Shelly Davis
The Detail Devil
(415) 993-9666


Developmental editing and copyediting for women's fiction,

historical fiction, suspense, and more.

Are you looking for an experienced, professional, and compassionate editor who works with traditional publishers as well as independent authors? Then you have come to the right place.

Whether it’s delving into story structure or inserting a critical comma, editing is all about the details. Good editing focuses on removing distractions so that readers can immerse themselves in the story. I’m a firm believer in preserving the author’s voice. It’s your story, not mine. My role is to help the reader understand what you are trying to say.

In addition to PEN, I am a member of American Copy Editors Society (ACES), Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), Association of Independent Publishing Professionals (AIPP), and Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA). With over 20 years of experience editing everything from legal documents to blog posts, full-length novels to short stories, I am here to help you make your story the best it can be.

So, what’s your story? Let me take care of the details. Because words matter.

Editing Services
Copyediting, Developmental editing, Proofreading, Substantive
Fiction Genres
Action/adventure, Drama, Historical, Humor/satire, Mystery, Mythology, Romance, Suspense/thriller
Nonfiction Genres
Autobiography and memoir, Biography, Cookbooks, Creative nonfiction, Self-help, Travel
Age Levels
Infant and toddler, Pre-K, Early elementary, Middle grade, Young adult, New adult, Adult
Style Manuals
Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS)
Adobe Acrobat Reader, Google Docs, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Other Memberships
ACES: The Society for Editing, Editorial Freelancers Association