David Larkin

David Larkin - Editor

Beaufort, SC, USA

A diligent, conscientious editor who enjoys helping writers develop their voice and getting the words right.

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I started out as a newspaper reporter but spent most of my early career writing for corporations. I still write, primarily for a wealth management firm. Leaving the corporate world to write my novel, I found I didn’t have the necessary imagination, but that disappointment opened the door to collaborating with and nurturing writers who did, both those starting out and those with several books under their belt.

My focus is copy and line editing: fixing mistakes, improving sentences, and clarifying thoughts. I find productive author-editor relationships start with an initial dialogue, either over the phone or by email, where we find out if we’re a match—if what the author is looking for matches my strengths and if we can develop a productive rapport. A good way to start is with a free sample edit of a few hundred words. The writer sees what I can do, and I learn if the writer wants strict adherence to proper grammar or if they prefer a style that might bend the rules a bit. I sometimes help with development editing, but that’s not my forte; helping writers express themselves clearly is.

I enjoy my work. It’s rewarding to use my skills to improve an author’s book, to develop a relationship with them in the process, and to deliver a manuscript we’re both prouder of.


“Getting in touch with David was the best thing that happened to my book and to me as an author. Finding a good editor is a long process. When I met David, I got what I had been looking for all along—an affordable, trustworthy, professional editor and a companion who engaged himself in my process and actually enjoyed the journey with me.

Anette Christensen, Mercedes Sosa - The Voice of Hope

Dave Larkin improved the manuscript in countless ways with comments large and small.”

John Oller, White Shoe and the forthcoming Rogue’s Gallery

“Knowledgeable and proficient, Dave is a fine nuts and bolts editor. But more importantly he recognizes and respects the voice and works within the context of the context. All of his suggestions are worthy of consideration.”

Philip Persinger, Tools of the Trade

“David’s a consummate professional. He consults with me frequently and thoughtfully. He polishes my manuscripts with his editing and offers content suggestions that improve the story. David is always readily available, responsive, and helpful.”

Dan Petrosini, Am I the Killer; Vanished; The Serenity Murder; Third Chances; Uncertain Stakes; Silencing Salter

English (UK)
English (US)
Action & Adventure
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Biographies & Memoirs

Work experience

Freelance Editor

January, 2013 – Present (over 9 years)

Dutton - Penguin Books, Strategic Book Publishing

Solo in Salento

Armer, Donna Keel

Tools of the Trade

Persinger, Philip B.

David has 5 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Brian Sears
I worked with Dave to edit my debut adventure/fantasy novel. He is professional, responsive, and right on the mark with editing. His efforts have helped me to refine my writing skills (yes, I was paying close attention to your suggestions, Dave). He kindly offered several suggestions on plot and background that were very helpful as well. Dave provided everything I was looking for in a timely ma...
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Brian Sears, May 2022

Jeremy Pesch
Great to work with, a real professional. I would definitely work with him again.

Jeremy Pesch, May 2022

David Larkin
Thank you, Jeremy. It was a pleasure working with you. Good luck with the book.

Reply from David Larkin

Karina Barro
Very supportive and responsive.

Karina Barro, April 2022

Patrice Crowley
David has proven yet again that a vital key to being a great editor is communication and understanding.

Patrice Crowley, March 2022

Al Moore
I could not be happier with David and the editing services he provided. He was timely and kept me informed along the way. I cannot think of a single thing he could have done better. As a first-time author, his advice was extremely helpful to me. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of the services he offers.

Al Moore, December 2021

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