Loan Le

Loan Le - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Enthusiastic editor seeking literary short stories and novels, women's fiction, dystopian YA fiction, and narrative nonfiction

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Overview

“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 Book Series

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Loan Le is a freelance editor specializing in nonfiction and fiction projects. For nonfiction projects, her specialties include personal development essays and narrative memoirs. 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, and can suggest ways to make the writer’s prose sing. Her editorial letters are thorough and honest, giving and demanding.

Loan currently works as an editorial assistant at Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books and Keywords Press. Before that, she was with Gallery Books for two years and worked with the publisher on several bestselling books. She edits fiction for The Rag and Causeway Lit. She is the coordinator for Young to Publishing’s Writers group. She is also an MFA candidate in fiction writing at Fairfield University where she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English and with awards in journalism, creative nonfiction, and fiction. She has interned at Folio Literary Management, Contagious Optimism, The Record-Journal, and Simon & Schuster's Touchstone imprint.

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
LGBTQ
Literature
Romance
Short Story
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • BA in English (Journalism and Creative Writing), Fairfield University, May 2014
  • MFA in Fiction, Fairfield University, July 2017

Awards

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

Work experience

Assistant Editor

Simon & Schuster
May, 2014 – Present (about 4 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 (7 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

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

10 Habits of Truly Optimistic People: Power Your Life with the Positive (Contagious Optimism Book)

David Mezzapelle

Author and business leader David Mezzapelle, author of 2013's best-selling Contagious Optimism, is on a mission to get people to "power their lives with the positive." He has worked with top influencers, business people, and others and observed that each one of these folks had a few things in common — they overcame obstacles, looked forward instead of backwards, made mistakes and learned from ... read more

Author and business leader David Mezzapelle, author of 2013's best-selling Contagious Optimism, is on a mission to get people to "power their lives with the positive." He has worked with top influencers, business people, and others and observed that each one of these folks had a few things in common — they overcame obstacles, looked forward instead of backwards, made mistakes and learned from ... 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 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

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