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Abby Ranger

Abby Ranger - Editor

Portland, United States

Editor of fiction for children & former children (middle grade, YA). Twelve years at HarperCollins, Disney-Hyperion & Scholastic.

Overview

I am a freelance developmental editor specializing in children's and YA fiction. Before setting up my own shop, I spent twelve years at the center of the children's book publishing industry in New York, with posts as a senior editor at HarperCollins, and as an editor at Disney-Hyperion and Scholastic. The shelves of books I’ve edited include picture books, early readers, poetry collections, and numerous middle grade and young adult novels—from lush fantasies and intricately plotted mysteries to madcap classroom comedies. My authors’ books have been New York Times bestsellers, Edgar Award nominees, New York Times Notable books, and Junior Library Guild selections, and have earned multiple starred reviews. Nothing is more satisfying to me than helping writers radically improve their work while staying true to their voice and vision.

TESTIMONIALS

"Abby is amazing. Her editorial notes are challenging and insightful, displaying a masterful command of character, plot, world-building, and everything in between. Every time I work with her, I learn things that improve not only the manuscript in question but future projects as well."
-Livia Blackburne, New York Times bestselling author of Midnight Thief

"Abby Ranger is simply one of the best editors in the business. Her creative insight, attention to detail, and unwavering support throughout the process is what every writer dreams of in an editor, and I am forever grateful for having worked with her."
-Gregory Funaro, New York Times bestselling author of Alistair Grim’s Odditorium and the forthcoming House of Night and Day

"I have worked with Abby at two different publishers, on two different series. In fact, it was the opportunity to work with her that drew me from one publisher to another. Abby knows how to sound those chords that are in your heart already. There are very few suggestions she makes that don’t resonate. She will be your partner in making your work the best it can be."
-Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author of the Seven Realms and the Shattered Realms series

“I've had the great good fortune of working with Abby Ranger on three books over a period of several years. Besides her intelligence, experience, and levelheadedness, what I most appreciate is her sensitivity. She took the time to listen and to learn how to help me make the best choices for each book. Lucky the writers who get to work with her.”
-Linda Sue Park, Newbery Medal winning author of A Single Shard

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books Fantasy Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Founder and Editor

Self-employed
June, 2017 – Present (7 months)

I work with authors, literary agents, and children's book publishers on a freelance basis to make stories stronger. My services include manuscript evaluations, detailed editorial letters, constructive margin comments, query letter reviews, and editorial consultation tailored to clients' individual needs.

Senior Editor

HarperCollins
October, 2012 – June, 2017 (over 4 years)

- Acquired, developed, and edited a balanced list of literary-commercial picture books and middle grade and young adult novels for HarperCollins Children's division.
- Select projects include Newbery Medal winner Linda Sue Park's acclaimed Wing and Claw series, Cinda Williams Chima's New York Times bestsellers FLAMECASTER and SHADOWCASTER, and Tom O'Donnell and Tim Miller's hilarious Hamstersaurus Rex series.

Editor

Disney-Hyperion
January, 2009 – October, 2012 (over 3 years)

- Acquired, developed, and edited a balanced list of literary-commercial children's books and young adult novels for the Disney-Hyperion imprint.
- Select projects include Cinda Williams Chima's New York Times bestsellers THE GRAY WOLF THRONE and THE CRIMSON CROWN, Victoria Schwab's celebrated debut THE NEAR WITCH, and Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner's New York Times bestseller THESE BROKEN STARS.

Associate Editor

Scholastic
February, 2005 – December, 2008 (almost 4 years)

- Provided editorial support to multiple senior and executive editors.
- Acquired and edited titles for the Scholastic Press imprint.
- Select projects include editing Maggie Stiefvater's SHIVER, a New York Times bestseller, and assisting on Brian Selznick's THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET, winner of a Caldecott Medal.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Flamecaster (Shattered Realms)

Cinda Williams Chima

A New York Times bestseller now in paperback, this dazzling beginning to the Shattered Realms series is indispensable for fans of Cinda Williams Chima and a perfect starting point for readers who are new to her work. Set in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series, this is a breathtaking story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line be... read more

A New York Times bestseller now in paperback, this dazzling beginning to the Shattered Realms series is indispensable for fans of Cinda Williams Chima and a perfect starting point for readers who are new to her work. Set in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series, this is a breathtaking story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line be... read more

Shadowcaster (Shattered Realms)

Cinda Williams Chima

From New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima, this is a thrilling story of the unfathomable costs of war, the allure of dark magic, and two principled and conflicted characters drawn together despite everything they stand to lose.Alyssa ana’Raisa, the reluctant princess heir to the Gray Wolf throne of the Fells, feels more comfortable striking with a sword than maneuvering at co... read more

From New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima, this is a thrilling story of the unfathomable costs of war, the allure of dark magic, and two principled and conflicted characters drawn together despite everything they stand to lose.Alyssa ana’Raisa, the reluctant princess heir to the Gray Wolf throne of the Fells, feels more comfortable striking with a sword than maneuvering at co... read more

Wing & Claw #1: Forest of Wonders

Linda Sue Park

From Newbery Medal-winning author Linda Sue Park, this is a captivating fantasy-adventure about a boy, a bat, and an amazing transformation. The first book in an enchanting trilogy, Forest of Wonders richly explores the links between magic and botany, family and duty, environment and home.Raffa Santana has always loved the mysterious Forest of Wonders. For a gifted young apothecary like him, e... read more

From Newbery Medal-winning author Linda Sue Park, this is a captivating fantasy-adventure about a boy, a bat, and an amazing transformation. The first book in an enchanting trilogy, Forest of Wonders richly explores the links between magic and botany, family and duty, environment and home.Raffa Santana has always loved the mysterious Forest of Wonders. For a gifted young apothecary like him, e... read more

Wing & Claw #2: Cavern of Secrets

Linda Sue Park

In the second installment of the spellbinding Wing & Claw series, Newbery Medal—winning author Linda Sue Park takes a young apothecary hero to new heights of danger, exciting adventure, and intriguing botanical magic.Raffa Santana has spent all winter hiding in the harsh wilderness of the Sudden Mountains, and now it’s time to return home. Home, where his parents will help him fight back again... read more

In the second installment of the spellbinding Wing & Claw series, Newbery Medal—winning author Linda Sue Park takes a young apothecary hero to new heights of danger, exciting adventure, and intriguing botanical magic.Raffa Santana has spent all winter hiding in the harsh wilderness of the Sudden Mountains, and now it’s time to return home. Home, where his parents will help him fight back again... read more

Hamstersaurus Rex

Tom O'Donnell

BEWARE: Rampaging Mutant Dino-Hamster! Fans of My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish and The Terrible Two will be scrambling to get their hands on this hilarious classroom comedy. When a mysterious growling hamster appears at the back of his class, Sam knows just what to call him: Hamstersaurus Rex. Sam tries to protect Hammie from an overzealous Hamster Monitor, and from the meanest bully in the history... read more

BEWARE: Rampaging Mutant Dino-Hamster! Fans of My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish and The Terrible Two will be scrambling to get their hands on this hilarious classroom comedy. When a mysterious growling hamster appears at the back of his class, Sam knows just what to call him: Hamstersaurus Rex. Sam tries to protect Hammie from an overzealous Hamster Monitor, and from the meanest bully in the history... read more

Hamstersaurus Rex vs. Squirrel Kong

Tom O'Donnell

SQUIRREL ATTACK! Sam Gibbs and his super-strong tiny buddy, Hamstersaurus Rex, are back in this hilarious classroom comedy, perfect for fans of Dog Man and Stick Dog—and for anybody who might be entertained by a mutant rodent showdown.Sam and Hammie Rex discover a terrifying giant squirrel hiding in the woods behind Horace Hotwater Middle School. But nobody else believes Squirrel Kong is real.... read more

SQUIRREL ATTACK! Sam Gibbs and his super-strong tiny buddy, Hamstersaurus Rex, are back in this hilarious classroom comedy, perfect for fans of Dog Man and Stick Dog—and for anybody who might be entertained by a mutant rodent showdown.Sam and Hammie Rex discover a terrifying giant squirrel hiding in the woods behind Horace Hotwater Middle School. But nobody else believes Squirrel Kong is real.... read more

These Broken Stars

Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more ... read more

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more ... read more

The Summer of Bad Ideas

Kiera Stewart

In this funny, big-hearted friendship story, perfect for fans of Wendy Mass and Linda Urban, twelve-year-old Edie and her impossibly cool cousin, Rae, set out to complete a mysterious list of “Good Ideas for Summertime” that their eccentric late grandmother wrote back when she was their age.But good ideas? Most of them seem like bad ideas. Reckless. Foolish. Ridiculous. Still, by accomplishing... read more

In this funny, big-hearted friendship story, perfect for fans of Wendy Mass and Linda Urban, twelve-year-old Edie and her impossibly cool cousin, Rae, set out to complete a mysterious list of “Good Ideas for Summertime” that their eccentric late grandmother wrote back when she was their age.But good ideas? Most of them seem like bad ideas. Reckless. Foolish. Ridiculous. Still, by accomplishing... read more

Chicken in School

Adam Lehrhaupt

Join Zoey the chicken for a tour of her unusual classroom in this celebration of creativity, friendship, and tasty snacks. When Zoey decides to turn the barn into a school and become a teacher, everyone in the barnyard learns that the best part of school is using your imagination. From the hilarious author-illustrator duo that brought you Chicken in Space, this story about playful approaches t... read more

Join Zoey the chicken for a tour of her unusual classroom in this celebration of creativity, friendship, and tasty snacks. When Zoey decides to turn the barn into a school and become a teacher, everyone in the barnyard learns that the best part of school is using your imagination. From the hilarious author-illustrator duo that brought you Chicken in Space, this story about playful approaches t... read more

One Special Day (A Story for Big Brothers and Sisters)

Lola M. Schaefer, Jessica Meserve

Does having a new brother or sister make you into MORE than you already are?Spencer is about to find out.He's as strong as a bear, as funny as a monkey, and as wild as a tiger. But on one special day, everything changes. Now Spencer is strong, funny, wild, brave, free... and gentle, too.

Does having a new brother or sister make you into MORE than you already are?Spencer is about to find out.He's as strong as a bear, as funny as a monkey, and as wild as a tiger. But on one special day, everything changes. Now Spencer is strong, funny, wild, brave, free... and gentle, too.

Jepp, Who Defied the Stars

Katherine Marsh

Fate: Is it written in the stars from the moment we are born? Or is it a bendable thing that we can shape with our own hands? Jepp of Astraveld needs to know. He left his countryside home on the empty promise of a stranger, only to become a captive in a luxurious prison: Coudenberg Palace, the royal court of the Spanish Infanta. Nobody warned Jepp that as a court dwarf, daily injustices would ... read more

Fate: Is it written in the stars from the moment we are born? Or is it a bendable thing that we can shape with our own hands? Jepp of Astraveld needs to know. He left his countryside home on the empty promise of a stranger, only to become a captive in a luxurious prison: Coudenberg Palace, the royal court of the Spanish Infanta. Nobody warned Jepp that as a court dwarf, daily injustices would ... read more

Shiver

Maggie Stiefvater

From a dazzlingly talented young writer, a haunting and original supernatural romance in the vein of TWILIGHT.For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearles... read more

From a dazzlingly talented young writer, a haunting and original supernatural romance in the vein of TWILIGHT.For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearles... read more

The Archived

Victoria Schwab

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive. Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown in... read more

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive. Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown in... read more

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