Randall Klein

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Charlottesville, VA, USA

I'm an editor (Random House, Diversion Books) and a published novelist here to help you get your manuscript into shape for the marketplace.

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I'm a professional editor with ten years in the publishing industry under my belt (Random House, then Diversion Books). I have edited authors across genres, with a focus in mystery / suspense / thriller and romance. I am also a published author, with my book, Little Disasters, published by Viking in May of 2018. After thirteen years in New York, I now live in Charlottesville with my wife and our very photogenic dog.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure
Crime & Mystery
Horror
Literature
Romance
Thriller
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
December, 2016 – Present (over 2 years)

I currently work for both agents and authors doing assessments and developmental edits on full-length books.

Editor

Diversion Books
September, 2013 – December, 2016 (about 3 years)

As the primary editor for Diversion Books, I edited over one hundred authors in the three-year span, editing across genres both fiction and non-fiction. Please see below for a sample of some of the books I edited.

Associate Editor

Random House
May, 2008 – February, 2013 (almost 5 years)

I worked for the Ballantine / Bantam Dell imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, and helped to acquire the first books for the Alibi digital imprint. I worked primarily on mystery / suspense / thriller.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

The Whole World: A Keene and Frohmann Mystery

Emily Winslow

From the author of Look For Her“Emily Winslow is a precise and expert analyst of the darkest parts of the human psyche.” — Sophie Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of Closed CasketSet in the richly evoked pathways and environs of Cambridge, England, The Whole World unearths the desperate secrets kept by its many complex characters—students, professors, detectives, husbands, and mothers... read more

From the author of Look For Her“Emily Winslow is a precise and expert analyst of the darkest parts of the human psyche.” — Sophie Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of Closed CasketSet in the richly evoked pathways and environs of Cambridge, England, The Whole World unearths the desperate secrets kept by its many complex characters—students, professors, detectives, husbands, and mothers... read more

The Start of Everything: A Keene and Frohmann Mystery

Emily Winslow

From the author of Look For Her“Emily Winslow is a precise and expert analyst of the darkest parts of the human psyche.” — Sophie Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of Closed CasketOutside the city of Cambridge, England, the badly decomposed body of a young woman has washed up in the flooded fens. Detective Inspector Chloe Frohmann and her partner, Detective Chief Inspector Morris Keene... read more

From the author of Look For Her“Emily Winslow is a precise and expert analyst of the darkest parts of the human psyche.” — Sophie Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of Closed CasketOutside the city of Cambridge, England, the badly decomposed body of a young woman has washed up in the flooded fens. Detective Inspector Chloe Frohmann and her partner, Detective Chief Inspector Morris Keene... read more

The Euthanist

Alex Dolan

In this auspicious debut, Alex Dolan announces himself as a virtuoso of psychological suspense and a rightful heir to masters of the genre like Gillian Flynn and Megan Abbott. A young woman helps to end the lives of people with terminal diseases, her reasons her own. When she helps the wrong person, she will be roped into a plot to gain vengeance on behalf of dozens. Her journey will make her ... read more

In this auspicious debut, Alex Dolan announces himself as a virtuoso of psychological suspense and a rightful heir to masters of the genre like Gillian Flynn and Megan Abbott. A young woman helps to end the lives of people with terminal diseases, her reasons her own. When she helps the wrong person, she will be roped into a plot to gain vengeance on behalf of dozens. Her journey will make her ... read more

The Empress of Tempera

Alex Dolan

Good art can make a person cry; great art can make a person kill. Paire Anjou came to New York to be an artist, but thus far has only achieved an artist boyfriend--the enfant terrible of the art world, Derek Rosewood. On her way to his show, where his controversial paintings will be on display, Paire sees an older man on the sidewalk, looking into the window of the Fern Gallery, gazing intentl... read more

Good art can make a person cry; great art can make a person kill. Paire Anjou came to New York to be an artist, but thus far has only achieved an artist boyfriend--the enfant terrible of the art world, Derek Rosewood. On her way to his show, where his controversial paintings will be on display, Paire sees an older man on the sidewalk, looking into the window of the Fern Gallery, gazing intentl... read more

Between Here and Gone

Barbara Ferrer

In 1959 Cuba, Natalia San Martín was nothing short of a princess: sheltered, pampered, and courted by her very own prince, a childhood friend turned lifelong love. All that changed on the fateful New Year's Eve when Fidel Castro and his followers seized control of the country, with tragic consequences for not only the island, but Natalia herself. Five years later, in 1960s New York, she’s know... read more

In 1959 Cuba, Natalia San Martín was nothing short of a princess: sheltered, pampered, and courted by her very own prince, a childhood friend turned lifelong love. All that changed on the fateful New Year's Eve when Fidel Castro and his followers seized control of the country, with tragic consequences for not only the island, but Natalia herself. Five years later, in 1960s New York, she’s know... read more

Both Sides Now

Barbara Ferrer

For fans of Elizabeth Berg's TALK BEFORE SLEEP and the novels of Jodi Picoult comes the provocative new novel from Barbara Ferrer.In grief, they find each other. Through loss, they find love.They meet in a hospital corridor. Libby is there for Ethan, her mentor, her best friend, her husband. He’s dying, and she’s struggling to survive. Nick is there for Katharine, his reason for living, the lo... read more

For fans of Elizabeth Berg's TALK BEFORE SLEEP and the novels of Jodi Picoult comes the provocative new novel from Barbara Ferrer.In grief, they find each other. Through loss, they find love.They meet in a hospital corridor. Libby is there for Ethan, her mentor, her best friend, her husband. He’s dying, and she’s struggling to survive. Nick is there for Katharine, his reason for living, the lo... read more

Sweetwater Burning: A Novel

Heather Sharfeddin

In the small Idaho town of Sweetwater, Chas McPherson tends his blackbelly sheep and keeps his thoughts to himself. Unable to care for his terminally ill father, he must hire a home-care nurse for a job no one in his or her right mind would take. But one woman accepts. Mattie Holden comes to this cramped, cluttered house with a secret on her heels. And in brooding, hard-drinking Chas and his s... read more

In the small Idaho town of Sweetwater, Chas McPherson tends his blackbelly sheep and keeps his thoughts to himself. Unable to care for his terminally ill father, he must hire a home-care nurse for a job no one in his or her right mind would take. But one woman accepts. Mattie Holden comes to this cramped, cluttered house with a secret on her heels. And in brooding, hard-drinking Chas and his s... read more

Little Disasters

Randall Klein

A gripping novel about two young married couples--expectant parents and new friends--whose lives collide in a pile-up of deceits and indiscretionsIt was the exhilaration of new parenthood that first united Michael and Paul, outside the Brooklyn hospital where their wives, Rebecca and Jenny, had exiled them from the delivery room. For Paul, though, tragedy swiftly followed that euphoria. Hoping... read more

A gripping novel about two young married couples--expectant parents and new friends--whose lives collide in a pile-up of deceits and indiscretionsIt was the exhilaration of new parenthood that first united Michael and Paul, outside the Brooklyn hospital where their wives, Rebecca and Jenny, had exiled them from the delivery room. For Paul, though, tragedy swiftly followed that euphoria. Hoping... read more

By Any Name

Cynthia Voigt

From the award-winning author of Homecoming and Dicey's Song comes a heartfelt adult novel perfect for readers of Judy Blume.Rida is an orphan out of California who dances for the troops in the USO. Spencer is a naval officer with roots deep in New England’s upper crust. They meet during World War II at an Officer’s Club dance, and Spencer might have been dissuaded if he saw just one engagemen... read more

From the award-winning author of Homecoming and Dicey's Song comes a heartfelt adult novel perfect for readers of Judy Blume.Rida is an orphan out of California who dances for the troops in the USO. Spencer is a naval officer with roots deep in New England’s upper crust. They meet during World War II at an Officer’s Club dance, and Spencer might have been dissuaded if he saw just one engagemen... read more

Your Book, Your Brand: The Step-By-Step Guide to Launching Your Book and Boosting Your Sales

Dana Kaye

You’ve finished your book. That’s step one. Book publicist Dana Kaye now takes you through step two: getting your book into the hands of legions of readers.How we read books is changing rapidly, and so is where we buy them. From the rise of eBooks to the impact of online retail sales through companies like Amazon to the wide acceptance of self-publishing as a natural path—countless authors are... read more

You’ve finished your book. That’s step one. Book publicist Dana Kaye now takes you through step two: getting your book into the hands of legions of readers.How we read books is changing rapidly, and so is where we buy them. From the rise of eBooks to the impact of online retail sales through companies like Amazon to the wide acceptance of self-publishing as a natural path—countless authors are... read more

Without Borders: A Wanderlove Novel

Amanda Heger

For Annie London, a month in a Central American rainforest means handing out mosquito nets, giving medical aid, and teaching children about the birds and the bees. With any luck, it will also land her application in the “accepted” pile at a top-tier medical school. But as soon as she steps off the plane, Annie realizes her bug spray, feeble Spanish, and medical supplies won’t help her deal wit... read more

For Annie London, a month in a Central American rainforest means handing out mosquito nets, giving medical aid, and teaching children about the birds and the bees. With any luck, it will also land her application in the “accepted” pile at a top-tier medical school. But as soon as she steps off the plane, Annie realizes her bug spray, feeble Spanish, and medical supplies won’t help her deal wit... read more

Semi-Scripted: A Wanderlove Novel

Amanda Heger

Blending romance with a message for social justice, Amanda Heger pens a second “rompy Rom Com at its best” in the Wanderlove series, this one under the lights of Hollywood. Marisol Gutierrez has come to Los Angeles with a single goal: win the prestigious grant that will save her family’s struggling medical clinic back in Nicaragua. But, when a cute guy invites her to sit in the audience of a h... read more

Blending romance with a message for social justice, Amanda Heger pens a second “rompy Rom Com at its best” in the Wanderlove series, this one under the lights of Hollywood. Marisol Gutierrez has come to Los Angeles with a single goal: win the prestigious grant that will save her family’s struggling medical clinic back in Nicaragua. But, when a cute guy invites her to sit in the audience of a h... read more

The Semper Sonnet

Seth Margolis

A long-lost manuscript may reveal the past—or destroy the future—in “a wildly imaginative thriller that fans of Dan Brown and Steve Berry will love” (Phillip Margolin, New York Times–bestselling author). Lee Nicholson is ready to take the academic world by storm, having discovered a sonnet she believes was written by William Shakespeare. But when she reads the poem on the air, the words put he... read more

A long-lost manuscript may reveal the past—or destroy the future—in “a wildly imaginative thriller that fans of Dan Brown and Steve Berry will love” (Phillip Margolin, New York Times–bestselling author). Lee Nicholson is ready to take the academic world by storm, having discovered a sonnet she believes was written by William Shakespeare. But when she reads the poem on the air, the words put he... read more

Presidents' Day

Seth Margolis

For readers of David Baldacci and Brad Meltzer comes a timely political thriller from the bestselling author of Losing Isaiah.In this twisting, ferocious novel of suspense, the presidential race has a number of men all clawing to get to the top. Each man has a locked closet of secrets. And one man holds every key.Julian Mellow has spent his life amassing a fortune out of low-risk / high-reward... read more

For readers of David Baldacci and Brad Meltzer comes a timely political thriller from the bestselling author of Losing Isaiah.In this twisting, ferocious novel of suspense, the presidential race has a number of men all clawing to get to the top. Each man has a locked closet of secrets. And one man holds every key.Julian Mellow has spent his life amassing a fortune out of low-risk / high-reward... read more

Combustion

Martin J. Smith

"A page-turner with a kicker at the end—you can’t ask for anything better. Intricately plotted and full of character, this one is a great ride that burns with the intensity of a California wildfire."—Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestsellerThe dry season has hit the Inland Empire of California, depleting the ponds and revealing the muddy grave of Paul Dwyer. From his mansion on the hill,... read more

"A page-turner with a kicker at the end—you can’t ask for anything better. Intricately plotted and full of character, this one is a great ride that burns with the intensity of a California wildfire."—Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestsellerThe dry season has hit the Inland Empire of California, depleting the ponds and revealing the muddy grave of Paul Dwyer. From his mansion on the hill,... read more

The Disappeared Girl (The Memory Series Book 4)

Martin J. Smith

Nothing stays buried forever, especially not the past. Two men stand out in a crowd overlooking the Ohio River. A plane is being taken from the water where it crashed decades before. Both men helped put it there. Jim Christensen’s daughter, Melissa, has been troubled of late. She has dreams that feel like memories, unsettling images percolate to the surface. She remembers a terrifying past, po... read more

Nothing stays buried forever, especially not the past. Two men stand out in a crowd overlooking the Ohio River. A plane is being taken from the water where it crashed decades before. Both men helped put it there. Jim Christensen’s daughter, Melissa, has been troubled of late. She has dreams that feel like memories, unsettling images percolate to the surface. She remembers a terrifying past, po... read more

Amber Smoke: The Escaped - Book One

Kristin Cast

"With a unique twist on Greek mythology and heart-stopping action, AMBER SMOKE keeps you riveted to the very last page." —#1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout"With the perfect mix of thrills and chills, along with characters who pop off the page and a gripping plot, this explosive new series is perfect for any Hunger Games and Divergent fans."―RT BOOK REVIEWS"AMBER SMOKE... read more

"With a unique twist on Greek mythology and heart-stopping action, AMBER SMOKE keeps you riveted to the very last page." —#1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout"With the perfect mix of thrills and chills, along with characters who pop off the page and a gripping plot, this explosive new series is perfect for any Hunger Games and Divergent fans."―RT BOOK REVIEWS"AMBER SMOKE... read more

Scarlet Rain: The Escaped - Book Two

Kristin Cast

The co-author of the New York Times bestselling House of Night series returns with the mesmerizing second book in The Escaped series.In Amber Smoke, Kristin Cast introduced her legions of readers to Alek and Eva. Alek, immortal son of the Furies, has been charged to save his home and recapture the souls of the damned, evil creatures who escaped Tartarus into the Mortal Realm. He can't, however... read more

The co-author of the New York Times bestselling House of Night series returns with the mesmerizing second book in The Escaped series.In Amber Smoke, Kristin Cast introduced her legions of readers to Alek and Eva. Alek, immortal son of the Furies, has been charged to save his home and recapture the souls of the damned, evil creatures who escaped Tartarus into the Mortal Realm. He can't, however... read more

After the Fall

Lisa Bingham

With INTO THE STORM, Lisa Bingham wove a spellbinding romance set during the Blitz. Now, she turns her eye to the Pacific in this gorgeous WWII tale of courage, fear, and love on an island doomed to fall.At the dawn of WWII, the Philippines is a haven for those intent on shedding their pasts and reinventing themselves. Lt. Riley Gilhouley—The Great Gilhouley—keeps the troops well stocked in co... read more

With INTO THE STORM, Lisa Bingham wove a spellbinding romance set during the Blitz. Now, she turns her eye to the Pacific in this gorgeous WWII tale of courage, fear, and love on an island doomed to fall.At the dawn of WWII, the Philippines is a haven for those intent on shedding their pasts and reinventing themselves. Lt. Riley Gilhouley—The Great Gilhouley—keeps the troops well stocked in co... read more

Into the Storm

Lisa Bingham

RueAnn Boggs meets Charles Tolliver, a handsome Brit with a secret job, and in the course of twenty-four hours, RueAnn is swept off her feet—seduced, wed, and then left by dashing Charlie, who hastily departs for an assignment in England. When weeks go by and she hears nothing from her new husband, RueAnn becomes determined to find out if she’s a wife in name only, and she travels to London fo... read more

RueAnn Boggs meets Charles Tolliver, a handsome Brit with a secret job, and in the course of twenty-four hours, RueAnn is swept off her feet—seduced, wed, and then left by dashing Charlie, who hastily departs for an assignment in England. When weeks go by and she hears nothing from her new husband, RueAnn becomes determined to find out if she’s a wife in name only, and she travels to London fo... read more

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Brian St Aubin
You can't go wrong with Randall! This was my first manuscript and I had no idea if it was gibberish or a truly viable book. I needed to know this before I went on and spent thousands on editing costs. No sense in polishing a turd. Randall gave me a very well written, big-picture review of what was working and what needed help. He was brutally honest in pointing out the bad parts of my manuscri...
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Brian St Aubin, April 2019


Severn River Publishing
Severn River Publishing has collaborated with Randall on multiple projects, and hopes to work with him on many more. A true professional, Randall has provided comprehensive, detailed, and insightful edits and has expertly guided our authors in crafting and polishing their novels. Accessible, communicative, and with an encouraging and positive demeanor, Randall has been wonderful to work with.

Severn River Publishing, March 2019

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