Bethany Davis

Bethany Davis - Editor

Denver, CO, USA

Experienced editor and proofreader with a specialty in personal growth titles. 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 who swoops in to help you slay your typos and kill your darlings (#stephenking 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!
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 – Present (over 2 years)

Guide and support 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) develop a book idea, outline, plan, and write it, and then polish the manuscript to publication-ready status.

Freelancer

Self-employed
June, 2016 – Present (over 4 years)

Provide high-quality editing services including copyedits, proofreads, and developmental edits to individual clients on a contract basis, specializing in academic work and self-published titles.

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.

Representations of the Blessed Virgin Mary in World Literature and Art

Shabliy, Elena V., Brazinski, Paul A., Casey, Jim, Hamling, Anna, McClelland, Gwyn, O'Donnell, Karen, Shabliy, Elena V., Zhao, Dong

Jamaica in the 21st Century: Revisiting the First Decade

Thompson, Livingstone, Thompson-Williams, Petal

Dracula's Bloodline: A Florescu Family Saga

Florescu, Radu R., Matei Cazacu

100 Greatest Cult Films

Olson, Christopher J.

Stronger Together: My MS Story

Cohen, Chloe, Cohen, Marcia

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