Kevin Gross

Kevin Gross - Editor

Radford, VA, United States

Author/Editor will help you find your best voice.

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Overview

Your best voice struggles to reach your readers. You're so close to your manuscript, you can't see the forest for the trees. You love your plot, your characters, and your prose, but niggling doubt plagues you.

You need a coach.

I know. I've been there. I remember sending my first manuscript to my editor, and the existential crisis that followed. I know your pain, and what it takes to get up off the floor and create something you're proud of.

I've edited other writers off an on since 1978. I've provided manuscript assessments that have drawn rave reviews from my clients. I've read fantasy, science fiction, magic realism, and conventional novels for forty years, observing with amusement the changing faces of the genres. And I've done this during a long career in Information Technology. I know the tools. I'm available on Facebook, Discord and Linked-In.

I stand behind my work. Send me your troublesome chapters during the rewrite, and I'll give you a supplemental assessment. If you still don't understand, I'll analyze the story points from the chapter, write an example and show you what I'm trying to convey.

My rates are affordable, negotiable, and based on word count.

Stop struggling. I have your back.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Fantasy
Horror
Romance
Science Fiction
Short Story
Thriller & Suspense
Urban Fantasy

Awards

  • Advisers Award, Merced College Mercury 1980

Work experience

Developmental Editor

Self-employed
February, 2018 – Present (over 2 years)

I've written two books and edited many more. I've provided preliminary assessments on several chapters by unpublished authors, giving them firm assessments and suggesting resources to improve their manuscripts.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

The Sword and the Songbird: Turalynn Book 1

K.C. Causey

Aine Pennington is young. Beautiful. Famous far beyond County Pim and through all of Turalynn for her rhapsodic voice. Between her concerts, her bank fortune, and her mastery of the futures markets, she can buy and sell most earls and lords.And she wants so much more.Her best friend Kiyoe Amano wanted more, too, and has worked for all of it. She’s survived abusive parents and pedophilic bishop... read more

Aine Pennington is young. Beautiful. Famous far beyond County Pim and through all of Turalynn for her rhapsodic voice. Between her concerts, her bank fortune, and her mastery of the futures markets, she can buy and sell most earls and lords.And she wants so much more.Her best friend Kiyoe Amano wanted more, too, and has worked for all of it. She’s survived abusive parents and pedophilic bishop... read more

The Saints and the Slaveholders: Turalynn Book 2

KC Causey

In the course of mere days, the incomparably ambitious Aine Pennington has been transformed from singer and bank heiress to the Lady Aria, peer to the realm and fiancée to Prince Valentino of the Tsiarkeh royal family. She’s never held more power.Yet the Duchess is plotting. The Crown wants a taste of her tender young flesh. The Ring of Empire is calling out, and the gods are shifting their pi... read more

In the course of mere days, the incomparably ambitious Aine Pennington has been transformed from singer and bank heiress to the Lady Aria, peer to the realm and fiancée to Prince Valentino of the Tsiarkeh royal family. She’s never held more power.Yet the Duchess is plotting. The Crown wants a taste of her tender young flesh. The Ring of Empire is calling out, and the gods are shifting their pi... read more

The Star of Simbako (A Sam Harris Adventure)

PJ Skinner

What have a missing diamond, a voodoo priestess and a civil war disappearance got in common? Can a courageous geologist use her skills to unravel the truth? Geologist Sam Harris goes to Simbako in West Africa to work in the diamond fields of Fona. She is soon involved with a cast of characters who are starring in their own soap opera, a dangerous mix of superstition, cultural practices and ign... read more

What have a missing diamond, a voodoo priestess and a civil war disappearance got in common? Can a courageous geologist use her skills to unravel the truth? Geologist Sam Harris goes to Simbako in West Africa to work in the diamond fields of Fona. She is soon involved with a cast of characters who are starring in their own soap opera, a dangerous mix of superstition, cultural practices and ign... read more

The Pink Elephants (A Sam Harris Adventure Book 4)

PJ Skinner

Problems are mounting at the failing Masaibu project. Can a courageous geologist use her skills to navigate the sea of corruption?It’s 1993. Geologist Sam Harris gets a call in the middle of the night that takes her to the Masaibu project in eastern Lumbono, in West Africa. The project is collapsing under the weight of corruption and chicanery engendered by management, both in country and back... read more

Problems are mounting at the failing Masaibu project. Can a courageous geologist use her skills to navigate the sea of corruption?It’s 1993. Geologist Sam Harris gets a call in the middle of the night that takes her to the Masaibu project in eastern Lumbono, in West Africa. The project is collapsing under the weight of corruption and chicanery engendered by management, both in country and back... read more

The Bonita Protocol: A Sam Harris Adventure

PJ Skinner

An enigmatic boss. Suspicious results. Stock market shenanigans. Can Sam Harris get to the bottom of it before they silence her?Geologist Sam Harris has been round the block, but she's prone to nostalgia, so she snatches the chance to work in Sierramar, her old stomping ground. But she never expected to be working for a company that seems to be breaking all the rules.When the analysis results ... read more

An enigmatic boss. Suspicious results. Stock market shenanigans. Can Sam Harris get to the bottom of it before they silence her?Geologist Sam Harris has been round the block, but she's prone to nostalgia, so she snatches the chance to work in Sierramar, her old stomping ground. But she never expected to be working for a company that seems to be breaking all the rules.When the analysis results ... read more

Energy Fix: A Novel

R Read

Energy Fix is a thrill ride from start to finish. Electricity is dangerous, sometimes deadly. Accident or murder? Co-workers collaborate to uncover the truth. An anonymous letter warns MC Fiona to get out. Suspenseful and engaging, greed and corporate cover-ups dictate the price consumers pay for power and light in this easy to read thriller.

Energy Fix is a thrill ride from start to finish. Electricity is dangerous, sometimes deadly. Accident or murder? Co-workers collaborate to uncover the truth. An anonymous letter warns MC Fiona to get out. Suspenseful and engaging, greed and corporate cover-ups dictate the price consumers pay for power and light in this easy to read thriller.

My Alcoholic Plush Toy (My Plush Toy Trilogy)

Mandy Celestine

Sex, serendipity, and a city whose fate rests with two high-functioning alcoholics...Whenever Rachel Bennett gets drunk, unbelievable things seem to happen. One night, the awkward exchange student manages to seduce the hottest guy in the room. The next day, she's told she is capable of destroying half a continent... by her new plush toy, no less.As if she didn't have enough to deal with.Discov... read more

Sex, serendipity, and a city whose fate rests with two high-functioning alcoholics...Whenever Rachel Bennett gets drunk, unbelievable things seem to happen. One night, the awkward exchange student manages to seduce the hottest guy in the room. The next day, she's told she is capable of destroying half a continent... by her new plush toy, no less.As if she didn't have enough to deal with.Discov... read more

Digging Deeper (Sam Harris Adventure Book 6)

PJ Skinner

A feisty geologist working in the diamond fields of West Africa is kidnapped by rebels. Can she survive the ordeal or will this adventure be her last? It’s 1998. Geologist Sam Harris is desperate for money so she takes a job in a tinpot mining company working in war-torn Tamazia. But she never expected to be kidnapped by blood thirsty rebels. Working in Gemsite was never going to be easy with ... read more

A feisty geologist working in the diamond fields of West Africa is kidnapped by rebels. Can she survive the ordeal or will this adventure be her last? It’s 1998. Geologist Sam Harris is desperate for money so she takes a job in a tinpot mining company working in war-torn Tamazia. But she never expected to be kidnapped by blood thirsty rebels. Working in Gemsite was never going to be easy with ... read more

Fool's Gold (A Sam Harris Adventure)

PJ Skinner

Indiana Jones wannabe finds adventure a little tougher than she expected. It’s 1987. Geologist Sam Harris is a woman in a man's world - naive and underpaid, but resilient and passionate. Desperate for her first job, she accepts a contract with a dodgy entrepreneur exploring for gold in the remote rainforests of Sierramar. When she uncovers a clue to a treasure buried deep within the jungle, sh... read more

Indiana Jones wannabe finds adventure a little tougher than she expected. It’s 1987. Geologist Sam Harris is a woman in a man's world - naive and underpaid, but resilient and passionate. Desperate for her first job, she accepts a contract with a dodgy entrepreneur exploring for gold in the remote rainforests of Sierramar. When she uncovers a clue to a treasure buried deep within the jungle, sh... read more

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