Auriane Desombre

Auriane Desombre – Editor

Experienced editor specialized in YA and MG Fiction ▪ Published Author ▪ English Teacher ▪ MFA in Creative Writing ▪ MA in English Lit

Overview

"Auriane helped me take my writing to the next level. I've never had a more supportive reader of my work who can also pick out just the right ways to make it better. From high-level plot changes like heightening stakes and working through a character's motivations, down to clarifying wording in a query letter, Auriane can do it all and will be your biggest cheerleader while she's at it!" —Kaitlyn Hill, author of LOVE FROM SCRATCH and NOT HERE TO STAY FRIENDS.

I'd love to be your partner throughout the revision process!

Throughout my career as a fiction editor, I have loved working with young adult, middle grade, and picture book writers to help make their projects shine. As an English teacher and published author, I am well-practiced in offering expert feedback that feels actionable, encouraging, and tailored to meet each unique writer’s needs. Whether you're a writing pro looking for fresh feedback or you've just finished your very first draft and aren't sure what to do next, I would love to help you achieve your writing goals.

In my approach to edits, your purpose and vision for the story are key. I hone in on character development, plot structure, writing style, and voice to flesh out your manuscript's strengths. My aim is to not only improve your current draft, but also help you grow as a writer by providing tailored-to-you tips and resources on everything from a deep understanding of plot structure and compelling character arcs to the details of rich word choice and purposeful sentence structure.

I view our work together as a true collaboration that doesn’t have to end when I send you feedback. When it comes to my clients, I'm all in, and I'll answer questions, brainstorm solutions, and cheerlead your progress as you work through revisions. No matter their goals, my clients walk away feeling excited about the revisions ahead, with a clear vision for the next draft.


Finding the right editorial fit for you and your work is a big step! It's always an honor to be trusted with your words, and a responsibility that I take to heart. I can't wait to hear from you and chat about your current project!

Services
Fiction
Coming of Age LGBTQ Fiction Middle Grade Middle Grade Fantasy New Adult Social & Family Issues Young Adult Fantasy
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • MFA in Creative Writing for Children & Young Adults
  • MA in English Literature
  • Pitch Wars Mentor

Work experience

Self-employed

Dec, 2017 — Present

I provide thorough developmental edits and query preparation edits for authors of young adult, middle grade, and picture book fiction

Penguin Random House

Mar, 2021 — Present

I am an author of young adult and middle grade books, including I THINK I LOVE YOU (2021), THE SISTER SPLIT (2023), and I LOVE YOU S'MORE (2024).

Brawerman School (Previous: Explore Charter School, WriteOn Creative Writing)

Aug, 2020 — Present

I have extensive experience teaching writing, and provide my students and clients of all experience levels with expert feedback that feels encouraging and actionable. My goal is always to make sure clients and students feel inspired and excited about the revision process!

Auriane has 28 reviews

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Leanne O.

Leanne O.

May, 2023

Auriane is amazing! She gave me line by line tips about my query letter which was straight to the point and made a lot of sense. As soon as I queried my first agent after Auriane's edit, I was asked for 50 pages of my manuscript (within minutes of querying). I will definitely be back for future help! :)
Auriane D.
Yay!!! I'm so glad to hear it :) It was so fun working with you too!
Kimberly S.

Kimberly S.

May, 2023

Auriane has a talent for giving corrections and suggestions that are helpful and supportive and positive... not discouraging as can often happen with editors. Thank you Auriane. I will be contacting you again. Sincerely Kimberly Schmidt
Auriane D.
Thank you so much, Kimberly! I had such a wonderful time working with you and look forward to doing so again!
Rachael L.

Rachael L.

May, 2023

Auriane was extremely helpful in helping me find my voice for my story! She was very responsive and provided feedback that was direct and encouraging. I am really looking forward to working with her again as she has demonstrated professionalism and a deep knowledge of her craft!
Auriane D.
Thank you so much, Rachael! I had such a fun time working with you and your wonderful story!
Allyson F.

Allyson F.

Dec, 2022

Auriane has been an exceptional editor, her feedback is clear and concise. Communication has always been impeccable and she continues to answer any queries clearly and with creative motivation. I look forward to our continued professional relationship and recommend her without reservation.
Auriane D.
Thank you so much, Allyson! I had so much fun working with you :)
Jeffrey V.

Jeffrey V.

Nov, 2022

Working with Auriane was a complete pleasure. She was timely and provided a very professional result. I recommend her highly.
Auriane D.
Thank you so much, Jeffrey! It was such a joy to work with you again.

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