Dave Pasquantonio

Dave Pasquantonio - Editor

Millis, MA, USA

I love ALL books, but especially genre and speculative fiction—mystery, thriller, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and anything weird and wonderful!

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Hello! I'm a freelance writer and editor, a learning and development professional, and a published author. I've worked for financial and marketing firms as an instructor, technical writer, and instructional designer. I've written over a hundred newspaper columns and features (mostly about REALLY boring things) as a journalist and stringer. I know what it's like to work under deadline and get things done. And, like everyone here, I'm a book lover.

I've helped many authors achieve their dream of publication, whether it be traditionally published or as an indie author. I'm a board member at a local nonprofit writing center, where I run critique groups and work with both pre-published and established authors. I also run groups for indie authors, for authors writing query letters and submission packages, and for speculative fiction (horror, sci-fi, fantasy) writers and readers. I'm used to working closely with authors at all stages of their writing careers, whether they're looking to traditionally publish, indie publish, or write for themself.

I'm also a book marketer and work with authors to make sure that their books get visibility, sales, and reviews. A lot of this work is behind-the-scenes Amazon work and targeted advertising—I stay away from charging lots of money for marketing services that may or may not work, and instead customize every offer to give clients only what they need and want.

I especially love partnering with clients who want someone to answer their questions and help propel their careers well after my edits are done. I'll help you try to land an agent, navigate the world of indie publishing, and make your book visible to the world. After our work is done here, I'll always be available for guidance when you need me. I will be an advocate and partner for your book, not just someone you've paid to help make it excellent (and we WILL make it excellent!). I'm honored to be part of your writing journey however I can. Thank you for trusting me with your work. And congratulations on getting this far with your project! — Dave

English (US)
Action & Adventure
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Short Story
Thriller & Suspense
Writing & Publishing


  • Member, Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)
  • Member, GrubStreet
  • Member, Mystery Writers of America (MWA)
  • Board Member, The Writers' Loft (Sherborn, Mass.)

Work experience

Freelance Writer and Editor

Dave Pasquantonio, Freelance Writer and Editor
January, 2016 – Present (about 5 years)

Portfolio (11 selected works)

The Matildas

Pasquantonio, Dave


Transmundane Press, Buoni, Anthony S., Costanzo, Alisha


Odell Howe, Rachel

Lost At Sea

Boyce, Erica

Firsts: Writers' Loft Anthology (The Writers' Loft) (Volume 1)

Dionne, Erin, Kelly, HG, Asselin, Kristine Carlson, Norkin, Deborah, Pasquantonio, Dave, Budiansky, Sandra, Wixted, Kristen, D’Alessandro, Elaine, Luck, Carol Lynn, Vaughan, Pam

The Final Summons

Stevens, E J, Philbrook, Chris, Martelle, Craig

Dave has 3 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Luke Huhem
Dave was such a huge help! He always responded very quickly, constantly kept me updated with the process, and most importantly, he did a very good job with editing the book. When first looking for an editor, I was nervous about the safety of my book, but I completely trusted Dave with my manuscript. He was very assuring that the safety of his client’s work was among the top of his priorities. H...
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Luke Huhem, December 2020

Giselle de la Fuente
Dave is the BEST editor I've ever worked with. He was very proactive in terms of reaching out to me and even with the editing. He sent me a sample of how he'd edit my work before sending me an offer which I really appreciated. After reading how he edited my work, he kept my voice, yet he was still able to let the story flow much better than I could and he was able to better express my work exac...
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Giselle de la Fuente, December 2020

D.M. Siciliano
Dave was an absolute pleasure to work with. I had a unique project that he was happy to tailor his expertise to. He was always very professional, clear, constructive, and made sure I was very happy with the outcome of the project. I would highly recommend!

D.M. Siciliano, December 2020

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