David Ferris

DAVID Ferris 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.

Christian & Memoir

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 self-help book. He shows a great deal of enthusiasm for his clients and cares about helping authors get their point across. And he’s not afraid to deliver tough criticism when it’s warranted.” – 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. 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 Ferris 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