Steve Kasdin

Steve Kasdin – Editor

Former agent and developmental editor specializing in Thrillers and Mysteries. Will get you ready for publication!

Overview

I have over thirty years in book publishing as an agent, editor, marketer and book buyer. Having worked at three publishing houses, two agencies and executive positions at both Barnes & Noble and Amazon I have a comprehensive understanding of the publishing ecosystem from the first glimmer of an idea to a bookstore shelf.


I love thrillers and mysteries the most. I started in the business as the Mystery/Thriller buyer at Barnes & Noble. As an agent I learned how to take early drafts of first-time writers and whip their stories into shape for publication. For example, many unpublished thriller writers have a great idea, great opening and climax but they tend to flag in the middle sections. I can help you pace the story to keep the reader's attention all the way through.


And when it's ready I can help you craft a great query letter to find an agent. At Amazon I helped develop the KDP program so if you're interested in self-publishing I can walk you through that process as well.


Writing a great story and getting it published is a tough process. I can help make it easier.

Services
Fiction
Cozy Mysteries Espionage Historical Mysteries Legal Thriller Psychological Thriller
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

May, 2017 — Present

• Sell fiction and nonfiction books to publishing houses. Structure and negotiate all aspects of sale including rights. Find and nurture talented writers; extensive editing of manuscripts and proposals; complete preparation of manuscript for sale.
• Work collaboratively with editors, writers, marketers and sub-agents to shepherd projects through from manuscript to marketplace.
• Consult with publishers, agents and authors on marketing and publishing. Strategize and create digital publishing programs for other literary agencies; consult with authors and agencies on self-publishing and a variety of electronic and traditional publishing issues.

Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Dec, 2011 — Apr, 2017 (over 5 years)

• Oversee digital publishing and distribution for the agency’s clients. Create partnerships and negotiate terms with traditional and electronic publishers, retailers, conversion houses, outside marketing companies, freelancers.
• Sell fiction and nonfiction books to publishing and audio houses. Structure and negotiate all aspects of sale including rights. Find and nurture talented writers; extensive editing of manuscripts and proposals; complete preparation of manuscript for sale.

Professionals similar to Steve

Get a range of offers by requesting quotes from multiple professionals.

Laura Joyce

Laura J.

I'm an editor, book coach, crime and thriller nerd, and MA/MFA instructor. My clients have written prize-winners and bestsellers. Join them!

Sheffield, UK

100% reply rate

View profile
Ken Salikof

Ken S.

Experienced ms. editor who has worked with NYT bestselling authors of thrillers and romance. I'm also a published author and ghostwriter.

New York, NY, USA

99% reply rate

View profile
Elizabeth Thurmond

Elizabeth T.

Fantasy, sci-fi, mystery/thriller (Adult, MG and YA) proofreader and copyeditor with experience at Disney Publishing and Hallmark Books.

Los Angeles, CA, USA

100% reply rate

View profile