Bethany Bryan

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Kansas City, MO, USA

Experienced freelance editor, copy editor, and writer, specializing in YA and graphic novels for children and teens.

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Overview

I'm a freelance editor, copy editor, and proofreader with 13 years of professional experience in book publishing. My specialties are in middle grade fiction, graphic novels for young readers, nonfiction, and YA.

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's Picture Books
Comics & Graphic Novels
Humor & Comedy
Literature
Short Story
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Freelance editor

Self-employed
April, 2016 – Present (over 2 years)

I have managed projects for First Second Books, Lion Forge, Papercutz, and Rosen Publishing. I specialize in graphic novel content.

Associate Editor

Papercutz
March, 2015 – March, 2016 (12 months)

Managing comic creation for Breadwinners, Sanjay and Craig, Harvey Beaks, and Pig Goat
Banana Cricket properties for Nickelodeon Magazine and graphic novels; building and
maintaining relationships with property licensors, including Smurfs, Lego, Dreamworks, Disney,
Mattel, and Nickelodeon; tracking editorial process of graphic novels from planning stage to final
publication; scouting new art talent online and at comic conventions; maintaining publishing
schedule across four seasons for graphic novels and monthly magazine; coordinating schedules
of artists, writers, and freelance staff, catering to individual strengths and talents

Editor

Rosen Publishing
February, 2007 – May, 2014 (about 7 years)

Maintained publishing schedule for 50-55 books each year; wrote marketing and catalog copy
for bestselling nonfiction books and series; hired and managed a group of over 25 freelance
authors; generated new series and book ideas, based on Common Core standards; selected
engaging photos for books, proofed pages, edited manuscripts, and prepared author guidelines;
acted as liaison with outside publishers, coordinating schedules and delivery of materials

Editorial Assistant

Scholastic, Inc.
February, 2005 – September, 2006 (over 1 year)

Wrote sales and marketing copy; edited manuscripts; prepared expense reports; created profit
and loss statements; read submissions and wrote reader’s reports for two managers; generated
acquisitions materials using sales history information; met and maintained relationships with
outside packagers, illustrators, agents, and authors

Freelance editor

Bethany Bryan freelance
April, 2004 – Present (over 14 years)

Editing manuscripts and providing feedback for independent authors, Viking Children’s,
Prima Games, and Color-Bridge Books; contributing content to Billy BoY Blog, Wellness Junky,
Four Legged Guru, Parenting Collective,, and xoJane; acting as
co-editor-in-chief of Gamervescent gaming blog; author of Kidz Bop: Plus One novel and Kidz
Bop: A Rockin’ Fill-In Story activity book for Adams Media, Petting Farm for Little Scholastic, and
How the Rock Cycle Works for Rosen Classroom

Portfolio (27 selected works)

Barbie #1: Fashion Superstar

Sarah Kuhn

Barbie is facing the same problems every young person is facing today—figuring out how to choose a career, in an economic environment that is becoming increasingly difficult for anyone to find a job. But Barbie is nothing if not optimistic and determined. Her interest in clothes leads her to seek employment in the highly competitive world of fashion. But as what? A model? A designer? Or someth... read more

Barbie is facing the same problems every young person is facing today—figuring out how to choose a career, in an economic environment that is becoming increasingly difficult for anyone to find a job. But Barbie is nothing if not optimistic and determined. Her interest in clothes leads her to seek employment in the highly competitive world of fashion. But as what? A model? A designer? Or someth... read more

Barbie Starlight Adventure #1

The Mattel Brands, Tini Howard

Barbie has explored many worlds and careers but none more "out there" than Para-Den, the strange alien planet where a girl named Barbie lives with her father and her flying pet, Pupcorn. But something is not right in Barbie's galaxy. One by one the stars are going out an no one seems to know why. Of course, no one is more surprised than Barbie when she is chosen by King Constantine to join a s... read more

Barbie has explored many worlds and careers but none more "out there" than Para-Den, the strange alien planet where a girl named Barbie lives with her father and her flying pet, Pupcorn. But something is not right in Barbie's galaxy. One by one the stars are going out an no one seems to know why. Of course, no one is more surprised than Barbie when she is chosen by King Constantine to join a s... read more

Barbie Puppies #1: Puppy Party (Barbie Puppies Graphic Novels)

Danica Davidson, M. Victoria Robado

Barbie and her sisters, Chelsea, Stacie, and Skipper, along with their puppies, Taffy, DJ, Honey, and Rookie, are invited to a prestigious Dog Show in the big city. The Dog Show is trying to change its elitest image by inviting all types of dogs to enter-not just purebreds. But something funny is going on at the Dog Show as one contestant after another starts to mysteriously disappear. But jus... read more

Barbie and her sisters, Chelsea, Stacie, and Skipper, along with their puppies, Taffy, DJ, Honey, and Rookie, are invited to a prestigious Dog Show in the big city. The Dog Show is trying to change its elitest image by inviting all types of dogs to enter-not just purebreds. But something funny is going on at the Dog Show as one contestant after another starts to mysteriously disappear. But jus... read more

Anne of Green Bagels

Jon Buller, Susan Schade

On her first day at her new school, Anne is saddled with the nickname Anne of Green Bagels, thanks to the health-food sandwich her grandmother has made her for lunch. Can things get any worse? Already her father has left home to try out his newest crackpot invention, the Pedestrian Mobile Home, and her mother has moved them from New Mexico to the cookie-cutter community of Megatown. Then she m... read more

On her first day at her new school, Anne is saddled with the nickname Anne of Green Bagels, thanks to the health-food sandwich her grandmother has made her for lunch. Can things get any worse? Already her father has left home to try out his newest crackpot invention, the Pedestrian Mobile Home, and her mother has moved them from New Mexico to the cookie-cutter community of Megatown. Then she m... read more

Scarlett: A Star on the Run

Jon Buller, Susan Schade

Scarlett is a small, harlequin-colored cat and a huge movie star. And what's more―she talks! However, abused by her producer, she dreams of but one thing: escaping! So, when the occasion presents itself, she runs for her life. In the company of Trotter, a dog who's escaped the same torment, she is taken in by Mr. Bougnon. But with the noose getting tighter, will they manage to elude their terr... read more

Scarlett is a small, harlequin-colored cat and a huge movie star. And what's more―she talks! However, abused by her producer, she dreams of but one thing: escaping! So, when the occasion presents itself, she runs for her life. In the company of Trotter, a dog who's escaped the same torment, she is taken in by Mr. Bougnon. But with the noose getting tighter, will they manage to elude their terr... read more

Breadwinners #1: "Journey to the Bottom of the Seats"

Stefan Petrucha

Do you like riDUCKulous adventures? SwaySway and Buhdeuce are a couple of super cool Breadwinners with a love for all loaves! These two quazy ducks fly a rocket van from the west to the yeast of Pondgea, making sure everyone gets some bread up in their beak. Yip-yip! Even though they're always working, these ducks make sure to have 24/7 fun. They have to watch their tails, though... there are ... read more

Do you like riDUCKulous adventures? SwaySway and Buhdeuce are a couple of super cool Breadwinners with a love for all loaves! These two quazy ducks fly a rocket van from the west to the yeast of Pondgea, making sure everyone gets some bread up in their beak. Yip-yip! Even though they're always working, these ducks make sure to have 24/7 fun. They have to watch their tails, though... there are ... read more

Breadwinners #2: "Buhdeuce Rocks the Rocket"

Stefan Petrucha

"Buhdeuce Rocks the Rocket!" - it's a book length adventure recounting the epic story of Buhdeuce's first solo delivery!When Buhdeuce experiences a crisis of confidence, Swaysway decides it's time for Buhdeuce to make his first bread delivery on his own (with Swaysway secretly keeping an eye on him, of course). Unfortunately, Oonski the Great thinks having only one Breadwinner to deal with is ... read more

"Buhdeuce Rocks the Rocket!" - it's a book length adventure recounting the epic story of Buhdeuce's first solo delivery!When Buhdeuce experiences a crisis of confidence, Swaysway decides it's time for Buhdeuce to make his first bread delivery on his own (with Swaysway secretly keeping an eye on him, of course). Unfortunately, Oonski the Great thinks having only one Breadwinner to deal with is ... read more

Dinosaurs #4: A Game of Bones! (Dinosaurs Graphic Novels)

Arnaud Plumeri

This volume of DINOSAURS explores such subjects as the colors of dinosaurs and nanotyrannus. Plus more Compso and Indino Jones, and an interactive journey into the process of a paleontologist!

This volume of DINOSAURS explores such subjects as the colors of dinosaurs and nanotyrannus. Plus more Compso and Indino Jones, and an interactive journey into the process of a paleontologist!

The Red Shoes and Other Tales

Metaphrog

As the child of peasants, Karen grew up with a pair of simple red shoes. Then, when her parents died, Karen was adopted by a rich old woman who gave Karen a new pair of red shoes that would make princesses green with envy. This newfound wealth causes Karen to forget her humble origins and grow up to become a cruel and vain adult. Then, one day, the red shoes that sparked her greed come to life... read more

As the child of peasants, Karen grew up with a pair of simple red shoes. Then, when her parents died, Karen was adopted by a rich old woman who gave Karen a new pair of red shoes that would make princesses green with envy. This newfound wealth causes Karen to forget her humble origins and grow up to become a cruel and vain adult. Then, one day, the red shoes that sparked her greed come to life... read more

Harvey Beaks #1: Inside Joke

Stefan Petrucha, Carson Montgomery

Harvey Beaks is the main protagonist of Harvey Beaks. Harvey has a big head and an even bigger heart, which is why everyone in Bigbark Woodsloves him! He may be a rule follower, but after Fee and Foo show him some amazing adventures, this bird might just spread his wings.

Harvey Beaks is the main protagonist of Harvey Beaks. Harvey has a big head and an even bigger heart, which is why everyone in Bigbark Woodsloves him! He may be a rule follower, but after Fee and Foo show him some amazing adventures, this bird might just spread his wings.

Harvey Beaks #2: "It's Crazy Time"

Carson Montgomery, Shane Houghton, Kevin Kramer

Life can be confusing enough for just about anyone one and Harvey Beaks is no exception. Harvey knows that doing everything "right," isn't always the most fun. Doing things like Fee and Foo may not be "right," but it sure seems to be a lot more fun! While Fee and Foo may go too far at times, pushing Harvey beyond his limits, Harvey knows that he doesn't want it any other way. As scary as it ma... read more

Life can be confusing enough for just about anyone one and Harvey Beaks is no exception. Harvey knows that doing everything "right," isn't always the most fun. Doing things like Fee and Foo may not be "right," but it sure seems to be a lot more fun! While Fee and Foo may go too far at times, pushing Harvey beyond his limits, Harvey knows that he doesn't want it any other way. As scary as it ma... read more

Sanjay and Craig #1: "Fight the Future with Flavor" (Sanjay & Craig)

Eric Esquivel

Does your neighbor have butt implants and a blueberry obsession? Can your best friend do ANYTHING without barfing? Welcome to Lundgren, where Sanjay Patel and Craig Slithers have the most rad-awesome adventures imaginable.From their collection of fart jars to their shared love of chicken wings, Sanjay and Craig are more than a boy and his pet snake… they're family!Ready for the ride? Buckle up... read more

Does your neighbor have butt implants and a blueberry obsession? Can your best friend do ANYTHING without barfing? Welcome to Lundgren, where Sanjay Patel and Craig Slithers have the most rad-awesome adventures imaginable.From their collection of fart jars to their shared love of chicken wings, Sanjay and Craig are more than a boy and his pet snake… they're family!Ready for the ride? Buckle up... read more

Sanjay and Craig #2: "New Kid on the Block" (Sanjay & Craig)

Eric Esquivel

Does your neighbor have butt implants and a blueberry obsession? Can your best friend do ANYTHING without barfing? Welcome to Lundgren, where Sanjay Patel and Craig Slithers have the most rad-awesome adventures imaginable.From their collection of fart jars to their shared love of chicken wings, Sanjay and Craig are more than a boy and his pet snake… they're family!Ready for the ride? Buckle up... read more

Does your neighbor have butt implants and a blueberry obsession? Can your best friend do ANYTHING without barfing? Welcome to Lundgren, where Sanjay Patel and Craig Slithers have the most rad-awesome adventures imaginable.From their collection of fart jars to their shared love of chicken wings, Sanjay and Craig are more than a boy and his pet snake… they're family!Ready for the ride? Buckle up... read more

Sanjay and Craig #3: "Story Time with Sanjay and Craig" (Sanjay & Craig)

Eric Esquivel

Mr. Patel is concerned that Sanjay and Craig watch too much television and don't read enough. Somehow he gets them to read Grimm's Fairy Tales and instead of a book report, Sanjay and Craig present the stories to Mr. Patel as seen through their eyes. Tufflips becomes "The Big Bad Wolf," Belle Pepper becomes "Little Miss Hot Wing," the Dicksons become "The Three Rockin' Pigs,"-and that's just t... read more

Mr. Patel is concerned that Sanjay and Craig watch too much television and don't read enough. Somehow he gets them to read Grimm's Fairy Tales and instead of a book report, Sanjay and Craig present the stories to Mr. Patel as seen through their eyes. Tufflips becomes "The Big Bad Wolf," Belle Pepper becomes "Little Miss Hot Wing," the Dicksons become "The Three Rockin' Pigs,"-and that's just t... read more

Pig Goat Banana Cricket #1: "Orgle Borgle Selfie Simple-Dee-Doo!”

Eric Esquivel

Lunatic Magazine is having a special contest - the top prize is a lifetime pass to the Arcave! All anyone has to do to win is take a photo of the legendary Orgle Borgle-a monster that has never been photographed before. This is a contest Banana must win at any cost-because, like, he really wants to win. But getting a picture of the Orgle Borgle may just be impossible! Plus many more stories fe... read more

Lunatic Magazine is having a special contest - the top prize is a lifetime pass to the Arcave! All anyone has to do to win is take a photo of the legendary Orgle Borgle-a monster that has never been photographed before. This is a contest Banana must win at any cost-because, like, he really wants to win. But getting a picture of the Orgle Borgle may just be impossible! Plus many more stories fe... read more

Trolls Graphic Novel Volume 1: Hugs & Friends (Trolls Graphic Novels)

Dave Scheidt, Tini Howard, Marie Condenzio

Who are the Trolls? Who are the Bergens? Why is there one Troll who isn't happy like all the other Trolls? And why does this Troll know more about the Bergens than any other Troll? Find out more about Poppy and Branch in this all-new collection of stories that take place before the Trolls motion picture. Warning: You may never look at a cupcake the same way after you see this graphic novel.

Who are the Trolls? Who are the Bergens? Why is there one Troll who isn't happy like all the other Trolls? And why does this Troll know more about the Bergens than any other Troll? Find out more about Poppy and Branch in this all-new collection of stories that take place before the Trolls motion picture. Warning: You may never look at a cupcake the same way after you see this graphic novel.

Voltron Legendary Defender Vol. 2: Pilgrimage

Tim Hedrick, Mitch Iverson

When the Voltron Paladins respond to a distress call, they discover a group of alien settlers on a mining planet under attack by the Galra. The five daring pilots must then escort the convoy of rescued settlers to their new home. To succeed they must cross into increasingly dangerous territory, successfully navigate amongst frightening predators and colossal beasts, and battle the evil Galra!

When the Voltron Paladins respond to a distress call, they discover a group of alien settlers on a mining planet under attack by the Galra. The five daring pilots must then escort the convoy of rescued settlers to their new home. To succeed they must cross into increasingly dangerous territory, successfully navigate amongst frightening predators and colossal beasts, and battle the evil Galra!

Maker Comics: Bake Like a Pro!

Falynn Koch

Maker Comics is the ultimate DIY guide. Inside this graphic novel you will find illustrated instructions for eight tasty treats!Today is the first day of Sage’s magical internship! Her fellow wizards-in-training get to study pyromancy and transfiguration, but Sage has been assigned an internship in...baking? She doesn’t think that sounds fun, or particularly magical! But her instructor, Korian... read more

Maker Comics is the ultimate DIY guide. Inside this graphic novel you will find illustrated instructions for eight tasty treats!Today is the first day of Sage’s magical internship! Her fellow wizards-in-training get to study pyromancy and transfiguration, but Sage has been assigned an internship in...baking? She doesn’t think that sounds fun, or particularly magical! But her instructor, Korian... read more

Maker Comics: Fix a Car!

Chris Schweizer

Maker Comics is the ultimate DIY guide. Inside this graphic novel you'll find illustrated instructions for ten car repair activities!Lena, Mason, Abner, Rocky, and Esther only have one thing in common: They’re crazy about cars. A few of them already have their driver’s licenses. And even though Rocky and Esther are too young to drive, they still have a lot questions. In Car Club, Ms. Gritt has... read more

Maker Comics is the ultimate DIY guide. Inside this graphic novel you'll find illustrated instructions for ten car repair activities!Lena, Mason, Abner, Rocky, and Esther only have one thing in common: They’re crazy about cars. A few of them already have their driver’s licenses. And even though Rocky and Esther are too young to drive, they still have a lot questions. In Car Club, Ms. Gritt has... read more

Farm Animals (Let's Find Out)

Wiley Blevins

Introducing a new activity book series based on the popular Let's Find Out magazine!This title, based on the Let's Find Out classroom magazine, explores life on a farm and all of the animals that inhabit it. This spiral bound activity book includes markers, wipe-off activity pages, and miniature plastic animals.

Introducing a new activity book series based on the popular Let's Find Out magazine!This title, based on the Let's Find Out classroom magazine, explores life on a farm and all of the animals that inhabit it. This spiral bound activity book includes markers, wipe-off activity pages, and miniature plastic animals.

Ocean Life (Let's Find Out)

Wiley Blevins

Introducing a new activity book series based on the popular Let's Find Out magazine!Discover what life is like in the ocean for seals, turtles, whales, manatees, and much more. This spiral bound activity book is filled with photographs and activities, and is sure to be a favorite of young readers this season. It also includes markers, wipe-off activity pages, and miniature plastic animals.

Introducing a new activity book series based on the popular Let's Find Out magazine!Discover what life is like in the ocean for seals, turtles, whales, manatees, and much more. This spiral bound activity book is filled with photographs and activities, and is sure to be a favorite of young readers this season. It also includes markers, wipe-off activity pages, and miniature plastic animals.

Fire Station (Let's Find Out)

Wiley Blevins

An exciting new nonfiction series just right for preschoolers! Features an age-appropriate story, photographs, wipe-off learning activities, stickers, and plastic toys for hands-on learning fun!This informative activity book based on the Let's Find Out classroom magazine takes kids on a visit to the fire station! They can learn all about the fire engine and the gear firefighters use to fight f... read more

An exciting new nonfiction series just right for preschoolers! Features an age-appropriate story, photographs, wipe-off learning activities, stickers, and plastic toys for hands-on learning fun!This informative activity book based on the Let's Find Out classroom magazine takes kids on a visit to the fire station! They can learn all about the fire engine and the gear firefighters use to fight f... read more

Fun Shapes: A Pull and Pop Book (Let's Find Out)

Scholastic Inc.

Pull on each page of this brand-new format and see what pops out from the top! An exciting addition to our Let's Find Out publishing program!Large, sturdy pages, pop-out surprises, and simple, bright photographs provide a unique preschool learning experience.Each page in this exciting new format is dedicated to a different shaped object. When the side of the page is pulled, a hidden picture po... read more

Pull on each page of this brand-new format and see what pops out from the top! An exciting addition to our Let's Find Out publishing program!Large, sturdy pages, pop-out surprises, and simple, bright photographs provide a unique preschool learning experience.Each page in this exciting new format is dedicated to a different shaped object. When the side of the page is pulled, a hidden picture po... read more

Let's Find Out: Yummy Colors: A Pull-and-pop Book

Inc Scholastic

Pull on each page of this brand-new format and see what pops out from the top! An exciting addition to our Let's Find Out publishing program!Large, sturdy pages, pop-out surprises, and colorful photographs provide a unique preschool learning experience.Each page is filled with vibrant, whimsical photographs of vegetables, fruits, and other foods that share the same color. After learning the wo... read more

Pull on each page of this brand-new format and see what pops out from the top! An exciting addition to our Let's Find Out publishing program!Large, sturdy pages, pop-out surprises, and colorful photographs provide a unique preschool learning experience.Each page is filled with vibrant, whimsical photographs of vegetables, fruits, and other foods that share the same color. After learning the wo... read more

The Wheels On The Bus

Turn the wheel, sing the song, and drive the bus all through the town!With adorable illustrations and a sturdy wheel manipulative, this novelty book puts kids in the driver's seat. They can sing along with the lively lyrics while turning each page.A die cut in the cover reveals a bus on the upper half of the book. When a child turns the wheel, the bus appears to move forward through the town!

Turn the wheel, sing the song, and drive the bus all through the town!With adorable illustrations and a sturdy wheel manipulative, this novelty book puts kids in the driver's seat. They can sing along with the lively lyrics while turning each page.A die cut in the cover reveals a bus on the upper half of the book. When a child turns the wheel, the bus appears to move forward through the town!

Rayven Choi: Koreamerican (Chapter Book 1)

Shequeta Smith

In Korea, orphan Rayven Choi has had 20 years to feel bitter about the hitman who brutally murdered her parents in cold blood. Now, she is back in America and she is on a mission. She is a bounty hunter with a score to settle. She is looking for revenge.

In Korea, orphan Rayven Choi has had 20 years to feel bitter about the hitman who brutally murdered her parents in cold blood. Now, she is back in America and she is on a mission. She is a bounty hunter with a score to settle. She is looking for revenge.

Rayven Choi: The Return (Chapter Book 2)

Shequeta Smith

Rayven is still haunted by the nightmares of her past when she discovers a secret tape that her father left behind. The confession on the tape leads her back to America on the hunt for a killer who may still be on the hunt for her.

Rayven is still haunted by the nightmares of her past when she discovers a secret tape that her father left behind. The confession on the tape leads her back to America on the hunt for a killer who may still be on the hunt for her.

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