Kelly Davis

Kelly Davis - Editor

Maryport, United Kingdom

I have edited and proofread many non-fiction books for Hachette and HarperCollins, and have also worked on memoirs for individual clients.

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Overview

I am nothing if not versatile! I can handle proofreading, copy-editing, rewriting and project-editing jobs for publishers and self-publishing authors. I can also carry out picture research and write publicity material, if required. I have written a few non-fiction children's books myself. I also write poetry and have had some of my work published in anthologies.

I started my publishing career in Australia in the 1980s, working for Heinemann and then Penguin Books in Melbourne. When I returned to the UK, I worked in-house for Longman Publishers and later BBC Books. At BBC Books, I worked on several TV tie-in titles, including illustrated books on cookery, history and travel. I have been freelance since 1990 and have worked for many different publishers, including Bloomsbury, Piatkus Books, Hachette, HarperCollins, Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press. In recent years, I have worked with self-publishing authors on memoirs.

I believe in the importance of the authorial voice and I will adjust my editing to the level required. In other words, I won't make changes unnecessarily. Some manuscripts only require light editing, while others need more work. I always aim to help the author communicate with the reader clearly and effectively. A professionally edited, polished manuscript will stand a better chance of being selected for publication; and if you plan to self-publish, your readers will enjoy your book more, and they will be more likely to recommend it to others.
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Children’s Non-Fiction
Entertainment
Health & Wellbeing
History
Medicine, Nursing, & Dentistry
Fiction
Poetry
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • BA(Hons) in English Literature from Oxford University
  • RSA TEFL Diploma

Work experience

Freelance editor

Self-employed
October, 1988 – Present (almost 34 years)

I can turn my hand to editing a wide variety of manuscripts, including fiction and non-fiction for adults and children, and self-help and medical books. At present, I am spending most of my time editing memoirs.

Textbook of Podiatric Medicine

Catherine Hayes, Judith Barbaro-Brown

Understanding GCSE Geography for AQA A: Student Book (Understanding Geography)

Mr John Pallister, Ms Ann Bowen

Written for the 2009 AQA GCSE Geography A specification and featuring an array of engaging and thought-provoking activities, this Student Book equips students with the core skills and understanding they need to reach their full potential at GCSE.

Written for the 2009 AQA GCSE Geography A specification and featuring an array of engaging and thought-provoking activities, this Student Book equips students with the core skills and understanding they need to reach their full potential at GCSE.

Overcoming Body Image Problems including Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Rob Willson, David Veale, Alex Clarke

Many people occasionally suffer from a negative body self-image but, for an increasing number of people, this can turn into a more serious preoccupation. One per cent of the population will develop Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), a condition characterised by severe preoccupation with a perceived physical defect. Body image problems can cause significant distress and can lead to further problem... read more

Many people occasionally suffer from a negative body self-image but, for an increasing number of people, this can turn into a more serious preoccupation. One per cent of the population will develop Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), a condition characterised by severe preoccupation with a perceived physical defect. Body image problems can cause significant distress and can lead to further problem... read more

The Vegetarian Low Carb Diet

Rose Elliot

Finally, the diet vegetarians have been waiting for. Have you been feeling left out lately? Many is the vegetarian or vegan who has watched their meat-eating friends with envy as they followed the Atkins diet and the pounds dropped off. There's no doubt about it: a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet really does work. But what about vegetarians and vegans? Is it possible to follow a high-prote... read more

Finally, the diet vegetarians have been waiting for. Have you been feeling left out lately? Many is the vegetarian or vegan who has watched their meat-eating friends with envy as they followed the Atkins diet and the pounds dropped off. There's no doubt about it: a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet really does work. But what about vegetarians and vegans? Is it possible to follow a high-prote... read more

Quentin Tarantino: Shooting from the Hip - The Biography

Wensley Clarkson

Quentin Tarantino is a film director whose movies contain a stark violence and black humour that have turned him into a major influence for millions of movie fans. This is a biography of the youth-culture hero charting his rise from poverty to superstardom and exploring his films.

Quentin Tarantino is a film director whose movies contain a stark violence and black humour that have turned him into a major influence for millions of movie fans. This is a biography of the youth-culture hero charting his rise from poverty to superstardom and exploring his films.

Just Can't Help Believing

PAUL JAMES, JOHN

Kelly has 11 reviews

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Jessica Azenberg
Kelly was fantastic to work with! She is professional, smart and she brought my memoir to a whole new level without changing my intention and emotional tone of the book. I highly recommend using her and I would definitely use her services again!

Jessica Azenberg, June 2022

Kelly Davis
Thanks so much, Jessica! I thoroughly enjoyed working with you on your fascinating book - and I hope it will reach the wide audience it deserves.

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Sheila Deitch
Kelly is a very competent and professional book editor who is easy to work with. Her replies to queries are to the point and very prompt. When I approached Kelly to do a final edit on my book,I thought there wasn't much to do having skimmed through it beforehand. Well, I was wrong! Kelly to the book to a higher level of literacy so it became a truly professional presentation For tha t I am gr...
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Sheila Deitch, May 2022

Kelly Davis
Many thanks, Sheila. It was a pleasure working with you, on your family memoir. I hope you and all your family members will be happy with the final version. Best wishes, Kelly

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John Paul James
I hired Kelly to proofread my manuscript, but she went above and beyond to also suggest a number of additional copy edits. Her input has proved invaluable. Having worked with numerous editors across my twenty-year career in magazines, I'd rate Kelly among the very best. She is meticulous, hard-working, and possesses the ability to polish any paragraph with a few simple tweaks. I thoroughly rec...
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John Paul James, March 2022

Kelly Davis
Thanks so much, John. It was a pleasure to proofread and polish up your comic novel and I wish you every success with it. Your praise means even more because it comes from someone with long experie...
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martin Kyrle
Exchange of views went very well, and if a professional gives you advice it's generally wise to take it. What more does one need to say?

martin Kyrle, February 2022

Kelly Davis
Thanks so much, Martin. I enjoyed working with you on your memoir and I wish you every success with it.

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Lisa Carr
A great collaborative partnership. Genuinely enjoyed working with Kelly, her ideas and feedback were exactly what I needed for my project. Would very much recommend! Five stars all the way.

Lisa Carr, November 2021

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