There is no one I trust more than David Busis to read my work. He is a passionate, brilliant reader who will inspire you to see your writing with a fresh eye. I’m impressed by his ability to navigate prose styles vastly different from his own, never attempting to mold something into his own aesthetic. Instead, he aims to nurture a writer’s voice and idiosyncrasies. David read and commented on my stories when I applied to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and after such a successful interaction, I’m now trusting him with my book manuscript. He puts his everything into your work; he will gut a story to find its heart.
—Jen Percy, author of Demon Camp
David is a wonderful reader and editor, able to provide perceptive and generous feedback across many genres and styles, and he has an intuitive understanding of how fiction works.
—Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
David Busis is one of those rare editors who can both break a story into discrete components and see where its heart is. I would entrust any writer to his care.
—Ben Nugent, author of Good Kids
David Busis is a careful reader who pays impeccable attention to detail.
“There’s no one I trust with my work more than David Busis. He’s the sharpest reader I know. He has helped me with job applications, graduate school essays, and several short stories which were eventually published. David is a genius at delivering criticism constructively–with warmth, humor and precision.”
—Amy Bonnaffons, author of Black Stones and other stories.
David’s suggestions immensely boosted my confidence in my grad school writing sample and personal statement, and, I think, helped me get accepted into an MFA program. David is a tough reader—critical, but fair—and is amazingly detail-oriented and precise. Without sugar-coating anything, he’ll tell you what’s working and what’s not working in your piece of writing. Also, unlike many writer/editors I’ve met, David doesn’t offer revision suggestions for your story based on what he would do had he written it; rather, his suggestions help you make the story the best version of what it was trying to be in the first place.
David is helpful to bounce ideas off, and very helpful in developing them. There are few readers/writers I trust to share my work with, but I trust David to provide honest and sincere criticism in a very professional, and respectful, manner.
—Zachary Tyler Vickers, author of Congratulations on Your Martyrdom, forthcoming in 2016.
“David Busis is a brilliant editor with a dexterous mind and a sharp eye. Anything he touches becomes more intelligent and, somehow, more itself.
—Mark Mayer, Michener-Copernicus Fellow