Auriane Desombre

Auriane Desombre - Editor

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Editor specialized in YA, MG, and PB Fiction ▪ Published Author ▪ English Teacher ▪ MFA in Creative Writing ▪ MA in English Lit

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Overview

Hello! I'm an experienced teacher, fiction editor, and YA and MG author published by Penguin Random House. I love working with young adult, middle grade, and picture book writers to help them make their projects shine. 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 can help you achieve your writing goals!

I have vast experience working with emerging and experienced authors to bring out the best in their writing and make progress toward their goals. As a teacher and editor, I am well-versed in giving encouraging and actionable feedback tailored to your unique strengths and goals, while staying true to the voice of your manuscript.

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 feedback will not only improve your current draft, but also help you grow as a writer in everything from a deep understanding of plot structure and compelling character arcs to the details of rich word choice and purposeful sentence structure.

Our collaboration doesn't end when I send your 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.

I'd love to work with you! Reach out with any and all questions. Let's chat about your current project!


Testimonials

“As my Pitch Wars mentor, 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 (Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House, 2022)

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Coming of Age
LGBTQ Fiction
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
New Adult
Picture Books
Social & Family Issues
Young Adult Fantasy

Certifications

  • MFA in Creative Writing for Children & Young Adults
  • MA in English Literature
  • Pitch Wars Mentor

Work experience

Freelance Fiction Editor

Self-employed
December, 2017 – Present (almost 4 years)

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

Teacher

Brawerman School (Previous: Explore Charter School, WriteOn Creative Writing)
August, 2020 – Present (over 1 year)

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!

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Love from Scratch

Hill, Kaitlyn

Today Tonight Tomorrow

Solomon, Rachel Lynn

Last Chance Books

Rodkey, Kelsey

Out of the Fire

Contos, Andrea

Not Your #Lovestory

Hartl, Sonia

We Can't Keep Meeting Like This

Solomon, Rachel Lynn

Hunt (North)

Warwick, Alexandria

Auriane has 10 reviews

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Nghi Dang
Auriane was awesome. She had great input and was very encouraging. Gave great feedback overall.

Nghi Dang, November 2021

Auriane Desombre
Thank you so much, Nghi! It was such a joy to work with you!

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Tina Haydamacha
Auriane lives up to her promise! She inspires me to revise areas of my story that need improvement to make it the best it can be when completed. Her guidance & support has been outstanding, and her insight about the action and storyline movement has made my story better and assisted me in moving my plot forward properly with regards to my readers. She has a unique and simple way to pull ideas o...
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Tina Haydamacha, November 2021

Auriane Desombre
Thank you so much, Tina! I had such a fabulous time working with you and getting to know the fun world of your story :)

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Jeffrey Veatch
Your notes are extremely thorough and helpful and will keep me busy for months while I re-work the draft. I would probably like to follow up with you at some point.

Jeffrey Veatch, October 2021

Auriane Desombre
Thank you so much, Jeffrey! I’m always here to answer questions and cheer you on throughout revisions, so feel free to follow up at any point!

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Neera Badhwar
Auriane's comments on my picture book are very helpful, and she is very encouraging and friendly in her criticisms.

Neera Badhwar, October 2021

Auriane Desombre
Thank you so much, Neera! It was such a pleasure to work with you!

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Virginia Nelson
Working with Auriane on my query letter was fabulous. The communication was great and the turnaround was fantastic. I felt my query letter was a bit cluttered and Auriane really helped me with ensuring it flowed smoothly and the words really shined. Your feedback was exactly what I needed. Thank you so much for collaborating with me on what I find to be a daunting task. Hope to work with her...
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Virginia Nelson, September 2021

Auriane Desombre
Thank you so much, Virginia! It was lovely to work with you, and best of luck on your querying journey!

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