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Currently accepting new clients. Developmental editing clients are eligible for a deep discount; check out the My Rates section!

Hi there! My name is Davy Kent. I'm a Vancouver, Canada-based editor with a deep love for storytelling. The intertwining threads of narrative and character ambition are near and dear to me, especially in the fantasy and sci-fi genres. I've edited over 50 titles.

I provide copyediting for self-publishing authors who work within fantasy, sci-fi, romance, and thrillers. While I do dabble in other genres, you're guaranteed recent familiarity and expertise with those.

I provide developmental editing for writers who are working on fantasy or sci-fi manuscripts. If you're looking to save money, I also provide an alternative manuscript evaluation service for the same genres.

I have a keen attention to detail. Coupled with a voracious appetite for reading and writing, I understand the latest conventions in publishing standards. 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'll always blend your voice with the "way it's done," giving your fans the best of both worlds.

I've been involved in writing competitions, text roleplay worldbuilding collaborations, critique groups, author-editor Q&A groups, and corporate and academic editing. Writing is something I understand well, and I adore improving prose when given the opportunity.

I'm constantly striving to figure out the latest conventions in the genres I work in, ensuring that my clients are never led astray with shoddy recommendations and outdated ideas. You never have to worry about the work I do; it will stand up to the scrutiny of your audience, with readers never impeded by incorrect grammar and style.

My Rates
I hold special rates for referrals from KBoards. When contacting me, please let me know where you found me so you get the discount!

For copyediting, I charge 0.0045 USD per word. (A 50,000-word manuscript would be $225 USD.)

For developmental editing, I charge 0.0055 USD per word. (A 50,000-word manuscript would be $275 USD.) This rate is an introductory one since the service is so new.

I accept payment via PayPal, TransferWise, or Interac e-Transfer.

How to Work with Me
Check out my website. If you're ready, then my contact form is perfect for reaching out. I will contact you separately after you fill out the form with a request for an excerpt.

If I need any more information than that, I'll be sure to let you know. I offer free sample edits for copyediting, but not developmental editing.

Find Me Elsewhere
  • You can see my portfolio, and some more information about my editing, on my website: Ember Editing
  • I have a Twitter where I tend to retweet jokes, freebies within my network, and beautiful nature/animal photos: https://twitter.com/DavyKent
  • I have an Instagram: Instagram
  • You also can check out my Goodreads profile to see the sorts of books I've been reading lately: Davy Kent
 

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Thank you so much for that testimonial! :) I really appreciate it.

I've completed three projects since my last post, one for proofreading and two for copyediting.

My discount structure is still in place. My schedule is mostly open for the coming weeks so you shouldn't expect any lengthy delays. Contact me ([email protected]) and we can get going quickly!
 

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I've updated my opening post with dedicated links to my testimonials and my literature editing page on my website. I've also reworded a few sentences to improve clarity or provide more info.

My discounts are still live and my schedule is currently wide open! Email me ([email protected]) and we'll make your book better than it already is. :)
 

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My discount structure is still available.

Most of my proofreading literary work has come in the form of self-help non-fiction this year, so fair warning that my discount may start to scale back a little in that industry after a few more books. If you've been hesitant thus far, now would be your opportunity to make sure you get the lowest price. 0.0015 a word is cheap!

Proofreading turnaround is typically between 3-7 days, depending on my workload and the project's word count.

Website: https://emberediting.com
Contact: [email protected]

Please be sure to tell me you're from KBoards as these discounts are specific to this community.
 

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Hi everyone! I haven't been here in so long.

I'm back, hopefully to be a little more active here, and still accepting clients at a discounted rate. During 2019 I've copyedited 6 titles and proofread 10!

My copyediting rate is remaining at 0.003 USD a word. However, my proofreading rate has been raised from 0.0015 USD a word to 0.002 USD a word. Not a huge increase, but I'm beginning to scale back the discounts a little as I gain more and more experience. :)

Returning clients will keep the original discount rate until October 2019.

I am currently working on two novels. I have room for one more between now and July 2nd 2019, and a wide open schedule for any day after that. Reach out and let's talk business! Email me at [email protected], attach a short 500-1500-word sample of your manuscript, and we can figure out if you need a copyedit or a proofread. If we're a good fit, we can talk deadlines and deposits.

Also: Many thanks for the previous reviews! They mean a lot to me.
 

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Another two books edited since my last post here!

I think it's good time for a bump. My discounts are, of course, still available, and my schedule is wide open.

Reach out to me via [email protected] with a short excerpt of your manuscript so I can provide a sample edit, and be sure to let me know where you found me and what kind of editing you're looking for!
 

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I have four slots available still for August, and three for September. I typically have capacity to work on up to six titles per month.

Proofreading at 0.002 USD a word. Copyediting at 0.003 USD a word.

Reach out to me via [email protected] with a short excerpt of your manuscript so I can provide a sample edit, and be sure to let me know where you found me and what kind of editing you're looking for!
 

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The month is rolling over once again.

One of my clients rescheduled so I now have 4 slots available for September. I also finished my August schedule ahead of time so I have 1 slot immediately open as well!

Check out my title list here and some of my testimonials here. I offer proofreading and copyediting. Please reach out via email at [email protected] with a short 1500-word excerpt of your writing for a sample edit and quote. Let me know you're from KBoards as my rates here are lower than anywhere else!

I have the most experience with self-help and fantasy but am always interested in other genres -- such as sci-fi, romance, dystopia, and thrillers.
 

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I have two slots remaining for September.

Please reach out via email at [email protected] with a short 1500-word excerpt of your writing for a sample edit and quote. Let me know you're from KBoards as my rates here are lower than anywhere else!

Check out some of my testimonials here and my title list here.

I will be reducing my KBoards discount again sometime in October most likely, so be sure to book now if you want to lock in a lower price. You can schedule in advance, and my scheduling deposit is a low $25 USD. :)
 

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Hi everyone!

My schedule for October is mostly clear right now; I'm working on a historical fantasy title right this very moment but then I'm free for the rest of the month. :)

I am raising both my copyediting and proofreading rates once again as I've finally eclipsed the 30-title milestone! 20 of these have been published, and more are on the way soon.

My new copyediting rate is 0.0035 USD per word, while my new proofreading rate is 0.0025 USD per word. They're both still incredibly cheap, so you're still saving a bunch of cash by hiring me as I chase the 50-title mark.

Reach out to me via email at [email protected] with a short excerpt of your book for a sample edit and quote. I've updated my first post in this thread that should hopefully better define how I can help self-publishing authors and what working with me is like.

(I also have a literary editing page on my website which includes my title list. Check it out here!)

Oh, and who can forget some more testimonials? Here's one I received from my latest completed edit on a how-to book:

"I was highly impressed by David's speed, professionalism and attention to detail. Moreover, the quality of the edit exceeded my expectations. The fact that he went beyond my remit to do extra fact-checking highlights his commitment to creating a quality product. I would very highly recommend him."
 

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I have immediate availability starting October 15 for a couple more books. :) I most recently completed a copyedit of a fantastic historical fantasy set in 1910s Toronto, Canada, set for publishing in the next couple months!

My schedule for November and December, as of right now, is about half booked. I have one or two slots left for November and three slots left for December.

Reach out to me via email at [email protected] with a ~1000-word excerpt of your book to get the process started! If you're scheduling me in advance or if you're a first-time client, please know that I charge a $25 USD deposit. This gets taken off the final invoice, which I send after I hand you the edited manuscript. I'm very easy to work with and amenable to a back-and-forth on any changes I make.
 

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Thanks, Scott. :) I'm looking forward to starting on another book of yours next week.

Figure this thread is due for a bump. My schedule for the rest of November is packed, and I only have one slot left for December.

Now would be a great time to book me in advance for 2020. My rates are going up again at the end of 2019 -- if you schedule me in advance and pay a $25 USD deposit, the rate you pay is locked in at whatever rate I'm charging when you do so. Right now my proofreading rate is 0.0025 USD per word while my copyediting rate is 0.0035 USD per word. Book me today for a job later and be guaranteed that rate!

Email me at [email protected] with a ~1000-word excerpt of your book. Please also include the genre, word count, and a general idea of when you'd like the edit. I'll do a free sample edit and we can go from there. Be sure to let me know if your book's already been edited by a professional so I charge the proofreading rate. :) My typical turnaround time ranges between 7 to 15 days for most projects.

(Note that I occasionally still take on projects when all slots are full -- it depends on how far ahead of schedule I am and the size of your project. It never hurts to double-check when contacting me!)
 

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I have updated my portfolio and added six new titles: Text list or images

I've eclipsed the 30-title mark for the year, with most experience being in self-help and fantasy. :) Other genres I've worked on this year: sci-fi, thrillers, supernatural thrillers, romance, how-tos, and westerns.

As always: feel free to email me at [email protected] with a ~1000-word excerpt of your book. Please also include the genre, word count, and a general idea of when you'd like the edit. I'll do a free sample edit and we can go from there. My schedule for 2020 is slowly taking shape, with books already scheduled in January, March, and June.

My rates are going up at the end of December. Schedule me in advance to guarantee my current rates of 0.0025 USD/word for proofreading and 0.0035 USD/word for copyediting.

Hope everyone's ready for the holiday season. :)
 

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Hi everyone!

By the end of December, I'll have edited 34 titles in 2019. I'm really proud of this figure, and I hope to see similar success in 2020.

My rates have gone up in anticipation of the new year.

My copyediting rate has gone up to 0.0045 USD per word. A 50,000-word manuscript would cost $225 USD.

My proofreading rate has gone up to 0.0035 USD per word. A 50,000-word manuscript would cost $175 USD.

Everything else in my opening post still stands: Deposits are $25 USD and scheduling me in advance locks in your rate even if you end up working with me after I've raised my rates again. Email me ([email protected]) for a free sample! My schedule for 2020 is shaping up so it's a great time to secure a spot on my calendar.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season.

My portfolio: Text List or Images
My testimonials: Here
 

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Barring me being ahead of schedule on certain projects, I do not have another slot available until January 28.

Interested in having your book copyedited or proofread during February or beyond? Do get in touch at your earliest convenience via email at [email protected] Send me a 500- to 1500-word excerpt and I'll get back to you with a sample edit. Please also include when you'd like to book the edit! If I happen to have sudden immediate availability, I'll be sure to let you know.

As mentioned before, my copyediting rate is 0.0045 USD per word while my proofreading rate is 0.0035 USD per word. Proofreading is what I charge for works that have already been professionally edited. (So if your book falls into that category, tell me! :) )

Did you know that I started blogging on my business website? I posted an article Christmas Day that may be of some interest to self-publishing authors: How Much Can You Expect an Editor to Catch?
 

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I've updated my portfolio with new titles.

Check it out in image format here or in list format here.

I've now edited 12 fantasy titles, 6 romance titles, 5 thrillers, and 12 self-help titles. There are a few other books sprinkled between those, but those are the genres I have the most experience in. :)

Please reach out via email at [email protected] for a sample edit if you're looking for copyediting or proofreading. My rates are still the same: 0.0045 USD per word for copyediting ($270 USD for a 60,000-word book) and 0.0035 USD per word for proofreading ($210 USD for a 60,000-word book).
 

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I have immediate availability starting February 20.

I'm also running a sci-fi deal! Most of my experience in science fiction comes through critique groups, worldbuilding projects, and so on. The titles I've worked on that have sci-fi elements are more towards fantasy or thriller. I'd like to remedy this.

Do you need a copyeditor for your sci-fi novel? If so, I'm offering steep discounts for the first three sci-fi books scheduled with me. These have a word count limit of 85,000 words each -- if your manuscript is over this, I charge the overage at my normal copyediting rate (0.0045 per word).

The first book is free. The second is charged at 75% off (0.0011 per word), and the third is charged at 50% off (0.002 per word).

No testimonial is required, although one would be much appreciated if you're satisfied after I'm done.

If you're interested, please reach out for a sample edit via email! You can contact me at [email protected].
 

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I have immediate availability starting February 20.

I'm also running a sci-fi deal! Most of my experience in science fiction comes through critique groups, worldbuilding projects, and so on. The titles I've worked on that have sci-fi elements are more towards fantasy or thriller. I'd like to remedy this.

Do you need a copyeditor for your sci-fi novel? If so, I'm offering steep discounts for the first three sci-fi books scheduled with me. These have a word count limit of 85,000 words each -- if your manuscript is over this, I charge the overage at my normal copyediting rate (0.0045 per word).

The first book is free. The second is charged at 75% off (0.0011 per word), and the third is charged at 50% off (0.002 per word).

No testimonial is required, although one would be much appreciated if you're satisfied after I'm done.

If you're interested, please reach out for a sample edit via email! You can contact me at [email protected].
The sci-fi deal is still available and will be available until the end of March.

I also have immediate availability in my schedule. Please reach out if you are interested in having your book copyedited.

Check out my website for testimonials and my portfolio: https://emberediting.com
 

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Thank you for the testimonial, Marcus!

Yes, as mentioned, I'm Canadian, so PayPal will likely make you pay a fee when sending me money. However, it gives you the choice of having that fee taken out of your payment, which is completely fair and something you can do.

In the meantime, I've been having some issues with my work computer, but I'm back in business. My sci-fi deal is no longer available; however, I am running a discount from now until May 1st for all genres.

Between now and then, any project you book with me is 25% off. This applies for both copyediting and proofreading, and it applies on projects you book now but for later in the year. As mentioned in this thread and on my website, I require a $25 USD deposit for scheduling me in advance and for first-time clients. The rest is charged after I deliver the edited manuscript.

I'll be editing my website in the coming weeks to update my portfolio. I'll be adding a couple more self-help titles, a new fantasy title, and a sci-fi title!

Please feel free to reach out via email at [email protected] for a free sample edit. You can also check out my portfolio here and my testimonials here.
 
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