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Latoya C. Smith

Latoya C. Smith - Editor

Atlanta, GA, United States

Over thirteen years of experience in developmental editing and copyediting in various subgenres of fiction and non-fiction.

Overview

Latoya C. Smith started her editorial career as an administrative assistant to New York Times bestselling author, Teri Woods at Teri Woods Publishing, while pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree at Temple University. She graduated Cum Laude from Temple in August of 2005. She then attained a full-time position at Kensington Publishing in March of 2006. In October 2006, Latoya joined Grand Central Publishing, an imprint at Hachette Book Group. For the span of her eight years there, Latoya acquired a variety of titles from Hardcover fiction and non-fiction, to digital romance and erotica. She was featured in Publishers Weekly, USA Today as well as on various author, book conference, and book blogger websites. She is the winner of the 2012 RWA Golden Apple for Editor of the Year. In early 2014, she appeared on CSpan2 where she contributed to a panel discussing the state of book publishing. From August 2014 to February 2016, Latoya was Executive Editor at Samhain Publishing where she acquired short and long form romance and erotic fiction.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
African American fiction Christian Fantasy Holiday Humor & Comedy Inspirational LGBTQ Romance Science Fiction Short Story Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Self-help & Self-improvement

Certifications

  • B.A. in Journalism, Temple University, 2005
  • Media Bistro, New York, NY, Facebook Marketing Course
  • Media Bistro, New York, NY, Copyediting Course
  • New York University, Publishing Program: Manuscript Editing Course

Awards

  • 2014 RITA Best First Book, The Sweet Spot, Laura Drake
  • 2014 RITA Best Multicultural, The Choir Director 2, Carl Weber
  • 2013 RT Book Award for Best Erotica, Slow Surrender, Cecilia Tan
  • 2012 RWA Golden Apple, Editor of the Year
  • 2009 RT Book Award for Best African-American Fiction, Feelin’ the Vibe, Candice Dow

Work experience

Executive Editor

Samhain Publishing

August, 2014 – February, 2016 (over 1 year)

Associate Editor

Grand Central Publishing / Forever - Hachette Book Group

September, 2011 – August, 2014 (almost 3 years)

Assistant Editor

Grand Central Publishing / Forever - Hachette Book Group

December, 2009 – September, 2011 (almost 2 years)

Editorial Assistant

Grand Central Publishing / Forever - Hachette Book Group

October, 2006 – December, 2011 (about 5 years)

Administrative Assistant

Teri Woods Publishing

May, 2002 – August, 2005 (over 3 years)

Portfolio (24 selected works)

The Christmas Promise (The McClendon Holiday Series)

Sean D. Young

The greatest gift anyone can give is a love worth fighting for.The McClendon Holiday Series, Book 2Blindsided…Jennifer McClendon’s world has been turned upside down—twice. First by her unfaithful boyfriend, then by the handsome software engineer she meets while vacationing on a sun-drenched tropical island.After a passionate night of lovemaking, he extracts a promise from her to keep in touch.... read more

The greatest gift anyone can give is a love worth fighting for.The McClendon Holiday Series, Book 2Blindsided…Jennifer McClendon’s world has been turned upside down—twice. First by her unfaithful boyfriend, then by the handsome software engineer she meets while vacationing on a sun-drenched tropical island.After a passionate night of lovemaking, he extracts a promise from her to keep in touch.... read more

Mistletoe on Main Street (The Briar Creek Series Book 1)

Olivia Miles

Sleigh bells, snow, and second chances . . .Briar Creek's quaint shop windows, cozy homes nestled in snow, and neighborly residents are what Christmas dreams are made of--for everyone except Grace Madison. She left her hometown years ago to pursue a writing career. But when her father's death leaves his bookstore empty, Grace must return to face why she fled Vermont in the first place: Luke Ha... read more

Sleigh bells, snow, and second chances . . .Briar Creek's quaint shop windows, cozy homes nestled in snow, and neighborly residents are what Christmas dreams are made of--for everyone except Grace Madison. She left her hometown years ago to pursue a writing career. But when her father's death leaves his bookstore empty, Grace must return to face why she fled Vermont in the first place: Luke Ha... read more

Chronicles of the Malcolm (2 Book Series)

Teresa Noelle Roberts

From Book 1: Sexual freefall is like a game of chicken: except the first one to let go wins.Chronicles of the Malcolm, Book 1Humans may have expanded to the stars, but they still have the annoying need to work for a living. Which is why Rita, crew member of the space freighter Malcolm, is stuck collecting recyclable slag rather than attending her favorite festival celebrating love and sexualit... read more

From Book 1: Sexual freefall is like a game of chicken: except the first one to let go wins.Chronicles of the Malcolm, Book 1Humans may have expanded to the stars, but they still have the annoying need to work for a living. Which is why Rita, crew member of the space freighter Malcolm, is stuck collecting recyclable slag rather than attending her favorite festival celebrating love and sexualit... read more

Craving's Creek

Mel Bossa

For the man he loves, he will fight—body, mind, and soul.Fourteen years ago, on a sun-drenched summer day on the banks of Craving’s Creek, Ryde swore to his best friend, Alistair, he’d never be alone in the world. Though Alistair was destined for the priesthood, there was something beyond holy about the first kiss they shared.But a fun camping trip went horribly wrong when Alistair was involve... read more

For the man he loves, he will fight—body, mind, and soul.Fourteen years ago, on a sun-drenched summer day on the banks of Craving’s Creek, Ryde swore to his best friend, Alistair, he’d never be alone in the world. Though Alistair was destined for the priesthood, there was something beyond holy about the first kiss they shared.But a fun camping trip went horribly wrong when Alistair was involve... read more

Lover of Light

Mel Bossa

It only takes a touch to shatter the line between hate and love.Andy genuinely tried to be happy when his best friend, Dimitry, decided to marry his on-again-off-again Bulgarian boyfriend, Alexei—a beautiful problem case who’s obviously using Dimitry to get a green card. When Dimitry admits only days later that it’s over between him and the little gypsy jerk, Andy can barely contain his pleasu... read more

It only takes a touch to shatter the line between hate and love.Andy genuinely tried to be happy when his best friend, Dimitry, decided to marry his on-again-off-again Bulgarian boyfriend, Alexei—a beautiful problem case who’s obviously using Dimitry to get a green card. When Dimitry admits only days later that it’s over between him and the little gypsy jerk, Andy can barely contain his pleasu... read more

Yes Ma'am, No Sir: The 12 Essential Steps for Success in Life

Coach Carter

Accountability . . . Overcoming adversity . . . Taking charge of your life . . . Learning how to succeed when others expect you to fail. These are the essences of Coach Carter's basic building blocks for winning in life. From learning about the quality of one's character to the love of learning-as well as the importance of self-discipline and spirituality-Coach Carter takes you through his own... read more

Accountability . . . Overcoming adversity . . . Taking charge of your life . . . Learning how to succeed when others expect you to fail. These are the essences of Coach Carter's basic building blocks for winning in life. From learning about the quality of one's character to the love of learning-as well as the importance of self-discipline and spirituality-Coach Carter takes you through his own... read more

Soft is the New Power: Embracing Your Feminine Edge to Win in Love & Life

Deya "Direct" Smith

Soft is the New Power What if everything you thought you understood about communicating with men was wrong? Would you be willing to re-calibrate your thinking to possess the love and life you desire? From the creator of the Man Whisperer Multimedia Series comes the new book Soft is the New Power by Deya “Direct” Smith. Smith shows readers how to return to the organic softness that is feminine ... read more

Soft is the New Power What if everything you thought you understood about communicating with men was wrong? Would you be willing to re-calibrate your thinking to possess the love and life you desire? From the creator of the Man Whisperer Multimedia Series comes the new book Soft is the New Power by Deya “Direct” Smith. Smith shows readers how to return to the organic softness that is feminine ... read more

Love in the Morning (Salt Box Trilogy)

Meg Benjamin

Breakfast with benefits…The Salt Box Trilogy, Book 2The reality show Lovely Ladies of L.A. should have launched Lizzy Apodaca’s catering company into solvency. Instead, when her carefully prepared appetizers mysteriously gave the cast on-camera food poisoning, she lost everything.To make matters worse, her car breaks down in Salt Box, Colorado, a town not much bigger than a salt shaker. But ma... read more

Breakfast with benefits…The Salt Box Trilogy, Book 2The reality show Lovely Ladies of L.A. should have launched Lizzy Apodaca’s catering company into solvency. Instead, when her carefully prepared appetizers mysteriously gave the cast on-camera food poisoning, she lost everything.To make matters worse, her car breaks down in Salt Box, Colorado, a town not much bigger than a salt shaker. But ma... read more

Home for the Holidays: A Cavanaugh Island Novella

Rochelle Alers

This Christmas novella is set in charming, Sanctuary Cove featuring popular characters from Rochelle Alers' bestselling small-town, Cavanaugh Island contemporary romance series. Love is always in season. There's no place like home for the holidays, especially for divorced pastry chef Iris Nelson. After escaping an abusive marriage, she's found peace on charming Cavanaugh Island. As the holiday... read more

This Christmas novella is set in charming, Sanctuary Cove featuring popular characters from Rochelle Alers' bestselling small-town, Cavanaugh Island contemporary romance series. Love is always in season. There's no place like home for the holidays, especially for divorced pastry chef Iris Nelson. After escaping an abusive marriage, she's found peace on charming Cavanaugh Island. As the holiday... read more

No Place Like Home (The Coming Home Series)

Jennifer Kacey

The easiest—and hardest—decision she’ll ever make starts with a kiss.Coming Home, Book 1In high school, Bianca Charleston was a nobody. An overweight wallflower, so invisible that Cole, the boy she had a crush on, never even knew she existed. Things have changed, and she’s finally ready to show off her new bombshell look. Sort of. Maybe. After a one-sided pep talk with her cat, she takes a dee... read more

The easiest—and hardest—decision she’ll ever make starts with a kiss.Coming Home, Book 1In high school, Bianca Charleston was a nobody. An overweight wallflower, so invisible that Cole, the boy she had a crush on, never even knew she existed. Things have changed, and she’s finally ready to show off her new bombshell look. Sort of. Maybe. After a one-sided pep talk with her cat, she takes a dee... read more

A Treasure of Gold (Migrations of the Heart)

Piper Huguley

When you follow your heart, never count the cost.Migrations of the Heart, Book 3Trusting in the One who orders her steps, Nettie Bledsoe is determined not to deviate from her route to the charity kitchen. Don’t stop for anything, her sisters say. Pittsburgh isn’t like Georgia, they warn.Yet when low moans of unholy suffering drift from an alley, she can’t help but investigate. It’s a man. The ... read more

When you follow your heart, never count the cost.Migrations of the Heart, Book 3Trusting in the One who orders her steps, Nettie Bledsoe is determined not to deviate from her route to the charity kitchen. Don’t stop for anything, her sisters say. Pittsburgh isn’t like Georgia, they warn.Yet when low moans of unholy suffering drift from an alley, she can’t help but investigate. It’s a man. The ... read more

A Virtuous Ruby (Migrations of the Heart)

Piper Huguley

An unexpected love in a small, Southern town.Migrations of the Heart, Book 1After fifteen months of hiding from the shame of bearing an illegitimate child, two words drive Ruby Bledsoe to face the good citizens of Winslow, Georgia. Never again. She vows to speak out against injustice. For her sisters. For her parents. For her infant son, Solomon.When she comes to help an injured mill worker, s... read more

An unexpected love in a small, Southern town.Migrations of the Heart, Book 1After fifteen months of hiding from the shame of bearing an illegitimate child, two words drive Ruby Bledsoe to face the good citizens of Winslow, Georgia. Never again. She vows to speak out against injustice. For her sisters. For her parents. For her infant son, Solomon.When she comes to help an injured mill worker, s... read more

A Most Precious Pearl (Migrations of the Heart)

Piper Huguley

They’re cut from different cloths…but their hearts are a perfect fit.Migrations of the Heart, Book 2Asa Caldwell returned from the Great War with nothing to show for it—as in nothing below his left knee. Forget about the journalism career he loved. His story is over. Done.Yet he finds the strength to journey to Winslow, Georgia, to get Ruby Bledsoe Morson’s sister out of trouble. Before he can... read more

They’re cut from different cloths…but their hearts are a perfect fit.Migrations of the Heart, Book 2Asa Caldwell returned from the Great War with nothing to show for it—as in nothing below his left knee. Forget about the journalism career he loved. His story is over. Done.Yet he finds the strength to journey to Winslow, Georgia, to get Ruby Bledsoe Morson’s sister out of trouble. Before he can... read more

The Sweet Spot (Sweet on a Cowboy Book 1)

Laura Drake

A Love as Big as Texas . . . Charla Rae Denny was the perfect wife with a perfect life, content to keep the home fires burning while her husband, JB, competed as a champion bull rider. Then their son died in a tragic accident-and everything fell apart. Divorced and saddled with a hill of bills and a failing ranch, Charla must now cowboy up to put her life back together.James "JB" Denny doesn't... read more

A Love as Big as Texas . . . Charla Rae Denny was the perfect wife with a perfect life, content to keep the home fires burning while her husband, JB, competed as a champion bull rider. Then their son died in a tragic accident-and everything fell apart. Divorced and saddled with a hill of bills and a failing ranch, Charla must now cowboy up to put her life back together.James "JB" Denny doesn't... read more

Slow Surrender (Struck by Lightning Book 1)

Cecilia Tan

He pushes her sexual boundaries . . .From the moment waitress Karina meets him in a New York bar, she knows James is different. Daring. Dominating. Though he hides his true identity from her, the mysterious, wealthy businessman anticipates her every desire and fulfills her secret fantasies. Awakened by his touch, Karina discovers a wild side she hadn't known existed and nothing is off limits.S... read more

He pushes her sexual boundaries . . .From the moment waitress Karina meets him in a New York bar, she knows James is different. Daring. Dominating. Though he hides his true identity from her, the mysterious, wealthy businessman anticipates her every desire and fulfills her secret fantasies. Awakened by his touch, Karina discovers a wild side she hadn't known existed and nothing is off limits.S... read more

The Offer

Karina Halle

THE OFFER is a STANDALONE, CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE NOVEL from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact. She thinks he's an arrogant playboy. He thinks she's an uptight prude. But he's about to make her an offer she can't refuse. Nicola Price used to have it all – a great career, the perfect boyfriend, an excessive shoe collection and an apartment in one... read more

THE OFFER is a STANDALONE, CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE NOVEL from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact. She thinks he's an arrogant playboy. He thinks she's an uptight prude. But he's about to make her an offer she can't refuse. Nicola Price used to have it all – a great career, the perfect boyfriend, an excessive shoe collection and an apartment in one... read more

fugly (The Fugly Series Book 1)

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

***IT'S A FUGLY LIFE, Coming Late 2016 (Book #2, a continuation of FUGLY)*** Goto: mimijean.net for updates and pre-order news!***From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff Comes a Stand-Alone Story.UGLY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER...My name is Lily Snow. I am twenty-five years old, and despite being born with an unattractive face, I have never doubted who I am: smart, driven, and be... read more

***IT'S A FUGLY LIFE, Coming Late 2016 (Book #2, a continuation of FUGLY)*** Goto: mimijean.net for updates and pre-order news!***From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff Comes a Stand-Alone Story.UGLY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER...My name is Lily Snow. I am twenty-five years old, and despite being born with an unattractive face, I have never doubted who I am: smart, driven, and be... read more

The Man in 3B

Carl Weber

Daryl Graham has just moved into a Jamaica, Queens, apartment building and his neighbors, both male and female alike, can't stop talking about him. From his extreme attractiveness to his undeniable swag, Daryl is the man every woman wants and every man wants to be.Connie, an unhappy wife, turns to Daryl for help losing weight, hoping to fix her marriage. But when Daryl starts making Connie fee... read more

Daryl Graham has just moved into a Jamaica, Queens, apartment building and his neighbors, both male and female alike, can't stop talking about him. From his extreme attractiveness to his undeniable swag, Daryl is the man every woman wants and every man wants to be.Connie, an unhappy wife, turns to Daryl for help losing weight, hoping to fix her marriage. But when Daryl starts making Connie fee... read more

Feelin' the Vibe

Candice Dow

A decade ago, Clark Winston nearly had a nervous breakdown after the man of her dreams, Devin Patterson, left her to marry another woman. Soon after, her best friend, the mother of her niece, died, leaving Clark sole custodian of the 10-year-old. Knowing she had to pull herself together, she sought help at a mental health clinic run by an old college friend, Dr. Kenneth Winston. The attraction... read more

A decade ago, Clark Winston nearly had a nervous breakdown after the man of her dreams, Devin Patterson, left her to marry another woman. Soon after, her best friend, the mother of her niece, died, leaving Clark sole custodian of the 10-year-old. Knowing she had to pull herself together, she sought help at a mental health clinic run by an old college friend, Dr. Kenneth Winston. The attraction... read more

Bold Tricks (The Artists Trilogy Book 3)

Karina Halle

The third and final installment in Karina Halle's USA Today bestselling Artists Trilogy, now available in mass market paperback. The Faster They Live, the Harder They Fall . . .Raised by con artists, Ellie Watt has a lot of crazy childhood memories-but none crazier than being scarred with acid by the demented crime boss Travis Raines. Now Ellie is a full-grown woman who lives for revenge, and ... read more

The third and final installment in Karina Halle's USA Today bestselling Artists Trilogy, now available in mass market paperback. The Faster They Live, the Harder They Fall . . .Raised by con artists, Ellie Watt has a lot of crazy childhood memories-but none crazier than being scarred with acid by the demented crime boss Travis Raines. Now Ellie is a full-grown woman who lives for revenge, and ... read more

The King Trilogy (3 Book Series)

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

From Book 1: "I am the man who can find anything or anyone. For a price. And my price is you." When Mia Turner's brother goes missing in Mexico, while on an archaeological dig, she believes that life couldn't get much worse. But when she's blocked at every turn from finding answers, by both local and U.S. authorities, she must turn to a man she swears is the devil. Others might be fooled by hi... read more

From Book 1: "I am the man who can find anything or anyone. For a price. And my price is you." When Mia Turner's brother goes missing in Mexico, while on an archaeological dig, she believes that life couldn't get much worse. But when she's blocked at every turn from finding answers, by both local and U.S. authorities, she must turn to a man she swears is the devil. Others might be fooled by hi... read more

The Choir Director 2: Runaway Bride

Carl Weber

Carl Weber takes readers back to church in his latest drama-filled novel, the much-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller, The Choir Director. It's been three years since Aaron Mackie succeeded in helping his friend and mentor, Bishop T.K. Wilson, dig his ministry out of financial ruin. Aaron is also responsible for re-energizing the almost defunct choir into something special. Hi... read more

Carl Weber takes readers back to church in his latest drama-filled novel, the much-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller, The Choir Director. It's been three years since Aaron Mackie succeeded in helping his friend and mentor, Bishop T.K. Wilson, dig his ministry out of financial ruin. Aaron is also responsible for re-energizing the almost defunct choir into something special. Hi... read more

Seven Brides For Seven Shifters (3 Book Series)

Thalia Eames

From Book 1: Their second chance ignites with a bite.Seven Brides for Seven Shifters, Book 1Lennox Averdeen’s top three worst fears:1. Anything remotely canine.2. Finding out she has a secret baby.3. Running into Garrett Anderson. Former best friend. Heartbreaker.She pulls a trifecta when she realizes the stray canine and the tween kid hanging around her house are not only one and the same, he... read more

From Book 1: Their second chance ignites with a bite.Seven Brides for Seven Shifters, Book 1Lennox Averdeen’s top three worst fears:1. Anything remotely canine.2. Finding out she has a secret baby.3. Running into Garrett Anderson. Former best friend. Heartbreaker.She pulls a trifecta when she realizes the stray canine and the tween kid hanging around her house are not only one and the same, he... read more

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