“Abby Ranger is truly as good as it gets. I’ve worked with her on two different series, and I can’t overstate the impact she’s had on my work.
Abby has a gift for big picture comments, for understanding what you’re trying to do with a story, and supporting you in getting there—as well as sometimes helping you figure it out. She’s just as amazing on a line-by-line level, thoughtful and thorough, finding those places that will make a difference and guiding you through them.
It’s that guidance that’s one of the best parts of working with Abby—her edits don’t just help me make this book better, they help me make all my books better. I learn every time we work together. She’s kind, insightful, firm when you need it, has an unparalleled grasp of story, and she cares as much as I do about making things perfect.
There’s absolutely nobody you could work with who’ll do more for you and your book, and I can’t recommend her highly enough.”
-Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of the Illuminae Files and the Starbound trilogy
“I've had the great good fortune of working with Abby Ranger on three books over a period of several years. Besides her intelligence, experience, and levelheadedness, what I most appreciate is her sensitivity. She took the time to listen and to learn how to help me make the best choices for each book. Lucky the writers who get to work with her.”
-Linda Sue Park, Newbery Medal winning author of A Single Shard
"Abby Ranger is simply one of the best editors in the business. Her creative insight, attention to detail, and unwavering support throughout the process is what every writer dreams of in an editor, and I am forever grateful for having worked with her."
-Gregory Funaro, New York Times bestselling author of Alistair Grim’s Odditorium and Watch Hollow
"I have worked with Abby at two different publishers, on two different series. In fact, it was the opportunity to work with her that drew me from one publisher to another. Abby knows how to sound those chords that are in your heart already. There are very few suggestions she makes that don’t resonate. She will be your partner in making your work the best it can be."
-Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author of the Seven Realms and the Shattered Realms series
"Abby is amazing. Her editorial notes are challenging and insightful, displaying a masterful command of character, plot, world-building, and everything in between. Every time I work with her, I learn things that improve not only the manuscript in question but future projects as well."
-Livia Blackburne, New York Times bestselling author of Midnight Thief
"I feel so lucky to have worked with Abby over the years. Always thoughtful, timely, and full of specific advice and suggestions, she has pushed me to create better books. She has a great handle on what kids like, too, which is an invaluable quality in a children’s book editor."
-Kallie George, author of the Magical Animal Adoption Agency series and the Duck, Duck, Dinosaur series
“Abby is one of the most insightful and tenacious editors I’ve encountered. With every single project I've had with her, she's taken a great book and found smart, artful ways for the author to revise and have it become a brilliant (and frequently bestselling) book. To be clear: she makes writers work extremely hard - but she does it with brains and humor and she always gets results.”
-Christopher Schelling, Selectric Artists
"Abby is a dream editor. We’ve had the opportunity to work together on many projects across a variety of formats, including picture books, I Can Reads, chapter books, and middle-grade novels. She is an agile, nurturing, and insightful editor who tailors her working style to meet the individual needs of authors and illustrators. Abby has impeccable taste, a keen eye, and an enduring passion for the craft of children’s books. I can’t recommend her highly enough!"
-Emily van Beek, Folio Literary Management
"Adams Literary and our clients have been lucky enough to work with Abby for years. We always know our clients are in good hands. Abby is a true professional who always offers top-notch editorial advice and direction, has a keen instinct, sharp intellect and wit, and a solid sense of today’s market. Beyond that, she cares deeply about her authors and their books. Josh and I have always greatly valued working with Abby—we, and our authors, adore and appreciate her."
-Tracey Adams, Adams Literary
“Abby is a pleasure to work with—insightful and smart, guiding with an experienced hand. She’s particularly skilled at world-building, but I’ve been impressed by her work on children's books for every age level. I felt total confidence in her notes, and she’s a delightful human, too!”
-Rotem Moscovich, Executive Editor, Disney-Hyperion
“I am fortunate to have had Abby Ranger as a colleague at HarperCollins. Abby is a smart, talented editor and a wonderful advocate for her authors. Her editing is insightful, thorough, collaborative, and caring; she is an exemplary editor who knows how to make a book shine at the story level and at the sentence and word level. Any author who has the opportunity to work with Abby is lucky indeed!”
-Rosemary Brosnan, VP Editorial Director, HarperCollins
“As I am fond of saying around the office, Abby Ranger is a perfect editor. Her devotion to her authors and illustrators is second to none, and her exacting attention to detail is admirable. Abby’s ability to assess what a manuscript needs is strong, and I’m always impressed with the depth of her suggestions to her authors. Anyone working with Abby will quickly see that she understands how to tighten a plot, improve characterization, and steer the content towards the marketplace. I highly recommend Abby Ranger!”
-Emily Brenner, VP Publishing Director formerly of HarperCollins
“Working alongside Abby Ranger is an absolute joy. Her knowledge of the book industry and editorial instincts are exceptional, of course, but it’s her deep and unwavering love of children's literature that makes her a stand-out in a sea of publishing professionals. If you have her on your team, you’ve hit the jackpot.”
-Claudia Gabel, Senior Executive Editor, HarperCollins
"Abby Ranger is magic. With her brilliance, passion, and gentle-yet-firm approach, Abby wields her red pen like a wand, guiding every manuscript to its fullest potential. I had the fortune of supporting Abby earlier in my career, and she taught me everything I know about how to make a story come alive."
-Tiffany Liao, Editor, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers