Loan Le

Loan Le - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Associate editor at Atria (Simon and Schuster). Edits literary short stories and novels, women's fiction, psych thrillers. MFA in fiction.

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“Loan Le is an extraordinarily wise, perceptive, and kind editor, gently but firmly guiding a book to the next level. In her capable hands, my book became what I’d dreamed it could be. Any author would be fortunate to work with her.”

-Gwen Florio, author of Silent Hearts

“Loan is not only an exceptional editor that I highly recommend for any project, she is a team player that goes above and beyond her role. On Contagious Optimism she led teams beyond expectation, she made suggestions that improved our publication, and she edited our manuscripts to perfection. I cannot thank her enough and I am certain that much of our success was due to Loan and our terrific teams.”

-David Mezzapelle, author of the Contagious Optimism series

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Loan Le is a freelance editor specializing in fiction projects. For fiction projects, she enjoys reading accessible literary fiction, cozy romance with strong female protagonists, and spine-chilling psychological thrillers. She possesses an editorial eye for plot and structure, characterization, and dialogue; she aims to make the writer’s prose sing. Her editorial letters are thorough and honest, giving and demanding. She also accepts select nonfiction.

Loan currently works as an assistant editor at Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from Fairfield University, also her alma mater. She is the author of the forthcoming YA rom-com A PHO LOVE STORY (Simon Pulse, 2020). A Pushcart Prize-nominated short story writer, her work has appeared or will appear in Mud Season Review, Angel City Review, and Submittable. She coordinates Young to Publishing’s Writers group. Loan lives in New York City.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Historical Fiction
LGBTQ (Fiction)
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Romance
Short Story
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Certifications

  • MFA in fiction, Fairfield University 2017
  • BA in journalism, Fairfield University 2014

Awards

  • Arthur Riel Journalism Award (2012)
  • Annie Dillard Award in Creative Nonfiction (2013)
  • Nicholas J. Rinaldi Award in Fiction (2013)

Work experience

Associate Editor

Simon & Schuster
May, 2014 – Present (over 5 years)

AREAS OF INTEREST:

She is drawn to fiction with misfit characters; dark, psychological atmospheres; and anything that might blend reality and the supernatural. Others include: literary and historical fiction, psychological thrillers, and upmarket women's fiction. Nonfiction: anything that focuses on the human behavior in an entertaining way.

Editorial Intern

Folio Literary Management
January, 2014 – May, 2014 (4 months)

I was an intern for two agents. My responsibilities included evaluating fiction and nonfiction queries; providing reader's reports on partial and full manuscripts; drafting editorial letters for authors and inquiries for potential clients; updating contracts and foreign rights database; and analyzing New York Times bestsellers lists to create a database of book publishing trends.

Editor

Contagious Optimism
May, 2013 – January, 2016 (over 2 years)

Contagious Optimism is a book series focusing on personal development. As an editor, I posted daily updates to Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin pages and performed substantive edits to solicited personal essays.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Silent Hearts: A Novel

Gwen Florio

For fans of A Thousand Splendid Suns comes a stirring novel set in Afghanistan​ about two women—an American aid worker and her local interpreter—who form an unexpected friendship despite their utterly different life experiences and the ever-increasing violence that surrounds them in Kabul.In 2001, Kabul is suddenly a place of possibility as people fling off years of repressive Taliban rule. Th... read more

For fans of A Thousand Splendid Suns comes a stirring novel set in Afghanistan​ about two women—an American aid worker and her local interpreter—who form an unexpected friendship despite their utterly different life experiences and the ever-increasing violence that surrounds them in Kabul.In 2001, Kabul is suddenly a place of possibility as people fling off years of repressive Taliban rule. Th... read more

Say You Still Love Me: A Novel

K.A. Tucker

The bestselling author of The Simple Wild and Keep Her Safe and “master of steamy romance” (Kirkus Reviews) delivers a sizzling novel about an ambitious and high-powered executive who reconnects with her first love: the boy who broke her heart. Life is a mixed bag for Piper Calloway. On the one hand, she’s a twenty-nine-year-old VP at her dad’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm,... read more

The bestselling author of The Simple Wild and Keep Her Safe and “master of steamy romance” (Kirkus Reviews) delivers a sizzling novel about an ambitious and high-powered executive who reconnects with her first love: the boy who broke her heart. Life is a mixed bag for Piper Calloway. On the one hand, she’s a twenty-nine-year-old VP at her dad’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm,... read more

The Rebels of Gold (Loom Saga Book 3)

Elise Kova

A new rebellion rises from the still-smoldering remnants of the five guilds of Loom to stand against Dragon tyranny. Meanwhile, on Nova, those same Dragons fight amongst themselves, as age-old power struggles shift the political landscape in fateful and unexpected ways. Unlikely leaders vie for the opportunity to shape a new world order from the perfect clockwork designs of one temperamental e... read more

A new rebellion rises from the still-smoldering remnants of the five guilds of Loom to stand against Dragon tyranny. Meanwhile, on Nova, those same Dragons fight amongst themselves, as age-old power struggles shift the political landscape in fateful and unexpected ways. Unlikely leaders vie for the opportunity to shape a new world order from the perfect clockwork designs of one temperamental e... read more

The Last Post: A Novel

Renée Carlino

In this evocative and poignant novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of Blind Kiss and Wish You Were Here, a young widow in the midst of grieving her late husband through Facebook posts learns to heal and fall in love again. “See you on the other side.” Laya Marston’s husband, Cameron, a daredevil enthusiast, always said this before heading off on his next adventure. He was the complete ... read more

In this evocative and poignant novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of Blind Kiss and Wish You Were Here, a young widow in the midst of grieving her late husband through Facebook posts learns to heal and fall in love again. “See you on the other side.” Laya Marston’s husband, Cameron, a daredevil enthusiast, always said this before heading off on his next adventure. He was the complete ... read more

Contagious Optimism: Uplifting Stories and Motivational Advice for Positive Forward Thinking

David Mezzapelle

David Mezzapelle was inspired to write this uplifting book based on his life's experiences and his own contagious optimism. He has influenced many people with his outlook and this book offers optimism to others around the globe. Contagious Optimism includes stories and parables of amazing life turnarounds from real people world-wide. A compendium of encouragement, Contagious Optimism also incl... read more

David Mezzapelle was inspired to write this uplifting book based on his life's experiences and his own contagious optimism. He has influenced many people with his outlook and this book offers optimism to others around the globe. Contagious Optimism includes stories and parables of amazing life turnarounds from real people world-wide. A compendium of encouragement, Contagious Optimism also incl... read more

The Clarity: A Novel

Keith Thomas

For fans of Black Mirror and True Detective, a visceral high‑concept thriller about a psychologist who must protect the life of an eleven-year-old girl whose ability to remember past lives makes them both targets of a merciless killer.Are the Night Doctors coming for you? Dr. Matilda Deacon is a psychologist researching how memories are made and stored when she meets a strange eleven-year-old ... read more

For fans of Black Mirror and True Detective, a visceral high‑concept thriller about a psychologist who must protect the life of an eleven-year-old girl whose ability to remember past lives makes them both targets of a merciless killer.Are the Night Doctors coming for you? Dr. Matilda Deacon is a psychologist researching how memories are made and stored when she meets a strange eleven-year-old ... read more

Alice's Island: A Novel

Daniel Sánchez Arévalo

A happily married woman's perfect life shatters when her husband turns up dead hundreds of miles away from where he should have been, and she suddenly discovers that there was a part of him she knew nothing about. Alice Dupont’s perfect marriage was a perfect lie. When her husband, Chris, dies in a car accident, far from where he should have been, Alice’s life falls apart. After the police clo... read more

A happily married woman's perfect life shatters when her husband turns up dead hundreds of miles away from where he should have been, and she suddenly discovers that there was a part of him she knew nothing about. Alice Dupont’s perfect marriage was a perfect lie. When her husband, Chris, dies in a car accident, far from where he should have been, Alice’s life falls apart. After the police clo... read more

Prince of Gods: A Wish Quartet Novella (Age of Magic: Wish Quartet)

Elise Kova, Lynn Larsh

He will do everything to protect the woman he loves......Even if it costs his freedom.Even if it means the end of the world.The demigod Creation was made for one purpose: to prevent the end of the world as Destruction's partner. It's his singular drive, until he meets the woman who so deftly commands his affections.The demigoddess Destruction isn't ready to be pinned down by anyone. Until rece... read more

He will do everything to protect the woman he loves......Even if it costs his freedom.Even if it means the end of the world.The demigod Creation was made for one purpose: to prevent the end of the world as Destruction's partner. It's his singular drive, until he meets the woman who so deftly commands his affections.The demigoddess Destruction isn't ready to be pinned down by anyone. Until rece... read more

The Bridge Kingdom

Danielle L. Jensen

What if you fell in love with the one person you'd sworn to destroy? Lara has only one thought for her husband on their wedding day: I will bring your kingdom to its knees. A princess trained from childhood to be a lethal spy, Lara knows that the Bridge Kingdom represents both legendary evil - and legendary promise. The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom controls all ... read more

What if you fell in love with the one person you'd sworn to destroy? Lara has only one thought for her husband on their wedding day: I will bring your kingdom to its knees. A princess trained from childhood to be a lethal spy, Lara knows that the Bridge Kingdom represents both legendary evil - and legendary promise. The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom controls all ... read more

Find You in the Dark: A Novel

Nathan Ripley

In this “fast-paced, morbidly addictive novel of chilling infatuation” (Iain Reid, bestselling author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things)—perfect for fans of Caroline Kepnes’s Hidden Bodies and Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter series—a family man with a habit of digging up the past catches the attention of a serial killer who is determined to keep his secrets uncovered. For years, unbeknownst to his wife a... read more

In this “fast-paced, morbidly addictive novel of chilling infatuation” (Iain Reid, bestselling author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things)—perfect for fans of Caroline Kepnes’s Hidden Bodies and Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter series—a family man with a habit of digging up the past catches the attention of a serial killer who is determined to keep his secrets uncovered. For years, unbeknownst to his wife a... read more

The Woman of a Thousand Names

Alexandra Lapierre

From the international bestselling author of the “fascinating epic” (Associated Press) Between Love and Honor comes a rich, sweeping tale based on the captivating true story of the Mata Hari of Russia, featuring a beautiful aristocrat fighting for survival during the deadly upheaval of the Russian Revolution. Born into Russian aristocracy, wealth, and security, Moura never had any reason to wo... read more

From the international bestselling author of the “fascinating epic” (Associated Press) Between Love and Honor comes a rich, sweeping tale based on the captivating true story of the Mata Hari of Russia, featuring a beautiful aristocrat fighting for survival during the deadly upheaval of the Russian Revolution. Born into Russian aristocracy, wealth, and security, Moura never had any reason to wo... read more

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Communication & Punctuality

Pamela Raymond
I hired Loan to for developmental editing on a short story. I submitted the story and a little over a month later I got the feedback and edits. There was no communication during that time which was a little off putting. The feedback consisted of a detailed three and a half page look at the story broken down by sections like the opening, characters, structure, as well as edits within the short s...
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Pamela Raymond, October 2019


Evy Journey
Ms. Le suggested an edit I had thought I should have done in my initial editing of my short story (but didn't). Her suggestion assured me it was the right thing to do. That, to me, was valuable help.

Evy Journey, September 2019


David Bell
Very professional, intelligent reviewer. Great advice and well considered comments.

David Bell, August 2019

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