Laura Barth

Laura Barth - Editor

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Over a decade collaborating with authors to create award-winning fiction and happily-ever-afters at Harlequin Books.

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I have 11 years of in-house experience editing romance novels for Harlequin, and in 2016 I moved to a freelance role. While I continue to edit books, assess manuscripts, and do copywriting for Harlequin, I also work directly with authors wishing to self-publish or submit their material to traditional publishers.

Several books I’ve edited have won awards, including the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers’ Best Award, the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Golden Quill Award.

In addition to romance fiction, I have worked on memoirs, women's fiction, and chapter books for young readers. I also love reading fantasy, science fiction and narrative non-fiction, and would welcome the opportunity to work with you in those areas.

I offer content, structural and stylistic editing as well as copy editing and proofreading. I can help you develop your story and work with you to make your book and your query as strong as possible.
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Romance

Certifications

  • Book and Magazine Publishing Certificate (High Honours), Centennial College
  • BA (Combined Honours) in English and History, University of the Fraser Valley

Awards

  • Dundurn Press Award for Top Editorial Student

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
September, 2016 – Present (almost 3 years)

Associate Editor

Harlequin
August, 2006 – September, 2016 (about 10 years)

Proofreader

Harlequin
July, 2005 – August, 2006 (about 1 year)

Portfolio (17 selected works)

Sizzling Summer Nights (Made in Montana)

Debbi Rawlins

She's got this cowboy hot and bothered A week in Montana at the Sundance Ranch is exactly the break Hannah Hastings needs. No dry, dusty Texas. No painful reminders that she's not the son her rancher father wanted. Plus there seems to be no shortage of dead-sexy cowboys in Blackfoot Falls…especially one tall, dark drink of delicious in a Stetson. Hannah was just hoping for a little sexy fun. S... read more

She's got this cowboy hot and bothered A week in Montana at the Sundance Ranch is exactly the break Hannah Hastings needs. No dry, dusty Texas. No painful reminders that she's not the son her rancher father wanted. Plus there seems to be no shortage of dead-sexy cowboys in Blackfoot Falls…especially one tall, dark drink of delicious in a Stetson. Hannah was just hoping for a little sexy fun. S... read more

Alone with You (Made in Montana Book 7)

Debbi Rawlins

He'll be hers…one way or another! After years of rebellion, Lexy Worthington just did the unthinkable—she asked her father for a job. Now she's been roped into finding a rodeo star for a promotional calendar. Bareback bronc rider Will Tanner is perfect. He's under contract, his career is in decline, plus he's a grade A hottie. And Lexy will drag him to Houston even if she has to hog-tie him he... read more

He'll be hers…one way or another! After years of rebellion, Lexy Worthington just did the unthinkable—she asked her father for a job. Now she's been roped into finding a rodeo star for a promotional calendar. Bareback bronc rider Will Tanner is perfect. He's under contract, his career is in decline, plus he's a grade A hottie. And Lexy will drag him to Houston even if she has to hog-tie him he... read more

Need You Now (Made in Montana Book 8)

Debbi Rawlins

The pastor's daughter…and the bad boy! Melanie Knowles is the Good Girl of Blackfoot Falls—pastor's daughter, teacher, animal shelter volunteer and upstanding member of the community. And Good Girls are never naughty. Ever. But Melanie is in serious trouble…because Lucas Sloan's wicked blue eyes and deliciously hard body could turn this saint into a very satisfied sinner! Lucas just wanted the... read more

The pastor's daughter…and the bad boy! Melanie Knowles is the Good Girl of Blackfoot Falls—pastor's daughter, teacher, animal shelter volunteer and upstanding member of the community. And Good Girls are never naughty. Ever. But Melanie is in serious trouble…because Lucas Sloan's wicked blue eyes and deliciously hard body could turn this saint into a very satisfied sinner! Lucas just wanted the... read more

Rescue Me (Uniformly Hot!)

Kira Sinclair

Subject: Sergeant Finn McAllister, K-9 handler Mission: Go undercover…without getting under the covers! Rumor has it someone at the local honky-tonk is supplying meth to airmen, and K-9 handler Finn McAllister will find out exactly who's responsible and shut them down. But when the petite, blonde bar owner gets all up in his face—and kicks him out—Finn's blood burns…with raw desire. Tucker Bla... read more

Subject: Sergeant Finn McAllister, K-9 handler Mission: Go undercover…without getting under the covers! Rumor has it someone at the local honky-tonk is supplying meth to airmen, and K-9 handler Finn McAllister will find out exactly who's responsible and shut them down. But when the petite, blonde bar owner gets all up in his face—and kicks him out—Finn's blood burns…with raw desire. Tucker Bla... read more

Testing the Limits (Uniformly Hot!)

Kira Sinclair

Wanting him was wrong, but it felt so right… Social worker Quinn Keller sees the best in people…and the worst. When she rescues a prominent businessman's battered wife, Quinn is targeted by the woman's violent husband. Her only option is to place her safety in the hands of Ranger Jace Hyland—tattooed, scarred, incredibly hot…and the brother of Quinn's deceased fiancé. An entirely different kin... read more

Wanting him was wrong, but it felt so right… Social worker Quinn Keller sees the best in people…and the worst. When she rescues a prominent businessman's battered wife, Quinn is targeted by the woman's violent husband. Her only option is to place her safety in the hands of Ranger Jace Hyland—tattooed, scarred, incredibly hot…and the brother of Quinn's deceased fiancé. An entirely different kin... read more

Under the Surface (SEALs of Fortune)

Kira Sinclair

Lusting after the enemy Former SEAL Jackson Duchane has spent almost a decade hunting down the wreck of the Chimera, a Civil War–era ship rumored to be filled with gold. Now he's agonizingly close to the biggest discovery of his life. With a rival diving team hot on his tail, Jackson is determined to get there first, but he didn't bargain on a sexy distraction… Heading up a diving team is Lora... read more

Lusting after the enemy Former SEAL Jackson Duchane has spent almost a decade hunting down the wreck of the Chimera, a Civil War–era ship rumored to be filled with gold. Now he's agonizingly close to the biggest discovery of his life. With a rival diving team hot on his tail, Jackson is determined to get there first, but he didn't bargain on a sexy distraction… Heading up a diving team is Lora... read more

His Last Defense (Uniformly Hot!)

Karen Rock

Semper Paratus. Always ready. Years ago, Coast Guard rescue swimmer Dylan Holt left Kodiak, Alaska, with his heart in pieces. He thought Nolee Arnauyq and her mouthwatering curves were behind him—until he's sent to rescue the crew of a capsizing boat…including Nolee. And Dylan is definitely not ready for the too-familiar way his body aches at seeing her again. Nolee's always gone after what sh... read more

Semper Paratus. Always ready. Years ago, Coast Guard rescue swimmer Dylan Holt left Kodiak, Alaska, with his heart in pieces. He thought Nolee Arnauyq and her mouthwatering curves were behind him—until he's sent to rescue the crew of a capsizing boat…including Nolee. And Dylan is definitely not ready for the too-familiar way his body aches at seeing her again. Nolee's always gone after what sh... read more

His to Protect (Uniformly Hot!)

Karen Rock

Subject: Lt. Commander Mark Sampson Mission: Keep his eyes on the skies…despite one sexy distraction! There are things a man can never undo. For Coast Guard search and rescue pilot Mark Sampson, it was the agonizing decision that cost him a teammate—and his faith in himself. But an unbelievably sexy blonde on a secluded beach may help him forget…if only for a night. Cassie Rowe needed a distra... read more

Subject: Lt. Commander Mark Sampson Mission: Keep his eyes on the skies…despite one sexy distraction! There are things a man can never undo. For Coast Guard search and rescue pilot Mark Sampson, it was the agonizing decision that cost him a teammate—and his faith in himself. But an unbelievably sexy blonde on a secluded beach may help him forget…if only for a night. Cassie Rowe needed a distra... read more

Caught on Camera

Meg Maguire

Wilderness survival television star Dominic Tyler (Ty) and his assistant Kate Somersby are stranded in a remote cabin during a freak winter storm. Things look pretty bleak—until they make a fire and strip off their wet clothes….Act I—set upSurvive This! is Kate's life…as are unscripted fantasies about Ty, her boss and best friend. But when Kate is suddenly injured, Ty decides filming is too da... read more

Wilderness survival television star Dominic Tyler (Ty) and his assistant Kate Somersby are stranded in a remote cabin during a freak winter storm. Things look pretty bleak—until they make a fire and strip off their wet clothes….Act I—set upSurvive This! is Kate's life…as are unscripted fantasies about Ty, her boss and best friend. But when Kate is suddenly injured, Ty decides filming is too da... read more

Wish Me Tomorrow

Karen Rock

Can they build a future on hope alone? For years nurse and grief counselor Christie Bates has been teaching her patients to confront their fears, express themselves and trust in hope. But as her feelings for cancer survivor Eli Roberts and his two children grow, can she overcome her own fear and love a man who lives every day with the possibility of recurring illness? Tackling cancer and singl... read more

Can they build a future on hope alone? For years nurse and grief counselor Christie Bates has been teaching her patients to confront their fears, express themselves and trust in hope. But as her feelings for cancer survivor Eli Roberts and his two children grow, can she overcome her own fear and love a man who lives every day with the possibility of recurring illness? Tackling cancer and singl... read more

A Cowboy to Keep (Harlequin Heartwarming)

Karen Rock

Can't stop running from the past Dani Crawford has a secret…and if bounty hunter Jackson Cade finds out, he could ruin everything. The scarred yet handsome cowboy has tracked a dangerous criminal to the dude ranch Dani manages, and to get rid of Jack she'll have to help him catch his man. But the closer they get to cornering their quarry the more Dani wants Jack to stay. Spending time with him... read more

Can't stop running from the past Dani Crawford has a secret…and if bounty hunter Jackson Cade finds out, he could ruin everything. The scarred yet handsome cowboy has tracked a dangerous criminal to the dude ranch Dani manages, and to get rid of Jack she'll have to help him catch his man. But the closer they get to cornering their quarry the more Dani wants Jack to stay. Spending time with him... read more

The Paris Connection

Cerella Sechrist

Sparks are flying in the City of Light Emma Brooks, single mom and managing director at the leading recruiting firm in Paris, was against their merger with an American company from the start. Not only was her firm losing its autonomy, she was losing her well-deserved promotion to Cole Dorset—a handsome, arrogant interloper from New York! How did Cole's ex-girlfriend's dream of moving to Paris ... read more

Sparks are flying in the City of Light Emma Brooks, single mom and managing director at the leading recruiting firm in Paris, was against their merger with an American company from the start. Not only was her firm losing its autonomy, she was losing her well-deserved promotion to Cole Dorset—a handsome, arrogant interloper from New York! How did Cole's ex-girlfriend's dream of moving to Paris ... read more

The Rancher's Lullaby (Glades County Cowboys)

Leigh Duncan

SERENADING HIS SON The Circle P has always been home to the Judds. That's why Garrett Judd came back—to take over as temporary ranch manager and to shelter his infant son in the warmth and love of his sprawling family. Bluegrass singer Lisa Rose isn't part of his long-term plans. But ever since she hit town, the single father has been fighting his attraction to the willowy blonde. Lisa gave up... read more

SERENADING HIS SON The Circle P has always been home to the Judds. That's why Garrett Judd came back—to take over as temporary ranch manager and to shelter his infant son in the warmth and love of his sprawling family. Bluegrass singer Lisa Rose isn't part of his long-term plans. But ever since she hit town, the single father has been fighting his attraction to the willowy blonde. Lisa gave up... read more

Rodeo Daughter (Fatherhood)

Leigh Duncan

Former rodeo star Amanda Markette is prepared to deal with anything her new job as a family law attorney can dish up. Until she learns her childhood sweetheart, Mitch Goodwin, is her client's ex-husband and opposing counsel.Mitch wants nothing more than to win full custody of the daughter he's been raising on his own for the past four years. Until Amanda rides back into his life…Amanda and Mit... read more

Former rodeo star Amanda Markette is prepared to deal with anything her new job as a family law attorney can dish up. Until she learns her childhood sweetheart, Mitch Goodwin, is her client's ex-husband and opposing counsel.Mitch wants nothing more than to win full custody of the daughter he's been raising on his own for the past four years. Until Amanda rides back into his life…Amanda and Mit... read more

Twins for Christmas (Welcome to Ramblewood)

Amanda Renee

Twins for Christmas by Amanda Renee released on Dec 01, 2016 is available now for purchase.

Twins for Christmas by Amanda Renee released on Dec 01, 2016 is available now for purchase.

A Bull Rider's Pride (Welcome to Ramblewood)

Amanda Renee

TOO MUCH TO LOSE Surgical resident Sheila Lindstrom's career is right on track, until a handsome bull rider lands on her operating table and smack in the middle of her carefully planned life. As a patient, Brady Sawyer is strictly off-limits; but as a man, he's hard to resist. Brady knows a death-defying cowboy with a four-year-old son isn't part of Sheila's plan, but he can't stop thinking ab... read more

TOO MUCH TO LOSE Surgical resident Sheila Lindstrom's career is right on track, until a handsome bull rider lands on her operating table and smack in the middle of her carefully planned life. As a patient, Brady Sawyer is strictly off-limits; but as a man, he's hard to resist. Brady knows a death-defying cowboy with a four-year-old son isn't part of Sheila's plan, but he can't stop thinking ab... read more

Racing Heart: A Runner's Journey of Love, Loss and Perseverance

Kate Mihevc Edwards

What do you do when you’re forced to give up the thing you love? Kate Mihevc Edwards was a passionate runner for years and lived for endurance sports. Until the day doctors told her she’d have to stop—or possibly die. After being diagnosed with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), Kate was forced to mourn the loss of a lifestyle she loved and face a very scary question: What... read more

What do you do when you’re forced to give up the thing you love? Kate Mihevc Edwards was a passionate runner for years and lived for endurance sports. Until the day doctors told her she’d have to stop—or possibly die. After being diagnosed with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), Kate was forced to mourn the loss of a lifestyle she loved and face a very scary question: What... read more

Laura has 10 reviews

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Maria Ershova
Another fantastic collaboration complete. Laura is a fantastic editor who makes my books the best they can be!

Maria Ershova, July 2019

Laura Barth
Thanks so much, Maria! It's always a joy to work with you. :)

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Maria Ershova
As always, a great pleasure working with Laura. Another book finished, and Laura helped me through the challenging bits during the developmental stage. Now after her copy-editing, the writing flows naturally and the book is at its best. Thank you, Laura!

Maria Ershova, April 2019

Laura Barth
Thanks so much for the great review, Maria! It was a pleasure for me, too, as always, and I'm exciting about our future projects. :)

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Maria Ershova
Another excellent collaboration with Laura completed. Every time Laura does not cease to amaze me with her diligence, her hard work, and her talent to make the story and the writing the best they can be. Thank you, Laura!

Maria Ershova, December 2018

Laura Barth
Thanks so much for the lovely review, Maria! I feel very lucky to be able work with talented and enthusiastic authors such as yourself. You make my job a pleasure.

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Maria Ershova
Another excellent project with Laura completed! Laura's professionalism and expertise made my book the best it can be.

Maria Ershova, December 2018


Rishi Sriram
Laura is very collaborative and responsive to our queries. I like her prompt delivery and guidance to the young authors. Her deep insights about the characters and continuity of the subject is a great service. I would love to work with Laura again for my son's next book too.

Rishi Sriram, November 2018

Laura Barth
Thank you so much for you lovely review, Shree! Rishi is a talented young writer, and I'm sure readers will love this creative and exciting story. It was such a pleasure to work with both of you, a...
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