Megan Records

Megan Records - Editor

New York, NY, United States

Former Kensington Books editor with 13+ years' experience, specializing in romance, mystery, and YA. Let's make your project shine!

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Overview

Want to self publish your book? Looking for feedback before submitting to agents and editors? Trying to revise after a few rejections? You've come to the right place. You don't want someone who is just going to mark up your manuscript--you want an expert who cares about making your story the best it can be, who will point out what you're doing right and make great suggestions for improving what's not working. A good editor is a coach--not a critic. So let's make something awesome together!

At Kensington, I edited the Brava, Zebra, and KTeen lines, working with fabulous authors such as Mary Jo Putney, Cynthia Eden, and Rebecca Zanetti. My experience means you'll be working with a seasoned professional who has the skill to whip your manuscript into shape while staying true to your story and respecting your voice. You'll get specific, actionable feedback that not only strengthens your story but helps you learn and evolve as a writer.

I edit most types of fiction, but specialize in romance and mysteries. I've worked with authors who are just starting out and ones at the top of their publishing game, including NYT and USA Today bestselling authors and RITA award winners.

My years at Kensington taught me how to do what I truly love: collaborate with authors to make amazing stories. Now as a freelancer for both authors and publishing houses, I'm honing my skills every day. I'm also an editor for the #RevPit contest.

Request a quote to get a free sample edit, and you'll see what we can accomplish together.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Contemporary Romance
Cozy Mysteries
Historical Romance
Paranormal Romance
Romantic Comedy
Romantic Suspense
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Certifications

  • B.A. in English--Mary Washington College
  • M.S. in Publishing--Pace University

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
August, 2012 – Present (about 8 years)

Providing a variety of editorial services for publishers (such as Grand Central and Sourcebooks) and authors

Editor

Kensington Publishing
February, 2007 – July, 2012 (over 5 years)

Focused on Brava, Zebra, and KTeen imprints

Worked with authors such as Mary Jo Putney, Cynthia Eden, Zoe Archer, Elizabeth Essex, Marni Bates, Dianne Duvall, and Rebecca Zanetti

Responsible for over 25 authors, handling all aspects of getting a book to print: negotiating with agents, creating concepts for covers, approving back cover copy, helping authors with marketing strategy, etc

Editorial/Production Assistant

Kaplan
February, 2006 – January, 2007 (12 months)

Acted as writer liaison in charge of trafficking and assigning all content, as well as training new writers in specific content needs and methodology

Responsible for all Pre-College in-house copyediting

Responsible for production duties, including preparing manuscripts to be sent to printer, checking blues, generating answer keys and question categorizations for scannable tests

Editorial Intern

Harlequin
June, 2005 – December, 2005 (7 months)

Responsible for editorial duties, including: evaluating manuscripts, reader reports, writing rejection letters, line edits, writing back cover copy, author alterations, art fact sheets, trafficking manuscripts, etc.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

The Pursuit of Pleasure

Elizabeth Essex

Never Say "Never" To Passion. . . Lizzie Paxton's dream in life is to be a widow--if only she could skip the wedding and the husband. When her childhood friend Captain James Marlowe proposes a marriage in name only, she accepts, knowing she'll have the independence she craves once he sets sail. Though James is the only man Lizzie trusts, she doesn't trust the scintillating desire he evokes in ... read more

Never Say "Never" To Passion. . . Lizzie Paxton's dream in life is to be a widow--if only she could skip the wedding and the husband. When her childhood friend Captain James Marlowe proposes a marriage in name only, she accepts, knowing she'll have the independence she craves once he sets sail. Though James is the only man Lizzie trusts, she doesn't trust the scintillating desire he evokes in ... read more

Nowhere Near Respectable (The Lost Lords series Book 3)

Mary Jo Putney

Mary Jo Putney's riveting Lost Lords series unleashes a high stakes royal plot--which may prove easier for Damian Mackenzie to handle than his own unruly desire. . .He's a bastard and a gambler and society's favorite reprobate. But to Lady Kiri Lawford he's a hero--braver than the smugglers he rescues her from, more honorable than any lord she's ever met, and far more attractive than any man h... read more

Mary Jo Putney's riveting Lost Lords series unleashes a high stakes royal plot--which may prove easier for Damian Mackenzie to handle than his own unruly desire. . .He's a bastard and a gambler and society's favorite reprobate. But to Lady Kiri Lawford he's a hero--braver than the smugglers he rescues her from, more honorable than any lord she's ever met, and far more attractive than any man h... read more

No Longer A Gentleman (The Lost Lords series Book 4)

Mary Jo Putney

Grey Sommers, Lord Wyndham, never met a predicament he couldn't charm his way out of. Then a tryst with a government official's wife during a bit of casual espionage in France condemns him to a decade in a dungeon, leaving him a shadow of his former self. Yet his greatest challenge may be the enigmatic spy sent to free his body--the only woman who might heal his soul.Cassie Fox lost everything... read more

Grey Sommers, Lord Wyndham, never met a predicament he couldn't charm his way out of. Then a tryst with a government official's wife during a bit of casual espionage in France condemns him to a decade in a dungeon, leaving him a shadow of his former self. Yet his greatest challenge may be the enigmatic spy sent to free his body--the only woman who might heal his soul.Cassie Fox lost everything... read more

Angel In Chains (The Fallen Series Book 3)

Cynthia Eden

Mortal SinAs a fallen Angel of Death, Azrael is cursed to walk the earth alone in search of redemption. One night, as he wanders the streets of New Orleans, he discovers a woman surrounded by panther shifters. No longer able to contain the anger simmering within, Az summons his dark powers and attacks, determined to protect this innocent human from certain death.Only Jade Pierce is no delicate... read more

Mortal SinAs a fallen Angel of Death, Azrael is cursed to walk the earth alone in search of redemption. One night, as he wanders the streets of New Orleans, he discovers a woman surrounded by panther shifters. No longer able to contain the anger simmering within, Az summons his dark powers and attacks, determined to protect this innocent human from certain death.Only Jade Pierce is no delicate... read more

Warrior (Blades of the Rose)

Zoe Archer

To most people, the realm of magic is the stuff of nursery rhymes and dusty libraries. But for Capt. Gabriel Huntley, it's become quite real and quite dangerous. . .In Hot Pursuit. . .The vicious attack Capt. Gabriel Huntley witnesses in a dark alley sparks a chain of events that will take him to the ends of the Earth and beyond--where what is real and what is imagined become terribly confused... read more

To most people, the realm of magic is the stuff of nursery rhymes and dusty libraries. But for Capt. Gabriel Huntley, it's become quite real and quite dangerous. . .In Hot Pursuit. . .The vicious attack Capt. Gabriel Huntley witnesses in a dark alley sparks a chain of events that will take him to the ends of the Earth and beyond--where what is real and what is imagined become terribly confused... read more

Devil's Kiss (Hellraisers)

Zoe Archer

A Handsome Devil1762. James Sherbourne, Earl of Whitney, is a gambling man. Not for the money. But for the thrill, the danger--and the company: Whit has become one of the infamous Hellraisers, losing himself in the chase for adventure and pleasure with his four closest friends.Which was how Whit found himself in a gypsy encampment, betting against a lovely Romani girl. Zora Grey's smoky voice ... read more

A Handsome Devil1762. James Sherbourne, Earl of Whitney, is a gambling man. Not for the money. But for the thrill, the danger--and the company: Whit has become one of the infamous Hellraisers, losing himself in the chase for adventure and pleasure with his four closest friends.Which was how Whit found himself in a gypsy encampment, betting against a lovely Romani girl. Zora Grey's smoky voice ... read more

Awkward (Smith High Book 1)

Marni Bates

I'm Mackenzie Wellesley, and I've spent my life avoiding the spotlight. But that was four million hits ago. . .Blame it on that grade school ballet recital, when I tripped and pulled the curtain down, only to reveal my father kissing my dance instructor. At Smith High, I'm doing a pretty good job of being the awkward freshman people only notice when they need help with homework. Until I send a... read more

I'm Mackenzie Wellesley, and I've spent my life avoiding the spotlight. But that was four million hits ago. . .Blame it on that grade school ballet recital, when I tripped and pulled the curtain down, only to reveal my father kissing my dance instructor. At Smith High, I'm doing a pretty good job of being the awkward freshman people only notice when they need help with homework. Until I send a... read more

Touched (Sense Thieves Book 1)

Corrine Jackson

Time may not heal all wounds--but she can.You'd think being able to heal people with a touch would be a blessing. But to 17-year-old Remy O'Malley, it's more like a curse. Every injury Remy heals becomes her own. She lives in fear of the day she's forced to mend a wound from which she can't recover--and she's desperate to keep her amazing ability a secret.Enter Asher Blackwell, a scarred eight... read more

Time may not heal all wounds--but she can.You'd think being able to heal people with a touch would be a blessing. But to 17-year-old Remy O'Malley, it's more like a curse. Every injury Remy heals becomes her own. She lives in fear of the day she's forced to mend a wound from which she can't recover--and she's desperate to keep her amazing ability a secret.Enter Asher Blackwell, a scarred eight... read more

Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians series Book 1)

Dianne Duvall

RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance NomineeIn this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts. . .where passion can last forever, if you're willing to pay the price. . . Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded strange... read more

RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance NomineeIn this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts. . .where passion can last forever, if you're willing to pay the price. . . Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded strange... read more

The Trouble With Cowboys (Catcher Creek Book 1)

Melissa Cutler

It was their parents' ranch, through the good days and the bad. But if they want to hang on to their land, their pride, and their family, the three Sorentino sisters will have to reinvent it from the ground up--and one of them just may reinvent herself in the process...Cowboys have never been good for Amy Sorentino. First her hard-riding father bankrupted the family farm. Then her all-hat-no-c... read more

It was their parents' ranch, through the good days and the bad. But if they want to hang on to their land, their pride, and their family, the three Sorentino sisters will have to reinvent it from the ground up--and one of them just may reinvent herself in the process...Cowboys have never been good for Amy Sorentino. First her hard-riding father bankrupted the family farm. Then her all-hat-no-c... read more

Bedding the Enemy

Mary Wine

Laird Keir McQuade is a newcomer to his title, and has much work before him to restore the McQuade honor. Finding a wife is an excellent start. He's duty-bound to go to court and swear homage to his king anyway, a perfect opportunity--were not court women trussed in stupid fashions and corrupted with false mannerisms. Of course, not every lady hides behind a powdered face. . .Helena Knyvett ma... read more

Laird Keir McQuade is a newcomer to his title, and has much work before him to restore the McQuade honor. Finding a wife is an excellent start. He's duty-bound to go to court and swear homage to his king anyway, a perfect opportunity--were not court women trussed in stupid fashions and corrupted with false mannerisms. Of course, not every lady hides behind a powdered face. . .Helena Knyvett ma... read more

Mistress by Midnight (Courtesan Court)

Maggie Robinson

First comes seduction. . .As children, Desmond Ryland, Marquess of Conover, and Laurette Vincent were inseparable. As young adults, their friendship blossomed into love. But then fate intervened, sending them down different paths. Years later, Con still can't forget his beautiful Laurette. Now he's determined to make her his forever. There's just one problem. Laurette keeps refusing his marria... read more

First comes seduction. . .As children, Desmond Ryland, Marquess of Conover, and Laurette Vincent were inseparable. As young adults, their friendship blossomed into love. But then fate intervened, sending them down different paths. Years later, Con still can't forget his beautiful Laurette. Now he's determined to make her his forever. There's just one problem. Laurette keeps refusing his marria... read more

Provoked (Dark Protectors Book 5)

Rebecca Zanetti

A TIME FOR WAR…A casualty of the war between the demons and the vampires, Jase Kayrs has been missing for six long years. His older brothers want answers—but they’re going to have to get them from an unlikely source. For when Kane Kayrs tracks down Amber Freebird, what he finds is a blonde, vegan pacifist who has no intention of using her skills in his war…A TIME FOR LOVE…Amber enjoys her life... read more

A TIME FOR WAR…A casualty of the war between the demons and the vampires, Jase Kayrs has been missing for six long years. His older brothers want answers—but they’re going to have to get them from an unlikely source. For when Kane Kayrs tracks down Amber Freebird, what he finds is a blonde, vegan pacifist who has no intention of using her skills in his war…A TIME FOR LOVE…Amber enjoys her life... read more

Austentatious

Alyssa Goodnight

Goodnight's breezy style with a believable heroine, lively conflicts and lots of best-friend confidences elevates this above the usual chick lit fare. --Publishers Weekly"AUSTENTATIOUS is a fresh romantic adventure with a cast of characters who kept me turning pages way past my bedtime." --Cindy Jones, My Jane Austen Summer"This humorous romance will appeal to all Austen fans while bringing a ... read more

Goodnight's breezy style with a believable heroine, lively conflicts and lots of best-friend confidences elevates this above the usual chick lit fare. --Publishers Weekly"AUSTENTATIOUS is a fresh romantic adventure with a cast of characters who kept me turning pages way past my bedtime." --Cindy Jones, My Jane Austen Summer"This humorous romance will appeal to all Austen fans while bringing a ... read more

Megan has 38 reviews

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Kimberly Berrier
I enjoyed working with Megan on my story. She answered all my questions/concerns, pointed out areas that may have been confusing for the reader along with areas that were enjoyable parts and gave me advice on how to better help develop my main characters so their actions wouldn't confuse the reader. I appreciate her time and effort and look forward to working with her again!

Kimberly Berrier, August 2020


Oye Akintan
Working with Megan has been both an awesome, and positive experience. She's been very helpful in helping ensure the direction of my novels are on the right track, communication has been stellar, and she has been very flexible with my needs. I plan to keep working with Megan on current and future projects. Great editor indeed especially with the additional memo sh provides and her wealth of exp...
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Oye Akintan, August 2020


Denelda Bendsen
Megan is amazing. She tells it like it is... pinpointing areas of weakness, encouraging strengths, and offering excellent timely service at a reasonable price. I've used her as a developmental editor for YOUNG, first of my series, but this won't be the last.

Denelda Bendsen, August 2020


Julie Matlin
Megan is a joy to work with. Her comments are clear and concise, and she's got an great eye for a wrong tense.

Julie Matlin, August 2020


Evelyn Hail
Megan is a superb editor who offers exceptional input when it comes to the novel's grammar, style, as well as the content. Her insight was paramount and aided me and my co-author greatly in enhancing our manuscript. I would definitely recommend her as an editor. Thank you, Megan! <3

Evelyn Hail, July 2020

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