Chris Fortunato

Chris Fortunato – Editor

Having been a managing editor at Bantam, I now work freelance for publishers such as Kensington and Hachette.


During the 1990s, I was managing editor at Bantam Books, in charge of editorial production for all hardcover books. During the early 2000s, I production packaged books for Doubleday and Broadway. Currently, I copy edit for Hachette and for Kensington. My book of psychological thriller stories, Deadly Guests, has recently been published by Close to the Bone, a small UK publisher. It is available on Amazon.

I help authors achieve historical accuracy and write clear, concise prose. I query where necessary and, where I can, suggest solutions to problems.

Having worked at highly charged commercial publishers, and having copy edited many Western, cozies, and hard-edged thrillers, I especially understand commercial genre fiction. I am able to help writers bring their stories into sharper focus.

Action & Adventure Thriller & Suspense
Biographies & Memoirs
English (US)

Work experience

Bantam Books

Jan, 1990 — Dec, 1995 (almost 6 years)

As managing editor, I was in charge of the editorial production of the entire hardcover list.


Feb, 2000 — Present

Currently I copy edit for HarperCollins and Kensington. I work on both nonfiction and fiction (mostly thrillers and Westerns).

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