David Keefe

David Keefe - Editor Tick

Long Beach, CA, United States

Give me your dangling participles, your absent oxford commas, your run-on sentences yearning to be written correctly.

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Without books, we would have no libraries; and without libraries, we would have no civilization. There is no greater responsibility than passing civilization from one generation to the next. There are some who say that civilization is only created by occupations such as doctors, lawyers, businessmen, soldiers, and civil engineers. These are indeed noble professions and necessary to sustain life; but writing, reading, imagination, creativity, knowledge, ideas, passion, discovery, celebration . . . these are why we stay alive!

I have spent years developing my craft in order to create a job I can enjoy—one that is fraught with meaning, full of purpose, and overall essential. Books have been a passion for me ever since I was a child. Now that I have children of my own, I understand their value and worth even more. I seek to pass civilization on to my children through the literature, science, and history in our possession.

We members of the human race are by nature story-based creatures. We learn how to think, how to feel, and how to act based on what writers share with us. We learn that while there is fear and doubt in the world, there is also hope and trust. There is ignorance and hate but also acceptance and love. There will always be darkness lurking, but one may light a candle to help keep the darkness at bay.

Let us collaborate, dear writers, and seek to increase the amount of light in the universe one book at a time.

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure
Classics
Crime & Mystery
Fantasy
Horror
Literature
Plays & Screenplays
Science Fiction
Thriller

Certifications

  • Professional Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, 2008
  • Bachelor of Arts, San Francisco State University, 1998

Awards

  • Best Short Story, Modesto Junior College, CA Celebration of Arts and Humanities, 1994

Work experience

Freelance Digital Proofreader

Penguin Group, USA; Random House, LLC
May, 2012 – Present (over 6 years)

I correct OCR (optical character recognition) errors in books digitally scanned and formatted for the Kindle ebook reader.

Freelance Proofreader

Pegasus Books and Publishing House
September, 2011 – Present (about 7 years)

Senior Editor/Proofreader

Words That Stay, LLC
June, 2008 – June, 2013 (about 5 years)

Portfolio (22 selected works)

FRACTURED (The FRACTURE Series featuring Mark Thurman)

Thomas Kelso

Former Naval Special Warfare Development Group orthopedic trauma surgeon Mark Thurman and preeminent scientist Claire Hodgson have discovered how to create human bones and heal fractures in days. They test their revolutionary methods on Mark’s ex-SEAL Team colleague, John Bristow, who was shot and left for dead after an altercation at his farm. The search for suspects and a motive turns up hyd... read more

Former Naval Special Warfare Development Group orthopedic trauma surgeon Mark Thurman and preeminent scientist Claire Hodgson have discovered how to create human bones and heal fractures in days. They test their revolutionary methods on Mark’s ex-SEAL Team colleague, John Bristow, who was shot and left for dead after an altercation at his farm. The search for suspects and a motive turns up hyd... read more

The Uprising (Erafeen)

David F. Farris

With the Jestivan divided, their enemies only grow stronger.As the school of Phesaw closes its doors indefinitely, the Jestivan scatter across the realm. From traveling the Archaic Mountains with bounty hunters, sailing the Realm Rivers with a pirate crew, to attending a school in the city of Brilliance with the brightest minds the world has ever seen ... the young elites will chase their own ... read more

With the Jestivan divided, their enemies only grow stronger.As the school of Phesaw closes its doors indefinitely, the Jestivan scatter across the realm. From traveling the Archaic Mountains with bounty hunters, sailing the Realm Rivers with a pirate crew, to attending a school in the city of Brilliance with the brightest minds the world has ever seen ... the young elites will chase their own ... read more

When the Earth Had a Moon (Part 1)

A.M. Cunning

New Science Fiction Space Opera/Military/ThrillerWhat if the Earth Had No Moon?How could the Earth lose its moon? The world’s first permanent moon base has been established by MoonX Ltd., a joint venture company with American, Chinese, and Russian government shareholders to promote the peaceful use and development of the moon for all. However, political tensions arise and raise the specter of ... read more

New Science Fiction Space Opera/Military/ThrillerWhat if the Earth Had No Moon?How could the Earth lose its moon? The world’s first permanent moon base has been established by MoonX Ltd., a joint venture company with American, Chinese, and Russian government shareholders to promote the peaceful use and development of the moon for all. However, political tensions arise and raise the specter of ... read more

The Tourist

Jennifer Ott

A modern fantasy satire of a corporate controlled world: In a time where everything has a price – families corporate sponsored and dreams bought and sold like currency, Wisconsin business school graduate Jake Kramer finds himself without a dream and little hope. To regain inspiration he sets off to vacation in Spade's Manhattan – the brain child of financial tycoon Jonathon Spade, who years ag... read more

A modern fantasy satire of a corporate controlled world: In a time where everything has a price – families corporate sponsored and dreams bought and sold like currency, Wisconsin business school graduate Jake Kramer finds himself without a dream and little hope. To regain inspiration he sets off to vacation in Spade's Manhattan – the brain child of financial tycoon Jonathon Spade, who years ag... read more

Love & Handicapping

Jennifer Ott

Is your game on?No denying dating is a game filled with winners and losers. How you finish equates to your own performance.Dating sites may provide introductions and first time statistics of a possible winning match. Advice advocates give suggestions on previous successes, but still these offer no guarantee and sometimes create more hardship.Like a sports handicapper you are equipped to assess... read more

Is your game on?No denying dating is a game filled with winners and losers. How you finish equates to your own performance.Dating sites may provide introductions and first time statistics of a possible winning match. Advice advocates give suggestions on previous successes, but still these offer no guarantee and sometimes create more hardship.Like a sports handicapper you are equipped to assess... read more

Mrs. God: A Novel

Peter Straub

A tale of an inspired literary sojourn that turns into something far more sinister.Esswood House. Home and estate of the Seneschal family, aristocratic patrons of the literary arts for well over a hundred years. D. H. Lawrence, T. S. Eliot, Ford Madox Ford, and Henry James were privileged to call themselves guests and Esswood Fellows. Even minor poets such as Isobel Standish found in Esswood a... read more

A tale of an inspired literary sojourn that turns into something far more sinister.Esswood House. Home and estate of the Seneschal family, aristocratic patrons of the literary arts for well over a hundred years. D. H. Lawrence, T. S. Eliot, Ford Madox Ford, and Henry James were privileged to call themselves guests and Esswood Fellows. Even minor poets such as Isobel Standish found in Esswood a... read more

Dune

Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert’s epic masterpiece—a triumph of the imagination and the bestselling science fiction novel of all time.Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad'Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family—and would bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.A stunning... read more

Frank Herbert’s epic masterpiece—a triumph of the imagination and the bestselling science fiction novel of all time.Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad'Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family—and would bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.A stunning... read more

Dune Messiah

Frank Herbert

Book Two in the Magnificent Dune Chronicles—the Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All TimeDune Messiah continues the story of Paul Atreides, better known—and feared—as the man christened Muad’Dib. As Emperor of the Known Universe, he possesses more power than a single man was ever meant to wield. Worshipped as a religious icon by the fanatical Fremens, Paul faces the enmity of the polit... read more

Book Two in the Magnificent Dune Chronicles—the Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All TimeDune Messiah continues the story of Paul Atreides, better known—and feared—as the man christened Muad’Dib. As Emperor of the Known Universe, he possesses more power than a single man was ever meant to wield. Worshipped as a religious icon by the fanatical Fremens, Paul faces the enmity of the polit... read more

Children of Dune

Frank Herbert

Book Three in the Magnificent Dune Chronicles—the Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All TimeNine years ago Emperor Paul Muad'Dib disappeared into the desert wastelands of Arrakis. Now, his twin children—Leto and Ghanima Atreides—are being groomed to become Messiahs. Like their father, the twins possess supernormal abilities, making them valuable to their manipulative aunt Alia, who rule... read more

Book Three in the Magnificent Dune Chronicles—the Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All TimeNine years ago Emperor Paul Muad'Dib disappeared into the desert wastelands of Arrakis. Now, his twin children—Leto and Ghanima Atreides—are being groomed to become Messiahs. Like their father, the twins possess supernormal abilities, making them valuable to their manipulative aunt Alia, who rule... read more

God Emperor of Dune

Frank Herbert

Book Four in the Magnificent Dune Chronicles—the Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All TimeMillennia have passed on Arrakis, and the once-desert planet is green with life. Leto Atreides, the son of the world’s savior, the Emperor Paul Muad’Dib, is still alive but far from human. To preserve humanity’s future, he sacrificed his own by merging with a sandworm, granting him near-immortalit... read more

Book Four in the Magnificent Dune Chronicles—the Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All TimeMillennia have passed on Arrakis, and the once-desert planet is green with life. Leto Atreides, the son of the world’s savior, the Emperor Paul Muad’Dib, is still alive but far from human. To preserve humanity’s future, he sacrificed his own by merging with a sandworm, granting him near-immortalit... read more

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams

“Extremely funny . . . inspired lunacy . . . [and] over much too soon.”—The Washington Post Book WorldSeconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.Tog... read more

“Extremely funny . . . inspired lunacy . . . [and] over much too soon.”—The Washington Post Book WorldSeconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.Tog... read more

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book 2)

Douglas Adams

"DOUGLAS ADAMS IS A TERRIFIC SATIRIST."--The Washington Post Book WorldFacing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons is a curious time to have a craving for tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his curious comrades in arms as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability--and desperately in search of a place to eat.Among Arthur's motley shipma... read more

"DOUGLAS ADAMS IS A TERRIFIC SATIRIST."--The Washington Post Book WorldFacing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons is a curious time to have a craving for tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his curious comrades in arms as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability--and desperately in search of a place to eat.Among Arthur's motley shipma... read more

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book 3)

Douglas Adams

"HYSTERICAL!"--The Philadelphia InquirerThe unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads--so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the white killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler, who tries to learn how to fly by... read more

"HYSTERICAL!"--The Philadelphia InquirerThe unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads--so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the white killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler, who tries to learn how to fly by... read more

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book 4)

Douglas Adams

Back on Earth with nothing more to show for his long, strange trip through time and space than a ratty towel and a plastic shopping bag, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription, the mysterious disappearance of Earth's dolphins, and the discovery of his battered copy... read more

Back on Earth with nothing more to show for his long, strange trip through time and space than a ratty towel and a plastic shopping bag, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription, the mysterious disappearance of Earth's dolphins, and the discovery of his battered copy... read more

Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book 5)

Douglas Adams

It’s easy to get disheartened when your planet has been blown up, the woman you love has vanished due to a misunderstanding about space/time, the spaceship you are on crashes on a remote and Bob-fearing planet, and all you have to fall back on are a few simple sandwich-making skills. However, instead of being disheartened, Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life a bit–... read more

It’s easy to get disheartened when your planet has been blown up, the woman you love has vanished due to a misunderstanding about space/time, the spaceship you are on crashes on a remote and Bob-fearing planet, and all you have to fall back on are a few simple sandwich-making skills. However, instead of being disheartened, Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life a bit–... read more

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams

In one complete volume, here are the five classic novels from Douglas Adams’s beloved Hitchhiker series. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space. The Restaurant at ... read more

In one complete volume, here are the five classic novels from Douglas Adams’s beloved Hitchhiker series. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space. The Restaurant at ... read more

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series Book 1)

Stieg Larsson

Murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue combine into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel, the first in Stieg Larsson's thrilling Millenium series featuring Lisbeth Salander. Look for The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye featuring Lisbeth Salander, coming September 12th. Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared ... read more

Murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue combine into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel, the first in Stieg Larsson's thrilling Millenium series featuring Lisbeth Salander. Look for The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye featuring Lisbeth Salander, coming September 12th. Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared ... read more

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Series Book 2)

Stieg Larsson

Part blistering espionage thriller, part riveting police procedural, and part piercing exposé on social injustice, this second book in the Millennium series is a masterful, endlessly satisfying novel. Look for The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye featuring Lisbeth Salander, coming September 12th. Mikael Blomkvist, crusading publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that ... read more

Part blistering espionage thriller, part riveting police procedural, and part piercing exposé on social injustice, this second book in the Millennium series is a masterful, endlessly satisfying novel. Look for The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye featuring Lisbeth Salander, coming September 12th. Mikael Blomkvist, crusading publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that ... read more

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium Series Book 3)

Stieg Larsson

In the third volume of the Millennium series, Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition in a Swedish hospital, a bullet in her head.But she's fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she'll stand trial for three murders. With the help of Mikael Blomkvist, she'll need to identify those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse an... read more

In the third volume of the Millennium series, Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition in a Swedish hospital, a bullet in her head.But she's fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she'll stand trial for three murders. With the help of Mikael Blomkvist, she'll need to identify those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse an... read more

Night Shift

Stephen King

More than twenty-five stories of horror and nightmarish fantasy transform everyday situations into experiences of compelling terror in the worlds of the living, the dying, and the nonliving.

More than twenty-five stories of horror and nightmarish fantasy transform everyday situations into experiences of compelling terror in the worlds of the living, the dying, and the nonliving.

Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories: Volumes I and II: 1

Arthur Conan Doyle

Since his first appearance in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. Now, in one eBook, Bantam Classics presents all fifty-six short stories and four novels featuring Conan Doyle’s classic hero—a truly complete collection of Sherlock Holmes’s adventures in crime! Volume I includes the early... read more

Since his first appearance in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. Now, in one eBook, Bantam Classics presents all fifty-six short stories and four novels featuring Conan Doyle’s classic hero—a truly complete collection of Sherlock Holmes’s adventures in crime! Volume I includes the early... read more

Skeleton Crew

Stephen King

Features “The Mist” now a TV series event on Spike The #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the 1986 Locus Award for Best Collection, Skeleton Crew is “Stephen King at his best” (The Denver Post)—a terrifying, mesmerizing collection of stories from the outer limits of one of the greatest imaginations of our time.“Wildly imaginative, delightfully diabolical…King once again proves to be th... read more

Features “The Mist” now a TV series event on Spike The #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the 1986 Locus Award for Best Collection, Skeleton Crew is “Stephen King at his best” (The Denver Post)—a terrifying, mesmerizing collection of stories from the outer limits of one of the greatest imaginations of our time.“Wildly imaginative, delightfully diabolical…King once again proves to be th... read more

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Anthony Harrison

David provided an exceptional review of my manuscript. He pointed out several areas of improvement, while still leaving the context of the story intact. I appreciate his thoroughness and professionalism.

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Anthony Harrison, April 2018


David F. Farris

In regards to the quality of edits, amount of effort, and level of communication David provided, they were superb. The only minor quibble was the punctuality in regards to the deadline. We'll go ahead and blame that on the holiday season.

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David F. Farris, December 2017


Neil Mosspark

David is a thoughtful and competent editor. He provided excellent feedback, pointed out a number of my (repeating) problems, and overall improved my skill as a writer with his copy editing. He was also able to provided a edited MS despite an unforeseen event in his personal life. His ability to complete the task as agreed upon, with a critical eye despite other real life distractions is a sign ...

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Neil Mosspark, December 2017


Jason Torfin

Great working with David. Very professional and delivered ahead of schedule.

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Jason Torfin, November 2017


Tom Kelso

David Keefe provided superb copy editing. It was a pleasure working with him and seeing my novel improve as a result of his efforts. I found it easy to communicate with him and he was prompt in responding to my questions. Overall, I rate my experience with him as excellent and give him my highest recommendation.

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Tom Kelso, October 2017

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