Leah Brown

Leah Brown - Editor

Vancouver, WA, United States

Wordsmith with a decade of experience as an in-house and freelance editor specializing in genre fiction. I'm here to polish your diamond.

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I have worked as an editor since 2011, working at small and mid-sized publishing houses, including Beyond Words/Atria Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.). As a freelance editor I have worked with self-published authors and traditional publishers, including Taylor & Francis, Routledge, IT Revolution Press, Beyond Words Publishing, and Radiant Crown Publishing. 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. I look forward to seeing how we can work together to polish your next manuscript.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Education & Reference
Fiction
Dystopian
Fantasy
Literature
Science Fiction
Urban Fantasy
Young Adult & Teen

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 (almost 8 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 (18 selected works)

Classic Cyborg: Liquid Cool: The Cyberpunk Detective Series (From the Crazy Maniac Files Book 1)

Austin Dragon

CLASSIC CYBORGLIQUID COOL: THE CYBERPUNK DETECTIVE SERIESFrom the Crazy Maniac Files (Book One) It's Sci-Fi Meets the Crime Thriller! It's Blade Runner Meets The Maltese Falcon! It’s cyberpunk reimagined. LIQUID COOL is the action-packed (and funny) cyberpunk detective series. Tag along with Cruz, our private eye (and unlikely hero), in the fifty-million-plus, supercity of Metropolis— ever-rai... read more

CLASSIC CYBORGLIQUID COOL: THE CYBERPUNK DETECTIVE SERIESFrom the Crazy Maniac Files (Book One) It's Sci-Fi Meets the Crime Thriller! It's Blade Runner Meets The Maltese Falcon! It’s cyberpunk reimagined. LIQUID COOL is the action-packed (and funny) cyberpunk detective series. Tag along with Cruz, our private eye (and unlikely hero), in the fifty-million-plus, supercity of Metropolis— ever-rai... 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

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

Ignited (Dance of the Elements) (Volume 1)

A. M. Deese

A NOBLE DAUGHTER. A FORMER SLAVE. SCORCHED EARTH AND DANGEROUS GAMES. “Jura imagined it sounded like rain.” Juggling death is nothing new for seventeen-year-old Jura, daughter of the First of the Thirteen, successive rulers of the Republic of the Sand Sea. However, when a blood chain ensnares her father, she is thrust into the seat of power and forced to rule her elders. “To Tylak, water had n... read more

A NOBLE DAUGHTER. A FORMER SLAVE. SCORCHED EARTH AND DANGEROUS GAMES. “Jura imagined it sounded like rain.” Juggling death is nothing new for seventeen-year-old Jura, daughter of the First of the Thirteen, successive rulers of the Republic of the Sand Sea. However, when a blood chain ensnares her father, she is thrust into the seat of power and forced to rule her elders. “To Tylak, water had n... read more

The Unsound Theory (STAR Academy Book 1)

Emilia Zeeland

Yalena Russo, your STAR Academy invitation has arrived.Unlike other teenagers across the near worlds, Yalena isn't space-crazed. But a surprise invitation to join the exclusive STAR Academy opens a window to her unknown origins, making her ponder… What if space is where she belongs?Mystified by the leadership trio known as the O'Donnells, as well as the reason they brought her on board, Yalena... read more

Yalena Russo, your STAR Academy invitation has arrived.Unlike other teenagers across the near worlds, Yalena isn't space-crazed. But a surprise invitation to join the exclusive STAR Academy opens a window to her unknown origins, making her ponder… What if space is where she belongs?Mystified by the leadership trio known as the O'Donnells, as well as the reason they brought her on board, Yalena... read more

Sleepy Meadows

Jana Hunter

Necromancer Kylie McGovern is working in her late father’s funeral home, Sleepy Meadows. Her life is simple and quiet: just how she likes it, but all that changes when her boss, the seemingly respectable Uncle Bob, goes missing and a murder victim is found in the crematorium. Drawn into a web of inter-generational revenge and family secrets, Kylie’s own life begins to unravel as she works desp... read more

Necromancer Kylie McGovern is working in her late father’s funeral home, Sleepy Meadows. Her life is simple and quiet: just how she likes it, but all that changes when her boss, the seemingly respectable Uncle Bob, goes missing and a murder victim is found in the crematorium. Drawn into a web of inter-generational revenge and family secrets, Kylie’s own life begins to unravel as she works desp... read more

Beyond Normal

Alexandria Victor

Special Agent Lea McCormack thought she knew everything about her job. She had spent years studying people with unusual abilities and keeping their existence a secret. Her life is however shaken to the core when eighteen-year-old Calvin Apostle accidentally kills members of his own fraternity with the abilities he possesses; bringing the powerful world of supers that she tried so hard to hide ... read more

Special Agent Lea McCormack thought she knew everything about her job. She had spent years studying people with unusual abilities and keeping their existence a secret. Her life is however shaken to the core when eighteen-year-old Calvin Apostle accidentally kills members of his own fraternity with the abilities he possesses; bringing the powerful world of supers that she tried so hard to hide ... read more

Blue Thread (The Blue Thread Saga)

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

Surviving Middle School: Navigating the Halls, Riding the Social Roller Coaster, and Unmasking the Real You

Luke Reynolds

In this hilarious guide full of honest, real-life experiences, veteran teacher Luke Reynolds skillfully and humorously shows kids how to not only survive, but thrive and even enjoy the wild adventure that is middle school.Middle grade series like The Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries bring an authentic voice and vision to fiction about middle schoolers. Now, for the first time a nonfiction... read more

In this hilarious guide full of honest, real-life experiences, veteran teacher Luke Reynolds skillfully and humorously shows kids how to not only survive, but thrive and even enjoy the wild adventure that is middle school.Middle grade series like The Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries bring an authentic voice and vision to fiction about middle schoolers. Now, for the first time a nonfiction... 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

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 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

A Seat at the Table: IT Leadership in the Age of Agility

Mark Schwartz

Agile, Lean, and DevOps approaches are radical game changers, providing a fundamentally different way to think about how IT fits into the enterprise, how IT leaders lead, and how IT can harness technology to accomplish the objectives of the enterprise. But honest and open conversations are not taking place between management and Agile delivery teams.In A Seat at the Table, CIO Mark Schwartz ex... read more

Agile, Lean, and DevOps approaches are radical game changers, providing a fundamentally different way to think about how IT fits into the enterprise, how IT leaders lead, and how IT can harness technology to accomplish the objectives of the enterprise. But honest and open conversations are not taking place between management and Agile delivery teams.In A Seat at the Table, CIO Mark Schwartz ex... read more

Making Work Visible: Exposing Time Theft to Optimize Work & flow

Dominica Degrandis

If someone stole your wallet, you'd notice it. So why don't people notice when they are robbed of something much more valuable than their wallet―time?Today's workers are drowning: nonstop requests for time, days filled to the brim with meetings, and endless nights spent heroically fixing the latest problems. This churn and burn is creating a workforce constantly on the edge of burnout. In this... read more

If someone stole your wallet, you'd notice it. So why don't people notice when they are robbed of something much more valuable than their wallet―time?Today's workers are drowning: nonstop requests for time, days filled to the brim with meetings, and endless nights spent heroically fixing the latest problems. This churn and burn is creating a workforce constantly on the edge of burnout. In this... read more

The Imminent Threat (The School of Acncestral Guidance Book 3)

Thorn Osgood

Corilan is happier than she ever imagined. She’s bonded to Earthos and has been mothering her children for the past eighteen years. Fourth generation students are in school, including hers, but something is wrong. Allegiant descendants’ students are brimming with insolence, bullying and fighting the inborns—the original members’ children. Instead of a solution the board unknowingly increases t... read more

Corilan is happier than she ever imagined. She’s bonded to Earthos and has been mothering her children for the past eighteen years. Fourth generation students are in school, including hers, but something is wrong. Allegiant descendants’ students are brimming with insolence, bullying and fighting the inborns—the original members’ children. Instead of a solution the board unknowingly increases t... read more

Project to Product: How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Digital Disruption with the Flow Framework

Mik Kersten

As tech giants and startups disrupt every market, those who master large-scale software delivery will define the economic landscape of the 21st century, just as the masters of mass production defined the landscape in the 20th. Unfortunately, business and technology leaders are woefully ill-equipped to solve the problems posed by digital transformation. At the current rate of disruption, half o... read more

As tech giants and startups disrupt every market, those who master large-scale software delivery will define the economic landscape of the 21st century, just as the masters of mass production defined the landscape in the 20th. Unfortunately, business and technology leaders are woefully ill-equipped to solve the problems posed by digital transformation. At the current rate of disruption, half o... read more

Leah has 16 reviews

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Nancy O'Toole Meservier
Leah really went above and beyond with her proofreading. I feel as if my novel is in a much better place because of her work. On top of that, her edits were completed in a timely manner and her communication was always clear. I would certainly consider working with Leah again.

Nancy O'Toole Meservier, June 2019


William Topchief
Leah did copyediting for my dystopia. I am very pleased with the result and highly recommend Leah.

William Topchief, May 2019


Alan Steinberg
Leah Brown did an excellent job.

Alan Steinberg, March 2019


Jacob Kirk
I was highly impressed with the services that Leah provided to me while editing my story 'Intrepid Lost'. The turn around was fast and the story was back to me with the suggestions and corrections before the promised date which made me quite satisfied.

Jacob Kirk, December 2018


Austin Dragon
Great working with Leah. Found the perfect editor for my "crazy" sci-fi series!

Austin Dragon, October 2018

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