Karen S Davis

Award-winning editor and writer Karen S. Davis, listed in Who's Who in America, is a veteran editor and copyeditor of books published by Time Warner, Disney Publishing Worldwide, McGraw-Hill, Cambridge University Press, Kensington, Cengage, Thomson (UK), and many other prestigious publishing houses. Several books Karen edited for Salem Press won American Library Association awards.

Karen's honors degrees in English and history, world-class journalism credentials from London's TIMES, life and travel in other cultures, and professional careers in the arts and sciences as well as literature contribute to her expertise in a range of genres. She has taught writing in select universities and to adults and children.

Karen edits fiction and nonfiction works alike: literary, historical and military, crime and mystery, Western, drama, romance, Judaica, autobiography, art and music, poetry, science fiction, screenplays, sports, British language and culture, and many more.


"A deep bow to my editor . . . a mere genius. Thank you for your help and encouragement. You are amazing!"―Richard Winwood, A Poore Wandringe Boy

"Thank you for all your hard work. Beyond excellent!"―Salem Press

"I hope you don't mind me telling everyone on this earth how talented you are! Your editing skills, tenacity, and critiquing walk on water. Fantastic. You are a true professional."—Ken Samanski, French Like Me

"Thanks, Karen. You're my secret weapon in the struggle for communications supremacy!"—Alan Lattanner

"Working with Karen as copyeditor is complete pleasure. Karen is painstakingly thorough, extremely well-informed in all areas of her field, and willing to rise to the most challenging assignments. I highly recommend her to any fellow publisher or author with the utmost confidence."—Stuart Swezey, Publisher

"It's a pleasure working with you."―Karina Mikhli, Kensington Publishing

"Karen, you are very gifted. Your efforts and comments were right on and reflect your surgically precise intellect. Thanks also for getting this out so quickly."—Samson Soledad, In the Beginning There Was . . . Me

"[You are] a gifted editor . . . a very talented lady. Thank you so much!"―Mark H. Barratt, Guardian of Heaven

"Fighter pilots like to be in control. I worried about turning my memoir, especially the letters home, over to an editor. I interviewed five and picked Karen Davis. Great choice. She is a real pro and turned my storytelling into real writing. She was efficient, and best of all did not tell me what I wanted to hear. Karen, I would fly in your backseat any time!"―(Pilot) Gary Thrasher, Phantom Letters

"It took me weeks to settle on an editor for my collection, and I'm thrilled that I ended up with Karen. Her work is, in a word, fantastic. I got exactly what I asked for and it made me euphoric. It was a pleasure to work with an editor who was both professional and friendly."

—Laala Kashef Alghata, Behind the Mask: A Folded Heart

"What can I say, Karen, but thank you! You took on an unknown writer and injected your years of experience and knowledge while keeping my voice alive. You were so forthcoming with your straightforward, insightful, and professional advice and comments. You have set a lofty editorial standard and I dare anyone to find a more professional, flexible, or honest editor anywhere."—Yolanda Klem, Torn

"My patient and understanding editor.... Thank you ever so much for all of your help! Your professionalism and the time and attention you gave me were invaluable. A pleasure working with you!"—Richard Ford, Lord of Eternity

"Wow! Thank you. It appears my decision to employ your talents was a wise one!"—Jay Osman, Fug 10

"My stage play ... was published by a London publishing company with the comment 'one of the best plays the review board has read.' Karen gave valuable advice on the strengths and weaknesses of the work plus an extensive edit. I cannot thank Karen enough and it was a real pleasure working with her."—Colin Wilson

"This is my first attempt at writing a true crime book. Her edits were ruthless, but they needed to be. I accepted nearly all and learned a lot. It’s so much better than when I sent it to her. "—Chris Benjamin

"Karen is a consummate professional. She is an English language expert with an eagle's eye for detail. I recommend her whole-heartedly."—Paul Lineberry

"I can't thank you enough. Incredible skills!"—Mary Ruth Koogler

"Karen is the best editor that I have worked with. She is not satisfied until she exceeds her own high expectations."—Thomas L. Foster

"Karen's skills are superb."—Congressman Walter C. Minnick

"Karen's brilliant writing and editing skills transformed the [manuscript]. The breadth of her writing skills is evident."—Marjorie Sa'adah

"Karen has superior skills for producing clear and effective writing. I went to great lengths to locate her … I wanted the best."—Vahan Hoonanian

"Karen has the unique ability to describe complex technical matters in a way that any educated person can understand, regardless of area of expertise."—Dr. Frank Arguello

"You are a magician with language. The ms. reads much better now, which is amazing because it had already been revised at least thirty times and professionally edited. I've learned a great deal from you and it's been a pleasure working with someone so pleasant, extremely talented, and knowledgeable. I hope you'll be available for my future projects. Now I don't think I'd want my agent to see anything you haven't seen first! Thank you for doing such a marvelous job. Don't be surprised if you get some referrals. You're brilliant."—Linda Dennis Richmond

"I'm glad you came along. You're brilliant—a true genius with words! I'm always so amazed that every suggestion and correction is the perfect choice. And I'm so grateful how your knowledge and intuition, practicality and artistry, reason and vision have perfected my work. Thank you, Renaissance Woman."—David Yakerson

"You've done a great job taking the bugs out of my writing. Your meticulous editing has made the work flow more smoothly. Thank you for all the work you've done. You've made my first writing exploration a less daunting experience. I look forward to working with you again. I'll keep in touch."—Bart Lambrecht

"Karen, I just want to thank you so much for your magic touch in working with my mss. It finally took the shape I had in mind from the beginning."—Alina Barkan

"The mss reads much, much better. Thanks for a really professional job. I've started my second book, so . . . we'll do this again."—David Sakamoto

"Thanks for your quick and through analysis! I deeply appreciate your comments and suggestions. Frankly, I was ready to throw in the towel on this book because I knew it wasn't anywhere near finished, but I didn't know how to proceed. You've given me good insights and needed hope!"—Richard

"I think everything you said was absolutely right. Thank you so much for your encouragement."—Simon Taylor

"Thank you. We are pleased with your suggestions ... copy editing changes ... [and] editing beyond that [making] things a little more enticing and vibrant."—Seth P. Cassell, Penn State University

"A lot of writers are nervous about handing their work off to a stranger to be critiqued and changed but Karen put me at ease immediately with her sample edit. She balanced the telling of the story in a more concise manner with keeping my voice as the storyteller very much alive. Her edit suggestions have given me the confidence to send my manuscript to publishers, agents and consider self-publishing." (author)

"Karen responded quickly with a sample that had a lot of time put into it, and her work editing the rest of my manuscript was of equal dedication. She deserves credit as well for accepting a chapter change I made halfway through the editing process. She accepted the changes and still returned the finished manuscript to me on time. Would definitely recommend her work." (author)

 "Reading my manuscript through her words was like having them narrated by Morgan Freeman. She's a master. Excellent experience working with her! Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert!" (author)

~  Karen brings clarity and conciseness to confusing language and organization to chaos. ~

Expert in everything English