Lauren Finger

Lauren Finger – Editor

Book editor, 20+ yrs. Commercial fiction. I've worked in-house and freelance for major publishers in Australia, US, UK. FREE FROM MARCH 2024

Overview

I'm a very experienced editor with an excellent reputation in trade publishing, including digital publishing. I have worked in-house for Bookouture, a digital publisher of commercial fiction, and before that the more traditional and literary houses, Atlantic Books and Allen & Unwin. I have worked with first-time authors through to high-profile and professional writers. I am available for assessments, developmental editing, copyediting and proofreading of commercial fiction. So if you have written an entertaining and gripping novel, whether it be historical fiction, women's fiction, crime, thriller or romance, get in touch to see how I can help.


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 have empathy and imagination, a dry sense of humour, I'm kind and communicative, 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.

Services
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Cozy Mysteries Historical Fiction Psychological Thriller Romantic Comedy Women's Fiction
Languages
English (AUS) English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Sep, 2018 — Present

Copyediting, structural/developmental editing, proofreading and manuscript assessments for independent writers and book publishers.

Clients include: Aspiring authors, established indie (self-published) authors, Bookouture, Penguin Random House Australia, Harpeth Road Press, HQ Australia, Echo, Kill Your Darlings, Allen & Unwin, Brio Books, Canelo, Hera Books, Hardie Grant, Simon & Schuster Australia.

Bookouture

Oct, 2016 — Aug, 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

Atlantic Books

Jan, 2012 — Sep, 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

London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Aug, 2011 — Dec, 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

Allen & Unwin

Sep, 2005 — Apr, 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

Black Sheep

Nunn, Judy

Copy Editing
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Developmental Editing
Copy Editing
Developmental Editing
Proofreading
Proofreading
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A Christmas Wish

Leigh, Annette

Copy Editing
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
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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 Tay... read more
Proofreading
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You Are Invited: A Ghost Story

Denzil, Sarah A.

Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Developmental Editing
Copy Editing
Developmental Editing
Copy Editing
Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading
One of Us

Kaden, Kylie

Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Proofreading
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Once Upon a Camino

Wilson, Matthew S.

Copy Editing
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... read more
Copy Editing
‘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.’ Go... read more
Copy Editing
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 Ch... read more
Copy Editing
‘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 Cho... read more
Copy Editing

Lauren has 8 reviews

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Cheryl E.

Cheryl E.

Dec, 2023

Lauren was fantastic. Her feedback was tactful and supportive while still being honest and effective. She picked up on several key points that were very helpful. She was also very generous with her time and assistance. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for an excellent editor.
Lauren F.
Thank you for such a lovely review, Cheryl. It was great fun working on your novel and I wish you all the best of luck with the series.
Leigh R.

Leigh R.

Sep, 2023

I really appreciated Lauren's professionalism - project was delivered on time as arranged. Her help in identifying plot problems I hadn't realised was extraordinary. She also went above and beyond by providing a couple of suggestions to assist me to improve my plot. A great experience.
Lauren F.
Thank you so much, Leigh, for this generous review. I so enjoyed your story and I'm thrilled that you found the edit helpful. Best of luck with the next stages!
Sonya M.

Sonya M.

Apr, 2023

Lauren was absolutely amazing and I cannot recommend her highly enough. She completed a developmental edit for me. She made amazing suggestions and really boosted my confidence about the quality of my work. I intend to work with her again and again in the future.
Lauren F.
Thank you so much, Sonya, for this kind review. I loved working with you on your novel and looking forward to doing so again in the future!
Vanna N.

Vanna N.

Dec, 2022

Upon reading Lauren's comprehensive feedback and report on my work it was evident that she has immense respect and knowledge for the craft and the industry. As a developmental editor, her approach is mentor-like which is extremely uplifting and encouraging. She was able to identify how my manuscript could be elevated and made suggestions with intention to improve or rethink certain areas. With ...
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Lauren F.
Thank you so much, Vanna, for this generous and thoughtful review. I wish you all the best with your novel.
Georgia L.

Georgia L.

Sep, 2020

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