Over the past two decades, I've edited more than 500 published books, including the bestselling "Blue Days, Black Nights," by Ron Nyswaner, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of "Philadelphia." For seven years, I worked at Alyson Books in Los Angeles, where I spent three years as the company’s editor in chief. I've edited many high-profile and award-winning titles, including "New York Times"–bestselling novelist Teresa Mummert's "Perfect Lie," Alia Luria's "Compendium" (winner of the 2015 Indie Excellence Award for Fantasy Fiction), Dete Meserve's "Good Sam" (number-one Amazon bestseller and winner of the 2013 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Award for Women's Fiction), Tom Kakonis's "Treasure Coast," Chaz Bono’s memoir "The End of Innocence," two books by "New York Times"–bestselling author Alison Bechdel, and five novels in Elizabeth Sims’s Lillian Byrd Crime Story series. I've worked with established and up-and-coming authors as a developmental editor, line editor, copy editor, and writing mentor. My commentary and essays have appeared on NPR and Pacifica Radio and in "USA Today," among other places.
I specialize in editing genre fiction (mysteries, thrillers, horror, action-adventure, sci-fi/fantasy/speculative/paranormal, dystopian fiction, romance, chick lit, YA, westerns, and children's books), as well as literary fiction.
I’ve been told I have a knack for making fiction the best it can be while retaining the author’s voice and style. In other words, I don’t change an author’s writing to suit my personal style; I let the author’s voice shine through on each page. I love to take great books and help make them fantastic. As one of my authors says, I help push writing "over the brink of what's acceptable into the realm of what's extraordinary.”
Please note that while I perform editorial assessments, I only perform them in conjunction with a developmental edit, as I feel that a developmental edit provides authors with more concrete, specific guidance and direction than a standalone editorial assessment.
“Angela transformed my novels into novels that transformed me. Never did I expect such depth and dedication from my editor. She delivered in ways some authors can only dream of. Angela is the literary equivalent of an MRI. She sees everything, and she knows the ultimate diagnosis. And she’s a pure joy to work with. Welcome her into your manuscript with wide-open arms. You’ll not only get a great editor with brilliance and imagination—you'll also get a wonderful mentor. Plus, she's very funny.”
—Steven Cooper, author of "With You in Spirit," "Saving Valencia," and "Deadline"
"Angela spots the winners—novels and nonfiction books that have the potential for commercial success. She also guides authors in the rewriting process so that their books can achieve that high level of success. I consistently get my clients contracts with agents or publishers when Angela edits their books. Her manuscript analyses are more detailed than any editor I've ever worked with, and the guidance she provides authors is superb. My criteria is extremely high, and I consider Angela to be one of the best editors I've ever worked with. She receives my highest recommendation as a book professional."
—Randy Peyser, CEO, Author One Stop, Inc.
“While there's nothing fusty about her, Angela Brown is an old-fashioned editor who cares passionately about her writers and their work. Angela is shockproof, and she pushes her writers over the brink of what's acceptable into the realm of what's extraordinary.”
—Jane Summer, author of "The Silk Road"
“I've worked with Angela on five novels and have gotten to know her well. As far as I'm concerned, she's the best in the business, with everything you'd want in an editor: brains, common sense, tact, humor, and imagination. She has an excellent eye for detail and plot as well as a fantastic sense of what readers expect and should get. I recommend her without reservation.”
—Elizabeth Sims, author of the Lillian Byrd Crime Story series and "You've Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams"
“Angela is amazing. She offers extraordinarily insightful comments and critiques with heart and professionalism. Her attention to detail is staggering, catching errors and inconsistencies in my book I wouldn’t have seen in a hundred read-throughs on my own. This doesn’t even touch the fantastic job she did in the copy edits. Her instincts are sound, and her suggestions are spot-on and incredibly valuable, giving you new perspectives on your writing and providing you the means to truly elevate your work. I’d work with her again without a second thought and recommend her to anyone looking for an editor.”
—Shawn Ketcherside, author of “Silicon Override”
"Angela Brown is the kind of editor an author needs. She strikes the perfect balance between investing in the story while remaining objective, respecting an author's voice while using her considerable skills to bring that voice up to the next level, and delivering pointed and constructive critiques regarding character, plot, and dialogue while being patient and kind. Angela truly wants to help you make your novel the best it can be. She will run down your typos, grammar issues, inconsistencies, and factual errors like a literary bloodhound, fixing them with brilliantly simple changes that will make you slap your forehead and wonder why you never thought of it. Angela's gentle, helpful criticisms and on-point editing helped me turn my manuscript into something I'm truly proud of, and she'll do the same for you." —Matt Kincade, author of "The Devil's Mouth"
Developmental editor, line editor, copy editor, ghostwriter, writing mentor, and anthology editor for a variety of authors and publishers, including Kensington Books, University of Wisconsin Press, First Books, Inkwater Press, Daedalus Publishing, Watermark Entertainment, Midnight Shadow Productions, and Little Acorn Press.
Edited 25 fiction and nonfiction titles per year for a midsize trade book publisher while working closely with authors on style, consistency, grammar, tone, and commercial viability of manuscripts. Acquired 50–60 books per year. Hired and managed editorial staff and oversaw the timely completion and overall quality of all books from manuscript to final product. Worked closely with the copyediting, art, production, and marketing departments to ensure the delivery and promotion of these titles. Negotiated contracts with agents and authors. Wrote jacket and catalog copy. Attended conferences and spoke on literary/publishing panels on behalf of the company.
Edited books, teacher manuals, and workbooks. Edited and proofread catalog descriptions and laid out catalog pages in QuarkXPress. Evaluated history, English, math, and science videos, CD-ROMs, books, and teacher manuals for the company’s educational distribution division. Wrote descriptions of these products for catalogs that were sent to secondary and post-secondary institutions across the country.
Corinth emerges from his solitude within the eternal forest around Enzlintine. Eager to serve, he is sent away under the ruse of a mercenary to quell the troubled region plagued by Khalid, the Lord of Conquest. Unsure of his companions, he discovers a world unlike the one imparted by his vain race. The trail of deadly contracts leads them to a mysterious tower inhabited by an unforeseen evil. ... read more
When a clandestine agency abducts his parents, a young boy escapes to the family’s remote beach hideaway. But as love blossoms on the beach, chaos overruns his village, and he eventually returns to find that all hope is not lost. An uplifting and illuminating experience that is as visual as it is visceral, John Simes delivers a total reading experience, engaging, vivid and – above all – inspir... read more
"Jones' well-designed future world—and especially his driving, infectious storytelling—may win over all but the most adamant skeptics. Fans of S. M. Stirling's Dies the Fire (2004) and its sequels are likely to see this as a fantastic new series to follow. An intriguing and well-done Christian-fiction twist on the post-apocalyptic novel." ~ Kirkus Indie Review The epic saga that began with Thr... read more
Syney's life may seem like a fairy tale but it is far from perfect... Six months after her coronation, the newly discovered seated queen of Altera Realm is finding it harder and harder to conform to the rules. This passionate and brilliantly written installment finds Vilori Princess Syney Andrews in the thick of sadistic Vampire Gabriel's intricate plot. Under the strain of an escalating Great... read more
Emma, Jason, and Danny Hollen are just three ordinary kids living near the Everglades National Park in Florida, that is, until they find an unexpected visitor in their backyard. To their surprise, the trio come across an egg - the egg of an extraordinary alligator. Keeping the situation hidden from their parents, the kids work to nurture the alligator. And with trouble and danger lurking in ev... read more
In this intense, fast-paced, spy-versus-spy tale, one CIA agent takes it upon himself to bring an end, once and for all, to the communist menace—by engineering the ultimate biological weapon. In a world of lies and deceit, where arrogance and egos run rampant, the AIDS virus is unleashed and you won’t be able to tear yourself away from finding out the chilling truth. The Knights of the Cold Wa... read more
The Pinnacle of History through the Eyes of a Boy This spellbinding work of historical fiction offers the eyewitness account of 15-year-old James, son of Joseph bar Jacob, and the dangerous and heartrending choices his family must make in the days leading up to Joseph's relationship with Mary, and the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. With crisp prose, tangible description and thought-provoking insi... read more
Sheila Marie Palmer delivers a classic battle of good versus evil in "Life and Death on Siesta Key", her follow-up to "Life and Death on the Tamiami Trail", and the second installment in the "Life and Death" murder mystery series. Sheriff Charlotte Bernadette "Bernie" Raines Davis and her husband, Sheriff Buck Davis, are back, protecting their beloved community of Sarasota, Florida - this time... read more
From the depths of the spirit And the chasms of the darkness Eight precious stones Eight matters of the soul For Mattie who was eleven and just a frizzy red-haired fifth grader, magic wasn’t even a remote possibility. Not in the basement of Sears in Hackensack, New Jersey. But October 10, 1968, would end very differently than it had begun. A mysterious Spyglass would choose Mattie as its mistr... read more
Sigve the Awful is a renowned swordsman, soon to fight for mighty kings. But his immediate task is to survive.The Lethal Oath, the second book in The Viking Series, continues the late-Viking Age saga of Sigve the Awful – begun in The Slayer Rune.Despite his young age - and mostly because of the slayer rune, the spell that quickens Sigve's sword and grants superhuman strength to him as its wiel... read more
"Hilarious . . . uncompromising."-The New York Times "Searing."-Publishers Weekly "Nyswaner nails the memoir form . . . lush in content."-Entertainment Weekly In the years immediately following his Academy Award nomination for Philadelphia, screenwriter Ron Nyswaner fell through the rabbit hole. This gripping, intimate, and darkly comic memoir chronicles this period in his life, a -period wher... read more
"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword"- Matthew 10:34Jennifer Ainsley: The First Demon War is a gripping, fast-paced fantasy/horror New Adult novel grounded in the contemporary world. The book deftly tackles issues of greed, humanity’s neglect for its weakest members, the race for power among individuals and nations,and the abi... read more
After vaccinations banished it to the history books, no one ever expected a second major epidemic of the bubonic plague. But it’s here, and deadlier than ever—sweeping around the world and resistant to every form of defense medical science can throw at it. And in a society changing as quickly as the disease is spreading, survival is the ultimate test. When rules and morals are forgotten, the c... read more
In this, the fourth Connor Hawthorne mystery, Connor (former prosecuting attorney turned novelist) and her partner, Laura Nez, travel to Boston to attend the funeral of Catherine Wainwright, the mother of Connor's college friend and former lover, Grace. Connor's attention, however, is quickly diverted by the presence of her own mother, Amanda, with whom she rarely speaks. Matters take a horrif... read more
Jo Jacuzzo is a bit down on her luck when she accepts a job offer that will take her from Buffalo, N.Y., to Tampa, Fla., to pack the belongings of the aged Mrs. Phipps and drive her back to Buffalo. But fetching heiress Charity Redmunn diverts her far from her original plans. After revealing that she is driving across country with a load of stolen art to pay the ransom of her brother, Paul, Ch... read more
Jimi and Isaac think they're going on a boat ride. A simple vacation with Jimi's uncle Tim. But hanging around with Uncle Tim is rarely simple. They soon find out that Tim's ideas about boating and environmentalism are not what they're used to. Luckily, Tim's girlfriend Mary knows that Tim is a mess, and she makes sure the boys learn what they need to know about boats, boating, and responsibil... read more
Traveling The Silk Road: an interview with author Jane Summer"Adults have forgotten the feel of a teenager's love. For you a teenager will walk through glass doors, stay awake three days in a row, be an angel standing under your window in the rain. So what that we don't know how to order from the butcher or apply foundation or insert a diaphragm? Show us."So advises Paige Bergman, a high schoo... read more
Valencia Brandywine, heiress to a hotel empire, has been kidnapped, and the ransom is $7 million and her brother Rico's denouncement of his homosexuality. Valencia has been kidnapped by a group of zealots determined to convert the world's homosexuals to a life of heterosexuality. Rico, with friend D'vora Wasserman at his side, trots the globe in search of Valencia . . . a search that turns out... read more
No one in his small, impoverished town believes Rick when he announces that he heard a warning on his car radio. The townsfolk cling to the hope that Mors Mortis, the gang of violent vigilante vampire hunters who will kill or enslave anyone who crosses their path, has finally disbanded. Unfortunately for his neighbors, Rick is proved right. Mors Mortis descends, and soon most of the townspeopl... read more
#1 Amazon Bestseller and multi-award winner! Romantic mystery with an uplifting ending. Good Sam is in production as a feature film. "If you are a Nicholas Sparks or Richard Paul Evans fan, I'm betting you will like author Meserve's new book GOOD SAM. Uplifting, heart wrenching and a two hankie read, this story is a winner."—Cheryl Stout, Amazon Top Reviewer. When Los Angeles TV news reporter ... read more
As the gatekeeper of the Malibu social scene, Alana Fox is used to helping her clients with finding a bridge group, or even a new man. When Hollywood widow Francis Ferguson contacts Alana, however, she’s in search of something a bit more complicated–something that will throw Alana in the middle of some decades-old family secrets that continue to cause damage after all these years. With Alana’s... read more
In they heyday of pirating that was in the late 1600's, a group of pirates buried an enormous treasure of gold bullion in the Gallapagos Islands off the west coast of South America. It lay unmolested for more that an century, until two whalers from Nantucket, Massachusetts, stumbled across it in the 1830's. Clandestinely, the two whale men hauled their stash back to Nantucket. Yet due to a com... read more
"My father’s body was found floating facedown in the waters off Chappaquiddick. Naturally, everyone assumed a Kennedy did it." Well, perhaps not everyone, as Graydove Hoffenstein, the Native American Jewish heir to a parking meter empire discovers after his mother, Celeste Garrison Hoffenstein, is arrested and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her husband, Colin Lightfoot Hoffenste... read more
Lillian Byrd is a small-time reporter with a flair for making big-time mistakes--so her investigation into the disappearances of women around the Detroit area might not be the best idea. But when one of the victims turns up dead and Lillian recognizes the curiously mutilated corpse, she is in too deep to get out. After simultaneously blowing the case for the police and revealing herself to the... read more
New York City, 1949. At the Candy Box Club, three steps below the street, the show is about to begin. But in this club, the world is upside down. Emcee Blackie Cole is Blanche Cohen, the chorus line is led by a stunning dark-eyed boy named Titanic, and the only thing protecting the performers from the social reformers is Stevie, the kingpin of the mob's downtown operation, whose hand moves fro... read more
WINNER OF THE 2015 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARD IN FANTASY!On the heavily forested planet of Lumin, the Network has slept, dormant, for over six hundred cycles. Only a select few remember that it resides beneath the crust of the planet, waiting, and for those who remember, the battle for Lumin’s future has raged in the shadows. When Mia Jayne’s path crosses with an ancient volume in the Arc... read more
In 2099 the United States is gone. In its place stands the most powerful government the world has ever seen: the Kingdom. Led by King Charles and his Centurion Guard, Americans live in fear of being abducted north in a train marked for death. Deacon Larsen boarded a train three years ago to travel west, the only region where medicine is still taught. But after the Kingdom abducted his parents,... read more
In the second book of The Odyssey of Jon Sinclair trilogy, Jon and his grandfather Alistair are desperate to return to the twenty-first century. Their space-time ship, however, lacks the antimatter that will enable them to travel forward in time. Realizing that Atlantis holds the information they need, they follow the instructions contained in a letter left by Captain BlackHeart and travel to ... read more
Sarah and Nickolas McGuire—ages ten and twelve, respectively—never even knew they had a Great-Aunt Vivian. But now, all of a sudden, they’re being rushed off to her manor in Australia, where they’re about to encounter a series of events beyond anything they could have ever imagined.A surprisingly young-looking, obviously cold-hearted woman, Vivian has been tasked to take care of Sarah and Nick... read more
The 21st Century will be remembered by the rise of the Android. Alia Vicadora is not your normal Android. Created at the hands of a disgruntled genius working in a Washington DC lab, she was engineered with stolen government technology to be used in war games, and process emotional components of adversaries. But his excitement does not last long when he discovers the government is getting clos... read more
Is this The End of Sadie Myers? Ever since tragedy struck her family one year ago, Sadie’s life has become a dark brew of unearthly visions and vivid dreams in which a mysterious shadow man follows her every move. Are all these bizarre happenings real or figments of this fifteen-year-old’s troubled mind? When she’s pulled into a world so different from her own, everything she thinks she knows ... read more
From the bestselling author of Good Sam comes a fast-paced and thought-provoking follow-up, Perfectly Good Crime. Featured as "Best Summer Read" in Parade, Sunset Magazine, BuzzFeed, Working Mother and more."Dete Meserve, bestselling author of Good Sam, provides another thrilling literary adventure sure to satisfy all summer reading appetites"--Working Mother MagazineWhen the estates of the 10... read more
Melody didn't create complex phrases. She didn't connect words together. She simply spoke by putting words one after the other...until a mysterious code written in an ancient language changed everything. 1904. The Klondike Gold Rush is yesterday's news, but not for Jonathan Brick, journalist for Seattle's Daily News. Assigned to a month-long trip to cover the slowdown of gold mining in the Yuk... read more
This novel follows three characters: Lorraine, Lexy, and Ella. Lorraine: Not long ago, Lorraine lost her husband to another woman. She thought that was the worst thing that could happen to her, but soon she realizes it’s just the beginning of an everlasting nightmare. Lexy: Lexy, an au pair from London, moves to Seattle to help Lorraine with her infant son. But she didn’t come for the child…sh... read more
Reunited by tragedy, Andrew and Will are unlikely pawns in a high-stakes game of A.I. and religious fanaticism. Answering a call from beyond the grave they are unwittingly thrown into a vast technological world both deadly and fascinating. This is the breathtaking first book in the series by Irish author Dr Damien Mac Namara.
Sometimes love burns so hot in your veins that it consumes all rational thought. That’s why Brock and I never had a chance. I had to start my life over. College was my chance to become someone new. I changed everything about myself to fit in, but one person saw through my facade. The attraction between Abel and I was undeniable, but I still hadn’t healed from the painful secret I carried aroun... read more
Treasure Coast is the wild new thriller from Tom Kakonis, the acclaimed author of Criss Cross and Michigan Roll. A compulsive gambler goes to his sister's funeral on Florida's Treasure Coast and gets saddled with her loser-son, who is deep in debt to a vicious loan shark who sends a pair of sociopathic thugs to collect on the loan. But things go horribly awry...and soon the gambler finds himse... read more
From a #1 bestselling author:A fresh and funny romantic mystery series about a witty, down-to-earth heroine with a job you've never seen before..."So good I absolutely could not put it down! ... The entire book crackles with memorable characters ...The plot is fast-paced and suspenseful ... This series never fails to entertain me!" -- Chloegirl ★★★★★"Great read! Similar to Stephanie Plum in te... read more
Family comes first. Money laundering comes second…Nikki Frank just walked out of prison and into a limousine. The money launderer and former informant for the Feds wants nothing more than to reconnect with her disabled brother. Instead, Spence Taylor pitches her a monumental scheme that could set them up for life. When Nikki learns her brother’s medical expenses have sucked their trust fund dr... read more
The only things Alex Rains cares about are rock ’n’ roll, classic cars, and killing vampires—that is, until he meets Carmen, a tough-as-nails cop who's hot on the trail of her missing little sister. When the two join forces, they leave a trail of corpses across the desert as they race against the clock, hunting an ancient evil that’s preyed on the migrants of the American Southwest since the t... read more
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I'm a seasoned copy editor who specializes in crime fiction, thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy, urban fantasy, and historical fiction.
Hawk-eyed and supportive copy editor, developmental editor, and writer with over ten years of Big Five and indie experience.