Karen Bourne

Karen Bourne - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Agent/editor with extensive experience in the publishing industry. Avid reader of genre fiction. Dedicated to improving your manuscript.

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As the Subsidiary Rights Associate at JABberwocky Literary Agency Inc., I represent authors in the English language and sell the agency's translation rights to publishers around the globe. I'm delighted to have worked with acclaimed authors on the editorial side such as up-and-comer Ryan O'Nan, internationally bestselling author Peter V. Brett, and more.

My specialty is editorial asessments. For these, I provide an overview letter that gives a full rundown of the narrative's strengths and weaknesses as well as suggestions on how to improve the manuscript overall. On a case-by-case basis, I may also provide a document with tracked changes. My aim in author feedback is to polish rough manuscripts into high-quality gems, with a realistic eye for both writing as a craft as well as marketability. I'm committed to giving every project its due diligence, so I usually schedule projects up to a month out.

I'm a huge fan of fantasy, magical realism, and/or supernatural stories, however I'm open to working with most genres. If you've got a great story to tell, I'd love to read it!

For legal & fairness purposes, please note that I have a policy to not offer agent representation to authors I freelance for.

Quotes From Writers

"Thanks, Karen! I’m incredibly grateful for your input and the quick turnaround."
-Myke Cole, author of the Shadow Ops series, Reawakened trilogy, Sacred Throne series, etc.
English (US)
Epic Fantasy
LGBTQ Fiction
Magical Realism
New Adult
Urban Fantasy
Young Adult Fantasy

Work experience


JABberwocky Literary Agency Inc.
November, 2018 – Present (almost 3 years)

• Evaluates author-submitted manuscripts for potential representation.
• Manages first reads & developmental edits for multiple agents & their respective client lists.
• Ensures quality of manuscripts with an eye for success in the current marketplace.
• Creates and edits back cover copy, tip sheets, etc.

Editorial & Publicity Assistant/Intern

August, 2014 – November, 2018 (over 4 years)

• Read agented submissions & composed reader reports
• Composed developmental editorial letters for frontlist titles
• Created and edited back cover copy, tip sheets, etc.
• Wrote press & campaign materials to be used in frontlist marketing campaigns

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Sixteenth Watch

Cole, Myke


O'Nan, Ryan

Barren (Demon Cycle)

Brett, Peter V.

The Desert Prince

Brett, Peter V.

Karen has 1 review

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Debra Elliott
Karen's analysis and review was insightful, perceptive, and spot-on. Her feedback was quite helpful and her suggestions were inspiring. I look forward to working with her again!

Debra Elliott, September 2021

Karen Bourne
Thank you kindly, Debra—It was a pleasure working with you!

Reply from Karen Bourne

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