Lara Hyde

Lara Hyde - Editor

Hamilton, ON, Canada

I specialize in romance fiction but have edited books across all genres, including erotica, fantasy, children's books and non-fiction.

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Overview

I am a professional editor (substantive editing and copy editing) and proofreader who has been working in the field for over 15 years. I started out as an in-house editor for a traditional publishing house (Harlequin, now a division of Harper Collins) and have parlayed my experience into freelancing for publishers, as well as individual clients.

I have degrees in journalism and education and I particularly love editing memoirs and young adult fiction. In the past, I have had the honour of working on books by romance queen, Debbie Macomber, and thriller author, Rick Mofina, in addition to hundreds of other talented and inspiring writers. I love the process of polishing a manuscript to see it reach its full potential!

In addition to editing, my other loves are reading anything and everything (duh!), interior design, travelling with my family, and sweating over the New York Times Sunday Crossword while sipping on a cold brew--coffee, that is...though if it takes me into the evening, I might reach for a glass of rosé...

It would be my honour to help you refine your manuscript so that you can be truly proud of it before sending it out into the world! Looking forward to hearing from you.
Languages
English (CAN)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Christian Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Paranormal Romance
Romance
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Work experience

Editor

Tellwell Talent
August, 2016 – Present (over 3 years)

Provide substantive editing, copy-editing, and proofreading services for authors, in addition to manuscript evaluations and back cover copy.

Freelance Editor and Writer

Self-employed
July, 2010 – Present (over 9 years)

I am primarily a freelance editor, performing content edits, copy edits, editorial evaluations and other editorial-related tasks, including proofreading and writing back cover copy. Although I specialize in romance fiction, I have experience editing a wide range of fiction from erotica to thrillers and children's books, and am open to most other fiction genres as well. I have also edited a number of non-fiction titles and am especially interested in biographies/autobiographies.

In addition to my freelance editing work, I've been a contributing writer for Canadian parenting magazine, INBETWEEN, since its launch in December 2013, with published articles on a diverse range of topics from eating disorders to beauty trends and interviews with celebrities. My writing experience extends to writing press releases, proposals and website copy for clients, as well as contributing television-based articles to an entertainment website.

Assistant Editor

Harlequin Enterprises
July, 2006 – July, 2010 (about 4 years)

Managed a number of editorial responsibilities, including developing and maintaining an author base, liaising with agents, acquiring new authors, negotiating contracts, reading and evaluating manuscripts, substantive editing, line editing, writing back cover copy and providing editorial input on packaging design.

Managed the backlist of #1 New York Times bestselling author, Nora Roberts, which included writing engaging back cover copy for reprints.

As a member of the Customer Insight Team, developed and implemented a strategy to communicate research findings pertaining to our customer to the rest of the company.

Formulated and oversaw company policy regarding the communication of authors' bestseller status.

Editorial Assistant

Harlequin Enterprises
March, 2003 – July, 2006 (over 3 years)

Provided editorial and administrative support including evaluating manuscript submissions, managing an author base (contracting material, performing substantive and line edits), maintaining series' records and preparing inventory reports.

Proofreader

Harlequin Enterprises
April, 2002 – March, 2003 (11 months)

Responsible for proofreading books and ancillary material.

Portfolio (17 selected works)

Honeycake: A Family Of Spices

Medea Kalantar

Honeycake introduces readers to a diverse, multi-cultural family that is full of love. The grandmother explains why she calls her grandchildren "Honeycakes" while she teaches her granddaughter how to bake a honey cake. Through imagination, the grandmother details how each delicious ingredient represents a different family member and his or her unique ethnic background. This charming book also ... read more

Honeycake introduces readers to a diverse, multi-cultural family that is full of love. The grandmother explains why she calls her grandchildren "Honeycakes" while she teaches her granddaughter how to bake a honey cake. Through imagination, the grandmother details how each delicious ingredient represents a different family member and his or her unique ethnic background. This charming book also ... read more

The L.I.E.

Brian Barrie

A brilliant young woman, shut off from the world, determines to seek her revenge by stealing the energy of children and selling it to the infirm. However, a young girl's friendship miraculously transforms her life and lives of the inhabitants of her historic village forever.

A brilliant young woman, shut off from the world, determines to seek her revenge by stealing the energy of children and selling it to the infirm. However, a young girl's friendship miraculously transforms her life and lives of the inhabitants of her historic village forever.

Orchestrating Change: How to Navigate Complexity and Get Results

Jeff Pedde

Why do so many organizational change initiatives fail so frequently?Organizations are systems with input, process, and output - so the mechanics of change should be easy enough. Yet time and again these mechanistic approaches to change just don't work. What are we missing?Sure, organizations are systems, but they are living systems, made up of real people. Org charts are tidy. People are messy... read more

Why do so many organizational change initiatives fail so frequently?Organizations are systems with input, process, and output - so the mechanics of change should be easy enough. Yet time and again these mechanistic approaches to change just don't work. What are we missing?Sure, organizations are systems, but they are living systems, made up of real people. Org charts are tidy. People are messy... read more

A Daughter's Story

Tara Taylor Quinn

You can't change the past but you can choose the future!Twenty-five years ago… Emma Sanderson's life was completely overturned. Her baby sister was kidnapped, right there in Comfort Cove, and her family fell apart.Now… Emma lives quietly, cautiously. Until suddenly she finds out that the cold case involving her sister's disappearance has been reopened. Then, she ends her engagement—and meets a... read more

You can't change the past but you can choose the future!Twenty-five years ago… Emma Sanderson's life was completely overturned. Her baby sister was kidnapped, right there in Comfort Cove, and her family fell apart.Now… Emma lives quietly, cautiously. Until suddenly she finds out that the cold case involving her sister's disappearance has been reopened. Then, she ends her engagement—and meets a... read more

Skin Dancer

Carolyn Haines

In the deep quiet of the South Dakota wilderness, a killer is on the loose. The victims are poachers and professional hunters. Their skinned and beheaded corpses are left hanging upside down. Rookie Criss County Deputy Rachel Redmond, a young woman with a troubled past and a need to prove herself, must find the killer.Native American legend speaks of a Sioux warrior who took too much pride in ... read more

In the deep quiet of the South Dakota wilderness, a killer is on the loose. The victims are poachers and professional hunters. Their skinned and beheaded corpses are left hanging upside down. Rookie Criss County Deputy Rachel Redmond, a young woman with a troubled past and a need to prove herself, must find the killer.Native American legend speaks of a Sioux warrior who took too much pride in ... read more

The Gatekeeper (A Kelly Jones Novel Book 3)

Michelle Gagnon

From the moment sixteen-year-old Madison Grant is abducted, an unthinkable terrorist plot is set in motion--pitting Special Agent Kelly Jones against her most powerful adversary yet. The kidnapper's ransom demands aren't monetary...they come at a cost that no American can afford to pay.As Kelly's fiancé, Jake Riley, races to find Madison, Kelly is assigned to another disturbing case: the murde... read more

From the moment sixteen-year-old Madison Grant is abducted, an unthinkable terrorist plot is set in motion--pitting Special Agent Kelly Jones against her most powerful adversary yet. The kidnapper's ransom demands aren't monetary...they come at a cost that no American can afford to pay.As Kelly's fiancé, Jake Riley, races to find Madison, Kelly is assigned to another disturbing case: the murde... read more

Surviving Myself: How An Eating Disorder, A Car Accident And A Stroke Taught Me To Love My Life And Finally Start Living It

Dina Pestonji

GROWING UP, DINA PESTONJI was afforded all the comfort, love and affection anyone could ask for. She should have been a happy, carefree girl. But from the age of 10, she felt uncomfortably "different," like an ugly brown duckling in a sea of perfect girls with white skin and blue eyes. In this powerful, brutally honest memoir, Dina vividly describes the losing battle that engulfed her mind and... read more

GROWING UP, DINA PESTONJI was afforded all the comfort, love and affection anyone could ask for. She should have been a happy, carefree girl. But from the age of 10, she felt uncomfortably "different," like an ugly brown duckling in a sea of perfect girls with white skin and blue eyes. In this powerful, brutally honest memoir, Dina vividly describes the losing battle that engulfed her mind and... read more

Sinful

Charlotte Featherstone

In Victorian England vice of every kind can be purchased, and Matthew, the Earl of Wallingford, makes certain he avails himself of every possible pleasure. Bored and jaded, he is as well-known for his coldness as for his licentious affairs with beautiful women.While these dalliances fulfill Matthew's every physical need, they secretly leave him numb and emotionally void. Until one night when h... read more

In Victorian England vice of every kind can be purchased, and Matthew, the Earl of Wallingford, makes certain he avails himself of every possible pleasure. Bored and jaded, he is as well-known for his coldness as for his licentious affairs with beautiful women.While these dalliances fulfill Matthew's every physical need, they secretly leave him numb and emotionally void. Until one night when h... read more

Tortured

Amanda McIntyre

Ensnared in the war-torn, untamed Dark Ages of North England, Sierra understands all too well what it takes to survive: the ability to numb the soul. She has learned this lesson the hard way, watching her mother die at the hands of the king's henchmen, her brother cast out into the cold to perish, and discovering the treacherous, leering king holds a crucial secret about her past.But when he g... read more

Ensnared in the war-torn, untamed Dark Ages of North England, Sierra understands all too well what it takes to survive: the ability to numb the soul. She has learned this lesson the hard way, watching her mother die at the hands of the king's henchmen, her brother cast out into the cold to perish, and discovering the treacherous, leering king holds a crucial secret about her past.But when he g... read more

Obsessive-Compulsive Dramatic: My Fight Against OCD, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Addiction

Jack A. Bingham

My name is Jack Bingham, I'm twenty-one and a full-blown mental patient. This is going to be a look into my mind-the way I've learned to cope with my mental illnesses. I wish I could tell you that my story is going to be chock-full of amazing insight, but a lot of it is learning what not to do. You'll get an idea of what it's like to have extreme obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline perso... read more

My name is Jack Bingham, I'm twenty-one and a full-blown mental patient. This is going to be a look into my mind-the way I've learned to cope with my mental illnesses. I wish I could tell you that my story is going to be chock-full of amazing insight, but a lot of it is learning what not to do. You'll get an idea of what it's like to have extreme obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline perso... read more

A Different Kind of Man (Count on a Cop)

Suzanne Cox

Emalea LeBlanc is a different kind of woman.Nicknamed “Doc” by the locals, she’s a psychologist, a member of the volunteer search and rescue team and an avid motorcycle enthusiast. But she’s haunted by memories of an abusive father and relationships with men who haven’t been much better.What she needs is a different kind of man.Someone she can trust. Someone who won’t hurt her. Jackson Cooper ... read more

Emalea LeBlanc is a different kind of woman.Nicknamed “Doc” by the locals, she’s a psychologist, a member of the volunteer search and rescue team and an avid motorcycle enthusiast. But she’s haunted by memories of an abusive father and relationships with men who haven’t been much better.What she needs is a different kind of man.Someone she can trust. Someone who won’t hurt her. Jackson Cooper ... read more

Cinderella Christmas (Harlequin American Romance)

Shelley Galloway

Cinderella Christmas by Shelley Galloway released on Nov 08, 2005 is available now for purchase.

Cinderella Christmas by Shelley Galloway released on Nov 08, 2005 is available now for purchase.

The Moonlight Mistress

Victoria Janssen

It is the eve of the Great War, and English chemist Lucilla Osbourne finds herself trapped on hostile German soil. Panicked and alone, she turns to a young Frenchman for shelter. Together they spend a night of passion, but their dangerous circumstances won't allow more than a brief affair.Even with the memory of Lucilla's lushness ever present, scientist Pascal Fournier is distracted by his re... read more

It is the eve of the Great War, and English chemist Lucilla Osbourne finds herself trapped on hostile German soil. Panicked and alone, she turns to a young Frenchman for shelter. Together they spend a night of passion, but their dangerous circumstances won't allow more than a brief affair.Even with the memory of Lucilla's lushness ever present, scientist Pascal Fournier is distracted by his re... read more

Mad About Max

Penny McCusker

The Sara Lewis Betting Pool Is Officially Open!And everyone in Erskine, Montana, has been gambling on where and when the next "incident" will take place. Sara can't seem to help the fact that every time she gets near her neighbor, rancher Max Devlin, she inevitably winds up causing some sort of chaos. But enough is enough. She's been in love with Max for six years now, and it may just be time ... read more

The Sara Lewis Betting Pool Is Officially Open!And everyone in Erskine, Montana, has been gambling on where and when the next "incident" will take place. Sara can't seem to help the fact that every time she gets near her neighbor, rancher Max Devlin, she inevitably winds up causing some sort of chaos. But enough is enough. She's been in love with Max for six years now, and it may just be time ... read more

Revenant

Carolyn Haines

When a decades-old mass grave near a notorious Biloxi nightclub is unearthed, reporter Carson Lynch is among the first on the scene.The remains of five women lie within, each one buried with a bridal veil—and without her ring finger.Once an award-winning journalist, Carson knows her career is now hanging by a thread. This story has pulled her out of a pit of alcohol and self-loathing, and with... read more

When a decades-old mass grave near a notorious Biloxi nightclub is unearthed, reporter Carson Lynch is among the first on the scene.The remains of five women lie within, each one buried with a bridal veil—and without her ring finger.Once an award-winning journalist, Carson knows her career is now hanging by a thread. This story has pulled her out of a pit of alcohol and self-loathing, and with... read more

Kidnap & Ransom (A Kelly Jones Novel Book 4)

Michelle Gagnon

When the world's foremost kidnap and ransom negotiator is snatched by a ruthless drug cartel, Jake Riley becomes ensnared in the effort to save him. But he's up against Los Zetas, an elite paramilitary organization renowned for its ferocity and skill. Now he and his colleagues must navigate the dark underbelly of Mexico, from raging street wars to perilous jungles, in an effort to rescue him b... read more

When the world's foremost kidnap and ransom negotiator is snatched by a ruthless drug cartel, Jake Riley becomes ensnared in the effort to save him. But he's up against Los Zetas, an elite paramilitary organization renowned for its ferocity and skill. Now he and his colleagues must navigate the dark underbelly of Mexico, from raging street wars to perilous jungles, in an effort to rescue him b... read more

Once a Family (Where Secrets are Safe)

Tara Taylor Quinn

There's truth—and then there's love Sedona Campbell is an attorney who works with The Lemonade Stand, a unique women's shelter in California. She's called in to advise fifteen-year-old Tatum Malone, who claims she's been abused—by her brother, not her boyfriend. It's Sedona's job to sort out truth from lie. She soon discovers that's not an easy task, especially once she meets Tanner Malone. Be... read more

There's truth—and then there's love Sedona Campbell is an attorney who works with The Lemonade Stand, a unique women's shelter in California. She's called in to advise fifteen-year-old Tatum Malone, who claims she's been abused—by her brother, not her boyfriend. It's Sedona's job to sort out truth from lie. She soon discovers that's not an easy task, especially once she meets Tanner Malone. Be... read more

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