Valerie Gray

Valerie Gray - Editor

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Contemporary Romance and Women's Fiction are my specialities. Worked at Harlequin for many years taking writers to the bestseller lists.

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Overview

My working career has led me from the classroom, to radio and television studios, to film sets and, finally, to the publishing industry where I worked for Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. as the Executive Editor for MIRA Books for several years. Story telling in all its forms has been the cornerstone of my professional work. I've helped little kids write their first story, and I've helped authors make it onto the bestseller lists, and every single time I feel a flush of excitement. Telling stories is what makes us human.

Books and reading and telling stories are my passions. With over twenty years of experience editing adult fiction, I have worked on novels across all genres--thrillers, historical fiction, romance, erotica, and literary fiction. I've helped writers develop stand-alone novels, and multi-book series. I've worked with writers working on their first book, and writers headed for the bestsellers lists for the fifth time. I love them all.

As an editor, my job is to make you sound like you, only better. I'll suggest ways for you to enhance your characters, embellish your plots, tighten your structure, fine tune your language, and I'll do it all with sensitivity and humour and speed. I'll care about your book as much as you do.

Here is what people are saying:

“I’ve been working with Valerie at as my editor for years now, and I simply cannot exaggerate how indebted I am to Valerie for her amazing skill and talent. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to every project, and her insights and suggestions always improve my manuscripts immensely. She is an invaluable and integral part of my writing process, and I cannot recommend her services highly enough.”
--Jasinda Wilder—NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, WALL STREET JOURNAL, Amazon.com, and international bestselling author of more than 90 books.

“Valerie Gray has a keen editorial eye and has worked on my books with dedication, enthusiasm and good humor. On top of that, she is a dream to work with.”
—Bella Andre,New York Times Bestselling author

“Valerie Gray is a jewel of an editor whose efficient, expert and professional editorial advice is one to be treasured. I love working with her.”
New York TimesandUSA Today Bestselling author Brenda Jackson

“I am so grateful to have benefited from Valerie Gray’s exceptional editing expertise. Her attention to detail and spot-on suggestions helped me to hone and polish my writing projects while respecting my creative vision as an author. Valerie’s collaborative, supportive nature make her a joy to work with.”
—Heather Gudenkauf,New York Times Bestselling author





Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Romance
Thriller & Suspense

Certifications

  • BEd, University of Leeds
  • Television Production Course, Ryerson University

Work experience

Freelance Book Editor

Self-employed
January, 2013 – Present (over 7 years)

*As an editor, I work on a variety of freelance projects--everything from editing memoirs, to novels, to Annual General Reports.
*I offer all types of editing services including substantive editing, line editing, manuscript review, book proposal preparation

Executive Editor, MIRA Books, SPICE Books, RED DRESS INK

Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.
May, 2008 – March, 2013 (almost 5 years)

*Manage and develop publishing programs to increase profitability and attract and retain top authors
*Manage and mentor of a group of editors in two different countries
*Provide strategic editorial guidance for authors including New York Times bestselling authors
*Acquire and negotiate contracts for new authors
*Maintain significant working relationships with literary agent communities in Toronto and New York

Senior Editor, MIRA Books

Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.
October, 2005 – May, 2008 (over 2 years)

* Acquire and develop authors to ensure the growth of the MIRA Books program
* Negotiate author contracts with agents
* Assist in the day to day running of MIRA Books
* Provide editorial support for ten MIRA authors, including New York Times bestselling authors
* Attend and participate in annual editorial conferences including the RWA

Editor, MIRA Books

Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.
July, 2000 – October, 2005 (over 5 years)

* Provide editorial guidance and support for a dozen MIRA authors

Portfolio (18 selected works)

Virgin River (A Virgin River Novel Book 1)

Robyn Carr

Welcome back to Virgin River with the book that started it all…Wanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against a backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal-clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included.When the recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees this ad, she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the per... read more

Welcome back to Virgin River with the book that started it all…Wanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against a backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal-clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included.When the recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees this ad, she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the per... read more

A Brother's Honor (The Grangers Book 1)

Brenda Jackson

The Granger brothers left behind their family's Virginia estate—and the bad memories it holds—years ago. But their dying grandfather's request brings them home: to a failing business, a legacy of secrets and a deathbed promise to make things right.As the eldest brother, attorney Jace Granger is determined to take responsibility for Granger Aeronautics, his family's failing business. But the ye... read more

The Granger brothers left behind their family's Virginia estate—and the bad memories it holds—years ago. But their dying grandfather's request brings them home: to a failing business, a legacy of secrets and a deathbed promise to make things right.As the eldest brother, attorney Jace Granger is determined to take responsibility for Granger Aeronautics, his family's failing business. But the ye... read more

Virgin River Collection Volume 1: An Anthology (A Virgin River Novel)

Robyn Carr

Welcome back to Virgin River! Available in a box set, the first four stories in the acclaimed series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr. Discover a remote mountain town that might be the perfect place to start fresh. Now a Netflix Original Series.Virgin RiverNurse practitioner Melinda Monroe comes to town to escape her heartache, though nothing is what she expected. A tiny ba... read more

Welcome back to Virgin River! Available in a box set, the first four stories in the acclaimed series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr. Discover a remote mountain town that might be the perfect place to start fresh. Now a Netflix Original Series.Virgin RiverNurse practitioner Melinda Monroe comes to town to escape her heartache, though nothing is what she expected. A tiny ba... read more

Silent in the Grave (A Lady Julia Grey Mystery Book 1)

Deanna Raybourn

Only from New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn, go back to where it all began with the original Lady Julia Grey historical mystery series.“Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.” These ominous words are the last threat that Sir Edward Grey receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for ... read more

Only from New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn, go back to where it all began with the original Lady Julia Grey historical mystery series.“Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.” These ominous words are the last threat that Sir Edward Grey receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for ... read more

Sugar: A Novel

Kimberly Stuart

After realizing her coworkers at L’Ombre, a high-profile restaurant in NYC, will never appreciate or respect her, Charlie Garrett allows her ex-boyfriend, Avery Michaels, to convince her to work for him as executive pastry chef at his new Seattle hotspot, Thrill. She’ll have her own kitchen, her own staff—everything she ever wanted professionally.When she arrives at Thrill, however, she realiz... read more

After realizing her coworkers at L’Ombre, a high-profile restaurant in NYC, will never appreciate or respect her, Charlie Garrett allows her ex-boyfriend, Avery Michaels, to convince her to work for him as executive pastry chef at his new Seattle hotspot, Thrill. She’ll have her own kitchen, her own staff—everything she ever wanted professionally.When she arrives at Thrill, however, she realiz... read more

Anselm: Alpha One Security Book 6

Jasinda Wilder

I’m a thirty-nine year old single mother to a sweet little blond seven year old girl. An ER nurse just barely scraping by, working sixty-plus hours a week to make ends meet. I’m no stranger to ugly sights, but I keep all that locked away in a tiny dark little box where it’ll never affect my baby girl.I wouldn’t even classify what happened as meeting him, but it was enough, apparently, to warra... read more

I’m a thirty-nine year old single mother to a sweet little blond seven year old girl. An ER nurse just barely scraping by, working sixty-plus hours a week to make ends meet. I’m no stranger to ugly sights, but I keep all that locked away in a tiny dark little box where it’ll never affect my baby girl.I wouldn’t even classify what happened as meeting him, but it was enough, apparently, to warra... read more

Married in Michigan (Fifty States of Love)

Jasinda Wilder

Cleaning up after playboy Paxton deBraun is a full time job. His family is worth billions. They are the elite. They influence politicians. They’re the power behind the power. Paxton is their golden child, wealthy in his own right, a rising star in Washington DC’s political scene…a 21st century Jay Gatsby, prone to throwing lavish, expensive, wild, and destructive parties.I’m a housekeeper at a... read more

Cleaning up after playboy Paxton deBraun is a full time job. His family is worth billions. They are the elite. They influence politicians. They’re the power behind the power. Paxton is their golden child, wealthy in his own right, a rising star in Washington DC’s political scene…a 21st century Jay Gatsby, prone to throwing lavish, expensive, wild, and destructive parties.I’m a housekeeper at a... read more

Pregnant in Pennsylvania (Fifty States of Love)

Jasinda Wilder

When you’re from a place like Clayton, PA, you either leave as soon as you can, or you never leave. We can’t even say we’re a one-stoplight town, because we don’t have a stoplight, just a traffic circle on a minor local highway. Here in Clayton, everyone knows everyone, and gossip and rumors are a way of life.So, when my high school sweetheart leaves our son and me for a woman in another state... read more

When you’re from a place like Clayton, PA, you either leave as soon as you can, or you never leave. We can’t even say we’re a one-stoplight town, because we don’t have a stoplight, just a traffic circle on a minor local highway. Here in Clayton, everyone knows everyone, and gossip and rumors are a way of life.So, when my high school sweetheart leaves our son and me for a woman in another state... read more

Cowboy in Colorado (Fifty States of Love)

Jasinda Wilder

It should have been simple and straightforward—business, and nothing but business. A quick trip to Colorado to scout out a location for my newest real estate development acquisition. Fly in, drive to the location, talk the owners into selling, sign some papers, and go home.A business trip like any other, something I’ve done hundreds of times without issue. This time, however, I was waylaid. Fi... read more

It should have been simple and straightforward—business, and nothing but business. A quick trip to Colorado to scout out a location for my newest real estate development acquisition. Fly in, drive to the location, talk the owners into selling, sign some papers, and go home.A business trip like any other, something I’ve done hundreds of times without issue. This time, however, I was waylaid. Fi... read more

The Demoness of Waking Dreams (The Company of Angels)

Stephanie Chong

Ex-cop Brandon Clarkson is an angel with an edge. His tough exterior is the perfect camouflage for his job—hunting down the most dangerous criminals on earth. A self-reliant and demanding lone wolf, Brandon is the perfect angel to track and capture demoness Luciana Rossetti.Beneath the surface of Luciana's cool, green-eyed beauty lurks the heart of a malevolent killer. In the winding streets o... read more

Ex-cop Brandon Clarkson is an angel with an edge. His tough exterior is the perfect camouflage for his job—hunting down the most dangerous criminals on earth. A self-reliant and demanding lone wolf, Brandon is the perfect angel to track and capture demoness Luciana Rossetti.Beneath the surface of Luciana's cool, green-eyed beauty lurks the heart of a malevolent killer. In the winding streets o... read more

Where Demons Fear to Tread (Company of Angels, Book 1)

Stephanie Chong

Fledging guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair dares to enter Devil's Paradise nightclub on a mission—to retrieve the wayward Hollywood "It Boy" she's assigned to protect. But she's ambushed by the club's owner, arch demon Julian Ascher. The most powerful demonic entity in Los Angeles, Julian is handsome as sin, a master of temptation who loves nothing more than corrupting pleasure-... read more

Fledging guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair dares to enter Devil's Paradise nightclub on a mission—to retrieve the wayward Hollywood "It Boy" she's assigned to protect. But she's ambushed by the club's owner, arch demon Julian Ascher. The most powerful demonic entity in Los Angeles, Julian is handsome as sin, a master of temptation who loves nothing more than corrupting pleasure-... read more

The Carriage House

Carla Neggers

Revisit the Carriage House series with this classic tale of romantic suspense from New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers.Fun and a little hard work. That’s all Tess Haviland has in mind when Ike Grantham pays her for her graphic design work on the run-down nineteenth-century carriage house on Boston’s North Shore.Then Ike disappears and Tess finds herself with much more than a simple... read more

Revisit the Carriage House series with this classic tale of romantic suspense from New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers.Fun and a little hard work. That’s all Tess Haviland has in mind when Ike Grantham pays her for her graphic design work on the run-down nineteenth-century carriage house on Boston’s North Shore.Then Ike disappears and Tess finds herself with much more than a simple... read more

If You Were Mine (The Sullivans Book 5)

Bella Andre

"Not since Nora Roberts has anyone been able to write a big family romance series with every book as good as the last. Bella Andre never disappoints." Revolving Bookcase ReviewsMillions of readers around the world have fallen in love with Bella Andre’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romances about the Sullivans!BOOK DESCRIPTION: Can two people who have both sworn off lov... read more

"Not since Nora Roberts has anyone been able to write a big family romance series with every book as good as the last. Bella Andre never disappoints." Revolving Bookcase ReviewsMillions of readers around the world have fallen in love with Bella Andre’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romances about the Sullivans!BOOK DESCRIPTION: Can two people who have both sworn off lov... read more

All That Matters

Stef Ann Holm

When a megastore grocery chain threatens to shut down the new boutique bakery Chloe Lawson's worked so hard to establish, she's furious. Her life may not be picture-perfect, but her custom cakes and pastries are becoming the talk of Boise, and she'd like to keep it that way.Chloe needs a champion, and handsome, widowed John Moretti turns out to be it. A high-powered lawyer whose two rebellious... read more

When a megastore grocery chain threatens to shut down the new boutique bakery Chloe Lawson's worked so hard to establish, she's furious. Her life may not be picture-perfect, but her custom cakes and pastries are becoming the talk of Boise, and she'd like to keep it that way.Chloe needs a champion, and handsome, widowed John Moretti turns out to be it. A high-powered lawyer whose two rebellious... read more

Bentleys Buy a Buick (That Business Between Us Book 5)

Pamela Morsi

"I've read all her books and loved every word." -Jude Deveraux. “Think you can trust your husband? Think again!” That’s what the gossipy types at Erica Bentley’s new job say. Even her (multi-divorced) mom agrees. But Erica’s “sure” she knows her husband, Tom, better than that. He says he loves her, and shows it in a million ways. Except...he has been working extra-late these days. And he’s bee... read more

"I've read all her books and loved every word." -Jude Deveraux. “Think you can trust your husband? Think again!” That’s what the gossipy types at Erica Bentley’s new job say. Even her (multi-divorced) mom agrees. But Erica’s “sure” she knows her husband, Tom, better than that. He says he loves her, and shows it in a million ways. Except...he has been working extra-late these days. And he’s bee... read more

These Things Hidden: A Novel of Suspense

Heather Gudenkauf

A stunning tale of two sisters and the secrets between them, fromNew York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence, HeatherGudenkauf. When teenager Allison Glenn is sent to prison for a heinouscrime, she leaves behind her reputation as Linden Falls' golden girlforever. Her parents deny the existence of their once-perfect child.Her former friends exult her downfall. Her sister, Brynn, ... read more

A stunning tale of two sisters and the secrets between them, fromNew York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence, HeatherGudenkauf. When teenager Allison Glenn is sent to prison for a heinouscrime, she leaves behind her reputation as Linden Falls' golden girlforever. Her parents deny the existence of their once-perfect child.Her former friends exult her downfall. Her sister, Brynn, ... read more

Six Seconds

Rick Mofina

“Moves like a tornado.” —James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling authorA vengeful woman who aches for her place in paradise...In Iraq an aid worker who lost her husband and child in a brutal attack saves the life of an American contractor. Believing he can help her avenge her family’s deaths, she follows him back home to the United States.An anguished mother desperate to find her child.... read more

“Moves like a tornado.” —James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling authorA vengeful woman who aches for her place in paradise...In Iraq an aid worker who lost her husband and child in a brutal attack saves the life of an American contractor. Believing he can help her avenge her family’s deaths, she follows him back home to the United States.An anguished mother desperate to find her child.... read more

Hard Glamour: The Glamour Series, Book 1

Maggie Marr

A steamy new adult romance set in the gritty world of Hollywood entertainment. Motorcycle riding alpha, bad-boy Dillon MacAvoy tries hard not to fall for small-town girl Lane Channing in Hard Glamour. A promise to keep.... Honoring her mother's last wish, Lane Channing vows to follow her dreams. She takes the "big risk" and leaves her small Kansas town behind and heads to LA, the city of dream... read more

A steamy new adult romance set in the gritty world of Hollywood entertainment. Motorcycle riding alpha, bad-boy Dillon MacAvoy tries hard not to fall for small-town girl Lane Channing in Hard Glamour. A promise to keep.... Honoring her mother's last wish, Lane Channing vows to follow her dreams. She takes the "big risk" and leaves her small Kansas town behind and heads to LA, the city of dream... read more

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