I received a master’s degree in English from Indiana State in 1994. A member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, I have twenty-three years of editing experience that includes working with beginning and seasoned authors, coordinating university research projects, developing corporate teaching curricula, and designing websites for authors, actors, and businesses.
We couldn’t have imagined a better first-reader, editor, and corner-man. Dave read and reread each chapter, made suggestions, and hammered numerous dangling modifiers (among other things). He climbed through the ropes of a great story and landed a knockout punch. Our book was subsequently published by Glasnevin Publishing.
Dave Malone stinks. He cuts thousands upon thousands of words—just gets rid of them! B’bye. Can’t even sneak a comma splice by him. Heaven forbid you try to spice things up with a few or forty ellipses here and there. “Em dash, this, Dave.” He has the soul of a poet and the machete of a warrior. And he is just what I needed.
I chose to work with Dave for web design based on his experience and professional manner. He was attentive to my needs, worked with me to find a design that fit my business and my personality, and created content that attracted new clients for my personal training business.
Dave’s effectiveness as an editor lies in his grace when he enters your world. No knocking over the furniture, no trampling your best stuff just because he can. Dave goes in with an open mind and is willing to meet you on the high road to good craft and salable results, but he respects that path as the route to your book. When you’re ready for a serious intelligent edit, Dave Malone is your guy.
After struggling with a work of historical fiction for a number of years, I am very grateful to have found Dave. He provided insightful and focused feedback, and he is always open and willing for Skype sessions and phone calls.
Dave is a consummate editor. He has helped me with several novels and read every manuscript thoroughly and appreciatively. He provides actionable feedback that is constructive and supportive. Simply put, Dave helps writers write better.