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365体育投注Jeff March and Marti Smiley Childs, who started EditPros in 1993, and their four pop-music books. Bob Schultz/Courtesy photo

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Shop Davis: Need some proofreading? Ready to write that book? EditPros can help

Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March could read the writing on the cubicle walls as the recession of the early ’90s took its toll at their UC Davis communication unit.

365体育投注As the consolidations, layoffs and early retirements escalated, Marti and Jeff took the risky proactive step of leaving their UCD jobs and starting their own business offering editorial services to private and public organizations that couldn’t afford to justify full-time writers and editors on staff. Ironically their business cleaning up the writing of others began in Marti’s laundry room with three clients in 1993 before Marti and Jeff could afford an office.

A growing client list allowed them to purchase some office equipment, and on July 9, 1993, EditPros opened the office they still operate out of at 423 F Street in Davis. Their connection to UC Davis got them most of their early work, but soon they were creating newsletters, annual reports, brochures, and doing proofreading work for many agencies. Jeff learned HTML and built the EditPros website back in January 1996 when there were 100,000 domains out there instead of the 1.1 billion that now exist.

Gradually, their printed paperwork has lessened and they do more editing and proofreading of material for digital distribution, including company websites. Key clients now include many departments and divisions at UC Davis and some at UC Riverside as well as the California Transportation Commission, the Capitol Area Development Authority, the Davis Cancer Center, and a diversity of companies like a local sewer district, a trucking firm, a window manufacturer, and a walnut processor.

“Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone,” Volume 3, came out in 2016.

In 1999, Jeff and Marti wrote “Echoes of the Seventies,” published by Billboard Books, and followed that with three volumes of the series, “Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone.” They are indebted to many musical performers including Peter & Gordon, The Moody Blues, The Beau Brummels, Country Joe & The Fish, The Kingston Trio, Herman’s Hermits, B.J. Thomas, and Anne Murray for sharing their lives before and after stardom in these four books.

Jeff’s knowledge of pop music began while working as a DJ at a variety of California radio stations in the late sixties and early seventies, including the fondly remembered KROY that was the Sacramento’s highest rated station from 1972 to 1974. Check out what was happening on this day in music history at

The book “Voices of a Dream” tells stories about A Touch of Understanding. Courtesy photo

365体育投注Pleased with the success of their own books, Jeff and Marti began helping other writers tackle the book writing process and get their work in print through the EditPros imprint. That resulted in twenty fiction and nonfiction books, many by local authors. The late Thomas Cahill’s scientific and science fiction books have been consistent good sellers and other authors and organizations have books online and in bookstores thanks to the help of EditPros.

365体育投注The disability awareness program A Touch of Understanding, which does programs for 10,000 students, including at six DJUSD elementary schools each year, was very pleased with the quality of “Voices of a Dream,” which tells the story of ATOU through the eyes of participants in the program. They worked with EditPros Book Prep Service, which allowed them to maintain the copyright to their completed book.

365体育投注With the Book Prep service, EditPros stands by authors while allowing the authors to retain all legal rights to their book and collect 100% of the royalties. Marti and Jeff help design the book cover, professionally format the book, convert the book to digital files for services like Kindle and Nook, and obtain ISBN numbers. They help set up an account with IngramSpark, a print-on-demand (POD) producer of books that means the author doesn’t have to have a warehouse of books in their garage. Sixteen books have been printed using the Book Prep Service.

Thomas Cahill’s books have been very successful. Courtesy photo

Marti and Jeff have been work partners in EditPros in the same cozy office on F Street for 27 years, but they also have a weekly routine in which they are joined for a walk to lunch by their life partners, Marti’s husband, Gary, and Jeff’s wife, Marsha. Contact EditPros LLC at 530-759-2000, go to their website at where there is an email link or simply stop by 423 F St. between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and go up to the second floor to Suite 206 to find their office.

Shop Davis

EditPros is one of many retailers and service providers in Davis who are part of the Shop Davis campaign. Why shop Davis? Sales taxes help pay for infrastructure, schools and city services; local business owners support local charities and causes; convenience; jobs; creating a city brand helps grow tourism and attract other businesses; and it’s eco-friendly.

 

 

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