Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson - Editor

Portland, OR, USA

Published author, editor and translator offering 15+ years of proven expertise. We'll focus on making your story as compelling as possible.

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Overview

You're looking for an experienced writer and editor, and I'd love to help. I know what works as both a published and self-published author and an editor of bestselling works.

As a fiction writer, editor, and literary translator, I’ve collaborated with respected clients such as Amazon Publishing, Skyhorse Publishing, Girl Friday Productions, literary agent Peter Riva, and AVA International and Ziegler Film in Germany, among others.

I'm the author of the Kaspar Brothers novels (The Losing Role, Liberated, Lost Kin) and other books. Under False Flags is the prequel to my latest novel, The Preserve. I was a Fulbright Fellow in Germany and live in Portland, Oregon. I'm also a soccer geek who follows my hometown Portland Timbers FC.

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Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (SA)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Classics
Contemporary Fiction
Espionage
Historical Fiction
Historical Mysteries
Psychological Thriller
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs

Certifications

  • Fulbright Graduate Research Fellowship: Munich, Germany
  • Master of Arts in History: Portland State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in History, German: University of Oregon
  • TransLab for emerging translators of German to English, a collaboration between the German Book Office NY and the Goethe-Institut NY, 2015

Awards

  • Quarterfinalist for the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, 2009
  • Residency at the Europäisches Übersetzer-Kollegium (European Translator College) in Straelen, Germany with a stipend award from the Kunststiftung NRW (Arts Foundation North Rhine-Westphalia), 2018
  • Finalist spots in the Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, the Fade In Awards, Chesterfield Writer's Film Project, Writer's Network Screenplay Competition, and the Santa Fe Writers Project, among other award credits

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 2014 – Present (almost 8 years)

I've performed in-depth structural editing and assessment for respected clients such as Amazon Publishing, editorial agency Girl Friday Productions, literary agent Peter Riva, and various writers using Reedsy, among others.

Literary Translator: German to English

Self-employed
January, 2012 – Present (almost 10 years)

• Nine fiction and creative nonfiction translations published by AmazonCrossing

• Regularly translate German novels from bestselling authors such as Sebastian Fitzek, Vincent Kliesch, and Wulf Dorn for submission to English-language publishers

• Translate publisher and agency samples, synopses, and promotional copy. Clients include AmazonCrossing, Pendragon Verlag, AVA International, and Ziegler Film

• 2015: TransLab for emerging translators of German to English, a collaboration between the German Book Office NY and the Goethe-Institut NY

• 2018: Residency at the Europäisches Übersetzer-Kollegium (European Translator College) in Straelen, Germany with a stipend award from the Kunststiftung NRW (Arts Foundation North Rhine-Westphalia)

Author: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Self-employed
January, 2001 – Present (almost 21 years)

• Novels published by Skyhorse Publishing:
The Preserve (2019)
Lost Kin: A Novel (2016)
The Other Oregon: A Thriller (2015)
Liberated: A Novel of Germany, 1945 (2014)
Under False Flags: A Novel (2014)

• Rain Down: A Crime Novella; 1st edition from Endeavour Press (2016), 2nd edition self-published in 2019

• Bestselling nonfiction Kindle Singles Sitting Ducks (2011) and Double-Edged Sword (2012)

• Self-published bestselling historical espionage thriller The Losing Role (2010)

• Various short stories and creative nonfiction published. Reached finalist spots in major fiction and
screenwriting contests, including Quarterfinalist in 2009 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

The Preserve: A Novel

Steve Anderson

A Heart-Racing Postwar Thriller Ripped from the Pages of HistoryWho will reap the rewards of war? Hawaii, 1948. Troubled WWII hero turned deserter Wendell Lett desperately seeks a cure to his severe combat trauma, and The Preserve seems to be his salvation. Run by Lansdale, a mysterious intelligence officer, and Lett’s ambitious wartime XO Charlie Selfer, the secretive training camp promises r... read more

A Heart-Racing Postwar Thriller Ripped from the Pages of HistoryWho will reap the rewards of war? Hawaii, 1948. Troubled WWII hero turned deserter Wendell Lett desperately seeks a cure to his severe combat trauma, and The Preserve seems to be his salvation. Run by Lansdale, a mysterious intelligence officer, and Lett’s ambitious wartime XO Charlie Selfer, the secretive training camp promises r... read more

The Honest Spy

Andreas Kollender

During one of history’s darkest chapters, one man is determined to make a difference.In the tradition of Schindler’s List comes a thrilling novel based on the heroic true story of Fritz Kolbe, a widowed civil servant in Adolf Hitler’s foreign ministry. Recognizing that millions of lives are at stake, Kolbe uses his position to pass information to the Americans—risking himself and the people he... read more

During one of history’s darkest chapters, one man is determined to make a difference.In the tradition of Schindler’s List comes a thrilling novel based on the heroic true story of Fritz Kolbe, a widowed civil servant in Adolf Hitler’s foreign ministry. Recognizing that millions of lives are at stake, Kolbe uses his position to pass information to the Americans—risking himself and the people he... read more

Lost Kin: A Novel

Steve Anderson

Reunited in post-WWII Germany, two brothers are caught in a deadly mystery in this “hard-hitting tale of international intrigue” (Ben Pastor, author of Tin Sky). Munich, 1946: Even in a city still recovering from the war, murder is still murder. But when Irina—a Cossack refugee—confesses to killing a GI, American Captain Harry Kaspar isn’t buying her story. His investigation brings him to a ma... read more

Reunited in post-WWII Germany, two brothers are caught in a deadly mystery in this “hard-hitting tale of international intrigue” (Ben Pastor, author of Tin Sky). Munich, 1946: Even in a city still recovering from the war, murder is still murder. But when Irina—a Cossack refugee—confesses to killing a GI, American Captain Harry Kaspar isn’t buying her story. His investigation brings him to a ma... read more

Where the Desert Meets the Sea: A Novel

Werner Sonne

An illuminating and heart-stirring historical novel set in post-WWII Palestine, where the boundaries of love and friendship are challenged by the intractable conflicts of war.Jerusalem, 1947: Judith, a young Jewish survivor of the Dachau concentration camp, arrives in Mandatory Palestine, seeking refuge with her only remaining relative, her uncle. When she learns that he has died, she tries to... read more

An illuminating and heart-stirring historical novel set in post-WWII Palestine, where the boundaries of love and friendship are challenged by the intractable conflicts of war.Jerusalem, 1947: Judith, a young Jewish survivor of the Dachau concentration camp, arrives in Mandatory Palestine, seeking refuge with her only remaining relative, her uncle. When she learns that he has died, she tries to... read more

Rain Down: A Crime Novella

Steve Anderson

A man with no name hits the streets of Portland to find a friend he fears may have been killed for taking a stand.By the author of the new novel The Preserve.It’s 2009, and the economy’s falling apart. Formerly homeless, the no-name man owes what little he has to his friend Oscar. As a fellow day laborer, Oscar had always stood up for their rights—maybe one time too many. Now he needs to find ... read more

A man with no name hits the streets of Portland to find a friend he fears may have been killed for taking a stand.By the author of the new novel The Preserve.It’s 2009, and the economy’s falling apart. Formerly homeless, the no-name man owes what little he has to his friend Oscar. As a fellow day laborer, Oscar had always stood up for their rights—maybe one time too many. Now he needs to find ... read more

A Thousand Devils (Max Heller, Dresden Detective Book 2)

Frank Goldammer

A disturbing murder reveals a high-stakes conspiracy among the ruins of postwar Dresden.Two years after the firebombing that devastated the historic East German city, the suffering continues in the throes of a brutal winter. The wary and exhausted citizens scramble to survive, wolf packs of orphans scavenge for food, and Detective Max Heller is called to the scene of a savage murder. A Russian... read more

A disturbing murder reveals a high-stakes conspiracy among the ruins of postwar Dresden.Two years after the firebombing that devastated the historic East German city, the suffering continues in the throes of a brutal winter. The wary and exhausted citizens scramble to survive, wolf packs of orphans scavenge for food, and Detective Max Heller is called to the scene of a savage murder. A Russian... read more

The Air Raid Killer (Max Heller, Dresden Detective Book 1)

Frank Goldammer

As World War II ends, a killer’s game begins.In the final days of the Nazi regime, with the historic city of Dresden on the brink of destruction, terrifying rumors spread about the Fright Man, a demonic killer who exploited the cover of a nighttime air raid siren to mutilate and kill a young nurse. Just as seasoned detective Max Heller begins investigating, the Fright Man kills again…The inves... read more

As World War II ends, a killer’s game begins.In the final days of the Nazi regime, with the historic city of Dresden on the brink of destruction, terrifying rumors spread about the Fright Man, a demonic killer who exploited the cover of a nighttime air raid siren to mutilate and kill a young nurse. Just as seasoned detective Max Heller begins investigating, the Fright Man kills again…The inves... read more

The Other Oregon: A Thriller

Steve Anderson

Can an idealist from the city stop his estranged friend in the country from exposing a grim and damning secret from their past?On the surface, Greg Simmons seems an utterly improbable informant. He’s an idealistic, Cascadia independence proponent from the city of Portland. When the FBI calls on Greg to go undercover to investigate a dangerous militia movement out in rural Oregon, he knows exac... read more

Can an idealist from the city stop his estranged friend in the country from exposing a grim and damning secret from their past?On the surface, Greg Simmons seems an utterly improbable informant. He’s an idealistic, Cascadia independence proponent from the city of Portland. When the FBI calls on Greg to go undercover to investigate a dangerous militia movement out in rural Oregon, he knows exac... read more

The Undesirables

Chad Thumann

In the winter of 1941–1942, Leningrad is under siege, and Karen Hamilton, a seventeen-year-old American musician, finds herself trapped and struggling to survive. Throughout the city, people are dying of starvation and frostbite, and Karen knows that if she doesn’t escape immediately, she will share their fate. If she has any hope of leaving Russia and reuniting with her fiancé, Bobby, in New ... read more

In the winter of 1941–1942, Leningrad is under siege, and Karen Hamilton, a seventeen-year-old American musician, finds herself trapped and struggling to survive. Throughout the city, people are dying of starvation and frostbite, and Karen knows that if she doesn’t escape immediately, she will share their fate. If she has any hope of leaving Russia and reuniting with her fiancé, Bobby, in New ... read more

Liberated: A Novel of Germany, 1945

Steve Anderson

A Kaspar Brothers novel set during the aftermath of World War II in Germany from the author of The Losing Role and Lost Kin. It’s May 1945, the war’s just over, and Harry Kaspar, an American captain in Germany, is about to take a new posting in the US occupation—running a Bavarian town named Heimgau. When Harry loses the command to Major Membre, he’ll do almost anything to win the job back. Th... read more

A Kaspar Brothers novel set during the aftermath of World War II in Germany from the author of The Losing Role and Lost Kin. It’s May 1945, the war’s just over, and Harry Kaspar, an American captain in Germany, is about to take a new posting in the US occupation—running a Bavarian town named Heimgau. When Harry loses the command to Major Membre, he’ll do almost anything to win the job back. Th... read more

Under False Flags: A Novel

Steve Anderson

Forced into the brutal Battle of the Bulge of 1944, two soldiers on opposing sides find the courage to desert a war gone sour.For both American GI Wendell Lett and German seaman Holger Frings, the relentless bloodbath of World War II has become a treacherous prison and a curse. Just as Wendell Lett meets Heloise, a wise Belgian woman who offers him a chance of deliverance from the physical and... read more

Forced into the brutal Battle of the Bulge of 1944, two soldiers on opposing sides find the courage to desert a war gone sour.For both American GI Wendell Lett and German seaman Holger Frings, the relentless bloodbath of World War II has become a treacherous prison and a curse. Just as Wendell Lett meets Heloise, a wise Belgian woman who offers him a chance of deliverance from the physical and... read more

Double-Edged Sword (Kindle Single)

Steve Anderson

This concise, fast read tells the true story of a self-made double agent who bluffed his way into the most ambitious Allied deception operation of WWII.In 1942, German military intelligence believed the Spaniard Juan Pujol Garcia was running a formidable spy network for them inside enemy Britain. In reality their man in London was making it all up, from Portugal.Pujol had fooled the Germans al... read more

This concise, fast read tells the true story of a self-made double agent who bluffed his way into the most ambitious Allied deception operation of WWII.In 1942, German military intelligence believed the Spaniard Juan Pujol Garcia was running a formidable spy network for them inside enemy Britain. In reality their man in London was making it all up, from Portugal.Pujol had fooled the Germans al... read more

Sitting Ducks (Kindle Single)

Steve Anderson

Sitting Ducks pieces together the story of an impossible and lesser-known WWII mission. In December 1944, during the bloody Battle of the Bulge, teams of German commandos disguised as American soldiers slipped behind the US front lines. Riding in captured US jeeps, they committed sabotage, sowed confusion and caused paranoia among American troops. Word quickly spread that the undercover comman... read more

Sitting Ducks pieces together the story of an impossible and lesser-known WWII mission. In December 1944, during the bloody Battle of the Bulge, teams of German commandos disguised as American soldiers slipped behind the US front lines. Riding in captured US jeeps, they committed sabotage, sowed confusion and caused paranoia among American troops. Word quickly spread that the undercover comman... read more

Seat 7a: a twisted and terrifying thriller

Fitzek, Sebastian, Anderson, Steve

Steve has 17 reviews

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R.T. Breach
Look no further, you've found the right editor. As an Indie author, you can't go wrong having Steve Anderson edit your manuscript. Prompt, professional, and thorough, he's a pro. I will definitely be hiring him for future novels in my series (he's done 3 so far.)

R.T. Breach, September 2021


Stephen Langford
Steve Anderson did a terrific job helping me improve and polish my manuscript. He has a great eye for the details that turn a story from good to great. This is my second collaboration with him and I'll reach out again when my next book is ready to be finished up. He was punctual but flexible when I needed time or when an earlier spot opened up for me. Because we had worked together before, I w...
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Stephen Langford, August 2021


Tomi Troha
Steve was incredibly nice and helpful. His service exceeded my expectations.

Tomi Troha, July 2021


Sean Oliver
Steve is as smart as he is diligent. He need to crate the “Pocket Steve” for all writers to keep beside the keyboard. The world would have better books.

Sean Oliver, June 2021


Alyssa Yocky
I enjoyed every aspect of working with Steve! He is extremely professional and punctual in his communication and responses. His comments and suggestions are specific, valuable, and encouraging. As a first time author, Steve's feedback helped to improve my book and gave me confidence in my work.

Alyssa Yocky, June 2021

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