With an MA focused on fiction and almost three decades of editorial/writing experience, John David has had the opportunity to serve as an editor on nearly 300 published fiction and nonfiction titles and to work with authors from across the US and around the world.

When he’s not helping authors fine-tune their manuscripts, John David loves spending time with his family in western Pennsylvania where they make their home, along with writing fiction, enjoying community with others, experiencing nature, reading (naturally), cooking, watching well-written and -acted movies and TV series on DVD, working out, and listening to an eclectic mix of music (from Berlioz and Bruce Springsteen to Rihanna and the Pretty Reckless; from the Beatles and Sophie B. Hawkins to Amy Grant and AC/DC).

Services Offered:

  • Copyediting – Line-by-line and word-by-word editing for grammar, word usage, tone, format, mechanics of style, and consistency of facts, spelling, capitalization, and numerals. Also includes recommendations to author on part of editor. Revisions made by editor within Word document using tracking feature. Includes two rounds of editorial review.
  • Proofreading – A final polish to clean up typos, inconsistencies, misspellings, and punctuation problems. Revisions made by editor within Word document using tracking feature. Includes two rounds of editorial review.

***Please Note***

I do not provide critiques/evaluations or developmental/substantive/content editing for fiction, and I do not work on nonfiction, nor do I work on partial manuscripts or parts of manuscripts. Because I specialize in copyediting/proofreading, the authors I work with are satisfied with their stories from a big-picture perspective and are not looking for thoughts on how to improve the story or make large-scale edits, but rather seeking an editor to smooth out, enhance, and polish the entire tale’s text. So if you’re happy with your overall story as it stands, then please feel free to drop me a request. Thank you kindly for your consideration of this note. : )


  • Action/Adventure
  • Children’s Fiction
  • Christian-Based Fiction
  • Contemporary/Mainstream
  • Detective/Crime
  • Historical Fiction
  • Mystery/Suspense
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Thriller/Suspense
  • YA Fiction

Contact John David today to discover how he can serve your editing needs.