About the Doctor



Hi! I'm Cindy Davis, otherwise known as the Fiction Doctor—

originally from ​Massachusetts, now residing in sunny Florida. 

Words have always been my passion. I have been a freelance editor for more than 21 years,​ 

and have loved every minute​--okay, most every minute—​of guiding my authors toward publication​. 

Whether you need ​fiction editing​ with all the bells and whistles or just proof​reading​ or formatting​, 

you might be in the right place. Take a gander around the site​.

​Q​uestions?  How to write a book. 

Just ask. proofreading book editing

My credentials:


  • 24 novels​ (14 mysteries, ​2 romantic suspense​, a young adult fantasy  trilogy​ and a 5-book chapter-book series​).
  • 7 non-fiction​ books​ ​
  • 170+ articles and stories in national publications
  • ​ ​Two years penning a humorous newspaper column
  • ​ ​Instructor for WritersCollege.com​ for four years
  • ​ ​Over ​700 edited novels to date. Most all have gone on to publication​. 

Much of my work as an editor focuses on mentoring, teaching novice authors of all ages, to perfect their skills. fiction editing proofreading book editing

Things to Consider


I’m sorry to say​, no editor can guarantee a publishing contract will result from our efforts. 

The ​entire industry is so subjective​ these days​; the odds of finding an agent are astronomical. 

The ​positive thing is that these days there are more options than ever before, 

which I’ll happily discuss with you.​ Just ask.​

Personal contacts increase your chances over slush-pile percentages. 

Meet publishers, editors and agents. Find out what’s going on the industry.   I highly recommend attending workshops and conferences: learn, learn, learn. You can never learn enough. Join a  writers group. If there isn’t  one in your area, start one.​ ​​Just ask and I’ll tell you how.    Frequently, ​an author's first question is how much I charge. I understand finances are important in  this economy, but urge authors—please don't choose your editor by their price. Ask for a  sample edit. ​All reputable editors are happy to provide one. ​See  if what they say clicks with what you feel your story  needs. See if you feel a rapport with what is said in both the edits and  the side comments regarding structure and story/character development.​ You'll be more able to justify the cost if you feel you'll get something 

from the work.​ ​I am always  willing to work with authors on a payment plan​ though​. . fiction editing proofreading book editing

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