Dave Pasquantonio

Dave Pasquantonio – Editor

The world doesn't always "get" us. But *I* get you, you wonderful creative, and my goal is to help you get your work out into the world!


Hello! I'm a full-time freelance writer and editor, and I've helped many authors achieve their dream of publication, whether it be traditionally published or as an indie author. I work closely with authors at all stages of their writing careers, whether they're looking to traditionally publish, indie publish, or write simply for enjoyment.

My most satisfied clients have these things in common:

>>> bold writing

>>> not afraid to submit their work

>>> an insatiable urge to write

>>> embrace feedback and critique

>>> do not fear rejection

>>> love (or at least tolerate!) revision

>>> a love of story

I'm currently taking on new clients for these projects:

>>> editorial assessments

>>> book/author/career coaching

>>> ghostwriting

>>> copy/line editing

>>> proofreading

>>> formatting

A little about each of those:

EDITORIAL ASSESSMENTS can be a great alternative to a pricy, lengthy developmental edit IF you embrace getting feedback AND are keen to do your own revisions. This work (assessment or developmental editing) should be done before you do your copy/line editing.

COPY/LINE/PROOFING can be done in one pass and should be done after your story editing is pinned down (I'll always point out any developmental/story issues during this edit and work with you to sharpen the narrative).

COACHING can be the perfect way to drive your writing career forward—I like to mix monthly live/Zoom meetings with weekly emails around craft, motivation, accountability, and productivity. Coaching partnerships are 100% customized to fit you!

FORMATTING is the last step to producing publication-ready files and getting your book out into the world! I use Vellum for formatting and have produced dozens of great-looking books. I work with you and your cover designer to ensure that all the pieces come together!

GHOSTWRITING: I don't have that in my profile, as it's considered separate from a Reedsy editing profile, but contact me if that's something you're interested in learning more about. I put most other client commitments on hold when ghostwriting, so schedule this far in advance.

I especially like partnering with clients who need someone to answer their questions, and I love helping to propel an author's career 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, I'll always be available for guidance when you need me. I will be an advocate for your book, not just someone you've paid to help make it excellent (but we WILL make it excellent!).

One final thing: the best part of my job is when I get to add a new client book to my Reedsy profile (and when I buy a client's published book and add it to my already-overflowing client bookshelf). I LOVE seeing my clients publish their work!

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 P.

Action & Adventure Cozy Mysteries Literary Fiction Psychological Thriller Short Story Time Travel Urban Fantasy
True Crime
English (US)
  • Member, Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)
  • Member, GrubStreet
  • Member and Board Member (New England Chapter), Mystery Writers of America (MWA)

Work experience


Jan, 2016 — Present

I partner with clients to make their manuscripts shine and help them get their work into the world!

Sterling & Stone

Nov, 2022 — Present

I help bring stories to life for print, TV, movies, and other media by creating ideas, vivid plots, and storylines and collaborating with other authors to create viable intellectual property for production and publishing.


The Matildas

Pasquantonio, Dave


Transmundane Press

The Final Summons

Stevens, E J

My Beloved Borinquen

Ferrer, John David

Elephant and Bird

Hinkley, Sally

The Darkdrift

Kinney, Don

Finding Maura

Wieck, Michelle

Mrs McLeod's War

Duncan, Sally

NAOMI: Identities

Bondoc, Brendon

Dio in the Dark

Asad, Rizwan

In Between

Siciliano, DM


McKenzie, E.L.

Growing Up Golf

MacGregor, Doug

Dave has 42 reviews





Trina R.

Trina R.

Apr, 2024

Worked with Dave for a manuscript evaluation on the first chapters of a suspense book and his feedback was great. He provided a lot of insight into how to tighten up the pages and improve characterization, and provided actionable suggestions to do it. Highly recommend!
J.L. H.

J.L. H.

Apr, 2024

Dave was a pleasure to work with. He was very patient with my moving timeline and supportive throughout. He has a great eye for detail that is helpful throughout the editing process.
Gerald T.

Gerald T.

Mar, 2024

Dave was able to provide excellent feedback on my writing. He was always very punctual in returning my emails and providing feedback on my writing. I believe he has a tremendous amount of experience in the writing business. He always stressed that it was important that I write in a way that was comfortable for me. Although we differed on writing style, I believe he always provided many good...
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Keith W.

Keith W.

Jan, 2024

This is the second time I've hired Dave for a project. He's done great work both times. He's flexible, responsive, and extremely easy to work with. I would highly recommend Dave!
Joe N.

Joe N.

Dec, 2023

Dave is knowledgeable and insightful. He provided quick, astute inputs to my draft query letter, synopsis, and first five pages. I would use him again!

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