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Lana Barnes

Lana Barnes - Editor

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Proofreader for middle grade and YA books. Words are my passion and I love helping authors become strong writers and clear communicators.

Overview

Don't know what a dangling participle is? Always mixing up to, too, and two? Confused about when to use who vs whom? Don't worry! I understand grammar so you don't have to!

Words are my passion and I love getting down to the nitty-gritty of a piece of work to help authors become the best writers and clearest communicators they can be.

If you're looking for someone to polish your work while maintaining your voice and unique point of view, I'm your person!

I studied English as an undergrad and received my Master's in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College, so I am well versed in the English language and written communication. I am a proofreader for HarperCollins Children's Books and Penguin Young Readers (Penguin Random House) and I am always looking for new clients.

I look forward to assisting you with all your verbal needs!

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Freelance Production Artist

Self-employed
June, 2015 – Present (about 2 years)

Efficiently and painstakingly completes a variety of projects including editorial and catalog layouts, print advertising, direct mail, and digital projects including tablet publications. Builds layouts using existing brand elements. Finalizes concept layouts to print-ready files. Researches stock and proprietary photographs. Color correction and light retouching.

Proofreader

Self-employed
November, 2014 – Present (over 2 years)

In addition to proofreading and cold reading middle grade and YA novels for HarperCollin's Children's Books and Penguin Young Readers, I also proofread digital magazines, sales and marketing materials, websites, blogs and newsletters for a variety of clients.

Pre-Media Associate

Penguin Random House
August, 2012 – March, 2015 (over 2 years)

Working with the Pre-media and Print and Digital Application teams, I provided creative technical support to all design and production groups and assisted in efforts relating to an electronic workflow.

I provided expert-level support and training (both classroom and one-on-one) in all the Adobe Creative Cloud programs and advised designers on best practices and press standards. I preflighted press-ready PDFs, ensuring files met industry-standard and vendor-specific technical requirements; assisted designers in building files that would reproduce accurately on press; liaised with vendors to resolve potential errors; managed the reprint process for both digital and offset presses and prepped final files for archive.

I also maintained vendor-supplied, large-format printers, including troubleshooting issues with GMG RIP software and updating and maintaining vendors’ press and finish simulations.

Graphic Production Assistant

Candlewick Press
September, 2009 – August, 2012 (almost 3 years)

As a part of the Candlewick Press Art Department, and working with the Graphic Production team, I was responsible for providing pre-media, Photoshop, and any and all technical support to the book and promo designers.

Following Candlewick aesthetic styles and standards, I managed the high-volume reprint workload, preflighted and post-flighted final files for print, prepared files for digital conversion (e-book, e-PDF), prepared and submitted files for sales and marketing materials, and assisted with high-res Photoshop projects.

I also trained and managed the workload of the Graphic Production intern, held an essential role in reorganizing and centralizing Candlewick’s digital asset archive, and assisted with creating and updating training and workflow documentation.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

A Book of Spirits and Thieves

Morgan Rhodes

“A modern day Outlander filled with adventure and danger…a breathless tale that only Morgan Rhodes could tell.”—Hypable New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes takes readers into exhilarating new high-fantasy territory with A BOOK OF SPIRITS AND THIEVES, an epic contemporary saga perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. The lives of Toronto teens Crystal and Be... read more

“A modern day Outlander filled with adventure and danger…a breathless tale that only Morgan Rhodes could tell.”—Hypable New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes takes readers into exhilarating new high-fantasy territory with A BOOK OF SPIRITS AND THIEVES, an epic contemporary saga perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. The lives of Toronto teens Crystal and Be... read more

We Built This City

Matt London

WHO WILL FINALLY RULE THE EIGHTH CONTINENT, ONCE AND FOR ALL? In the final action-packed adventure of this series perfect for fans of the Seven Wonders and the Candy Shop War series, Rick and Evie Lane are in an epic battle to take back the eighth continent! The Lane siblings have done the impossible and they finally have control of the eighth continent. But before the Lanes can finish buildin... read more

WHO WILL FINALLY RULE THE EIGHTH CONTINENT, ONCE AND FOR ALL? In the final action-packed adventure of this series perfect for fans of the Seven Wonders and the Candy Shop War series, Rick and Evie Lane are in an epic battle to take back the eighth continent! The Lane siblings have done the impossible and they finally have control of the eighth continent. But before the Lanes can finish buildin... read more

Spindle Fire

Lexa Hillyer

Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, Spindle Fire is an enthralling, wholly original reimagining of a classic faerie story.Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and voice on the same day. Despite their differe... read more

Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, Spindle Fire is an enthralling, wholly original reimagining of a classic faerie story.Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and voice on the same day. Despite their differe... read more

Elon Musk and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Young Readers' Edition

Ashlee Vance

An in-depth look into the extraordinary life of the world’s most important entrepreneur, Elon MuskThis fascinating and easily accessible young readers’ adaptation of Ashlee Vance’s New York Times bestselling Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future features black-and-white photographs throughout and an epilogue. The version for adults has been praised as “riveting” (The F... read more

An in-depth look into the extraordinary life of the world’s most important entrepreneur, Elon MuskThis fascinating and easily accessible young readers’ adaptation of Ashlee Vance’s New York Times bestselling Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future features black-and-white photographs throughout and an epilogue. The version for adults has been praised as “riveting” (The F... read more

Joplin, Wishing

Diane Stanley

A heartfelt and magical middle grade novel in the tradition of Tuck Everlasting and Bridge to Terabithia, about family, wishes, and the power of true friends to work magic. While cleaning out her reclusive grandfather’s house, Joplin discovers pieces of a broken platter in a cookie tin. After having the platter repaired, Joplin wishes that she could both find a friend at school, and befriend t... read more

A heartfelt and magical middle grade novel in the tradition of Tuck Everlasting and Bridge to Terabithia, about family, wishes, and the power of true friends to work magic. While cleaning out her reclusive grandfather’s house, Joplin discovers pieces of a broken platter in a cookie tin. After having the platter repaired, Joplin wishes that she could both find a friend at school, and befriend t... read more

16 Ways to Break a Heart

Lauren Strasnick

Unfolding through letters, texts, and chats, Lauren Strasnick’s smart, sexy, page-turning new novel is the ultimate he said/she said breakdown of a relationship gone wrong.Natalie and Dan were electric from the moment they met. Witty banter and sizzling chemistry made falling in love easy—even inevitable. He was in awe of her subversive art and contagious zest for life; she was drawn to his go... read more

Unfolding through letters, texts, and chats, Lauren Strasnick’s smart, sexy, page-turning new novel is the ultimate he said/she said breakdown of a relationship gone wrong.Natalie and Dan were electric from the moment they met. Witty banter and sizzling chemistry made falling in love easy—even inevitable. He was in awe of her subversive art and contagious zest for life; she was drawn to his go... read more

It's Not Like It's a Secret

Misa Sugiura

This charming and bittersweet coming-of-age story featuring two girls of color falling in love is part To All the Boys I've Loved Before and part Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.Sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara has too many secrets. Some are small, like how it bothers her when her friends don’t invite her to parties. Some are big, like the fact that her father may be having an affair. And then... read more

This charming and bittersweet coming-of-age story featuring two girls of color falling in love is part To All the Boys I've Loved Before and part Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.Sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara has too many secrets. Some are small, like how it bothers her when her friends don’t invite her to parties. Some are big, like the fact that her father may be having an affair. And then... read more

Returned

Kimberley Griffiths Little

Perfect for fans of Cleopatra’s Moon and the adult bestseller The Red Tent, this is the final book in the epic trilogy that began with Forbidden and Banished. Jayden and Kadesh’s love will be put to the ultimate test as they fight a war to save their kingdom. After tragedy strikes on the day they were to wed, Jayden must support Kadesh as he ascends the throne and becomes king of Sariba. But w... read more

Perfect for fans of Cleopatra’s Moon and the adult bestseller The Red Tent, this is the final book in the epic trilogy that began with Forbidden and Banished. Jayden and Kadesh’s love will be put to the ultimate test as they fight a war to save their kingdom. After tragedy strikes on the day they were to wed, Jayden must support Kadesh as he ascends the throne and becomes king of Sariba. But w... read more

Ratscalibur

Josh Lieb

From the New York Times bestselling author of I Am A Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President“A witty mash-up of favorite fantasy motifs.”—New York Times Book Review“Ratscalibur is funny, it’s scary, and it’s sweet, like life. But it has talking rats and magic, so it’s better than life.”—Jimmy Fallon “Full of clever dialogue and hilarious puns...Don’t be surprised if th... read more

From the New York Times bestselling author of I Am A Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President“A witty mash-up of favorite fantasy motifs.”—New York Times Book Review“Ratscalibur is funny, it’s scary, and it’s sweet, like life. But it has talking rats and magic, so it’s better than life.”—Jimmy Fallon “Full of clever dialogue and hilarious puns...Don’t be surprised if th... read more

Dare Mighty Things

Heather Kaczynski

The Selection meets The 5th Wave in this heart-racing debut duology about a girl competing for a spot on a mysterious mission to the outer reaches of space.THE RULES ARE SIMPLE: You must be gifted. You must be younger than twenty-five. You must be willing to accept the dangers that you will face if you win.Eighteen-year-old Cassandra Gupta’s entire life has been leading up to this—the opportun... read more

The Selection meets The 5th Wave in this heart-racing debut duology about a girl competing for a spot on a mysterious mission to the outer reaches of space.THE RULES ARE SIMPLE: You must be gifted. You must be younger than twenty-five. You must be willing to accept the dangers that you will face if you win.Eighteen-year-old Cassandra Gupta’s entire life has been leading up to this—the opportun... read more

How to Disappear

Sharon Huss Roat

From the author of Between the Notes comes a story that shines a light on our love of social media and how sometimes being the person you think you want to be isn’t as great as being the person you truly are. Perfect for fans of Vivi Greene’s Sing and Susane Colasanti’s Now and Forever.Vicky Decker’s social anxiety has helped her to master the art of hiding in plain sight, appearing only to he... read more

From the author of Between the Notes comes a story that shines a light on our love of social media and how sometimes being the person you think you want to be isn’t as great as being the person you truly are. Perfect for fans of Vivi Greene’s Sing and Susane Colasanti’s Now and Forever.Vicky Decker’s social anxiety has helped her to master the art of hiding in plain sight, appearing only to he... read more

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