Lara Hyde

Lara Hyde – Editor

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


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.

Biographies & Memoirs
Christian Fiction Mystery & Crime Paranormal Romance Romance Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction Young Adult
English (CAN) English (US)

Work experience


Aug, 2016 — Present

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


Jul, 2010 — Present

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.

Harlequin Enterprises

Jul, 2006 — Jul, 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.

Harlequin Enterprises

Mar, 2003 — Jul, 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.

Harlequin Enterprises

Apr, 2002 — Mar, 2003 (11 months)

Responsible for proofreading books and ancillary material.


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 boyfrien... 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 a... read more

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 journ... 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 inevi... read more
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 a... read more
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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 lo... read more

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 bro... read more

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... 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... 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 ... 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 trou... 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 sud... 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 ar... 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 v... 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 deta... read more

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