Yna (Bethany) Davis

Yna (Bethany) Davis - Editor

Denver, CO, USA

Experienced editor with a specialty in personal growth, memoir, and business. You want your words to make a difference. I want 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 titles, projects with a feminist or social justice focus, and projects 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 (almost 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.

Stronger Together: My MS Story

Cohen, Chloe, Cohen, Marcia

Yna (Bethany) has 36 reviews

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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


Sean Wade
Bethany is an AMAZING editor and so much more! She was encouraging, responsive, and motivating throughout the entire process. I showed up with a good book and Bethany helped me to make it a great one. Her suggestions were stellar. If you're looking for an editor, hire Bethany. You will thank yourself for it later.

Sean Wade, March 2022


Ryan Smith
Thoughtful, insightful, timely and professional are just a few words to describe Bethany! This is my first time self publishing and she has been an invaluable resource not only copy editing my work but being there for any questions I had about the self publishing process. I would definitely recommend working with her if you can!

Ryan Smith, March 2022


Lisa Ludwig
As someone who had never written a book before and was clueless about the process, I can say Bethany is a very valuable asset. Her enthusiasm helped keep me going when I doubted my content and writing. Her feedback was well organized, clear, and went way beyond ample. Her editorial assessment pointed out the strengths of my work. She also kindly showed me the perspective of a reader or publ...
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Lisa Ludwig, February 2022

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