Developmental and copyeditor who helps authors make their dreams come true. Writer (articles, personal essays, business brochures, and websites), ghostwriter, and proofreader. Also author of award-winning historical biography, The Accidental Anarchist (bit.ly/ThAccidentalAnarchist) and 9 Critical Steps to Successful Self Publishing (bit.ly/9StepstoPublishingSuccess). Degrees from Barnard College (BA, Playwriting), Yale University (MBA), UCSD (Copyediting Certificate).
My recommendations are below:
“When I sent Bryna Kranzler my unedited manuscript for Dining and Driving With Cats – Alice Unplugged, I was a storyteller. When together we completed this personal story of a life and journey with a “girl who loved cats,” I was an author. What does an Editor do, I wondered at first? Now I know. Bryna Kranzler identifies your theme, finds your message and the hidden feelings, and suggests ways to transform the words into a picture – a motion picture – for the reader. She will not write the words for you but she will be the critic, the fan, the coach, the knowledgeable professional who gives specific and detailed guidance so you can transform your words into music for the eye. Thank you, Bryna, for understanding where I was trying to go and showing me how to get there.” – Pat Patterson,
“It is with great enthusiasm that I am writing to recommend Bryna Kranzler for copyediting, proofreading, and editing services.
“I hired Bryna to work with me on improving my first book about investing and estate planning – at least that was her official capacity.
“In reality, Bryna has played a much larger role, offering suggestions about everything from rewriting, typography, and business strategy. Having practiced law in many firms, I can confidently say Bryna possess a unique ability to grasp the complexity of legal issues and dense information.
“I have met and worked with many gifted and talented people. I would rank Bryna amongst the very best.
“On a personal level, Bryna is a delight. She demonstrates a level of humility far too lacking these days, combined with a work ethic second to none. She performs brilliantly and created a high quality work product that is instrumental in helping my clients.
“I strongly urge anyone who needs her services to hire her or contact me for a reference.” — David E. Rosen, Esq.
“I would highly recommend Bryna Kranzler for any editing project you have. Her communication while editing my novel was stellar. Along with the regular line editing, Bryna gave me a very helpful summary of issues on a chapter by chapter basis that she found with plot and arch of the story. All and all, I felt like I got much more input than I paid for. ” – Amy Ohlson
“Bryna copy edited my first novel, and helped with improvements in maintaining the theme and bringing along the characters. She is very personable and friendly, good to work with.” – David T. Dana
“Ms. Kranzler has proven herself an excellent developmental editor. Her work and comments on my last book were insightful, on-target and creative. She was very supportive of my project and easy to work with, but didn’t hesitate to crack her editorial whip which made me work harder, resulting in a much better work. I would not hesitate to use her services again.” – Delin Colon
“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Ms. Bryna Kranzler both as a friend and colleague over the past ten years. She is a wonderful writer with a keen eye for editing. I have enjoyed and utilized many of her editorial comments. She has played a significant role in the creation of my novel, Sky of Red Poppies – both as a critique and a supportive friend. I would highly recommend her as a freelance editor.”- Zohreh Ghahremani
“Bryna served as my editor for Cook the Part: Delicious, Interactive and Fun Team Cooking. She was incredibly thorough and diligent in identifying errors, but she also provided great recommendations for improving text and language usage. She was the absolute best of five different editors used on this project. I have just recommended her to serve as editor on a new book project in a completely different book category.” –Karin Eastham
“Very satisfied, looking forward to continue working with Bryna on book editing projects.” – Kristin Schleman
“Outstanding job!” – kdheupel
As a developmental and copyeditor, I have edited the following books:
• Cook the Part: Delicious, Interactive & Fun Team Cooking – non-fiction/cookbooks/special occasion (
• Rasputin: The Memoirs of His Secretary—non-fiction/biography
• Into the Tiger’s Mouth—fiction/historical
• Get Debt Free with Me¬ – non-fiction/law
• Keys to the Corner Office: Success Strategies for Women, by Women – non-fiction/business & money (
• Turbocharge Your Future: Revealing Interviews with the CEOs of eBay, Zappos, Sports Authority, and Others About What Really Counts! – non-fiction/job markets; advice
• How to Love San Francisco – non-fiction/travel; romance/contemporary
• Katy Rose Likes to Say No – children’s/stories in verse
• Zeke Will Not Eat – children’s/stories in verse
• Scale: How to Grow Your Business by Working Less – non-fiction/small business and entrepreneurship
• Investing and Estate Planning Made Easy: Strategies to Make Money and Keep It -- non-fiction/personal finance
• Dining and Driving with Cats (volumes 1 & 2) – non-fiction/memoirs; non-fiction/travel
• I’ve Been to Hell and Found the Fire Exit – non-fiction/memoir (coming soon)
• An Enriched Life – non-fiction/memoir (not for publication)
The Accidental Anarchist is the true story of Jacob Marateck, an Orthodox Jew who was sentenced to death three times in the early 1900s in Russia -- and lived to tell about it. He also happens to have been the author's grandfather. The book is based on the diaries that Marateck began keeping in 1905. That was when he decided to overthrow the Czar . . . The story is told in Marateck's voice, an... read more
You probably think that writing the book was the hard part. Unfortunately, that's not the case. Independent publishing, while offering many advantages, involves a lot of steps and decisions, and it's easy to make mistakes that sabotage your book's market potential. Topics include: •The Fatal Mistakes Self-Published Authors Often Make•How to Identify and Reach Your Target Audience for Free•How ... read more
Ready to experience a new twist on entertaining? Cook the Part is much more than a collection of recipes. It's an entertaining revolution. Each of the eight themed menus in this book is divided into parts. Your guests work in teams to cook a part of a fabulous four-course meal. Cook the Part helps you organize and create a memorable evening of hands-on cooking while enjoying the camaraderie of... read more
Keys to the Corner Office: Success Strategies for Women by Women is a must read for any woman aspiring to advance her career. Successful careers don’t just happen. They require thought, strategy, skill development, management, and the help of others. Keys to the Corner Office provides that strategy, along with a road map for women to follow to drive their own careers. The book is structured in... read more
Katy Rose Likes to Say No is about a child, like most, who is just learning to assert her independence and discovering her power over others, simply by saying “no.” She learns, however, that defying her parents and being rude to her friend only make herself feel bad. Katy Rose eventually discovers that cooperation and kindness make others happy and that they, in turn are more nurturing toward ... read more
Zeke is a happy boy who can find the fun in nearly everything he does ... until it's time to eat. He finds no fun in food and refuses to eat, until Dad tells him a secret. Will the secret change the way Zeke looks at mealtime? The illustrations are cut-paper art. The same 150 or so paper shapes are arranged and rearranged to form the images. Instructions for parent-child art projects, using th... read more
Inspired by the experiences of Richard Starr Dana, author David T. Dana III's great-grandfather, Into the Tiger's Mouth offers new perspectives on a turbulent period. As a young man, Dana lived in three vastly different Chinese cities - Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Hankow. Now, his letters and reminiscences come to life. Starr begins his adventure as an expatriate American merchant, living a life ... read more
How to Love San Francisco – One Year in the City by the Bay, is the story of a spirited young woman who finds adventure in San Francisco. By crossing continents Hanni, in her mid-twenties, starts a new life—with unforeseen hurdles. When Hanni gets the offer to work in San Francisco for a year, she doesn’t expect the experience to turn her life upside down. Not only does she become infected by ... read more
Your Business Needs to Scale In the author's own words: "I remember the day it hit me. "I was in Kiev when I got a call from my wife. She was in the hospital, having driven herself there during the middle of the night. She hadn’t realized quite how ill she was, but in fact she needed surgery. Meanwhile, I was halfway around the world, and my children, who fortunately weren’t very young, were a... read more
This is a quick and easy read that is packed with countless gems for any generation! Imagine how your life would change if you had the chance to sit down with 10 of the most successful people in the world and ask them for advice--advice about how to get along with people, how to deal with success and failure, how to be a standout employee, and even how to be an inspiring leader and rise to the... read more
Struggling to pay your bills? Today, more than three out of every four American families are in debt according to the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances. A recent survey found that debt is a leading source of stress for Americans. Unfortunately, some people feel so overwhelmed by their debt that they don’t know what to do and feel hopeless. The good news is that any debt problem can... read more
Available and annotated for the first time in English, Aron Simanovitch’s memoirs offer an intimate view of Rasputin through the eyes of his dear friend and secretary. Simanovitch reveals Rasputin’s progressive ideas for social and economic reform that outraged the nobility. In the process, he depicts the underbelly of early twentieth-century Petersburg society, with its gossip, plots and intr... read more
Otherwise smart, confident people balk when asked about investments. They assume investing is some esoteric, mystifying process far too complicated to be understood. This fear of engaging with investments can have serious financial consequences. Money that would otherwise actively grow financial dividends lies dormant, losing rather than gaining in value. It doesn’t have to be this way. You ca... read more
"Dining and Driving With Cats - Alice Unplugged" is a heartwarming and beguiling adventure of a couple who shares a love that most of us only imagine. Pat Patterson is a born storyteller and makes readers feel as if they are part of the road trip. This book is as much a story of sweet devotion as it is an exquisite example of discovering life's hidden joys in the smallest of everyday experienc... read more
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Nonfiction editor for 20-plus years, transforming raw concepts into polished books on lifestyle, cooking, health, how-to, memoir, and more.
A freelance editor based in Melbourne, Australia. I specialise in educational titles as well as literary and commercial fiction.