Toni Kirkpatrick

Editor for Hire

I am an editor of fiction and nonfiction with more than ten years of experience at a major publisher.

Welcome to my website!

For more than ten years I worked at St. Martin's Press.  I acquired and edited mostly fiction. This included mysteries and thrillers, literary fiction, historical fiction, women's fiction, and multicultural fiction.  I also edited nonfiction in the categories of memoir, humor, business, and advice/relationships. I was consistently ranked one of the top dealmakers on for Mystery/Crime Fiction and Fiction; this means that I was acquiring more books than most other editors in those categories.  My mystery titles won awards, including the Anthony, ALA, Nero, RT Book, and Shamus Awards; they were finalists for the Edgar, Agatha, Barry, Crimespree, Lefty, and Macavity Awards.

In April 2015 I resigned from St. Martin's to go into freelance editing. My favorite part of the job was always working with authors, and I am excited to be working with them at an earlier stage in the process. So much of what editors see isn't ready for publication, or it could be better.  I hope to share my years of experience with my clients so that they may realize their dreams, whether those dreams are to be published for the first time, to place subsequent works, or to self-publish. 

I work with both agented and unagented writers, with first-time authors and veterans alike. 

Some more about me:

I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County. I earned my B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California, where I concentrated in Fiction. In 2011 I published a short story collection, The Bolero of Andi Rowe, under my maiden name Toni Margarita Plummer. I am a Macondo Fellow, and I've served on the board of the online literary journal Kweli. I've participated in numerous conferences, such as the Comadres and Compadres Latino Writers Conference, the National Latino Writers Conference, and the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, to name a few. I live north of New York City with my husband and son.