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Leah Brown

Leah Brown - Editor

Vancouver, WA, United States

An experienced editor devoted to helping authors achieve their best. Specializing in genre fiction (YA, SciFi, etc.) and non-fiction.

Overview

Reviews (3)

I have nearly seven years of editorial experience working at small and mid-sized publishing houses, including Beyond Words/Atria Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.). I have worked with writers at the very beginning of the process; helping them craft their characters, plot, and general structure; as well as at the end of the process, hunting for the last typos before their book was shipped off to press. As a freelance editor I have worked with self-published authors as well as traditional publishers, including IT Revolution Press, Beyond Words Publishing, and Radiant Crown Publishing. I look forward to seeing how we can work together to polish your next manuscript.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Dystopian Fantasy Literature Science Fiction Urban Fantasy Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Health & wellbeing Nature

Certifications

  • Master's Degree in Book Publishing

Work experience

Production Editor

Beyond Words Publishing
January, 2015 – August, 2015 (7 months)

Duties including developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading adult and children's titles. Worked directly with authors, freelance editors, and designers to ensure quality in every finished product.

Freelance Editor

Self
October, 2011 – Present (over 5 years)

Work directly with authors and publishers on content development, copyediting, and proofreading. Topics have included everything from YA fiction to business to self-improvement.

Marketing Coordinator

Beyond Words
October, 2011 – December, 2014 (about 3 years)

Responsible for coordinating the implementation of marketing plans and managing the online promotions and marketing of the Beyond Words brand, its products, and its content providers. Duties included copywriting, copyediting, proofreading, social media management, etc.

Senior Editor

RainTown Press
October, 2010 – October, 2011 (about 1 year)

Curated new titles for acquisition. Worked directly with authors on content editing, copyediting, and proofreading.

Editor

Ooligan Press
September, 2009 – June, 2011 (over 1 year)

Duties included acquiring new titles, content editing, copyediting, contract negotiations, etc.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Artemis Dreamt

Crystal Beran

Artemis is a spunky and self-reliant 14-year-old who has never been one to let life get her down. But when her father bails, this time for good, the fragile façade of normalcy she created for herself and her younger brother crumbles away. With nowhere to go and no hope of making things right, Artemis grabs her fake ID, her best friend, Jason, and heads west in a last ditch attempt to find hers... read more

Artemis is a spunky and self-reliant 14-year-old who has never been one to let life get her down. But when her father bails, this time for good, the fragile façade of normalcy she created for herself and her younger brother crumbles away. With nowhere to go and no hope of making things right, Artemis grabs her fake ID, her best friend, Jason, and heads west in a last ditch attempt to find hers... read more

Blue Thread

Ruth Tenzer Feldman

The women’s suffrage movement is in full swing in 1912 Portland, Oregon—the last holdout state on the West Coast. Miriam desperately wants to work at her father’s printing shop, but when he refuses she decides to dedicate herself to the suffrage movement, demanding rights for women and a different life for herself. Amidst the uncertainty of her future, Miriam’s attention is diverted by the mys... read more

The women’s suffrage movement is in full swing in 1912 Portland, Oregon—the last holdout state on the West Coast. Miriam desperately wants to work at her father’s printing shop, but when he refuses she decides to dedicate herself to the suffrage movement, demanding rights for women and a different life for herself. Amidst the uncertainty of her future, Miriam’s attention is diverted by the mys... read more

The V-Word: True Stories about First-Time Sex

An honest and poignant collection of essays by women about losing their virginity in their teens. The V-Word captures the complexity of this important life-decision and reflects diverse real-world experiences. Includes helpful resources for parents and teens.Losing it. Popping your cherry. Handing in your V-card. First time sex is a big unknown. Will it be candlelight and rose petals or quick ... read more

An honest and poignant collection of essays by women about losing their virginity in their teens. The V-Word captures the complexity of this important life-decision and reflects diverse real-world experiences. Includes helpful resources for parents and teens.Losing it. Popping your cherry. Handing in your V-card. First time sex is a big unknown. Will it be candlelight and rose petals or quick ... read more

The Book of What If...?: Questions and Activities for Curious Minds

Matt Murrie, Andrew R McHugh

From the creators of the What If…? Conference comes a quirky book that encourages kids to explore and engage with the world around them by asking more than eighty wild, absurd, and thought provoking questions.What if a book didn’t just tell you how to think or what to know, but rather encouraged you to think for yourself? What if there was a book that focused on asking questions instead of jus... read more

From the creators of the What If…? Conference comes a quirky book that encourages kids to explore and engage with the world around them by asking more than eighty wild, absurd, and thought provoking questions.What if a book didn’t just tell you how to think or what to know, but rather encouraged you to think for yourself? What if there was a book that focused on asking questions instead of jus... read more

Fashion Rebels: Style Icons Who Changed the World through Fashion

Carlyn Cerniglia Beccia

Get to know the women who’ve wielded the power of fashion and brought about change with this illustrated biography that features twenty-five of history’s most influential fashion icons.Throughout time, daring women have made fashion choices that have altered the course of history. From Marie Antoinette, who wore a hairstyle as large as her presence, to Coco Chanel, who imagined a world without... read more

Get to know the women who’ve wielded the power of fashion and brought about change with this illustrated biography that features twenty-five of history’s most influential fashion icons.Throughout time, daring women have made fashion choices that have altered the course of history. From Marie Antoinette, who wore a hairstyle as large as her presence, to Coco Chanel, who imagined a world without... read more

The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford

Bill is an IT manager at Parts Unlimited. It's Tuesday morning and on his drive into the office, Bill gets a call from the CEO. The company's new IT initiative, code named Phoenix Project, is critical to the future of Parts Unlimited, but the project is massively over budget and very late. The CEO wants Bill to report directly to him and fix the mess in ninety days or else Bill's entire depart... read more

Bill is an IT manager at Parts Unlimited. It's Tuesday morning and on his drive into the office, Bill gets a call from the CEO. The company's new IT initiative, code named Phoenix Project, is critical to the future of Parts Unlimited, but the project is massively over budget and very late. The CEO wants Bill to report directly to him and fix the mess in ninety days or else Bill's entire depart... read more

The Edible Camino - A Field Guide of Wild Edibles Along the Camino de Santiago

Courtney Jean Perry, Tomer Kilchevsky

"The Edible Camino" guidebook features 77 wild edible plants and mushrooms found along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Written by pilgrims, for pilgrims, the pages are packed with detailed plant descriptions, vivid photographs, annotated sketches, nutritional/medicinal informationץ, and 50 wild vegan and vegetarian recipes. Compact, lightweight, and highly useful, "The Edible Camino" is perfe... read more

"The Edible Camino" guidebook features 77 wild edible plants and mushrooms found along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Written by pilgrims, for pilgrims, the pages are packed with detailed plant descriptions, vivid photographs, annotated sketches, nutritional/medicinal informationץ, and 50 wild vegan and vegetarian recipes. Compact, lightweight, and highly useful, "The Edible Camino" is perfe... read more

The Condo Book: How to Avoid Getting Burned When Buying and Living in a Home Within a Community Association

David Schwindt

At last a book that guides the reader through the perils and opportunities of buying a home within a community association. Condominiums, townhomes, cooperatives, and single-family homes within a community association share similar issues with respect to financial and governance surprises that may affect your pocketbook and quality of life. Learn how to ask for the right information, ask the r... read more

At last a book that guides the reader through the perils and opportunities of buying a home within a community association. Condominiums, townhomes, cooperatives, and single-family homes within a community association share similar issues with respect to financial and governance surprises that may affect your pocketbook and quality of life. Learn how to ask for the right information, ask the r... read more

The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations

Gene Kim, Patrick Debois, John Willis, Jez Humble

Increase profitability, elevate work culture, and exceed productivity goals through DevOps practices.More than ever, the effective management of technology is critical for business competitiveness. For decades, technology leaders have struggled to balance agility, reliability, and security. The consequences of failure have never been greater―whether it's the healthcare.gov debacle, cardholder ... read more

Increase profitability, elevate work culture, and exceed productivity goals through DevOps practices.More than ever, the effective management of technology is critical for business competitiveness. For decades, technology leaders have struggled to balance agility, reliability, and security. The consequences of failure have never been greater―whether it's the healthcare.gov debacle, cardholder ... read more

So, You Want to Work with Animals?: Discover Fantastic Ways to Work with Animals, from Veterinary Science to Aquatic Biology (Be What You Want)

J. M. Bedell

Love animals? Make your passion your profession with this comprehensive guide that reveals a whole host of careers that work hands-on with animals of all shapes, sizes, and species in the tenth book in the Be What You Want series.Do you remember what career you dreamed of having when you were a kid? Right up there along with firefighter, doctor, and astronaut, you’ll find veterinarian as one o... read more

Love animals? Make your passion your profession with this comprehensive guide that reveals a whole host of careers that work hands-on with animals of all shapes, sizes, and species in the tenth book in the Be What You Want series.Do you remember what career you dreamed of having when you were a kid? Right up there along with firefighter, doctor, and astronaut, you’ll find veterinarian as one o... read more

Fragile Chaos

Amber R. Duell

A GOD OF WAR SEEKING RESTORATION.AN UNWILLING SACRIFICIAL BRIDE.BETRAYAL THAT COULD DESTROY THEM BOTH.“[E]very fiber of my being is woven from the rage of mortals.”Theodoric, the young God of War, has a talent for inciting conflict and bloodshed. After being stripped of his powers by his older brother, King of Gods, he sets out to instigate a mortal war to prove himself worthy of being restore... read more

A GOD OF WAR SEEKING RESTORATION.AN UNWILLING SACRIFICIAL BRIDE.BETRAYAL THAT COULD DESTROY THEM BOTH.“[E]very fiber of my being is woven from the rage of mortals.”Theodoric, the young God of War, has a talent for inciting conflict and bloodshed. After being stripped of his powers by his older brother, King of Gods, he sets out to instigate a mortal war to prove himself worthy of being restore... read more

Ignite

Danielle Rogland

In the ruins of London, the Empire rules through fear and fire.“Everyone knew about ‘The Flames’ and how much trouble they had caused for the Empire. They were the only rebel group anyone knew about that had lasted longer than a few months without getting caught, leaving candles behind whenever they snatched somebody out of the Empire’s grasp. Getting involved with people like them is stupid. ... read more

In the ruins of London, the Empire rules through fear and fire.“Everyone knew about ‘The Flames’ and how much trouble they had caused for the Empire. They were the only rebel group anyone knew about that had lasted longer than a few months without getting caught, leaving candles behind whenever they snatched somebody out of the Empire’s grasp. Getting involved with people like them is stupid. ... read more

Leah has 3 reviews

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Michelle Winkler

Leah is a great editor! Since this was my first novel I really needed someone to guide me and understand both my insecurities and lack of knowledge. She did all that and more. She was very patient with my numerous questions and responded quickly. She was able to point out my mistakes without making me feel bad about them, and balanced that by telling me what I was doing right. She gave specific...

, March 2017


Katelyn Yanko

I've officially had two rounds of full developmental edits with Leah, and I can't say enough great things about her. She is a true professional, with a dedication and love for her craft that is inspiring and assuring. I rave about her to all my writer friends! Whether this is your first time working with an editor, or if you are a seasoned author, I highly recommend working with her on your nex...

, January 2017


Katelyn Yanko

Leah is fantastic to work with. It is always hard choosing an editor, because you are taking a bit of a leap of faith, and you have to trust that the person on the other side of the project will be everything you desire-- Leah is all that, and more! She is communicative, up-front, and honest in her edits. She's very knowledgable about the industry, and has taught me things that even my most exp...

, October 2016

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