Line editing, copy editing, content/developmental editing, proofreading, query letters
Fiction: novels, young adult, children’s, historical fiction
Nonfiction: memoirs, history, health/wellness, mental health, personal finance, military, politics, sports, biographies, social issues, and more
DAVID ARETHA has edited more than 200 books and authored nearly 100 books for 30 publishers, including St. Martin’s Press, HarperCollins, Lyons Press, Random House, Running Press, Warner Books, Total/Sports Illustrated, and Scholastic.
His books have generated more than $20 million in revenue and have appeared on the Today show, The Early Show, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. His rating on Goodreads.com is 4.2, based on more than 3,000 ratings.
The author and editor of more than 300 books, David Aretha knows what it takes to get a book published.
“Excellence is his habit,” publisher Les Krantz wrote, and it’s reflected in the numbers: David’s score on Goodreads is 4.2, based on more than 3,000 ratings.
Civil rights icon Myrlie Evers-Williams, who delivered the invocation to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, told NPR about Civil Rights Chronicle, which David edited and cowrote: “Honestly, this book is one of the best that I have seen, if not the best. . . . It’s absolutely magnificent. For those like me who say, ‘I’m tired, I can’t do any more,’ you pick up this book and you go through it and you know why you were dedicated and you know why you can’t stop and that you will continue to fight for justice and equality.”
David has authored, cowritten, and edited books for 30 publishers, including Random House, HarperCollins, St. Martin’s Press, Barnes & Noble, Scholastic, and Total/Sports Illustrated.
He has worked with such foreword writers as Walter Cronkite, John Eisenhower, Margaret Truman, Maureen O’Hara, Gordie Howe, Ernie Banks, Ozzie Smith, U.S. congressman John Lewis, and U.S. senators Daniel Inouye and Ben Nighthorse Campbell.
The Murder of Emmett Till, which David authored, was assigned reading for journalism students at New York University because of its exemplary journalistic prose. Memory & Legacy, which he edited, was officially presented to President Bill Clinton during the grand opening of the Illinois Holocaust Museum. JFK Day by Day, which David edited and cowrote, was featured on Today with Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira. It was converted into a video-enhanced book that was narrated by Meet the Press host David Gregory.
David has written documentary scripts narrated by Reggie Jackson, Jim Lampley, Joe Garagiola, and Carlton Fisk. He has penned biographies on such individuals as Harvey Milk, Magic Johnson, Malala Yousafzai, Mitt Romney, Eminem, Malcolm X, Alex Rodriguez, and Amy Winehouse.
What David Can Do for You
With his critique and his suggestions throughout the manuscript, he will help you take the manuscript to a higher level.
David will personally copy edit and proofread the manuscript. Publishers and literary agents are much more likely to consider a squeaky-clean manuscript because A) the writer immediately comes across as highly professional and B) the manuscript has greater value because the publisher doesn’t have to pay for a copy edit. If a publisher wants to purchase your book, you could use point B in your negotiations in an effort to get a larger advance.
Because of David’s experience and cachet, you are more likely to sell your book to a publisher if his name is attached to the project. A book “authored by J. Doe and edited by David Aretha” will give the publisher assurance that the book will be a professional effort.
He can help you write a book proposal and pitch letter for publishers and/or literary agents.
“David Aretha has been working for me and with me for about 10 years on a freelance basis. He’s always on time, and he’s a person of great integrity and honesty. He is in some ways amazing in the quantity and quality of work he can put into a day. He gets right on things, never makes excuses, and frankly never has to. Excellence is his habit, and everybody I’ve teamed him up with (my clients, my authors, namely) loves to work with him. They are very vocal about it. His work ethic and his creativity distinguish him from others I’ve worked with, and I’ve worked with the best. In addition to excellent editorial and writing skills, he’s an idea man extraordinaire. A dozen original and successful books have emerged from him in the last few years.”
—Les Krantz, publisher/president, Facts That Matter, Inc.
“I was very pleased with David Aretha editing work on Hard Crush. He was easy to work with, answered all of my questions, and provided a wealth of advice as to how I could structurally improve several sections of the book, including the beginning and ending. He really made my book shine, and his work was instrumental in getting it sold quickly to a publisher. I highly recommend him for manuscript editing.”
“Mr. Aretha went beyond just editing he was paid for and gave sound advice. He was beyond helpful and answered all of my questions in a matter of minutes. His skills as an editor are only exceeded by his helpfulness and frankness. I would highly recommend his services to any writer he chose to work with. As a novice writer, the network was the ultimate resource for the thing my writing was sorely in need of, professional outside advice and editing.”
—Conan De Moe
“I was very fortunate to have David Aretha as my editor. He came highly recommended by the network’s founder, and he’s all she promised he would be. When David tells you he will have your manuscript back by the deadline, he will. His line editing is excellent, and his suggestions on my manuscript not only improved it, but made me a better writer. He gives credit where it’s warranted, and offers suggestions for change in a kind and respectful manner.”
—Terry & Kathleen Braddock
“David Aretha is one of the most reliable and qualified copyeditors and proofreaders I have worked with in my many years in publishing. His attention to detail, his consistent and conscientious approach to the text, and his organizational skills ensure that the material he submits on editing projects is always of utmost quality.”
—Josh Leventhal, publisher, MVP Books
—JL in the UK
—James David Rose
“I cannot say enough positive things about working with David Aretha. His editing was insightful, honest, and neither harsh nor delicate. Most of all I appreciated his suggestions and encouragement throughout the process. The experience was worth every dime, and I’m already working on another book to send to him!”