Robert Kenney

Robert Kenney - Editor

North Kingstown, RI, USA

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

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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.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Dystopian
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Romance
Science Fiction
Short Story

Work experience

Manuscript editor

Self-employed
November, 2013 – Present (about 7 years)

Copyeditor and line editor

Elite Editing, New York City
June, 2015 – December, 2015 (6 months)

Portfolio (18 selected works)

Emma of the Ardennes: A Story of Adventure and Friendship in Ninth Century France (CHARLEMAGNE’S LEGACY: A Historical Thriller) (Volume 1)

Vittorio Pareto

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 on the grounds of the royal palace at Aachen, she overheard four men discussing the final details of a plot to overthrow the king and b... 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 on the grounds of the royal palace at Aachen, she overheard four men discussing the final details of a plot to overthrow the king and b... read more

The Count of Montferrat: A Story of Adventure and Friendship in Ninth-Century France and Italy (Charlemagne's Legacy: A Historical Thriller) (Volume 2)

Vittorio Pareto

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 occupied territory, or face excommunication. Seeking to settle his claim, and to save his soul from damnation, King Charles sent an embass... 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 occupied territory, or face excommunication. Seeking to settle his claim, and to save his soul from damnation, King Charles sent an embass... read more

The Salami Cutters of Washington Heights - Nelson's Kosher Delicatessen & Restaurant: A Collection of True and Somewhat Embellished Stories of the Family Business

Norman Nelson

"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 and his brother Al, who set sail from Russia at the dawn of a new century with a boatload of relatives and a dream. They all had great c... 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 and his brother Al, who set sail from Russia at the dawn of a new century with a boatload of relatives and a dream. They all had great c... read more

When Death Imitates Art

P D Halt

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 down to the jagged knife wounds and splattered blood. She offered to help the police identify the artist/killer, but learned that she was... 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 down to the jagged knife wounds and splattered blood. She offered to help the police identify the artist/killer, but learned that she was... read more

A Cat Will Play

M. Duda

Three twisted tales explore the dark side of human nature ...and the possibilities of fantastic unexplored worlds.•Three new and different short stories•Experience psychological horror in the short story "CRDL" •A lost family member may be found in the afterlife, "Christmas Never Snows" •In "Cosmo's Tale," growing up is harder than it looks for a young Esther•A thread of dark irony weaves thro... read more

Three twisted tales explore the dark side of human nature ...and the possibilities of fantastic unexplored worlds.•Three new and different short stories•Experience psychological horror in the short story "CRDL" •A lost family member may be found in the afterlife, "Christmas Never Snows" •In "Cosmo's Tale," growing up is harder than it looks for a young Esther•A thread of dark irony weaves thro... read more

Good Girls on Bad Drugs: Addiction Nonfiction of the Unhappy Hookers

Mark Mathew Braunstein

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 candor and courage to their sex work and drug crimes amid two Connecticut mega-casinos and the three nearby small cities. Doomed by their a... 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 candor and courage to their sex work and drug crimes amid two Connecticut mega-casinos and the three nearby small cities. Doomed by their a... read more

Window on a Burning Man

T. B. Newman

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 changes, forcing him to confront her past and try to understand the choices she’s made. Seeking answers but filled with self-doubt, he plung... 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 changes, forcing him to confront her past and try to understand the choices she’s made. Seeking answers but filled with self-doubt, he plung... 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 conflict unfolds mainly through the perspectives of two young Trams city zoning officials, Pollock and Hans, who are jockeying against one an... read more

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 conflict unfolds mainly through the perspectives of two young Trams city zoning officials, Pollock and Hans, who are jockeying against one an... read more

Tank Man Of Tiananmen Square

W.R. German

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

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

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 denounced as a heretic. New to the city, Genoese merchant Domenico seeks a better life working for his rich and powerful uncle. Wanting ... read more

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 denounced as a heretic. New to the city, Genoese merchant Domenico seeks a better life working for his rich and powerful uncle. Wanting ... read more

Gita: Between the Unknowable and the Unreal

J Joseph Kazden

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 an illusion, albeit a persistent one."In "Gita" Kazden explores anew the nature of the reality that underpins our Universe as opposed to... 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 an illusion, albeit a persistent one."In "Gita" Kazden explores anew the nature of the reality that underpins our Universe as opposed to... read more

The Fight of My Life: How I conquered Cancer

D'Edra "Debbie" Webb

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 situation. If so, The Fight of My Life is the book for you! It is D’Edra’s desire to inspire and motivate you through her story. It’s not jus... read more

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 situation. If so, The Fight of My Life is the book for you! It is D’Edra’s desire to inspire and motivate you through her story. It’s not jus... read more

Like Son

Alexander Sebastian

A running memoir

A running memoir

Triumphing over Seemingly Terminal Situations: Never Give Up

LaVerne Renee

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 question Why me?Instead you will jump into life saying, Why not me? Then you can discover how a simple shift can transform your life into... ... 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 question Why me?Instead you will jump into life saying, Why not me? Then you can discover how a simple shift can transform your life into... ... read more

Progress Is A Process: An Inspirational Story and a Guide to Life Mastery

Dwight Solomon

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 a new reality that you can be happy with. These are the first steps toward change.Somewhere along the line from childhood to adulthood, ... read more

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 a new reality that you can be happy with. These are the first steps toward change.Somewhere along the line from childhood to adulthood, ... read more

Haven

Duck, Jasmine

Stein's Odyssey

Feins, Stephen

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Ray Verola
Robert Kenney is an outstanding editor. The developmental edit he did on my book improved it immensely. He was easy to work with and very professional.

Ray Verola, October 2020

Robert Kenney
Thanks, Ray. I enjoyed working together. I hope we can do it again sometime. Best wishes, Robert

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Caleb Guedes-Reed
Robert is the first editor that I've ever worked with and the experience was wonderful. Robert provided very encouraging and constructive feedback on my short story. I will 100% want to work with Robert again!

Caleb Guedes-Reed, October 2020

Robert Kenney
Thanks, Caleb. I'm looking forward to us working together again in the future. Best wishes, Robert

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Joey Held
Robert left a lot of thoughtful feedback on my collection of short stories. He takes the time to thoroughly read and review and noticed things I had not even considered, such as frequently starting dialogue with the same word. His edits were incredibly helpful in tightening up my stories, but he also never pressured me into making edits "his" way, which was much appreciated. Overall he communi...
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Joey Held, October 2020

Robert Kenney
Thank you for your comments, Joey. It was my pleasure to help with your stories. I hope we get the chance to work together again. Best wishes, Robert

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Joann Alexander
Working with Robert Kenney was a delight. I believe it was the best valuation of my work I have ever had. He made me frown a few times, but laugh at others. I understand what he said about not being sure who the protagonist was and that whoever it was needed to change and evolve throughout the story. His comments about POV were right on point. I agree that the character Natalie was much to...
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Joann Alexander, August 2020

Robert Kenney
Thanks so much for your kind words, Joann. I love your passion for the story. I enjoyed doing this dev edit for your novel and would be happy to work with you again on this or any other book ( I do...
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Joe Yocum
Robert was concise and prompt. His input was useful and I have implemented some of the changes he suggested.

Joe Yocum, August 2020

Robert Kenney
Thanks, Joe. It was a pleasure to create an editorial assessment for you. I hope we have the chance to work together again. Best wishes, Robert

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