Kristen Weber

Kristen Weber - Editor Tick

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Former editor at Penguin Random House and Hachette Book Group. I specialize in all commercial fiction, especially crime fiction and romance.

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As a former editor at several major publishing houses in New York City, I know exactly what it takes to get your manuscript in shape, no matter where you are in the publishing process and no matter where you want to go. But don't just take my word for it…

“I was a New York Times and USA today bestselling author when I contacted Kristen to help me repurpose my (fantasy) writing for the thriller market. Kristen saw the major developmental issues that were keeping my story from reaching its potential, and provided enough specific examples that I could then apply her criticism both globally and at the line level. I rewrote the text entirely, pushing myself and taking chances that I wouldn’t have otherwise taken. It was a fantastic editorial and learning experience, and the investment was offset by the resultant advance–the largest of my career. Best of all, I’m a better writer today because of it.”

- New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Vicki Pettersson

“I’m honored to have worked with Kristen Weber for several years and look forward to working together for many more. Her editorial expertise and professionalism is exceptional, and the effort and patience she puts into her clients and their work is unparalleled. She is by far the most meticulous and knowledgable developmental editor I have ever come across, and I highly recommend her services.”
- New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melissa Foster

“I met Kristen through my first agent, who liked my book, Blood Orchids (now a bestseller with sales of over 200,000), but thought it needed a rewrite. Kristen was able to show me where I was tipping my hand and losing tension in the narrative. She was essential in helping me to avert writing disasters (like killing off the love interest in my series!). I’ve learned and improved incredibly under her tutelage. I can positively say that an investment in Kristen’s services will take you to the next level and recoup itself quickly in sales.”

- Toby Neal, bestselling author of The Lei Crime Series

I’ve helped freelance clients land agents, secure deals with publishing houses from big to small (including 6-figure deals!), and publish independently quite successfully, winning awards and hitting bestseller lists. Whatever your goal, I aim to help you make all of your writing dreams come true.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Romance
Thriller

Certifications

  • Master's in Publishing, Pace University

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
September, 2009 – Present (almost 10 years)

Senior Editor

New American Library, Penguin Random House
September, 2006 – May, 2009 (over 2 years)

I most recently worked as a senior editor for Penguin’s New American Library (NAL), where I helped launch Obsidian, their dedicated mystery imprint. Besides running the day-to-day operations of Obsidian, I edited approximately one hundred original titles across all genres. I was also in charge of NAL’s movie/television tie-in program and edited numerous original novels based on TV programs such as Burn Notice, The Unit, Criminal Minds, and Psych.

Senior Editor

Mysterious Press, Warner Books
August, 2000 – September, 2006 (about 6 years)

I began my career in the subsidiary rights department of what is now Hachette Book Group, but quickly switched to the editorial side, eventually overseeing Grand Central Publishing’s legendary Mysterious Press. There, I worked with many amazing authors, including such luminaries as M. C. Beaton, Lindsey Davis, Margaret Maron, and Marcia Muller.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Have No Shame (When civil rights and forbidden love collide)

Melissa Foster

NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY BESTSELLERWhere civil rights and forbidden love collide... The racially-charged prejudice of the deep South forces eighteen-year-old Alison Tillman to confront societal norms--and her own beliefs--when she discovers the body of a hate crime victim, and the specter of forbidden love turns her safe, comfortable world upside down. A meaningful combination of romantic su... read more

NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY BESTSELLERWhere civil rights and forbidden love collide... The racially-charged prejudice of the deep South forces eighteen-year-old Alison Tillman to confront societal norms--and her own beliefs--when she discovers the body of a hate crime victim, and the specter of forbidden love turns her safe, comfortable world upside down. A meaningful combination of romantic su... read more

Swerve

Vicki Pettersson

The New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author whose “skill at capturing emotion in lyrical passages sets her head and shoulders above her peers” (Publishers Weekly) dives head first into the world of psychological thrillers with “one twisted, horrifying ride [that] kept me up the night after I finished it” (Kim Harrison).When Kristine Rush’s fiancé is abducted from a desolate rest stop e... read more

The New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author whose “skill at capturing emotion in lyrical passages sets her head and shoulders above her peers” (Publishers Weekly) dives head first into the world of psychological thrillers with “one twisted, horrifying ride [that] kept me up the night after I finished it” (Kim Harrison).When Kristine Rush’s fiancé is abducted from a desolate rest stop e... read more

Lowcountry Boil (A Liz Talbot Mystery Book 1)

Susan M. Boyer

USA TODAY BESTSELLER and AGATHA AWARD WINNER“Imaginative, empathetic, genuine, and fun, Lowcountry Boil is a lowcountry delight.” - Carolyn Hart, Author of What the Cat SawPrivate Investigator Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle: she blesses hearts and takes names. She carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade handbag, and her golden retriever, Rhett, rides shotgun in her hybrid Escape. When her g... read more

USA TODAY BESTSELLER and AGATHA AWARD WINNER“Imaginative, empathetic, genuine, and fun, Lowcountry Boil is a lowcountry delight.” - Carolyn Hart, Author of What the Cat SawPrivate Investigator Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle: she blesses hearts and takes names. She carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade handbag, and her golden retriever, Rhett, rides shotgun in her hybrid Escape. When her g... read more

An Innocent Client (Joe Dillard Series Book 1)

Scott Pratt

An Innocent Client was a top 100 book in the Kindle Store for all of 2016. The novel has been translated into 10 languages. Joe Dillard is an Amazon two million copy bestselling series. A preacher is found brutally murdered in a Tennessee motel room.A beautiful, mysterious young girl is accused.In this bestselling debut, criminal defense lawyer Joe Dillard has become jaded over the years as he... read more

An Innocent Client was a top 100 book in the Kindle Store for all of 2016. The novel has been translated into 10 languages. Joe Dillard is an Amazon two million copy bestselling series. A preacher is found brutally murdered in a Tennessee motel room.A beautiful, mysterious young girl is accused.In this bestselling debut, criminal defense lawyer Joe Dillard has become jaded over the years as he... read more

Protocol (A Maggie O'Malley Mystery Book 1)

Kathleen Valenti

“A page-turner! Smart, fast-paced and surprising.” – Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark Award-Winner, Author of Say No MoreFreshly minted college graduate Maggie O’Malley embarks on a career fueled by professional ambition and a desire to escape the past. As a pharmaceutical researcher, she’s determined to save lives from the shelter of her lab. But on her very first day she’s pulled into... read more

“A page-turner! Smart, fast-paced and surprising.” – Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark Award-Winner, Author of Say No MoreFreshly minted college graduate Maggie O’Malley embarks on a career fueled by professional ambition and a desire to escape the past. As a pharmaceutical researcher, she’s determined to save lives from the shelter of her lab. But on her very first day she’s pulled into... read more

Blood Orchids

Toby Neal

Hawaii is palm trees, black sand and blue water-but for policewoman Lei Texeira, there's a dark side to paradise. Lei has overcome a scarred past to make a life for herself as a cop in the sleepy Big Island town of Hilo. On a routine patrol she finds two murdered teenagers-one of whom she'd recently busted. With its echoes of her own past, the murdered girl's harsh life and tragic death affect... read more

Hawaii is palm trees, black sand and blue water-but for policewoman Lei Texeira, there's a dark side to paradise. Lei has overcome a scarred past to make a life for herself as a cop in the sleepy Big Island town of Hilo. On a routine patrol she finds two murdered teenagers-one of whom she'd recently busted. With its echoes of her own past, the murdered girl's harsh life and tragic death affect... read more

Bum Deal (Jake Lassiter Legal Thrillers Book 13)

Paul Levine

"They don't call us sharks for our ability to swim." - Jake LassiterSecond-string linebacker turned disillusioned defense attorney Jake Lassiter finally switches teams. Appointed special prosecutor in a high-profile murder case, he vows to take down a prominent surgeon accused of killing his wife. There's just one problem, or maybe three: no witnesses, no evidence, and no body. But Lassiter is... read more

"They don't call us sharks for our ability to swim." - Jake LassiterSecond-string linebacker turned disillusioned defense attorney Jake Lassiter finally switches teams. Appointed special prosecutor in a high-profile murder case, he vows to take down a prominent surgeon accused of killing his wife. There's just one problem, or maybe three: no witnesses, no evidence, and no body. But Lassiter is... read more

Lovers at Heart: Treat Braden (Love in Bloom- The Bradens Book 1)

Melissa Foster

*DOWNLOAD 4 FREE ebooks TODAY* and start 4 of Melissa Foster's bestselling series FREE: Lovers at Heart - Sisters in Love - Game of Love - Seaside DreamsVoted BEST BOOK SERIES by Supportive Business Moms, UK LOVERS AT HEART is a SILVER MEDAL WINNER in the Readers' Favorite Awards - Contemporary Romance Category "Foster's tale of stubborn yet persistent love takes us on a heartbreaking and soul... read more

*DOWNLOAD 4 FREE ebooks TODAY* and start 4 of Melissa Foster's bestselling series FREE: Lovers at Heart - Sisters in Love - Game of Love - Seaside DreamsVoted BEST BOOK SERIES by Supportive Business Moms, UK LOVERS AT HEART is a SILVER MEDAL WINNER in the Readers' Favorite Awards - Contemporary Romance Category "Foster's tale of stubborn yet persistent love takes us on a heartbreaking and soul... read more

Homicide in Hardcover: A Bibliophile Mystery

Kate Carlisle

Book expert Brooklyn Wainwright discovers that murder is always a bestseller in the first novel in the New York Times bestselling Bibliophile Mystery series.Brooklyn Wainwright is a skilled surgeon. Sure, her patients might smell like mold and have spines made of leather, but no ailing book is going to die on her watch. The same can’t be said of Abraham Karastovsky, Brooklyn’s friend and forme... read more

Book expert Brooklyn Wainwright discovers that murder is always a bestseller in the first novel in the New York Times bestselling Bibliophile Mystery series.Brooklyn Wainwright is a skilled surgeon. Sure, her patients might smell like mold and have spines made of leather, but no ailing book is going to die on her watch. The same can’t be said of Abraham Karastovsky, Brooklyn’s friend and forme... read more

Go Down Hard

Craig Faustus Buck

Sex, Thugs, and Rock-n-Roll The wild, daring, sexy and outrageously original crime novel from Macavity Award winner and two-time Anthony Award nominee Craig Faustus Buck. Nob Brown is a divorced, disillusioned thirty-something ex-cop turned bottom-feeding tabloid writer. His best friend and occasional lover, Gloria Lopes, is an LAPD detective who needs an Excel spreadsheet to chart her sex lif... read more

Sex, Thugs, and Rock-n-Roll The wild, daring, sexy and outrageously original crime novel from Macavity Award winner and two-time Anthony Award nominee Craig Faustus Buck. Nob Brown is a divorced, disillusioned thirty-something ex-cop turned bottom-feeding tabloid writer. His best friend and occasional lover, Gloria Lopes, is an LAPD detective who needs an Excel spreadsheet to chart her sex lif... read more

The Line (Witching Savannah Book 1)

J.D. Horn

Savannah is considered a Southern treasure, a city of beauty with a rich, colorful past. Some might even call it magical…To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too fam... read more

Savannah is considered a Southern treasure, a city of beauty with a rich, colorful past. Some might even call it magical…To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too fam... read more

Dying for a Taste: A Sally Solari Mystery

Leslie Karst

After losing her mother to cancer, Sally Solari quits her job as an attorney to help her dad run his old-style Italian eatery in Santa Cruz, California. But managing the front of the house is far from her dream job.Then in a sudden twist her Aunt Letta is found murdered in her own restaurant, and Sally is the only one who can keep the place running. But when her sous chef is accused of the cri... read more

After losing her mother to cancer, Sally Solari quits her job as an attorney to help her dad run his old-style Italian eatery in Santa Cruz, California. But managing the front of the house is far from her dream job.Then in a sudden twist her Aunt Letta is found murdered in her own restaurant, and Sally is the only one who can keep the place running. But when her sous chef is accused of the cri... read more

Death by Cashmere: A Seaside Knitters Mystery

Sally Goldenbaum

Readers can't help but get entangled in this USA Today bestselling series.Now in trade paperback-the new mystery series that spins a yarn about knitters and murder in a seaside village.Not long after Isabel "Izzy" Chambers opens up a knitting shop in the sleepy fishing town of Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, a diverse group of women begins congregating each week to form the Seaside Knitters. Izzy r... read more

Readers can't help but get entangled in this USA Today bestselling series.Now in trade paperback-the new mystery series that spins a yarn about knitters and murder in a seaside village.Not long after Isabel "Izzy" Chambers opens up a knitting shop in the sleepy fishing town of Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, a diverse group of women begins congregating each week to form the Seaside Knitters. Izzy r... read more

Mad Dog House

Mark Rubinstein

Roddy Dolan, a successful suburban surgeon, long ago left behind his past--one that nearly landed him in jail at 17. When he's approached by an old friend about becoming a silent partner in a Manhattan steakhouse, he's understandably wary. So he consults with his lifelong blood brother, Danny Burns.Danny's convinced this "vanity project" is the perfect trophy to illustrate how far they've trav... read more

Roddy Dolan, a successful suburban surgeon, long ago left behind his past--one that nearly landed him in jail at 17. When he's approached by an old friend about becoming a silent partner in a Manhattan steakhouse, he's understandably wary. So he consults with his lifelong blood brother, Danny Burns.Danny's convinced this "vanity project" is the perfect trophy to illustrate how far they've trav... read more

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Stephanie Cox
When I hired Kristen to edit my first manuscript I was in an in-between place where I was happy with my work but also knew, in the back of my mind, that it still needed the extra push to get it just right. I was looking for the key to unlock my next phase of writing. Kristen, with her expert eye, experience with major publishing houses, and natural personable demeanor was that key. Her ability ...
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Stephanie Cox, August 2018


A.L. Goulden
This was my first time working with Kristen but it won't be my last by far. She returned my manuscript with thorough, constructive notes that have helped me shape my novel into the best story it can be. She also reminded me to focus on the tension and actions within the story, something that I lost track of when writing this particular book in pieces. With two careers, my books can't all be wri...
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A.L. Goulden, July 2018


Kendall Grey
Ms. Weber got back to me very quickly with the work I requested--faster than she originally said she would. She offered to take additional looks at the blurb we collaborated on and turned that feedback around fast too. I took her advice, and based on the reader opinions I'm getting so far, it seems to be paying off. I appreciate all her help. Release day is next week. Crossing fingers!

Kendall Grey, May 2018

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