Ken Salikof

Ken Salikof - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Experienced manuscript editor who has worked with New York Times bestselling authors. I'm also a published author and ghostwriter.

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Overview

In my writing career, I have worn many hats. I have been an award-winning screenwriter, and a studio reader for Parmount, Disney, 20th Century-Fox, Warner Bros., Scott Rudin and the William Morris Agency. I am a published author and a ghostwriter. I have edited novels by New York Times bestselling authors. I am a book reviewer and have interviewed authors, actors and other famous people for the New York Daily News, Newsweek and New York magazine.

I have found that all these other forms of writing inform my abilities as a manuscript editor. Working as a studio reader taught me how to evaluate manuscripts. Being a book reviewer and interviewer keeps me up to date on the latest publishing trends and allows me to tap into the wisdom of other writers. And being a published author enables me to come up with solutions as well as point out problem areas in manuscripts. Editing novels by bestselling authors has sharpened my skills for working with neophyte writers.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Entertainment
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Romance
Thriller & Suspense

Awards

  • Best Original Screenplay, Westchester Film Festival

Work experience

Writer

Self-employed
March, 1998 – Present (over 24 years)

I offer developmental editing, manuscript evaluation and help with crafting that perfect query letter.

Writer

Self-employed
March, 1998 – Present (over 24 years)

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Help for the Haunted: A Novel (P.S.)

John Searles

John Searles’s Help for the Haunted is an unforgettable story of a most unusual family, their deep secrets, their harrowing tragedy, and ultimately, a daughter’s discovery of a dark and unexpected mystery.Sylvie Mason’s parents have an unusual occupation—helping “haunted souls” find peace. After receiving a strange phone call one winter’s night, they leave the house and are later murdered in a... read more

John Searles’s Help for the Haunted is an unforgettable story of a most unusual family, their deep secrets, their harrowing tragedy, and ultimately, a daughter’s discovery of a dark and unexpected mystery.Sylvie Mason’s parents have an unusual occupation—helping “haunted souls” find peace. After receiving a strange phone call one winter’s night, they leave the house and are later murdered in a... read more

The Intelligencer

Leslie Silbert

On May 30, 1593, London's most popular playwright was stabbed to death. The royal coroner ruled that Christopher Marlowe was killed in self-defense, but historians have long suspected otherwise, given his role as an "intelligencer" in the queen's secret service. In sixteenth-century London, Marlowe embarks on his final intelligence assignment, hoping to find his missing muse, as well as the cu... read more

On May 30, 1593, London's most popular playwright was stabbed to death. The royal coroner ruled that Christopher Marlowe was killed in self-defense, but historians have long suspected otherwise, given his role as an "intelligencer" in the queen's secret service. In sixteenth-century London, Marlowe embarks on his final intelligence assignment, hoping to find his missing muse, as well as the cu... read more

Goodnight Nobody: A Novel

Jennifer Weiner

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner's newest novel tells the story of a young mother's move to a postcard-perfect Connecticut town and the secrets she uncovers there. For Kate Klein, a semi-accidental mother of three, suburbia's been full of unpleasant surprises. Her once-loving husband is hardly ever home. The supermommies on the playground routinely snub her. Her days are spent... read more

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner's newest novel tells the story of a young mother's move to a postcard-perfect Connecticut town and the secrets she uncovers there. For Kate Klein, a semi-accidental mother of three, suburbia's been full of unpleasant surprises. Her once-loving husband is hardly ever home. The supermommies on the playground routinely snub her. Her days are spent... read more

Paris to Die For

Maxine Kenneth

Inspired by an actual letter in the John F. Kennedy Library written by Jackie and revealing her job offer from the newly formed CIAYoung Jacqueline Bouvier's first CIA assignment was supposed to be simple: Meet with a high-ranking Russian while he's in Paris and help him defect. But when the Comrade ends up dead, and Jackie-in her black satin peep-toe stiletto heels-barely escapes his killer, ... read more

Inspired by an actual letter in the John F. Kennedy Library written by Jackie and revealing her job offer from the newly formed CIAYoung Jacqueline Bouvier's first CIA assignment was supposed to be simple: Meet with a high-ranking Russian while he's in Paris and help him defect. But when the Comrade ends up dead, and Jackie-in her black satin peep-toe stiletto heels-barely escapes his killer, ... read more

Spy in a Little Black Dress

Maxine Kenneth

Inspired by an actual letter in the John F. Kennedy Library written by Jackie and revealing her job offer from the newly formed CIAWhen young Jackie Bouvier receives her second assignment from the CIA, she knows it will go better than her first. She managed to survive the Paris job-while looking her best in Givenchy, no less-but now she's completed her official CIA training. So she's excited t... read more

Inspired by an actual letter in the John F. Kennedy Library written by Jackie and revealing her job offer from the newly formed CIAWhen young Jackie Bouvier receives her second assignment from the CIA, she knows it will go better than her first. She managed to survive the Paris job-while looking her best in Givenchy, no less-but now she's completed her official CIA training. So she's excited t... read more

Loaded (The Callaway Wilde Series Book 1)

Shari Shattuck

Los Angeles heiress Callaway Wilde has beauty, brains, and too many beaus, but her money comes with at a price, loneliness. When someone tries to kill her, LAPD detective Evan Paley must help her find out why before they try again, and before he and Callaway can trust the feelings they have for each other.

Los Angeles heiress Callaway Wilde has beauty, brains, and too many beaus, but her money comes with at a price, loneliness. When someone tries to kill her, LAPD detective Evan Paley must help her find out why before they try again, and before he and Callaway can trust the feelings they have for each other.

Best Friend for Hire: A Novel

Mary Mary Carlomagno

Jersey Girl Jessie DeSalvo has her dream job at one of New York’s top publishing companies. After ten years of hard work the day of her big promotion has arrived. Unfortunately, her company has other ideas. Instead of a corner office, Jessie is handed her pink slip. Left with little more than her cell phone and an unusable contact list, Jessie retreats to less-than-fashionable Hoboken, New Jer... read more

Jersey Girl Jessie DeSalvo has her dream job at one of New York’s top publishing companies. After ten years of hard work the day of her big promotion has arrived. Unfortunately, her company has other ideas. Instead of a corner office, Jessie is handed her pink slip. Left with little more than her cell phone and an unusable contact list, Jessie retreats to less-than-fashionable Hoboken, New Jer... read more

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Travell Davis
Ken was an absolute necessity for my project. He is a professional in every way and really knows how to exert his talents. I will definitely work with him in the future and highly recommend any intellectual to do the same.

Travell Davis, September 2021

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