Leis Pederson

Leis Pederson - Editor Tick

Austin, TX, USA

Freelance editor with over 13 years of experience in publishing, primarily with Penguin Random House, specializing in all genres of fiction

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Overview

I am a freelance editor with over thirteen years of editorial experience in both commercial and trade book publishing. A majority of my career was spent with Penguin Random House where I edited over 40 original paperback and digital titles per year in all genres of commercial fiction. I do everything from proofreading to developmental editing, specializing in genre fiction including romance, women's fiction, mysteries, thrillers, science fiction and fantasy. Regardless of genre, the thing I value most is working closely with authors and helping to bring their creative vision to life.

During my time with Penguin Random House, I edited New York Times and USA Today bestseller Beth Kery, author of over 30 novels including the best-selling digital serial novel Because You Are Mine. I also edited New York Times bestselling authors Janet Chapman, Lauren Dane and B.B. Haywood, to name a few.

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Paranormal Romance
Romance
Science Fiction
Urban Fantasy
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Berkley Publishing Group - Penguin Random House
December, 2015 – Present (almost 3 years)

• Edits original print and digital titles for the Berkley Publishing Group.

Freelance Editor

Self
December, 2015 – Present (almost 3 years)

• Edits original novels and novellas.

Senior Editor

Penguin Random House
August, 2005 – December, 2015 (over 10 years)

• Edited over 40 original paperback and digital titles per year including New York Times bestselling authors.
• Evaluated and acquired original manuscripts and reprint books for both print and digital publication.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

Because You Are Mine: A Because You Are Mine Novel (Because You Are Mine Series Book 1)

Beth Kery

THE COMPLETE NOVEL New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery ignites a red-hot romance like no other--where the rules of desire are broken, night after intoxicating night... The moment Francesca and Ian met, the attraction was mutual, an exquisitely physical charge that ignited between them. To Ian, she was the kind of woman he couldn't resist. She was a true innocent. To Francesca, he was t... read more

THE COMPLETE NOVEL New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery ignites a red-hot romance like no other--where the rules of desire are broken, night after intoxicating night... The moment Francesca and Ian met, the attraction was mutual, an exquisitely physical charge that ignited between them. To Ian, she was the kind of woman he couldn't resist. She was a true innocent. To Francesca, he was t... read more

Maverick (A Taggart Brothers Novel)

Lisa Bingham

The Taggart brothers’ wild romance ride continues with the new novel from the bestselling author of Renegade.Rough riding Bodey Taggart may be rock hard and tough as nails, but even he has a soft side when the right woman comes along...Bodey has always followed his own rules: live hard, play hard, and win big. But when his wild ways give him two concussions within a month of each other, his br... read more

The Taggart brothers’ wild romance ride continues with the new novel from the bestselling author of Renegade.Rough riding Bodey Taggart may be rock hard and tough as nails, but even he has a soft side when the right woman comes along...Bodey has always followed his own rules: live hard, play hard, and win big. But when his wild ways give him two concussions within a month of each other, his br... read more

Loud is How I Love You (Hub City Romance, A)

Mercy Brown

One girl’s heart gets rocked to the core in the first novel in this sexy New Adult series. Twenty-one-year-old front girl Emmylou knows that getting her band noticed in the ‘90s indie rock scene will be no easy task. She definitely knows better than to break the number one rule of the band: Don't sleep with your bandmates! But after she ends up having the best sex of her life with her guitaris... read more

One girl’s heart gets rocked to the core in the first novel in this sexy New Adult series. Twenty-one-year-old front girl Emmylou knows that getting her band noticed in the ‘90s indie rock scene will be no easy task. She definitely knows better than to break the number one rule of the band: Don't sleep with your bandmates! But after she ends up having the best sex of her life with her guitaris... read more

From Kiss to Queen

Janet Chapman

A new romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the Spellbound Falls novels...Jane Abbott knows that she's nobody special, so instead of looking for romance she's hunting partridge in the Maine woods when a plane crashes into a nearby pond. Diving in to save the pilot, Jane instinctively gives him air by way of a lifesaving kiss, and leads him to safety through a barrage of gunfire... read more

A new romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the Spellbound Falls novels...Jane Abbott knows that she's nobody special, so instead of looking for romance she's hunting partridge in the Maine woods when a plane crashes into a nearby pond. Diving in to save the pilot, Jane instinctively gives him air by way of a lifesaving kiss, and leads him to safety through a barrage of gunfire... read more

When I'm With You: A Because You Are Mine Novel (Because You Are Mine Series Book 2)

Beth Kery

New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery’s blistering new novel of a man and a woman bound by the scandalous secrets of the past—and by the sexual hunger that still fuels their uncontrollable desires… Out-of-control party girl and wealthy socialite Elise Martin has come to Chicago to prove to herself and the rest of the world that her life is truly worthwhile. But she never dreamed she’d fi... read more

New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery’s blistering new novel of a man and a woman bound by the scandalous secrets of the past—and by the sexual hunger that still fuels their uncontrollable desires… Out-of-control party girl and wealthy socialite Elise Martin has come to Chicago to prove to herself and the rest of the world that her life is truly worthwhile. But she never dreamed she’d fi... read more

Because We Belong: A Because You Are Mine Novel (Because You Are Mine Series Book 3)

Beth Kery

The "wicked good storytelling" (Jaci Burton) of New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery continues in Becaue We Belong, the new Because You Are Mine novel IAN...“[the] hero...dark, mysterious, and very dominant” (Smexy Books), a sexual force to be reckoned with, a man accustomed to getting what he wants. FRANCESCA...“a fascinating heroine” (Heroes and Heartbreakers), a woman who had no idea... read more

The "wicked good storytelling" (Jaci Burton) of New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery continues in Becaue We Belong, the new Because You Are Mine novel IAN...“[the] hero...dark, mysterious, and very dominant” (Smexy Books), a sexual force to be reckoned with, a man accustomed to getting what he wants. FRANCESCA...“a fascinating heroine” (Heroes and Heartbreakers), a woman who had no idea... read more

Since I Saw You (Because You Are Mine Series Book 4)

Beth Kery

In the “exceptionally hot” (USA Today) Because You Are Mine, Beth Kery redefined what’s possible, what’s desirable, and what’s forbidden between a man and a woman. It’s time to go further... When enigmatic billionaire Ian Noble sets Lin the task of “taming” his brilliant yet half-savage brother Kam Reardon, she eagerly accepts. She’s more than curious about the solitary genius and everything s... read more

In the “exceptionally hot” (USA Today) Because You Are Mine, Beth Kery redefined what’s possible, what’s desirable, and what’s forbidden between a man and a woman. It’s time to go further... When enigmatic billionaire Ian Noble sets Lin the task of “taming” his brilliant yet half-savage brother Kam Reardon, she eagerly accepts. She’s more than curious about the solitary genius and everything s... read more

Wickedly Dangerous (Baba Yaga Book 1)

Deborah Blake

FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them…Older than she looks and powerful beyond measure, Barbara Yager no longer has much in common with the mortal life she left behind lon... read more

FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them…Older than she looks and powerful beyond measure, Barbara Yager no longer has much in common with the mortal life she left behind lon... read more

Drawn Together (A Brown Family Novel Book 6)

Lauren Dane

Beauty is more than skin-deep…Tattoo artist Raven Smith is blunt and hard, broken and jaded, dark and beautiful. While she doesn’t hide her painful past, she does keep a wall around her heart. She’s free sexually—but no one gets to the real Raven beneath the prickly exterior.With a voice like smoke, Jonah Warner is a smooth-talking, highly successful attorney, with a body that should never be ... read more

Beauty is more than skin-deep…Tattoo artist Raven Smith is blunt and hard, broken and jaded, dark and beautiful. While she doesn’t hide her painful past, she does keep a wall around her heart. She’s free sexually—but no one gets to the real Raven beneath the prickly exterior.With a voice like smoke, Jonah Warner is a smooth-talking, highly successful attorney, with a body that should never be ... read more

Laid Open (A Brown Family Novel Book 5)

Lauren Dane

Laid Open is a novella featuring Ben, Todd and Erin from Laid Bare. It is a continuation of their story and isn't meant to be standalone.

Laid Open is a novella featuring Ben, Todd and Erin from Laid Bare. It is a continuation of their story and isn't meant to be standalone.

Never Enough (A Brown Family Novel Book 4)

Lauren Dane

From the national bestselling author of Inside Out--a sizzling story of insatiable passion. Gillian Forrester spent her life running...until Miles came along. The moment she held her older sister's unwanted newborn, Gillian stopped running and began building a life for her adopted son. Now, thirteen years later, Gillian's sister reveals the father's identity on her deathbed-a revelation that s... read more

From the national bestselling author of Inside Out--a sizzling story of insatiable passion. Gillian Forrester spent her life running...until Miles came along. The moment she held her older sister's unwanted newborn, Gillian stopped running and began building a life for her adopted son. Now, thirteen years later, Gillian's sister reveals the father's identity on her deathbed-a revelation that s... read more

Coming Undone (A Brown Family Novel Book 2)

Lauren Dane

KEEPING IT TOGETHER Brody Brown has always been responsible for others. After his parents’ deaths, he gave up a promising artistic career to care for his younger brother and sister. Now, with his siblings grown, Brody owns his own business, has a nice house, makes a decent living, and he’s finally on his own. Elise Sorenson has come to Seattle with her young daughter to find peace. After years... read more

KEEPING IT TOGETHER Brody Brown has always been responsible for others. After his parents’ deaths, he gave up a promising artistic career to care for his younger brother and sister. Now, with his siblings grown, Brody owns his own business, has a nice house, makes a decent living, and he’s finally on his own. Elise Sorenson has come to Seattle with her young daughter to find peace. After years... read more

Laid Bare (A Brown Family Novel Book 1)

Lauren Dane

It’s been ten years since clean-cut, sexy-as-hell police officer Todd Keenan had a white-hot fling with wild, uninhibited rocker Erin Brown. What happened between them got under his skin—even if love wasn’t in the cards just yet…Now that they’re back together, picking up where they left off is tough in light of Erin’s troubled past. As Todd earns her trust, their relationship takes an unexpect... read more

It’s been ten years since clean-cut, sexy-as-hell police officer Todd Keenan had a white-hot fling with wild, uninhibited rocker Erin Brown. What happened between them got under his skin—even if love wasn’t in the cards just yet…Now that they’re back together, picking up where they left off is tough in light of Erin’s troubled past. As Todd earns her trust, their relationship takes an unexpect... read more

Inside Out (A Brown Family Novel Book 3)

Lauren Dane

WORTH THE WAIT Ella Tipton is a survivor. In the wake of an attack that left her nearly dead, she’s spent each day since reclaiming her life and holding on to her hard-won lessons. While that doesn’t include romance, it doesn’t mean she has to stop sneaking looks at Mister Tall, Dark, and Tattooed… Security professional Andrew Copeland is no stranger to women, but the nervous flush he gets eve... read more

WORTH THE WAIT Ella Tipton is a survivor. In the wake of an attack that left her nearly dead, she’s spent each day since reclaiming her life and holding on to her hard-won lessons. While that doesn’t include romance, it doesn’t mean she has to stop sneaking looks at Mister Tall, Dark, and Tattooed… Security professional Andrew Copeland is no stranger to women, but the nervous flush he gets eve... read more

Town in a Cinnamon Toast (Candy Holliday Murder Mystery)

B. B. Haywood

The author of Town in a Sweet Pickle brings back Candy Holliday, a blueberry farmer with a green thumb for sleuthing...The much-anticipated wedding of local resident Maggie Tremont and popular baker Herr Georg has stirred up the usually quiet coastal town of Cape Willington. To make sure the wedding of the year goes off without a hitch, the participants gather at a pre-wedding dinner—everyone,... read more

The author of Town in a Sweet Pickle brings back Candy Holliday, a blueberry farmer with a green thumb for sleuthing...The much-anticipated wedding of local resident Maggie Tremont and popular baker Herr Georg has stirred up the usually quiet coastal town of Cape Willington. To make sure the wedding of the year goes off without a hitch, the participants gather at a pre-wedding dinner—everyone,... read more

The Wisdom of Hair

Kim Boykin

"The problem with cutting your own hair is that once you start, you just keep cutting, trying to fix it, and the truth is, some things can never be fixed. The day of my daddy's funeral, I cut my bangs until they were the length of those little paintbrushes that come with dime-store watercolor sets. I was nine years old. People asked me why I did it, but I was too young then to know I was chang... read more

"The problem with cutting your own hair is that once you start, you just keep cutting, trying to fix it, and the truth is, some things can never be fixed. The day of my daddy's funeral, I cut my bangs until they were the length of those little paintbrushes that come with dime-store watercolor sets. I was nine years old. People asked me why I did it, but I was too young then to know I was chang... read more

The Reburialists

J. C. Nelson

The author of Wish Bound and the Grimm Agency novels returns with an all-new urban fantasy novel! Burying the dead is easy. Keeping them down is difficult. At the Bureau of Special Investigations, agents encounter all sorts of paranormal evils. So for Agent Brynner Carson, driving a stake through a rampaging three-week-old corpse is par for the course. Except this cadaver is different. It’s ta... read more

The author of Wish Bound and the Grimm Agency novels returns with an all-new urban fantasy novel! Burying the dead is easy. Keeping them down is difficult. At the Bureau of Special Investigations, agents encounter all sorts of paranormal evils. So for Agent Brynner Carson, driving a stake through a rampaging three-week-old corpse is par for the course. Except this cadaver is different. It’s ta... read more

Beauty, Beast, and Belladonna (A Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery Book 3)

Maia Chance

From the author of Cinderella Six Feet Under, a beauty must solve a beastly murder.Variety hall actress Ophelia Flax knows how to win over an audience. That’s why she’s accepted the marriage proposal of the brutish Comte de Griffe to nettle her occasional investigative partner—and romantic sparring partner—the pompous if dashing Professor Penrose. But with his boorish table manners, wild mane ... read more

From the author of Cinderella Six Feet Under, a beauty must solve a beastly murder.Variety hall actress Ophelia Flax knows how to win over an audience. That’s why she’s accepted the marriage proposal of the brutish Comte de Griffe to nettle her occasional investigative partner—and romantic sparring partner—the pompous if dashing Professor Penrose. But with his boorish table manners, wild mane ... read more

Paint the Town Dead (A Silver Six Mystery)

Nancy Haddock

From the national bestselling author of Basket Case comes the second mystery starring the crafty and cantankerous Silver Six. Leslee Stanton Nix—aka “Nixy”—thought moving to small-town Lilyvale, Arkansas, would be about as thrilling as watching paint dry. But keeping up with her retired Aunt Sherry and her troublemaking housemates—collectively known as the Silver Six—has proven to be as exciti... read more

From the national bestselling author of Basket Case comes the second mystery starring the crafty and cantankerous Silver Six. Leslee Stanton Nix—aka “Nixy”—thought moving to small-town Lilyvale, Arkansas, would be about as thrilling as watching paint dry. But keeping up with her retired Aunt Sherry and her troublemaking housemates—collectively known as the Silver Six—has proven to be as exciti... read more

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