David Downing

David Downing – Editor

Developmental editor of more than 300 novels since 2012, including best-selling mysteries, thrillers, and historical fiction.

Overview

I know better than to claim undue credit for their success, but many of "my" authors have enjoyed a lot of it. When they're honored with an Edgar Award nomination (as William Lashner was) or top 100,000 copies sold (as many have, including Mark Edwards, Gregg Olsen, Alex Rosenberg, and Jennifer Handford), I pretty much flip out. And Mark Sullivan's richly deserved success with BENEATH A SCARLET SKY (more than 2 million copies sold; 30,000+ Amazon reviews with a 4.7 average) just left me stunned.

I can't promise that you'll taste that kind of success—but given my happy track record, I can assure you that I at least won't screw up your chances.

All right, not such a ringing endorsement. I'll let others weigh in:

"David is insightful and honest and asks all the right questions. Without his sterling work on FOLLOW YOU HOME I am certain it would not have been a bestseller. The fact that he’s such a nice guy—witty and quick to respond—is a bonus." — Mark Edwards

"I’ve been a published author for over thirty years, with most of the major David has been a revelation. He is insightful, hugely knowledgeable, and pleasingly considerate of delicate authorly sensitivities. And, amazingly, he makes the whole editing process fun." — Aaron Elkins

"Truly, when I read his first comments I was weepy with gratitude because working with editor who 'got' what I was attempting was a dream come true." — Jennifer Handford

"Swear to God, best help I ever got from an editor." — G.M. Ford


My developmental editing process starts with a full, notes-free reading of your story, as I believe it's critical to experience it first purely as a reader, rather than an analyst (two very different modes of reading). Then I'll double back and the analysis will begin, using Microsoft Word's Track Changes tool. You'll receive every response and idea for refinement that occurs to me, both within the text and in the margin. When I've finished, I'll compose an editorial letter (usually between five and ten single-spaced pages) summing up and expanding upon my responses and suggested changes.

I also perform editorial assessments, which offer a reality check in the form of an experienced, deeply focused reader who’ll read your manuscript and respond to it honestly and constructively. I’ll read your book closely, then compose a detailed letter of between seven and twelve single-spaced pages assessing its strengths and weaknesses and suggesting specific revisions and larger revision strategies to help you prepare the manuscript for submission/publication or for a full developmental edit.

I look forward to working with you!
Services
Fiction
Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Jun, 2013 — Present

Portfolio

Once Night Falls

Merullo, Roland

Thief River Falls

Freeman, Brian

Soon to be a major television event from Pascal Pictures, starring Tom Holland.Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, the USA Today and #1 Amazon Charts bestseller Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage a... read more
It’s 1935. Rita Feuerstahl comes to the university in Krakow intent on enjoying her freedom. But life has other things in store—marriage, a love affair, a child, all in the shadows of the oncoming war. When the war arrives, Rita is armed with a secret so enorm... read more
Former Texas Ranger Arlo Baines knows all about pain: how to bear it, how to avenge it, and how to inflict it.Still mourning the murders of his wife and children, former Texas Ranger Arlo Baines now works security at a bazaar in Dallas. Grief-stricken, he’s in... read more
The discovery of a lost Caravaggio painting yields centuries of deadly secrets in this pulse-pounding novel of historical intrigue and modern-day suspense…In seventeenth-century Rome, an arrogant and reckless artist named Caravaggio drinks and brawls his way t... read more
Lying Next to Me

Gregg Olsen

No matter what you see, no matter what you’ve heard, assume nothing.Adam and Sophie Warner and their three-year-old daughter are vacationing in Washington State’s Hood Canal for Memorial Day weekend. It’s the perfect getaway to unplug—and to calm an uneasy mar... read more
Here To Stay

Mark Edwards

“Mark Edwards always delivers! Taut, gripping, scary and original - a fabulous read!”—Robert Bryndza, #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling authorA beautiful home. A loving wife. And in-laws to die for.Gemma Robinson comes into Elliot’s life like a whirlwind, and... read more
Follow You Home

Mark Edwards

The page-turning psychological thriller from the author of #1 bestsellers The Magpies and Because She Loves Me.It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, a final adventure before settling down. But after a perfect start, an encounter with a young couple on ... read more
An Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestseller.For fans of Tom Clancy and Lee Child, a heart-pumping thriller of betrayal, revenge, and conspiracy by USA Today bestselling author Steven Konkoly.Former CIA operative turned mercenary for hire Ryan Decker’s spec... read more
From the author of The Unkillable Kitty O’Kane comes a gripping novel about finding the American Dream—and what it costs. In 1913, Sarah Levine leaves her small village and sails to New York to start a promising new life with her husband, Micha. But all Sarah ... read more
Gulliver Takes Five

Justin Luke Zirilli

In his wild and addictive follow-up to Gulliver Takes Manhattan, novelist Justin Luke Zirilli revisits a single epic night in the life of Gulliver Leverenz; this time through the eyes of six of Gully’s closest companions. There’s Marty, Gully’s ex-boyfriend, w... read more
Gulliver Takes Manhattan

Justin Luke Zirilli

Gulliver Takes Manhattan (first published as Gulliver Travels) is the tale of twenty-something Gulliver Leverenz, who abandons sunny L.A. for a fresh start in New York. He’s leaving behind his family, his friends—and one bastard ex-boyfriend who can’t take a h... read more
Everything Burns

Vincent Zandri

When Reece Johnston was a boy, a fire destroyed his home, killing his mother and brothers while leaving him scarred for life. It also kindled something dark inside him: an irresistible attraction to flames in all their terrifying, tantalizing power. But after ... read more
The Remains

Vincent Zandri

It’s been thirty years since the terrifying abduction of twin sisters Rebecca and Molly Underhill by a deranged man who lived in a cabin behind their house in upstate New York. Fearful of retribution against their family, the girls kept the incident secret. Re... read more
The Concrete Pearl

Vincent Zandri

How does a headstrong girl like me learn to survive in a man’s construction racket? By taking your old man’s advice, even if it comes from six feet under. Thirty-eight-year-old Ava “Spike” Harrison can hold her own in the boys club that is the construction bus... read more
Dick Moonlight is dead for real this time. Thanks to a trio of Obama-masked thugs in a dark downtown Albany alley, he’s purchased a one-way ticket to the Pearly Gates—that is, until he feels his floating spirit painfully pulled back into his bruised but breath... read more
Private Investigator Dick Moonlight returns to chase down a cop gone bad in the next installment of author Vincent Zandri’s clever and cunning Moonlight series. Moonlight has hit some turbulence. Sure, his bar burned to the ground; his significant other, Lola,... read more
Sing for Us

Steven Wise

During the dying days of the Civil War, Letha Bartlett lovingly tends to the wounded in a Confederate hospital in Richmond, Virginia. A widow herself, her gentle touch and fiercely protective personality bring comfort and courage to the soldiers in her care. W... read more
Victoria Crossing

Michael Wallace

Driven from Ireland during the potato famine in 1851, Protestant Victoria MacPherson and Catholic Maeve O’Reilly find themselves thrown together aboard a Manhattan-bound ship. They arrive in New York City with only a small purse of silver and the promise that ... read more
Now that their latest battle is over, the religious residents of Blister Creek are dealing with their losses and trying to heal—physically and spiritually. Their leader, Jacob Christianson, now feels the full burden of the responsibility and finds himself at a... read more
As the reluctant new leader of Blister Creek, Dr. Jacob Christianson dares to hope he finally has delivered his people from the brutal Kimball clan—until his adopted son Daniel begins suffering from terrifying visions. Jacob knows all too well the mental illne... read more
Environmental disaster, war, and government dissolution have plunged the outside world into chaos, leaving the embattled polygamist community of Blister Creek facing a host of dire challenges as their lifesaving resources grow treacherously low. When one of th... read more
With the murderous Kimball clan’s evil power plays finally put down, Dr. Jacob Christianson begins to embrace his role as leader of the Mormon polygamist community of Blister Creek, hoping to slowly bring his people into the modern age. But then the world arou... read more
As the son of the prophet of Blister Creek, a polygamous enclave in Utah, Dr. Jacob Christianson has struggled for years to reconcile his faith with his skepticism about the fundamentalist practices of his community. Nevertheless, when his family and neighbors... read more
For years Jacob Christianson struggled to reconcile his faith with his skepticism about the polygamous practices of his religious community. That doubt, combined with a sharp analytical mind, enabled him to solve the ritualistic murder of his cousin at the han... read more
The Wicked (Righteous)

Michael Wallace

Growing up in a conservative polygamous community, Eliza Christianson was a young woman of faith who could never quite wrap her mind around the fundamentalist aspects of her religion. Thanks to her older brother Jacob, she managed to survive adolescence unmarr... read more
Airtight

J.P. Smith

Nick Copeland has lost his mind only twice in his forty-eight years—once in college on a bad acid trip, and once at this very moment, as the mountain of bills he’s been hiding from his family finally topples. But Nick’s chance meeting with an old friend, Rob J... read more
The Flamekeepers

J. Gregory Smith

Former SEAL Lukasz Gardocki thinks he’s seen the last of covert missions. That is, until he’s approached for a special job: infiltrate the Flamekeepers, a doomsday cult with a mysterious, charismatic leader that may be developing a deadly chemical weapon. Alre... read more
Floodgate

Johnny Shaw

Andy Destra is a mostly honest cop in the most notoriously corrupt and crime-ridden city in America: Auction City. After discovering explosive information that reveals corruption within the highest levels of the police department, Andy is kicked off the force,... read more
Jimmy Veeder and Bobby Maves are back at it, two years after the events of Dove Season—they’re not exactly the luckiest guys in the Imperial Valley, but, hey, they win more fights than they lose. Settled on his own farmland and living like a true family man af... read more
Point of Control

L.J. Sellers

Two world-renowned scientists have disappeared, and FBI agent Andra Bailey is assigned to find them and hunt down the kidnapper. She’s exactly the right person to get it done. In her personal life, Bailey works hard to control her sociopathic tendencies. But o... read more
Write to Die

Charles Rosenberg

Hollywood’s latest blockbuster is all set to premiere—until a faded superstar claims the script was stolen from her. To defend the studio, in steps the Harold Firm, one of Los Angeles’s top entertainment litigation firms and as much a part of the glamorous sce... read more
Five years ago, Claire Fletcher escaped her abductor. But some scars never fade, and surviving was just the beginning…When Claire sees a car full of children careen into a river, she rushes to the rescue. But the driver, a mother named Leah Holloway, prefers t... read more
Olivay

Deborah Reed

We don’t believe that our lives can change in an instant—until they do.Olivay, widowed for a year and sleepwalking through life, meets Henry by chance. She takes him to her Los Angeles loft, thinking it will just be for the night. But the following morning, bo... read more
At Risk

S.G. Redling

Colleen McElroy grew up wealthy and pampered, the daughter of a prominent society family in Lexington, Kentucky. But her privileged upbringing could not prepare or protect her from her cruel and abusive first husband. Although her calamitous marriage left her ... read more
Her narrow escape from blue-eyed assassin Tom Booker has made former data analyst Dani Britton question all of her choices—like trusting “good guys” who carry badges. On the run and haunted by the government-sanctioned massacre of her coworkers, Dani finally s... read more
Dani, a data analyst with an elite security firm, possesses the unnerving ability to read people by the trash they leave behind. Receipts, parking tickets, the detritus of daily life—if you leave it behind, she will figure you out.Her latest case involves high... read more
Out of the Black

John Rector

To keep the light of his life, he’ll have to do some dark things. After Matt Caine loses his wife in a car accident, all he has left is his daughter, Anna. But just as the little girl—who survived the accident—finally starts thriving, Matt’s former in-laws thr... read more
Lizzy Gardner is a one-million copy bestselling series.Private investigator Lizzy Gardner believed in law and order once. But after losing a loved one to a killer and watching too many vicious predators game the system and walk free, she’s traded flawed justic... read more
Lizzy Gardner is a one-million copy bestselling series.Life for private investigator Lizzy Gardner will never be the same. It’s been three weeks since her fiancé, Jared, was shot on what was supposed to be their wedding day. He’s in a coma now, and Lizzy is be... read more
Lizzy Gardner is a one-million copy bestselling series.Desperate for better ratings, radio psychologist Madeline Blair tells her listeners she’s being stalked, unaware that her long-time listener and biggest fan, Seth Brown, will do anything to protect her. Wh... read more
The US ambassador to China is killed in a suspicious plane crash just days after a news article links Chinese spies to US business interests. The American intelligence community is left scrambling to investigate possible connections between the crash and a ser... read more
The Fall

Ryan Quinn

Award Winning Finalist in the 'Fiction: Gay & Lesbian' category of the 2013 International Book Awards The new school year at Florence University, nestled in the Pennsylvania countryside, dawns bright with the possibilities that only a fresh start can bring. Fo... read more
Grave of Angels

Michael Prescott

Kate Malick’s first calling was as a Carmelite nun, a life devoted to prayer and faith. Now she runs a Hollywood security service dedicated to protecting its clients. But Kate’s most troublesome client, teenage celebutante Chelsea Brewer, is a walking, talking... read more
Keep Mars Weird

Neal Pollack

Several hundred years in the future, a depopulated Earth has become a tolerant, progressive paradise. What could be better—or duller? Meanwhile, Mars is home to New Austin, a freewheeling human colony fabled to make Las Vegas look like a meditation retreat. Af... read more
Winner! 2015 International Book Awards: 1st Place, Gay & Lesbian FictionWinner! 2014 Rainbow Awards: 1st Place, Gay Paranormal RomanceAuthor’s Note: WIDE ASLEEP may be read either as a “STANDALONE” or as Book 3 of the “Tales from Ballena Beach” series Arthur B... read more
Black as Snow

Nick Nolan

Sebastian Black is a god amongst men: he’s devastatingly handsome and charismatic—and telepathic. So when his scheming mother, prophetess Kitty Black, announces that her son is the “next species of man,” the world begins taking notice. Together, Kitty and Seba... read more
Liquid Fear

Scott Nicholson

When Roland Doyle wakes up in an unfamiliar motel room with a strange man’s wallet in his pocket and a woman’s dead body in the bathroom, he fears the worst…and that’s before he finds the vial of pills labeled "take one every 4 hrs or else." Or else what? Ten ... read more
Chronic Fear

Scott Nicholson

Chronic Fear is the second installment of Scott Nicholson’s chilling Fear series, which began with the harrowing Liquid Fear. The story picks up one year after the notorious Monkey House trials, from which the tiny handful of survivors have scattered in the wi... 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
In the badlands of southern Baja, retired expatriate billionaire Atticus Fish finds himself sabotaging illegal commercial longliners from his one-man submarine, and schooling boneheaded tourists in civility. But when archaeologist Duncan Rigby gets kidnapped w... read more
The Disenchanted Widow

Christina McKenna

It’s 1981 and Belfast is burning. So, too, is freshly widowed Bessie Halstone: she burns with a desire to break with her troubled past. With her feckless husband gone, she leaves home hurriedly with her naughty nine-year-old son, Herkie, and not much else. The... read more
CIA assassin Sasha Del Mira and her agency cohort, Tom Goddard, are involved in a steamy romance, and both begin questioning their motivation to continue in the spying game. When ISIS sends its top battlefield commander in Syria, Omar the Albino, to the States... read more
Fugitive financier John Rudiger has lived a lush life in Antigua for eleven years, but now the local officials are demanding ever more exorbitant payouts to maintain his cover. And since his ex-girlfriend Katie Dolan swindled him out of his last $30 million, R... read more
Newlywed Sasha Del Mira thinks she’s left her harrowing past with the CIA behind her…until her husband is murdered. There’s only one man who can be behind this: Saif Ibn Mohammed al-Aziz, once Sasha’s lover and now the leader of a Muslim terrorist group. Seeki... read more
The Four-Night Run

William Lashner

J.D. Scrbacek has just won the biggest trial of his career, but even as he crows to the press, his entire life blows sky-high. Was the bomb meant for him, or for his mobster client? In this seaside casino town where the tables run hot and the tensions run high... read more
Guaranteed Heroes

William Lashner

In a nation still recovering from the nuclear tragedies of forty years earlier, Clyde is working a dead-end guaranteed job at a diner, and Moonis is incarcerated in a Labor Camp for the Malcontented. But when Moonis’s sister, Cecily, goes missing, the old frie... read more
Private eyes Jim Snow and Alice James are baffled by their new client, Cassie Lane, a buxom casino slot technician who hires them to investigate the murder of her ex-lover, Billy Ryan.Billy, a professional horseplayer, has been shot outside his home after a ni... read more
A family runs for its life across the wastelands of a future America on the brink of collapse.Twenty years in the future, America perches on the edge of collapse, devastated by drought and dwindling resources. California, now a totalitarian surveillance state ... read more
Fractured State

Steven Konkoly

A land in ruin. A state on the verge of secession. A man on the run.In a future California ravaged by drought and on the brink of political upheaval, a high-profile assassination triggers a cascade of violence and sabotage facilitated by the highest levels of ... read more
Shipwreck hunters Maggie Riley and Cole Thatcher are no strangers to the mysteries hidden beneath the seas. They’ve uncovered artifacts with secrets that powerful interests would do anything to control—and they’re about to do it again.As the newly engaged coup... read more
Maggie Riley has settled into her new life in Thailand, working aboard her sailboat and doing her best to leave the past behind. When she receives a letter from a World War II vet claiming to have served with her grandfather who went missing in action, Riley i... read more
Sex and adventure meet history and intrigue in this breathless nautical thriller that spans decades to imagine a fascinating answer to the real-life mystery of the vanished French sub, Surcouf. When Maggie Riley sets sail for the Caribbean, all she wants is a ... read more
Extended Family

Patrick Kendrick

Dr. Harmon Gettys is the perfect man: tall, dark, handsome, and brilliant. He’d seemingly be a catch for any woman—especially those who desire an apparently charmed offspring. But Gettys uses his seed for murder, to create a legacy of violence. For Fire Marsha... read more
Toby: A Novel

David Johnson

Symphony Nelson has weathered more than her share of hardships—in part thanks to the faithfulness and affection of her adopted puppy, Toby. Her formerly chaotic life seems to be settling down, until a peaceful walk in the woods leads Symphony and Toby to the r... read more
A gritty, whip-smart thriller from acclaimed author Harry Hunsicker.For once, things are going well for former DEA contractor Jon Cantrell. He’s got a real job as a fix-it man for a law firm that specializes in handling government contracts. But when his ex-gi... read more
Private military contractors. They're not just for foreign wars anymore. Jon Cantrell, a disgraced ex-cop, works for one such company. He's a DEA agent paid on a commission basis, patrolling one of the busiest drug-hubs in the country: Dallas, Texas. When Cant... read more
Paris Noire

Francine Thomas Howard

Paris Noire, the title of which refers to the immigrants of color who flocked to France in the 20s and 30s, is a “wonderful tale that is sure to appeal to most readers, especially romance and historical fiction lovers,” according to Library Journal. Among the ... read more
Do you want to know what it’s like to die, to kill, to really fear for your life? Then get hooked…Detroit-based homicide detective John Barnes has seen it all—literally. Thanks to a technologically advanced machine, detectives have access to the memories of th... read more
When professional missing-persons investigator Rachel Scott receives an anonymous tip that her own missing daughter, Mallory, is alive and living with a family in Atlanta, she wastes no time in pursuing the lead. When she arrives to find a house that has been ... read more
Hollywood Forever

Christopher Herz

Golden State Broadcasting is about to take control of California, but before they do, they need the perfect face to lead a revolution. Harold Hall, a lifetime Hollywood resident who's wanted to be famous all his life, is looking for that one role to launch his... read more
Pharmacology

Christopher Herz

1993. San Francisco. The digital and pharmaceutical industries are booming. They're looking for the young, the hip, and those on the counterculture fringe to be both the face and consumer of their new world order. Recruited by an advertising agency focused on ... read more
The Inside Dark

James Hankins

Five days ago, aspiring crime novelist Jason Swike awoke chained to the wall of a run-down horse stable, convinced he would soon die at the hands of Crackerjack, the infamous serial killer who had terrorized the residents of Massachusetts for the past year—cap... read more
Book-smart Melissa Fletcher lives a predictable life in her hometown, working behind the scenes for her charismatic father in a financial career that makes perfect sense. But when her dad is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Missy is forced to step up and take over ... read more
Hazel Moran, the tough truck-driving amateur sleuth introduced in C. E. Grundler’s debut novel, Last Exit in New Jersey, returns in this dark and twisting sequel. Seven years ago, someone destroyed Jake Stevenson’s dreams by murdering his fiancée, Helen Matthe... read more
Nice young ladies really shouldn't be dumping bodies at sea. Then again, that isn't stopping Hazel Moran, and she can't figure where anyone got the idea she was nice to begin with. Raised aboard her father's aging schooner and riding shotgun in their eighteen-... read more
The fifth legal thriller in the award-winning Help Innocent Prisoners Project series is Dani Trumball’s most personal case yet, as she races to stop an execution and identify the real killer.The brutal murder of sixteen-year-old Kelly Braden sends shock waves ... read more
Twelve-year-old Frankie Bishop is a model kid: quiet and bright. So everyone, especially his family, is shocked when he’s arrested for drug possession—and horrified when he’s sentenced to juvenile detention at Eldridge Academy. His uncle, Bruce Kantor of the H... read more
Twelve years ago, teenager Molly Singer was tried and convicted for murdering her parents. She was sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison, torn away from her newborn daughter, and forsaken by those closest to her. But now, a series of anonymous lett... read more
All In

Joel Goldman

Cassie Ireland works as a modern-day Robin Hood for people who have nowhere else to turn, not even to the police. Jake Carter is a roguish high roller traveling the world to play—and win—big-money poker. As Lady Luck would have it, the two unexpectedly find th... read more
For years the drifter haunted the background of American life, roaming the side streets and highways that crisscross this vast country. Cool and handsome, with a single teardrop scar and a knack for silence that keeps the world at bay, he is a man alone. That ... read more
A man alone takes to the road following the brutal murder of his wife. After years lost to drifting and isolation—except for the comfort of the kind of women he cannot deny—he finds himself swept into a world of violence and danger, his life in the hands of a ... read more
Threshold

G. M. Ford

Between the end of his marriage and the excessive force complaints against him, Detective Sergeant Mickey Dolan is running out of chances. When a powerful and connected city councilman reports that his wife and two daughters have disappeared, Dolan is assigned... read more
Hard living collects its fair share of casualties, but somehow Leo Waterman avoided becoming one of them. Destined for a trust fund that was taking too damn long to kick in, he spent years eking out a living in Seattle as a private investigator. Along the way ... read more
Samoan detective Apelu Soifua lives on the knife edge of two disparate cultures, navigating a perilous dance between native and new that, over the years, has landed him in his fair share of trouble. So when a routine patrol on a remote jungle estate uncovers a... read more
Rumored to hold more spirits than people, the remote tropical paradise To’aga frightens many Samoan locals—but not Detective Apelu Soifua. Reeling from the loss of his young daughter, Apelu retreats to the haunted island for a self-imposed exile. He spends his... read more
Alix London, the art restorer and FBI consultant renowned as the Art Whisperer, can spot a counterfeit masterpiece before the paint even dries. What she can’t see is why an elite European art dealer would offer her big money for a little mirror that’s no more ... read more
When art conservator Alix London spots a forgery, she knows trouble will follow. So she’s understandably apprehensive when her connoisseur’s eye spots something off about a multimillion-dollar Jackson Pollock painting at Palm Springs’s Brethwaite Museum—her cu... read more
This should be the cushiest job Alix London’s ever had. The second Alix London mystery finds the art restorer in a world brimming with idle luxury, spectacular locations, and deadly intrigue. Surrounded by art and wealth and the sun-drenched Greek isles, she’s... read more
Mimi And Her Mirror

Uyen Nicole Duong

Award-Winner in the Fiction: Multicultural category of the 2012 International Book Awards Vietnamese American attorney Mimi Sean Young turns forty and has it all: a partnership in a leading Houston law firm, a sexy younger boyfriend, Brad, also a successful at... read more
Daughters of the River Huong by Vietnam-born, Houston-based writer Uyen Nicole Duong is a richly woven tapestry of family, country, conflict, and redemption. A saga spanning four generations of Vietnamese women, we discover lives inextricably tied to their cou... read more
Jacob Cameron Asprey, Jr., is the charming son of a charming crook who’s currently residing in the state pen. Strangled by family ties, Jake is barely scraping by, working as a lifeguard at the tony country club on the other side of town. He’s marking time, tr... read more
Julianne Westcott was living the kind of life that other Protestant girls in prewar Liverpool could only dream about: old money, silk ball gowns, and prominent young men lining up to escort her. But when she learns of a blind-and-deaf brother, institutionalize... read more
Weavers

Aric Davis

Nine-year-old Cynthia Robinson’s life was perfectly normal until the day she knew, without being told, of her parents’ impending divorce. From there, things got stranger, and now not only does she have premonitions, but she can also read and influence the mind... read more
Tunnel Vision

Aric Davis

Some mysteries are better left unsolved. It’s been fifteen years since Mandy Reasoner was murdered—a crime for which her boyfriend, Duke, was convicted. But when best friends Betty and June discover that Mandy was June’s long-forgotten aunt, they decide to pur... read more
The Fort

Aric Davis

During the waning summer days of 1987, a deranged Vietnam vet stalks Grand Rapids, Michigan, abducting and murdering nameless victims from the streets, leaving no leads for police. That is, until he picks up sixteen-year-old Molly. From their treehouse fort in... read more
Rough Men

Aric Davis

Will Daniels has fought hard to keep his demons at bay; he’s exchanged a shady past for the love of a woman he doesn’t deserve and the dream of becoming an author, all while trying to save his wayward son, Alex, from the same destructive impulses that nearly d... read more
One year after witnessing the tragic traffic accident that claimed his beloved wife and unborn child, accountant John Allen Harper seeks to remake his life. When he accepts a position with the Mississippi Choctaw Nation as their cultural liaison, he is tasked ... read more
Jake Crosby has traded in a stockbroker’s suit and tie for a standard-issue uniform. As a newly minted Mississippi game warden, he has two tough cases to cut his teeth on—the ongoing robbery of wealthy hunters and the ruthless search for a rumored hidden fortu... read more
2015 International Book Awards Winner in Non-Fiction: Gay & Lesbian“A gifted writer, Anderson is...delightful in his irreverence, and astutely aware of himself and his particular perspective. His observations are often laugh-out-loud funny and will leave reade... read more
Benedetta Carlessimo is no stranger to hardship. Ever since her mother died, the sixteen-year-old Italian girl has cared for her rambunctious younger siblings without complaint. Then World War II arrives on her doorstep, leaving her face-to-face with the most ... read more
Daughters for a Time

Jennifer Handford

When Helen Francis was a child, her mother died and her father walked out, leaving her to be raised by her older sister. Now thirty-five, married, and trying to start a family of her own, Helen has moved on but never really healed from her traumatic childhood.... read more
Big Maria

Johnny Shaw

Nickel Plated

Aric Davis

Nickel is a survivor. He has to be. For as long as he can remember, his life has hinged on the flip of a coin. Or, rather, the scribble of a social worker’s pen. He’s been through the system, even had a good dad for a few years, until he was gone, too. But Nic... read more
The Crescent Spy

Michael Wallace

Writing under a man’s name, Josephine Breaux is the finest reporter at Washington’s Morning Clarion. Using her wit and charm, she never fails to get the scoop on the latest Union and Confederate activities. But when a rival paper reveals her true identity, acc... read more
Crow Hollow

Michael Wallace

In 1676, an unlikely pair—a young Puritan widow and an English spy—journeys across a land where greed and treachery abound.Prudence Cotton has recently lost her husband and is desperate to find her daughter, captured by the Nipmuk tribe during King Philip’s wa... read more
The Righteous

Michael Wallace

Deep in the Utah desert, the small polygamous community of Blister Creek has a history of protecting its own. Even when a young woman is brutally murdered just blocks from her home, the residents of the conservative enclave close ranks. But just because they d... read more
Little Boy Lost

J. D. Trafford

An Amazon Charts bestseller.A broken city, a missing young man, and a lawyer searching for truth when nobody else cares.Attorney Justin Glass’s practice, housed in a shabby office on the north side of Saint Louis, isn’t doing so well that he can afford to work... read more
The Off Season

Colleen Thompson

Winter winds off the Atlantic have turned the tourist mecca of Seaside Creek, New Jersey, into a ghost town. Dr. Christina Paxton, however, is growing accustomed to living with ghosts. Recently widowed, the emergency room physician has returned to the shore wi... read more
When famous psychic Perspicacious Peg predicts that someone will drown at the Belief and Beyond conference in the seaside town of Torquay, twenty-six-year-old amateur sleuth Emily Castles is recruited to investigate. The potential victim of this “future crime”... read more
Jimmy Veeder has finally settled down, completing his dramatic transformation from hell-raiser to family man. With his new wife, Angie, and eight-year-old son, Juan, he lives the quiet life. No trouble, no problems.Or so he thought. But this is Jimmy Veeder’s ... read more
A novel—inspired by the most celebrated regiment in the Red Army—about a woman’s sacrifice, courage, and love in a time of war.Russia, 1941. Katya Ivanova is a young pilot in a far-flung military academy in the Ural Mountains. From childhood, she’s dreamed of ... read more
After being blacklisted for having communist sympathies as a student twenty years before, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Tom Wrought escapes America’s Cold War climate to teach at Oxford. There, he falls in love with Liz Spencer, a beautiful married woman. W... read more
The Low Bird

David L. Robbins

On his first combat mission of the Vietnam War, US Air Force pilot Sol Rall is shot down over the jungles of Laos. Stranded in a valley teeming with enemy troops, Sol scrambles to survive and evade capture. Pararescueman Bo Bolick has been given just twenty-fo... read more
Fugue State

Steffan Piper

Nineteen-year-old Sebastien Ranes spends his days knocking around Eagle River, Alaska, and his nights working as a janitor. His girlfriend’s father hates him, and his own parents’ opinion of him isn’t much better. Broke and down on his luck, Sebastien robs a g... read more
Baggage

S.G. Redling

Over the years, terrible things keep happening to Anna Ray on February 17. First, there was the childhood trauma she’s never been able to speak about. Then, to her horror, her husband killed himself on that date.A year later and a thousand miles away, Anna tri... read more
Already Gone

John Rector

2012 International Thriller Award Nominee Jake Reese is a writing teacher at an American university. He lives in a small brick Tudor close to campus with his art buyer wife, Diane. His life is quiet--even ordinary. And he likes it that way. But it wasn’t alway... read more
Ten-year-old orphan Libète has been hardened by the daily struggle to survive in Cité Soleil, Haiti’s most infamous slum. But when she and her best friend, Jak, discover a young mother and her baby brutally murdered in a nearby marsh, it’s unlike anything she’... read more
Former homicide detective Nicole Foster has hit rock bottom. Driven off the force by her treacherous partner and lover, she’s flat broke and struggling with a gambling addiction. All Nicole has left is the dream of a warm bed at a homeless shelter and the haun... read more
The Naturalist

Andrew Mayne

An Amazon Charts bestseller. Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Somet... read more
Former Wall Street whiz and current convict Mickey Steinberg is nearing the end of his three-year sentence at Yankton—the cushy country club prison where he’s enjoyed celebrity status—and he’s ready to get out and get back on top. He doesn’t have the resources... read more
All she wanted was the truth, but she’ll wish she never found out.When Catherine wakes up alone one morning, she thinks her husband has gone for a run before work. But Simon never makes it to the office. His running shoes are by the front door. Nothing is miss... read more
Victor Carl is back, and back in trouble. At a low point in his lowly career, Victor finds himself skulking through the streets of Philadelphia carrying a bag full of money for an ambitious politician. It is a rotten job on the wrong side of anyone’s line, but... read more
The Accounting

William Lashner

Jon Willing was just a teenager when he and his pals Augie and Ben stole a fortune in drug money. Brazen with youth and stoned out of their gourds, they thought they had the perfect plan for getting away with it. They were wrong. Twenty-five years later, Jon’s... read more
Yearbook

Jesse Edward Johnson

Wise-cracking underachiever Lester Smith, class of '97, muddles through his senior year in this funny, moving debut novel.It's 1996, senior year of high school has just begun, and Lester is at a total loss. He should be studying and making plans for life after... read more
Former Texas Ranger Arlo Baines didn’t come to the tiny West Texas town of Piedra Springs to cause trouble. After his wife and children were murdered, Arlo just wants to be left alone. Moving from place to place seems to be the only thing that eases the pain o... read more
Tucker's Way

David Johnson

The Omnibus Edition of Tucker's Way and For TuckerAfter enduring a childhood of horrific abuse and crushing poverty, Tucker seeks refuge in her rural Tennessee home. The three grandchildren she is raising are her only connection to the outside, and her demeano... read more
Shady Cross

James Hankins

In one hand, small-time crook Stokes holds a backpack stuffed with someone else’s money—three hundred and fifty thousand dollars of it.In the other hand, Stokes has a cell phone, which he found with the money. On the line, a little girl he doesn’t know asks, “... read more
Returning to Seattle after a business trip, retired PI Leo Waterman is shocked to find his girlfriend, Rebecca Duvall, unconscious on the bathroom floor, her house filled with gas. Officials believe it was a suicide attempt in the wake of a humiliating scandal... read more
At the end of an especially raucous day at his neighborhood bar, private eye Leo Waterman is surprised to see his old flame, Rebecca Duval, walk in the door. But King County’s medical examiner is here on business, not pleasure. Two dead bodies, covered by an o... read more
Sometimes it’s the things you don’t do that come back to haunt you, just as surely as some questions are best left unanswered. When “Leo” is the last word a stranger speaks, the Seattle private eye launches himself into a search for answers. Not only does the ... read more
The fourth book in the Jungle Beat Mystery series from acclaimed author John EnrightA disquieting string of murders terrorizes the remote, lush island of Samoa. Detective Sergeant Apelu Soifua has seen a lot in his time with the police force, but even he is un... read more
Alix London has a promising career as an art consultant, a sumptuous condo in Seattle’s toniest neighborhood, a gorgeous figure, and a presence that exudes Ivy League breeding and old money. She has it all…or does she? Only Alix knows that the image she presen... read more
The Lucky Ones

Mark Edwards

It was the happiest day of her life. Little did she know it was also the last.When a woman’s body is found in the grounds of a ruined priory, Detective Imogen Evans realises she is dealing with a serial killer—a killer whose victims appear to die in a state of... read more
The Devil's Work

Mark Edwards

A gripping psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Follow You Home and The Magpies.It was the job she had dreamed of since childhood. But on her very first day, when an unnerving encounter drags up memories Sophie Greenwood would rather forget, s... read more
A gripping tale of jealousy, obsession and murder, from the No.1 Bestselling author of The Magpies.When Andrew Sumner meets beautiful, edgy Charlie, he is certain his run of bad luck has finally come to an end.But as the two of them embark on an intense affair... read more
Berlin Calling

Kelly Durham

Germany 1938. While young and old are captivated by the country’s rapid ascent under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, naive Maggie O’Dea, an American studying abroad, finds her own fortunes turning after falling in love with a handsome soldier and landing a job... read more
A Woman of Note

Carol M. Cram

Virtuoso pianist Isabette Grüber captivates audiences in the salons and concert halls of early nineteenth-century Vienna. Yet in a profession dominated by men, Isabette longs to compose and play her own music—a secret she keeps from both her lascivious manager... read more
Mike is a tattoo artist running his own shop, and Deb is the piercing artist he hires to round out the motley crew at his studio of four. The last thing either expects is romance, but that’s exactly what happens when they follow their off-kilter careers and lo... read more
Mireille

Molly Cochran

Near the end of World War II, seventeen-year-old Mireille de Jouarre flees the home of her stepfather, a Nazi collaborator and abusive drunk. She finds shelter with her childhood friend Stefan, and the two fall deeply in love. But as the fighting escalates, Mi... read more
Winner of the 2014 International Book Award for Multicultural Fiction2014 Kindle Book Award Winner Vikram is not your model Indian-American teenager. Rebellious and adrift in late 1980s Wisconsin, he is resentful of his Indian roots and has no clue what he wan... read more
When Caitlin Sommers finds herself alone in a deserted parking lot with blood on her clothes and no memory of the past few months, it seems like one of the nightmares that have tormented her for years…but it’s all too real. Desperate to learn the truth about w... read more
The Skeleton Detective is back.A cold case dating from the 1960s draws forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver to the Channel Islands decades later to shine a light on the mysterious connection between two men who died there on the same night.Swapped as young bo... read more
As a new century approaches, Edinburgh is a city divided. The wealthy residents of New Town live in comfort, while Old Town’s cobblestone streets are clotted with criminals, prostitution, and poverty.Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh... read more
End of Secrets

Ryan Quinn

Though her specialty is foreign cyberterrorism, CIA agent Kera Mersal finds herself plunged into a bizarre domestic case. Singers, writers, and artists are disappearing, leaving no trace in a world where everyone leaves a digital footprint. Posing as a journal... read more
As Japanese forces attack the Philippines in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, US army nurse Louise Harrison waits to be evacuated from Manila. But with the enemy closing in, Louise is forced to flee with a handful of wounded soldiers to a field hospital deep in ... read more
As Good as True

Cheryl Reid

A powerful and haunting novel of a woman’s broken past and the painful choices she must make to keep her family and her home.August 1956. After a night of rage and terror, Anna Nassad wakes to find her abusive husband dead and instinctively hides her bruises a... read more
North of Here

Laurel Saville

The sounds of unexpected tragedies—a roll of thunder, the crash of metal on metal—leave Miranda in shock amid the ruins of her broken family.As she searches for new meaning in her life, Miranda finds quiet refuge with her family’s handyman, Dix, in his cabin i... read more
Flowertown

S.G. Redling

When Feno Chemical spilled an experimental pesticide in rural Iowa, scores of people died. Those who survived contamination were herded into a US Army medically maintained quarantine and cut off from the world. Dosed with powerful drugs to combat the poison, t... read more
Repeat

Neal Pollack

Through strange metaphysical circumstances, failed screenwriter Brad Cohen finds himself caught in an infinite time loop, forced to relive the first forty years of his life again and again. Each “repeat,” Brad wakes up in the womb on what was supposed to be hi... read more
From the Amazon Charts and #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a psychological thriller exploring the things we dare to do when no one is looking . . .The community along Oregon’s Deschutes River is one of successful careers and perfect families. For ye... read more
When fiery and idealistic Kitty O’Kane escapes the crushing poverty of Dublin’s tenements, she’s determined that no one should ever suffer like she did. As she sets out to save the world, she finds herself at the forefront of events that shaped the early twent... read more
Two decades after the Civil War, Josephine Marcus, the teenage daughter of Jewish immigrants, is lured west with the promise of marriage to Johnny Behan, one of Arizona’s famous lawmen. She leaves her San Francisco home to join Behan in Tombstone, Arizona, a m... read more
The Barkeep

William Lashner

2015 Edgar Award Nominee Justin Chase is the perfect barkeep, tending bar as he lives his life, in a state of Zen serenity. At least until Birdie Grackle, a yellow-haired, foul-mouthed alcoholic from Texas, walks into his bar, orders a Mojito, and makes a star... read more

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Ryan D.

Ryan D.

Apr, 2021

Good eye. Good editor. Almost every comment or correction David suggestion was spot on. Encouraging and insightful, David's a pleasure to work with.
Marshall M.

Marshall M.

Apr, 2021

Incredible! Sorry I could not select ten stars. After an assessment by David my writing almost immediately improved. He is compassionate about every aspect of a manuscript. His comments are easy to understand and to implement. I will highly recommend him not only to a novice like me, but also to authors already published.
Skye G.

Skye G.

Mar, 2021

Working with David is fun! I'd been struggling with my first mystery novel for a number of years, and his insights into what was working and what needed more attention has helped me sharpen my prose and reassess plot issues. Reading his comments I had many "aha" moments that led me to seeing the holes and missteps in my plotting--key issues for me. He analyzed all the main story elements, inclu...
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Joe W.

Joe W.

Feb, 2021

David provided wonderful help and a clear eye on a small project that was a little out of the ordinary: an assessment of a batch of scenes, written in two different styles. He helped me evaluate the strengths of each and had thoughts on what was working and what wasn't. Communication and responsiveness were stellar. I recommend him for projects big and small.
David D.
Thanks so much, Joe. It was my pleasure--and an interesting and savvy exercise for you to press through before committing to a single style for the entire draft. Thanks again!
Nicholas G.

Nicholas G.

Dec, 2020

After putting out feelers to several people on Reedsy I chose to work with David because he was easy to communicate with and because of his experience as an editor. I am very glad I made that decision. David’s Editorial Assessment was exactly what my writing needed. The time and effort that he put into his report was more than I had expected. I received 20 pages of thoughtful, in-depth, h...
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