Joie Davidow

Joie Davidow - Editor

Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

I am a nationally published American author with more than 35 years of experience working with writers from beginners to prize winners.

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I am a writer and editor with more than 35 years of experience. For the past ten years, I have been working with writers as a coach, book doctor, and editor in genres ranging from memoir to historical novels, sci-fi and fantasy. My published books include "Infusions of Healing" (Mexican-American Traditional Medicine, pub. Simon & 5) and my memoir, "Marked for Life" (pub. Crown). I edited two volumes of short memoir for Alfred A. Knopf ("Las Christmas," "Las Mamis")and I have also published a novel, "I Wouldn't Leave Rome to Go to Heaven," My latest book, "An Unofficial Marriage," a historical novel, will be published by Arcade in March 2021. I work every day with authors of fiction and non-fiction, in a variety of books in all genres.

I was the founder and editor-in-chief of two national magazines, L.A. Style and Si, and the co-founder and editor of a newspaper, the L.A. Weekly for which I oversaw the culture and entertainment coverage and wrote a weekly Style column.

As an editor, my aim is to help the author deliver his or her message with clarity, ease, and precision, without in any way altering the unique voice. Anything that distracts from the message, anything that causes the reader to stumble needs fixing.

I'd be happy to arrange a conversation with you at your convenience. I like to begin my client relationships that way, so I'm sure I understand their needs and concerns, and I will edit two or three pages so you get an idea of my work before we get started. Editing samples are available on request.

Hoping to hear from you!
Joie

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Historical Fiction

Awards

  • Upton Sinclair Award for Journalism
  • Finalist 2018 International Book Awards for Travel Essa
  • Multiple award winner Western Publications Association
  • Finalist, National Magazine Awards

Work experience

Editor, writing coach

Self-employed
January, 2008 – Present (over 13 years)

I provide developmental and line editing, as well as coaching and encouragement to writers in all genres, working with books in all stages of completion . I will help a writer take an idea and develop it into a ready-to-publish manuscript, and I can put the final polish on an almost-finished draft. I refine the language of a manuscript without losing the author's voice, help structure a book to hold the reader's interest and improve the skills of writers who work with me.

Editor-in-Chief, L.A. Style Magazine

American Express Publishing
March, 1985 – December, 1992 (almost 8 years)

I was the founder and editor-in.-chief of this award-winning publication. I left to found Sí magazine, serving Latinos in the United States, before becoming a freelance author and book editor.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Las Christmas: Favorite Latino Authors Share Their Holiday Memories

Esmeralda Santiago, Joie Davidow

Twenty-five celebrated Latino writers delight and move us with their recollections of Christmas in this splendid holiday extravaganza.From Julia Alvarez's tale of how Santicló delivered a beloved uncle from political oppression to Junot Díaz's story of his own uneasy assimilation on his first Christmas in America, to Sandra Cisneros's poignant memories of her late father's holiday dinners, Las... read more

Twenty-five celebrated Latino writers delight and move us with their recollections of Christmas in this splendid holiday extravaganza.From Julia Alvarez's tale of how Santicló delivered a beloved uncle from political oppression to Junot Díaz's story of his own uneasy assimilation on his first Christmas in America, to Sandra Cisneros's poignant memories of her late father's holiday dinners, Las... read more

Las Mamis: Escritores latinos recuerdan a sus madres (Spanish Edition)

Una maravillosa nueva antología de las editoras de Las Christmas en la que nuestros más admirados autores latinos comparten las memorias de sus madres. Las mujeres retratadas cariñosamente en Las Mamis son una muestra representativa de la vida y cultura latinas. Ellas vienen de familias ricas de las grandes ciudades latinoamericanas, pero también de familias rurales inmigrantes, y comparten, e... read more

Una maravillosa nueva antología de las editoras de Las Christmas en la que nuestros más admirados autores latinos comparten las memorias de sus madres. Las mujeres retratadas cariñosamente en Las Mamis son una muestra representativa de la vida y cultura latinas. Ellas vienen de familias ricas de las grandes ciudades latinoamericanas, pero también de familias rurales inmigrantes, y comparten, e... read more

Verde's Revenge

Coy, David

The Rolling Pin

Kennedy, M. A.

Nopales: Journey Through La Frontera

Cabrera, Cesar, Jayne, Melissa, Esquivel, Angelica, Davidow, Josephine

Marked for Life: A Story of Disguise, Discovery and Redemption

Joie Davidow, Joie Davidow

Attractive and successful, Joie Davidow presents a confident face to the world. But her carefully applied makeup conceals a secret she has kept for decades. Marked for Life chronicles Joie's struggle to overcome feeling that she was grotesquely flawed, while hiding behind a cosmetic mask that granted her entry into a profession that puts a premium on appearance, culminating in the life-changin... read more

Attractive and successful, Joie Davidow presents a confident face to the world. But her carefully applied makeup conceals a secret she has kept for decades. Marked for Life chronicles Joie's struggle to overcome feeling that she was grotesquely flawed, while hiding behind a cosmetic mask that granted her entry into a profession that puts a premium on appearance, culminating in the life-changin... read more

I Wouldn't Leave Rome to Go to Heaven

Joie Davidow

In this wise and funny novel, three single women, all expatriates living in Rome, face middle age: Margaret walked out on her husband as soon as her son was old enough to leave home, and she's never regretted it. She relishes her solitary lifestyle until illness threatens her independence. Katja, a former model, still believes that Mr. Right will come along, and she fights hard to stay beautif... read more

In this wise and funny novel, three single women, all expatriates living in Rome, face middle age: Margaret walked out on her husband as soon as her son was old enough to leave home, and she's never regretted it. She relishes her solitary lifestyle until illness threatens her independence. Katja, a former model, still believes that Mr. Right will come along, and she fights hard to stay beautif... read more

Infusions of Healing: A Treasury of Mexican-American Herbal Remedies

Joie Davidow

NATURAL REMEDIOS FOR EVERYDAY AILMENTS When the Spaniards conquered the Aztecs, they stumbled upon a treasure trove ultimately more valuable and lasting than the glittering mounds of Moctezuma's gold -- the herbal remedies and medicines developed by the Indians, which in many ways surpassed the rudimentary medicine of the Old World. The remnants of these cures, potions, infusions, and tonics f... read more

NATURAL REMEDIOS FOR EVERYDAY AILMENTS When the Spaniards conquered the Aztecs, they stumbled upon a treasure trove ultimately more valuable and lasting than the glittering mounds of Moctezuma's gold -- the herbal remedies and medicines developed by the Indians, which in many ways surpassed the rudimentary medicine of the Old World. The remnants of these cures, potions, infusions, and tonics f... read more

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