As a former book editor at Hachette's Grand Central and Penguin's New American Library, I know exactly what it takes to get your manuscript in shape, no matter where you are in the publishing process and no matter where you want to go. But don't just take my word for it…
“I was a New York Times and USA today bestselling author when I contacted Kristen to help me repurpose my (fantasy) writing for the thriller market. My agent’s feedback on the manuscript indicated that it wasn’t ready for submission, yet I wasn’t sure how to fix it. Kristen saw the major developmental issues that were keeping my story from reaching its potential, and provided enough specific examples that I could then apply her criticism both globally and at the line level. I rewrote the text entirely, pushing myself and taking chances that I wouldn’t have otherwise taken. It was a fantastic editorial and learning experience, and the investment was offset by the resultant advance–the largest of my career. Best of all, I’m a better writer today because of it.”
- New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Vicki Pettersson
"Kristen Weber brings sophisticated Big Six editing skills to her clients. Smart, knowledgeable, and insightful, she is excellent at suggesting remedies for problems, not just identifying the problem itself."
- Paul Levine, author of the Jake Lassiter series
"When I first contacted Kristen, I was confused by conflicting feedback on my manuscript. She gave me permission to tell my story, my way. She made herself at home in my world, made friends with my characters, asked all the right questions, and made all the right observations. She gave me confidence in my own work, and in the end helped me tell the story I wanted to tell in the strongest way possible."
- Susan M. Boyer, author of LOWCOUNTRY BOIL (Golden Heart® Finalist / Henery Press, September, 2012)
"I've known Kristen for years and was thrilled when we were able to find a project to work together on. She has a keen editorial eye and really knows what it takes to make a book a success, as evidenced by the vast number of award-winning projects she has edited. There's no question I would recommend Kristen to anyone seeking the best in editorial guidance."
- Jessica Faust, BookEnds, LLC
Please contact me at email@example.com or visit my web site at www.kristenweber.com to find out how I can help you take the next step with your writing career.
I began my career in the subsidiary rights department of what is now Hachette Book Group, but quickly switched to the editorial side, eventually overseeing Grand Central Publishing's legendary (although now defunct) Mysterious Press. There, I worked with many amazing authors, including such luminaries as M. C. Beaton, Lindsey Davis, Margaret Maron, and Marcia Muller.
I worked most recently as a Senior Editor for Penguin’s New American Library, where I helped launch Obsidian, their dedicated mystery imprint. Besides running the day-to-day operations of Obsidian, I edited approximately 30 original titles per year. I was also in charge of NAL's movie/television tie-in program and edited numerous original novels based on TV programs such as Burn Notice, The Unit, Criminal Minds, and Psych.
I earned a master's in publishing from Pace University and have spoken extensively on the art of writing at a variety of writing conferences and workshops.