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Christa Yelich-Koth

Christa Yelich-Koth - Editor

Portland, OR, United States

Editor and writer with a particular focus on science fiction/fantasy, both YA and adult. I want to help make your story the best possible.

Overview

I have been an editor and head of submissions for Buzz & Roar Publishing since Jan 2015. I've worked with published (several B&N and Amazon bestsellers) and first-time authors and love working with both new and veteran writers. I've also worked internationally with Tellerup Publishing, so if you need help once your book is translated into English, I can assist.

My main focus is science fiction and fantasy, both YA and adult. I also enjoy working on memoirs and mysteries.

My goal as an editor is to help enhance the beauty of your voice/style while working through anything that bogs the story down. I want you to feel uplifted as a writer and encouraged to make changes to tell your story the best way possible.

My published works as an author include Amazon Bestselling novels, Eomix Galaxy Books ILLUSION [also the winner of the 2016 Novel of Excellence Award in Science Fiction] and IDENTITY, so I understand how incredibly important it is to find a competent editor who will give you individual attention--this is what I strive to do for my clients.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Dystopian Fantasy Science Fiction Urban Fantasy Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Awards

  • Amazon Bestselling Author
  • Winner of the 2016 Novel of Excellence Award for Science Fiction from Author's Circle Awards for ILLUSION

Work experience

Contract Editor

The Publishing Circle
June, 2017 – Present (7 months)

I am assigned manuscripts from the submissions department, usually dealing with science fiction, fantasy, or other related genres. I then edit the content, using the Chicago Style Manual.

Co-editor

REDSHIFT
December, 2016 – July, 2017 (7 months)

Co-editor for Season 3 of REDSHIFT programs (affiliated with FancyPants Gangsters) which is an audio science fiction program. My job entails reading and reviewing short stories for submission and co-editing those stories for transference to an audio medium.

Panelist

MInicon
March, 2015 – March, 2015 (less than a minute)

Panelist at Minicon Science Fiction Convention. Topics were "Artistic Bravery" and "Publishing after the Big 5". Focus was discussing ways to push forward through your writing fears, which also reflects knowing when your ms is ready for publication and how to continue moving forward if you were rejected by the "Big 5" publishers, including making sure your ms is edited, formatted, and polished.

Staff/Workshop Leader

Southern California Writers Conference
February, 2015 – Present (almost 3 years)

Staff and workshop leader in 2015 and 2017. Main focus was on comic book writing and mixing genres, as well as Read and Critique sessions.

Editor and Head of Submissions

Self-employed
January, 2015 – Present (almost 3 years)

As an editor: I currently focus on copy editing (spelling, grammar, sentence structure) and developmental editing (plot, flow, character developments, etc.). My typical turnaround time is 3-8 weeks, depending on the length of the ms.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

The Midnight Sea (The Fourth Element Book 1)

Kat Ross

They are the light against the darkness.The steel against the necromancy of the Druj.And they use demons to hunt demons….Nazafareen lives for revenge. A girl of the isolated Four-Legs Clan, all she knows about the King's elite Water Dogs is that they bind wicked creatures called daevas to protect the empire from the Undead. But when scouts arrive to recruit young people with the gift, she leap... read more

They are the light against the darkness.The steel against the necromancy of the Druj.And they use demons to hunt demons….Nazafareen lives for revenge. A girl of the isolated Four-Legs Clan, all she knows about the King's elite Water Dogs is that they bind wicked creatures called daevas to protect the empire from the Undead. But when scouts arrive to recruit young people with the gift, she leap... read more

Blood of the Prophet (The Fourth Element Book 2)

Kat Ross

Visionary. Alchemist. Savior. Saint.The Prophet Zarathustra has been called many things. Now he spends his time drawing pictures of weird-looking goats. That's what happens when you've been stuck in a prison cell for two hundred years. But the man who might be mad, and is definitely supposed to be dead, has suddenly become very valuable again…It's only been a few weeks since Nazafareen escaped... read more

Visionary. Alchemist. Savior. Saint.The Prophet Zarathustra has been called many things. Now he spends his time drawing pictures of weird-looking goats. That's what happens when you've been stuck in a prison cell for two hundred years. But the man who might be mad, and is definitely supposed to be dead, has suddenly become very valuable again…It's only been a few weeks since Nazafareen escaped... read more

Queen of Chaos (The Fourth Element Book 3)

Kat Ross

Persepolae has fallen.Karnopolis has burned.As the dark forces of the Undead sweep across what remains of the empire, Nazafareen must obey the summons of a demon queen to save Darius's father, Victor. Burdened with a power she doesn't understand and can barely control, Nazafareen embarks on a perilous journey through the shadowlands to the House-Behind-the-Veil. But what awaits her there is wo... read more

Persepolae has fallen.Karnopolis has burned.As the dark forces of the Undead sweep across what remains of the empire, Nazafareen must obey the summons of a demon queen to save Darius's father, Victor. Burdened with a power she doesn't understand and can barely control, Nazafareen embarks on a perilous journey through the shadowlands to the House-Behind-the-Veil. But what awaits her there is wo... read more

Kingston Court

Holly Kammier

What happens when you take middle-aged, stay-at-home moms, and throw them back into the workforce and dating? A modern twist between Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives, Kingston Court follows the love, lies, and friendships of two wealthy Southern California women.Samantha and Natalie are at a crossroads. Gorgeous, over-the-top Samantha, hangs her status and her happiness on her “perfec... read more

What happens when you take middle-aged, stay-at-home moms, and throw them back into the workforce and dating? A modern twist between Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives, Kingston Court follows the love, lies, and friendships of two wealthy Southern California women.Samantha and Natalie are at a crossroads. Gorgeous, over-the-top Samantha, hangs her status and her happiness on her “perfec... read more

Dark Moon presents: GHOSTS!

We are the ones who still believe. In our periphery, we see them dancing darkly in moon beams, flickering like ghouls in the candlelight, and braying like witches to the wind that flutters the branches in the trees. We turn to look, but the specters sway just out of our line of vision, always behind us like our own shadows. Sometimes we feel them brush against our cheek while we sleep. Cold, c... read more

We are the ones who still believe. In our periphery, we see them dancing darkly in moon beams, flickering like ghouls in the candlelight, and braying like witches to the wind that flutters the branches in the trees. We turn to look, but the specters sway just out of our line of vision, always behind us like our own shadows. Sometimes we feel them brush against our cheek while we sleep. Cold, c... read more

Oppression (Children of the Gods Book 1)

Jessica Therrien

Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She's been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than average people, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she's closer to eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don't make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she's... read more

Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She's been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than average people, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she's closer to eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don't make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she's... read more

Uprising (Children of the Gods Book 2)

Jessica Therrien

Elyse has done everything she can to protect her friends from The Council's reach. As long as they believe she's dead, she has time to rest and train for war. And war is inevitable. When Kara arrives with the news that Anna and Chloe have been captured, Elyse is faced with the realization that no one is safe until The Council is stopped and Christoph is destroyed. She doesn't need a prophecy t... read more

Elyse has done everything she can to protect her friends from The Council's reach. As long as they believe she's dead, she has time to rest and train for war. And war is inevitable. When Kara arrives with the news that Anna and Chloe have been captured, Elyse is faced with the realization that no one is safe until The Council is stopped and Christoph is destroyed. She doesn't need a prophecy t... read more

Redemption (Children of the Gods Book 3)

Jessica Therrien

Lead Council member, Christoph, is dead by Elyse’s hand, and Descendants have begun to emerge, exposing their secret to the world. Some see this as the prophecy come to fruition, but the prophecy caries a heavy consequence. It was never meant to be as peaceful as most had hoped.Humans and Descendants struggle to live together in a world that isn’t ready for such a change. America is divided. T... read more

Lead Council member, Christoph, is dead by Elyse’s hand, and Descendants have begun to emerge, exposing their secret to the world. Some see this as the prophecy come to fruition, but the prophecy caries a heavy consequence. It was never meant to be as peaceful as most had hoped.Humans and Descendants struggle to live together in a world that isn’t ready for such a change. America is divided. T... read more

The Thirteenth Gate (Dominion Mysteries Book 2)

Kat Ross

If you like your Victorian mysteries with a healthy dose of magic and monsters, you’ll love this new series from the author of The Daemoniac and the bestselling Fourth Element trilogy!Winter 1888. At an asylum in the English countryside, a man suspected of being Jack the Ripper kills an orderly and flees into the rain-soaked night. His distraught keepers summon the Lady Vivienne Cumberland—who... read more

If you like your Victorian mysteries with a healthy dose of magic and monsters, you’ll love this new series from the author of The Daemoniac and the bestselling Fourth Element trilogy!Winter 1888. At an asylum in the English countryside, a man suspected of being Jack the Ripper kills an orderly and flees into the rain-soaked night. His distraught keepers summon the Lady Vivienne Cumberland—who... read more

Steam Age Chronicles: The Clockwork Armor Issue #1

Stu Tighe

A steampunk origin story. The characters all speak in their native languages. When you order, you will receive a monocle that reveals the English underneath. Summary: Before the James Watt steam engine, before the Victorian Era, a theft occurred that changed history as we know it. In the 18th century, Sebastien is recruited for an expedition that will take him across the world. Join him as he ... read more

A steampunk origin story. The characters all speak in their native languages. When you order, you will receive a monocle that reveals the English underneath. Summary: Before the James Watt steam engine, before the Victorian Era, a theft occurred that changed history as we know it. In the 18th century, Sebastien is recruited for an expedition that will take him across the world. Join him as he ... read more

Choosing Hope

Holly Kammier

Choosing Hope is a harrowing story of passion and deceit, the things we do for love and the rabbit holes we tumble into chasing elusive fairy-tale endings. Dark around the edges with a shocking twist I didn’t see coming, this is the kind of book you’ll be passing around to your friends so you can talk about it. Holly Kammier delivers romance, suspense, and a strong, smart heroine who turns out... read more

Choosing Hope is a harrowing story of passion and deceit, the things we do for love and the rabbit holes we tumble into chasing elusive fairy-tale endings. Dark around the edges with a shocking twist I didn’t see coming, this is the kind of book you’ll be passing around to your friends so you can talk about it. Holly Kammier delivers romance, suspense, and a strong, smart heroine who turns out... read more

Carry Me Home

Jessica Therrien

"A riveting page-turner...Jessica Therrien broke my heart into a million pieces--and then put it back together again. This book will haunt and uplift readers long after they turn the last page."-KAT ROSS, best-selling author of The Midnight Sea CARRY ME HOME is a fictional novel inspired by the true story of a teenage girl's involvement in several Mexican gangs in San Jose and Los Angeles. The... read more

"A riveting page-turner...Jessica Therrien broke my heart into a million pieces--and then put it back together again. This book will haunt and uplift readers long after they turn the last page."-KAT ROSS, best-selling author of The Midnight Sea CARRY ME HOME is a fictional novel inspired by the true story of a teenage girl's involvement in several Mexican gangs in San Jose and Los Angeles. The... read more

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