David Restaino

David Restaino – Editor

Editor with 10+ years experience in short fiction, literary fiction, novellas, and children's books. Let me help make every word count!

Overview

Throughout my career, I’ve had the privilege of collaborating on diverse projects, spanning children’s books, literary novellas, and translated literature from global writers, including multiple Pushcart Prize nominees. Additionally, I contribute to two literary magazines—Kitchen Table Quarterly and The Maine Review—which keep me attuned to contemporary fiction trends. My own writing has been featured in publications like Funicular Magazine, Horizon Magazine, and SamFiftyFour. This breadth of experience across genres has equipped me with a unique editorial approach, enriching my ability to provide comprehensive feedback.


One of my greatest jobs in this work is assisting emerging writers and established authors hone their distinct voices. Engaging with writers of diverse backgrounds has cultivated a sensitivity in my editing process, focused on enhancing craft while preserving the author’s unique style.


As a writer myself, I understand the significance of finding the right editor. Whether it is refining each sentence for impact or ensuring a solid narrative framework for your story, res assured, I will approach your manuscript with care and a keen eye for craft, to support your vision rather than stifle it. I believe my role as an editor lies in nurturing your passion to its fullest potential.



My services include:

—Editorial Assessments

—Developmental Edits

—Copyediting

—Proofreading


I can’t wait to discuss your project!




Testimonial:


”To say that David is a professional is to say nothing. During our collaboration, he was not just an editor, but also a teacher, a mentor and a friend. I marvel at his tolerance for details and their explanations. Thanks to him, my manuscript has improved and can now proudly be called a book. I recommend him with courage and confidence, especially to those who try such cooperation for the first time and, like me, are afraid to make a choice.”

—Vladimir Manascurta

Services
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction Picture Books Short Story
Non-Fiction
Humanities & Social Sciences
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Awards
  • Runner-up Dillydoun Review Flash Fiction Contest
Certifications
  • MFA Creative Writing from University of East Anglia

Work experience

Living Libraries

Jan, 2019 — Present

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

The Maine Review

Jan, 2023 — Present

Evaluate and edit fiction submissions.

Kitchen Table Quarterly

Jan, 2023 — Present

Evaluate and edit poetry and non-fiction submissions.

Suffragette Stories

Jun, 2018 — Dec, 2018 (6 months)

Ran creative writing workshops and edited the anthology Suffragette Stories.

Egg Box Publishing

Aug, 2017 — Aug, 2018 (about 1 year)

Evaluated manuscript submissions for publication.

Strangers Press

Jun, 2017 — Jul, 2018 (about 1 year)

Assisted in the editing and marketing of the Keshiki series.

Portfolio

Descending Up

Manascurta, Vladimir

Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
A Strange Journey

Wynne, Harold

Copy Editing Proofreading
Editorial Assessment
Isaac Abrams

Estevez, Joseph

Copy Editing Proofreading
In the Flow of Time

Isidore-Depina, Wiseline

Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
My Roommate is the Worst!

Heather Rae Beauchesne

Copy Editing
When Lena Was Little

Jelena Radusinovic

Copy Editing
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
The Gobbler

E.G. Creel

Copy Editing Proofreading
The ABCs of Money

C. Uzokwe, Dr Henry

Copy Editing
Copy Editing Proofreading

David has 38 reviews

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Gloria A.

Gloria A.

Jun, 2024

David has been very kind and informative as I have been writing for many years - but never this kind of a project Children's book . Iam a novice at some publishing terms and "wants" for a publisher as I do not want to do purely a "vanity book"... but one that children and adults can enjoy! I would be happy to work with him again.
Asa R.

Asa R.

Jun, 2024

I worked with David on two short stories and he was extremely helpful in helping me look at the stories in a different way so that I could see where I needed to improve. He provided in-line comments within the stories as well as an overarching summary letter, which complemented each other very well and were very comprehensive. In addition, he made time for a zoom call so that we could go throug...
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Anat K.

Anat K.

Jun, 2024

It's hard to describe just how wonderful this collaboration was. David is not only a true professional who taught me an immense amount of invaluable knowledge about the writing, editing and publishing processes, but he is also a responsive, caring, super nice and humble individual. I highly recommend him for anyone looking for an editor. You'll get to work with a person who is not only an exper...
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Eva C.

Eva C.

May, 2024

Working with David on my children's book was a delight. His edits truly improved my writing, making it clear and more polished. He understood my message and preserved my voice while enhancing the overall quality. His professionalism and dedication were impressive. Highly recommend David to anyone in need of an excellent editor.
Michael P.

Michael P.

Apr, 2024

Responsive, communicative, helped me with a speedy deadline, and was incredibly thorough with a developmental and copy edit. I learnt about my craft through his feedback in a way that will inform all of my writing. I know this piece will get published now. I'll be using David again, thank you.

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