Dabian Witherspoon

Dabian Witherspoon – Editor

Editor. 12 years. Ph.D. in English. Academic, biography, memoir, nonfiction, fiction, screenplays, comics, African American, Black Studies.

Overview

I enjoy all types of writing and storytelling. My background represents excellence and versatility, and I am highly skilled in writing, developmental editing, copy editing, proofreading, and story analysis.


I am a published author, and I hold a Ph.D. in English, which demonstrates perseverance as well as superior analytical, problem-solving, and time management skills. My education also includes a 120-hour TEFL Certificate, an M.A. in African American and African Diaspora Studies (aka Black Studies or Africana Studies), and 32 hours of graduate-level coursework in history.


My level of versatility is unparalleled. I am proficient in fiction, nonfiction, formal writing, and informal writing, and I adapt well to various genres and subjects. I have edited and proofread book manuscripts, dissertations, articles, graduate papers, essays, court transcripts, marketing materials, websites, and screenplays.


As an editor, I am careful to retain my clients' voices while helping them improve their writing and avoid problems that could make them look careless or unprofessional. In terms of grammar, sentence structure, efficiency, and clarity, I am one of the best writers, proofreaders, and editors around.


I have also provided screenplay analysis and coverage for writers, producers, and contests such as the Roadmap Writers Top Tier and Accelerator Contests, the University Film & Video Association Conference Screenplay Competition, and the Baltimore Screenwriters Competition.


My background also includes 12 years of college-level teaching experience, including courses in composition, world literature, African American and African Diaspora literature, introduction to literature, humanities, African American history, African American studies, and film studies.


Testimonials:


I highly recommend Dabian W. for editing services. He is a reliable, knowledgeable, and excellent editor. He edited and helped reformat my book, which is now published! He has also met several of my other professional editing needs. — Professor Prince Ellis, D.B.A.

Services
Fiction
African American Fiction Comics & Graphic Novels Plays & Screenplays
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Christian Non-Fiction Entertainment History Inspirational
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
  • Adele V. Holden Creative Writing Excellence Award (portfolio of screenplays)
Certifications
  • Ph.D. in English, Morgan State University
  • M.A. in African American World Studies (African American and African Diaspora Studies), University of Iowa

Work experience

Wiley

Apr, 2021 — Present

In collaboration with a managing editor and a technical editor, I guide a manuscript from the author's submission to its handoff to the production team.

Self-employed

Jan, 2011 — Present

I have collaborated with independent authors, academic presses, commercial publishers, professionals, and students. I am proficient in various forms of writing, such as book manuscripts, dissertations, academic publications, articles, essays, screenplays, court transcripts, marketing materials, and websites. I also work with ESL clients who seek a professional, fluent English speaker to edit or proofread their writing.

I am a strong writer and editor in terms of grammar, sentence structure, efficiency, and clarity. My problem-solving and analytical skills are also superior. I am careful to retain my clients' voices while helping them improve their writing and helping them avoid problems that could make them look careless or unprofessional.

Self-employed

Jan, 2011 — Present

My script coverage provides a synopsis and a rating. It identifies a script's strengths and weaknesses, such as significant formatting errors, clarity issues, and inconsistencies.

The script analysis that I offer is even more in-depth than my coverage service. My experience includes reading for screenwriting competitions, various writers, and movie producers. I have also analyzed novel adaptations in pre-production.

Dabian has 8 reviews

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Hughes S.

Hughes S.

May, 2023

I was so pleased with the editing service I received from Dabian. First, he sought to understand my work. His understanding was evident in the depth of his questions and insight. Dabian even went above and beyond to help me find complex citations, and he held his ground when I wanted to take a shortcut that would have decreased the value of my book. Finally, Dabian was great at responding to in...
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CHIEF John W.

CHIEF John W.

Apr, 2023

Damian was excellent in his review of my book. He gave me some first-class advice
Hughes S.

Hughes S.

Apr, 2023

Throughout the entire editing process, Dabian was available and responsive to my needs. He listened carefully, and his attention to detail is simply unparalleled. In short, Dabian is a true professional, an expert, and a pleasure to work with. His expertise and guidance will play a crucial role in the success of my book, and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an outstanding editor.
Claudio G.

Claudio G.

Mar, 2023

Dabian's editorial assessment was very professional, meticulous, thoughtful, and helpful.
CHIEF John W.

CHIEF John W.

Nov, 2022

Dabian, responded to my questions in a very timely and professional manner. He made some extremely helpful suggestions which I have implemented. I was so satisfied with his edit that I asked if he would be interested to do the second edit of another book

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