Lauren Finger

Lauren Finger - Editor Tick

Sydney NSW, Australia

Editor and proofreader, 18 years. Fiction and non-fiction. Worked: Bookouture, Atlantic Books, Allen & Unwin. I'll make your book shine.

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I'm a very experienced editor with a great reputation in trade publishing, including digital publishing. I most recently worked for digital publisher Bookouture on commercial fiction (crime, thrillers, romance and women's fiction), and before that the more traditional and literary houses, Atlantic Books and Allen & Unwin (literary fiction, histories, biographies, memoirs, true crime, health books, text books). I do developmental editing, copyediting and proofreading. I'm experienced in both fiction and non-fiction, and have worked with first-time authors through to academics, journalists, high-profile writers and celebrities.

My job is to make your manuscript the best manuscript it can be. I love what I do, and I'm good at it! I'm scarily organised, communicative and have a dry sense of humour. I have empathy and imagination, and will work with you to help you take your manuscript where you want it to go - whether that is to a small group of people, or the world.

Languages
English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Travel
True Crime
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Literature
Thriller
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Managing Editor

Bookouture
October, 2016 – August, 2018 (almost 2 years)

Bookouture is a very successful digital publisher of commercial fiction.

• Project managing all titles from manuscript to finished product (and across very short schedules)
• Liaising with freelance contributors, allocating jobs and fees, checking their work etc.
• Briefing copyeditors, proofreaders, typesetters
• Editing, proofreading, proof checking
• Overseeing and maintaining schedules for all titles in production
• Overseeing corrections and distribution processes
• Liaising with authors
• Mentoring and supervising editorial staff and checking their work

Managing Editor

Atlantic Books
January, 2012 – September, 2016 (over 4 years)

Atlantic Books and its imprints publish literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction

• Editing, proofreading, proof checking
• Reading and reporting on submissions
• Liaising with authors
• Project managing all titles and other special projects in-house from manuscript to finished product
• Liaising with all freelance contributors, allocating jobs and fees, checking their work etc.
• Briefing designers, copyeditors, proofreaders, illustrators, typesetters
• Overseeing and maintaining budgets and schedules for all titles in production
• Mentoring and supervising editorial staff and checking their work

Proofreader

London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games
August, 2011 – December, 2011 (4 months)

Working in a small team to produce hundreds of publications for the large volunteer force, and helping inexperienced writers to communicate effectively

• Copyediting and proofreading training documents for the London 2012 volunteers
• Liaising with printers, designers and contributors

Senior Editor and Editor

Allen & Unwin
September, 2005 – April, 2011 (over 5 years)

Subjects worked on include: fiction (commercial and literary), memoir, biography, history, politics, current affairs, travel writing, psychology, education, cultural studies, humour, anthologies, military history, self-help, sport, true crime.

Roles and Responsibilities:
• Project managing several titles at once—overseeing production from manuscript to book
• Copyediting and proofreading manuscripts, checking proofs
• Collaborating and working with authors
• Briefing covers, illustrations and internal designs
• Commissioning, working with, and checking work from freelancers, typesetters, printers and pre-press houses
• Managing schedules and budgets
• Training and mentoring new staff

Freelance - Copyeditor, Proofreader, Writer

Self-employed
January, 2005 – Present (almost 14 years)

Copyediting and proofreading for indie writers, book publishers, magazines, universities, think tanks, charities and individual writers. Mentoring writers pursuing completed manuscripts, publication etc.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

The Perfect Family: An unputdownable psychological thriller with a heartstopping twist

Shalini Boland

‘Mummy, she’s gone…’Gemma Ballantine is getting ready for work one morning when her eldest child comes running down the stairs, saying the words every mother dreads.The front door is open. And her six-year-old daughter has disappeared. Frantic with fear, Gemma starts a nail-biting search for her little girl.After what feels like forever, her mother-in-law Diane finds Katie wandering lost a few... read more

‘Mummy, she’s gone…’Gemma Ballantine is getting ready for work one morning when her eldest child comes running down the stairs, saying the words every mother dreads.The front door is open. And her six-year-old daughter has disappeared. Frantic with fear, Gemma starts a nail-biting search for her little girl.After what feels like forever, her mother-in-law Diane finds Katie wandering lost a few... read more

Christmas at the Little Cottage on the Hill: An absolutely unputdownable feel good romance novel (The Little Cottage Series Book 4)

Emma Davies

One twinkling winter’s night, Ruby wakes her sleeping children and escapes for a new life in the countryside. It’s a choice that will change her life beyond all recognition…Arriving at the cosy little rental cottage as the first snow begins to fall, Ruby doesn’t regret leaving her bully of a husband for a moment, but she does feel guilty about uprooting her kids so close to Christmas. She can ... read more

One twinkling winter’s night, Ruby wakes her sleeping children and escapes for a new life in the countryside. It’s a choice that will change her life beyond all recognition…Arriving at the cosy little rental cottage as the first snow begins to fall, Ruby doesn’t regret leaving her bully of a husband for a moment, but she does feel guilty about uprooting her kids so close to Christmas. She can ... read more

The Happiest Refugee: A Memoir

Anh Do

A Memoir. The extraordinary true story of a boy's journey from starvation at sea to becoming one of Australia's best-loved comedians. A story of true inspiration.

A Memoir. The extraordinary true story of a boy's journey from starvation at sea to becoming one of Australia's best-loved comedians. A story of true inspiration.

Victoria: A Life

A. N. Wilson

'Writing about Queen Victoria has been one of the most joyous experiences of my life. I have read thousands (literally) of letters never before published, and grown used to her as to a friend. Maddening? Egomaniac? Hysterical? A bad mother? Some have said so. What emerged for me was a brave, original woman who was at the very epicentre of Britain's changing place in the world: a solitary woman... read more

'Writing about Queen Victoria has been one of the most joyous experiences of my life. I have read thousands (literally) of letters never before published, and grown used to her as to a friend. Maddening? Egomaniac? Hysterical? A bad mother? Some have said so. What emerged for me was a brave, original woman who was at the very epicentre of Britain's changing place in the world: a solitary woman... read more

Inside Their Minds : Australian criminals

Rochelle Jackson

He is 29 years old and commits his horrendous crime alone. He is an underachiever, unskilled, doesn't have a regular job and he is now a mass murderer. What made Martin Bryant go on a brutal killing spree at Port Arthur taking the lives of 35 people?Working with a leading Australian forensic psychologist, investigative journalist Rochelle Jackson takes us deep into the minds of eight of the co... read more

He is 29 years old and commits his horrendous crime alone. He is an underachiever, unskilled, doesn't have a regular job and he is now a mass murderer. What made Martin Bryant go on a brutal killing spree at Port Arthur taking the lives of 35 people?Working with a leading Australian forensic psychologist, investigative journalist Rochelle Jackson takes us deep into the minds of eight of the co... read more

The Roving Party

Rohan Wilson

Raw and hauntingly beautiful, a vivid reimagining of John Batman's infamous roving party that set out to hunt and kill the Aborigines of Tasmania. Winner of the 2011 Australian/Vogel's award.1829, Tasmania...John Batman, ruthless, singleminded; four convicts, the youngest still only a stripling; Gould, a downtrodden farmhand; two free black trackers; and powerful, educated Black Bill, brought ... read more

Raw and hauntingly beautiful, a vivid reimagining of John Batman's infamous roving party that set out to hunt and kill the Aborigines of Tasmania. Winner of the 2011 Australian/Vogel's award.1829, Tasmania...John Batman, ruthless, singleminded; four convicts, the youngest still only a stripling; Gould, a downtrodden farmhand; two free black trackers; and powerful, educated Black Bill, brought ... read more

Barassi: The biography

Peter Lalor

His is a biblical tale, appropriate for a game that's a religion.Ron Barassi is modern football's first born son and saviour. His father wore the No. 31 then was tragically killed in the Second World War months after playing in a premiership. Ron Barassi junior was raised in the Australian bush before moving back to Melbourne with his devoted mother. Later the boy was taken under the wing of l... read more

His is a biblical tale, appropriate for a game that's a religion.Ron Barassi is modern football's first born son and saviour. His father wore the No. 31 then was tragically killed in the Second World War months after playing in a premiership. Ron Barassi junior was raised in the Australian bush before moving back to Melbourne with his devoted mother. Later the boy was taken under the wing of l... read more

We'll Always Have Christmas: A gorgeously uplifting Christmas romance

Jenny Hale

An enchanting story about the magic of Christmas, the importance of family, and the joy of falling in love during the most romantic season of the year…Christmas has always been a special time for Noelle Parker. Winter evenings spent with family and friends, drinking hot chocolate and eating cookies at her family’s cozy bakery have shaped her love for all things festive. But this year everythin... read more

An enchanting story about the magic of Christmas, the importance of family, and the joy of falling in love during the most romantic season of the year…Christmas has always been a special time for Noelle Parker. Winter evenings spent with family and friends, drinking hot chocolate and eating cookies at her family’s cozy bakery have shaped her love for all things festive. But this year everythin... read more

The Secret Child: A gripping novel of family secrets

Kerry Fisher

‘Wow, wow, wow. I am speechless as to how good this book was… A highly emotional, heart-breaking story.’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 starsYou can run from your past, but it will always catch up with you… Susie was forced to do something she will always regret. Everything that led to the choice she made had to be buried and forgotten.Her secret echoes down through the years, tainting everything it... read more

‘Wow, wow, wow. I am speechless as to how good this book was… A highly emotional, heart-breaking story.’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 starsYou can run from your past, but it will always catch up with you… Susie was forced to do something she will always regret. Everything that led to the choice she made had to be buried and forgotten.Her secret echoes down through the years, tainting everything it... read more

Partners and Crime: The True Stories of Eight Women and Their Lives with Notorious Men

Rochelle Jackson

A fascinating exploration of the women who love the baddest of the bad boys, including the wife of Mark "Chopper" ReadWhat attracts women to dangerous men? For some, it is true love, while for others, it's the excitement, wealth, and glamour. What was it like for Mary-Ann Hodge to be married to Mark "Chopper" Read? How was Joe Korp's former girlfriend Tania Herman persuaded to try to kill his ... read more

A fascinating exploration of the women who love the baddest of the bad boys, including the wife of Mark "Chopper" ReadWhat attracts women to dangerous men? For some, it is true love, while for others, it's the excitement, wealth, and glamour. What was it like for Mary-Ann Hodge to be married to Mark "Chopper" Read? How was Joe Korp's former girlfriend Tania Herman persuaded to try to kill his ... read more

Possums and Bird Dogs: Australian Army Aviation's 161 Reconnaissance Flight in South Vietnam

Peter Nolan

The story of 161 Reconnaissance Flight, the Australian Army Aviation unit deployed to Vietnam from September 1965 to March 1972, told through unit and personal records, pilot and aircraft log books and personal interviews with veterans.

The story of 161 Reconnaissance Flight, the Australian Army Aviation unit deployed to Vietnam from September 1965 to March 1972, told through unit and personal records, pilot and aircraft log books and personal interviews with veterans.

The Queen: a royal celebration of the life and family of Queen Elizabeth II, on her 90th birthday

A. N. Wilson

Biographer and novelist A. N. Wilson, whose most recent work on the life of Queen Victoria was an enormous critical and commercial success, turns his clear eye to our own Queen, Elizabeth II, as she turns 90.In this unusual and vibrant examination of the life and times of Britain's most iconic living figure, Wilson considers the history of the monarchy, drawing a line that stretches from Queen... read more

Biographer and novelist A. N. Wilson, whose most recent work on the life of Queen Victoria was an enormous critical and commercial success, turns his clear eye to our own Queen, Elizabeth II, as she turns 90.In this unusual and vibrant examination of the life and times of Britain's most iconic living figure, Wilson considers the history of the monarchy, drawing a line that stretches from Queen... read more

A Merciless Place: The Lost Story of Britain's Convict Disaster in Africa

Emma Christopher

This is a story lost to history for over two hundred years; a dirty secret of failure, fatal misjudgement and desperate measures which the British Empire chose to forget almost as soon as it was over. In the wake of its most crushing defeat, the America War of Independence, the British Government began shipping its criminals to West Africa. Some were transported aboard ships going to pick up t... read more

This is a story lost to history for over two hundred years; a dirty secret of failure, fatal misjudgement and desperate measures which the British Empire chose to forget almost as soon as it was over. In the wake of its most crushing defeat, the America War of Independence, the British Government began shipping its criminals to West Africa. Some were transported aboard ships going to pick up t... read more

The Iron Necklace

Giles Waterfield

The wedding of Thomas, an idealistic German architect, and Irene, an English artist, brings together the Curtius and Benson families. But their new lives are soon shattered by the outbreak of war in Europe. While Irene struggles to survive in a country where she is the enemy, her sister Sophia faces the war as a nurse on the Western Front. For their brother Mark, diplomatic service sees him mo... read more

The wedding of Thomas, an idealistic German architect, and Irene, an English artist, brings together the Curtius and Benson families. But their new lives are soon shattered by the outbreak of war in Europe. While Irene struggles to survive in a country where she is the enemy, her sister Sophia faces the war as a nurse on the Western Front. For their brother Mark, diplomatic service sees him mo... read more

Dead Lovely

Helen FitzGerald

Dead Lovely

Dead Lovely

Tender Morsels

Margo Lanagan

In her inspired re-working of the fairy-tale "Snow White" and "Rose Red", Margo Lanagan has created characters that are vivid, passionate, flawed and fiercely devoted to their hearts' desires, whether these desires are good or evil. It is the story of two worlds - one real, one magical - and how, despite the safe haven her magical world offers to those who have suffered, her characters can nev... read more

In her inspired re-working of the fairy-tale "Snow White" and "Rose Red", Margo Lanagan has created characters that are vivid, passionate, flawed and fiercely devoted to their hearts' desires, whether these desires are good or evil. It is the story of two worlds - one real, one magical - and how, despite the safe haven her magical world offers to those who have suffered, her characters can nev... read more

Love & Punishment

Wendy Harmer

Love And Punishment

Love And Punishment

Tamil Tigress: My Story as a Child Soldier in Sri Lanka's Bloody Civil War

Niromi de Soyza

Title: Tamil Tigress( My Story as a Child Soldier in Sri Lanka's Bloody Civil War) <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: iromiDeSoyza, <>Publisher: Allen&UnwinAustralia

Title: Tamil Tigress( My Story as a Child Soldier in Sri Lanka's Bloody Civil War) <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: iromiDeSoyza, <>Publisher: Allen&UnwinAustralia

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David M Hinds

Absolutely brilliant! So much work for so little money. If she had charged me double it would still be an absolute bargain. I shall be thanking her on the Acknowledgements page of my debut thriller, A Beautiful Way to Die, which is due for publication on 15th April 2019.

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David M Hinds, November 2018

Lauren Finger

Thank you, David. It was great to work with you on your novel.

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