Lara Kennedy

Lara Kennedy - Editor

Brigham City, UT, USA

Highly skilled editor specializing in middle grade and YA, with experience in graphic novels. Worked at Scholastic, Wiley.

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Overview

I am a technical expert in English grammar and style, having both studied and taught copyediting during my education at Brigham Young University, where I majored in English language, with a minor in editing. I followed that course of study with a certificate in publishing from Denver University's Publishing Institute, after which I went on to work for major publishing houses Wiley & Sons and Scholastic in New York City and then spent three years copyediting for a US federal government agency in Washington, DC. I have now transitioned to full-time freelance work, where I have worked with a variety of customers, ranging from individuals to large publishing houses, on various copyediting and proofreading projects. My experience includes copyediting bestselling series such as Dragon Masters, Unicorn Diaries, and The Baby-Sitters Club, as well as celebrities such as Colin Kaepernick and Ruby Bridges.

I combine high quality with above average speed to bring customers the best value for services provided. I have experience working with various in-house and topical style guides, in addition to the main style manuals, and can easily adapt to the needs of any project.I believe in creating and celebrating diverse books and have been honored to work on many titles featuring BIPOC and LGBTQ characters and authors. I am meticulous in meeting deadlines and work closely with clients to ensure expectations and budget requirements are met or exceeded.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Religion & Spirituality
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Fantasy
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Young Adult Fantasy

Certifications

  • Certificate in Publishing

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 2019 – Present (almost 3 years)

Contract regular copyediting and proofreading work from 4–6 publishing companies/services, including Scholastic, Cognella, and Random House.
Work with individual authors on developmental, copyediting, and proofreading projects.
Copyedit or proofread 1–3 manuscripts per week from sources listed above.
Perform various production tasks in support of Scholastic 4-color production group, supporting 6 production editors on 3–5 small projects per week.

Publications Officer

US Federal Government
June, 2015 – July, 2018 (about 3 years)

Copyedited 1–2 page papers and coordinated with authors, 5–10 papers per day
Managed production of transition briefing materials for President-elect during election in 2016
Created appendix for UN General Assembly briefing book once per year

Assistant Production Coordinator

Scholastic Inc.
June, 2014 – May, 2015 (11 months)

Oversaw production of cross channel licensing on 1/c titles
Handled production packets, reviewed proofs/blues, and set budgets for 50-80 titles per month
Reviewed and accepted/rejected edits made by freelance copyeditors
Proofread select full manuscripts within production department, 4-7 titles per month

Production Editorial Assistant

Wiley & Sons
October, 2013 – June, 2014 (8 months)

Supported 8 production editors in 3 offices
Proofread 6–10 scholarly journal newsletters per week using Chicago, APA, and AP style
Quality checked ebooks
Managed production schedules for academic journals

Portfolio (40 selected works)

Witchlings

Ortega, Claribel A.

Out of the Fire

Contos, Andrea

Immortal Guardians (Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts, Book 1)

Eliot Schrefer

A dark threat faces the world of Erdas in this riveting new saga from the New York Times bestselling series.A heart-pounding new adventure from the New York Times bestselling series.In the world of Erdas, every child must discover if they will summon a spirit animal, a rare and incredible gift. Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan were rare even among those few. They summoned legendary animals--br... read more

A dark threat faces the world of Erdas in this riveting new saga from the New York Times bestselling series.A heart-pounding new adventure from the New York Times bestselling series.In the world of Erdas, every child must discover if they will summon a spirit animal, a rare and incredible gift. Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan were rare even among those few. They summoned legendary animals--br... read more

Shuri and T'Challa: Into the Heartlands (An Original Black Panther Graphic Novel)

Brown, Roseanne A., Araújo, Dika, Bustos, Natacha, Aguirre, Claudia

I Color Myself Different

Kaepernick, Colin, Wilkerson, Eric

A Nightmare on Clown Street (Goosebumps Most Wanted #7)

R.L. Stine

The infamous, Most Wanted Goosebumps characters are out on the loose and they're coming after you! Catch them all, undead or alive!Ray Gordon really likes the circus. His uncle, Theo, is a performer in Koko's Klown Academy and he invites Ray to come join him for the summer. At first, Ray's parents are reluctant-they know their son has a habit of getting himself into strange situations. But Ray... read more

The infamous, Most Wanted Goosebumps characters are out on the loose and they're coming after you! Catch them all, undead or alive!Ray Gordon really likes the circus. His uncle, Theo, is a performer in Koko's Klown Academy and he invites Ray to come join him for the summer. At first, Ray's parents are reluctant-they know their son has a habit of getting himself into strange situations. But Ray... read more

The Safekeeper

Archer Lakhani, Esther

Vandella

M. Ch. Landa

If You Lived During the Plimoth Thanksgiving

Newell, Chris, Nelson, Winona

Happy Paws: A Branches Book (Layla and the Bots #1)

Vicky Fang

Pick a book. Grow a Reader!This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!Layla and the Bots are in an awesome rock band! They also use problem-solving... read more

Pick a book. Grow a Reader!This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!Layla and the Bots are in an awesome rock band! They also use problem-solving... read more

Best Frenemies Forever

McCafferty, Megan

Wild Ride

Calabrese, Keith

I Know Your Secret

Benedis-Grab, Daphne

Macarons at Midnight: A Wish Novel

Suzanne Nelson

When Lise Santos stumbles into a bakery's midnight taste test, she meets a supercute boy. He's as sweet as the macarons they share, and Lise is totally smitten. She's pretty sure he is, too -- but they never get a chance to exchange names. Now Lise has to find him again....When Lise finally discovers who her mystery guy is, he's not at all what she expected -- and suddenly they don't get along... read more

When Lise Santos stumbles into a bakery's midnight taste test, she meets a supercute boy. He's as sweet as the macarons they share, and Lise is totally smitten. She's pretty sure he is, too -- but they never get a chance to exchange names. Now Lise has to find him again....When Lise finally discovers who her mystery guy is, he's not at all what she expected -- and suddenly they don't get along... read more

Five-Minute Bedtime Bible Stories

Amy Parker

These twelve popular Bible stories are perfect for bedtime!FIVE-MINUTE BEDTIME BIBLE STORIES presents twelve fully-illustrated Bible stories. This book is perfect for read-aloud time: each story can be read aloud in one sitting! And it is a great way to introduce children to the Bible. The stories are retold in simple yet traditional language, and the colorful illustrations on EVERY page make ... read more

These twelve popular Bible stories are perfect for bedtime!FIVE-MINUTE BEDTIME BIBLE STORIES presents twelve fully-illustrated Bible stories. This book is perfect for read-aloud time: each story can be read aloud in one sitting! And it is a great way to introduce children to the Bible. The stories are retold in simple yet traditional language, and the colorful illustrations on EVERY page make ... read more

My Secret Guide to Paris: A Wish Novel

Lisa Schroeder

From the author of the CHARMED LIFE and IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES series comes a novel of family, friends, and a Paris adventure that readers will never forget!Nora loves everything about Paris, from the Eiffel Tower to chocolat chaud. Of course, she's never actually been there -- she's only visited through her Grandma Sylvia's stories. And just when they've finally planned a trip together, Grandm... read more

From the author of the CHARMED LIFE and IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES series comes a novel of family, friends, and a Paris adventure that readers will never forget!Nora loves everything about Paris, from the Eiffel Tower to chocolat chaud. Of course, she's never actually been there -- she's only visited through her Grandma Sylvia's stories. And just when they've finally planned a trip together, Grandm... read more

Beatitales: 80 Fables about the Beatitudes for Children

Jared Dees

Help children understand the meaning of each of the Beatitudes through the power of story. The eighty fables and parables in this short story collection for kids will give young people a greater appreciation for the ways they can live out the teachings of Jesus from the Bible. Children will encounter stories told in the classic tradition of Aesop’s fables with knights, kings, bears, birds, dog... read more

Help children understand the meaning of each of the Beatitudes through the power of story. The eighty fables and parables in this short story collection for kids will give young people a greater appreciation for the ways they can live out the teachings of Jesus from the Bible. Children will encounter stories told in the classic tradition of Aesop’s fables with knights, kings, bears, birds, dog... read more

101 Black Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: Leaders in Black History

L.A. Amber

Instant Best Seller in STEM EducationBeyond a Black History book, this book will spark curiosity and motivate children, as well as adults to learn more about STEM related topics while making them proud of their heritage. Black Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics honors incredible and inspiring black women who pushed past the bounds of human knowledge and broke down the t... read more

Instant Best Seller in STEM EducationBeyond a Black History book, this book will spark curiosity and motivate children, as well as adults to learn more about STEM related topics while making them proud of their heritage. Black Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics honors incredible and inspiring black women who pushed past the bounds of human knowledge and broke down the t... read more

Bedtime Inspirational Stories - 50 Black Leaders who Made History: Black History Book for Kids

L. A. Amber

Best Seller in African American Children's BooksThese emotionally charged short bios have touching and powerful life lessons that go into a child’s soul as they search for their place in the world. With the same commitment to continue inspiring our kids, we are very excited to introduce Bedtime Inspirational Stories: 50 Black Leaders Who Made History (Volume 2). As with Volume 1, this book hig... read more

Best Seller in African American Children's BooksThese emotionally charged short bios have touching and powerful life lessons that go into a child’s soul as they search for their place in the world. With the same commitment to continue inspiring our kids, we are very excited to introduce Bedtime Inspirational Stories: 50 Black Leaders Who Made History (Volume 2). As with Volume 1, this book hig... read more

Tales of the Ten Commandments: 50 Fables to Help Children Learn God's Law

Jared Dees

Help children learn to live out the Ten Commandments through the power of story. The fifty fables and parables in this short story collection for kids will inspire young people to grow closer to God through a deeper understanding and appreciation for the commandments given to Moses in the Bible. Children will encounter stories told in the classic tradition of Aesop’s fables with birds, dogs, r... read more

Help children learn to live out the Ten Commandments through the power of story. The fifty fables and parables in this short story collection for kids will inspire young people to grow closer to God through a deeper understanding and appreciation for the commandments given to Moses in the Bible. Children will encounter stories told in the classic tradition of Aesop’s fables with birds, dogs, r... read more

The Siren's Secret (The Shapeshifter's Secret Book 2)

Heather Ostler

Julia's life has gone from complicated to nearly impossible! When Julia loses her shapeshifting powers and her appearance changes in alarming ways, she flees to Sirenity, where she learns an incredible secret about her mother. In this thrilling sequel, Julia must take greater risks and make bigger sacrifices as she discovers who she really is and what she can really become.

Julia's life has gone from complicated to nearly impossible! When Julia loses her shapeshifting powers and her appearance changes in alarming ways, she flees to Sirenity, where she learns an incredible secret about her mother. In this thrilling sequel, Julia must take greater risks and make bigger sacrifices as she discovers who she really is and what she can really become.

The Huaca

Marcia Mickelson

Ellie Cummings just wants to feel normal. But since her mom's murder, everyone has been treating her differently. She turns to Gabe, the high school weirdo, who claims he can communicate with her dead mother. In this haunting mystery, your heartstrings will be tugged as Ellie takes a chance and discovers that the truth may be better kept a secret.

Ellie Cummings just wants to feel normal. But since her mom's murder, everyone has been treating her differently. She turns to Gabe, the high school weirdo, who claims he can communicate with her dead mother. In this haunting mystery, your heartstrings will be tugged as Ellie takes a chance and discovers that the truth may be better kept a secret.

Heartstopper: Volume 4: A Graphic Novel (4)

Oseman, Alice, Oseman, Alice

Slime for Dinner (Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novel #2)

Stilton, Geronimo, Angleberger, Tom, Angleberger, Tom

Twenty-First Century Chicago

Simpson, Dick, Mixon, Constance A, Mouritsen, Melissa

Developing Societies in a Changing World

Michael Skladany, Rongjun Sun

Developing Societies in a Changing World offers students a concise and accessible exploration of our developing world. Readers learn about globalization, the interconnected nature of our world, and how these connections influence our daily lives. Through the presentation of key concepts, theoretical frameworks, examples, case studies, illustrations, figures, and tables, the text demonstrates h... read more

Developing Societies in a Changing World offers students a concise and accessible exploration of our developing world. Readers learn about globalization, the interconnected nature of our world, and how these connections influence our daily lives. Through the presentation of key concepts, theoretical frameworks, examples, case studies, illustrations, figures, and tables, the text demonstrates h... read more

Illuminating Humor of the Bible

Steven Walker

Humor smiles and chuckles and sometimes laughs so loud in virtually every book of the Bible, so it’s remarkable how readers manage to overlook it. It’s also unfortunate. Humor graces biblical texts at so many levels that to miss the humor is to miss not only much of the emotional impact of the Bible, but much of its meaning. Illuminating Humor of the Bible shows how—and how much—comic elements... read more

Humor smiles and chuckles and sometimes laughs so loud in virtually every book of the Bible, so it’s remarkable how readers manage to overlook it. It’s also unfortunate. Humor graces biblical texts at so many levels that to miss the humor is to miss not only much of the emotional impact of the Bible, but much of its meaning. Illuminating Humor of the Bible shows how—and how much—comic elements... read more

Lara has 44 reviews

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David and Stephanie Miles
Outstanding work and completed on time. Thank you very much!

David and Stephanie Miles, November 2021


Mary Claire Branton
We loved working with Lara on our project. She was fast and detailed. Her work was thorough and we would recommend her to anyone who wants to add her to their literary team.

Mary Claire Branton, November 2021


Rupert Knowles
Excellent feedback and editing! Lara really helped me to make sense of all the complicated moving parts of my epic fantasy novel. She spotted where I had muddled up my fantasy world's timeline and the events of the story, plus much, much more. Thoroughly recommended.

Rupert Knowles, November 2021


Makayla Bryant
Lara was absolutely amazing to work with! She provided great feedback and notes! I would 100% recommend working with her.

Makayla Bryant, October 2021


Ana Cortes
At first, I was nervous to work with an editor, since I am an aspiring cartoonist. I was worried about what an editor will think of my work. When I collaborated with Lara, she proved to be an easy person to work with. She was kind, patient, sensitive, and very intelligent. Lara was able to spot detailed mistakes that I didn’t notice before. My mini-graphic novel is still in production, but I wo...
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Ana Cortes, October 2021

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