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Dave Valencia

Dave Valencia - Editor

Seattle, United States

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

Overview

Reviews (4)

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 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.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Christian Fantasy Historical Fiction Inspirational Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Music Self-help & Self-improvement Sex & Relationships True Crime

Certifications

  • University of Washington Certificate in Editing

Work experience

Senior Production Editor

Girl Friday Productions
June, 2014 – Present (over 3 years)

Overseeing quality of editorial production (fact checking, copyediting, proofreading, layout) of book projects including trade fiction and nonfiction. Maintaining costs and schedules. Reviewing freelancers' work and reconciling author responses. Ensuring consistency with style sheet.

Freelance Copyeditor/Proofreader/Fact Checker

Self-employed
June, 2012 – Present (over 5 years)

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).

Portfolio (18 selected works)

Make Art Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career

Elizabeth Hyde Stevens

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 built an empire of lovable Muppets that continues to educate and inspire—and a business that was worth $150 million at the time of his d... 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 built an empire of lovable Muppets that continues to educate and inspire—and a business that was worth $150 million at the time of his d... read more

American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics

Dan Savage

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 about expressing his opinion on controversial topics—political or otherwise. Now, he addresses issues ranging from parenting and the gay ... read more

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 about expressing his opinion on controversial topics—political or otherwise. Now, he addresses issues ranging from parenting and the gay ... read more

Happy Stories!: Real-Life Inspirational Stories from Around the World That Will Raise Your Happiness Level

Will Bowen

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, and actions to focus on the goal of happiness. Now, through fifty true stories, Bowen shares how people have taken his philosophies to... 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, and actions to focus on the goal of happiness. Now, through fifty true stories, Bowen shares how people have taken his philosophies to... read more

The Bounty Hunter Code: From the Files of Boba Fett

Daniel Wallace, Ryder Windham, Jason Fry

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 unlock the secrets held within . . . . Press the buttons, insert the data card, and the case opens with sounds and lights. Housed within i... 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 unlock the secrets held within . . . . Press the buttons, insert the data card, and the case opens with sounds and lights. Housed within i... read more

She Who Remembers

Linda Lay Shuler

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 man who saved her—that she found her ultimate destiny. Her name was Kwani. But legend would call her She Who Remembers...

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 man who saved her—that she found her ultimate destiny. Her name was Kwani. But legend would call her She Who Remembers...

We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song

Gloria Gaynor, Sue Carswell

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 among men and women everywhere.Over the years, the disco legend has received thousands of personal messages from adoring fans whose lives h... read more

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 among men and women everywhere.Over the years, the disco legend has received thousands of personal messages from adoring fans whose lives h... read more

Saint Overboard (The Saint )

Leslie Charteris

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?

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?

Star Trek Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library

Larry Nemecek

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 opportunity to view the expanse of Federation space (and beyond) through the multiple lenses of the Galaxy's key players. The maps include a... 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 opportunity to view the expanse of Federation space (and beyond) through the multiple lenses of the Galaxy's key players. The maps include a... read more

Snake Oil: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future

Richard Heinberg

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 biggest energy development of the century, with slick promises of American energy independence and benefits to local economies. SNAKE OIL cast... 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 biggest energy development of the century, with slick promises of American energy independence and benefits to local economies. SNAKE OIL cast... read more

The Crooked Pearl (An Atticus Fish Novel Book 3)

Shaun Morey

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 stumbled upon by a vacationing American couple, it could mean big bucks—and even bigger trouble—for all involved. Enter dashing billionaire a... 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 stumbled upon by a vacationing American couple, it could mean big bucks—and even bigger trouble—for all involved. Enter dashing billionaire a... read more

The Seventh Day

Scott Shepherd

Let the Drum Speak

Linda Lay Shuler

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 beauty arouses the lust of the city’s supreme ruler—a man who will become her most terrible enemy. And here, in a place of primitive splen... 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 beauty arouses the lust of the city’s supreme ruler—a man who will become her most terrible enemy. And here, in a place of primitive splen... read more

The Saint to the Rescue (The Saint Series)

Leslie Charteris

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 respectable ladies with a secret to be kept; and a criminal lawyer who’s perhaps too close to the criminals he represents.

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 respectable ladies with a secret to be kept; and a criminal lawyer who’s perhaps too close to the criminals he represents.

Poe

J. Lincoln Fenn

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 zombie novel, and he makes his living writing obituaries.But things turn from bleak to terrifying when Dimitri gets a last-minute assignmen... read more

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 zombie novel, and he makes his living writing obituaries.But things turn from bleak to terrifying when Dimitri gets a last-minute assignmen... read more

Darkness There: Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe [Kindle in Motion]

Edgar Allan Poe

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 melancholy, from the horror of being buried alive in “The Fall of the House of Usher” to the desperate case of two gruesome killings in ... 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 melancholy, from the horror of being buried alive in “The Fall of the House of Usher” to the desperate case of two gruesome killings in ... read more

A Broken Peace: Chronicles of Nysa

Emmy Wu

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, humanity continues to grow in peace for over a thousand years. Until the old vices that once doomed Earth slowly become prevalent in Nysa a... 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, humanity continues to grow in peace for over a thousand years. Until the old vices that once doomed Earth slowly become prevalent in Nysa a... read more

Dave has 4 reviews

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Codisha Matthews

Dave did an excellent job, he paid exceptional attention to details and provide the well-needed feedback. I am very happy with his work and glad I chose to work with him.

, November 2017


Charlene D

This was my first time working with Dave. His work quality is excellent and I accepted 90+% of his recommended edits. I liked that he helped me clarify parts and sentences where I didn't explain something very well. He smoothed them out and clarified them with just a few changes of words. I'd highly recommend him to other authors.

, October 2017


Anita Dhake

I loved working with Dave. He was fast, professional and extremely talented. Hopefully my first book won't be my last and I'll have a chance to work with him again.

, August 2017


Emily Sanborn

Dave provided the final proofread of my manuscript. I had originally considered skipping this step (i.e., doing this myself), as my manuscript had gone through two rounds of professional editing prior to our collaboration. However, I am so glad that I decided to work with Dave. His attention to detail and knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style helped further elevate my writing and helped me t...

, July 2017

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