Elizabeth Laska

Elizabeth Laska - Editor

Fairbanks, AK, USA

Experienced university press editor in children's, history, and fiction titles with a Master's in Publishing.

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I have 4 years of editorial experience with university presses, such as the University of Alaska Press. My specialties are developmental edits, line editing, and proofread across fiction: historical fiction, crime fiction; non-fiction: academic, history, cookbooks, biography; and children's titles. My personal interests are history, fantasy, science fiction, biography, and children's titles. I enjoy working closely with author's to unearth their best possible work.

Currently I am working as a freelance editor while I start up my publishing services business located in Alaska. Through this work I hope to connect authors with publishers that fit them and their work while also helping authors finalize their perfect manuscript.
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Children’s Non-Fiction
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction

Work experience

Assistant Editor

University of Alaska Press
November, 2016 – July, 2020 (over 3 years)

Manage, edit, and prepare approximately 15-20 manuscripts from acquisitions to pre-production each year. In charge of developing a diverse list of regional titles with diverse authors. Conceive of new book ideas, establish and maintain author collaborations, and solicit new proposals and manuscripts. Travel for academic and trade conferences, make professional contacts, cultivate new book prospects, and stay abreast of key developments in relevant fields. Present new titles for consideration at the twice-yearly advisory board meetings. Collaborate with all UA Press staff on new, current, and old projects. Perform all duties associated with the successful management of a list such as: reviewing all submissions, working with potential and current authors, editing and developing manuscripts under a timeline, overseeing the formal peer review process, prepping materials for board meetings, data-entry for marketing materials, etc. Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students through the UA Press internship program.

Freelance Editor

July, 2020 – Present (over 2 years)

I work with authors on developmental edits, fact-checking, line edits, and proofread to prepare manuscripts for publication; either through a publisher or self-published.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Through Their Eyes: A Community History of Eagle, Circle, and Central

Koskey, Michael, Lotvonen, Varpu, Tyrrell, Laurel

Fresh Alaska Cookbook

Kinneen, Rob, Adams, Ash, Adams, Brian

Elizabeth has 2 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Susan Herbst
All a person would have to do is read the story when I first sent it to Elizabeth and then read how it ended up!! Her work made a world of difference!! Outstanding person and editor.

Susan Herbst, December 2021

Kathy Scott
Elizabeth is amazing! She provided creative ideas and guided me through each step. Her feedback was clear. She exceeded my expectations with her encouragement and quality. I highly recommend Elizabeth!

Kathy Scott, October 2021

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