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Kathryn Davis

Freelance Editor & Fiction Writer

Location:Riverside, California, United States
2 Skills
I love what I do and am very motivated to succeed, which is why I have been a successful professional freelance proofreader, editor and copy editor for 20 years. Because of my background in English skills, I am highly organized and detail-oriented in my work for the advertising industry, publishing industry, journalism and the field of education. My favorite work challenge was being hired to revitalize a poorly received and error-riddled university yearbook and newspaper. I trained the students on proofing for style, spelling, grammar and spelling and helped mold both into award-winning publications within a year. I conceived, developed and created the first proofreading/editing courses for a private university. In addition, I have edited hundreds of manuscripts—both fiction and nonfiction—mentored many writers into publication at major publishing houses (Simon & Schuster, Avon, Ballantine). I enjoy editing and have developed strong interpersonal skills through coaching students and dealing with administrators and my freelance clients. I’ve worked extensively with MS Word (Track Changes), as well as Adobe Acrobat—also the Chicago Manual of Style, AP, and MLA formats. I’ve done a great deal of online editing, copy editing and proofreading; I have an eagle eye for spotting mistakes—whether in syntax, word choice, typographics, spelling or grammar. As my own bestselling novel taught me, I can do just about anything I put my mind and passion to.

•Genre Fiction •Nonfiction Books
•Literary Fiction •Memoirs
•Newspaper Articles •Short Fiction
•College Papers
•Marketing Pieces
•Query Letters


Freelance Editor
Self-employed 1985-Present
• Editing, copy editing, proofreading, consulting, mentoring
Guided several writers to publication

Senior Editor
A-1 Editing Service 2007-Present
• Editing, copy editing, writing novels and narrative nonfiction

Private Writing Coach
Self Employed 2006-Present
•Mentored many writers to publication
• Substantive editing • Proofreading
• Copy Editing
• For dissertations, articles, class synopses
• For fiction: characterization, plot, dialogue, pacing, copy editing, proofreading

Creative Writing Teacher
University of CA, Riverside Extension 1982-present
Fiction Workshop (Works in Progress): fall 2006, spring & summer 2007, winter 2008

Journalism Professor
California Baptist University: 9/2006-6/2007
• Newspaper & yearbook production:
Guided to award-winning publications • Proofreading, grammar, punctuation
• Editing • Writing Skills
• Copy editing • Teaching

Self-employed 1980-present
• 8 published full length works of fiction

Editor & Consultant
Self-employed 1980-present
• Edited manuscripts for publication • Mentored writers

•Proficient in MS Word (track changes), Adobe Acrobat, PowerPoint, Excel, Chicago Manual of Style, MLA and AP style.
•Home Office Includes: OSX, Fax, Copier, High Speed Internet, and Telephone.


• Published eight full-length works of fiction, one of which, Too Deep For Tears, was recognized among the top five
books nationwide on New York Times Bestseller List, B. Dalton and Waldenbooks Bestsellers, among many
other national lists, 1990
• Guest Lecturer, James Joyce Cultural Centre, Dublin, Ireland, 2000
Chosen one of “40 Alumni Who Make a Difference” out of 40,000 graduates at University of California, Riverside, 1994
• Recognized as one of five Women of Achievement, University of Redlands, 1991
• Creative Writing Alumni Award in Fiction, University of California, Riverside, 1990
• 1st Annual Creative Writing Alumni Award in Fiction, University of California, Riverside, 1986
• Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship in History, University of California, Riverside, 1978-79
• President's Undergraduate Fellowship for Historical Research, University of California, Riverside, 1977-78
Allowed me to travel in England and Scotland to research my first novel


• Creativity Workshops: Highgrove Elementary; Benjamin Franklin Elementary; Orangecrest
Elementary; Riverside, CA; 1999-2001
• “What it takes to be a writer”: UC Extension workshop; UC Riverside; Riverside, CA; February 1996
• "Crossing Cultural Bridges”: Authors' Panel; 'Women Who Are Making a Difference' Conference by
Riverside County Commission for Women; Desert Springs, CA; March 1991
• "My Agent's Pajamas: or Writing Makes Strange Bedfellows"; Seminar in Creative Writing; UC Riverside
Creative Writing Dept., in cooperation with U.C. Extension for Writers' Week; February 1991
• "A Madwoman's Tinker toys:" Keynote Speaker, Tulsa Nightwriters Bestsellers' Seminar, October 1990
• "Romantic Crimes: A multi-media satirical telecast"; Rom Con '84; Anaheim, CA;
Romance Readers and Writers’ Conference; November 1984.
• Course in Writing the Romance Novel, (with Brenda Trent): U.C. Extension; U.C. Riverside; Riverside,
CA; February 1983; July 1982; February 1982


University of California, Riverside
Masters in History 1980
Magna *** Laude
BA in English & History 1978
Phi Beta Kappa, Magna *** Laude

Skills (2) Rating
Fiction Writing