Fiona McLaren

Fiona McLaren - Editor Tick

Limassol, Cyprus

Shaping novels into the best version of an author's vision. Former clients published by HarperTeen, Macmillan, and more. US and UK markets.

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As a long-time editor and author, I'm fully aware that writers need a solid support system around them to enable their writing to progress from a dream into a reality. Working with both new and experienced writers has given me the opportunity to develop writers from their very first drafts straight through to their polished manuscripts.

My job is to ensure you can see where your writing shines and what skills you excel at (which is just as important as knowing what you need to work on), as well as showing you how to improve your craft, build a strong, engaging plot, and create characters who leap off the page. I can help you create the best possible version of your book and your vision, staying true to the story that you want to tell.

Authors I have had the pleasure of dealing with have been published by HarperTeen, Macmillan, Entangled Teen, Swoon Romance, with one author who has recently sold TV rights. As for me, I'm a foodie, an animal lover, and collector of adventures and travel.

I have a strong interest in diverse projects, #ownvoices, and, in particular, epilepsy, spinal issues, and GAD. And give me your speculative fiction in droves!

Testimonials:

"Fiona has been my critique partner and editor for four years. She was also my PitchWars co-mentor for two years, so I can attest without reservation that she is an astute, intuitive and professional editor of the highest standard. She is equally adept at providing structural feedback on characters, plot, pacing and tension as she is on assessing the details like passive writing, show not tell, overused words. She is also a tireless champion and coach, exactly the type of motivating editor every writer needs in their corner!"
-Dionne McCulloch, Reedsy Editor, Bath Novel Award judge, and editor for a UK literary consultancy

"I've worked with Fiona McLaren for years on my novels. She has a keen eye for details and execution, an extensive knowledge of the craft of writing, and is always on point with what needs to be done to make the project shine. Fiona is also a complete gem and is the perfect combination of constructive and supportive. I cannot recommend her enough."
-Jesskia Fleck - Beware the Night (Swoon Reads/Macmillan), and The Castaways (Entangled Teen)

"Fiona McLaren is a writer’s guardian angel. She clears away the excess gunk to find the beating, pulsing heart of your writing and brings it to life."
Lisa Amowitz - Breaking Glass (Spencer Hill), Until Beth (Spencer Hill), Fractured (Spencer Hill), Vision (Spencer Hill)

"Before my agent sees my latest book, I send it to Fiona McLaren. Her insight is spot on, and her notes always take my work to the next level. She was influential in the book that landed my lit agent as well as the one that published. I am now represented by a major Hollywood agency, and have a television production deal. Through it all, Fiona has been my most trusted CP."
-Kes Tresner - A Dangerous Year (Curiosity Quills)

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure
Dystopian
Fantasy
Horror
Mashups
Paranormal Romance
Urban Fantasy
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Editor

Freelance and consultancy
April, 2013 – Present (over 5 years)

Developing authors' novels by providing one-on-one editorial services and in-depth editorial reports, inline edits, and Skype calls/Google Hangouts to discuss editorial issues.

Copywriter

OrderBox Media
June, 2016 – November, 2017 (over 1 year)

Copywriter for a variety of different vectors, including but not limited to: entertainment, poker, lifestyle, finance, trading and Forex, sports, and gaming.

Lead Scriptwriter

AcroSquare
November, 2014 – May, 2018 (over 3 years)

Responsible for writing and developing an animation script, working on the editorial side of the project, and specializing in dialogue, pacing, and concise writing skills. First production due out at a later date.

Literary Agency Intern

Inklings Literary Agency
August, 2013 – August, 2015 (about 2 years)

Evaluating queries and creating reader reports.

Literary Agency Intern

Holloway Literary Agency
January, 2011 – January, 2012 (about 1 year)

Evaluating queries and creating reader reports.

Freelance writer

Freelance
April, 2005 – Present (over 13 years)

Travel writing, variety of articles, copy writing, long term children's charity writer.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Among the Red Stars

Gwen C. Katz

World War Two has shattered Valka's homeland of Russia, and Valka is determined to help the effort. She knows her skills as a pilot rival the best of the men, so when an all-female aviation group forms, Valka is the first to sign up.Flying has always meant freedom and exhilaration for Valka, but dropping bombs on German soldiers from a fragile canvas biplane is no joyride. The war is taking it... read more

World War Two has shattered Valka's homeland of Russia, and Valka is determined to help the effort. She knows her skills as a pilot rival the best of the men, so when an all-female aviation group forms, Valka is the first to sign up.Flying has always meant freedom and exhilaration for Valka, but dropping bombs on German soldiers from a fragile canvas biplane is no joyride. The war is taking it... read more

Beware the Night

Jessika Fleck

When her world divides, Veda must fight against injustice--and the boy she loves.On the island of Bellona, they worship the sun. Seventeen-year-old Veda Adeline understands that keeping the sun content ensures plentiful crops, civilian peace and harmony, and a thriving commerce. But as a member of the Basso class, she never reaps those benefits.Life as a Basso is one fraught with back-breaking... read more

When her world divides, Veda must fight against injustice--and the boy she loves.On the island of Bellona, they worship the sun. Seventeen-year-old Veda Adeline understands that keeping the sun content ensures plentiful crops, civilian peace and harmony, and a thriving commerce. But as a member of the Basso class, she never reaps those benefits.Life as a Basso is one fraught with back-breaking... read more

The Castaways

Jessika Fleck

The Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous. Renowned for its infamous corn maze...and the kids who go missing in it. When Olive runs into the maze, she wakes up on an isolated and undetectable island where a decades-long war between two factions of rival teens is in full swing. Trapped, Olive must slowly attempt to win each of her new comrades’ hearts as Will—their mysterious, stoically... read more

The Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous. Renowned for its infamous corn maze...and the kids who go missing in it. When Olive runs into the maze, she wakes up on an isolated and undetectable island where a decades-long war between two factions of rival teens is in full swing. Trapped, Olive must slowly attempt to win each of her new comrades’ hearts as Will—their mysterious, stoically... read more

Effortless With You

Lizzy Charles

"A definite MUST READ! EFFORTLESS WITH YOU left me smiling like a doofus and hugging my Kindle." -- Cassie Mae, bestselling author of REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND and the forthcoming HOW TO DATE A NERD "A fun summer read. Highly recommended." -- Sheralynn Kwong "A quick, fun and flirty read. Thanks for sharing." -- Julie Ann Marra EFFORTLESS WITH YOU is the story of Lucy, a girl who... read more

"A definite MUST READ! EFFORTLESS WITH YOU left me smiling like a doofus and hugging my Kindle." -- Cassie Mae, bestselling author of REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND and the forthcoming HOW TO DATE A NERD "A fun summer read. Highly recommended." -- Sheralynn Kwong "A quick, fun and flirty read. Thanks for sharing." -- Julie Ann Marra EFFORTLESS WITH YOU is the story of Lucy, a girl who... read more

Perfectly Messy (Effortless With You) (Volume 2)

Lizzy Charles

Popularity isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Justin Marshall knows this better than most. For the captain of the basketball team, small business owner, and son of Minnesota's next governor, life can get pretty overwhelming. But Justin can handle anything as long as he has Lucy, the girl who fell for the man he’s trying to be. But for Justin and Lucy, finding time together proves challeng... read more

Popularity isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Justin Marshall knows this better than most. For the captain of the basketball team, small business owner, and son of Minnesota's next governor, life can get pretty overwhelming. But Justin can handle anything as long as he has Lucy, the girl who fell for the man he’s trying to be. But for Justin and Lucy, finding time together proves challeng... read more

Breaking Glass

Lisa Amowitz

On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he's not sure whether they're real or if he's losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes ... read more

On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he's not sure whether they're real or if he's losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes ... read more

Going Home Again

Abby Cavenaugh

For Alyssa Jones, Michael Day was always the untouchable guy in high school. Twenty years later, when the now-famous pop star returns home to coastal North Carolina for a sabbatical from his failing marriage, Alyssa gets the chance to interview him for her magazine—and perhaps the chance to live out her teenage dreams.When the two meet, the chemistry between them ignites and causes problems fo... read more

For Alyssa Jones, Michael Day was always the untouchable guy in high school. Twenty years later, when the now-famous pop star returns home to coastal North Carolina for a sabbatical from his failing marriage, Alyssa gets the chance to interview him for her magazine—and perhaps the chance to live out her teenage dreams.When the two meet, the chemistry between them ignites and causes problems fo... read more

A Dangerous Year (Riley Collins)

Kes Trester

"...an exhilarating ride!" - BuzzfeedAs the daughter of an American ambassador, seventeen-year-old Riley Collins has grown up in some of the world's most dangerous cities.She may have learned the art of politics from her dad, but it's the lessons in survival taught by his security chief that she's taken to heart.When Riley is caught up in a violent incident, the State Department steps in, offe... read more

"...an exhilarating ride!" - BuzzfeedAs the daughter of an American ambassador, seventeen-year-old Riley Collins has grown up in some of the world's most dangerous cities.She may have learned the art of politics from her dad, but it's the lessons in survival taught by his security chief that she's taken to heart.When Riley is caught up in a violent incident, the State Department steps in, offe... read more

It Had to Be You

Lizzy Charles

James Parson has a problem. His military dad is going to yank him out of his expensive boarding school if James doesn’t prove he’s no longer hooking up, pulling pranks, and charming his way out of consequences. What better way to show he’s now responsible than becoming the committed boyfriend of a U.S. diplomat’s daughter? Level-headed, book-smart Edelweiss may have traveled the world thanks t... read more

James Parson has a problem. His military dad is going to yank him out of his expensive boarding school if James doesn’t prove he’s no longer hooking up, pulling pranks, and charming his way out of consequences. What better way to show he’s now responsible than becoming the committed boyfriend of a U.S. diplomat’s daughter? Level-headed, book-smart Edelweiss may have traveled the world thanks t... read more

Bring the Rain

Lizzy Charles

Everything is waiting in Paris for Autumn—her new home, her mom, the Louvre, and a life where she can experience art, and not just look at it. But to get there, she'll have to survive the summer in the least colorful place she can imagine — her father's Oklahoma cattle ranch Autumn finds the perfect summer distraction in Colt, the one cowboy hotter than the July sun. But Colt is her father's r... read more

Everything is waiting in Paris for Autumn—her new home, her mom, the Louvre, and a life where she can experience art, and not just look at it. But to get there, she'll have to survive the summer in the least colorful place she can imagine — her father's Oklahoma cattle ranch Autumn finds the perfect summer distraction in Colt, the one cowboy hotter than the July sun. But Colt is her father's r... read more

Until Beth

Lisa Amowitz

Talented rock guitarist Beth Collins has been barely holding herself together for months, ever since her boyfriend and bandmate became the latest victim in a string of suspicious disappearances. When her brother is injured an accident and she sees something dark billowing around him as he hovers close to death, she’s convinced her sanity is collapsing for good. Then she's accepted by a boardin... read more

Talented rock guitarist Beth Collins has been barely holding herself together for months, ever since her boyfriend and bandmate became the latest victim in a string of suspicious disappearances. When her brother is injured an accident and she sees something dark billowing around him as he hovers close to death, she’s convinced her sanity is collapsing for good. Then she's accepted by a boardin... read more

Fractured (Vision)

Lisa Amowitz

Bobby's a hick who sees visions. Jeremy's a smartass who sees dead people. Together, they have a weekend to stop a murderer...if they don't kill each other first. Sparks fly when the worlds of Lisa Amowitz’s BREAKING GLASS and VISION collide.

Bobby's a hick who sees visions. Jeremy's a smartass who sees dead people. Together, they have a weekend to stop a murderer...if they don't kill each other first. Sparks fly when the worlds of Lisa Amowitz’s BREAKING GLASS and VISION collide.

Vision

Lisa Amowitz

High school student Bobby Pendell already has his hands full--he works almost every night to support his disabled-vet father and gifted little brother. Then he meets the beautiful new girl in town, who just happens to be his boss's daughter. Bobby has rules about that kind of thing. Nothing matters more than keeping his job. When Bobby starts to get blinding migraines that come with scary, vio... read more

High school student Bobby Pendell already has his hands full--he works almost every night to support his disabled-vet father and gifted little brother. Then he meets the beautiful new girl in town, who just happens to be his boss's daughter. Bobby has rules about that kind of thing. Nothing matters more than keeping his job. When Bobby starts to get blinding migraines that come with scary, vio... read more

The Clendenin Massacre

Gregory A Clendenin

When sixty Shawnee Indians led by their chief, Cornstalk, arrive unannounced at the Clendenin farmstead in Virginia, the family hesitantly offers their home and food in a gesture of friendship and peace. But things quickly go horribly wrong, the event forever becoming an important part of the annals of colonial America, even spurring the King of England to issue a historical proclamation. The ... read more

When sixty Shawnee Indians led by their chief, Cornstalk, arrive unannounced at the Clendenin farmstead in Virginia, the family hesitantly offers their home and food in a gesture of friendship and peace. But things quickly go horribly wrong, the event forever becoming an important part of the annals of colonial America, even spurring the King of England to issue a historical proclamation. The ... read more

Fiona has 9 reviews

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Siobhan C. Yilmaz

This was my first experience of using an editor and I couldn't have asked for a better editor for the job. Being a newbie, I had to take the leap into the unknown and Fiona was just the support I needed. She's professional, friendly and doesn't intimidate. She made sure before working together that we would be a fit, and I felt that was important as much as she did. Her critique is delivered ...

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Siobhan C. Yilmaz, October 2018

Fiona McLaren

Working together has been a great experience and you really have a wonderful attitude to editing (so essential in this business) and I have been having a lot of fun with you and your characters! I'm always here for whatever questions you have and thank you for choosing me to read the words of your heart!

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Darcy Pattison

Amazing editor with great insight and understanding. Fiona doesn't just dictate from on high; she's willing to discuss and help you understand the whys of her comments. Great collaboration!

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Darcy Pattison, October 2018

Fiona McLaren

Darcy, thank you for such a great review, especially as you are such a talented and knowledgeable professional in the industry yourself. I'm thrilled to have been a part of Britt and Tatty Mog's journey. They really are quite the pair!

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Tim Murphy

Fiona is a mentor as well as an editor. She provides plenty of detailed and relevant feedback. It's clear she's invested in the manuscript. It feels like a partnership. She points out areas for improvement, but also tells you what’s working. With this guidance, I was able to expand on the good areas and cut out the places where the story lagged. That was exactly what I was looking for when I wa...

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Tim Murphy, September 2018

Fiona McLaren

Thank you for your lovely review, Tim. I loved the pleasure of reading (and I'm definitely buying it when it hits the shelves.) You have a brilliant talent and I really want this book to go far. You've been a joy to work with. And I'm dying to know what happens next!

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david BALZARINI

Fiona is very professional, attentive to detail, responsive and insightful. She is great at identifying a project's strengths, what truly makes it unique as well as areas for improvement. In an ever-changing world of self-publishing, it is vital for writers to find a resource like Fiona to help make their work stand out from the pack. Thank you Fiona!

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david BALZARINI, August 2018

Fiona McLaren

Thank you, David. You already know that I think your book has a really unique place in the market, and that there's a definite readership for it. I love our conversations on how to get into the meat of the story and make it shine. It's an absolutely pleasure to work with you, and I'm eagerly anticipating your success!

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Ana Carina Baca

Fiona was an absolute joy to work with. She edited every aspect of my manuscript to the highest degree possible. She went above and beyond the regular editing duties, and she continues to support and aid me throughout the process of writing and publishing a book to this day. I would highly recommend Fiona to anyone in need of a professional, hard-working, and devoted editor.

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Ana Carina Baca, August 2018

Fiona McLaren

I had an absolute blast working with you, Ana! There's nothing better than seeing a book become stronger, and I still can't decide whether I'm on Team Holden or on Team Lukas (though I think Lukas is winning by a nudge!) It's a pleasure to have worked with you. You're a wonderful writer and I am excited to see where your story goes.

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