David Kudler

David Kudler - Editor

Mill Valley, CA, USA

Decades' experience helping authors—old hands like Joseph Campbell to first-timers—create the books of their dreams. (YA/SFF/Literary, etc.)

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Overview

I am an expert provider of publishing services and consultant to independent and self-publishers. For over two decades, I have worked as a developmental editor, writer, and copyeditor, crafting fiction and non-fiction books and articles.

My mission is to help you give your writing exactly the impact you desire.

For many years, I served as managing editor of the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell. I developed new titles from the famed mythologist's recorded lectures and unpublished writing, driving the release of 24 books, 27 videos, and 70+ audio lectures, as well as blog posts, newsletters, and marketing copy. Among the most successful projects I undertook was the first new edition of Campbell's seminal The Hero with a Thousand Faces in forty years. I also created several new posthumous works, including Pathways to Bliss and Myths of Light, as well as the travel memoir Asian Journals and his short fiction collection Mythic Imagination.

For other authors, I have edited fiction, verse, and non-fiction in a variety of genres and subjects, ranging from science fiction and fantasy to romance to memoir to technology to philosophy.

I am also an author. In creating my award-winning young-adult historical novel series Seasons of the Sword, I too have worked with editors across all of the stages of the editorial process. This experience gives me sympathy for the challenges and insecurities inherent in sharing your writing even with the best and most sensitive of professionals.

I can't wait to help you make your book everything you dream it can be!
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Historical Mysteries
Historical Romance
Magical Realism
Middle Grade
Time Travel
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Technology
Writing & Publishing

Certifications

  • Copyediting

Awards

  • BAIPA Book Awards

Work experience

Founder/Publisher

Self-employed
January, 2012 – Present (about 11 years)

A small independent publishing company and publishing services provider with 100+ titles in circulation by 20+ authors

Publishing Director

Joseph Campbell Foundation
February, 1999 – April, 2022 (about 23 years)

Directed publications and communications of a thriving not-for-profit organization maintaining the legacy of late mythologist Joseph Campbell, generating 82% of all organizational revenue

Portfolio (34 selected works)

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Joseph Campbell

Explore the Hero's Journey in stories as old as humanity and as new as last night's dream The latest incarnation of Oedipus, the continued romance of Beauty and the Beast, stand this afternoon on the corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, waiting for the traffic light to change. — Joseph Campbell Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faceshas influenced millions of readers by co... read more

Explore the Hero's Journey in stories as old as humanity and as new as last night's dream The latest incarnation of Oedipus, the continued romance of Beauty and the Beast, stand this afternoon on the corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, waiting for the traffic light to change. — Joseph Campbell Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faceshas influenced millions of readers by co... read more

Pathways to Bliss

Joseph Campbell

Explore myth as a tool for personal growth and transformation Joseph Campbell famously defined myth as “other people's religion.” But he also said that one of the basic functions of myth is to help each individual through the journey of life, providing a sort of travel guide or map to reach fulfillment — or, as he called it, bliss. For Campbell, many of the world's most powerful myths support ... read more

Explore myth as a tool for personal growth and transformation Joseph Campbell famously defined myth as “other people's religion.” But he also said that one of the basic functions of myth is to help each individual through the journey of life, providing a sort of travel guide or map to reach fulfillment — or, as he called it, bliss. For Campbell, many of the world's most powerful myths support ... read more

The Law & the Heart: Speculative Stories to Bend the Mind and Soul

Schneyer,Kenneth, Jones,Gareth D., Argall,Liz

Let It Be

K.D. West

Sometimes, darkness gives way to light Helen was supposed to be heading on her honeymoon — off on a sexy trip to Fiji with her long-time fiancé. Her cheating, sleaze-bag, lying fiancé. And so she is off on a trip to the mountains with her best friend Tommy and Tommy's husband Al. Instead of sun and sand, she's heading off to silence and snow. Together with Al and Tommy, Helen discovers a path ... read more

Sometimes, darkness gives way to light Helen was supposed to be heading on her honeymoon — off on a sexy trip to Fiji with her long-time fiancé. Her cheating, sleaze-bag, lying fiancé. And so she is off on a trip to the mountains with her best friend Tommy and Tommy's husband Al. Instead of sun and sand, she's heading off to silence and snow. Together with Al and Tommy, Helen discovers a path ... read more

Excursions to the Far Side of the Mind

Howard Rheingold

Renowned for exploring the social implications of modern technology, Howard Rheingold has been dubbed by MIT "the first citizen of the Internet." In this collection of funny, prescient, thought-provoking essays, originally published during the 1970s and 1980s, he offers a glimpse into the changes wrought during that explosive period.From the effects of the graphic user interface (GUI) not only... read more

Renowned for exploring the social implications of modern technology, Howard Rheingold has been dubbed by MIT "the first citizen of the Internet." In this collection of funny, prescient, thought-provoking essays, originally published during the 1970s and 1980s, he offers a glimpse into the changes wrought during that explosive period.From the effects of the graphic user interface (GUI) not only... read more

Darcy & Desire

Cady West

My Dearest Darcy... What do you do after Happily Ever After? Lizzy and Darcy are married. They’re ecstatically happy newlyweds. But a journey to London separates them. Whatever will they do? Write letters, of course! In this sequel to Jane Austen’s masterpiece, read the witty, passionate correspondence between her most beloved pair as they survive separation, sisters, and surprise guests. The ... read more

My Dearest Darcy... What do you do after Happily Ever After? Lizzy and Darcy are married. They’re ecstatically happy newlyweds. But a journey to London separates them. Whatever will they do? Write letters, of course! In this sequel to Jane Austen’s masterpiece, read the witty, passionate correspondence between her most beloved pair as they survive separation, sisters, and surprise guests. The ... read more

Wild and Wilder West

K.D. West

30 Tales of Love Outside the Box from Amazon Best-Selling Author K.D. West! Two collections in one — including the complete Visitor Saga A young woman flying to her new home city discovers that sometimes embracing the unknown can be very, very nice. A happily married couple discover that sometimes a touch of fantasy can make you even happier. A student convinces her former teacher and her best... read more

30 Tales of Love Outside the Box from Amazon Best-Selling Author K.D. West! Two collections in one — including the complete Visitor Saga A young woman flying to her new home city discovers that sometimes embracing the unknown can be very, very nice. A happily married couple discover that sometimes a touch of fantasy can make you even happier. A student convinces her former teacher and her best... read more

Laura English

Lynn Bornstein

Driven by a Dream...Chance brings producer/director Sir James Paxton to the Bournemouth Players, where the performance of an unknown actress fires his imagination and launches her on a dizzying journey from provincial theater to the post-war London sound stages of Briarwood Studios, the glitter of Hollywood — and beyond. London. Acapulco. Cairo. Hollywood.Enter the world of superstar Laura Eng... read more

Driven by a Dream...Chance brings producer/director Sir James Paxton to the Bournemouth Players, where the performance of an unknown actress fires his imagination and launches her on a dizzying journey from provincial theater to the post-war London sound stages of Briarwood Studios, the glitter of Hollywood — and beyond. London. Acapulco. Cairo. Hollywood.Enter the world of superstar Laura Eng... read more

The Seven Gods of Luck

David Kudler

Fifteenth Anniversary Edition with new notes by author David Kudler Sachiko and Kenji just want to welcome the new year in the proper way, but their mother tells them they don't have the money for a New Year's feast. An act of generosity brings help from an unexpected source in this heartwarming Japanese classic. May the Seven Gods of Luck visit you! "A lively adaptation of a Japanese folktale... read more

Fifteenth Anniversary Edition with new notes by author David Kudler Sachiko and Kenji just want to welcome the new year in the proper way, but their mother tells them they don't have the money for a New Year's feast. An act of generosity brings help from an unexpected source in this heartwarming Japanese classic. May the Seven Gods of Luck visit you! "A lively adaptation of a Japanese folktale... read more

The Anatomy of a Choice

Maura Vaughn

How does an actor bring a script to life? The actor must know how to read a script, break it down, and mine all of its clues in order to make the most effective choices. The Anatomy of a Choice: An Actor's Guide to Text Analysis offers the actor a concrete method for approaching a script. This guide details a simple process to discover and define a character's scene and super-objective, obstac... read more

How does an actor bring a script to life? The actor must know how to read a script, break it down, and mine all of its clues in order to make the most effective choices. The Anatomy of a Choice: An Actor's Guide to Text Analysis offers the actor a concrete method for approaching a script. This guide details a simple process to discover and define a character's scene and super-objective, obstac... read more

Myths of Light

Joseph Campbell

Master mythologist Joseph Campbell had a genius for finding the unifying symbols and metaphors in apparently distinct cultures and traditions. In Myths of Light: Eastern Metaphors of the Eternal,Campbell explores, with his characteristic clarity and humor, the principle that underlies all the great religions of India and East Asia, from Jainism and Hinduism to Buddhism and Taoism: the transcen... read more

Master mythologist Joseph Campbell had a genius for finding the unifying symbols and metaphors in apparently distinct cultures and traditions. In Myths of Light: Eastern Metaphors of the Eternal,Campbell explores, with his characteristic clarity and humor, the principle that underlies all the great religions of India and East Asia, from Jainism and Hinduism to Buddhism and Taoism: the transcen... read more

Primitive Mythology

Joseph Campbell

Explore the power of myth as humanity first discovered it Collected Works of Joseph Campbell edition — with up-to-date science In this first volume of The Masks of God — Joseph Campbell’s major work of comparative mythology — the preeminent mythologist looks at the wellsprings of myth. From the earliest expressions of religious awe in pre-modern humans to the rites and art of contemporary prim... read more

Explore the power of myth as humanity first discovered it Collected Works of Joseph Campbell edition — with up-to-date science In this first volume of The Masks of God — Joseph Campbell’s major work of comparative mythology — the preeminent mythologist looks at the wellsprings of myth. From the earliest expressions of religious awe in pre-modern humans to the rites and art of contemporary prim... read more

Sail Away: Journeys of a Merchant Seaman

Beritzhoff, Jack, Kudler, David

Oriental Mythology (The Masks of God™ Book 2)

Campbell, Joseph, Kudler, David

Creative Mythology (The Masks of God™ Book 4)

Campbell, Joseph, Kudler, David

Asian Journals: India and Japan (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)

Campbell, Joseph, Kudler, David, Van Couvering, Antony, Larsen, Stephen and Robin

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sylvia petro
I feel lucky to have found David on reedsy. Before hiring David, I reviewed his experience and researched him on Google. I was surprised to learn he edited the 2008 edition of Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, an enduring, internationally recommended book for creative writers. David also headed the Joseph Campbell Foundation and edited other works by Campbell. In addition to tho...
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sylvia petro, October 2022

David Kudler
Thanks so much, Sylvia! I'm really looking forward to working on your complete manuscript.

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