Lauren Finger

Lauren Finger - Editor

Sydney NSW, Australia

Editor, proofreader, 19 yrs. Harpeth Rd, Bookouture, Atlantic Books, Allen & Unwin. Commercial fiction & memoir. Spaces Feb 2021.

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Overview

I'm a very experienced editor with an excellent 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 and commercial fiction, histories, biographies, memoirs, true crime). I am available for 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)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Psychological Thriller
Romantic Comedy
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Freelance - Copyeditor, Proofreader

Self-employed
September, 2018 – Present (about 2 years)

Copyediting, structural/developmental editing and proofreading for indie writers, book publishers, magazines, universities, think tanks. Mentoring writers pursuing completed manuscripts, publication etc.

Clients include: Aspiring authors, established indie (self-published) authors, Bookouture, Penguin Random House Australia, Allen & Unwin, Brio Books, Canelo, Hera Books, Hardie Grant, Simon & Schuster Australia

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

Portfolio (32 selected works)

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.

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

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

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

My Last Lie: A completely gripping psychological thriller

Ella Drummond

‘This has probably reawakened my love for psychological thrillers!...I don’t think I’ll be able to recommend this one enough. It’s definitely a must read…my book of the year so far!’ Nemesis Book BlogNew beginnings. Old secrets.Theo and Pilar. The perfect couple.Successful, beautiful and very much in love. Until a year ago - and the tragedy that nearly tore them apart.When their baby died, a p... read more

‘This has probably reawakened my love for psychological thrillers!...I don’t think I’ll be able to recommend this one enough. It’s definitely a must read…my book of the year so far!’ Nemesis Book BlogNew beginnings. Old secrets.Theo and Pilar. The perfect couple.Successful, beautiful and very much in love. Until a year ago - and the tragedy that nearly tore them apart.When their baby died, a p... read more

The Ghost Mothers

Jackie McCarthy

Yasmin has just landed her dream job, the one she’s yearned for since childhood. But it’s all a sham, just like her resume. Will her ghost-mothers reveal her biggest lie of all?When Yasmin Taylor-Lee starts her first day at The Woman’s Standard magazine – after dropping some sizeable porkies to get the job - she learns that they have one shot at hitting record circulation, or the whole company... read more

Yasmin has just landed her dream job, the one she’s yearned for since childhood. But it’s all a sham, just like her resume. Will her ghost-mothers reveal her biggest lie of all?When Yasmin Taylor-Lee starts her first day at The Woman’s Standard magazine – after dropping some sizeable porkies to get the job - she learns that they have one shot at hitting record circulation, or the whole company... read more

When You're Gone: A heartbreaking page turner full of family secrets

Brooke Harris

‘Oh my god… This book is stunning and must be read by everyone… It made me blub like a baby and I met my grocery delivery man with tears streaming down my face! Five stars.’ Cappuccino and Chocolate, 5 starsHolly was overjoyed to discover she was pregnant. But the baby is unwell, and her relationship is fracturing under the stress. Just when she is at her lowest, she receives the worst news of... read more

‘Oh my god… This book is stunning and must be read by everyone… It made me blub like a baby and I met my grocery delivery man with tears streaming down my face! Five stars.’ Cappuccino and Chocolate, 5 starsHolly was overjoyed to discover she was pregnant. But the baby is unwell, and her relationship is fracturing under the stress. Just when she is at her lowest, she receives the worst news of... read more

A Body in the Lakes: A gripping crime thriller with a heart-stopping twist

Graham Smith

The woman’s limbs were so thin; the skin on her arms as translucent as tracing paper. Around her neck lay a faint string of purple bruises. In one so frail, darker, angrier marks might be expected but Beth knew the bruising would have stopped the moment her heart stopped beating.When a walker finds the body of a woman by the shores of Lake Ullswater, the police are put on high alert. Felicia E... read more

The woman’s limbs were so thin; the skin on her arms as translucent as tracing paper. Around her neck lay a faint string of purple bruises. In one so frail, darker, angrier marks might be expected but Beth knew the bruising would have stopped the moment her heart stopped beating.When a walker finds the body of a woman by the shores of Lake Ullswater, the police are put on high alert. Felicia E... read more

Only Daughter: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a nail-biting twist

Sarah A. Denzil

The must-read psychological thriller for 2019 from the million-copy-bestselling author of Silent Child.In one moment, Kat Cavanaugh’s perfect world is shattered into tiny fragments. The flash of her daughter’s torn yellow dress, the beautiful blonde hair hanging across her precious face. Her own heart-broken sob…Kat experiences every mother’s worst nightmare when her little girl is found dead.... read more

The must-read psychological thriller for 2019 from the million-copy-bestselling author of Silent Child.In one moment, Kat Cavanaugh’s perfect world is shattered into tiny fragments. The flash of her daughter’s torn yellow dress, the beautiful blonde hair hanging across her precious face. Her own heart-broken sob…Kat experiences every mother’s worst nightmare when her little girl is found dead.... read more

Hush Hush: (Harriet Blue 4) (Detective Harriet Blue Series)

James Patterson, Candice Fox

Harriet Blue used to be a detective. Now she's inmate 3329.Prison is a dangerous place for a former cop – as Harriet Blue is learning on a daily basis.So, following a fight for her life and a prison-wide lockdown, the last person she wants to see is Deputy Police Commissioner Joe Woods. The man who put her inside.But Woods is not there to gloat. His daughter Tonya and her two-year-old child ha... read more

Harriet Blue used to be a detective. Now she's inmate 3329.Prison is a dangerous place for a former cop – as Harriet Blue is learning on a daily basis.So, following a fight for her life and a prison-wide lockdown, the last person she wants to see is Deputy Police Commissioner Joe Woods. The man who put her inside.But Woods is not there to gloat. His daughter Tonya and her two-year-old child ha... read more

A Purrfect Alibi: A pawsitively gripping cozy mystery (The Oyster Cove Guesthouse Book 3)

Leighann Dobbs

‘I am in book love with this series!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars Fortune tellers and mediums have descended on the Oyster Cove Guesthouse, determined to finally solve the mystery of local seafarer Jedediah Biddeford’s murder 300 years ago. New owner Josie Waters has suddenly got bigger problems than burning the breakfasts: she’s up to her elbows in tarot cards and tea leaves…When one of the m... read more

‘I am in book love with this series!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars Fortune tellers and mediums have descended on the Oyster Cove Guesthouse, determined to finally solve the mystery of local seafarer Jedediah Biddeford’s murder 300 years ago. New owner Josie Waters has suddenly got bigger problems than burning the breakfasts: she’s up to her elbows in tarot cards and tea leaves…When one of the m... read more

HER KIND OF LUCK

Michelle Balogh

A violin prodigy. A Guinness-World-Record Holder. A suspected spy. A grandmother ...In her mid-twenties, rudderless and unsure, Michelle Balogh moved into her great-grandmother Shan-Yi’s Sydney apartment just after her passing. Shan-Yi had been part of Michelle’s family since long before she was born and staying at the glamorous art deco apartment was meant to help Michelle back on her feet.Mo... read more

A violin prodigy. A Guinness-World-Record Holder. A suspected spy. A grandmother ...In her mid-twenties, rudderless and unsure, Michelle Balogh moved into her great-grandmother Shan-Yi’s Sydney apartment just after her passing. Shan-Yi had been part of Michelle’s family since long before she was born and staying at the glamorous art deco apartment was meant to help Michelle back on her feet.Mo... read more

The Paris Girl: A beautiful, heart-wrenching love story set in 1920s Paris

Natalie Meg Evans

Paris, 1920s. Tatiana Vytenis has worked hard to leave her past behind. Once a ruined Russian princess in hiding, she is now a sought-after model and engaged to Gérard de Sainte-Vierge – a handsome, if occasionally overbearing, aristocrat. With the Sainte-Vierge heirloom ruby sparkling on her finger, Tatiana feels as though she should be happy. Not long ago she was penniless and now she’s abou... read more

Paris, 1920s. Tatiana Vytenis has worked hard to leave her past behind. Once a ruined Russian princess in hiding, she is now a sought-after model and engaged to Gérard de Sainte-Vierge – a handsome, if occasionally overbearing, aristocrat. With the Sainte-Vierge heirloom ruby sparkling on her finger, Tatiana feels as though she should be happy. Not long ago she was penniless and now she’s abou... read more

The Devil Inside

D.L. Hicks

Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Revelation 2:10In a peaceful coastal town, a young woman is found brutally murdered, a piece of scripture held tightly in her hand. Local detective Charlotte Callaghan is put on the case, and she’s glad for the distraction – Gull Bay can be a hard place to keep a secret, and she’s holding on to a few.After Charlotte asks her brother, Father Joseph Call... read more

Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Revelation 2:10In a peaceful coastal town, a young woman is found brutally murdered, a piece of scripture held tightly in her hand. Local detective Charlotte Callaghan is put on the case, and she’s glad for the distraction – Gull Bay can be a hard place to keep a secret, and she’s holding on to a few.After Charlotte asks her brother, Father Joseph Call... read more

Black Bones, Red Earth

Lee Richie

Black Bones, Red Earth, is the harrowing, yet ultimately uplifting tale of a child’s search for happiness and a woman’s test of faith. Australian Southern Highlands author, Lee Richie, looked to his mother for inspiration for this heart-wrenching novel, but where the story eventually led, surprised even he. “It’s a shameful thread that runs throughout history; children are the ones to suffer a... read more

Black Bones, Red Earth, is the harrowing, yet ultimately uplifting tale of a child’s search for happiness and a woman’s test of faith. Australian Southern Highlands author, Lee Richie, looked to his mother for inspiration for this heart-wrenching novel, but where the story eventually led, surprised even he. “It’s a shameful thread that runs throughout history; children are the ones to suffer a... read more

Why She Ran: A completely gripping heart-stopping crime thriller

Geraldine Hogan

‘Rachel. They must have made a mistake. A mother would know?’ She let her words pour into the emptiness of the kitchen. She began to shiver. ‘I can’t feel anything,’ she said softly and rocked back and forth, as if she was a huge child, seeking solace in the simple gesture.When young, pretty nurse Rachel McDermott is found murdered in the harsh lights of the hospital kitchen where she works, h... read more

‘Rachel. They must have made a mistake. A mother would know?’ She let her words pour into the emptiness of the kitchen. She began to shiver. ‘I can’t feel anything,’ she said softly and rocked back and forth, as if she was a huge child, seeking solace in the simple gesture.When young, pretty nurse Rachel McDermott is found murdered in the harsh lights of the hospital kitchen where she works, h... read more

The Lotus Eaters

Emily Clements

Since childhood, Emily Clements’ sense of self had always been shaped by the opinions of others and her need to be liked. When a stand-off with her best friend sees nineteen-year-old Emily stranded in Vietnam, she is alone for the first time and adrift in a new environment. With seemingly nothing to lose, she makes the biggest decision of her life – to stay. But Emily's attempts to bridge a ya... read more

Since childhood, Emily Clements’ sense of self had always been shaped by the opinions of others and her need to be liked. When a stand-off with her best friend sees nineteen-year-old Emily stranded in Vietnam, she is alone for the first time and adrift in a new environment. With seemingly nothing to lose, she makes the biggest decision of her life – to stay. But Emily's attempts to bridge a ya... read more

The Little Shop on Silver Linings Street: An absolutely unforgettable Christmas romance

Emma Davies

Daisy Turner has worked at Buchanan’s Family Jewellers since the day she finally escaped her troubled home. With a unique talent for matching the perfect piece of jewellery to any romantic milestone, she painstakingly polishes each stunning creation every morning and safely locks them away each night, longing for the day she’ll have a love story to call her own…But everything changes one day i... read more

Daisy Turner has worked at Buchanan’s Family Jewellers since the day she finally escaped her troubled home. With a unique talent for matching the perfect piece of jewellery to any romantic milestone, she painstakingly polishes each stunning creation every morning and safely locks them away each night, longing for the day she’ll have a love story to call her own…But everything changes one day i... read more

The Empty Nest: An unputdownably gripping psychological thriller

Sue Watson

‘Sometimes we can’t see what’s right in front of us, Kat. Everyone has secrets, even the people we love, the people we live with…’Kat remembers the days when her only daughter Amy wouldn't leave her side. Amy was the baby who cried when you walked out of the room, the toddler who was too shy to speak to strangers, the small child who clung to Kat's legs in the school playground.But now Amy is ... read more

‘Sometimes we can’t see what’s right in front of us, Kat. Everyone has secrets, even the people we love, the people we live with…’Kat remembers the days when her only daughter Amy wouldn't leave her side. Amy was the baby who cried when you walked out of the room, the toddler who was too shy to speak to strangers, the small child who clung to Kat's legs in the school playground.But now Amy is ... read more

Her Hot Ride: A gripping and sexy biker mc romantic suspense novel (Red Dragon MC Series Book 3)

Heather Van Fleet

Her. Me. Handcuffs. You think you know what we’re up to, don’t you?I’m Archer.I’ve been in trouble plenty but I got these bad boys from home.Emily looks so good handcuffed to me.This is the only way I could think to stop her.She found out her mom was in danger and she ran away.She wants to save her, but we’re at war.Her brother, my best friend, told me I have to keep her safe.He trusts me.Unli... read more

Her. Me. Handcuffs. You think you know what we’re up to, don’t you?I’m Archer.I’ve been in trouble plenty but I got these bad boys from home.Emily looks so good handcuffed to me.This is the only way I could think to stop her.She found out her mom was in danger and she ran away.She wants to save her, but we’re at war.Her brother, my best friend, told me I have to keep her safe.He trusts me.Unli... read more

The Missing Letters of Mrs Bright: An absolutely unputdownable feel good novel about love, loss and taking chances

Beth Miller

‘Wow… I laughed out loud, I cried, I stayed up well into the night reading just a little bit more. I just loved this book so much… I really really loved this book… An absolute joy to read.’ Goodreads ReviewerSometimes it takes losing something to see where you truly belong. For the past twenty-nine years, Kay Bright’s days have had a familiar rhythm: she works in her husband’s stationery shop ... read more

‘Wow… I laughed out loud, I cried, I stayed up well into the night reading just a little bit more. I just loved this book so much… I really really loved this book… An absolute joy to read.’ Goodreads ReviewerSometimes it takes losing something to see where you truly belong. For the past twenty-nine years, Kay Bright’s days have had a familiar rhythm: she works in her husband’s stationery shop ... read more

The Day that Changed Everything: An absolutely gripping and emotional page turner

Catherine Miller

‘I absolutely loved this book, it was a beautiful story about love, loss and family. The characters were so well drawn I felt I knew them, and I didn't want to finish the book because that would mean saying goodbye to these wonderful characters.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐When you lose the love of your life, how do you find yourself again?For Tabitha, the day that changed everything started lik... read more

‘I absolutely loved this book, it was a beautiful story about love, loss and family. The characters were so well drawn I felt I knew them, and I didn't want to finish the book because that would mean saying goodbye to these wonderful characters.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐When you lose the love of your life, how do you find yourself again?For Tabitha, the day that changed everything started lik... read more

When We Were Brave: A completely gripping and emotional WW2 historical novel

Suzanne Kelman

The face of the woman in the photograph was tilted upwards, as if enjoying the sunshine just for a moment, even as the wreckage of the bombed-out street lay behind her… 1944, Cornwall: Blinded by love, Vivienne Hamilton eloped to Paris with a Nazi prisoner-of-war, never to be seen again. A disgrace to her family, her name would not be mentioned by any of her relatives for over 75 years.Present... read more

The face of the woman in the photograph was tilted upwards, as if enjoying the sunshine just for a moment, even as the wreckage of the bombed-out street lay behind her… 1944, Cornwall: Blinded by love, Vivienne Hamilton eloped to Paris with a Nazi prisoner-of-war, never to be seen again. A disgrace to her family, her name would not be mentioned by any of her relatives for over 75 years.Present... read more

Lauren has 4 reviews

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Georgia Ling
When God made proofreaders he used Lauren Finger as a template. Excellent! Delivered on time and I would highly recommend Lauren.

Georgia Ling, September 2020

Lauren Finger
Thank you so much for this amazing review, Georgia. I'm blushing. It was a pleasure working with you. Best of luck with your novel and the future ones to come!

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Sarah Dalton
Lauren is a pleasure to work with and an extremely thorough editor. She makes great suggestions and picks up on errors but always maintains the author's 'voice' while making changes. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her as an editor.

Sarah Dalton, June 2020

Lauren Finger
Thanks, Sarah, for such a wonderful review. I loved working on your novel and I hope it sells its socks off!

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Jackie McCarthy
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Lauren, who is such a professional and a delight to work with. She is endlessly enthusiastic and very supportive of the projects she's helped me with, as well as being a genuinely nice person. Lauren completed some editing work for me in early 2019. Her first task was to copyedit and proofread a short story prequel of around 8,000 words. Lauren returned the wor...
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Jackie McCarthy, June 2019

Lauren Finger
Thank you so much, Jackie, for this kind review. I loved working with you and look forward to doing so again.

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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.

David M Hinds, November 2018

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

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