Megan Records

Megan Records – Editor

Former Kensington editor with 15 years' experience, specializing in romance and mystery (adult and YA). Let's make your project shine!

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.


MY EDITING MOTTO:

A good editor is a coach--not a critic.


WHAT YOU NEED

· a seasoned professional who has the skill to whip your manuscript into shape while staying true to your story and respecting your voice

· specific, actionable feedback that not only strengthens your story but helps you learn and grow as a writer

· someone who will point out what you're doing right as well as making suggestions for what's not working


WHY I CAN HELP

· I've got 15 years of experience, including 5 at Kensington Publishing.

· 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.

· Edits can seem scary, but they don't have to be! Clients often tell me they felt nervous about receiving feedback, but my approach made them feel energized and gave them back the "spark" they needed to finish revising.



Request a quote to get a free sample edit, and you'll see what we can accomplish together.

Services
Fiction
Contemporary Romance Cozy Mysteries Historical Romance New Adult Paranormal Romance Romantic Comedy Romantic Suspense Young Adult Fantasy
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • B.A. in English--Mary Washington College
  • M.S. in Publishing--Pace University

Work experience

Self-employed

Aug, 2012 — Present

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

Kensington Publishing

Feb, 2007 — Jul, 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

Kaplan

Feb, 2006 — Jan, 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

Harlequin

Jun, 2005 — Dec, 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

A WILD RIDE A prisoner is locked in the shed next door. Suburban bystander Blake Davis knows he’s there, so why hasn’t she told the police? Wrestling with her response to the danger unfolding, Blake is drawn from the monotony of married life into the intoxicat... 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... 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 Freeb... 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 ... 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 trus... 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 ... 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 ... 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 Sm... 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 fou... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... read more

Megan has 168 reviews

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Shane K.

Shane K.

May, 2024

Megan is outstanding! Very clear and timely communication, and her insights were extremely valuable! She is obviously very experienced and provided perspectives that I will use to make my novel a great read instead of a good one. Highly recommend her!
Kristina B.

Kristina B.

Mar, 2024

Megan's manuscript review validated some of the misgivings I had about certain aspects of the story while also giving me the confidence to address them. The praise felt good while the criticisms felt totally on target.
Heather M.

Heather M.

Feb, 2024

Excellent as always :)
Tammi E.

Tammi E.

Feb, 2024

Megan is an excellent editor. I have worked with her numerous times and will continue to work with her on every project!
Kate A.

Kate A.

Jan, 2024

I want to share my experience working with Megan. She is truly amazing and a pleasure to work with. The book assessment she provided was very comprehensive. Her expertise and insights were invaluable, but what I appreciated the most was her constructive criticism. She was respectful in her feedback, focusing on how to improve the story and the writing. I highly recommend her services.

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