Whether you have a raw message you need crafted into a compelling, cohesive whole, or you have a manuscript with the need for an editorial eye, I have the tools to help you deliver clear, professional content to your desired audience.
- Literary: memoir, essay, narrative list, novel, short story
- Marketing communications: branding pieces, case studies, video scripts, advertising, news releases, brochures, newsletters, blogs
- Higher education curriculum: assessments, learning modules, instructor guides and textbooks -
e-learning or print
- Academic: dissertation, thesis (editing only)
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Long before my first writing job for the Denver Post Classifieds, where I learned to spell “Thule” (as in the bike racks) and sell pot-bellied pigs in three lines, the power of words captivated me. Since that earliest paid gig, I’ve enjoyed editing and writing on wildly diverse topics, e.g., Emergency in Terrorism, Values and Goal Setting and What Your Coffee Beverage Says About Your Personality. A prose editor for two literary journals, I have written and edited for clients and publications ranging from Indianapolis Star Community Publications to Global Learning Solutions. It is this richly varied writing, editing and professional experience that enables me to serve my clients; by firmly grasping their unique vision, I can nuance their projects accordingly.
"Beth excels at both generating and refining ideas. She takes direction well and provides timely, informative feedback on assignments. As a writer she demonstrates careful yet highly effective use of description and detail. In her storytelling, she always succeeds in evoking emotion."
Brett Halbleib, former Indianapolis Star Editor
"My prose isn't complete until it's been given the once over by Beth Bates. Her excellent copy editing skills are a given, but it's her keen creative eye I depend on most. My essential writing tools: a special Sybex pen, a laptop, and Beth Bates."
-Susan Lerner, creative nonfiction writer
- Literary: fiction or non-fiction
- Journalism: magazine and newspaper stories
- Higher education curriculum
- Business, technical documentation
- Manuscript feedback: a broad strokes critique focusing on structure, character, "flow" and other elements of craft, supplied in a feedback letter
- Developmental: includes margin notes and feedback letter; also called “content” editing, more thorough than manuscript feedback
- Comprehensive edit: Stage 1 = margin notes + feedback letter; Stage 2 = feedback letter over your revisions; the whole enchilada
- Copyedit: your manuscript edited in Track Changes, with corrections to mechanics - grammar, punctuation, spelling and style
- Proofread: check for style and mechanical errors in final, polished work
“Beth is an excellent editor - encouraging, attentive, mindful of forest as well as trees. After working with Beth on a piece of nonfiction, I invariably come away with tighter focus and clarity of purpose as well as ideas on how to strengthen individual phrases and sentences. I return to writing with renewed energy, while her insightful questions continue to guide my thinking. In other words, Beth is an editor with the ability to better not only the writing, but also the writer.”
Katherine “Kit” Newkirk, award-winning Teacher of English as a Foreign Language; editor, writer, page designer
"Beth is an angel sent to me! She provided all of my editorial needs: highly professional, personable, excellent communicator and most importantly met all my deadlines. I highly recommend her and will definitely use her again."
Fiona Mgharo, graduate student
“Beth is a very creative and talented writer. She was responsible for all of our written and social media. As Events Coordinator, I was very pleased with the work Beth put into the descriptions and collateral materials. In addition to her professional work, she is a kind and humorous person and was a pleasure to work with.”
Kara Fox, Former Development Associate at Bosma Enterprises
Contact & Rates
Question: How much will my project cost?
Answer: Project cost will depend upon the scope, specifics and timeframe of the services you require.
- If you have editing needs, select the level of editing you desire from the definitions in the Services area above, and let’s talk.
- If it’s writing you need, cost will depend on word count, subject matter, genre, deadline, research time, platform, format and style.
Let me know what you need; I’m open to discussing how I can best serve you within your budget.