Kevin Callahan

Kevin Callahan - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Publishing professional with 15+ years of editorial experience offering a menu of options. Specialize in mystery/thriller and crime fiction.

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Overview

I provide a variety of editorial consultation options, from detailed editorial overviews to in-depth line edits. My menu of services allow you to pick and choose which aspects you need guidance on and include discounts for multiple options packaged together.

For FICTION I recommend a five phase partnership covering all bases from Initial Read to Agent Submission. As NONFICTION is heavily dependent on subject matter, I will work with you to create a partnership reflective of the topic of your project.

UPDATE: A recent client sold his thriller to HarperCollins Publishers (US/Canada/UK) and to a major publishing house in France. Television rights have been optioned by Kerry Washington's production company.

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Entertainment
LGBTQ Non-Fiction
Political Science & Current Affairs
True Crime
Fiction
LGBTQ Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • Bachelor's Degree - Fairfield University

Work experience

Director of Marketing

Penguin Random House
November, 2015 – May, 2017 (over 1 year)

Associate Publisher

HarperCollins Publishers
January, 2012 – March, 2014 (about 2 years)

Editor

HarperCollins Publishers
June, 2003 – January, 2012 (over 8 years)

Portfolio (13 selected works)

You Can Go Home Now: A Novel

Michael Elias

In this smart, relevant, unputdownable psychological thriller, a woman cop is on the hunt for a killer while battling violent secrets of her own.“My name is Nina Karim. I am a single thirty-one-year-old woman who likes cats, Ryan Reynolds movies, beautiful sunsets, walking on a wintry beach holding hands with a tall, caring, lightly bearded third-wave feminist. Yeah, right.”Nina is a tough Que... read more

In this smart, relevant, unputdownable psychological thriller, a woman cop is on the hunt for a killer while battling violent secrets of her own.“My name is Nina Karim. I am a single thirty-one-year-old woman who likes cats, Ryan Reynolds movies, beautiful sunsets, walking on a wintry beach holding hands with a tall, caring, lightly bearded third-wave feminist. Yeah, right.”Nina is a tough Que... read more

Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind

Gavin Edwards

In Last Night at the Viper Room, acclaimed author and journalist Gavin Edwards vividly recounts the life and tragic death of acclaimed actor River Phoenix—a teen idol on the fast track to Hollywood royalty who died of a drug overdose in front of West Hollywood’s storied club, the Viper Room, at the age of 23.Last Night at the Viper Room explores the young star’s life, including his childhood i... read more

In Last Night at the Viper Room, acclaimed author and journalist Gavin Edwards vividly recounts the life and tragic death of acclaimed actor River Phoenix—a teen idol on the fast track to Hollywood royalty who died of a drug overdose in front of West Hollywood’s storied club, the Viper Room, at the age of 23.Last Night at the Viper Room explores the young star’s life, including his childhood i... read more

The History of the World According to Facebook, Revised Edition

Wylie Overstreet

A revised and expanded edition of the bestselling parody that includes thirty-pages of new text, photos, and contemporary subjects—a clever and fresh historical chronicle.The Sun is now friends with Earth and 7 other planetsPluto: Not cool.What if Facebook had emerged with the Big Bang, and every historical event took place online? Imagine how we’d we see history if . . .On April 15, 1865, Abr... read more

A revised and expanded edition of the bestselling parody that includes thirty-pages of new text, photos, and contemporary subjects—a clever and fresh historical chronicle.The Sun is now friends with Earth and 7 other planetsPluto: Not cool.What if Facebook had emerged with the Big Bang, and every historical event took place online? Imagine how we’d we see history if . . .On April 15, 1865, Abr... read more

Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain

Charles R. Cross

In Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain, Charles R. Cross, author of the New York Times bestselling Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven, examines the legacy of the Nirvana front man and takes on the question: why does Kurt Cobain still matter so much, 20 years after his death?Kurt Cobain is the icon born of the 90s, a man whose legacy continues to influence pop culture and music... read more

In Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain, Charles R. Cross, author of the New York Times bestselling Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven, examines the legacy of the Nirvana front man and takes on the question: why does Kurt Cobain still matter so much, 20 years after his death?Kurt Cobain is the icon born of the 90s, a man whose legacy continues to influence pop culture and music... read more

But You Like Really Dated?!: The Celebropedia of Hollywood Hookups

Ryan Casey

For the celebrity obsessed, Ryan Casey’s pop-culture compendium But You Like Really Dated?! is a must-have collection of hilarious four-color cartoons, comics, and razor sharp caricatures that map out the strange world of celebrity dating, hookups, quickie marriages, and scandals.Award-winning illustrator Ryan Casey offers his outrageously funny and dead-on take on the wicked and wild side of ... read more

For the celebrity obsessed, Ryan Casey’s pop-culture compendium But You Like Really Dated?! is a must-have collection of hilarious four-color cartoons, comics, and razor sharp caricatures that map out the strange world of celebrity dating, hookups, quickie marriages, and scandals.Award-winning illustrator Ryan Casey offers his outrageously funny and dead-on take on the wicked and wild side of ... read more

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

From hitRECord, the immensely popular open collaborative production company, and its founder, Golden Globe-nominated actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, comes The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1. The universe is not made of atoms; it’s made of tiny stories. To create The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, known within the hitRECord community as RegularJOE—directed thousands... read more

From hitRECord, the immensely popular open collaborative production company, and its founder, Golden Globe-nominated actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, comes The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1. The universe is not made of atoms; it’s made of tiny stories. To create The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, known within the hitRECord community as RegularJOE—directed thousands... read more

Mademoiselle Victorine: A Novel

Debra Finerman

When Victorine Laurent joins the chorus of the grand Paris Opera ballet, she expects to become the mistress of a wealthy man; this is how young women without family survive in the decadent City of Light. Yet when the artist Degas introduces her to Edouard Manet, her life changes dramatically. She agrees to pose for him, and the result is a painting that shocks Paris. Overnight, Victorine becom... read more

When Victorine Laurent joins the chorus of the grand Paris Opera ballet, she expects to become the mistress of a wealthy man; this is how young women without family survive in the decadent City of Light. Yet when the artist Degas introduces her to Edouard Manet, her life changes dramatically. She agrees to pose for him, and the result is a painting that shocks Paris. Overnight, Victorine becom... read more

Mafia Madame

Alexa Spagnoli

In The Eighties, Las Vegas was an amazing, glitzy, non-stop human circus fueled by booze, gambling, drugs and sex. This amazing scene is the lush backdrop for the story of an eighteen-year old girl walking into a den of thieves with eyes wide open, but oblivious to it all. The story begins with a counterfeiter in Chicago and chronicles his rise to Las Vegas high roller. In his thirties, he is ... read more

In The Eighties, Las Vegas was an amazing, glitzy, non-stop human circus fueled by booze, gambling, drugs and sex. This amazing scene is the lush backdrop for the story of an eighteen-year old girl walking into a den of thieves with eyes wide open, but oblivious to it all. The story begins with a counterfeiter in Chicago and chronicles his rise to Las Vegas high roller. In his thirties, he is ... read more

Truth Conspiracy

Burdick, Scott

I'll Never Be Long Gone: A Novel

Greene, Thomas Christopher

Kevin has 6 reviews

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Jeff Alcorn
Kevin is great to work with, very professional and has a great eye. He helped make my MS more detailed, logical and deep. His insights were detailed and his thoughts, invaluable. I will use him again without reservation or hesitation. He knows what he's doing! Thanks Kevin!

Jeff Alcorn, November 2020


Jeff Alcorn
Kevin is an exceptional editor. I knew the expectations and timeline coming in and he met those and then some. He pinpointed areas of my work that needed attention and was direct and thorough in his communication. Working with him filled in the cracks and helped me ID places where I could layer more meaning, more sense of place, more character. When you get deep in the work it's hard to see th...
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Jeff Alcorn, September 2020


Kevin Henderson
I am more than pleased with the work and insights Kevin has provided. His work was punctual and professional. I would not hesitate working with Kevin again and plan to do so with all my future manuscripts. Thanks again, Kevin!

Kevin Henderson, August 2020


Cory Wolfe
Kevin is extremely professional and knowledgeable regarding plot, character development and tone no matter what kind of story you’re telling. This was my first time receiving an editorial assessment and Kevin exceeded my expectations! I will be working with him in the future and highly recommend.

Cory Wolfe, March 2020


Scott Burdick
Very professional.

Scott Burdick, August 2019

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