A Good and Useful Hurt
As proud as I was of the book when I worked on it initially, we were able
to really give it a nice polish and I’m very happy with how it turned out.
David was a joy to work with. Thank you for getting me such an awesome editor.
Keep Mars Weird
Get Back Jack
Jack in the Green
Jack and Joe
Lake Union Publishing
To Find a Mountain
David did a bang-up job of whipping it into shape, suggesting smart additions throughout, and nudging me to try to write about Jimmy with an eye not only on the next joke but also on ways to actually tinge the humor with conflict and a little darkness. (All with the same eye! Amazing.) He really helped me give the ms. more oomph, basically, and was an absolute kick to work with from start to finish.
The Leaving of Things
A Woman of Note
__Carol M. Cram
Mimi and Her Mirror
Daughters of the River Huong
Daughters For a Time
Acts of Contrition
The Light of Hidden Flowers
I thoroughly enjoyed working with David through the editing process. His comments/observations/edits were so helpful and insightful and I have no doubt that the changes they inspired have made the manuscript stronger. Truly, when I read his first comments I was weepy with gratitude because working with editor who “got” what I was attempting was a dream come true. It was a pleasure.
David knows when to crack the whip and when to stop on the side of the road to make sure you’re not going to break down and wade slowly into the river. His attention to detail, tone and just a general sense of story have helped each of my novels achieve their potential through his laser focus on clarity. He is as dedicated as any editor I’ve worked with. Rather than shy away from challenges, he attacks them with an even hand. I believe he lives with each of the books he edits as much as the author does. A master surgeon I would trust with any of my bodies.
The Disenchanted Widow
I really enjoyed working with David Downing. He did a wonderful job!
There’s only one other person I know who combines the qualities of a
gentleman and a razor-sharp eye: Mr. Sherlock Holmes!
Black As Snow
I have to thank you for connecting me with David. His input was precise and brilliant. I so appreciated his suggestions, as well as his ability to see certain things my way (although, in the end, I went with about 95% of what he recommended). And finally, I very much appreciated his complimenting my work when he felt it was warranted. I must say that David has made this book much better than it was (and I know you’ll agree!).
Thanks so much, David, for your wisdom, patience, thoughtfulness with this.
It’s an immense help and the book has been improved greatly. I appreciate it!
The Girl from Krakow
I must tell you what a pleasure it was to have David’s company in polishing the manuscript. I’ve dealt with a lot of editors, but he’s the best.
The Crescent Spy
Sing For Us
I’ve enjoyed the process immensely. There was some grinding, to be sure, and my emotions ranged from frighteningly self-deprecatory to joyous. I’m a better writer than I was a couple of weeks ago, thanks to David’s eyes.
Gulliver Takes Manhattan
Gulliver Takes Five
__Justin Luke Zirilli
Special thanks to David Downing, who is the nicest, most unbelievably
kick-ass guy I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with, editor or otherwise.
Justin Luke Zirilli
Lawrence L. Allen
Tree of Liberty
__Lawrence L. Allen
Past Life Press
The Seven Hundred Dollar Raincoat
Thomas & Mercer
This Is How You Fall
The book is tighter, sharper, and grabbier, and it lands much harder than it did, pre-edit. To that end, I’d like to say thanks once again for naming such a smart editor for this book—David has a very light touch, but like any good surgeon he knows how to identify pain and search until he finds the cause. He certainly improved this manuscript, and I’d be delighted to work with him on any project in the future.
Because She Loves Me
Follow You Home
A Dangerous Talent
A Cruise to Die For
The Art Whisperer
__Charlotte & Aaron Elkins
Fire Knife Dancing
The Dead Don’t Dance
Blood Jungle Ballet
Once again, it has been a pleasure working with David.
It is like having the ideal tennis doubles partner, who thinks the same way,
covers your backhand, and cleans up your mistakes.
Thicker Than Water
Swear to god, best help I ever got from an editor.
Road To Nowhere
Presumption of Guilt
Last Exit in New Jersey
No Wake Zone
Once again, I can’t thank David enough for all his assistance, and I
am grateful for whoever was responsible for matching us up. He was an
incredible help and is a delight to work with—truly a fantastic editor!
The Prettiest One
David is always fantastic to work with. He has as keen an eye for the little details as he does for bigger picture issues. And he asks all the right questions, forcing me to make sure that I’ve thought everything through fully. He is creative when offering alternatives to lines or actions. It really is a pleasure to work with him, something I wasn’t sure I’d be able to say about someone whose job it is to pick apart my work. I have absolutely no doubt that SHADY CROSS, as well as my newest book, THE PRETTIEST ONE, are both better because of his careful attention.
Circle of Bones
It was such a pleasure working with David, and I know we made the novel
tighter and better. He has a great “bookside manner” whereby with humor
and insight he manages to make the whole process both fun and productive.
On MICKEY OUTSIDE, David Downing was an excellent guide
and sounding board. He was an essential part of my process.
El Dorado Blues
The Crooked Pearl
Thank you for placing me with David. He was spot on and
then some, and I felt both protected and happily challenged
to be working with him. Keep him close. He’s a keeper!
Because We Are: A Novel of Haiti
Grave of Angels
David Downing did an excellent job and made many thoughtful and
sensitive suggestions. His input improved the book tremendously.
End of Secrets
I want to acknowledge David Downing, my brilliant editor, whose wisdom and patience helped me transform the final drafts of this book. Readers will never know the full significance of David’s guidance—which, I think, is the point. But it’s a shame that the best editors are inherently underappreciated by readers. Take my word for it, dear reader, David has done you all a great favor in the immense value he added to this book.
Evil Never Dies
David Downing must be acknowledged first for his editing expertise.
He literally morphs into my characters as he edits.
Out of the Black
The Widow File
David is making this process so much better than I could ever have hoped for. Before we got started, nightmarish tales from other authors of editors who are rude, apathetic, incompetent and arrogant haunted my dreams. David put all of those to rest. Besides his nearly-supernatural attention to detail (causing me more than one face-palm), he has a wonderful sense of nuance, often knowing what I was trying to say better than I did. His talent and genuine enthusiasm have made FLOWERTOWN a much better book than I dreamed it could be.
David was a dream to work with. He understood the thematic strengths of the story
and really helped to guide the book to its final state, while at the same time never suggesting anything that was outside of my distinct voice. I would work with David again in a heartbeat.
__J. Gregory Smith
Mighty and Strong
The Blessed and the Damned
The Gates of Babylon
Blood of the Faithful
David has a great eye for what needs to be done
to get a manuscript in the best possible shape.
Murder By Moonlight
The Concrete Pearl