Ellie Maas Davis

Ellie Maas Davis owns Pressque, a publishing consultation firm located in downtown Charleston that offers editing and ghostwriting services to authors and publishers.

Recent Posts

Book Editing, Writing Style, and Writer Intuition

I recently performed an editorial review on a book that came to me through IngramSpark, and when the author, Dave, decided to move forward with editing services, I cherry-picked it. Our schedule was tight, and a week or so later, I recommended 2,523 total edits and offered 78 comments . . . only some of which he decided to accept.

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A Lesson on Saving Native Files

Depending on my mood I introduce myself as a writer, ghostwriter, or editor. The thing is, a lot of what I do is project management. It doesn’t sound as glamorous, and I doubt anyone has ever bought a project manager a drink, still, when you own an editing company, it is part of the gig. Now that publishing is fully and wholly digital—and even though it’s increasingly Cloud-based—project management and keeping track of native files is an important part of the gig, especially for those who are self-publishing and depending on freelance book designers.

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Writing Tips for Becoming an Author

If you want to write for a living then you need to—and I mean doggedly—set yourself up to write. Sounds easy, right? It isn’t, at least not for most of us. There’s carving out time. There’s finding a physical space, someplace quiet without distractions. There’s finding inspiration, and there’s also learning and perfecting the craft. Not to mention that beyond this, there’s finding someone to read what you’ve written and, hopefully, monetizing your efforts. Here are a few writing tips for becoming an author.

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Selling to Independent Booksellers

This is one part love letter to independent booksellers and the other part encouragement to independent authors on how to approach them.

Dear independent booksellers, I can’t remember our first kiss. Even so, my love for you is real. It’s almost as if you know me better than I know myself. Like the time you pointed me to Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore. Murakami is a favorite, but you, my paramour, saw me wander book-lined aisles, restless in want of something I couldn’t quite articulate. Then voila! You nudge me to “staff picks,” and there before me is my next big read.

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Good Book Editing Doesn’t Just Correct, It Collaborates

I love the economy of publishing: a writer takes an idea and creates a product (the writing-the-book part), perfects the product (the editing-the-book part), and then prints the product (the finished-book part that readers pay to read). It’s one of the purest forms of capitalism.

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9 Things You Need to Know About the Book Editing Process

by Ellie Maas Davis, owner of Pressque
Ellie Maas Davis shares frequently asked questions and answers about the book editing process based on the way she runs her business.

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Editorial Review: The First Step to Self-Publishing Your Book

by Ellie Maas Davis
Before an indie author with a book can be paired with an editor, there’s something called an editorial review. This is an assessment that helps self-publishers choose what level of editing their manuscript needs—and if it needs editing at all.

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Author Meets Editor: The Perfect Editorial Match

By Ellie Maas Davis of Pressque
How do you find the one? The one editor, that is. Finding an editor that will bring out the best in your book can be a bit like finding that person that gives you butterflies. Dating and finding an editor can be daunting. The below should be considered in order to make finding “the right” editor a breeze.

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