Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Kjersti Egerdahl of Amazon Original Stories

Kjersti Egerdahl is the editorial director for Amazon Original Stories, which “brings unforgettable short fiction and nonfiction to Kindle.” Amazon Original Stories publishes single-sitting reads (5-20K words) from bestselling authors, acclaimed storytellers, and new voices. Stories are available in ebook and audio, free with Prime.

Kjersti is interested in a wide range of adult categories: everything from twisty thrillers to immersive memoirs to conversation-starting science fiction and fantasy, and even some YA with strong adult crossover appeal. She is often commissioning for thematic collections.

Kjersti has published stories from bestselling authors including Margaret Atwood, Andy Weir, N. K. Jemisin, Alice Hoffman, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Dean Koontz. She started her Amazon Publishing career acquiring mysteries and thrillers for Thomas & Mercer, including Wall Street Journal bestsellers from Joe Hart and Scott Pratt. Books and short stories she has acquired and edited have hit #1 on the Wall Street Journal, Audible, and Amazon Charts bestseller lists; have won awards including the Hugo, Audie, Edgar, O. Henry, and FutureBook Book of the Year; and have been optioned for film and television.

Before joining Amazon Publishing, Kjersti developed fiction and nonfiction titles for entertainment franchises including Star Wars, Transformers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Trek, Grateful Dead Productions, and the estate of Jimi Hendrix.





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