David Cashion

David Cashion - Editor

New York, NY, USA

An industry professional who has edited a wide-ranging list of bestselling and critically acclaimed non-fiction and fiction titles

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Yes, I have been around. But when you're hiring someone to edit your book, essay, or proposal, don't you want an expert who's done this a few times? Over more than twenty years, I’ve worked as an editor at Penguin, Abrams Books, Hyperion, and also had a freelance life. I’ve achieved multiple New York Times bestsellers as well as shepherded into life many volumes that critics and a lot of people just plain loved.

During my career, I have not concentrated on a narrow range of content; I’ve worked with rock stars and professors, actors and scientists, comedians and historians in addition to experienced journalists and novelists. I’ve also collaborated with first-time authors who wanted to tell a story, sometimes their own and sometimes someone else’s. But on every occasion when I’ve helped a person, I have been focused on finding an approach that’s going to bring out the best in them and make it an enjoyable process.


“One of the most talented people I’ve ever worked with—imaginative, generous, and incisive. A superb editorial eye. Highest recommendation. Just a lovely human being, too.”

--Jeff VanderMeer, author of Wonderbook

"David is exactly the kind of editor that every writer wants but rarely finds. I was fortunate to work with him on my very first book and was grateful both for expertise, his enduring support, and his calming demeanor. He's a thoughtful editor who can clearly articulate exactly what a story needs, how to make a character stronger or simply (yet kindly) explain why a passage isn't needed. Finally, his ability to polish work is second to none. I can't recommend him enough."

--Kathleen Flinn, author of The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry

"My experience working with David Cashion was one of the best professional experiences of my writing career. I learned so much. David was adept at working at both the micro and macro levels, with a sharp eye for detail that made sentences flow better, while also helping to think more globally in ways that greatly improved my project."

--Kembrew McLeod, author of The Downtown Pop Underground

“I’ve worked with David on two books and neither one would exist in its current form without his unflagging support and patient guidance. He was engaged and enthusiastic at every step of the process, from developing and structuring the content, to honing and refining the writing, to polishing the final pages. His editorial comments were thoughtful and incisive, and his calm attitude proved reassuring at many points. I highly recommend David as a partner for any publishing project.”

--Desirina Boskovich, author of Lost Transmissions

English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
LGBTQ Non-Fiction
Literary Fiction

Work experience

Freelance Editor and Writer

March, 2019 – Present (over 2 years)

Executive Editor

Abrams Books
February, 2008 – January, 2019 (almost 11 years)

Senior Editor

Penguin Books
October, 2003 – January, 2008 (over 4 years)

Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined

Drew Carey, Drew Carey, Simon & Schuster Audio

LAPD '53

Ellroy, James, Glynn Martin for the Los Angeles Police Museum

Ghetto Klown

John Leguizamo, Christa Cassano, Shamus Beyale

David has 7 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Jenn Greenhut
I loved working with David. He had great ideas on helping me tell my story in the best way possible, and was very thorough in his editing and direction. I would definitely work with him again!

Jenn Greenhut, June 2021

Jody Podolsky
David’s note were thoughtful, probing, even provocative. He gave candid, clearheaded feedback, and I recommend him.

Jody Podolsky, April 2021

Sophie Gilbert
David sent me a detailed report on specific revisions I could do to improve my book. So valuable to me, as now I can revise with confidence, knowing that my book will be vastly better and more effective. He was right on schedule, and it was such a pleasure working with him.

Sophie Gilbert, March 2021

Be Scofield
David is in the top echelon of editors...the best of the best. He stands out of the pack and goes beyond what is expected. Again, I highly recommend him.

Be Scofield, February 2021

Be Scofield
David went above and beyond what was expected. He knows his stuff and gave excellent feedback on both the micro and macro level of my writing. As a result my work has improved significantly because of his thoughtful suggestions. I highly recommend working with him.

Be Scofield, February 2021

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