Essential Editing by Elisabeth

  • Manuscript Assessment
  • Structural/Content Editing
  • Copy/Line Editing
  • Style Sheet Creation

In our family, words mattered and details mattered. My mom was a teacher, school principal, and magazine editor. My brother was also a magazine editor. I followed in their footsteps, working with military families to share their stories of hope in the face of tragedy and loss. So it’s no surprise I find myself continuing the tradition and caring deeply about how authors present themselves and their stories to their readers. 

Although I have done my fair share of writing, I get the most joy from helping other authors polish and refine their work for consistency, clarity, and impact. And of course we’ll deal with the PUGS on the way (Punctuation, Usage, Spelling, and Grammar).

Whether you are planning to self publish or find a traditional publisher for your work, you owe it to yourself (and your words) to put your best work forward.

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Elisabeth Beard (aka Betsy) has written articles for newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and professional publications, including Hospice Foundation of America’s Living with Grief series. She authored the award-winning children’s book, Klinger, A Story of Honor and Hope, and numerous Quick Series publications for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, retaining no royalties.

Betsy served as editor in chief for the national quarterly, TAPS Magazine, from 2008 to 2015. Under her leadership the magazine earned the Award of Excellence from Apex Awards for Publication Excellence.

She continues to edit freelance, having completed fiction books, nonfiction books, military books, children’s books, and anthologies. She offers manuscript assessments, content/structural editing, and copy editing.