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Silissa Kenney

Silissa Kenney - Editor

New York, NY, United States

Editor with five years experience at St. Martin's Press, specializing in mysteries, historical fiction and literary fiction.

Overview

I have a passion for helping authors shape their manuscripts and achieve their vision. I've built my career around words and storytelling through years of editing experience at St. Martin's Press (where I worked with debut authors, New York Times bestsellers, and everyone in between), freelance editing and copywriting. I specialize in editing fiction, from cozy mysteries to crime novels to literary fiction, and enjoy working with experienced or first time authors.

I'm not ashamed to admit that I've re-watched Fargo, The X-Files, Dr. Who, and 30 Rock many times. Many, many times. Okay, maybe I'm a little ashamed. But, compelling storytelling, rich character and relationship building, and interesting plotting is irresistible in any form. Those are the elements I look for and will help bring forth in your work.

There's nothing more exciting than diving into a new manuscript and helping an author craft their best work. I look forward to diving into yours!

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction Literature Thriller

Work experience

Copywriter

west elm
March, 2016 – Present (almost 2 years)

Editor

St. Martin's Press
March, 2011 – March, 2016 (about 5 years)

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Fishbowl: A Novel

Bradley Somer

A goldfish named Ian is falling from the 27th-floor balcony on which his fishbowl sits. He's longed for adventure, so when the opportunity arises, he escapes from his bowl, clears the balcony railing and finds himself airborne. Plummeting toward the street below, Ian witnesses the lives of the Seville on Roxy residents.There's the handsome grad student, his girlfriend, and the other woman; the... read more

A goldfish named Ian is falling from the 27th-floor balcony on which his fishbowl sits. He's longed for adventure, so when the opportunity arises, he escapes from his bowl, clears the balcony railing and finds himself airborne. Plummeting toward the street below, Ian witnesses the lives of the Seville on Roxy residents.There's the handsome grad student, his girlfriend, and the other woman; the... read more

Adnan's Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial

Rabia Chaudry

Now a New York Times bestseller The 2017 American Book Award Winner from the Before Columbus FoundationA Washington Post notable nonfiction book for 2016A Goodreads Best of 2016 Nonfiction FinalistA Kobo Best Book of 2016Includes an update from Rabia on Adnan's vacated murder conviction in summer 2016Serial only told part of the story…In early 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to li... read more

Now a New York Times bestseller The 2017 American Book Award Winner from the Before Columbus FoundationA Washington Post notable nonfiction book for 2016A Goodreads Best of 2016 Nonfiction FinalistA Kobo Best Book of 2016Includes an update from Rabia on Adnan's vacated murder conviction in summer 2016Serial only told part of the story…In early 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to li... read more

Glow of Death: A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery (Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries)

Jane K. Cleland

As a warm ocean breeze ruffles the tall grass along Rocky Point’s sandy dunes, Josie Prescott visits the house of a wealthy local couple, Edwin and Ava Belcher. She’s been called in to appraise their Tiffany lamp, which everyone is delighted to find is genuine. Josie’s good friend, Police Chief Ellis Hunter, is helping prepare for her annual Fourth of July barbeque when he gets a call that Ava... read more

As a warm ocean breeze ruffles the tall grass along Rocky Point’s sandy dunes, Josie Prescott visits the house of a wealthy local couple, Edwin and Ava Belcher. She’s been called in to appraise their Tiffany lamp, which everyone is delighted to find is genuine. Josie’s good friend, Police Chief Ellis Hunter, is helping prepare for her annual Fourth of July barbeque when he gets a call that Ava... read more

Ornaments of Death: A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery (Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries)

Jane K. Cleland

Christmas lights twinkle throughout the cozy coastal town of Rocky Point, New Hampshire, and Prescott's Antiques auction venue has been transformed into a winter wonderland for Josie Prescott's annual holiday party. Josie is especially excited this year-Ian Bennington, a recently discovered distant relative, will be joining the fun. Both Ian and Josie are, it seems, descended from Arabella Chu... read more

Christmas lights twinkle throughout the cozy coastal town of Rocky Point, New Hampshire, and Prescott's Antiques auction venue has been transformed into a winter wonderland for Josie Prescott's annual holiday party. Josie is especially excited this year-Ian Bennington, a recently discovered distant relative, will be joining the fun. Both Ian and Josie are, it seems, descended from Arabella Chu... read more

Blood Rubies: A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery (Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries Book 9)

Jane K. Cleland

Ana Yartsin is on the verge of becoming a celebrity chef. Her custom Fabergé egg-shaped cakes have brought her national attention, as has the story behind the cakes: Her family owns the spectacular Fabergé Spring Egg snow globe, a magnificent example of the master craftsman's work that includes five ruby-red tulips. As she prepares to be filmed for a reality TV show about the launch of her bak... read more

Ana Yartsin is on the verge of becoming a celebrity chef. Her custom Fabergé egg-shaped cakes have brought her national attention, as has the story behind the cakes: Her family owns the spectacular Fabergé Spring Egg snow globe, a magnificent example of the master craftsman's work that includes five ruby-red tulips. As she prepares to be filmed for a reality TV show about the launch of her bak... read more

Deadly Virtues

Jo Bannister

In this fast-paced thriller, Deadly Virtues, acclaimed writer Jo Bannister proves once again why she is considered "one of the genre's best" (Booklist)The town of Norbold, England is famous for its low crime rate, thanks to the zero-tolerance policy of Chief Superintendent John Fountain. And Norbold's newest police recruit, Hazel Best, is happy to help keep it that way. But numbers never tell ... read more

In this fast-paced thriller, Deadly Virtues, acclaimed writer Jo Bannister proves once again why she is considered "one of the genre's best" (Booklist)The town of Norbold, England is famous for its low crime rate, thanks to the zero-tolerance policy of Chief Superintendent John Fountain. And Norbold's newest police recruit, Hazel Best, is happy to help keep it that way. But numbers never tell ... read more

Perfect Sins: A Mystery

Jo Bannister

Four years ago, Gabriel Ash was working with the British government investigating hijackings in Somalia. But when his wife and sons disappeared, presumably taken—and probably killed—by pirates, his life fell apart. He has sudden reason to hope when a senior policeman suggests that his sons might still be alive—until that policeman is murdered. Still, there seems to be some link to a local oper... read more

Four years ago, Gabriel Ash was working with the British government investigating hijackings in Somalia. But when his wife and sons disappeared, presumably taken—and probably killed—by pirates, his life fell apart. He has sudden reason to hope when a senior policeman suggests that his sons might still be alive—until that policeman is murdered. Still, there seems to be some link to a local oper... read more

Desperate Measures: A Mystery

Jo Bannister

When Gabriel Ash's wife and kids were kidnapped four years ago by Somali pirates, his life spiraled out of control. He left his job working for the British government and moved to a small town where he descended into near madness. But with the help of his dog, Patience, and his friendship with young police officer Hazel Best, his focus returned. So when he discovers that his wife is still aliv... read more

When Gabriel Ash's wife and kids were kidnapped four years ago by Somali pirates, his life spiraled out of control. He left his job working for the British government and moved to a small town where he descended into near madness. But with the help of his dog, Patience, and his friendship with young police officer Hazel Best, his focus returned. So when he discovers that his wife is still aliv... read more

Dolled Up for Murder (Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries Book 7)

Jane K. Cleland

Crime-solving antiques dealer Josie Prescott is back—tracking down a doll collection to die for.On a sparkling spring day in the cozy coastal town of Rocky Point, New Hampshire, with the lilacs in full bloom and the wisteria hanging low, antiques dealer Josie Prescott is showing a stellar doll collection she's just acquired to Alice Michaels, the queen of the local investment community. Moment... read more

Crime-solving antiques dealer Josie Prescott is back—tracking down a doll collection to die for.On a sparkling spring day in the cozy coastal town of Rocky Point, New Hampshire, with the lilacs in full bloom and the wisteria hanging low, antiques dealer Josie Prescott is showing a stellar doll collection she's just acquired to Alice Michaels, the queen of the local investment community. Moment... read more

Dead Line: A Thriller

Chris Ewan

If you're a security expert, what do you do if your fiancée suddenly goes missing, presumably kidnapped?If you're Daniel Trent, a highly trained specialist in hostage negotiation, the answer is simple: You find out who took her and you make them talk. But what if your chief suspect is taken as well? How do you get him back quickly—and alive—so you can find out what really happened to your fian... read more

If you're a security expert, what do you do if your fiancée suddenly goes missing, presumably kidnapped?If you're Daniel Trent, a highly trained specialist in hostage negotiation, the answer is simple: You find out who took her and you make them talk. But what if your chief suspect is taken as well? How do you get him back quickly—and alive—so you can find out what really happened to your fian... read more

Safe House: A Thriller

Chris Ewan

A brilliant thriller from the author of the acclaimed Good Thief's Guide series asks, how can a beautiful woman simply vanish?When Rob Hale wakes up in a hospital after a motorcycle crash, his first thought is for the gorgeous blonde, Lena, who was on the back of his bike. The doctors and police, however, insist that he was alone at the scene. The shock of the accident must have made him imagi... read more

A brilliant thriller from the author of the acclaimed Good Thief's Guide series asks, how can a beautiful woman simply vanish?When Rob Hale wakes up in a hospital after a motorcycle crash, his first thought is for the gorgeous blonde, Lena, who was on the back of his bike. The doctors and police, however, insist that he was alone at the scene. The shock of the accident must have made him imagi... read more

Dark Tides: A Thriller

Chris Ewan

When Claire Cooper was eight years old her mother mysteriously vanished during Hop-tu-naa, Halloween on the Isle of Man. At fourteen, Claire is still struggling to come to terms with her disappearance when she's befriended by a group of five teenagers who mark every Halloween by performing dares. But Claire's arrival begins to alter the group's dynamic until one year a prank goes terribly wron... read more

When Claire Cooper was eight years old her mother mysteriously vanished during Hop-tu-naa, Halloween on the Isle of Man. At fourteen, Claire is still struggling to come to terms with her disappearance when she's befriended by a group of five teenagers who mark every Halloween by performing dares. But Claire's arrival begins to alter the group's dynamic until one year a prank goes terribly wron... read more

The Good Thief's Guide to Berlin

Chris Ewan

You can't keep a good thief down . . . Charlie Howard is back and robbing the city of Berlin blind, until he witnesses a murder being committed right before his eyesCharlie Howard, part-time writer, part-time thief, has been engaged in a veritable spree of larceny and misappropriation since moving to Berlin, Germany. He's supposed to be working on his next novel. But high rent and a love for t... read more

You can't keep a good thief down . . . Charlie Howard is back and robbing the city of Berlin blind, until he witnesses a murder being committed right before his eyesCharlie Howard, part-time writer, part-time thief, has been engaged in a veritable spree of larceny and misappropriation since moving to Berlin, Germany. He's supposed to be working on his next novel. But high rent and a love for t... read more

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