My name is Davy Kent. I’ve been a dedicated, full-time editor for 2 years. While I first got my professional start in corporate editing, I committed at the beginning of 2019 to transition to editing literature as my specialization. I’m happy to say that this has gone extremely well so far! I have edited over 30 published titles to date.
I have a keen attention to detail. Coupled with a voracious appetite for reading and writing, I understand the latest conventions in publishing standards when it comes to grammar and style. I am well-versed in the Chicago Manual of Style; don’t fret, though, as I tend to favor an author’s style preference first and foremost during any edit.
I’ve been involved in writing competitions, critique groups, author-editor Q&A groups, and academic editing. I understand writing, and I understand it well. (And hey, to drive the point home about my appetite for reading: not including the books I’ve edited, I’ve read over 100 books during 2019!)
My focus while copyediting your book is to preserve your voice. I avoid rephrasing sentences unless absolutely necessary, and I usually leave suggestions for better structure as comments instead of taking liberties myself. Instead, I concentrate on making sure your manuscript is typo-free, optimized with its comma use, and consistent in style and tone.
I also offer limited fact-checking during my edit. If I come across statistics or historical/scientific claims, I typically do a quick check just to make sure it stands up to scrutiny. If I think something isn’t right, I query the fact or number so that you can verify my findings.
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