Karen Bourne

Karen Bourne - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Former agent/editor with extensive experience in the publishing industry. Reader of genre fiction. Dedicated to improving your manuscript.

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Overview

As the former Subsidiary Rights Associate at JABberwocky Literary Agency Inc., I represented authors in the English language and sold the agency's translation rights to publishers around the globe. Now I freelance professionally. I am 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 assessments. 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 around 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!

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.

"Karen was such a gift! Her thoughts and suggestions were beyond perfect. She knew exactly how to strengthen my plot for my genre and for the story overall. She was quick to respond, very professional, extremely nice, and I loved working with her. I value her feedback so much and I really feel like she helped me grow as a writer. I would love to work with her again in the future."
-Adora Michaels

"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

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Epic Fantasy
LGBTQ Fiction
Magical Realism
New Adult
Urban Fantasy
Young Adult Fantasy

Work experience

Agent/Editor

JABberwocky Literary Agency Inc.
November, 2018 – Present (almost 4 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

Delacorte/Macmillan/Picador/Workman
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 (8 selected works)

Sixteenth Watch

Cole, Myke

Winders

O'Nan, Ryan

Barren (Demon Cycle)

Brett, Peter V.

The Desert Prince

Brett, Peter V.

Nine Tenths

Macfee, Jeff

Karen has 6 reviews

Professionalism
Professionalism
Quality
Quality
Value
Value
Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Matthew Frey
Another great experience with immense value added

Matthew Frey, May 2022


Schaun Wheeler
Karen was excellent. I had quite a large manuscript, and she not only gave me invaluable feedback that made it a much stronger product, but her turnaround time was also quite fast. She gave me the high-level perspective I needed to tie the different parts of my story together, but also gave me detailed feedback on specific scenes, character development and motivations, and ways to explain aspec...
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Schaun Wheeler, May 2022


Adora Michaels
Karen was such a gift! Her thoughts and suggestions were beyond perfect. She knew exactly how to strengthen my plot for my genre and for the story overall. She was quick to respond, very professional, extremely nice, and I loved working with her. I value her feedback so much and I really feel like she helped me grow as a writer. I would love to work with her again in the future.

Adora Michaels, February 2022


Joseph Valoren
Karen was attentive, professional, fast to respond, and her consultation was a bargain for what I received. Highly recommend.

Joseph Valoren, November 2021


Matthew Frey
Working with Karen was a great experience, I think she completely understood what was needed and provided excellent feedback and suggestions for the improvement of the work at this stage. I will look forward to working with her in the future.

Matthew Frey, November 2021

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