Robert Kenney

Robert Kenney – Editor

Developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading of fiction and memoir. Authors of all experience levels welcome!

Overview

I'm a developmental editor and copyeditor of fiction and memoir. I help authors who write genre or literary fiction, short stories or novels. I can also help you turn your personal story into a page-turning memoir. Whether you are a first-time author looking to self-publish or an experienced writer with a goal of publishing traditionally, let's talk about your work.
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Dystopian Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Romance Science Fiction Short Story
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Nov, 2013 — Present

Elite Editing, New York City

Jun, 2015 — Dec, 2015 (6 months)

Portfolio

The story of the Chinese Tiananmen Square massacre, as told by the young man who would become the iconic figure of the event.
FIUME RESTORAL

Dennis, Richard G.

Both Ends

Moorstein, Mark

The History Lesson

Katz, Bruce F

The Family Jewels

Katz, Bruce F

Haven

Duck, Jasmine

Win or Go Home

Milligan, Michael

Our minds’ capabilities are limitless, yet most of us rarely challenge ourselves to see our true potential. Every experience, whether good or bad, gives each of us more wisdom if viewed from a positive mind-set. You must continue to dream and try to visualize ... read more
Prepare to re-create your life, your future... through methods, LaVerne uses to overcome her seemingly terminal and insurmountable situations. As you learn to harness your power, control your words and internal dialogue (ID)... you will no longer ask the quest... read more
Like Son

Alexander Sebastian

A running memoir
Are you in the middle of the fight of your life? Do you feel overwhelmed, tired, and ready to give up? Do you feel like no one really understands the journey you are on or the obstacles you are up against? Or it might be that you have a loved one in this situa... read more
Is reality as we experience it as conscious beings equivalent to the reality that forms the foundation of our universe? J. Joseph Kazden explored this theme in his book "TotIs" and showed why Albert Einstein was not joking when he said that "Reality is merely ... read more
Denounced

Renato Rivelli

SPAIN, 1550s. In the bustling port city of Seville, Rodrigo is a qualifier for the Inquisition. His job, to evaluate books and testimony for the stain of Lutheranism. However, he guards a secret that the Holy Office does not know about... that is, until he is ... read more
Trams

Trek Micacchione

Ownership of Plot 547 is in dispute. Bastien, a wealthy land developer who secretly enjoys designing torture devices, and Martin, an ex-itinerant farmer aiming to charter a tent city for a massive group of thieving squatters, both seek legal title. Their confl... read more
He wasn’t looking for convention, but he’s learning there are limits! When a middle-aged British man meets a charming New Yorker with a passion for photography, he thinks he might have found what he’s looking for. But she lets slip a secret and everything chan... read more
Good Girls on Bad Drugs portrays the shattered lives of girls next door who became crack, coke, opioid, and heroin addicts, and who in their hustle for drugs became streetwalkers and internet escorts. In jailhouse journals and interviews, they confess with can... read more
A luscious mÉlange of art, love, and murder...In Cologne, West Germany, in the 1980s, Amanda Lee, a young American gallery owner, discovered the murdered body of her business partner, Marlene Eichler. Hours later, she found a painting that depicted the scene d... read more
"A neighborhood mainstay of old New York, Nelson’s Restaurant was a kosher deli that was in my family for over seventy years. Anchored on the busy corner of 170th Street and Broadway in Washington Heights, New York, the store was conceived by my father Morris ... read more
A.D. 871 to 875In A.D. 870, King Charles of France crushed a rebellion, annexed Provence, and reached an agreement with his brother, King Ludwig the German, to partition the Kingdom of Lorraine between them. But the pope ordered Charles to withdraw from all oc... read more
A.D. 869 to 870Emma's future looked bright. King Charles the Bald was marrying her aunt and her father had become his chief advisor. There was even talk of a possible engagement between Emma and the king's grandson. Then everything changed. While taking a walk... read more
Stein's Odyssey

Feins, Stephen

Robert has 57 reviews

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Richard D.

Richard D.

Dec, 2023

Robert did an excellent job on my manuscript. His work was thorough and complete. I ended up accepting virtually all of his suggested edits, and even in those cases where I did not, his edit made me think and reconsider what I had written. He did not try to change my writing style; he only improved it. He is amazingly knowledgeable about the Chicago Manual of Style, and about many other subject...
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Robert K.
Thank you for your kind words, Richard. I enjoyed working with you and hope we can do it again sometime. Good luck with your novel. Best wishes, Robert
Steve C.

Steve C.

Nov, 2023

Robert was very professional and technically capable. He did a great job explaining his edits so it was not only useful, but also educational. He also pointed out a couple of things regarding copyrights that might have gone beyond his responsibility, but that were very appreciated. He did miss some simple formatting issues at the end suggesting that he might have rushed things a bit then, but t...
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Robert K.
Thanks for your recommendation, Steve. I'm glad you were pleased with the edit. Good luck with your book. Best wishes, Robert
Laulie P.

Laulie P.

Oct, 2023

This is the second time I have used Robert's editing talents. The two books were very different in content and style, which didn't make any difference in his ability to superbly edit them, each in different ways. He is, after all, first and foremost a stellar editor, from correcting even the most esoteric grammatical error, to crafting the dialog so that it rings true, to making substitutions...
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Robert K.
Thanks so much, Laulie. It was a pleasure editing your manuscript, and I hope we get the chance to work together again soon. Best wishes, Robert
Kim B.

Kim B.

Aug, 2023

Robert did a great job and delivered the edit on schedule. He fixed my POV blind spots and gave me the courage to kill quite a few darlings that needed to go. Many bad commas were slain. He made excellent suggestions about bumps or confusion in the flow of the story. I would certainly use his services again.
Robert K.
Thank you for the kind words, Kim. I hope we get to work together on your next novel. Best wishes, Robert
Andreea B.

Andreea B.

Jul, 2023

This was my second collaboration with Robert and I am as pleased as I was the first time. In addition to his clarity, perceptiveness, and promptness, I most appreciate his lack of fulsome praise. He will tell you what works or doesn't, but he won't kill you with encouragement like other editors. I wish I could clone him so I don't have to wait 2-3 months until he's free again. Hire him! You can...
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Robert K.
LOL, Andreea. Maybe I need to work on that "fulsome praise" thing. Thank you for your kind words. I'm looking forward to working together again soon. Best wishes, Robert

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