What I Do

Bethanne with Tara Laskowski

Bethanne has over twenty years experience in reviewing books and interviewing authors.

Book Reviews

I write book reviews for major newspapers, magazines, and media sites. At this time, I review mainly fiction, novels and short stories, published by traditional imprints large and small.

Here is a sampling of my work:

The Washington Post
Monthly books columns
Book reviews

The L.A. Times
Book reviews
Author profiles

NPR Books
Book reviews

Lit Hub
Monthly “Books You May Have Missed” column
Author profiles

Manuscript Consultation

If you look at my work, you’ll see that I have long and deep experience in the publishing world, as a reader and as a writer. I love to combine these roles in helping other writers hone their manuscripts (fiction and nonfiction) for their intended audiences. 

Caveat scriptor: I will not help you get your book published. I will not find you an agent, editor, or contract. 

What I will do: Read your manuscript, for a fee, and write you a detailed letter about why I can or cannot work with you. 

If I tell you that I can help, I provide several packages, based on your budget and your needs, much like a studio photographer or brand consultant does. I specialize in developmental editing for novels, but I am also available for developmental editing for memoirs, narrative nonfiction, and designed books. 

Once we begin working together, my tasks will vary, depending on how many reads we go through. I will sometimes line edit, copy edit, proofread. However, those will not be my principal task, and I do recommend that writers who plan to publish independently hire copyeditors and proofreaders before releasing their books. 

Please contact me here (info@bethannethebookmaven.com) if you’d like to receive more information about my rates, packages, and schedule. 

Live Author Events and Readings

I have been interviewing authors for nearly twenty years. If you are interested in having me interview an author for an event, moderate a panel, or hold a conversation, please email your request to: info@bethannethebookmaven.com

A few of my favorites

Angie Thomas, author of “The Hate U Give” and “On the Come Up,” for the 2018 Fall for the Book Festival at George Mason University

Piper Kerman, author of “Orange Is the New Black,” for the 2015 Friends of the Smith College Libraries keynote event

Liane Moriarty, author of “Big Little Lies” and “Nine Perfect Strangers,” for Politics & Prose at Sixth & I

Michael Connelly, author of “The Night Fire,” for the Montgomery County Libraries:

Elizabeth Strout, author of “Olive Kitteridge” and “Olive, Again” for Politics & Prose at Sidwell Friends School

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