Ray Braun

Ray Braun - Editor

Michigan USA

Highly detail focused Proofreader who has helped Indie authors fine tune their fiction book projects for publication in eBook and print.

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Overview

Freelance Proofreader available for polishing your Thriller, Adventure, or Historic Fiction book for publication. I have worked with several of the most talented Indie authors in the market now. My authors appreciate the detailed and thorough review of their manuscripts that Il provide. All admit that they need those “extra eyes” to find those nasty misspellings, usage, and context issues, along with scene and plot development errors. I get down to the nitty-gritty for you, so your final work generates reader interest and great reviews.


Below are Author comments and recommendations for our work together.


……‘ Ray has been an indispensable resource for helping me to fine-tune and hone manuscripts, preparing them to be publication- and read-ready. His feedback is always on-point, and always appreciated. He catches things I should have caught, and that other editors have missed, and his feedback is always relevant, useful, and well-organized. He’s a valuable part of my team! ‘ - Kevin Tumlinson, Author | Public Speaker | Podcaster


…… ‘ Ray Braun has been a finishing editor for many of my books. He is always prompt and conscientious. His attention to detail is excellent. I am always confident that my books are error free after Ray has worked his magic. ‘ - Phil M. Williams, author


…… ‘ Blimey mate - you really have got eagle eyes, haven’t you? That book’s been through so many beta readers, as well as my pro editor, that I hoped every typo was dead. But no, you managed to find a couple! Thanks again for those corrections - all now fixed.

If you’re ever in Norwich, there’s a beer waiting for you! ‘ - Nathan Burrows, author of Man Down, in reaction via email to my notes shared on his book.


…… ‘As a proofreader I’ve found Ray to be responsive, thorough, and accurate. I appreciate his professionalism!’ - Steve Ruskin, author and historian


…… ‘ Ray has assisted me on two of my books, and I hope we can work together again. His attention to detail is amazing, combined with an excellent eye for typos and grammatical errors. I would definitely recommend his proofreading skills. ‘ - N.J. Croft, author, via Messenger


…… ‘ Ray Braun did a thorough job in beta reading my novel. He pointed out things that needed improvement that others had missed, and offered suggestions for better phrasing and improvements to the story line. Ray is enjoyable to work with and delivers professional, quality feedback. I was pleased with his input. ‘ - Lois Paige Simenson - LoLo Paige (pen name) – author and playwright - Alaska Writer's Guild


These are the authors and their books which I have proofread for corrections prior to publication.


Kevin Tumlinson, award winning Thriller, Science Fiction, and Fantasy author (as ARC Proofreader):

Chauna’s Forest

The Coelho Medallion

The Atlantis Riddle

Sawyer Jackson and the White Room

The Devil's Interval

The Girl in the Mayan Tomb

The Antarctic Forgery

The Stepping Maze

The Jani Sigil

The God Extinction

The Spanish Papers

The Hidden Persuaders

The Sleeper's War

The God Resurrection

Shaken

Triggered

The Man Below

Evergreen (2nd Edition)

The Demon Core

Compromised


Nick Thacker, award winning Thriller author (as ARC Proofreader):

Relics Three

Mark for Blood

The Jefferson Legacy

The Paradise Key

Chasing Red (with Kevin Ikenberry)

The Aryan Agenda

The Icarus Effect (with M.P.MacDougall)

The Severed Pines (with Jim Heskett)

Tomb of the Queen (with Kristi Belcamino)

The Book of Bones

The Cain Conspiracy

The Mendel Paradox

The Napoleon Job (Sword of Napoleon)

The Embers of Siwa

Jim Heskett and Nick Thacker authors:

Primary Target


Phil M. Williams, a voluntaryist social commentary author (as Beta Proofreader):

2050 Psycho Island

2050 Exodus

2050 Silver City

2050 Enemies of the State

2050 Collapse

Redemption

Nothing to Lose

The Interview


Ernest Dempsey, award winning Adventure author (ARC edits):

Out of the Fire: The Relic Runner 1

You Only Die Once: The Relic Runner 2

Tequila Sunset: The Relic Runner 3

Purgatory: The Relic Runner 4

Scorched Earth: The Relic Runner 5

Heart of Vengeance: The Relic Runner 6


Steve Ruskin, Historical Thriller and Science Fiction author (as Beta Proofreader):

The Newton Cipher

Asgard Reborn

Harvest Moon

Scepter of the Sun King


LoLo Paige, Romance Adventure author (as manuscript Beta Proofreader):

Alaska Inferno

Alaska Dawn (short story)


Steven Moore and Luke Richardson, Thriller authors:

Set Them Free

Set Me Free

Luke Richardson, Thriller author:

Riga

Istanbul


N J Croft, a mystery and social commentary author (as Beta Proofreader):

The Wall

The Fulcrum

Water

Deepfake


Richard C Hale, action Thriller author (as ARC Proofreader):

Blank: Home

Last Dawn: Apocalypse

Last Dawn: After Midnight


Nathan Burrows, Military Adventure author (as Beta Proofreader):

Man Overboard

Officer Down


R.L.Kennedy, Adventure author (as Beta Proofreader):

Shelter Below


David Wood and Alan Baxter, Horror / Thriller collaboration:

Crocalypse

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Historical Fiction
Historical Mysteries
Thriller & Suspense
Non-Fiction
Geography

Certifications

  • A+, Network+, MCP, MCDST

Work experience

Freelance Copy Editor, Proofreader

Self-employed
August, 2016 – Present (almost 6 years)

Provided proofreading for Books in Amazon Kindle and Apple iBook formats, and corresponding print versions, through the author’s Street Team.

See my Overview (above) for a detailed list of books by author, and the Portfolio for even detailed information by book.

Retired IT Infrastructure Technician L3

SourceHOV (now Exela Technologies)
September, 2012 – March, 2016 (over 3 years)

Retired from this last of career positions. Multiple Infrastructure Projects for the imaging and upgrades of large numbers of Dell Personal Computers and Servers, and the Asset Inventory system updating for the projects. Deployments were internal as well as to national and international company and client sites.

IT Certification and Contract Projects

Various
April, 2009 – August, 2012 (over 3 years)

IT certifications through Chrysler / Government subsidies, CompTIA A+ and Network+, Microsoft MCP and MCDST.

Several IT contract projects for updated hardware and Operating System migrations, to new data entry call centers and expansions.

Engineering Operations , Prototype Coordinator

Chrysler Technical Center
January, 1995 – December, 2008 (almost 14 years)

From vehicle Prototype development, through Body Engineering Operations and Department Information Administrator, supported the steps to the launch of Chrysler vehicle brands to the public through several disruptive ownership changes. Reported directly to the Body Engineering Director and Chief Engineers in various roles, often concurrently.

Portfolio (29 selected works)

The Coelho Medallion: A Dan Kotler Archaeological Thriller

Kevin Tumlinson

WINNER 2016 SHELF UNBOUND AWARDThe adventure begins in the first Dan Kotler archaeological thriller!NOTE: This edition has been revised to correct editing errors after an earlier draft was mistakenly uploaded.An ancient medallion is unearthed in Pueblo, Colorado, revealing a secret that will rewrite the history of North America—the Vikings somehow made it to the continent's interior, centuries... read more

WINNER 2016 SHELF UNBOUND AWARDThe adventure begins in the first Dan Kotler archaeological thriller!NOTE: This edition has been revised to correct editing errors after an earlier draft was mistakenly uploaded.An ancient medallion is unearthed in Pueblo, Colorado, revealing a secret that will rewrite the history of North America—the Vikings somehow made it to the continent's interior, centuries... read more

The Girl in the Mayan Tomb: A Dan Kotler Archaeological Thriller

Kevin Tumlinson

When Broadway star Maggie Hamilton disappeared five years ago, it was a mystery that captured the imaginations of everyone. When her body turns up in the tomb of a Mayan god, it opens the door for an evil that could consume the world.Dan Kolter and Agent Roland Denzel are back, and just in time, as a new threat emerges that could mean the end of all humanity. A mysterious figure has his sights... read more

When Broadway star Maggie Hamilton disappeared five years ago, it was a mystery that captured the imaginations of everyone. When her body turns up in the tomb of a Mayan god, it opens the door for an evil that could consume the world.Dan Kolter and Agent Roland Denzel are back, and just in time, as a new threat emerges that could mean the end of all humanity. A mysterious figure has his sights... read more

The Enigma Strain (Harvey Bennett Thrillers Book 1)

Nick Thacker

A virus that's been dormant for centuries......has been released.A reclusive Yellowstone park ranger is forced into action, teaming up with a beautiful woman from the CDC. Harvey Bennett isn't a fighter, but he'll fight for what's right. And he'll do anything to take down the terrorists behind the attack.From Yellowstone across the American landscape, Harvey and Juliette must do what it takes ... read more

A virus that's been dormant for centuries......has been released.A reclusive Yellowstone park ranger is forced into action, teaming up with a beautiful woman from the CDC. Harvey Bennett isn't a fighter, but he'll fight for what's right. And he'll do anything to take down the terrorists behind the attack.From Yellowstone across the American landscape, Harvey and Juliette must do what it takes ... read more

The Aryan Agenda (Harvey Bennett Thrillers Book 6)

Nick Thacker

Ancient conspiracy theories. Neo-Nazis. Nonstop action.Harvey Bennett and his CSO team receive a distress call from their friend, Sarah Lindgren:Her father has been kidnapped. Worse, she believes his kidnapping is only the tip of the iceberg. From Santorini to Egypt, Michigan to Athens, The Aryan Agenda is a nail-biting mystery/thriller of epic proportions!Harvey Bennett is back in his most in... read more

Ancient conspiracy theories. Neo-Nazis. Nonstop action.Harvey Bennett and his CSO team receive a distress call from their friend, Sarah Lindgren:Her father has been kidnapped. Worse, she believes his kidnapping is only the tip of the iceberg. From Santorini to Egypt, Michigan to Athens, The Aryan Agenda is a nail-biting mystery/thriller of epic proportions!Harvey Bennett is back in his most in... read more

The Enigma Series Omnibus Edition: All Five Volumes in One

Andrew C. Broderick

Over three hundred years ago, unbeknownst to the human race, a plan was set in motion for the arrival of visitors.That day has come.As a mysterious object silently hurtles into the Solar System, the discovery has two brothers battling to claim ownership, for very different reasons.Drew Kovacs, a NASA Senior scientist desperate to prove himself, mounts a manned mission to explore the Enigma. Hi... read more

Over three hundred years ago, unbeknownst to the human race, a plan was set in motion for the arrival of visitors.That day has come.As a mysterious object silently hurtles into the Solar System, the discovery has two brothers battling to claim ownership, for very different reasons.Drew Kovacs, a NASA Senior scientist desperate to prove himself, mounts a manned mission to explore the Enigma. Hi... read more

Out of the Fire (The Relic Runner Book 1)

Ernest Dempsey

When a Delta Force team takes out a terrorist cell in the northeastern mountains of Iraq, they stumble onto something that changes their lives forever.Betrayed, lost, and alone, Dak Harper must find a way to survive, and formulate a plan to set things right in this groundbreaking series from USA Today Bestseller Ernest Dempsey. Out of the Fire sets the tone for The Relic Runner series and is s... read more

When a Delta Force team takes out a terrorist cell in the northeastern mountains of Iraq, they stumble onto something that changes their lives forever.Betrayed, lost, and alone, Dak Harper must find a way to survive, and formulate a plan to set things right in this groundbreaking series from USA Today Bestseller Ernest Dempsey. Out of the Fire sets the tone for The Relic Runner series and is s... read more

The Brass Hall: A Dan Kotler Story

Kevin Tumlinson

What is a Celtic tomb doing in Egypt?Dan Kotler ('The Coelho Medallion') is back in this archaeological thriller prequel!Dan Kotler can't turn away from a good historic mystery. And finding a tomb for a Celtic god in a mountainous region of Egypt certainly qualifies. As Kotler investigates, he finds an amazing array of artifacts and evidence, and all of it points to something so remarkable it ... read more

What is a Celtic tomb doing in Egypt?Dan Kotler ('The Coelho Medallion') is back in this archaeological thriller prequel!Dan Kotler can't turn away from a good historic mystery. And finding a tomb for a Celtic god in a mountainous region of Egypt certainly qualifies. As Kotler investigates, he finds an amazing array of artifacts and evidence, and all of it points to something so remarkable it ... read more

The Sleeper's War: A Dan Kotler Archaeological Thriller

Kevin Tumlinson

An ancient drug will determine humanity's futureMakry ypno. Long Sleep. Lost in the darkness of history for millennia, referenced only in obscure Greek medical texts, this strange plant holds the key to allowing humanity to survive global threats by escaping to the stars. That is, if a team of mercenaries with a grudge doesn't get it first.Dr. Dan Kotler—polymathic anthropologist and FBI consu... read more

An ancient drug will determine humanity's futureMakry ypno. Long Sleep. Lost in the darkness of history for millennia, referenced only in obscure Greek medical texts, this strange plant holds the key to allowing humanity to survive global threats by escaping to the stars. That is, if a team of mercenaries with a grudge doesn't get it first.Dr. Dan Kotler—polymathic anthropologist and FBI consu... read more

The Book of Bones (Harvey Bennett Thrillers 7)

Nick Thacker

THE SONS OF GOD ONCE WALKED AMONG USA dark thread runs through the history of humanity, and it will change everything.“They were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown…”—Genesis 6:4When Harvey Bennett’s friend is taken hostage, Harvey’s mission appears to be simple:F... read more

THE SONS OF GOD ONCE WALKED AMONG USA dark thread runs through the history of humanity, and it will change everything.“They were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown…”—Genesis 6:4When Harvey Bennett’s friend is taken hostage, Harvey’s mission appears to be simple:F... read more

The Cain Conspiracy (Harvey Bennett Thrillers Book 8)

Nick Thacker

In Peru, an entire village population disappears overnight. Nearby, Vicente Garza has been working on something in a top-secret base. Harvey Bennett wants to find out what it is.For years Garza has been building his private security firm, Ravenshadow, and he has been working with scientists and investors to bring new defense technology into the world — and sell it to the highest bidder. He's o... read more

In Peru, an entire village population disappears overnight. Nearby, Vicente Garza has been working on something in a top-secret base. Harvey Bennett wants to find out what it is.For years Garza has been building his private security firm, Ravenshadow, and he has been working with scientists and investors to bring new defense technology into the world — and sell it to the highest bidder. He's o... read more

The Atlantis Riddle: A Dan Kotler Archaeological Thriller

Kevin Tumlinson

DAN KOTLER IS BACK, AND THIS TIME HE’S TACKLING ONE OF THE OLDEST MYSTERIES IN HISTORYThe second Dan Kotler archaeological thriller!1914—Thomas Edison stands and watches his West Orange laboratory burn to the ground, taking his life’s work with it. And he smiles. In his pocket is a stone that is the key to untold mysteries, and with it he will start fresh, and create wonders beyond any of his ... read more

DAN KOTLER IS BACK, AND THIS TIME HE’S TACKLING ONE OF THE OLDEST MYSTERIES IN HISTORYThe second Dan Kotler archaeological thriller!1914—Thomas Edison stands and watches his West Orange laboratory burn to the ground, taking his life’s work with it. And he smiles. In his pocket is a stone that is the key to untold mysteries, and with it he will start fresh, and create wonders beyond any of his ... read more

The Severed Pines: A Harvey Bennett Adventure (Harvey Bennett Prequels Book 2)

Jim Heskett, Nick Thacker

Harvey Bennett is back.A grisly murder.An unsuspecting witness.A conspiracy that's bigger than anyone thought. Harvey "Ben" Bennett is a park ranger volunteer who stumbles across a crime scene. He's immediately thrust into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, and he must figure out who's behind it all. ...Before he becomes the next victim. For fans of Vince Flynn, Dan Brown, and James Rollins, Jim ... read more

Harvey Bennett is back.A grisly murder.An unsuspecting witness.A conspiracy that's bigger than anyone thought. Harvey "Ben" Bennett is a park ranger volunteer who stumbles across a crime scene. He's immediately thrust into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, and he must figure out who's behind it all. ...Before he becomes the next victim. For fans of Vince Flynn, Dan Brown, and James Rollins, Jim ... read more

Sawyer Jackson and the White Room

Kevin Tumlinson

EVERY KNOT CAN BE UNTIEDBeyond the layers, beyond the Long Land, beyond the Omniverse itself, the White Room awaits.Some call it death. Some think of it as purgatory—a waiting room to the afterlife. For Sawyer and his family, it's just one more stop on the journey to battle Aeodymus, and prevent him from unravelling all of reality.As Sawyer and his companions fight their way through dark minio... read more

EVERY KNOT CAN BE UNTIEDBeyond the layers, beyond the Long Land, beyond the Omniverse itself, the White Room awaits.Some call it death. Some think of it as purgatory—a waiting room to the afterlife. For Sawyer and his family, it's just one more stop on the journey to battle Aeodymus, and prevent him from unravelling all of reality.As Sawyer and his companions fight their way through dark minio... read more

The Treasures of Death Valley: An Archaeological Thriller: The Secrets of Death Valley, Book 1

Tom Hunter

Beneath Death Valley is a city like no other…Thomas Knight and his team of archaeologists have found evidence of an ancient race of humans called the Woidnuk beneath the desert.Only thing is, they’re still alive…Villain and Thomas’ arch rival Noah Ashbridge thinks the caves and all inside them are his birthright. Slaughtering members of Thomas’ team is only the beginning of taking back what’s ... read more

Beneath Death Valley is a city like no other…Thomas Knight and his team of archaeologists have found evidence of an ancient race of humans called the Woidnuk beneath the desert.Only thing is, they’re still alive…Villain and Thomas’ arch rival Noah Ashbridge thinks the caves and all inside them are his birthright. Slaughtering members of Thomas’ team is only the beginning of taking back what’s ... read more

Mark for Blood: A Mason Dixon Tropical Adventure Thriller (Mason Dixon Thrillers Book 1)

Nick Thacker

"I knew I would kill him as soon as he walked in..."Mason Dixon just wants the quiet life. He's a bartender, and he wants to keep it that way. But his past as an assassin has caught up with him. Taking out the "marks" is something he doesn't necessarily enjoy, but he finds it necessary: they're 'schmucks,' guys who shouldn't be allowed to walk the streets free. Best of all, taking them out hel... read more

"I knew I would kill him as soon as he walked in..."Mason Dixon just wants the quiet life. He's a bartender, and he wants to keep it that way. But his past as an assassin has caught up with him. Taking out the "marks" is something he doesn't necessarily enjoy, but he finds it necessary: they're 'schmucks,' guys who shouldn't be allowed to walk the streets free. Best of all, taking them out hel... read more

Primary Target (Six Assassins Book 1)

Jim Heskett, Nick Thacker

The Denver Assassins Club has one rule for its members: Step out of line and you become the next target.Ember Clarke is a nimble killer-for-hire. She only accepts jobs to snuff out dirtbags who deserve it, like the serial rapist currently in her crosshairs; the latest of her contracts. But when a rival Club hitman shows up to steal the contract — and put a knife in her back — she has no choice... read more

The Denver Assassins Club has one rule for its members: Step out of line and you become the next target.Ember Clarke is a nimble killer-for-hire. She only accepts jobs to snuff out dirtbags who deserve it, like the serial rapist currently in her crosshairs; the latest of her contracts. But when a rival Club hitman shows up to steal the contract — and put a knife in her back — she has no choice... read more

2050: Exodus (Book 2)

Williams, Phil M.

The Wall

Croft, N.J.

The Newton Cipher

Ruskin, Steve

Evergreen

Tumlinson, Kevin

Ray has 7 reviews

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Joseph Heller
Ray does a great job with anything you ask of him. I've worked with him twice, and both times he exceeded my expectations.

Joseph Heller, May 2022

Ray Braun
Thank you, Joseph.

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Yelena Eckemoff
It was a [pleasure to work with Ray Braun and I will definitely ask for his help again in the future. He was the best and the most efficient editor I ever had!

Yelena Eckemoff, April 2022

Ray Braun
Yelena, Thank you. I too look forward to future projects with you. Ray

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John Barr
Ray proofread my novel and was very thorough and a joy to work with. Quickly responded to questions and completed project ahead of schedule. I highly recommend Ray.

John Barr, March 2022

Ray Braun
Thank you, John. It was a pleasure to work with you on you interesting novel. Please let me know when it is published. Ray Braun

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Sarah Moslehi
Ray was very professional, helpful and did an excellent job proofreading my work. It was a pleasure working with him. He completed the work many days before the deadline I highly recommend him and will hopefully work with him again in the future!

Sarah Moslehi, February 2022

Ray Braun
Starting with a manuscript that was fairly well written, Sarah communicated promptly when needed to complete the collaboration. It’s enjoyable to work with young talent like her to move her novel t...
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Kasey Thomas
Ray was very structured and forward. He communicated very well, and has a very keen eye for detail. I would work with Ray again.

Kasey Thomas, January 2022

Ray Braun
Thank you, Kasey.

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