David Yurkovich

David Yurkovich – Editor

Recognized publisher, author, and editor specializing in sci-fi, horror, crime, lit, and short stories. Committed to author success.

Overview

book editor - journal editor - graphic novelist - publisher - writer


I'm an experienced copy editor and developmental editor. I am the co-owner of a small press with three publishing imprints. We publish literary, sci-fi, detective, and horror.


I began my editing career in 1987, working as a proofreader and copy editor for Lippincott in Philadelphia. In the mid 1990s, following a grant from Kevin Eastman's (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) Xeric Foundation, I launched an independent publishing house focused on graphic fiction. In the early 2000s, I relocated to Los Angeles and worked as an editor, and later, as a managing editor, before transitioning to marketing. I've worked as a freelance editor since 2010 and have edited numerous novels and short stories, many of which have gone on to win state or national awards.


Personal stuff: Pronouns are he, him, his. Diversity also is a value of mine, and I'm an adoptive parent of a person of a different race than me. My wife is a writer and editor, and my daughter is a visual artist. We have a dog, two cats, two guinea pigs, and live in Los Angeles.


Why you should work with me: I am detail oriented (some would say meticulous) in helping authors polish their work. I will edit your work keeping in mind both the editorial aspect as well as the reader aspect of the manuscript. In other words, my approach to editing is not merely to edit, but to also read the work as a fan. Having worked with several agents, I've learned that it's good to trust that a skilled editor will objectively spot issues unseen to the author. Ultimately, I would like you to be highly satisfied with the work I perform, derive value from it, and I will strive to ensure that the level of editing performed matches your desired expectations. I make it my mission not to change your voice or rewrite your story. I sometime teach in my comments, because I like all authors to leave our collaboration empowered and better informed about writing and editing. I self-published my graphic novels before there was KDP, and now publish in KDP, Ingram, and Kindle Vella, and run an indie publishing house so I can share insights about self-publishing. I've also been repped by an agent, and can give a little insight there too, and am happy to share my experiences if they're helpful.


I enjoy working on short stories and can turnaround works of up to 5k words within 24-48 hours if needed. I'm usually online and will reply to your messages quickly, often within minutes.


For large format works, I recommend working in batches. Send what you can afford, and send more when you can afford that. With some authors I do a chapter a month. It's more economical for you, the consumer, because it provides you with an opportunity to review my work as we go, and collaborate on revisions.


I look forward to hearing from you!

Services
Fiction
Anthologies Contemporary Fiction Cozy Mysteries Dystopian Espionage Magical Realism Short Story Young Adult
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • Xeric Foundation Grant Recipient
  • Delaware Division of the Arts Grant Recipient
  • National Federation of Press Women - Award for Best Novel (Editor)

Work experience

Freelance

Jan, 2010 — Present

Novel and short story editor.

Hearst Business Media

Jan, 2005 — Feb, 2019 (about 14 years)

Editing and technical editing, as well as editorial management.

Sleeping Giant

Apr, 1994 — Aug, 2007 (over 13 years)

Writer, illustrator, and publisher.

Portfolio

Halloween Party '21

Pearce, Dianne

Made with Reedsy
Class of '86

Jones, Brad

Developmental Editing
Made with Reedsy
WONDERSTAR TOWERS: INFINITE JOY

Five, Blaire

Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Halloween Party '23

Keeten, Jeffrey

Made with Reedsy
The Northern Route

Robinson, Walter

Copy Editing
Made with Reedsy
The Wire That Isn't Yours

Roune, Bjarke Hammersholt

Editorial Assessment
Made with Reedsy
The Graviscape: Unexpected Expedition

Mollenkopf, M.A.

Copy Editing
Made with Reedsy
Modestbroad in Monster World

Newcomer, Crew

Developmental Editing Copy Editing
The broccoli agenda

Yurkovich, David

New Santa | Crimson Red

Yurkovich, David

Suspicious Activity

Pearce, Dianne

Balance of Fortune

Newmin, Mel Lee

Glass Onion

Yurkovich, David

Less Than Heroes

Yurkovich, David

David has 63 reviews

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Hayden K.

Hayden K.

Mar, 2024

David was extremely professional and exceeded my expectations. His critiques and edits were thorough, thoughtful, and honest (which I appreciated the most). I also appreciated how he not only attempted to improve my story with his careful editing, but also teach me how to fix those mistakes and hiccups moving forward in all of my work. I felt that he wanted to give me more knowledge and help me...
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David Y.
Dear Hayden - Thank you for the kind words. It was a pleasure editing your story, and I'm so glad the feedback has been helpful. Best Wishes- David
Jojo L.

Jojo L.

Mar, 2024

Although mine was a small project, David gave it a professional touch while keeping the genuineness of the work and respecting the cultural and social sensitivities of the tale. I do recommend him.
mark M.

mark M.

Feb, 2024

David is a superior editor that went above and beyond his responsibilities to ensure the success of my project. He has an exceptional ability to understand the essence of the story, providing feedback that not only improved its readability but also enhanced its depth and impact. David was always respectful of my voice as an author, ensuring that revisions and suggestions were in harmony with th...
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David Y.
Mark, thank you for the kind words. It's always a pleasure to work with you, and your writing continues to venture into amazing new places. Please keep me posted as your work becomes available for ...
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Marcela R.

Marcela R.

Feb, 2024

Always clear and easy to understand suggestions. Delivered within the time frame ☺️ will work with him again. Thank you for your help!
David Y.
Dear Marcela. Thank you for the kind words. It was a pleasure working with you. I hope we’ll collaborate again soon. Continued success with your writing. Best- David
Nikki B.

Nikki B.

Feb, 2024

David was prompt, skilled, friendly, and constructive with his feedback. He was a great communicator and gave me good tips and praise. I will work with him again in the future.
David Y.
Dear Nicole, Thank you for the kind words. It was an absolute please working with you. Wishing you continued success with your writing. All the Best- David

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