Bethany Davis

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 for some authors, your book is your baby—and for others, it's that busted junk heap that you need to coax into taking you 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 over 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 (over 5 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

Bethany has 26 reviews

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Nina Heide
Bethany work is excellent in every possible way. This is the second time she has proofread scripts for me and hopefully there will be many more to come. Thank you so much, Bethany!

Nina Heide, November 2021


Gerald Bennett
Bethany is an absolute dream to work with. Her comments on my manuscript were exactly what I needed to shape my first book into what I wanted it to be. She was extremely positive and encouraging and had an obvious zest for the writing/editing profession. Additionally, she offered some outstanding advice on resources to use going forward which, outside the scope of the editing services. She went...
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Gerald Bennett, September 2021


Roy Nassau
Bethany was terrific. She communicated quickly and with clarity. Her work was completed in the committed time frame. And, with great detail. Thank you.

Roy Nassau, September 2021


Justin Gunther
Outstanding! This was, and is, my first time working with an editor. I couldn't be much happier! Working with Bethany was well worth the time and money spent. She gave praise and credit where due, and was not afraid to criticize what needs improvement. That is what any writer would want! Bethany has given me the assessment, and encouragement, I need to polish my book into publish-ready mater...
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Justin Gunther, July 2021


Kristy Cooper
Bethany was so thorough and great to work with!

Kristy Cooper, July 2021

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