Kirsiah Depp

Kirsiah Depp – Editor

Attentive editor with experience from several NYC publishers focusing on thriller, women's fiction, romance, YA, and middle grade fiction.

Overview

My editorial background includes working on children's books at Penguin Random House and adult books at Hachette Book Group. I currently work with some of the biggest authors such as James Patterson and David Baldacci while building my own list of commercial fiction. I'm always looking for that next book that I just can't put down and has characters that I'm invested in.


On the children's side, I love a world that just envelops me, making me forget reality for just a little bit; characters that I cheer on and relationships that connect from start to finish. So I'm always looking for how to flesh that out even deeper and really engage the reader.


And my editing is always done with the YOU, the author, in mind. What is your vision? What story are you trying to tell? What other ways can you get there without changing the core of your creation? This is your book and I just want to help you make it the best it can be.


Now what do I do when I'm not editing? Glad you asked! I live with my husband and our Chow Chow/Golden Retriever dog. We enjoy being nerdy by playing video games together and I love trying out new arts and crafts. I particularly love crochet and cross stitch, but am always eager to try something new.

Services
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Cozy Mysteries Dystopian Historical Fiction Middle Grade Psychological Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Hachette Book Group

Jun, 2018 — Present

My list comprises of a wide-range of commercial fiction from thrillers to historical to romance to contemporary. I love books that make me feel ALL the feels and work with some of our biggest authors from James Patterson, David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, and more!

Penguin Random House

Aug, 2017 — Jun, 2018 (10 months)

Portfolio

The Edge (6:20 Man, 2)

Baldacci, David

Editorial Assessment
The Housemaid

McFadden, Freida

Editorial Assessment
The Paris Affair

Marshall, Maureen

Developmental Editing
The Ascent

Plantinga, Adam

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Bronze Drum

Nguyen, Phong

Developmental Editing
A Newbery Medal WinnerFor over thirty-five years, Ellen Raskin's Newbery Medal-winning The Westing Game has been an enduring favorite. The Westing Game Deluxe Anniversary Edition Before writing The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin was an incredibly accomplished grap... read more
The Family

Louise Jensen

From USA Today bestselling author, Louise Jensen, comes another mind-bending thriller that is "creepy and compelling" as the best intentions go horribly awry (B.A. Paris, USA Today bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors).At Oak Leaf Farm you will find a hav... read more
A Dog's Chance

Wilson, Casey

The Fortunate Ones

Hokin, Catherine

The Ringmaster's Daughter

Schabowski, Carly

A Dog's Hope

Wilson, Casey

The Scandal

Marsh, Nicola

The Gift

Louise Jensen

From the USA Today bestselling author, Louise Jensen delivers another twisty psychological thriller that will leave you "guessing right up to the very end" (The Book Magnet).Jenna is given another shot at life when she receives a donor heart from a girl called... read more
The USA Today bestselling author brings you a pawsitively purrfect mystery as a guesthouse visitor finds himself dead, leaving it to Nero and Marlowe, two resident cats, to uncover the truth.Josie Waters is the enthusiastic new owner of the Oyster Cove Guestho... read more
Detective Lottie Parker is back again in another serial killer thriller as girl after girl goes missing just to turn up dead. Can she find the latest victims before it is too late?The young woman standing on Lottie's step was a stranger. She was clutching the ... read more
This is the essential guide for women in the workplace with tips and tricks for more impactful communication. Are you too nice? Do your communications have an impact with those around the offi... read more
Developmental Editing
From the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author comes the second installment in the Detective Josie Quinn series in a race against time to find a missing newborn baby.When Detective Josie Quinn is called to a large house on the outskirts of the s... read more
Read the USA Today bestselling thriller that "keeps the dramatic reveals coming" as Detective Josie Quinn desperately chases a killer hidden within her close-knit town before it's too late and they claim another victim (Publishers Weekly). The little girl curl... read more
The Surrogate

Louise Jensen

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Sister and The Gift, this is an unputdownable psychological thriller which asks how far we will go to create our perfect family.Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point ... read more
One night can change everything. ‘I know it as soon as I wake up and open my eyes... Something is wrong.’Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is read... read more
The Sister

Louise Jensen

"I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me..."Grace hasn't been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie's last words, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie's. It soon becomes clear t... read more
The hole they dug was not deep. A white flour bag encased the little body. Three small faces watched from the window, eyes black with terror. The child in the middle spoke without turning his head. ‘I wonder which one of us will be next?’When a woman’s body is... read more
Dark Water

Robert Bryndza

USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Robert Bryndza is back again with the third book in the thrilling, crime series, starring Erika Foster, which has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip off that key... read more
The global and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice is back with a heart-racing, electrifying Erika Foster thriller -- a series with over two million copies sold -- in a hunt for a calculated serial killer whose connection to their ... read more
A young London socialite is brutally murdered by a notorious serial killer in this "compelling" page-turner of dark secrets and deadly investigations (NYT bestselling author Jeffrey Deaver). Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body... read more

Kirsiah has 22 reviews

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Cynthia B.

Cynthia B.

Jun, 2023

Kirsiah gave me valuable feedback and suggestions on my query letter, and I am now confidant to send it to literary agents. She was highly professional and came in before the agreed upon deadline.
felicia C.

felicia C.

Feb, 2023

Excellent working with Kirsiah, again! She always gives me a lot of good feedback and suggestion to work on. It really helps to have a professional editor’s thoughts and not just my writing class colleagues. Thanks, will be using her services again!
Kristina F.

Kristina F.

Oct, 2022

Detailed, lovely to work with, and punctual. Highly recommend!
felicia C.

felicia C.

Oct, 2022

Great comments by Kirsiah about the opening of a novel in progress. She really nails down what I need to work on and it’s all good. I appreciate her compliments and we seem to be on the same page as to my strengths and weaknesses. Will use her again when the spirit moves me. Thanks!
Kelly V.

Kelly V.

Oct, 2022

Kirsiah provided exactly what I needed to improve my manuscript. Her insights, honesty and specificity when identifying inconsistencies has been so helpful. She was able to point out parts that would most likely be confusing for the general audience I want to include.

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