Betty Ann Tyson
  • Betty Ann Tyson
  • Editor, Proofreader, Genealogy Researcher
  • Qualifications

I have many years' experience working with varied subject matter. I began my publishing career working for a religious publisher where I learned the basics. I then moved to Boston and worked for a management consulting firm proofreading proposals and case studies. Next I moved into college textbook production where I worked for ten years as a production editor and developmental editor. From there I moved into the high tech field and for twenty years edited and oversaw production of user and service documentation. When I began doing freelance work, I returned to working on academic subject matter. I've recently started working with novelists.

For over 20 years I have been doing genealogical research, beginning the old-fashioned way by visiting archives, searching microfilm, and requesting documents. I spent many hours working on my own family history at the nearby National Archives and also volunteering there helping visitors search for the rolls of microfilm that they wanted, explain how to operate the microfilm readers, and then print the pages that held the answers to their family's history. Now, most all the work is done online, so visitors need help with how to navigate through online records.


Betty Ann is the best copyeditor I've ever had the pleasure to work with. I am happy to recommend her to my clients and to employ her to copyedit my own writing.
Ellen Larson, Novelist

I do not write anything of importance without having Betty Ann look over and copy-edit it. She is thorough; she is prompt; and she spurs you on to reveal your best literary self. Clarity is her middle name. ...
Betty Ann is a writer's best friend. She makes you look better than you are encouraging you to express yourself in a clear and succinct way. You always want her on and at your side when you enter into a battle of ideas and want to communicate your thoughts in the most lucid and convincing manner. She has been on my side for over eight years, and I am a better communicator because of her. x

Selwyn R. Cudjoe, Professor, Africana Studies Department, Wellesley College, biographer

... Betty Ann Tyson edited my technical writing for 18 years. We worked together on complex, long documents with multiple reviewers and challenging evolving technical specifications over several months and usually at least three full reviews from engineering and marketing. I was one of a team of about 8 writers--all of whom Betty Ann edited. She was tasked with keeping our documents consistent and polished across multiple platforms, writing talents, and engineering teams.
I judge all editors by the standards that Betty Ann sets, ... and she consistently is at the top of the list. Betty Ann is thorough with keen but appropriate attention to detail. Her queries are always useful, sufficient and on target--not too many, never too few. She maintained and shaped the style, voice, and formatting standards for all her writers. And I cannot remember Betty Ann ever missing a deadline. x She is an excellent professional, and an outstanding editor. I recommend her work without reservation.
JDH, Ph.D.

Thank you for all your hard work. ... I'm looking forward to seeing those papers that you copied. x It is also refreshing to work with someone who notices details like that fact that the address listed on Julius' naturalization is the same as the address listed for Pauline's birth!! ... Most people that I have worked with don't have that attention to detail! x

Once more, many, many thanks for your kindness . . . and speed!
Sylvia from Uruguay

Now I'll just sit on the edge of my chair until I hear from you again. :) You are terrific! Thanks so much for the speedy and successful work!

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