Dave Valencia

Dave Valencia – Editor

Experienced copyeditor, proofreader, and fact checker proficient with Chicago style. I specialize in literary and historical fiction.


I am a freelance copyeditor, fact checker, and proofreader, specializing in trade fiction and nonfiction. I am proficient with the Chicago Manual of Style and can also create citations in AP or Chicago style. I provide prompt and high quality service while preserving your authorial voice to make your writing project the best it can be.

I have worked on everything from high-profile projects such as Dan Savage's "American Savage," to self-published works, small press titles, and reprints. I have extensive experience with literary and historical fiction, science fiction / fantasy, thrillers, Christian fiction, romance, and nonfiction memoirs, general science, self-help, and true crime.

I have a very strong background with Chicago style and working with authors with different styles. Whether you need a heavy copyedit, a meticulous proofread, or just formatting of your end notes, I pride myself on thorough, professional work.
Action & Adventure Christian Fiction Fantasy Historical Fiction Women's Fiction
Music Self-Help & Self-Improvement True Crime
English (UK) English (US)
  • University of Washington Certificate in Editing
  • Masters in Library Science
  • Bachelor of Arts, English Literature

Work experience


Jun, 2012 — Present

Freelance copyediting, proofreading, fact checking, and citation creation. I've worked on a variety of projects including genre fiction (mystery, literary, romance, adventure, suspense, science fiction) and nonfiction (science, business).


On the heels of his Emmy-winning It Gets Better campaign, Dan Savage delivers “powerful messages for both the head and heart” (Entertainment Weekly) From the moment he began writing his syndicated sex-advice column, Savage Love, Dan Savage has never been shy a... read more
To save her son from ultimate evil, she must turn to a God she no longer believes in… Julie's crushing grief brought a swift end to her faith. Left to raise her fatherless son, the Seer can rely on no one but herself… which is exactly how the demons prefer it.... read more
How much money do you need to be rich? Surely if you were a billionaire, you’d be rich. What about a millionaire? What about someone who has $756,715.85? That’s equivalent to $1,000,000 Australian dollars, converted from U.S. dollars in January 2017. If you fi... read more
Francie and Tony had it down: A happy family life in a vibrant community with two fine young boys. Then she got "the call." Tony was in a terrible cycling accident that brought their summer to a screeching halt. For fifteen months Francie protected Tony on his... read more
In this groundbreaking self-empowerment guide, a renowned empowerment coach offers a roadmap to mastering the art of fulfillment through the progressive realization of your dreams. Oftentimes, people die with great dreams buried in their hearts. They wanted to... read more
My Lady Zane

Steven S.

Currently being packaged as a feature film in Los Angeles.A gripping page turner, tells the true story of a female war hero in our American History! In the writing style of Best Selling Author Lee Child and the immersive historical action of great epic love st... read more
After Earth (“AE”) 1012 – A New World for HumanityCrushed under selfishness, apathy, intolerance, and cruelty, Earth is destroyed. Unable to save the failing planet, humanity is given another chance on a planet called Nysa. Watched over by an unseen force, hum... read more
Edgar Allan Poe is known as the forefather of suspense and modern crime fiction. For the first time ever, Darkness There showcases some of his most famous tales with stunning digital illustrations. Each story explores a different twist of madness, murder, and ... read more

J. L.

2013 Winner — Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award — Science Fiction, Fantasy, HorrorIt’s Halloween, and life is grim for twenty-three-year-old Dimitri Petrov. It’s the one-year anniversary of his parents’ deaths, he’s stuck on page one thousand of his Rasputin zom... read more
Six more classic adventures: there’s a murky tale of blackmail at a candy convention; a chance to turn the tables on an unscrupulous real-estate broker; a confidence trickster with a keen grasp of math; a scientific invention that is too good to be true; some ... read more
She is called Antelope, the daughter of Kwani— She Who Remembers. Possessed of the same mystical powers that made her mother beloved and feared, Antelope takes her infant daughter and follows her wandering mate to the fabled city of the Great Sun. Here, her be... read more
The storied pearl beds of La Paz were long thought destroyed until a local fisherman discovers a handful of rare, red-tinged pearls and one extraordinary, enormous pear-shaped specimen. But when the pearls are swept away from the fisherman in a storm and stumb... read more
The rapid spread of hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") has temporarily boosted US natural gas and oil production... and sparked a massive environmental backlash in communities across the country. The fossil fuel industry is trying to sell fracking as the bigges... read more
The Starfleet Reference Library: Stellar Cartography collects together ten original, never-before-seen large-format maps of the Star Trek universe. Pulled from the cartography archives of Starfleet Academy, these beautifully reproduced maps provide a rare oppo... read more
Diving deep into trouble, the Saint takes part in an underwater treasure hunt fraught with unforeseen danger. Can he successfully raid Davy Jones’s locker and salvage his reputation as well as the sunken treasure?
2015 Grammy nominee for Best Spoken-Word Album (in audio formats) Gloria Gaynor’s #1 hit single “I Will Survive” debuted in 1978 to overwhelming success. Shortly thereafter, the single went double platinum and over three decades later still strikes a chord amo... read more
In an ancient time of fear and superstition, she stood apart because of her unusual blue eyes. In a land of great stone cities and trackless wilderness, she sought her own unique path. But it was with the clan that accepted her—and in the heart of the magic ma... read more
Around the time legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett tumbled into the Great Pit of Carkoon, the Rebel Alliance discovered a secure, blast-proof bounty hunter’s case holding Boba Fett’s personal items. For years it remained hidden away. But now all who wish may un... read more
In Happy This Year!, bestselling author Will Bowen shared his practical philosophy for achieving higher levels of happiness. He helped readers understand that the path to happiness is not determined by their circumstances, but by aligning their thoughts, words... read more
In our culture, artistic genius and poverty seem inevitably linked, but does it have to be that way? Jim Henson didn’t think so. An iconic creator and savvy businessman, Henson is a model for artists everywhere: without sacrificing his creative vision, Henson ... read more

Dave has 18 reviews





Najib A.

Najib A.

Oct, 2022

I was incredibly lucky to cross paths with Dave. He was patient, understanding, articulate, proactive, and his attention to detail is second to none. His time is worth every dollar and more. If you're looking for a proof-reader, reach out to Dave, you won't regret it!
Hiawatha B.

Hiawatha B.

Apr, 2021

A first-rate job, done fast.
Michael I.

Michael I.

Mar, 2021

Dave was a huge help in bringing my project down the final stretch. After working on the same project for a while, you tend to miss a lot of small details. Dave helped me clean it up!
Ryan J.

Ryan J.

Oct, 2020

Went above and beyond what was expected and I would highly recommend Dave to all.
Dave V.
Thank you, Ryan. It was a pleasure working with you, and I wish you success with all your endeavors!
Mark_Harbinger #.

Mark_Harbinger #.

Sep, 2020

Ultimately, I had to file a complaint with Reedsy. Another Reedsy collaborator of mine had to finish his work.
Dave V.
Mark uses open source software and may ask you to do additional formatting work, not originally contracted for, as a result. And he may get upset if you tell him you can't do any more after the fo...
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