Megan McKeever

Megan McKeever – Editor

A 20 year veteran of the publishing industry, Megan spent a decade at Simon & Schuster and has acquired and edited many bestsellers.

Overview

I spent nearly a decade at Simon & Schuster, editing in the Pocket Books and Gallery Books imprints, and have acquired and edited New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, as well as RITA winners. I began freelance developmental editing in 2011 and have helped numerous authors craft proposals and transform drafts into finished books they can be proud of. I am grateful for the opportunity to work closely with authors and continue to pursue my love of a good story.
Services
Fiction
Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Paranormal Romance Romance Thriller & Suspense Urban Fantasy Women's Fiction Young Adult
Languages
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Freelance

Nov, 2011 — Present

I am passionate about quality writing and stories and believe editing to be a collaboration between author and editor to produce the best book possible. A good developmental edit should take your words, your ideas, and your voice and make them shine. My extensive experience as an acquiring editor at Simon & Schuster gives me the insight into what attracts agents, publishers and readers. Each project will receive rigorous, sympathetic, honest edits and thoughtful feedback that will guide you to a compelling finished manuscript or proposal. I edit books in the following genres: fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction.

Simon & Schuster

Jan, 2003 — Nov, 2011 (almost 9 years)

Spent nearly a decade working closely with New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Acquired and edited mainly fiction, specifically romance, urban fantasy, young adult, and women's fiction at Pocket Books and Gallery Books.

Portfolio

Witness to a Life

Baddeley, Stephen

These are dangerous times on Etherya’s Earth…Slayer Princess Miranda, heir to the throne, has hated the Vampyres for a thousand years. Since the Awakening, she's fought to protect her people, choosing to be a warrior more than a royal. When a female Vampyre wa... read more
The Limbo Tree

T. N. Suarez

An accident. A secret. The truth. Or was it in that order? Something is wrong with Samantha McCallister. Her baby brother is dead, and she has only one memory of the accident: the canned version her parents impressed upon her. But piece by piece, Sam struggles... read more
Willow: A Novel

Linda Lael Miller

Dear Reader:Willow is a novel from early in my career, and it was originally shorter than many of my other historical romances. Now, I’m delighted to be able to share this brand-new edition with you. I’ve taken the opportunity to expand Willow to include the s... read more
Paradise Rules

Jimmy Gleacher

TRUE OR F A L S E ? It’s only a week into summer break and already seventeen-year-old Gates has . . . a) Hustled millionaires on the golf course b) Tried to stop his mother from having a(nother) nervous breakdown c) Promised to lose his virginity with his girl... read more
It's her last chance at freedom... And only her enemy can save her Andrasta, Celtic goddess of victory, has fled the cold, sterile wasteland of Otherworld for the steamy South American jungle. It's only a matter of time before the vengeful gods catch and punis... read more
THIS IS BOOK 1 OF AN 8-PART EPISODIC SERIES. Each book completes a story arc, but it includes a series cliffhanger that connects Books 1-4. IN BOOK 1 OF THE TOTLANDIA SERIES:The Pacific Heights Moms & Tots Club is the most exclusive children's playgroup in all... read more
Recipe for a perfect Mai Tai MarriageFirst, you need one drunk sailor.Couple him with a sexy, feisty shop manager.Pour in a whole lot of spiced rum, a little orange liqueur, a splash of coconut rum and a pineapple spear just for fun.Stir in one hazy accidental... read more
BURNED is the third and final installment in the Black Cipher Files trilogy.Zeke Hawthorne, a programmer and hacker at the NSA, is in trouble. Red-badged and under investigation to make sure had hasn’t divulged national secrets, he’s sent on a boondoggle. All ... read more
It’s time for this identical triplet to meet her match.Can a wild child ever really be tamed? Growing up in foster care has made Roxie Cannon tough and self-reliant, but being alone isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. She’s finally found her sisters. Is it time s... read more
Finalist in the 2014 New Adult Category of the LVRWA I Heart Indie Contest!!!!I’ll be honest with you—I’m no hero. Sure, the media tries to brand every Navy SEAL as some kind of Batman dressed in cammies. There’s even a line in one of our cadences: Superman is... read more
Shelter Me

Alex McAulay

Maggie Leigh just wants to be a normal teenager, but when German bombs tear apart London during World War II, her ultra-religious mother sees the destruction as divine punishment. She sends Maggie to a remote boarding school in coastal Wales, supposedly to kee... read more
Ancient magic sends a modern woman on a passionate adventure to the thirteen-century Scottish Highlands in this enchanting time-travel romance by award-winning author Melissa Mayhue.Scotland, 1272. Connor MacKiernan, a descendant of the Fae Prince, is a warrio... read more
A hilarious, irreverent, and touching account of one seriously Christian girl’s struggle to please any available savior. . . . K. Dawn Goodwin’s holy crusade to be the Lord’s sexiest spokesperson began at the tender—but far from innocent—age of seven. And whil... read more
What kind of assassin works pro bono?It’s hard to be a badass assassin when a giant is beating the crap out of you. Luckily, I never let pride get in the way of my work. My current mission is personal: annihilate Mab Monroe, the Fire elemental who murdered my ... read more
The Baby Planner

Josie Brown

The Nanny Diaries meets The Wedding Planner in this smart, dishy novel from the author of Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives—featuring a woman who runs San Francisco’s premier baby planning company and the mommies-to-be who seek out her services. Today’s trend... read more
Suburbia is a jungle, filled with lots of vicious creatures. Take the Paradise Heights Women’s League board. Lyssa Harper should have warned golden-haired DILF du jour Harry Wilder what he was getting into when she invited him to meet the mommies who run their... read more
Warrior's Redemption

Melissa Mayhue

MALCOLM MACDOWYLT sees himself a failed warrior, haunted by the death of the woman he married to become laird of Clan MacGahan. Neither his Viking heritage nor his claim to descend from Norse gods can restore his confidence in his ability to protect his people... read more
In the second hilarious and sexy novel from author Gwyn Cready, a divorcée suffering from "carnal deprivation" has a racy one-night stand with one of literature's most irresistible heroes -- and learns that you really can't judge a book by its cover. Mr. Darcy... read more
Losers, now you can get the bad-boy rep the girls find positively irresistible! Unleash your dark side with the Doug Schaffer plan for drug addiction and rehabilitation! (Kids, don't try this at home.) At sixteen years old, Doug Schaffer knows two things for s... read more
A fascinating look at compulsive hoarding by a woman whose mother suffers from the disease.To be the child of a compulsive hoarder is to live in a permanent state of unease. Because if my mother is one of those crazy junk-house people, then what does that make... read more
After Gin’s family was murdered by a Fire elemental when she was thirteen, she lived on the streets and eventually became an assassin to survive. Now, Gin is given an assignment by her handler to rub out an Ashland businessman, but it turns out to be a trap. A... read more

Megan has 36 reviews

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Richard E.

Richard E.

Jan, 2024

Megan has provided editor services for four of my novels. She is exceptional! Her assessments are thoughtful, detailed, professionally written and actionable. Her greatest strength is character development. Megan immerses herself in the characters, becomes passionate about them, and offers great insight on how to strengthen them. She also invariably finds a few major timing or factual errors th...
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Steven B.

Steven B.

Sep, 2023

Previously, Ms. McKeever edited my book, and I followed her advice. I was so happy with her astuteness that I rehired her to look at the changes I made to see if she recommended anything more. Once again, her assistance was first-rate, with insightful advice on my edited manuscript and meticulous scrutiny of details; she does quality work. My novel is improved due to her editing. Thank you, Meg...
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Melpomeni M.

Melpomeni M.

Sep, 2023

Megan McKeever provided valuable insight in her editorial review of my novel. Her keen questions spurred me to see opportunities to expand the story, explore motivations, and engage the reader in the journey of the characters. Her thoughtful support of my writing energized me to approach my revisions with curiosity ensuring a manuscript ready to launch. I look forward to ongoing collaborations ...
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Steven B.

Steven B.

Aug, 2023

How do you define intelligence and skill? Answer: Megan McKeever. Her assessment was insightful, her skill obvious, and she was a tremendous help in improving my work by penetrating its essence. She completed her assessment ahead of time and answered my follow-up questions. Thank you, Ms. McKeever. I hope I can work with you again. You were superb.
AJ T.

AJ T.

Apr, 2023

Knowing how many hours and sweat I had put into writing this book, I was so nervous to share my first novel with the intention of receiving criticism. But Megan was kind, clear and honest with me and has helped me frame the issues I need to address in a way that makes me excited to dive back in and make my novel better. Would absolutely hire her again.

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