Experience

The Editress, LLC is owned by Elizabeth Mays.

Mays’ background blends publishing, marketing and education.

Most recently, Mays has run marketing and operations for book-formatting software startup Pressbooks.com and open textbook publisher the Rebus Community.

She has a Master of Mass Communication in Digital Media Entrepreneurship from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. As an adjunct faculty, she developed and now teaches two of the school’s first courses on content marketing through ASU Online.

Mays was the editor of award-winning open educational resource Making Open Textbooks With Students and co-editor of the Media Innovation & Entrepreneurship open textbook.

She is also the author of several editions of the Pressbooks Guide to Self-Publishing and built Pressbooks’ YouTube channel.

Previously, she was assistant director, leading marketing and operations for the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University, including managing the center’s WordPress-based website, businessjournalism.org, and email marketing. She developed the center’s first email course, Introduction to Covering Financials and compiled its first ebook download from blog content.

Prior to this experience, she was the outreach director for the Cronkite School, where she led the school’s Drupal-based website redesign.

Previously, she served as executive editor of Scottsdale-based luxury lifestyle magazine, Arizona Foothills and launched its Tucson edition. Other writing credits include Iconic Life.

She has long been the copy editor for Sedona Monthly and helped to produce the magazine’s first email newsletter and ebook, Sedona Monthly Hikes the Red Rocks. Prior experience includes writing and editing for visitor and custom magazine publishers Madden Media, Morris Visitor Publications and McMurry (now Manifest).

She has helped multiple authors edit and self-publish their books, including most recently, Journey to the Finish Line. She speaks and is featured in frequent webinars on how to self-publish. She has been featured in The Write Stuff radio show, The 5 Figure Author Challenge and has spoken at Library Publishing Forum, Tech Phoenix, MediaShift J-School Hackathon, Scottsdale Society of Women Writers, IBPA Publishing University and Bestseller Bootcamp.