David has worked on 100+ manuscripts that have landed publishing deals.
DAVID has built up a distinguished career as an editor, writer, ghostwriter, and filmmaker. His flair for the written word, creative acumen, and meticulous attention to detail has earned him a loyal following of clients in need of copy editing, content editing, developmental editing, or ghostwriting.
After earning his master’s degree in Journalism at Northwestern University, he spent five years working for an academic press and later for Hachette Book Group.
His long track record has given him exposure to a wide range of authors, writing styles, and genres, including novels, non-fiction works, self-help books, memoir, Christian and other spiritual writing, and business books.
Thesis and Dissertation Writing Consultant
He’s also a specialist in academic writing and often partners with graduate students to bring their thesis or dissertation to the next level.
Screenwriting / Filmmaker
With professional experience in both fiction and documentary film, as a producer, writer, and director, David is well versed in the art of cinematic storytelling and can edit or critique your screenplay.
Book Editing Services
Developmental editing begins with a consultation to create a detailed “book plan” that will serve as a blueprint for your book from start to finish. David helps writers identify the strong and weak points of a text and provides guidance on the “big picture” elements such as plot, structure, character, tone, etc. This service is recommended for authors who are in the beginning to middle stages of the process. Developmental editing often saves you time and money in the long run, avoiding critical mistakes and fixing flaws early rather than late. It’s always done before editing. There’s no sense in having your book edited when large portions of the text will be changed or omitted.
Content editing looks beyond the “mechanics” of spelling and grammar to improve style, clarity, and flow. Your writing will have a more professional touch that will impress agents, publishers, and readers. This is David’s most popular, most comprehensive service.
Copyediting addresses the fundamentals of proper writing (grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, word choice, verb tense, etc.) Every bestseller published through a traditional publisher had a copy editor.
Manuscript evaluations/critiques provide an analysis of your writing and your goal. You’ll learn what works well and what doesn’t. You can either do the rewrites based on a professional review, or work with David to implement the changes.
Ghost Writing Services
David’s strength as a ghostwriter lies in his chameleonic ability to adapt to the preferred style and voice of a writer. He works closely with authors to get at the heart of what they want to tell and how they want to tell it. Whether you’re writing a work of fiction, non-fiction, memoir, or something else, David will gather your ideas together, work with you one on one to hammer out a structure and theme for the book, supplement these ideas with original research, and synthesize them into a dazzling, finished work.
Ghostwriting works best as a collaborative partnership – as a synthesis between two minds. Each ghostwriting project will be different in accord with the unique demands of a particular book, but generally the process works as follows:
- Discuss your book idea on the phone or Skype
- Ask you the right questions and contribute ideas to help form a clear direction and a marketable angle for the book
- Conduct extensive research to generate material for the book. Depending on the genre, this can take many forms (interviews with the client; academic research; background reading of other texts; and even field research)
- Come up with an outline, writing plan, “treatment” (in the case of screenplays), or proposal (for non-fiction projects) and refine it in accord with your wishes and specifications
- Produce a first draft and then a final draft, soliciting your input at every stage to ensure that you receive exactly what you are looking for
- Start for as little as $200.
Book Editor Reviews
“I am very happy that I found David among the many editors out there. He was the ideal person to help with my business/self-help book. He shows a great deal of enthusiasm for his clients on and cares about helping authors get their point across. And he’s not afraid to deliver tough criticism when it’s warranted. I would work with him again on my next project.” – David Jambrovic
“David was such a joy to work with. His professionalism and thoughtful, creativity far exceeded my expectations. Somehow he took the ramblings of a first time, grammatically challenged author and made beautiful sense of it all. He is a wizard at his craft.” – Ron King
“David was the perfect choice of editor for my manuscript. The subject matter was both technical and personal and throughout the editing process he diligently worked to retain my personal voice while helping me better articulate my beliefs and expressions. He was honest with me when it came to the strength of my arguments and the effectiveness of my rhetoric. And he brought his own knowledge on the subject, taking the time to direct me to new and updated sources whenever possible. Because of David’s work, my manuscript has been greatly improved.” – Ryan Tempest, Co-founder of This Could Be Phoenix
“I can recommend David with the utmost enthusiasm. He stayed with me at every step of the way, from developing the plot and characters to refining key scenes to clarifying the tone to cutting all the excess stuff that was weighing down my story. He is well-read and really knows his stuff when it comes to literature. I am submitting my novel to agents now and have started a second book, for which I will hire David again to assist me with developmental editing and content revision.” – Aaron Reese
“Since this was my first book, I was very apprehensive about writing, but David removed my fears. The original manuscript for my memoir was originally written as a collection of short stories, but with David’s helpful advice and guidance was able to assist my wife and I in writing a more cohesive story with a connecting theme. He was good to point out the importance of dialog, detail in description of characters, and surroundings which were sometimes lacking in our initial writing. It was an easy and enjoyable working relationship, as David was prompt to reply to emails and even spent time talking in length with my wife and I over the phone to answer questions –even when he was overseas. He was honest, but not brutal to a first-time author, giving much helpful criticisms and yet taking time to comment or compliment when he felt it was warranted.” – Pat Conrad
“I loved working with David and felt we developed an instant rapport. He walked me through the whole process of editing from a manuscript appraisal through to an inline edit. I welcomed his input, insight, and obvious experience. Throughout the whole process, I appreciated feeling in control of the project and maintained a strong sense of ownership of my work despite my inexperience. David was generous with his knowledge, gracious with his advice and encouraging with his feedback.” – Donita Bundy
“Even among a team of highly proficient editors at the publishing house where I supervised him, David distinguished himself through his dedication, thoroughness, and genuine concern for each and every project that came across his desk. I know that he understands the value and power of the written word and also values the unique talents and perspective of each author – this concern shows in his editing work. I trust him enough that I would hire him to edit my own book.” – Max Grigorev
“David’s professionalism is obvious, based solely on the thoroughness of his editing work. Not only does he take the time to prepare the best manuscript possible, but he also pays attention to the particulars of the story. When he makes a suggestion, it’s proof that he’s treating the work as both an editor and a reader.” – Jason Garrett, author of Troubled Souls (“Best Horror” Winner of the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards and Winner of the 2013 Beverly Hills Book Award)
“David Henderson was another editor who helped me with multiple edits of the manuscript. He inspired me to open up more in my expressions and better articulate to readers the reality of my life experience that I was sharing with them. I found that as we worked together I felt more confident about my writing. As a result, my story was able to become even richer in depth, much like a piece of art.” – Samantha Michael, author of The Beauty of My Shadow