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Megan McKeever

Megan McKeever - Editor

New York, NY, United States

Formerly of Simon and Schuster, I love being able to work more directly with authors with honest and thoughtful collaborative editing.

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I spent nearly a decade at Simon & Schuster, editing in the Pocket Books and Gallery Books imprints, and was fortunate to 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.

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Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Literature Romance Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment

Work experience

Book Editor

Freelance

November, 2011 – Present (about 5 years)

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.

Editor

Simon & Schuster

January, 2003 – November, 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 (20 selected works)

Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, Book 1)

Jennifer Estep

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. After Gin’s handler is brutally murdered, she teams up with the sexy detective investigating the case to figure out who double-crossed he... 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. After Gin’s handler is brutally murdered, she teams up with the sexy detective investigating the case to figure out who double-crossed he... read more

Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother's Compulsive Hoarding

Jessie Sholl

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 me?When her divorced mother was diagnosed with cancer, New York City writer Jessie Sholl returned to her hometown of Minneapolis to help her prepare for her upcoming surgery and get her affairs in order. While a daunting task ... read more

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 me?When her divorced mother was diagnosed with cancer, New York City writer Jessie Sholl returned to her hometown of Minneapolis to help her prepare for her upcoming surgery and get her affairs in order. While a daunting task ... read more

High Before Homeroom

Maya Sloan

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 sure: 1. He is doomed to live in the shadow of his older brother, Trevor, a former high school football star who is stationed in Iraq. 2.... 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 sure: 1. He is doomed to live in the shadow of his older brother, Trevor, a former high school football star who is stationed in Iraq. 2.... read more

Seducing Mr. Darcy

Gwyn Cready

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 just isn't Flip Allison's style. She prefers novels with hot sex on the bathroom sink to the mannerly, high-tension longing of Jane Aus... 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 just isn't Flip Allison's style. She prefers novels with hot sex on the bathroom sink to the mannerly, high-tension longing of Jane Aus... 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. His sister is held captive, her life in jeopardy, and his Magically powerful half brother wants him dead. The last thing he needs is m... read more

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. His sister is held captive, her life in jeopardy, and his Magically powerful half brother wants him dead. The last thing he needs is m... read more

Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives

Josie Brown

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 suburban, gated community. At least he brought cupcakes. Since meeting the former Master-of-the-Universe turned stay-at-home single dad... 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 suburban, gated community. At least he brought cupcakes. Since meeting the former Master-of-the-Universe turned stay-at-home single dad... 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 seems to be that long before a professional woman’s baby bump becomes obvious under her Armani suit, she turns to San Francisco’s premi... read more

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 seems to be that long before a professional woman’s baby bump becomes obvious under her Armani suit, she turns to San Francisco’s premi... read more

Venom (Elemental Assassin, Book 3)

Jennifer Estep

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 family. Which means protecting my identity, even if I have to conceal my powerful Stone and Ice magic when I need it most. To the public... 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 family. Which means protecting my identity, even if I have to conceal my powerful Stone and Ice magic when I need it most. To the public... read more

Until He Comes: A Good Girl's Quest to Get Some Heaven on Earth

K. Dawn Goodwin

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 while she always thought Jesus was kinda hot, even He could not quiet the avalanche of prepubescent lust and the burning wish for a man to f... 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 while she always thought Jesus was kinda hot, even He could not quiet the avalanche of prepubescent lust and the burning wish for a man to f... 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 subplots, love scenes, and deeper characterization that are possible with a longer book. I hope you enjoy reading this retelling as much ... read more

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 subplots, love scenes, and deeper characterization that are possible with a longer book. I hope you enjoy reading this retelling as much ... read more

Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband (Daughters of the Glen, Book 1) (The Daughters of the Glen)

Melissa Mayhue

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 warrior who lives only for honor and duty. Though he’s vowed never to marry, that’s exactly what he must do to save his sister. Enter a little... 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 warrior who lives only for honor and duty. Though he’s vowed never to marry, that’s exactly what he must do to save his sister. Enter a little... 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 keep her safe, but also to keep her in line. The school is creepy, the headmistress is a lunatic, and the students range from spoiled rich ... read more

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 keep her safe, but also to keep her in line. The school is creepy, the headmistress is a lunatic, and the students range from spoiled rich ... read more

Invincible (The Trident Code Book 1)

Alana Albertson

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 the man of steel, he ain’t no match for Navy SEAL. You’ve seen the movies—we’re infallible, invaluable, invincible. But that night, th... 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 the man of steel, he ain’t no match for Navy SEAL. You’ve seen the movies—we’re infallible, invaluable, invincible. But that night, th... read more

Roxie (Triple X Book 3)

Kimberly Dean

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 she met her match? Roxie should be on top of the world. She’s formed bonds with identical sisters she never knew she had, and she’s buyi... 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 she met her match? Roxie should be on top of the world. She’s formed bonds with identical sisters she never knew she had, and she’s buyi... read more

Burned: Black Cipher Files #3 (Black Cipher Files series)

Lisa Hughey

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 he has to do is keep an eye on Sunshine, from afar, and make sure she’s safe. Sunshine Smith’s entire world was blown apart thirteen ye... 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 he has to do is keep an eye on Sunshine, from afar, and make sure she’s safe. Sunshine Smith’s entire world was blown apart thirteen ye... read more

Mai Tai Marriage: Book 3 (Aloha Series)

Chris Keniston

Mai Tai Marriage (book three in the contemporary romance Aloha series) Lexie Hale is happily single and loving her life in Hawaii as a dive instructor and manager of the Big Island Dive shop. Lt. Commander James Borden thinks he's found the perfect navy wife for a man like him, until his prospective bride goes AWOL. After a few too many Mai Tais on a Honolulu beach, all it takes is three shoel... read more

Mai Tai Marriage (book three in the contemporary romance Aloha series) Lexie Hale is happily single and loving her life in Hawaii as a dive instructor and manager of the Big Island Dive shop. Lt. Commander James Borden thinks he's found the perfect navy wife for a man like him, until his prospective bride goes AWOL. After a few too many Mai Tais on a Honolulu beach, all it takes is three shoel... read more

Totlandia: Book 1 (Humorous Contemporary Women's Fiction): The Onesies - Fall

Josie Brown

IN BOOK 1 OF THE TOTLANDIA SERIES: The Pacific Heights Moms & Tots Club is the most exclusive children’s playgroup in all of San Francisco. For the city’s ultra-competitive elite, the club’s ten annual spots are the ultimate parenting prize. But not everyone is PHM&TC material. The club’s founder, Bettina Connaught Cross, adheres to strict membership rules: Moms only. No single parents or work... read more

IN BOOK 1 OF THE TOTLANDIA SERIES: The Pacific Heights Moms & Tots Club is the most exclusive children’s playgroup in all of San Francisco. For the city’s ultra-competitive elite, the club’s ten annual spots are the ultimate parenting prize. But not everyone is PHM&TC material. The club’s founder, Bettina Connaught Cross, adheres to strict membership rules: Moms only. No single parents or work... read more

Rogue Soul (The Mythean Arcana Book 3)

Linsey Hall

"Linsey Hall's brilliantly imaginative Mythean Arcana is THE must-read series of the year for fans of paranormal romance." - Maggie Shayne, NY Times Bestselling Author of TWILIGHT GUARDIANS It's her last chance at freedom... 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 vengefu... read more

"Linsey Hall's brilliantly imaginative Mythean Arcana is THE must-read series of the year for fans of paranormal romance." - Maggie Shayne, NY Times Bestselling Author of TWILIGHT GUARDIANS It's her last chance at freedom... 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 vengefu... read more

Earl of Darkness (Heirs of Kilronan)

Alix Rickloff

The magic she tries to hide . . . Born a lady, but reduced to surviving in the slums of Dublin, Catriona O’Connell has been hired to steal a mysterious book from Aidan Douglas, Earl of Kilronan. But Cat is secretly Other, an age-old mixture of Fey and human—something Aidan recognizes immediately when he surprises the lovely young burglar in his library, about to steal a magical diary. . . . is... read more

The magic she tries to hide . . . Born a lady, but reduced to surviving in the slums of Dublin, Catriona O’Connell has been hired to steal a mysterious book from Aidan Douglas, Earl of Kilronan. But Cat is secretly Other, an age-old mixture of Fey and human—something Aidan recognizes immediately when he surprises the lovely young burglar in his library, about to steal a magical diary. . . . is... 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 girlfriend, Mel . . . which would be great if he hadn’t already lost it to his forty-year-old godmother d) Almost killed a man Yeah, Gates h... read more

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 girlfriend, Mel . . . which would be great if he hadn’t already lost it to his forty-year-old godmother d) Almost killed a man Yeah, Gates h... read more

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Lele Iturrioz

Megan is absolutely incredible. She edits in a way that makes your characters and plot grow without changing the way you write. I loved working with her.

Lele Iturrioz, October 2016

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