a couple and their four children—living through the latest mining boom and dealing with the mountaintop removal and strip mining that is ruini... read more

A West Virginia family struggles amid the booms and busts of the coal industry in this novel from an author called “Appalachia’s Steinbeck” (Jayne Anne Phillips). Set in present day West Virginia, this debut novel tells the story of a coal mining family—a couple and their four children—living through the latest mining boom and dealing with the mountaintop removal and strip mining that is ruini... read more

Power Slide (The Darcy Lott Mysteries Book 4)

Susan Dunlap

“An entertaining outing” in the series featuring a tough San Francisco stuntwoman by an Anthony Award-winning author (Booklist). Stunt double Darcy Lott is on location at the Port of Oakland, positioned for a power slide—a dangerous trick in which she falls off a bike and skids under an eighteen-wheeler. But things go awry when her stunt driver—and on-again, off-again boyfriend—Damon has a tru... read more

“An entertaining outing” in the series featuring a tough San Francisco stuntwoman by an Anthony Award-winning author (Booklist). Stunt double Darcy Lott is on location at the Port of Oakland, positioned for a power slide—a dangerous trick in which she falls off a bike and skids under an eighteen-wheeler. But things go awry when her stunt driver—and on-again, off-again boyfriend—Damon has a tru... read more

Electric City: A Novel

Elizabeth Rosner

NPR Pick for Best Book of the Year: A love story and an epic tale of scientific history that “richly conveys an abiding sense of time and place” (Booklist). In upstate New York, at the confluence of the Hudson River and its mighty tributary the Mohawk, came the creation of a new world of science. In 1887, Thomas Edison moved his Edison Machine Works here and a few years later, it became the he... read more

NPR Pick for Best Book of the Year: A love story and an epic tale of scientific history that “richly conveys an abiding sense of time and place” (Booklist). In upstate New York, at the confluence of the Hudson River and its mighty tributary the Mohawk, came the creation of a new world of science. In 1887, Thomas Edison moved his Edison Machine Works here and a few years later, it became the he... read more

Nameless Dame: Murder on the Russian River

Bart Schneider

The Russian River Valley—laid-back, marijuana-steeped, and off-the-grid—is the backdrop for Bart Schneider’s new mystery featuring the tough and dogged detective Augie Boyer.Augie takes a break from the bite of another Minnesota winter by visiting the California homestead of his longtime friend Bobby Sabbatini, who is celebrating the opening of his poetry-infused tavern, Ginsberg’s Galley. But... read more

The Russian River Valley—laid-back, marijuana-steeped, and off-the-grid—is the backdrop for Bart Schneider’s new mystery featuring the tough and dogged detective Augie Boyer.Augie takes a break from the bite of another Minnesota winter by visiting the California homestead of his longtime friend Bobby Sabbatini, who is celebrating the opening of his poetry-infused tavern, Ginsberg’s Galley. But... read more

The Map of Enough: One Woman's Search for Place

Molly May

Molly Caro May grew up as part of a nomadic family, one proud of their international sensibilities, a tribe that never settled in one place for very long. Growing up moving from foreign country to foreign country, just like her father and grandfather, she became attached to her identity as a global woman from nowhere. But, on the verge of turning thirty years old, everything changed.Molly and ... read more

Molly Caro May grew up as part of a nomadic family, one proud of their international sensibilities, a tribe that never settled in one place for very long. Growing up moving from foreign country to foreign country, just like her father and grandfather, she became attached to her identity as a global woman from nowhere. But, on the verge of turning thirty years old, everything changed.Molly and ... read more

All the Things We Never Knew: Chasing the Chaos of Mental Illness

Sheila Hamilton

A reporter chases the biggest story of her life—her husband’s descent into mental illness.Even as a reporter, Sheila Hamilton missed the signs as her husband David’s mental illness unfolded before her. By the time she had pieced together the puzzle, it was too late. Her once brilliant, intense, and passionate partner was dead within six weeks of a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, leaving his nin... read more

A reporter chases the biggest story of her life—her husband’s descent into mental illness.Even as a reporter, Sheila Hamilton missed the signs as her husband David’s mental illness unfolded before her. By the time she had pieced together the puzzle, it was too late. Her once brilliant, intense, and passionate partner was dead within six weeks of a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, leaving his nin... read more

The Worrier's Guide to the End of the World: Love, Loss, and Other Catastrophes--through Italy, India, and Beyond

Torre DeRoche

A funny and heartwarming story of one woman's attempt to walk off a lifetime of fear--with a soulmate, bad shoes, and lots of wine. Torre DeRoche is at rock bottom following a breakup and her father's death when she crosses paths with the goofy and spirited Masha, who is pusuing her dream of walking the world. When Masha invites Torre to join her pilgrimage through Tuscany--drinking wine, fora... read more

A funny and heartwarming story of one woman's attempt to walk off a lifetime of fear--with a soulmate, bad shoes, and lots of wine. Torre DeRoche is at rock bottom following a breakup and her father's death when she crosses paths with the goofy and spirited Masha, who is pusuing her dream of walking the world. When Masha invites Torre to join her pilgrimage through Tuscany--drinking wine, fora... read more

All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft

Geraldine DeRuiter

Some people are meant to travel the globe, to unwrap its secrets and share them with the world. And some people have no sense of direction, are terrified of pigeons, and get motion sickness from tying their shoes. These people are meant to stay home and eat nachos.Geraldine DeRuiter is the latter. But she won't let that stop her.Hilarious, irreverent, and heartfelt, All Over the Place chronicl... read more

Some people are meant to travel the globe, to unwrap its secrets and share them with the world. And some people have no sense of direction, are terrified of pigeons, and get motion sickness from tying their shoes. These people are meant to stay home and eat nachos.Geraldine DeRuiter is the latter. But she won't let that stop her.Hilarious, irreverent, and heartfelt, All Over the Place chronicl... read more

No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America

Darnell L Moore

From a leading journalist and activist comes a brave, beautifully wrought memoir.When Darnell Moore was fourteen, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire. They cornered him while he was walking home from school, harassed him because they thought he was gay, and poured a jug of gasoline on him. He escaped, but just barely. It wasn't the last time he would face death.Three deca... read more

From a leading journalist and activist comes a brave, beautifully wrought memoir.When Darnell Moore was fourteen, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire. They cornered him while he was walking home from school, harassed him because they thought he was gay, and poured a jug of gasoline on him. He escaped, but just barely. It wasn't the last time he would face death.Three deca... read more

Trans Like Me: Conversations for All of Us

CN Lester

A personal and culture-driven exploration of the most pressing questions facing the transgender community today, from a leading activist, musician, and academicIn Trans Like Me, CN Lester takes readers on a measured, thoughtful, intelligent yet approachable tour through the most important and high-profile narratives around the trans community, turning them inside out and examining where we rea... read more

A personal and culture-driven exploration of the most pressing questions facing the transgender community today, from a leading activist, musician, and academicIn Trans Like Me, CN Lester takes readers on a measured, thoughtful, intelligent yet approachable tour through the most important and high-profile narratives around the trans community, turning them inside out and examining where we rea... read more

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