Bethany McKay

Bethany McKay – Editor

Thoroughly-Researched Editing That Elevates Your Content

Overview

Did you write a book, a short story, a package of articles, or something else and want another set of eyes on your work? Do you want someone who has 10+ years of experience with this type of work to ensure you get the best end result for your future customers?

That is where I come in. ✍️

Let's discover your editing needs and lead your product into a better position for publication. I am interested in helping those who love to write make sure their end product is a beautiful piece of art.

When we go through my Signature Process, we will identify the project details so the result is exactly what you want and need for your project. We will communicate throughout the process so you know where your project stands, and I will submit the best work possible.

MY FOCUS:
✔️ Editorial assessment
✔️ Copyediting
✔️ Proofreading

I ask a lot of questions and read the work as if I am just a regular reader, trying to learn something new. It is key in my strategy to keep the author's voice as much as possible.

MY EXPERIENCE: I worked at a newspaper for eight years, improving my skills along the way under many esteemed journalists. I then began a career in publishing, where I edited and organized a variety of publications, such as reports, college textbooks, testbanks, and science, law, and business books.

I have experience with copywriting and social media management, overseeing 10+ accounts for a media company. This work includes: social media copy; blog and website copy; email marketing copy; ghostwriting; as well as editing and design decisions.

I have two B.A. degrees in journalism and international studies, with minors in English and Italian.
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Career Guides History Law Medicine, Nursing, & Dentistry Self-Help & Self-Improvement True Crime
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • Keystone Press Awards, Honorable Mention
  • Newspapers of the Year Awards, General Excellence Award

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 2012 — Present

Apply and work on different opportunities, including editing and writing articles, blog posts, promotional material, books and other digital platforms; coordinate with writers about hourly rate, deadlines, and what level of editing needs to be performed; deliver edited work back to writer in a timely manner; be in constant communication about expectations.

Progressive Publishing Services

May, 2016 — May, 2018 (about 2 years)

Coordinate with production managers; compile design notes and samples for the composition team; review work from copy editors and guide them on the instructions they are tasked to do; work on the different stages of projects, whether it is a book, a textbook, instructor supplement products or full online courses; work with authors to ensure the product meets their standards and needs; gain knowledge on a variety of topics.

York Daily Record/Sunday News

Apr, 2010 — Nov, 2015 (over 5 years)

Paginate news, features and sports pages for the York Daily Record/Sunday News, The Hanover Evening Sun, the Lebanon Daily News and the Chambersburg Public Opinion; edit articles from these organizations; collaborate with colleagues to produce daily and weekly productions; manage staff during the weekend production process; contribute to a number of blogs including Book Buzz (Comic Book Wednesday feature) and No Sweat York; engage readers across a variety of social media platforms.

The Sentinel, Ogden Newspapers Inc.

May, 2008 — Apr, 2010 (almost 2 years)

Manage the newsroom and make editorial decisions on deadline; read all local content and edit pages for daily paper; design pages when needed; write columns/editorials about local and national topics; coordinate and head editorial projects and series such as “Staying Afloat” and “12 Days of Christmas”.

Easy Milano

Jan, 2007 — May, 2007 (4 months)

Compile local listings; format listings for print; make confirmation phone calls; write seasonal and holiday articles for introduction; pitch article and cover ideas; proofread magazine pages before print.

Penn State Agriculture Information Services

Jan, 2005 — May, 2008 (over 3 years)

Assist with the publication of news releases, newsletters, prospective student newspapers and Penn State Agriculture magazine; contribute to producing more student-centered articles by focusing on new areas of study, differing activities, groups and clubs.

Portfolio

SAFETY FIRST!Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses®, Sixteenth Edition delivers all of the information you need to administer medications safely across the lifespan—well-organized monographs for hundreds of generic and thousands of trade-name drugs.BONUS!FREE DIGITAL ... read more
Jones & Bartlett Learning 2018 Nurse's Drug Handbook is the most up-to-date, practical, and easy-to-use nursing drug reference. Updated annually, it provides accurate and timely facts on hundreds of drugs from A-Z. Written in a no-nonsense style that speaks yo... read more
Germany is the fourth largest economy in the world, making it an attractive business location and boasting a high standard of living. A number of companies have their registered offices in Germany, including many organized as family businesses. In addition, wi... read more
Making the decision to pursue an in-house counsel position can be a daunting experience, in part because in-house positions are so different from working in a firm and can vary by company and industry. This is a must-read book for any lawyer considering an in-... read more
This unique volume contains new research by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession begun two years ago on grit and growth mindset, two traits that have been shown to impact the success of women lawyers. The author of this book conducted the “first round... read more
Tell the Client's Story provides litigation teams the best strategies for effective mitigation work in criminal and capital cases. Top mitigation experts from across the nation with demonstrated practice wisdom will help readers to successfully litigate comple... read more
No-fault insurance fraud amounts to a significant "fraud tax" on consumers, estimated at billions of dollars each year. This is a practice-focused guide to the litigation and settlement of no-fault insurance anti-fraud cases, from inception through summary jud... read more
This two-volume treatise, written by Edna Selan Epstein and now in its sixth edition, is the go-to reference by attorneys and judges nationwide on common issues that arise in the attorney-client privilege and work-product protection contexts. This comprehensiv... read more
A stereotype bias exists in law school and legal practice favoring the garrulous extrovert. While loquacious law students, professors, lawyers, and judges thrive in a world dominated by the Socratic Method and rapid-fire oral discourse, quiet thinkers and writ... read more
The concepts in the book would remain timeless enough to become a reference guide for the reader, even as new situations arise and need to be expressed properly, for best marketing effect.LinkedIn™ Marketing Techniques for Law and Professional Practices, based... read more
If you are a bystander and witness a crime, should intervention to prevent that crime be a legal obligation? Or is moral responsibility enough?In The Crime of Complicity, Amos N. Guiora addresses these profoundly important questions and the bystander-victim re... read more
How to Play the Game provides a basic understanding of the legal issues surrounding sports. It is the go-to source for anyone interested in getting into the field of sports law.
"If you have come to doubt the wisdom or effectiveness of the standard model of witness preparation or even if you are devotedly committed to it, you owe it to yourself to read and learn from Reinventing Witness Preparation." Edna Selan Epstein, Author, The At... read more
A must-read for any family lawyer, this book helps you understand the specialized skills and knowledge necessary to build and manage a successful and rewarding practice.

Bethany has 6 reviews

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Thomas R.

Thomas R.

Dec, 2022

Since I have never used an editor before. I have no real basis of comparison. The editing procedure used has real limitations since your only communication with your editor is written, meaning you never get to speak to her. However, she did everything I asked her to do, and the final product was an improvement over where I started. All of her suggestions were good, and I incorporated all of ...
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Bethany M.
Thank you so much, Tom!
Ryan D.

Ryan D.

Sep, 2022

Working with Bethany was great. I was working on completing my first manuscript and was in a difficult situation. Bethany worked with me to settle on an arrangement I could afford and gave me great advice on how to improve my work. I would suggest her to anyone who is looking for a skilled editor.
April H.

April H.

Jul, 2022

Thank you, Bethany, for your help. Your notes were very helpful.
April H.

April H.

Jun, 2022

Bethany did a really thorough edit on our book about the ACLU and the Supreme Court. Her notes were helpful, her work professional and she did it within the timeline.
LD N.

LD N.

Feb, 2022

She was great! She was very professional and thorough. I would use her again.

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