she also edits!
Over the years, my love of writing brought a new love, editing. I've had the incredible opportunity to work with a number of talented young adult, middle grade, and adult fiction writers to help them find ways to elevate their manuscripts.
As someone who not only edits, but has been edited, I understand how terrifying it can be to send your creative work off to a stranger. I’ll talk through what you can expect and establish the communication style that works best for you. After you’ve had time to process your notes, we’ll set up a time to go over any questions that may linger.
I've recently opened up my schedule to take in developmental and line edits for outside clients. Please be in touch for pricing structures and to see if we may be an editorial fit.
“Jaye Robin Brown is an insightful editor whose feedback on various manuscripts of mine was an immense help during the querying process. The way she was able to identify both bigger picture and smaller scale issues in my projects, as well as help me brainstorm the solutions to those issues, was invaluable to me. Her help not only improved my manuscripts; it made me a better writer. I highly recommend her as an editor to writers in any step of the process.”—Kip Wilson, author of The White Rose and The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin
“Jaye Robin Brown has helped me take early versions of my manuscripts from wobbly and rough to ready to present to my agents and publishers for further refinement. She has a special talent when it comes to pinpointing where a story’s plot has strayed or isn’t working, and where expanding or tightening scenes would strengthen a manuscript. She has a skill for noticing characters and voice issues. Her style of editing is direct and clear. She offers brainstorming ideas for resolving issues that are insightful and respect the author's original intentions for the story. I highly recommend her to the serious-minded author who is ready to dig in and make their manuscript shine.”—Trish Esden, author of the Scandal Mountain Antiques Mystery series
“I first worked with Jaye during an online pitch contest. She read my YA manuscript and, though I wasn't her official selection, offered to edit my work if I wanted her to, outside of the competition. I agreed, and she gave me detailed, thoughtful notes on how to make my work strong enough to land an agent. When my agent and I went on sub to editors, I told my agent about Jaye's idea to age my character down to MG. She agreed, and my debut upper MG book was published in 2020 with a major publisher. Jaye's keen eye helped me sell a book! Since then, she has been a critique partner for me for other projects, and I fully trust her authentic, gentle approach to editing.”—Shannon Doleski, author of Mary Underwater and Gabe in the After
“I had the pleasure of workshopping my first novel with Jaye Robin Brown. Her notes were forthright and thoughtful with the right blend of constructive help and encouragement. Ultimately, this collaboration gave me the impetus to begin the query process and I signed with an agent not long after. If you’re looking for a thoughtful editor to give you actionable feedback, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Jaye.”—Megan Shepherd, author of The Madman’s Daughter Trilogy, The Cage Trilogy, Malice House, and The Secret Horses of Briar Hill