Work and Kind Words


A Good and Useful Hurt
__Aric Davis

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.

Aric Davis

Keep Mars Weird
__Neal Pollack


Get Back Jack
Jack in the Green
Jack and Joe

__Diane Capri

Lake Union Publishing

To Find a Mountain
__Dani Amore

Sweet Tooth
__Tim Anderson

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.
Tim Anderson

The Leaving of Things
__Jay Antani

__Molly Cochran

A Woman of Note
__Carol M. Cram

Mimi and Her Mirror
Daughters of the River Huong
__Wendy Duong

Daughters For a Time
Acts of Contrition
The Light of Hidden Flowers

__Jennifer Handford

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.
Jennifer Handford

Hollywood Forever
__Christopher Herz

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.
Christopher Herz

Paris Noire
__Francine Howard

Tucker’s Way
__David Johnson

The Disenchanted Widow
__Christina McKenna

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!
Christina McKenna

Black As Snow
Wide Asleep
__Nick Nolan

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!).
Nick Nolan

Fugue State
__Steffan Piper

__Neal Pollack

The Fall
__Ryan Quinn

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!

Ryan Quinn

__Deborah Reed

The Girl from Krakow
__Alex Rosenberg

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.
Alex Rosenberg

Crow Hollow
The Crescent Spy

__Michael Wallace

Sing For Us
__Steven Wise

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.
Steven Wise

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
__Steffan Piper

Thomas & Mercer

Nickel Plated
Rough Men
The Fort
Tunnel Vision

__Aric Davis

This Is How You Fall
__Keith Dixon

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.
Keith Dixon

Because She Loves Me
Follow You Home

__Mark Edwards

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

__John Enright

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.
John Enright

Thicker Than Water
Chump Change

__G.M. Ford

Swear to god, best help I ever got from an editor.
G.M. Ford

Road To Nowhere
Billboard Man
__Jim Fusilli

All In
__Joel Goldman and Lisa Klink

Presumption of Guilt
__Marti Green

Last Exit in New Jersey
No Wake Zone
__C.E. Grundler

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!
C.E. Grundler

Shady Cross
The Prettiest One

__James Hankins

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.
James Hankins

Deceptive Measures
__Traci Hohenstein

The Contractors
Shadow Boys
__Harry Hunsicker

Extended Family
__Patrick Kendrick

Circle of Bones
Dragon’s Triangle

__Christine Kling

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.
Christine Kling

Snow Adrift

__Rex Kusler

The Accounting
The Barkeep
Guaranteed Heroes

__William Lashner

Arab Summer
Mickey Outside
Spin Move

__David Lender

On MICKEY OUTSIDE, David Downing was an excellent guide
and sounding board. He was an essential part of my process.

David Lender

El Dorado Blues
The Crooked Pearl
__Shaun Morey

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!
Shaun Morey

Liquid Fear
Chronic Fear
__Scott Nicholson

Because We Are: A Novel of Haiti
__Ted Oswald

Grave of Angels
__Michael Prescott

David Downing did an excellent job and made many thoughtful and
sensitive suggestions. His input improved the book tremendously.

Michael Prescott

End of Secrets
__Ryan Quinn

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.
Ryan Quinn

Almost Dead
Evil Never Dies

__T.R. Ragan

David Downing must be acknowledged first for his editing expertise.
He literally morphs into my characters as he edits.

T.R. Ragan

Already Gone
Out of the Black
__John Rector

The Widow File
Redemption Key

__S.G. Redling

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.
S.G. Redling

Big Maria
Plaster City

__Johnny Shaw

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.

Johnny Shaw

Beyond Belief
__Helen Smith

The Flamekeepers
__J. Gregory Smith

__J.P. Smith

The Righteous
The Wicked
Mighty and Strong
The Blessed and the Damned
Destroying Angel
The Gates of Babylon
Hell’s Fortress
Blood of the Faithful

__Michael Wallace

David has a great eye for what needs to be done
to get a manuscript in the best possible shape.

Michael Wallace

Moonlight Rises
Blue Moonlight
Murder By Moonlight
The Concrete Pearl
The Remains
Everything Burns

__Vincent Zandri

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