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Joie Davidow

My latest book, AN UNOFFICIAL MARRIAGE; will be published by Arcade in Marc 2021. I am the author of a memoir, Marked for Life (Harmony), the non-fiction title Infusions of Healing (Fireside), and with Esmeralda Santiago, the editor of two story anthologies, Las Mamis, and Las Christmas (both published by Vintage/ Knopf). In my career as a journalist, I was the founder and editor of two award-wining magazines — L.A. Style and Sí — and a co-founder of the L.A. Weekly newspaper. For the past eighteen years, I have lived and worked inItaly, as a writing coach and freelance editor. My projects included proposal writing, developmental and line editing. I mentor writers' groups and work with clients individually worldwide via Zoom or Skype.

years experience: 35
rates: Rates for bookl editing: $1,500-5,000
Writing, Ghost-writing, Copywriting, Fiction writing, Developmental editing, Proposal writing/editing, Book Doctor, Line-editing
General fiction, Biography, Travel, Lifestyle
"Joie did an exceptional job of going through my entire manuscript. As a first time author, I wasn’t sure what the editing process looked like. She made it very easy to understand and was thorough in her edits of language, punctuation, clauses, etc. She also did an exceptional job of enhancing the character development and plot and cutting away unnecessary text. Highly recommend her services. Thank you Joie." R L Carlson, romantic novelist

"Joie was very responsive. She has a sharp eye for detail, and she really helped me take my manuscript to the next level. As a first-time author, I had a lot of questions. Joie made sure each one of these questions was answered thoroughly so that I understood every step of the process. Her edits were concise and her comments were constructive. I highly recommend her!" Morgana Kennedy, novelist

""Joie was a pleasure to work with. Not only is she an exceptional proofreader, but she also pays attention to structural considerations and is able to elevate your work by making suggestions that do nothing but improve it. She was prompt and her communication skills are stellar. My manuscript is long, nearly 900 pages. The story is involved, and the characters complex and diverse. She was able to correct every logical inconsistency front to finish and make critical motivational observations that clarified and made for much easier reading. She will never steamroll your style. She made thousands of grammatical improvements and corrected tense and style issues of the most subtle kind with what I can only describe as editorial artistry. Enough of all that. Let me put it this way: if you can find a better editor, you just let me know."" David Coy, author of sci-fi trilogy

An Unofficial Marriage, historical novel (author)
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Anything but Yes, a historical novel set in the Roman ghetto in 1749, a true story of abduction and incarceration
An Unofficial Marriage - a historical novel about the life-long love of the great Russian author Ivan Turgenev for Pauline Viardot, the most famous opera singer of the time.

Marked for Life, a memoir
Isabel Bleecker
Nordlyset Literary Agency
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