James Abbate

James Abbate – Editor

Professional editor with 10+ years experience. Here to provide every editing service and prepare your manuscript for publication.


Associate Editor at Kensington Publishing, specializing in all genres of fiction and nonfiction, with a number of domestic and international bestselling authors on my list. I work quickly and efficiently to help authors and aspiring writers achieve a polished final product, editing for content, style, grammar, syntax, and impact.

For the past twelve years I've worked at Kensington, the largest independent publisher in the United States, acquiring thrillers, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, World War II thrillers, memoirs, biographies, and historical nonfiction, including a Holocaust memoir that was a 2022 National Jewish Book Award finalist, and a 2023 title that won Best Holocaust Memoir. My titles include tell-alls of franchises like Scarface and The Exorcist, and biographies of famous musicians like Carl Perkins, Gene Krupa, and Keith Urban, as well as historical figures such as Meyer Lansky, Frances Perkins, Ben Kuroki, and others. I'm adept at working within a tight timeframe and ensuring that a manuscript is at its best, no matter the genre. I have all the skills that come with years of refined practice across hundreds of manuscripts, including copy editing, proofreading, developmental editing, and editorial assessment.

I can also help writers craft a streamlined query letter that both packs a punch and catches an agent or editor's discerning eye, having received thousands myself over the past decade.

Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment
Contemporary Fiction Fantasy Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense
English (US)
  • M.S. in Publishing, Pace University

Work experience

Kensington Publishing

Jun, 2012 — Present

James has 56 reviews





Patrick S.

Patrick S.

Feb, 2024

Fast, efficient, polite, awesome. Again. This is my second time working with James.
James A.
Thank you, Patrick, hope to work with you again!
Tammy B.

Tammy B.

Jan, 2024

James is professional, thorough, and fast with results. I enjoyed working with him and highly recommend his expertise for others.
James A.
Thanks so much, Tammy, it was a pleasure working with you!
Kristen A.

Kristen A.

Nov, 2023

I can't say enough about my experience with James. He was super professional, always easy to get in touch with and very thorough in his edits and analysis. And he is incredibly nice! As a debut author, having a Zoom call with him was really beneficial in terms of understanding the marketplace and best practices. I would highly recommend James to anyone looking for editing services.
James A.
Thank you for your kind words, Kristen, I loved working with you!
Kristen A.

Kristen A.

Oct, 2023

James was amazing to work with. Not only was he prompt and courteous, but his feedback was thorough and comprehensive. I was easily able to decipher what it would take to improve my manuscript, both in big and small ways. I found him to be incredibly kind and encouraging, which I found to be helpful for a new writer like myself. I would highly recommend James.
James A.
Much appreciated, Kristen! I look forward to working with you again.
Amani M.

Amani M.

Oct, 2023

James was great to work with. Quick responses and understanding when I had delays in communication on my end. Completed my manuscript edit and editorial letter in no time at all. Was willing to work with me on a payment plan and provided great advice for next steps after the edit was complete. Would highly recommend anyone to work with James and would work with him again when I have my next pro...
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James A.
Thank you, Amani, it was great working with you, too!

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