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“Ray approached my work with thoughtfulness and empathy, digging deep into the characters and delivering feedback that was invaluable to the editing process. I felt Ray understood my characters and was able to consider them as individuals. I couldn't have asked for a more supportive, thoughtful collaborator, and my book was so much better after Ray's input.”—Wendy Heard, author of She’s Too Pretty To Burn, The Kill Club, and more See All
“Ray approached my work with thoughtfulness and empathy, digging deep into the characters and delivering feedback that was invaluable to the editing process. I felt Ray understood my characters and was able to consider them as individuals. I couldn't have asked for a more supportive, thoughtful collaborator, and my book was so much better after Ray's input.”—Wendy Heard, author of She’s Too Pretty To Burn, The Kill Club, and more
“Ray Stoeve was an absolute dream to work with. They consulted on my novel, Cemetery Boys, and gave feedback that was critical to the story's success. Ray's observations were thorough, specific and well explained. Not only did they catch things I had missed, but they gave suggestions for how to correct it and even offered to talk it through if I needed help. I recommend Ray Stoeve any time someone asks me for a consult referral and I, myself, plan on using them again in the future.” —Aiden Thomas, two-time New York Times bestselling author of Cemetery Boys and Lost in the Never Woods
“Ray Stoeve worked as a reader for my book Belle Révolte, and there would be no book if not for them. Their commentary was quickly delivered, nuanced, and included actionable steps I could take to further develop my book and my craft. In genre fiction, it can be hard to appropriately walk the line between relevant worldbuilding and the assumptions readers bring with themselves from the real world. Their feedback helped me create not only authentic characters but an immersive world for every reader. They helped Belle Révolte reach its full potential. The book has been out for nearly two years, and I still receive messages about how much readers appreciated the characters and how they navigated the world. Ray’s work didn’t simply help me become a better writer; it helped everyone who read the book in incalculable and vital ways.” —Linsey Miller, author of Mask of Shadows and Belle Révolte
“Ray Stoeve was an absolute pleasure to work with. Their incisive feedback on matters of plotting, dialogue, and characterization were both specific and constructive. They established and committed to a clear, prompt timeline for delivery and were invaluable to the successful completion of our book. I will continue to recommend them as an excellent resource to my colleagues seeking sensitivity readership in their areas of expertise.”—Jessica Anderson, Editor of juvenile and YA fiction and nonfiction, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Ray Stoeve is the author of the young adult novel Between Perfect and Real, which was a 2021 Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. Their second YA novel, Arden Grey, is forthcoming in April 2022, and they also contributed to the young adult anthology Take The Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance. They received a 2016-2017 Made at Hugo House Fellowship and created the YA/MG Trans and Nonbinary Voices Masterlist, a database that tracks all books in those age categories written by trans authors about trans characters. When they’re not writing, they can be found gardening, making art in other mediums, or hiking their beloved Pacific Northwest.
In the past, they attended the inaugural 2019 Tin House YA Workshop as well as the 2020 Tin House Summer Workshop for adult fiction. As a teacher, they ran creative writing workshops for tweens and teens through the Associated Recreation Council, volunteered as a writing tutor for teens with the Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle), and worked as a classroom aide in public and private schools. They will be faculty for the upcoming 2022 Tin House YA Workshop. They have written for Autostraddle and YES! Magazine, and are currently a full-time writer, in addition to working with authors and publishers as a sensitivity reader. They are represented by Lauren Abramo at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.