Blondine Leon-Broers

Blondine Leon-Broers - Editor

Heerhugowaard, Netherlands

An experienced and friendly developmental editor/proofreader passionate about helping writers bring out the best in their children's books.

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Overview

A native New Yorker, my love for books was sparked at a very young age. As a child, I became captivated by the stories that flowed through the pages of many incredible books. Today, as an editor, my reading experience is further enriched when I am privileged to collaborate with those who strive to create captivating stories. A few elements that I have assisted first-time authors in developing include:

• Creating believable and compelling characters, conflicts and plots to connect to readers
• Ensuring story’s pacing is evenly balanced between action and information
• Using showing and telling effectively
• Limiting cliché usage

Specializing in editing children's books—from picture books to young adult—I enjoy helping first-time writers and experienced authors take their manuscripts to the next level! I am a hardworking, meticulous editor who takes great pride in providing work that will add value to authors’ manuscripts and help them achieve their dreams of publishing literature that impacts young readers.


Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Young Adult

Certifications

  • Certificate in Professional Sequence in Editing, University of California, Berkeley
  • Certificate in Proofreading, Publishing Training Centre, UK
  • Certificate in Writing for Children, York College, The City University of New York
  • Member: Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
  • Member: Society of English-language professionals in the Netherlands
  • Member: ACES: The Society for Editing

Work experience

Freelance editor and proofreader

Self-employed
April, 2014 – Present (over 6 years)

Collaborate with independent publishers and first-time authors.
• Edit and proofread picture book manuscripts for aspiring authors
• Familius: Proofread picture and middle-grade books for independent publisher
• Amsterdam Publishers: Proofread fiction and non-fiction books for independent publisher

Editor

IBFD
February, 2010 – Present (almost 11 years)

Edit EU legislation.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Full of Empty

Tim J. Myers, Priscilla Myers

Princess Claire s smile has flown away like a bird and now she feels full of empty. But there s a way to bring that smile back . . . if only . . . Every child gets bored or lonely and this warm-hearted story teaches parents and children that a parent s time and full attention are the best remedy. Full of Empty reminds parents that playing with their children is an important form of love. From ... read more

Princess Claire s smile has flown away like a bird and now she feels full of empty. But there s a way to bring that smile back . . . if only . . . Every child gets bored or lonely and this warm-hearted story teaches parents and children that a parent s time and full attention are the best remedy. Full of Empty reminds parents that playing with their children is an important form of love. From ... read more

Marvin's Monster Diary: ADHD Attacks! (But I Rock It, Big Time): An ST4 Mindfulness Book for Kids

Raun Melmed, Annette Sexton

Meet Marvin, a lovable monster with a twelve-stringed baby fang guitar, a rambunctious case of ADHD, and a diary to record it all. His teachers scold him, his parents don't know what to do with him, and his sister is convinced he was raised by triple-tailed monkeys. In short, Marvin's life is feeling out of control—until a secret formula changes everything.In the same humorous spirit of Diary ... read more

Meet Marvin, a lovable monster with a twelve-stringed baby fang guitar, a rambunctious case of ADHD, and a diary to record it all. His teachers scold him, his parents don't know what to do with him, and his sister is convinced he was raised by triple-tailed monkeys. In short, Marvin's life is feeling out of control—until a secret formula changes everything.In the same humorous spirit of Diary ... read more

The Very Cold, Freezing, No-Number Day

Ashley Sorenson

Oh no! It is a very, VERY cold day, and all the numbers have frozen! Children must trace, blow on, and count the numbers to unfreeze them, and in the process, they will learn colors, seasons, patterns, and numbers. An interactive, educational experience, The Very Cold, Freezing, No-Number Day is sure to be a household and classroom favorite.

Oh no! It is a very, VERY cold day, and all the numbers have frozen! Children must trace, blow on, and count the numbers to unfreeze them, and in the process, they will learn colors, seasons, patterns, and numbers. An interactive, educational experience, The Very Cold, Freezing, No-Number Day is sure to be a household and classroom favorite.

To and Fro

Adjowii Jolin Cooper-Henry

To and Fro are best friends. They love using their imagination. They also like discovering similarities in different things and differences in similar things. They believe that the world is a very special place and that everything and everyone has a special place in it. Including you. Come along with them on their journey full of exciting discoveries.

To and Fro are best friends. They love using their imagination. They also like discovering similarities in different things and differences in similar things. They believe that the world is a very special place and that everything and everyone has a special place in it. Including you. Come along with them on their journey full of exciting discoveries.

Daily Motherhood: 365 Days of Inspiration for the Hardest Job You'll Ever Love

Familius

You are exactly who your children need. No one can fill your shoes. No one can give what you have to offer. No one can love or know your child like you do. That is the privilege of being a mother. Catherine Arveseth, Motherhood Realized Every mom needs a pick­-me-­up now and then so why not every day? With 365 gorgeously designed quotes about motherhood, one for every day of the year, Daily Mo... read more

You are exactly who your children need. No one can fill your shoes. No one can give what you have to offer. No one can love or know your child like you do. That is the privilege of being a mother. Catherine Arveseth, Motherhood Realized Every mom needs a pick­-me-­up now and then so why not every day? With 365 gorgeously designed quotes about motherhood, one for every day of the year, Daily Mo... read more

Ode to Odin (The Wanderer Book 2)

Bruce McLaren

I saw a man of grand plan and action, friend and foe, angel and demon, dualistic in nature, representing life in all its facets, both good and bad and at the same time neither.A young British archaeologist makes a deal with the devil, the brilliant but dangerously unpredictable Odin. The two men forge a friendship on the anvil of the deserts of Central Asia as they embark on a search for the h... read more

I saw a man of grand plan and action, friend and foe, angel and demon, dualistic in nature, representing life in all its facets, both good and bad and at the same time neither.A young British archaeologist makes a deal with the devil, the brilliant but dangerously unpredictable Odin. The two men forge a friendship on the anvil of the deserts of Central Asia as they embark on a search for the h... read more

The Oranyn

Xavi Lang

As the last Oranyn, Elia Egerton was smuggled from another world to be hid on Earth from those who would have her dead. She is the only one who can bring the cores together and awaken the Seven Elysares, the only one who can stop Astrofyr’s sun from collapsing.Living on Earth for the past decade, Elia has put that all behind her. She has found a family she cares about and a place she can belon... read more

As the last Oranyn, Elia Egerton was smuggled from another world to be hid on Earth from those who would have her dead. She is the only one who can bring the cores together and awaken the Seven Elysares, the only one who can stop Astrofyr’s sun from collapsing.Living on Earth for the past decade, Elia has put that all behind her. She has found a family she cares about and a place she can belon... read more

A Holocaust Memoir of Love & Resilience: Mama's Survival from Lithuania to America

Ettie Zilber

With the Nazi occupation of Kovno (Lithuania), her life changed forever. Zlata Santocki Sidrer was Jewish, but she survived the horrors of the Holocaust. Gone was her normal life and her teenage dream of becoming a doctor. Instead, she witnessed untold deprivations, massacres, imprisonment, hunger and slave labor before being transported to the Stutthof Concentration Camp. Her story of the dea... read more

With the Nazi occupation of Kovno (Lithuania), her life changed forever. Zlata Santocki Sidrer was Jewish, but she survived the horrors of the Holocaust. Gone was her normal life and her teenage dream of becoming a doctor. Instead, she witnessed untold deprivations, massacres, imprisonment, hunger and slave labor before being transported to the Stutthof Concentration Camp. Her story of the dea... read more

Breaking Free (Good To Go Book 1)

Jeffrey Vonk

Breaking Free tells the enthralling true story of world traveler Jeffrey Vonk.Having visited 60 countries, and being pretty fearless by nature, his travelogue does not disappoint when it comes to delivering raw, unique stories. Backpacking can lead you to places that you never imagined ending up in. It was never his intention to get kidnapped in Syria or to be arrested numerous times. He illeg... read more

Breaking Free tells the enthralling true story of world traveler Jeffrey Vonk.Having visited 60 countries, and being pretty fearless by nature, his travelogue does not disappoint when it comes to delivering raw, unique stories. Backpacking can lead you to places that you never imagined ending up in. It was never his intention to get kidnapped in Syria or to be arrested numerous times. He illeg... read more

Beyond the Equator (Good To Go Book 2)

Jeffrey Vonk

Beyond the Equator tells the enthralling true story of world traveler Jeffrey Vonk.Having visited 60+ countries, and being pretty fearless by nature, his travelogue does not disappoint when it comes to delivering raw, unique stories. Backpacking can lead you to places that you never imagined ending up in. It was never his intention to be held at knife-point by thugs in the back streets of Colo... read more

Beyond the Equator tells the enthralling true story of world traveler Jeffrey Vonk.Having visited 60+ countries, and being pretty fearless by nature, his travelogue does not disappoint when it comes to delivering raw, unique stories. Backpacking can lead you to places that you never imagined ending up in. It was never his intention to be held at knife-point by thugs in the back streets of Colo... read more

Blondine has 6 reviews

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Kelli Blackwell
It was a pleasure working with Blondine. She provided me with a thorough editorial assessment and completed it before the quoted date. Every question I asked was answered with as much detail as possible. I was left with valuable information that I will definitely carry through the rest of my process.

Kelli Blackwell, November 2020


Audrey Harrell
Blondine added so much value to my writing and really helped pull out the heart of the story! I am forever thankful for her!

Audrey Harrell, September 2020


Mint4 Curls
Blondine is very patient and understanding to work with. ~Thank You!

Mint4 Curls, August 2020


Tonya Lacy
Loved the edits, made my story easier to read and less wordy. Hope to work with you again!

Tonya Lacy, June 2020


Mesi Walton
Blondine was great to work with. She answered all of my questions, gave a thorough review and a line by line suggestion/edit. For my first experience with a developmental edit I found this to be a great value.

Mesi Walton, June 2020

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