Rebecca Brewer

Rebecca Brewer - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Former science fiction/fantasy editor at Ace (PRH) who worked with Guy Gavriel Kay, Christina Henry, and S.M. Stirling among others.

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I'm a former editor from Ace at Penguin Random House who has worked with many bestselling and award-winning authors. I specialize in speculative fiction, from the literary to commercial, and edit things as short as flash fiction to long epic novels. I love almost all fantasy subgenres, including historical fantasy, epic fantasy, dark fantasy/horror, fairy tale retellings, contemporary fantasy, and urban fantasy. In science fiction, I love great worlds and concepts, whether it is in space opera, post apocalyptic, military SF, time travel, and high concept science fiction.

I love books that have something I haven't seen before, amazing characters that I love to follow, and creates a strong emotion in the reader, whether that is joy, humor, sadness or rage. It's also hard for me to say no to books that mix genres!

I'm always on the lookout for projects that are quirky, unusual, dark, queer, or ones that I need to read fanfiction of immediately.

My editing philosophy is to help the author make their book the best it can be, while remaining true to their voice and vision. As an editor, I like to be the author’s “first” reader and fan, which can sometimes include writing comments such as “LOL”, “Oh no!” and “[Insert reader crying here]”, as well as making suggestions that could improve the novel. I hope to encourage the author to embrace their strengths, and help them learn to improve others. I want to use my sharp eye, and compassionate heart to help an author any way I can.


Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Cozy Mysteries
Fantasy
Horror
LGBTQ (Fiction)
Magical Realism
Science Fiction
Young Adult Fantasy

Work experience

Freelance Editor at Brewer Editorial Services

Self-employed
August, 2019 – Present (6 months)

As the metaphorical 'first reader' I provide compassionate and knowledgeable feedback to authors to help make their writing the best it can be, while remaining true to their voice and vision. I aim to give the author advice that they can use both in their current project, but future writing as well.

Editor

Ace/Roc/Berkley at Penguin Random House
October, 2012 – July, 2019 (over 6 years)

As an editor at Ace (under the Berkley umbrella at Penguin Random House), I edited dozens of books ranging from long running fantasy series, to new science fiction novels, to adorable cozy mysteries.

Editorial Assistant

Science Fiction Book Club
May, 2011 – October, 2012 (over 1 year)

While at the Science Fiction Book Club, I helped select which amazing SF/F books would be available to our members. I sharpened my knowledge on what appeals to readers, and learned what the speculative fiction market wants.

Authors assistant

Peter V. Brett
February, 2011 – August, 2011 (6 months)

As an assistant to author Peter V. Brett I came to understand the life of an author and the inner workings of being a creator.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

A Brightness Long Ago

Guy Gavriel Kay

International bestselling author Guy Gavriel Kay's latest work is set in a world evoking early Renaissance Italy and offers an extraordinary cast of characters whose lives come together through destiny, love, and ambition. In a chamber overlooking the nighttime waterways of a maritime city, a man looks back on his youth and the people who shaped his life. Danio Cerra's intelligence won him ent... read more

International bestselling author Guy Gavriel Kay's latest work is set in a world evoking early Renaissance Italy and offers an extraordinary cast of characters whose lives come together through destiny, love, and ambition. In a chamber overlooking the nighttime waterways of a maritime city, a man looks back on his youth and the people who shaped his life. Danio Cerra's intelligence won him ent... read more

Planetfall (A Planetfall Novel)

Emma Newman

From the Hugo Award-winning author of Between Two Thorns comes the first novel in a captivating science fiction series where a secret withheld to protect humanity’s future may lead to its undoing…“Cathartic and transcendent.”—The New York Times“An exceptionally engaging novel that explores the complex relationship between mythology and science.”—The Washington PostRenata Ghali believed in Lee ... read more

From the Hugo Award-winning author of Between Two Thorns comes the first novel in a captivating science fiction series where a secret withheld to protect humanity’s future may lead to its undoing…“Cathartic and transcendent.”—The New York Times“An exceptionally engaging novel that explores the complex relationship between mythology and science.”—The Washington PostRenata Ghali believed in Lee ... read more

The Library of the Unwritten (A Novel from Hell's Library)

A. J. Hackwith

In the first book in a brilliant new fantasy series, books that aren't finished by their authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, and it is up to the Librarian to track down any restless characters who emerge from those unfinished stories.Many years ago, Claire was named Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing-- a neutral space in Hell where all the stories unfinished by their auth... read more

In the first book in a brilliant new fantasy series, books that aren't finished by their authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, and it is up to the Librarian to track down any restless characters who emerge from those unfinished stories.Many years ago, Claire was named Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing-- a neutral space in Hell where all the stories unfinished by their auth... read more

Black Chamber (A Novel of an Alternate World War)

S. M. Stirling

The first novel in a brand-new alternate history series where Teddy Roosevelt is president for a second time right before WWI breaks out, and on his side is the Black Chamber, a secret spy network watching America's back.1916. The Great War rages overseas, and the whole of Europe, Africa, and western Asia is falling to the Central Powers. To win a war that must be won, Teddy Roosevelt, once ag... read more

The first novel in a brand-new alternate history series where Teddy Roosevelt is president for a second time right before WWI breaks out, and on his side is the Black Chamber, a secret spy network watching America's back.1916. The Great War rages overseas, and the whole of Europe, Africa, and western Asia is falling to the Central Powers. To win a war that must be won, Teddy Roosevelt, once ag... read more

Priest of Bones (War for the Rose Throne)

'Charismatic and very more-ish' - Mark Lawrence, bestselling author of Red Sister 'Sixty-five thousand battle-shocked, trained killers came home to no jobs, no food and the plague. What did Her Majesty think was going to happen?' Tomas Piety takes his duties seriously: as a soldier, as a priest of Our Lady of Eternal Sorrows and as a leader of men. He has come home from the war to reclaim his ... read more

'Charismatic and very more-ish' - Mark Lawrence, bestselling author of Red Sister 'Sixty-five thousand battle-shocked, trained killers came home to no jobs, no food and the plague. What did Her Majesty think was going to happen?' Tomas Piety takes his duties seriously: as a soldier, as a priest of Our Lady of Eternal Sorrows and as a leader of men. He has come home from the war to reclaim his ... read more

The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole (A Taste of Texas Mystery)

Rebecca Adler

Tex-Mex waitress and part-time reporter Josie Callahan is about to serve up some Lone Star justice in this spicy Taste of Texas Mystery from the author of Here Today, Gone Tamale.Tourists are pouring into the town of Broken Boot for the annual Homestead Days Music Festival. Opening the celebration at Two Boots dance hall is smooth-talking country singer Jeff Clark, the ex-boyfriend of Josie’s ... read more

Tex-Mex waitress and part-time reporter Josie Callahan is about to serve up some Lone Star justice in this spicy Taste of Texas Mystery from the author of Here Today, Gone Tamale.Tourists are pouring into the town of Broken Boot for the annual Homestead Days Music Festival. Opening the celebration at Two Boots dance hall is smooth-talking country singer Jeff Clark, the ex-boyfriend of Josie’s ... read more

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter

Alexis Hall

In this charming, witty, and weird fantasy novel, Alexis Hall pays homage to Sherlock Holmes with a new twist on those renowned characters. Upon returning to the city of Khelathra-Ven after five years fighting a war in another universe, Captain John Wyndham finds himself looking for somewhere to live, and expediency forces him to take lodgings at 221b Martyrs Walk. His new housemate is Ms. Sha... read more

In this charming, witty, and weird fantasy novel, Alexis Hall pays homage to Sherlock Holmes with a new twist on those renowned characters. Upon returning to the city of Khelathra-Ven after five years fighting a war in another universe, Captain John Wyndham finds himself looking for somewhere to live, and expediency forces him to take lodgings at 221b Martyrs Walk. His new housemate is Ms. Sha... read more

The Lost Plot (The Invisible Library Novel)

Genevieve Cogman

After being commissioned to find a rare book, Librarian Irene and her assistant, Kai, head to Prohibition-era New York and are thrust into the middle of a political fight with dragons, mobsters, and Fae in this novel in the Invisible Library series.In a 1920s-esque New York, Prohibition is in force; fedoras, flapper dresses, and tommy guns are in fashion: and intrigue is afoot. Intrepid Librar... read more

After being commissioned to find a rare book, Librarian Irene and her assistant, Kai, head to Prohibition-era New York and are thrust into the middle of a political fight with dragons, mobsters, and Fae in this novel in the Invisible Library series.In a 1920s-esque New York, Prohibition is in force; fedoras, flapper dresses, and tommy guns are in fashion: and intrigue is afoot. Intrepid Librar... read more

The True Queen (A Sorcerer to the Crown Novel)

Zen Cho

In the follow-up to the "delightful" Regency fantasy novel (NPR.org) Sorcerer to the Crown, a young woman with no memories of her past finds herself embroiled in dangerous politics in England and the land of the fae.When sisters Muna and Sakti wake up on the peaceful beach of the island of Janda Baik, they can’t remember anything, except that they are bound as only sisters can be. They have be... read more

In the follow-up to the "delightful" Regency fantasy novel (NPR.org) Sorcerer to the Crown, a young woman with no memories of her past finds herself embroiled in dangerous politics in England and the land of the fae.When sisters Muna and Sakti wake up on the peaceful beach of the island of Janda Baik, they can’t remember anything, except that they are bound as only sisters can be. They have be... read more

Half-Resurrection Blues (Bone Street Rumba)

Daniel José Older

First in the ghostly urban fantasy series by New York Times bestselling author Daniel José Older “Because I’m an inbetweener—and the only one anyone knows of at that—the dead turn to me when something is askew between them and the living. Usually, it’s something mundane like a suicide gone wrong or someone revived that shouldn’ta been.” Carlos Delacruz is one of the New York Council of the Dea... read more

First in the ghostly urban fantasy series by New York Times bestselling author Daniel José Older “Because I’m an inbetweener—and the only one anyone knows of at that—the dead turn to me when something is askew between them and the living. Usually, it’s something mundane like a suicide gone wrong or someone revived that shouldn’ta been.” Carlos Delacruz is one of the New York Council of the Dea... read more

A Song for a New Day

Sarah Pinsker

In this captivating science fiction novel from an award-winning author, public gatherings are illegal making concerts impossible, except for those willing to break the law for the love of music, and for one chance at human connection.In the Before, when the government didn't prohibit large public gatherings, Luce Cannon was on top of the world. One of her songs had just taken off and she was o... read more

In this captivating science fiction novel from an award-winning author, public gatherings are illegal making concerts impossible, except for those willing to break the law for the love of music, and for one chance at human connection.In the Before, when the government didn't prohibit large public gatherings, Luce Cannon was on top of the world. One of her songs had just taken off and she was o... read more

Novice Dragoneer (A Dragoneer Academy Novel)

E.E. Knight

In the first book in an exciting new coming-of-age fantasy series from the author of the Age of Fire series, an impoverished girl enters into a military order of dragonriders, but her path won't be as easy or as straightforward as she expected.Fourteen-year-old Ileth grew up in an orphanage, and thanks to her stutter was never thought to be destined for much beyond kitchen work and cleaning. B... read more

In the first book in an exciting new coming-of-age fantasy series from the author of the Age of Fire series, an impoverished girl enters into a military order of dragonriders, but her path won't be as easy or as straightforward as she expected.Fourteen-year-old Ileth grew up in an orphanage, and thanks to her stutter was never thought to be destined for much beyond kitchen work and cleaning. B... read more

Breach (Cold War Magic novel, A)

W.L. Goodwater

The first novel in a new Cold War fantasy series, where the Berlin Wall is made entirely of magic. When a breach unexpectedly appears in the wall, spies from both sides swarm to the city as World War III threatens to spark.AFTER THE WAR, THE WALL BROUGHT AN UNEASY PEACE.When Soviet magicians conjured an arcane wall to blockade occupied Berlin, the world was outraged but let it stand for the sa... read more

The first novel in a new Cold War fantasy series, where the Berlin Wall is made entirely of magic. When a breach unexpectedly appears in the wall, spies from both sides swarm to the city as World War III threatens to spark.AFTER THE WAR, THE WALL BROUGHT AN UNEASY PEACE.When Soviet magicians conjured an arcane wall to blockade occupied Berlin, the world was outraged but let it stand for the sa... read more

Irontown Blues (Eight Worlds)

John Varley

From a master of science fiction comes a brand-new noir novel set in the Eight Worlds universe, where a detective hunts for the biohackers who have created a dangerous new disease.Christopher Bach was a policeman in one of the largest Lunar cities when the A.I. Lunar Central Computer had a breakdown. Known as the Big Glitch, the problem turned out to be a larger war than anyone expected. When ... read more

From a master of science fiction comes a brand-new noir novel set in the Eight Worlds universe, where a detective hunts for the biohackers who have created a dangerous new disease.Christopher Bach was a policeman in one of the largest Lunar cities when the A.I. Lunar Central Computer had a breakdown. Known as the Big Glitch, the problem turned out to be a larger war than anyone expected. When ... read more

Battle Hymn (America Rising)

William C. Dietz

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Legion of the Damned® novels comes the final volume in the postapocalyptic military science fiction trilogy about America warring with itself and the people trying to keep it together...The Second Civil War continues to rage as Union president Samuel T. Sloan battles to keep America whole and, more than that, to restore the country to its forme... read more

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Legion of the Damned® novels comes the final volume in the postapocalyptic military science fiction trilogy about America warring with itself and the people trying to keep it together...The Second Civil War continues to rage as Union president Samuel T. Sloan battles to keep America whole and, more than that, to restore the country to its forme... read more

Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook

Christina Henry

From the national bestselling author of Alice comes a familiar story with a dark hook—a tale about Peter Pan and the friend who became his nemesis, a nemesis who may not be the blackhearted villain Peter says he is…There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his grea... read more

From the national bestselling author of Alice comes a familiar story with a dark hook—a tale about Peter Pan and the friend who became his nemesis, a nemesis who may not be the blackhearted villain Peter says he is…There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his grea... read more

Rebecca has 16 reviews

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Mel Austin
Provided a very clear and concise review with the proper context for honest critiques without coming off as curt or dismissive or being overly vague about potential problems. Would work with again :)

Mel Austin, January 2020


Mark Hennessy
Rebecca provided me with a ton a valuable to not only make my book better, but to make me a better author. I have learned a lot working with her.

Mark Hennessy, January 2020


Dorian Edgerly
Rebecca Brewer is one of the most responsive and communicative professionals I have encountered. She delivers exactly what she advertises and does so with remarkable punctuality. Rebecca is a reliable editor with the skills to make your work sing, and is a pleasure to work with!

Dorian Edgerly, January 2020


Larry Bastian
I've really enjoyed working with Rebecca. She's thoughtful, thorough, and very professional. While it was great to receive positive feedback on my manuscript's strengths, it was just as important to hear suggestions on how to improve weak areas. Rebecca provided both. She made me feel good about my writing, but also had me thinking of ways to make the story stronger. You can tell she enjoys wha...
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Larry Bastian, December 2019


Ryen Risk
Rebecca did a functional edit on my science fiction novel. She was thoughtful and thorough. I asked her to be frank about the manuscript's shortcomings as well as its strengths and she delivered. She pointed out a few things I would not have seen. If you need an experienced eye on your science fiction novel, I'd recommend Rebecca.

Ryen Risk, December 2019

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