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Bryon Quertermous

Bryon Quertermous - Editor

Canton, MI, United States

Former editor with stops at Random House, Harlequin, and Angry Robot. Current freelancer for Amazon, small publishers, and, hopefully, you

Overview

I have over a decade of publishing experience that includes work with traditional stalwarts, such as Random House, as well as more cutting-edge operations like Harlequin’s digital-first imprint Carina Press and Amazon Publishing. My most recent in-house position was as the commissioning editor for Angry Robot’s crime fiction imprint Exhibit A Books. Books I've edited have been chosen as the best of the year by USA Today, Library Journal, and others.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Romance Science Fiction Thriller

Work experience

Commissioning Editor

Angry Robot Books
November, 2013 – July, 2014 (8 months)

I worked remotely for an award-winning genre publisher where I sourced, edited and promoted Angry Robot’s range of crime fiction titles under the Exhibit A Books imprint. This included reading and reporting on submissions, promoting promising titles to sales and marketing, preparing P&L analysis to support proposed acquisitions, negotiating contracts with authors and agents, maintaining and updating the production schedule, providing structural and line edits on acquired titles, managing the proof reading, copy editing, and production processes and staff, and working with the publicity manager to create a promotion plan for each author. I maintained the social media feeds and website for the imprint as well., writing weekly and special blog posts, and managing the official Twitter feed Facebook page, and Instagram feed. Copywriting duties included all back cover copy, catalog copy, website copy, and front cover strap lines when appropriate.

Freelance Editor

Harlequin - Carina Press
March, 2012 – October, 2013 (over 1 year)

I worked remotely for Harlequin's digital-first imprint Carina Press across mystery, thriller, science fiction, and fantasy genres. I reviewed submissions and recommended acquisitions, composed detailed revision letters, worked with authors through developmental and line edits, and managed and approved copy editor’s changes. I also participated in evaluation of cover design and occasionally contributed to marketing copy including back cover and catalog copy.

Freelance Editor

Bryon Quertermous Editorial Services
March, 2003 – Present (over 14 years)

I specialize in editing commercial adult fiction of all genres as well as marketing and technical documentation. I have worked with New York Times bestselling authors, USA Today bestselling authors, and Kindle bestselling authors. I also provide editorial consulting for companies including Impelysy and Amazon Publishing. Books I've edited have been chosen as the best of the year by USA Today, Library Journal, and others.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Into the Light (The Light Series Book 1)

Aleatha Romig

Sara Adams awakes blind, unable to remember the most basic details of her life, but her darkness seems a blessing when she discovers the terrors of The Light.Stella Montgomery investigates the news from the mean streets of Detroit, where she’s noticed a disturbing trend: young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella digs for answers—despite warnings from her police detecti... read more

Sara Adams awakes blind, unable to remember the most basic details of her life, but her darkness seems a blessing when she discovers the terrors of The Light.Stella Montgomery investigates the news from the mean streets of Detroit, where she’s noticed a disturbing trend: young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella digs for answers—despite warnings from her police detecti... read more

Orchids and Stone

Lisa Preston

They’re trying to take me. Help! Help me, please.Daphne Mayfield sought a moment of quiet in a park—a break from city life, a tense relationship, and chronic overwork—but then an elderly woman makes a desperate plea. Daphne is reluctant to get involved when she’s not sure what’s happening, but she wants to help the stranger. Is the rambling old lady the victim of a crime or a victim of dementi... read more

They’re trying to take me. Help! Help me, please.Daphne Mayfield sought a moment of quiet in a park—a break from city life, a tense relationship, and chronic overwork—but then an elderly woman makes a desperate plea. Daphne is reluctant to get involved when she’s not sure what’s happening, but she wants to help the stranger. Is the rambling old lady the victim of a crime or a victim of dementi... read more

The Mercy of the Night

David Corbett

Phelan Tierney helps people who hope to start their lives over. When Jacquelina Garza, a young woman he’s taken under his wing, disappears, the former lawyer devotes himself to finding her—despite her secretive and puzzlingly unhelpful family.Jacqi has been to hell and back. Abducted by a child predator when she was eight years old, she still, years later, bears the scars of the incident and i... read more

Phelan Tierney helps people who hope to start their lives over. When Jacquelina Garza, a young woman he’s taken under his wing, disappears, the former lawyer devotes himself to finding her—despite her secretive and puzzlingly unhelpful family.Jacqi has been to hell and back. Abducted by a child predator when she was eight years old, she still, years later, bears the scars of the incident and i... read more

The Legacy Human (Singularity Series Book 1)

Susan Kaye Quinn

What would you give to live forever? Seventeen-year-old Elijah Brighton wants to become an ascender—a post-Singularity human/machine hybrid—after all, they’re smarter, more enlightened, more compassionate, and above all, achingly beautiful. But Eli is a legacy human, preserved and cherished for his unaltered genetic code, just like the rainforest he paints. When a fugue state possesses him and... read more

What would you give to live forever? Seventeen-year-old Elijah Brighton wants to become an ascender—a post-Singularity human/machine hybrid—after all, they’re smarter, more enlightened, more compassionate, and above all, achingly beautiful. But Eli is a legacy human, preserved and cherished for his unaltered genetic code, just like the rainforest he paints. When a fugue state possesses him and... read more

Attack on Phoenix (Forsaken Stars Saga Book 1)

Megg Jensen

From USA Today bestselling author Megg Jensen, combining the best elements of science fiction and fantasyTwo hundred years ago, an interplanetary expedition crashed on a deserted planet. Their ship was destroyed. Their technology lost.They built a new society while they waited for rescue. It never came.Instead they caught the attention of the dragzhi, an aggressive alien species, and found the... read more

From USA Today bestselling author Megg Jensen, combining the best elements of science fiction and fantasyTwo hundred years ago, an interplanetary expedition crashed on a deserted planet. Their ship was destroyed. Their technology lost.They built a new society while they waited for rescue. It never came.Instead they caught the attention of the dragzhi, an aggressive alien species, and found the... read more

Numbers Ignite (Numbers Game Saga Book 2)

Rebecca Rode

Treena and Vance think they’ve escaped the numbers game forever. They’re wrong.After Treena’s disastrous attempt to unite the nation, she has the deaths of hundreds haunting her dreams. Now, with hatred and accusations following her past the border, she’s determined to leave that horrible day behind and find a peaceful, uneventful life with Vance and the settlers. But when she starts seeing my... read more

Treena and Vance think they’ve escaped the numbers game forever. They’re wrong.After Treena’s disastrous attempt to unite the nation, she has the deaths of hundreds haunting her dreams. Now, with hatred and accusations following her past the border, she’s determined to leave that horrible day behind and find a peaceful, uneventful life with Vance and the settlers. But when she starts seeing my... read more

Whispers of the Skyborne (Devices of War Book 3)

S.M. Blooding

The world has changed. The Great Families are no longer in power. Queen Nix of the Hands of Tarot has been stripped of her title and incarcerated. The League of Cities has been formed to provide a new line of defense to the smaller tribal nations.Not without consequences, though. Another of the original Great Families has been destroyed. As the new leaders rise from the ashes, a new threat com... read more

The world has changed. The Great Families are no longer in power. Queen Nix of the Hands of Tarot has been stripped of her title and incarcerated. The League of Cities has been formed to provide a new line of defense to the smaller tribal nations.Not without consequences, though. Another of the original Great Families has been destroyed. As the new leaders rise from the ashes, a new threat com... read more

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