Georgette Beatty

Georgette Beatty - Editor

Carmel, IN, United States

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Overview

I have more than 20 years of professional experience in editing print and digital content. I was a newspaper editor in high school and college and hold a journalism degree, but books (especially children's, middle grade, and young adult fiction) are my first love. I have spent most of my career working on reference books that cover a wide variety of topics -- from adrenal fatigue to wind power, from biostatistics to wedding etiquette, and so much more.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Education & Reference
Health & wellbeing
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Young Adult

Certifications

  • Member, Editorial Freelancers Association, January 2015 to present
  • Developmental Editing of Fiction: Beginning (Editorial Freelancers Association course, 2017)
  • Developmental Editing of Fiction: Intermediate (Editorial Freelancers Association course, 2017)
  • Member, American Copy Editors Society (ACES), January 2018 to present
  • Introduction to Children's Literature (Editorial Freelancers Association course, 2018)
  • Copyediting Fiction (Editorial Freelancers Association course, 2019)
  • Member, National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE), September 2019 to present

Work experience

Editor/proofreader

Self-employed
January, 2015 – Present (about 6 years)

I provide content editing, copyediting, and proofreading services for print and digital products on a freelance basis. Areas of nonfiction experience include health and fitness; food and cooking; hobbies such as crafts, music, and pets; education subjects such as history and religion; memoirs; test preparation; and business. Areas of fiction experience include children’s fiction, middle grade fiction, young adult fiction, short stories, and historical fiction.

Project editor/senior project editor

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
November, 2003 – September, 2014 (almost 11 years)

I acted as the main resource for every aspect of a consumer "For Dummies" book project after the book was contracted. I developed each book’s table of contents and text to meet vision and brand requirements; directed the writing and editing processes; managed the art program; oversaw the technical review; managed established project budgets; prepared each book for composition; and supervised editorial aspects of the composition process to ensure smooth and timely publication. As a senior project editor, I worked with high-profile authors and especially challenging text, and I provided training to other editors.

Editorial department management

Scholastic Reading Counts!
September, 2000 – November, 2003 (about 3 years)

Scholastic Reading Counts! is a technology-based reading motivation, management, and assessment system used in schools. I became the assistant manager of editorial operations in September 2000 and was promoted to manager of editorial operations in August 2002. My duties included making final checks of quizzes; training, supervising, and fielding questions from editors, writers, and second readers; creating and implementing procedures to improve work flow and quiz quality; overseeing special projects as needed; addressing and solving departmental problems and issues; and working with other departments such as marketing and book clubs.

Editor

Scholastic Reading Counts!
December, 1998 – August, 2000 (over 1 year)

In addition to writing and editing quizzes, I assisted with the training of new quiz writers, provided feedback to established quiz writers and second readers, and worked on special projects as needed.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

Wine For Dummies

Ed McCarthy, Mary Ewing-Mulligan

The #1 wine book—now updated! The art of winemaking may be a time-honored tradition dating back thousands of years, but today, wine is trendier and hotter than ever. Now, wine experts and authors Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan have revised their popular Wine For Dummies to deliver an updated, down-to-earth look at what's in, what's out, and what's new in wine. Wine enthusiasts and novices... read more

The #1 wine book—now updated! The art of winemaking may be a time-honored tradition dating back thousands of years, but today, wine is trendier and hotter than ever. Now, wine experts and authors Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan have revised their popular Wine For Dummies to deliver an updated, down-to-earth look at what's in, what's out, and what's new in wine. Wine enthusiasts and novices... read more

Beer For Dummies

Marty Nachel

The fun and friendly guide to all things beer Beer has always been one of the world's most popular beverages; but recently, people have embraced the rich complexities of beer's many varieties. Now, with Beer For Dummies you can quickly and enjoyably educate your palate—from recognizing the characteristics of ales, lagers, and other beer styles to understanding how to taste and evaluate beer. T... read more

The fun and friendly guide to all things beer Beer has always been one of the world's most popular beverages; but recently, people have embraced the rich complexities of beer's many varieties. Now, with Beer For Dummies you can quickly and enjoyably educate your palate—from recognizing the characteristics of ales, lagers, and other beer styles to understanding how to taste and evaluate beer. T... read more

Glycemic Index Cookbook For Dummies

Rosanne Rust, Meri Raffetto

Keep a low GI diet with delicious and simple recipes Using the glycemic index is not only a proven method of losing and maintaining weight safely and quickly, it's also an effective way to prevent the most common diseases of affluence, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Now you can easily whip up meals at home that will help you shed unwanted pounds and stay healthy with th... read more

Keep a low GI diet with delicious and simple recipes Using the glycemic index is not only a proven method of losing and maintaining weight safely and quickly, it's also an effective way to prevent the most common diseases of affluence, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Now you can easily whip up meals at home that will help you shed unwanted pounds and stay healthy with th... read more

Kettlebells For Dummies

Sarah Lurie

The way to a full-body workout with amazing results by mastering kettlebells Have you heard the buzz about the all-in-one strength and cardio workout that works every muscle in the body at once? There's a reason why professional athletes and A-list celebrities are joining the Kettlebells revolution-and now you can, too! With numerous step-by-step photos throughout, Kettlebells For Dummies give... read more

The way to a full-body workout with amazing results by mastering kettlebells Have you heard the buzz about the all-in-one strength and cardio workout that works every muscle in the body at once? There's a reason why professional athletes and A-list celebrities are joining the Kettlebells revolution-and now you can, too! With numerous step-by-step photos throughout, Kettlebells For Dummies give... read more

Space Exploration For Dummies

Cynthia Phillips PhD, Shana Priwer

Your comprehensive guide to remarkable achievements in space Do you long to explore the universe? This plain-English, fully illustrated guide explains the great discoveries and advancements in space exploration throughout history, from early astronomers to the International Space Station. You'll learn about the first satellites, rockets, and people in space; explore space programs around the w... read more

Your comprehensive guide to remarkable achievements in space Do you long to explore the universe? This plain-English, fully illustrated guide explains the great discoveries and advancements in space exploration throughout history, from early astronomers to the International Space Station. You'll learn about the first satellites, rockets, and people in space; explore space programs around the w... read more

Stock Investing For Dummies

Paul Mladjenovic

The fast and easy way to grow your stock investments in today's changing market The changes, events and conditions affecting stock investors since the recent economic crisis have been dramatic. Today's economic and financial landscape offers new challenges and opportunities for investors and money managers. This new edition of Stock Investing For Dummies provides you with the information you n... read more

The fast and easy way to grow your stock investments in today's changing market The changes, events and conditions affecting stock investors since the recent economic crisis have been dramatic. Today's economic and financial landscape offers new challenges and opportunities for investors and money managers. This new edition of Stock Investing For Dummies provides you with the information you n... read more

Starting an Etsy Business For Dummies

Allison Strine, Kate Shoup

The easy way to build an online craft business from scratch Starting an Etsy Business For Dummies offers expert advice for artists and entrepreneurs looking to build an online craft business from scratch. You'll get invaluable information on setting up your online shop, writing compelling item descriptions, photographing your work, engaging the Etsy community, understanding fees, and finding y... read more

The easy way to build an online craft business from scratch Starting an Etsy Business For Dummies offers expert advice for artists and entrepreneurs looking to build an online craft business from scratch. You'll get invaluable information on setting up your online shop, writing compelling item descriptions, photographing your work, engaging the Etsy community, understanding fees, and finding y... read more

Online Education For Dummies

Kevin E. Johnson, Susan Manning

From admission to graduation-your personal guide to studying online Online Education For Dummies explains the ins and outs of attending a virtual classroom, and provides you with the tools you need to hone your skills or obtain additional certification and degrees. This practical reference not only helps you get the most out of an online course, but also offers a wealth of advice to help you p... read more

From admission to graduation-your personal guide to studying online Online Education For Dummies explains the ins and outs of attending a virtual classroom, and provides you with the tools you need to hone your skills or obtain additional certification and degrees. This practical reference not only helps you get the most out of an online course, but also offers a wealth of advice to help you p... read more

The Torah For Dummies

Arthur Kurzweil

An easy-to-understand introduction to Judaism's most sacred text The foundation of Hebrew and Jewish religion, thought, law, and society is the Torah-the parchment scroll containing the text of the Five Books of Moses that is located in every synagogue. This accessible guide explains the Torah in clear language, even to those who were not raised in the Jewish religious tradition. Christians wh... read more

An easy-to-understand introduction to Judaism's most sacred text The foundation of Hebrew and Jewish religion, thought, law, and society is the Torah-the parchment scroll containing the text of the Five Books of Moses that is located in every synagogue. This accessible guide explains the Torah in clear language, even to those who were not raised in the Jewish religious tradition. Christians wh... read more

Vegetable Gardening For Dummies

Charlie Nardozzi, The Editors of the National Gardening Association

A hands-on guide to the ins and outs of raising and using vegetables Want to grow your own vegetables? You can do it the fun and easy way with this practical guide. From selecting the right spot to preparing the soil to harvesting, Vegetable Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition shows you how to successfully raise vegetables regardless of the size of your plot or your dietary needs. You'll discov... read more

A hands-on guide to the ins and outs of raising and using vegetables Want to grow your own vegetables? You can do it the fun and easy way with this practical guide. From selecting the right spot to preparing the soil to harvesting, Vegetable Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition shows you how to successfully raise vegetables regardless of the size of your plot or your dietary needs. You'll discov... read more

The Last Missionary

Bob Walters

"People ask how to change the world. You, Bob, have changed the world." Bishop Ntambo Nkulu Ntanda The United Methodist Church North Katanga Episcopal Area Democratic Republic of the Congo "You understand our issues. We've had missionaries who have been here 30 years and they never understood our issues." Bishop Kainda Katembo The United Methodist Church Southern Congo Episcopal Area Democrati... read more

"People ask how to change the world. You, Bob, have changed the world." Bishop Ntambo Nkulu Ntanda The United Methodist Church North Katanga Episcopal Area Democratic Republic of the Congo "You understand our issues. We've had missionaries who have been here 30 years and they never understood our issues." Bishop Kainda Katembo The United Methodist Church Southern Congo Episcopal Area Democrati... read more

Opal

Diane Thomas-Plunk

Opal Pratt shuns confrontation like a yard dog shuns a skunk. You’ll see her in 1950s rural Mississippi as a plain, reclusive spinster. She’s not afraid of people. She just avoids them. Yet, when push comes to the inevitable shove, she comes through – though perhaps reluctantly – for those she loves. In this collection, you’ll also meet the stripper, the pregnant teenager, the immigrant Baptis... read more

Opal Pratt shuns confrontation like a yard dog shuns a skunk. You’ll see her in 1950s rural Mississippi as a plain, reclusive spinster. She’s not afraid of people. She just avoids them. Yet, when push comes to the inevitable shove, she comes through – though perhaps reluctantly – for those she loves. In this collection, you’ll also meet the stripper, the pregnant teenager, the immigrant Baptis... read more

Aaron and Grandpa Go Fishing

Mitch Handman

Inspired to write by the birth of his first grandchild, Aaron, in 2015, Mitch Handman developed a story about what life would be like with a four-year-old grandson. Married for thirty-eight years, Mitch is the president of a construction company in Malvern, Pennsylvania, and is a first-time author.

Inspired to write by the birth of his first grandchild, Aaron, in 2015, Mitch Handman developed a story about what life would be like with a four-year-old grandson. Married for thirty-eight years, Mitch is the president of a construction company in Malvern, Pennsylvania, and is a first-time author.

Dancing on Daddy's Shoes

Gabriel Dietsch

Knowing how to talk to your children about In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) may be awkward, but this book allows you to share a beautiful story of how Ella came to be and hopefully open dialogue among your family. Even if IVF is not a topic in your house then share the love story between a father and his daughter.

Knowing how to talk to your children about In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) may be awkward, but this book allows you to share a beautiful story of how Ella came to be and hopefully open dialogue among your family. Even if IVF is not a topic in your house then share the love story between a father and his daughter.

Better Than a Bully

Bennett-Smallwood, Heather

Georgette has 9 reviews

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John Carlson
Georgette was a pleasure to work with. She was professional, timely, communicative and very helpful.

John Carlson, August 2019


Waddy Thompson
Thoroughly professional. Georgette included with her edits a style guide providing the rationale for some of her edits. Will definitely go to her first with my next project.

Waddy Thompson, December 2017


Anna Herby
Georgette did a wonderful job with editing my manuscript. She is respectful, prompt, organized and very good at communicating. She is also very knowledgable when it comes to writing. I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a thorough editing job.

Anna Herby, September 2017


Azul Terronez
Georgette was responsive and courteous when I sent my client's book. Finding the appropriate children's book editor can be tough. She submitted great developmental feedback and provided clear suggestions and next steps. I would use her again for future projects for sure

Azul Terronez, April 2017


Thomson Paris
Georgette was very good. She was quick, thorough, and professional.

Thomson Paris, March 2017

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