Having ghostwritten, collaborated on and written four books for Simon & Schuster, I know the importance of a great editor. Megan has all the qualities that make her not only great, but extraordinary. Her eye for detail, her understanding of character, her insight into the entire universe of the book, her honest critique...with her help, your writing can reach an entirely new level. If you find one editor as gifted as Megan in your lifetime, you should feel blessed. I certainly do.
Having had books published with HarperCollins, St. Martin’s Press, and Simon & Schuster, I can tell you, unequivocally, that truly great editors are few and far between. Should you have the opportunity to work with Megan McKeever, consider yourself blessed. As a content editor, her insights are the sparks that allow you to bring your characters to life. Like a great sculptor, she knows how to shave the wrong word from a sentence, or mold a specific line in a paragraph, so that a scene is more than decent wordcraft. It is a work of art.Fair warning: this endorsement was written without Megan’s editing. In this case, my tendency to embellish works in her favor. But the way I see it, when you owe a great part of your own success to someone, it’s easy to rhapsodize on and on about her. Soon, you’ll be doing it, too.
Megan edited my first eight books, including the RITA-nominated Highlander’s Homecoming. She’s sensible and reasonable and smart and, without a doubt, made my books—and my writing—better. On top of all that, she’s a joy to work with. If you’re in the market for an excellent story editor, you’ve found the person you need!
Megan treated my books like they were her books. She challenged me to be the be the best writer I could be, to give my readers the best story, and to always push for that extra tension, that extra emotion, that extra engagement. When I won the RITA, I felt like I should share it with her. I didn’t. But I felt like I should have.
I am so grateful to Megan for taking a chance on Dirty Secret; her keen eye and editorial wisdom not only made it a much better book, but made working on it a pleasure. I would leap at the chance to work with her again – and you should, too!
Megan solved many problems at once—nudging my manuscript squarely into a subgenre when before it had sat on the fence, and pushing me to make the plot and characterizations stronger as well as tightening the prose and cleaning up my booboos. Most importantly, she not only didn’t try to change my voice, she helped me preserve and strengthen it. That’s rare indeed. She is amazing. Hire her.