Megan Records

Megan Records - Editor

New York, NY, United States

NYT Bestselling editor with 15 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.

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.
· I'm an editor for the Revpit contest.
· 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.
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 (over 9 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 (16 selected works)

Pretty Innocent Girls

Amy Oppenheim

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 intoxicating fold of the Army of Outlaws. As she learns more about her magnetic but dangerous new neighbor, Hayden, temptation lures her into the... read more

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 intoxicating fold of the Army of Outlaws. As she learns more about her magnetic but dangerous new neighbor, Hayden, temptation lures her into the... 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

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

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 101 reviews

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Persephone Weeks
Megan answered all my questions and responded very promptly. Her price seemed reasonable, and her query-only package worked well for me since the more thorough packages from other editors were pricey more than what I was looking for.

Persephone Weeks, November 2021


Cindy Kludt
Megan was very professional in that she responded to my requests quickly, got the work back to me when she said, or stayed in communication with me if there were any changes. So far, I have been very happy with her and am using her for my line editing and second read through. She is my first use of an editor and I feel like I was lucky to have found someone so professional and responsive with...
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Cindy Kludt, November 2021


Mariah Cheng
Megan has been amazing to work with. She was always very accommodating flexible with my needs. Her feedback and professionalism have been a tremendous help to polish up my manuscript.

Mariah Cheng, November 2021


Paul Bluestein
Megan gave me prompt, professional insights in ways to improve my story. She also gave me clear reasons why I was having such a difficult time getting a publisher or agent to buy into my book. I am looking forward to working with her again.

Paul Bluestein, November 2021


Reya Scott
It was a pleasure to work with Megan. Not only did she give me detailed and specific suggestions to improve my story she also gave me points that will improve my writing in the long term. I'm excited to work with her in the future.

Reya Scott, November 2021

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