David Restaino

David Restaino – Editor

Editor with 5+ years experience in short fiction, literary fiction, novellas, and children's books. Let me help make every word count!


Over the course of my career, I have worked in a broad range of the publishing world. While completing my Masters of Fine Arts at University of East Anglia, I had the opportunity to intern for both Strangers Press and Egg Box Publishing. At Strangers Press, I worked along side the editorial team in launching 'Keshiki', a series of chapbooks by rising literary stars from Japan. I worked as a reader while with Egg Box Publishing, sorting through manuscripts and evaluating them for publication.

Since graduating I have been using my experience to work for non-profits, doing work such as managing blogs and ghostwriting speeches. For Suffragette Stories, one such organisation, I worked as part of an editorial team launching an online anthology of stories inspired by suffragettes and in honour of the 100th anniversary of the movement. The anthology was a mix of both new writers and established authors, such as Katy Darby and Sara Taylor.

Recently, I have been working for the non-profit Living Libraries as their creative literary director. With them, I have lead the development of a children's picture book that was published in 2019 and am overseeing the creation of a children's graphic novel series, three of which are set to be published in winter 2020.

Working in these disparate environments, the one thing they all had in common was the passion the writer has for their project. I think that is where my job as an editor is found: helping you hone your passion to be the best it can be.
Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Living Libraries

Jan, 2019 — Present

Oversee the production and editing of children's graphic novel series.

Suffragette Stories

Jun, 2018 — Dec, 2018 (6 months)

Egg Box Publishing

Aug, 2017 — Aug, 2018 (about 1 year)

Strangers Press

Jun, 2017 — Jul, 2018 (about 1 year)

David has 26 reviews





Aaron B.

Aaron B.

Sep, 2023

David exceeded all expectations, and was very helpful.
Henry U.

Henry U.

Sep, 2023

Dear David, Permit me to take a moment to express my gratitude and provide feedback on the editing work you recently completed for my manuscript. Your expertise and attention to detail have truly made a significant difference in the overall quality of my work. Thank you once again for your outstanding work. Sincerely Henry
Samantha B.

Samantha B.

Jul, 2023

Working with David was the best thing ever. I couldn't have asked for a better editor. Very professional, always on time, responsive, and ready to give an extra push. So many things I have learned. Definitely will be working with David again this year on my second book. Thank you so much, David.
Chris N.

Chris N.

Jun, 2023

Excelent all way around. very accomodating on my delays.
Christophe M.

Christophe M.

Apr, 2023

David’s work did fulfil my expectations completely. We did work smoothly and swimmingly through the manuscript. He was professional yet understanding about fluctuating deadlines. I highly recommend David for his versatility, curiosity and congeniality, on top of stellar professionalism.

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