Kate Brauning

Kate Brauning - Editor Tick

Sioux Falls, United S

Award-winning editor. YA author: Simon Pulse. Copyeditor: Lerner Publishing. Coach: Breakthrough Writers. Bring me YA, MG, and adult fiction

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As an author and an editor, I bring a unique perspective from both sides of the desk to my edits. I will challenge your story on every layer, helping not only to get what's in your head on to the page but also to push the story to a new level. I specialize in making manuscripts emotionally resonant and helping tie all the layers together so that each one amplifies the others, and the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts.

Books I have developmentally edited include Kirkus star recipient Island of Exiles by Erica Cameron, USA Today bestseller No Kissing Allowed by Melissa West, a Kirkus Indie Book of the Month, 2 Junior Library Guild selections, a Goodreads Best Book of the Month, a Locus Magazine Best Book of 2017, and an A-Grade recipient from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.

Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Dystopian
Fantasy
LGBTQ
Paranormal Romance
Romance
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Awards

  • Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Best YA Novel nominee
  • Writers's Digest Website of the Week Award

Work experience

Editor and Coach

Breakthrough Writers' Boot Camp
May, 2018 – Present (7 months)

• Writing coaching and mentoring for career authors through platform building, craft development, and career planning.
• Community building and moderating in a Slack team.
• Teaching through webinars, editing on live video, career consultations, prose analyses, and artistic vision development.
• Project development from the premise through final stages on WIPs.

Copyeditor and Proofreader

Lerner Publishing Group
May, 2018 – Present (7 months)

Copyediting and proofreading YA and MG manuscripts for Carolrhoda Lab, Carolrhoda Books, and other imprints using CMOS.

Author

Simon Pulse
November, 2014 – Present (about 4 years)

How We Fall, a young adult suspense novel released in hardcover. Positive reviews from Kirkus, SLJ, VOYA, Booklist, and The Horn Book Guide. Nominated for Killer Nashville’s Silver Falchion Best YA novel award.

Senior editor

Entangled Publishing
August, 2014 – August, 2018 (about 4 years)

• Acquiring and editing approximately 8-12 manuscripts per year in adult romance, women’s fiction, and all YA genres.
• Writing cover and catalog copy and marketing materials, providing concepts for cover art creation.
• Author support, project development with authors for work on proposal
• Development and talent sourcing for special projects pre-contract
• Bringing in new authors through pitch contests and conferences, developing relationships with agents, speaking on panels/presenting at RWA, Romantic Times Convention, Pikes Peak Writers, Midwest Writers, and more
• Management of a team of 6-10 interns and assistant editors.

Associate Editor

Month9Books
April, 2013 – August, 2014 (over 1 year)

• Developmental editing of adult romance, YA, and new adult manuscripts.
• Overseeing manuscripts through copy edits and proofreading, input on cover copy and cover design.

Freelance editor

Self-employed
January, 2013 – Present (almost 6 years)

• Editing 350+ manuscripts and submission packages for clients of Dystel, Goderich and Bourret, The Bent Agency, New Leaf Literary, and other established authors.
• Teaching summer writing workshops for teen and adult writers at Sioux Center Public Library and Northwestern College.
• Creating and executing the Fiction Writers’ Boot Camp, a weekend writing conference that drew 35 writers from a 4-state area, featuring 20 lectures, workshops, discussion panels, and networking sessions from New York Times bestselling authors Tosca Lee and Nicole Baart, myself, and library director Becky Bilby.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

Island of Exiles (The Ryogan Chronicles)

Erica Cameron

“A rare gem of a book....[and a] fresh, original series starter.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewIn Khya’s world, every breath is a battle.On the isolated desert island of Shiara, dying young is inevitable. The clan comes before self, and protecting her home means Khya is a warrior above all else.But when following the clan and obeying their leaders could cost her brother his life, Khya's home... read more

“A rare gem of a book....[and a] fresh, original series starter.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewIn Khya’s world, every breath is a battle.On the isolated desert island of Shiara, dying young is inevitable. The clan comes before self, and protecting her home means Khya is a warrior above all else.But when following the clan and obeying their leaders could cost her brother his life, Khya's home... read more

The November Girl

Lydia Kang

LOCUS Magazine: A Best Book of 2017! I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there's no one here but me. And now him.Hector is running from the violence in... read more

LOCUS Magazine: A Best Book of 2017! I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there's no one here but me. And now him.Hector is running from the violence in... read more

Secrets of Skin and Stone

Wendy Sparrow

Something is wrong in Hidden Creek. The sleepy Alabama town is more haunted than any place fiend hunter Grisham Caso has ever seen. Unearthed graves, curse bags, and spilled blood all point to an evil that could destroy his gargoyle birthright. The town isn’t safe for anyone, and everyone says fiery Piper Devon knows why.Piper wants to leave Hidden Creek behind. She’s had enough of secrets—the... read more

Something is wrong in Hidden Creek. The sleepy Alabama town is more haunted than any place fiend hunter Grisham Caso has ever seen. Unearthed graves, curse bags, and spilled blood all point to an evil that could destroy his gargoyle birthright. The town isn’t safe for anyone, and everyone says fiery Piper Devon knows why.Piper wants to leave Hidden Creek behind. She’s had enough of secrets—the... read more

The Importance of Being Scandalous (Tale of Two Sisters)

Kimberly Bell

A horse race in trousers on Rotten Row. Visiting a gaming hall in a dress that would make her mother faint. Sneaking an invitation to a masquerade ball attended by only the wickedest, most debauched members of society… None of these things are scaring off bookish but strong-willed Amelia Bishop’s stuffy, egotistical fiancé. The only thing left is to entice childhood friend Nicholas Wakefield i... read more

A horse race in trousers on Rotten Row. Visiting a gaming hall in a dress that would make her mother faint. Sneaking an invitation to a masquerade ball attended by only the wickedest, most debauched members of society… None of these things are scaring off bookish but strong-willed Amelia Bishop’s stuffy, egotistical fiancé. The only thing left is to entice childhood friend Nicholas Wakefield i... read more

The Devil’s Submission (Fallen Book 2)

Nicola Davidson

Disinherited by his parents and estranged from his wife, Fallen pleasure club co-owner Lord Grayson ‘Devil’ Deveraux long ago learned to place his trust in ledgers rather than people. But his ice-cold reserve hides the scandalous truth: he’s a man who craves pain with his pleasure, and a loving lady to instruct him.Banished to the country when her whirlwind marriage collapsed, Lady Eliza Dever... read more

Disinherited by his parents and estranged from his wife, Fallen pleasure club co-owner Lord Grayson ‘Devil’ Deveraux long ago learned to place his trust in ledgers rather than people. But his ice-cold reserve hides the scandalous truth: he’s a man who craves pain with his pleasure, and a loving lady to instruct him.Banished to the country when her whirlwind marriage collapsed, Lady Eliza Dever... read more

Toxic

Lydia Kang

Cyclo, the first and largest biological ship of its kind, is dying. A small crew of mercenaries have handed over the rights to their life to document the death of the ship, but the abandoned ship is anything but abandoned―one girl has been left behind.Hana has known nothing but the isolation of a single room and the secret that has kept her there for seventeen years. When she meets Fennec, the... read more

Cyclo, the first and largest biological ship of its kind, is dying. A small crew of mercenaries have handed over the rights to their life to document the death of the ship, but the abandoned ship is anything but abandoned―one girl has been left behind.Hana has known nothing but the isolation of a single room and the secret that has kept her there for seventeen years. When she meets Fennec, the... read more

The Bone Church: A Novel

Victoria Dougherty

In the surreal and paranoid underworld of wartime Prague, fugitive lovers Felix Andel and Magdalena Ruza make some dubious alliances – with a mysterious Roman Catholic cardinal, a reckless sculptor intent on making a big political statement, and a gypsy with a risky sex life. As one by one their chances for fleeing the country collapse, the two join a plot to assassinate Hitler’s nefarious Min... read more

In the surreal and paranoid underworld of wartime Prague, fugitive lovers Felix Andel and Magdalena Ruza make some dubious alliances – with a mysterious Roman Catholic cardinal, a reckless sculptor intent on making a big political statement, and a gypsy with a risky sex life. As one by one their chances for fleeing the country collapse, the two join a plot to assassinate Hitler’s nefarious Min... read more

The Hungarian

Victoria Dougherty

While vacationing in Greece in 1956, Lily Tassos, the hard-partying daughter of a powerful arms dealer, has a sudden change in plans. After her sometime boyfriend —a CIA agent— is murdered before her eyes, she finds herself holding a ticket to Moscow and a mysterious metal card. A far cry from her usual pairing of a Faulkner novel and bottle (or two) of white Bordeaux.Alone and haunted by her ... read more

While vacationing in Greece in 1956, Lily Tassos, the hard-partying daughter of a powerful arms dealer, has a sudden change in plans. After her sometime boyfriend —a CIA agent— is murdered before her eyes, she finds herself holding a ticket to Moscow and a mysterious metal card. A far cry from her usual pairing of a Faulkner novel and bottle (or two) of white Bordeaux.Alone and haunted by her ... read more

The Sound of Us

Julie Hammerle

Kiki Nichols might not survive music camp.She’s put her TV-loving, nerdy self aside for one summer to prove she’s got what it takes: she can be cool enough to make friends, she can earn that music scholarship, and she can get into Krause University’s music program.Except camp has rigid conduct rules—which means her thrilling late-night jam session with the hot, equally geeky drummer can’t happ... read more

Kiki Nichols might not survive music camp.She’s put her TV-loving, nerdy self aside for one summer to prove she’s got what it takes: she can be cool enough to make friends, she can earn that music scholarship, and she can get into Krause University’s music program.Except camp has rigid conduct rules—which means her thrilling late-night jam session with the hot, equally geeky drummer can’t happ... read more

A Scandal By Any Other Name (Tale of Two Sisters)

Kimberly Bell

Julia Bishop has led a very sheltered life. Protected by her family from those who might ridicule her for her secrets, she stays hidden away in the country. But she longs for more, if only for an evening. To kiss a rake in full view of the stable boy. Unchaperoned picnics. Romance. But she knows she’ll never experience any of those things.That is, until a handsome duke with a mysterious past o... read more

Julia Bishop has led a very sheltered life. Protected by her family from those who might ridicule her for her secrets, she stays hidden away in the country. But she longs for more, if only for an evening. To kiss a rake in full view of the stable boy. Unchaperoned picnics. Romance. But she knows she’ll never experience any of those things.That is, until a handsome duke with a mysterious past o... read more

The Uncrossing

Melissa Eastlake

Luke can uncross almost any curse—they unravel themselves for him like no one else. So working for the Kovrovs, one of the families controlling all the magic in New York, is exciting and dangerous, especially when he encounters the first curse he can't break. And it involves Jeremy, the beloved, sheltered prince of the Kovrov family—the one boy he absolutely shouldn't be falling for. Jeremy's ... read more

Luke can uncross almost any curse—they unravel themselves for him like no one else. So working for the Kovrovs, one of the families controlling all the magic in New York, is exciting and dangerous, especially when he encounters the first curse he can't break. And it involves Jeremy, the beloved, sheltered prince of the Kovrov family—the one boy he absolutely shouldn't be falling for. Jeremy's ... read more

Any Boy but You (North Pole, Minnesota)

Julie Hammerle

Elena Chestnut has been chatting with an anonymous boy late into the night. It’s a very You’ve Got Mail situation, and she has no idea who he is. He can’t be Oliver Prince, hot-and-bashful son of the family running the rival sporting goods store. Their fancy sales strategies are driving Elena’s family out of business. Elena’s mystery boy has teamed up with her in their latest sales strategy, a... read more

Elena Chestnut has been chatting with an anonymous boy late into the night. It’s a very You’ve Got Mail situation, and she has no idea who he is. He can’t be Oliver Prince, hot-and-bashful son of the family running the rival sporting goods store. Their fancy sales strategies are driving Elena’s family out of business. Elena’s mystery boy has teamed up with her in their latest sales strategy, a... read more

Approximately Yours (North Pole, Minnesota)

Julie Hammerle

Danny Garland is so out of Holly’s league. And her family is only back in North Pole, Minnesota, long enough to sell Grandma’s house and say “Merry Christmas.” So telling her basketball-star, too-hot-to-be-real long-time crush that she’d like to kiss him under the mistletoe just isn’t going to happen.And now he’s asked out her cousin, Elda. Elda is a mess at flirting, so when she begs Holly to... read more

Danny Garland is so out of Holly’s league. And her family is only back in North Pole, Minnesota, long enough to sell Grandma’s house and say “Merry Christmas.” So telling her basketball-star, too-hot-to-be-real long-time crush that she’d like to kiss him under the mistletoe just isn’t going to happen.And now he’s asked out her cousin, Elda. Elda is a mess at flirting, so when she begs Holly to... read more

Artificial Sweethearts (North Pole, Minnesota)

Julie Hammerle

It’s not chemistry between Tinka Foster and Sam Anderson that made them agree to fake date. With her parents trying to set her up with an annoying pro-track golf student, and intentionally single Sam’s family pressuring him to bring a date to his brother’s wedding, they could both use a drama-free summer. So it’s not his muscular arms and quick wit that makes Tinka suggest they tell everyone t... read more

It’s not chemistry between Tinka Foster and Sam Anderson that made them agree to fake date. With her parents trying to set her up with an annoying pro-track golf student, and intentionally single Sam’s family pressuring him to bring a date to his brother’s wedding, they could both use a drama-free summer. So it’s not his muscular arms and quick wit that makes Tinka suggest they tell everyone t... read more

Surrender to Sin (Fallen Book 1)

Nicola Davidson

To save her, he must ruin her.Lord Sebastian St. John, dedicated bachelor and a co-owner of Fallen, the most scandalous pleasure club in London, is known as Sin for good reason. Orphaned by a shocking accident, Sin long ago vowed a life of solitude and decadence. Yet when Lady Grace Carrington begs for his help destroying her reputation, Sin can't turn the ton's most proper lady away.Obedient ... read more

To save her, he must ruin her.Lord Sebastian St. John, dedicated bachelor and a co-owner of Fallen, the most scandalous pleasure club in London, is known as Sin for good reason. Orphaned by a shocking accident, Sin long ago vowed a life of solitude and decadence. Yet when Lady Grace Carrington begs for his help destroying her reputation, Sin can't turn the ton's most proper lady away.Obedient ... read more

Why I Loathe Sterling Lane

Ingrid Paulson

Per her 537 rules, Harper Campbell keeps her life tidy―academically and socially. But the moment Sterling Lane transfers into her tiny boarding school, her twin brother gets swept up in Sterling’s pranks and schemes and nearly gets expelled. Harper knows it’s Sterling’s fault, and to protect her brother, she vows to take him down. As she exposes his endless school violations, he keeps striking... read more

Per her 537 rules, Harper Campbell keeps her life tidy―academically and socially. But the moment Sterling Lane transfers into her tiny boarding school, her twin brother gets swept up in Sterling’s pranks and schemes and nearly gets expelled. Harper knows it’s Sterling’s fault, and to protect her brother, she vows to take him down. As she exposes his endless school violations, he keeps striking... read more

No Kissing Allowed

Melissa West

A new adult romance from Entangled's Embrace imprint...No kissing. No touching. And definitely no falling in love...Armed with her besties, an embarrassing number of shots, and her list of 10 Wild Things To Do Before Adulthood, recent grad Cameron Lawson is partying it up before she starts her dream job at New York's biggest ad agency. Her last task? Hook up with a random guy. And while it's s... read more

A new adult romance from Entangled's Embrace imprint...No kissing. No touching. And definitely no falling in love...Armed with her besties, an embarrassing number of shots, and her list of 10 Wild Things To Do Before Adulthood, recent grad Cameron Lawson is partying it up before she starts her dream job at New York's biggest ad agency. Her last task? Hook up with a random guy. And while it's s... read more

Dragons Are People, Too

Sarah Nicolas

Never judge a dragon by her human cover… Sixteen-year-old Kitty Lung has everyone convinced she’s a normal teen—not a secret government operative, not the one charged with protecting the president’s son, and certainly not a were-dragon. The only one she trusts with the truth is her best friend—and secret crush—the über-hot Bulisani Mathe. Then a junior operative breaks Rule Number One by chang... read more

Never judge a dragon by her human cover… Sixteen-year-old Kitty Lung has everyone convinced she’s a normal teen—not a secret government operative, not the one charged with protecting the president’s son, and certainly not a were-dragon. The only one she trusts with the truth is her best friend—and secret crush—the über-hot Bulisani Mathe. Then a junior operative breaks Rule Number One by chang... read more

Seventh Grade Vs. the Galaxy

Joshua S. Levy

In 2299, seventh-grader Jack and his classmates find themselves in hostile alien territory after Jack accidentally launches their rickety public schoolship light years away from home.

In 2299, seventh-grader Jack and his classmates find themselves in hostile alien territory after Jack accidentally launches their rickety public schoolship light years away from home.

Waiting for April

Jaime Loren

April Fletcher has died nineteen times... but she doesn't know it.As far as April is concerned, she's just a normal seventeen-year-old, looking forward to spending spring break with her friends and going to college in the fall. April doesn't know she has never lived past her eighteenth birthday, nor does she realize that Scott Parker, her best friend, is actually her childhood sweetheart and f... read more

April Fletcher has died nineteen times... but she doesn't know it.As far as April is concerned, she's just a normal seventeen-year-old, looking forward to spending spring break with her friends and going to college in the fall. April doesn't know she has never lived past her eighteenth birthday, nor does she realize that Scott Parker, her best friend, is actually her childhood sweetheart and f... read more

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Ryan J Martel

Kate's work transcends common professionalism. She was very communicative and answered all the questions I had regarding this project. Her notes were very insightful and helped me get a better understanding for what publishers and agents look for. I look forward to working with her again on future collaborations.

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Ryan J Martel, September 2018

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