When I work for major publishers, I rarely have direct contact with authors, but many of them have been so pleased with my work that they've requested me for their next manuscripts or asked my name so they could include me in their acknowledgments. Among these unsolicited tributes:
“I also want to thank Mary Beth Constant for her witty, instructional care with my words.”
—Roxane Gay, BAD FEMINIST
“I would also like to sincerely thank Mary Beth Constant for her truly wonderful copyediting expertise. In addition to making it appear as if I actually know how to write proper English (hint: I don’t), I learned so many awesome things from her comments that I’m ninety-nine percent sure I will never lose in bar trivia ever again.”
—Colin Gigl, THE FERRYMAN INSTITUTE
“I genuflect to my copy editor, Mary Beth Constant, whose name I didn’t even learn until long after she’d swung her scythe. I thought I was good at catching grammatical errors and maintaining consistency of style; Mary Beth taught me how unreliable I actually was. I’m humbled, but grateful.”
—Jamie Bernstein, FAMOUS FATHER GIRL
“I’ve benefitted from the impressive observation skills of my copy editor (also a trained musician), Mary Beth Constant, who saved me from more than a few embarrassing blunders.”
“Mary Beth Constant performed miracles with my mountains of errors.”
—Randy Susan Meyers, ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE
“Mary Beth Constant is, as a copyeditor, diligence itself.”
—Nicholas Delbanco, THE ART OF YOUTH
“Thank you to Mary Beth Constant, copy editor supreme, who took such deep interest, who read so closely, who saved me from my fast-typing self, who opined, and who made me laugh; your contribution to these pages is priceless.”
—Beth Kephart, HANDLING THE TRUTH
The selected books in my portfolio below give a glimpse of the wide variety of manuscripts I copy edit. I enjoy the variety and approach each manuscript with fresh eyes, eager to explore the new world within its pages.
I work directly for major publishers but also take on manuscripts for indie authors excited about polishing their work to professional quality.
At HarperCollins, I hired and managed freelance copy editors, evaluated and emended their work, prepared it for review by authors, and incorporated authors' changes into the copy editing. This experience gave me considerable insight into how authors respond to copy editing—what is helpful and what is overstepping—and I strive to use that insight in my own work as a freelance copy editor.
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