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Hi, I'm Kelley Tai. I'm the Founding Editor at Bramble & Crow Books and a speculative fiction writer. 

Titles We've Edited

Kelley has helped over a dozen authors across short fiction, poetry, and full-length novels

Our Services

Manuscript Evaluation


A manuscript evaluation is a holistic assessment of your book. Your novel will be evaluated at a high level, think: character development, plot, pacing, and structure. This is the perfect service for writers still early in their process looking for big-picture feedback.

What you will receive: 

  • A 5+ edit letter highlighting your book's strengths and potential areas for improvement. 

  • Marginal comments & queries  

  • Access to Kelley's inbox for 14 days after the manuscript is returned or a video call to discuss edits (+$1/min, min $15

Copy Editing


A copy edit is a line level edit of your novel: fact-checking your book and correcting for style, spelling, punctuation, grammar, syntax, clarity, and consistency. 

What you will receive: 

  • A style guide 

  • Marginal comments & queries 

  • In-line corrections

  • Access to Kelley's inbox for 14 days after the manuscript is returned or a video call to discuss edits (+$1/min, min $15


$2/page, min $60

Bramble & Crow Books is delighted to offer edits on poetry: full length manuscripts, chapbooks, or individual poems. 

Here's what you will receive:

  • Marginal comments & queries on tone, flow, style, and development  

  • A copy edit with in-line corrections

  • An edit letter detailing overall reader reaction 

  • Access to Kelley's inbox for 14 days after the manuscript is returned or a video call to discuss edits (+$1/min, min $15



Kelley Tai is the Managing Editor, Online at Augur Society, a literary organization publishing dreamy realism & SFF content from Canada. Feel free to read the pieces that Kelley has edited for Augur Magazine.

Observations on the Strange Occurrences at the Stables of the Macha'cuay School of Magic
by Ruth Joffre

Age of Aquarius
by Kivel Carson

The Giant Waterslide into Canada
by Emily Lu 

Toronto Isn't Real and Other Metropolitan Anomalies
by A.D. Sui


Here at Bramble & Crow Books, our mission is to provide authentic editorial services to authors. We are here to champion your story and critique with care and attention to the author's vision. As a writer, Founding Editor Kelley Tai understands empathy-first editorial feedback. 

Bramble & Crow Books offers free sample edits to all potential clients for guaranteed client satisfaction. Kelley wants you to feel 100% comfortable when working with her, and this will give all potential clients the opportunity to see her editing style. 

Kelley is currently the Managing Editor, Online at Augur Society. She has obtained the Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing and reads Grammarly blogs in her spare time. She is a nominee for the Best Poem/Song for this year's Award Awards. You can visit her author website for a list of publications. 

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Our clients love working with us! Check out their stories and see how we've helped them with our editorial services 

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"Thank you for helping me bring it [my poetry collection] to life!"

Alexa Young, CA

- Famo Musa, poet of Footsteps

Contact Bramble & Crow Books

If you are BIPOC, please let us know what best fits your financial needs and situation. (Please keep in mind that every answer here is totally and completely valid! This is not meant to be invasive, but rather, more knowledge for Kelley so she can best accommodate her clients and create more accessibility for everyone)

Thanks for submitting! We'll chat soon :)


The nitty gritty

  • Bramble & Crow Books wants you to feel 100% comfortable when working with themget a free sample of any edit today! With that being said, edit letters cannot be written for samples.

  • Kelley has the most experience with speculative fiction (sci-fi and fantasy). We are not interested in picture books, middle grade, religious fiction, or non-fiction although memoirs are an exception. 

  • All services require a 50% nonrefundable deposit at time of booking. If you need to reschedule, please give notice at least 30 days in advance & the deposit will transfer over to the newly agreed date. If no notice is given, the deposit will be forfeited, and a new deposit will be required for re-booking.

  • Payment plan is as follows: 50% at the time of booking, 25% when the manuscript is sent, 25% when the manuscript is due 

  • Bramble & Crow Books uses both Venmo and PayPal. The PayPal service fee will be absorbed by the client. 

  • An editorial contract is available upon request.

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Need an editor but can't afford one right now? Check out these free resources on writing! You are also cordially invited to join the Writer's Cafe discord server to find a community of writers, critique partners, and beta readers :) 

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