Keith Gordon

Keith Gordon - Editor

San Francisco, CA, USA

Skilled developmental editor helping authors unlock their stories. Worked with USA Today / Amazon Bestsellers and award-winning writers.

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Overview

Editing is more than catching typos. What really sets my service apart is my dedicated eye for the beauty and breadth of the English language.

Wow, thanks for reading this far! Now let me tell you about myself: I am a freelance editor and writer with 5+ years experience in professional editing for fiction, non-fiction, and academic writing. I specialize in developmental editing and top-level feedback, helping authors unlock their narrative and connect with readers in a powerful, authentic voice. I am passionate about the craft of writing, and in my work I focus deeply on storytelling mechanics to correct the issues that can stall a book or make it fall flat.

On the commercial side, I have worked with USA Today Bestsellers, Amazon Bestsellers, and award-winning self-published authors to get their best work out in the world. On the professional side, I have worked with University of Cornell Press, Brookings Institution, UN Develoment Programme, USAID, and the US Institute of Peace to perfect their publications.

I have over 700 5-star reviews for my work. Here are a few recent comments:

"I don’t think you could ask for a better editor. He exceeded my expectations on our first interaction and has never failed to deliver the same high quality editing and guidance in our many interactions since. I honestly can’t thank him enough for his dedication to my work." – Paul V.D.

"It's been a great pleasure of mine working with Keith (for the 4th time). He's been immensely helpful with editing my piece and pointing out places where the things should be tightened up. Keith is a real pro and a great communicator. Highly recommend his services to anyone, who needs professional help with editing and storytelling!" Nick G.

"I've paid other editors a heck-of-a-lot more and didn't receive the quality that Keith delivered. Not only did he deliver a copy and line edit, but he also made formatting corrections and asked insightful questions regarding my content. He is now my go-to guy!" - Valerie A.

"You will be hard pressed to find a better value at the price and convenience. Keith delivered a week before promised and his recommendations were always on point. He also went above and beyond to clarify a few things, so I ended up learning a lot with him. Looking forward to working with him." – Christian N.

"This was absolutely excellent experience from beginning to end. I felt a little humbled by the number of improvements suggested, and genuinely learned a lot from going through the suggestions. My writing is now more clear and more readable." – Simon C.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Religion & Spirituality
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Fiction
Fantasy
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Young Adult

Certifications

  • B.A. in Philosophy
  • M.A. in Ethics / International Relations
  • TEFL / TESOL

Awards

  • Writers of the Future (Honorable Mention)

Work experience

Principal

Self-employed
April, 2015 – Present (about 7 years)

Principal at my own freelance editing business. Active on a number of online platforms with over 700+ 5-star reviews.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Steel Force: A Jack Steel Action Mystery Thriller, Book 1 (A Jack Steel Thriller Series)

Geoffrey Saign

Serve justice. Discover a secret. Find his daughter. Repay betrayal.Jack Steel trains for the impossible, and it looks like it found him.On a black op to neutralize terrorists, elite specialist Steel puts honor and integrity ahead of orders when he spares a monk. He just never expected his decision to put crosshairs on his back.Hunted by a twisted killer, a vengeful billionaire, and the highes... read more

Serve justice. Discover a secret. Find his daughter. Repay betrayal.Jack Steel trains for the impossible, and it looks like it found him.On a black op to neutralize terrorists, elite specialist Steel puts honor and integrity ahead of orders when he spares a monk. He just never expected his decision to put crosshairs on his back.Hunted by a twisted killer, a vengeful billionaire, and the highes... read more

The City Above and Below: Song of the Weaver - Book One

Matthew Nesheim

“For fans of the immersive worlds of George R. R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss, and for those who may have found themselves addicted to television series like The Expanse or Ronald D. Moore’s Battlestar Galactica: welcome to your new obsession.” - David Bowen, MAYDAY Magazine Have you ever read of a war told from both sides? Planet Arc, capital planet of the Duathic Intergalactic Kingdom. It’s ... read more

“For fans of the immersive worlds of George R. R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss, and for those who may have found themselves addicted to television series like The Expanse or Ronald D. Moore’s Battlestar Galactica: welcome to your new obsession.” - David Bowen, MAYDAY Magazine Have you ever read of a war told from both sides? Planet Arc, capital planet of the Duathic Intergalactic Kingdom. It’s ... read more

Saving My Neck: A Doctor's East/West Journey Through Cancer

Timothy McCall

"There is so much wisdom in this heartfelt, moving, and deeply personal book."– Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, Professor and Director, Integrative Medicine Program, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Co-Author, Anticancer LivingIN 1997, Timothy McCall, MD left a successful medical career to become a yoga therapist. Twenty years later, diagnosed with metastatic cancer, he returned his focus to the practice of med... read more

"There is so much wisdom in this heartfelt, moving, and deeply personal book."– Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, Professor and Director, Integrative Medicine Program, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Co-Author, Anticancer LivingIN 1997, Timothy McCall, MD left a successful medical career to become a yoga therapist. Twenty years later, diagnosed with metastatic cancer, he returned his focus to the practice of med... read more

Red Shirt (Miami Jones Florida Mystery Series Book 10)

A.J. Stewart

A call from the past.A debt to be repaid.Thanksgiving is about family, not fun._________________________________RED SHIRT: Imagine SPENSER FOR HIRE meets JOHN GRISHAM’S BLEACHERS._________________________________Miami Jones is enjoying the warm breeze of fall in South Florida when he gets a call from his past. His high school football coach has fallen victim to a financial fraud, and not only ... read more

A call from the past.A debt to be repaid.Thanksgiving is about family, not fun._________________________________RED SHIRT: Imagine SPENSER FOR HIRE meets JOHN GRISHAM’S BLEACHERS._________________________________Miami Jones is enjoying the warm breeze of fall in South Florida when he gets a call from his past. His high school football coach has fallen victim to a financial fraud, and not only ... read more

Soul Weaver (The Seeded Realms Book 1)

Eric J. Vann

In the world of Kadora, a new power awakens…Trapped and alone, Aziel is the greatest secret the Caelian Empire ever kept. For centuries he has been imprisoned as empires turned to dust and the world of Kadora changed around him—only to be released at last by Celia, a beautiful succubus.As Aziel faces a race against time and struggles to master his immense powers, he must gather together his ow... read more

In the world of Kadora, a new power awakens…Trapped and alone, Aziel is the greatest secret the Caelian Empire ever kept. For centuries he has been imprisoned as empires turned to dust and the world of Kadora changed around him—only to be released at last by Celia, a beautiful succubus.As Aziel faces a race against time and struggles to master his immense powers, he must gather together his ow... read more

Before the Fork: Getting Your Mind Right to Succeed on Any Diet

Robin Shea

If you have tried every diet under the sun and failed, you’re not alone. Most people assume dieting is about food, but it’s not. Dieting is actually about knowing how to integrate three basic sciences. In Before the Fork, renowned lifestyle transformation specialist, television personality, and fitness trainer, Robin Shea reveals the powerful connection that has to take place between mind, bod... read more

If you have tried every diet under the sun and failed, you’re not alone. Most people assume dieting is about food, but it’s not. Dieting is actually about knowing how to integrate three basic sciences. In Before the Fork, renowned lifestyle transformation specialist, television personality, and fitness trainer, Robin Shea reveals the powerful connection that has to take place between mind, bod... read more

Teaching Contemporary Singing: The Proven Method for Becoming a Successful, Confident Voice Teacher and Getting Vocal Breakthroughs for Your Students (Voice Teacher Success)

John Henny

Are you a singer who would like to be able to help others?Would you like to increase your contemporary voice teaching skills?Do you want a method to successfully identify and correct vocal issues with confidence?You love singing and want to share your gift with others, yet navigating the world of teaching voice and vocal coaching can be confusing and intimidating.There is a world of informatio... read more

Are you a singer who would like to be able to help others?Would you like to increase your contemporary voice teaching skills?Do you want a method to successfully identify and correct vocal issues with confidence?You love singing and want to share your gift with others, yet navigating the world of teaching voice and vocal coaching can be confusing and intimidating.There is a world of informatio... read more

Toby Tales: The Miserable Move Vol 1: A Middle Grade Series

Susan Kinsey

Moving can be tough!Just ask newcomer, ten-year-old Toby Perkins. Renently uprooted from his home in Coloado, Toby finds himself tapped in his new neighborhood with no other kids, and a sopa opera addicted mother. As Toby's summer of doom sets in, an unexpected friend makes her first appearance--the girl next door, Hailey Bossy and demanding, Toby gives in to Hailey's adventurous ways, who is ... read more

Moving can be tough!Just ask newcomer, ten-year-old Toby Perkins. Renently uprooted from his home in Coloado, Toby finds himself tapped in his new neighborhood with no other kids, and a sopa opera addicted mother. As Toby's summer of doom sets in, an unexpected friend makes her first appearance--the girl next door, Hailey Bossy and demanding, Toby gives in to Hailey's adventurous ways, who is ... read more

The Immortals (A Lila Stone Supernatural Crime Thriller Book 1)

J. D. Cavan

She’s a scientist at heart. But her father’s sudden death will open her eyes to the dark world of magic. Lila is a med student with no time for silly superstitions. So after her famous detective father is gunned down amid a grisly murder spree, she puts aside her stethoscope to make sense of the baffling mystery. But when she follows the bloody trail, the impossible solution shakes her to her ... read more

She’s a scientist at heart. But her father’s sudden death will open her eyes to the dark world of magic. Lila is a med student with no time for silly superstitions. So after her famous detective father is gunned down amid a grisly murder spree, she puts aside her stethoscope to make sense of the baffling mystery. But when she follows the bloody trail, the impossible solution shakes her to her ... read more

The Focused Business: The Focused Business: How Entrepreneurs Can Triumph Over Chaos

Dave Crenshaw

The Evil Forces of Chaos Are Out to Destroy Your Small Business! Here's how you can stop them . . . If you own or work in a small business, you're at risk. Massive risk. Within five years of business operation, more than half of all businesses fail. By year ten, more than 65% are cut down. Why is this? And-more importantly-how can YOU break the cycle? In this highly original take on entreprene... read more

The Evil Forces of Chaos Are Out to Destroy Your Small Business! Here's how you can stop them . . . If you own or work in a small business, you're at risk. Massive risk. Within five years of business operation, more than half of all businesses fail. By year ten, more than 65% are cut down. Why is this? And-more importantly-how can YOU break the cycle? In this highly original take on entreprene... read more

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