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Dara Kaye

Dara Kaye - Editor

Washington, DC

Full-time editor at DC's top literary agency. Recovering academic. Unrepentant Ravenclaw.

Overview

By day, I am a developmental editor at a top nonfiction literary agency in DC, helping Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, CEOs, top doctors, and other experts write their stories.

After hours, I cast a wider net, freelancing across genres for both publishers and individual authors.
Here's how one client, #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Eben Alexander, recommended me:


"She is a perfectionist, in the best possible way, and I trust her implicitly to get the job done quickly and correctly."

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Literature Science Fiction Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Economics History Parenting & Families Politics & Current Affairs

Work experience

Developmental Editor

Ross Yoon Literary Agency

September, 2012 – Present (over 4 years)

As a full-time editor at a premier nonfiction literary agency, I help top writers and experts in their field develop their ideas, polish their writing, and create the most compelling possible manuscripts and proposals.

Founder & Principal

Dara Kaye Editorial

July, 2011 – Present (over 5 years)

Don't know an en dash from an end zone?
Think Chicago style is a kind of pizza?
I've got you covered.

As a former English teacher with a graduate degree in Renaissance literature, I know great writing is as much about the details as the big picture. Whatever draft you're on, I'll help you refine your writing and solidify your story.

Here's what author Naomi Harris Rosenblatt recently said: "Dara Kaye is an extremely talented, capable proofreader. I found her a pleasure to work with, and will be sure to ask for her services for my next book."

From copyediting for Big Five publishers and juggernauts like Amazon to helping first-time authors tackle structure and story arc, I help clients carve out a unique space for their work—and polish it till it shines.

You can find more about me at darakaye.com.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Paris Ransom

Charles Rosenberg

Lawyer Robert Tarza is surprised when his young, beautiful and wealthy French girlfriend, Tess, proposes marriage. It’s not that he doesn’t love her, but even after five years, there’s a lot about her he doesn’t know.But Robert has to put his personal life on hold when his friend Oscar Quesana shows up outside Tess’s Parisian apartment clutching a mysterious package, with a thief hot on his he... read more

Lawyer Robert Tarza is surprised when his young, beautiful and wealthy French girlfriend, Tess, proposes marriage. It’s not that he doesn’t love her, but even after five years, there’s a lot about her he doesn’t know.But Robert has to put his personal life on hold when his friend Oscar Quesana shows up outside Tess’s Parisian apartment clutching a mysterious package, with a thief hot on his he... read more

Measure of Danger

Jay Klages

Kade Sims was a successful army intelligence officer until his hypomania disorder and impulsive behavior resulted in his discharge. Forced to adapt to a sedate civilian existence, he’d all but given up on a life of service. That is, until opportunity—and an FBI agent—knocks on his door.The FBI believes Kade’s unique talents make him their best candidate to infiltrate AgriteX, an agricultural b... read more

Kade Sims was a successful army intelligence officer until his hypomania disorder and impulsive behavior resulted in his discharge. Forced to adapt to a sedate civilian existence, he’d all but given up on a life of service. That is, until opportunity—and an FBI agent—knocks on his door.The FBI believes Kade’s unique talents make him their best candidate to infiltrate AgriteX, an agricultural b... read more

Turned to Stone (Jaime Azcárate Series)

Jorge Magano

Spanish journalist and art historian Jaime Azcárate has always been a magnet for trouble. So when the authorities call on him to help investigate a museum heist while he’s enjoying a rare vacation, he is more annoyed than surprised. Jaime brushes off the detectives’ pleas to find a missing and reportedly cursed Medusa sculpture, until an attempt on his life pulls him into the investigation.Wit... read more

Spanish journalist and art historian Jaime Azcárate has always been a magnet for trouble. So when the authorities call on him to help investigate a museum heist while he’s enjoying a rare vacation, he is more annoyed than surprised. Jaime brushes off the detectives’ pleas to find a missing and reportedly cursed Medusa sculpture, until an attempt on his life pulls him into the investigation.Wit... read more

Write to Die

Charles Rosenberg

Hollywood’s latest blockbuster is all set to premiere—until a faded superstar claims the script was stolen from her. To defend the studio, in steps the Harold Firm, one of Los Angeles’s top entertainment litigation firms and as much a part of the glamorous scene as the studios themselves. As a newly minted partner, it’s Rory Calburton’s case, and his career, to win or lose.But the seemingly ta... read more

Hollywood’s latest blockbuster is all set to premiere—until a faded superstar claims the script was stolen from her. To defend the studio, in steps the Harold Firm, one of Los Angeles’s top entertainment litigation firms and as much a part of the glamorous scene as the studios themselves. As a newly minted partner, it’s Rory Calburton’s case, and his career, to win or lose.But the seemingly ta... read more

Midair

Kodi Scheer

“I had a secret: I wanted to leave the earth in a spectacular fashion. Specifically, by leaping from the Eiffel Tower.” So begins this provocative coming-of-age novel about a teenage girl bent on self-destruction and revenge, set in the City of Light.It’s the summer of 1999, the end of a millennium. In the mind of Nessa Baxter, a girl from rural Illinois, Paris is the remedy for all of her woe... read more

“I had a secret: I wanted to leave the earth in a spectacular fashion. Specifically, by leaping from the Eiffel Tower.” So begins this provocative coming-of-age novel about a teenage girl bent on self-destruction and revenge, set in the City of Light.It’s the summer of 1999, the end of a millennium. In the mind of Nessa Baxter, a girl from rural Illinois, Paris is the remedy for all of her woe... read more

House Trained

Jackie Bouchard

Alex Halstad, a childless-by-choice interior designer and dog mom, is a true perfectionist. But her orderly life turns chaotic when the teenage daughter her husband, Barry, never knew he had shows up on their doorstep...with a baby girl of her own in tow. While Alex’s dog enthusiastically welcomes the new arrivals, Alex struggles with the loss of her steady routine. She desperately needs peace... read more

Alex Halstad, a childless-by-choice interior designer and dog mom, is a true perfectionist. But her orderly life turns chaotic when the teenage daughter her husband, Barry, never knew he had shows up on their doorstep...with a baby girl of her own in tow. While Alex’s dog enthusiastically welcomes the new arrivals, Alex struggles with the loss of her steady routine. She desperately needs peace... read more

Trust My Heart

Carol Post

Grant McAllister arrives in Murphy, North Carolina, with one aim: to sell his inherited property and leave as quickly as possible. The big-city lawyer has no interest in his late, estranged grandparents or the dilapidated mansion he just acquired. After his high-profile divorce, he should be avoiding perky reporters, too. But Jami Carlisle is honest, funny, and undeniably appealing.After break... read more

Grant McAllister arrives in Murphy, North Carolina, with one aim: to sell his inherited property and leave as quickly as possible. The big-city lawyer has no interest in his late, estranged grandparents or the dilapidated mansion he just acquired. After his high-profile divorce, he should be avoiding perky reporters, too. But Jami Carlisle is honest, funny, and undeniably appealing.After break... read more

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