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.
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Children's - Non-fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Education & Reference
Entertainment
Health & wellbeing
History
Medicine & Nursing & Dentistry

Certifications

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

Work experience

Freelance editor

Self-employed
October, 1988 – Present (about 32 years)

Most of my current work comes from M and K Publishing in Keswick, Cumbria, UK. M and K publish medical books for a wide range of healthcare professionals - everything from specialist textbooks on podiatry and pharmacology to more general books on autism and palliative care. I also take on ELT projects for Harper Collins and previously edited many children's non-fiction titles that were published by Wayland (Hachette Books).

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.

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Sina Odugbemi
I really enjoyed working with Kelly on my project. It began with the thoroughness and professionalism of her first response to my invitation. She edited the sample I provided. Others did not. Second, she asked for a fee that I considered fair and I did not haggle. Others made outrageous requests. Above all, I have just read the final, edited manuscript and I must say that I am really pleased. I...
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Sina Odugbemi, September 2018

Kelly Davis
Thank you so much, Sina. It was a pleasure working with you too - and I hope to collaborate with you again in future.

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