Bethany Davis

Bethany Davis - Editor

Denver, CO, USA

Helping entrepreneurs, coaches, artists, and memoirists publish their world-changing projects. First-time author? I'm here to help!

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Overview

As an editor, I understand that some authors see their manuscripts as their babies...while others see them as busted junk heaps they have to coax into taking them just a few more miles. Whichever camp you fall into, I meet you where you are. Consider me the reliable backup you've been looking for; I'm here to help transform your manuscript into something you can be proud of, whatever your starting point may be.

I take a "your book, but better" approach to my edits, valuing preserving each author's voice while leveling it up. I'm the impartial set of eyes you need, swooping in to help you slay your typos and kill your darlings (literary quote reference to show you I know my stuff!). If you want your book to be the best it can be, that's truly the honored job of an editor, and I'm here to make that difference for you.

I have a decade of experience in the traditional and indie publishing worlds, working with everything from academic monographs to niche erotica titles. My particular passions include personal growth/self-help titles, memoir, sexuality education, books with a feminist or social justice focus, and those representing diverse experiences. That said, I'm glad to consider projects across the board!

NOTE: I know how intimidating it can be to reach out for editing services, especially if you're a first-time author. If you need help figuring out what service is right for you, feel free to mention that in your request! I am always glad to talk through where you are, where you're going, and what editing services will get you there.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Health & Wellbeing
New Age
Religion & Spirituality
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Sex & Relationships

Work experience

Editor-in-Chief/ Managing Editor

The Author Incubator
February, 2018 – December, 2020 (almost 3 years)

Guided and supported new authors from book conception through publication under the Difference Press imprint. With my assistance, authors (most of whom have never taken on a comparable project) developed a book idea, outlined, planned, and wrote their manuscripts, and then polished the manuscript to publication-ready status.

Owner/Editor

Self-employed
June, 2016 – Present (over 6 years)

Provide high-quality editing services including copyedits, proofreads, and publishing services to individual clients on a contract basis, specializing in work with indie clients.

Assistant Acquisitions Editor

Rowman & Littlefield
September, 2015 – February, 2018 (over 2 years)

Worked with several imprints, including Rowman and Littlefield (sports, literature, film, and teen titles), Lexington Books (sociology and religion titles), and Hamilton Books/University Press of America (memoir), supporting authors from the acquisition of their project through editing, formatting, and publication.

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Bethany has 39 reviews

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Chip Hunter
Bethany is an extraordinary collaborator. She is articulate and insightful. She has a keen eye, is detail oriented and amazingly prompt with her responses. She kept me on my toes and inspired me to perform better with every exchange. Without a doubt she enabled me to take my first novel to a level well above my expectation or hopes. I look forward to working with Bethany again soon.

Chip Hunter, September 2022


Sharon Young
Bethany is an amazing copy editor. The editing was straight forward and very easy to follow. Very insightful and her attention to detail with clear and concise notations were impeccable . She took the time to research the material, which was totally unexpected. Bethany helped to shape the manuscript.

Sharon Young, June 2022


Gerald Bennett
Bethany is the absolute best. This is the second of mine project she has worked on, and I have unquestionably become a stronger and more thoughtful writer with her as an editor. I was blown away by how she was able to strengthen every aspect of my manuscript and help turn it into a story I am excited to share with the public. She will be the first person I turn to when working on future project...
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Gerald Bennett, May 2022


Edward Jabari
Great value and turnaround time! Bethany was thorough and organized with the copyediting of my memoir, and she had thoughtful questions/suggestions. She is clearly passionate about what she does!

Edward Jabari, April 2022


Shawna Oliver
Bethany was so much more than an editor. She is a source of positive encouragement, and a generous source of all kinds of resources to meet all your publishing needs. She has been instrumental in uplevelling my project in too many ways to count. True value, integrity and obviously loves what she does.

Shawna Oliver, April 2022

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