Shelly Davis

Shelly Davis - Editor

San Jose, CA, USA

Copyeditor/developmental editor specializing in women’s fiction/historical fiction with clients from Big 5 publishing to indie authors.

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I have always loved the details. I enjoy ensuring that whatever I am working on is clearly expressed and looks professional. For a decade, I applied this skill to managing Human Resources for biotech and high-tech firms in Silicon Valley. Then I shifted gears to focus more on words, editing newsletters and blog posts until I discovered the joy of working on fiction. Books are my favorite, especially women’s fiction. I love to read about a woman’s journey and the choices she makes. Other genres I work on include historical fiction, contemporary fiction, suspense, psychological thrillers, and romance.

Your story is safe in my hands. I believe strongly in preserving the author’s voice. My job is to help readers understand what you’re trying to say. Whether you need developmental editing or copyediting, it’s all about the details and details are my specialty. With a compassionate touch, I will help you polish your manuscript so that it can shine.

English (US)
Historical Fiction
Women's Fiction


  • Master of Arts in Sociology
  • Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing
  • Member of American Copy Editors Society (ACES)
  • Member of Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)
  • Member of Association of Independent Publishing Professionals (AIPP)
  • Member of Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA)

Work experience


January, 2008 – Present (almost 15 years)

Developmental editing and copyediting of blog posts, newsletters, resumes, short stories, and novels. Currently focused primarily on novels. Clients include large and small presses as well as independent authors.

HR Manager

Biotech and high-tech firms in Silicon Valley
January, 1997 – December, 2007 (almost 11 years)

Managed all aspects of Human Resources. Editing-related responsibilities included: revising and updating employee handbooks to ensure ease of comprehension while complying with employment law; composing and/or editing numerous employee communications such as company announcements, new hire materials, offer letters, termination letters, performance improvement plans, performance reviews, etc.

Portfolio (6 selected works)

Shelly has 1 review

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Barbara Meilinger
I was very impressed with Shelly and the report she provided for me. It was difficult to decide to spend money on an editorial assessment and I wasn't sure what to expect. I find that it is totally worth it. She sent a six-page review and gave me quite a few suggestions on what to work on, and general ideas on what to do. She also gave encouragement and pointed out areas in my novel that sh...
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Barbara Meilinger, September 2021

Shelly Davis
Thank you, Barbara! I enjoyed working with you and look forward to your next novel.

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