Laura Chasen

Laura Chasen - Editor Tick

Washington, DC, USA

Former St. Martin's Press Editor. Developmental and Line Editor. Proofreader. Chocoholic.

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I am a freelance book editor who spent six years as an editor at St. Martin’s Press, where I worked on a range of wonderful books -- from literary fiction to young adult to upmarket women’s fiction, current affairs, memoir, science, and parenting. My interests are varied, but I’m particularly drawn to immigrant stories, international and school settings, family sagas, and anything to do with the dance world. I’ve edited many acclaimed books in my career, including an Editor’s Buzz Panel pick at Book Expo of America, several New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice” books, and numerous “Best Books of the Year,” in outlets like the Miami Herald, Bustle, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, and Redbook among others. My independent clients have gone on to sign with acclaimed agencies like Sanford J. Greenburger and Janklow & Nesbit, as well as secure publishing contracts with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Algonquin Young Readers, Picador, HarperCollins, and Lake Union. I am a proud graduate of Barnard College (BA in English and dance) and Georgetown University (MA in English), and a mentor for WriteGirl with my years of industry knowledge, I bring energy, compassion, and an open mind to all of my projects. To me, the editing process is a unique mix of rigor, collaboration, and reward. I find developing a rapport with an author, and together, bringing a book to new levels, an incredibly rich and fruitful experience.

I hope you’ll consider working with me.

Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Health & wellbeing
Politics & Current Affairs
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Cultural & Ethnic Themes
Historical Fiction
Literature
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • M.A. English Literature, Georgetown University
  • B.A. English, Barnard College

Awards

  • Book Expo of America (BEA) YA Editors' Buzz Panel - 2015

Work experience

Editor/Director

Self-employed
December, 2015 – Present (about 3 years)

Editor/Director of freelance book editing business

Associate Editor

St. Martin's Press
June, 2010 – January, 2016 (over 5 years)

Acquired, edited, and published acclaimed and award-winning literary fiction, young adult fiction, and narrative nonfiction.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Dream Things True: A Novel

Marie Marquardt

Evan and Alma have spent fifteen years living in the same town, connected in a dozen different ways but also living worlds apart -- until the day he jumps into her dad's truck and slams on the brakes. The nephew of a senator, Evan seems to have it all - except a functional family. Alma has lived in Georgia since she was two, surrounded by a large (sometimes smothering) Mexican family. They bot... read more

Evan and Alma have spent fifteen years living in the same town, connected in a dozen different ways but also living worlds apart -- until the day he jumps into her dad's truck and slams on the brakes. The nephew of a senator, Evan seems to have it all - except a functional family. Alma has lived in Georgia since she was two, surrounded by a large (sometimes smothering) Mexican family. They bot... read more

In Some Other World, Maybe: A Novel

Shari Goldhagen

In December 1992, three groups of teenagers head to the theater to see the movie version of the famed Eons & Empires comic books. For Adam it's a last ditch effort to connect with something (actually, someone, the girl he's had a crush on for years) in his sleepy Florida town before he leaves for good. Passionate fan Sharon skips school in Cincinnati so she can fully appreciate the flick witho... read more

In December 1992, three groups of teenagers head to the theater to see the movie version of the famed Eons & Empires comic books. For Adam it's a last ditch effort to connect with something (actually, someone, the girl he's had a crush on for years) in his sleepy Florida town before he leaves for good. Passionate fan Sharon skips school in Cincinnati so she can fully appreciate the flick witho... read more

Make Your Home Among Strangers: A Novel

Jennine Capó Crucet

A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, winner of the International Latino Book Award for Best Latino-themed Fiction 2016, Longlisted for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.Named a best book of the season by Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, Redbook, Bustle, NBC Latino and Men's JournalThe arresting debut novel from award-winning writer Jennine Capó Crucet When Lizet... read more

A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, winner of the International Latino Book Award for Best Latino-themed Fiction 2016, Longlisted for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.Named a best book of the season by Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, Redbook, Bustle, NBC Latino and Men's JournalThe arresting debut novel from award-winning writer Jennine Capó Crucet When Lizet... read more

The Weight of a Human Heart: Stories

Ryan O'Neill

"If someone asked me to name my ideal collection of contemporary short fiction, I'd point to The Weight of a Human Heart and say, ‘This is it.'" –Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind than HomeRanging from Australia and Africa to Europe and Asia and back again, The Weight of a Human Heart heralds a fresh and important new voice in fiction. Ryan O'Neill takes us on a... read more

"If someone asked me to name my ideal collection of contemporary short fiction, I'd point to The Weight of a Human Heart and say, ‘This is it.'" –Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind than HomeRanging from Australia and Africa to Europe and Asia and back again, The Weight of a Human Heart heralds a fresh and important new voice in fiction. Ryan O'Neill takes us on a... read more

The Marlowe Papers: A Novel

Ros Barber

Winner of the 2013 Desmond Elliott PrizeLonglisted for the 2013 Women's Prize for FictionYou're the author of the greatest plays of all time.But nobody knows.And if it gets out, you're dead.On May 30, 1593, a celebrated young playwright was killed in a tavern brawl in London. That, at least, was the official version. Now Christopher Marlowe reveals the truth: that his "death" was an elaborate ... read more

Winner of the 2013 Desmond Elliott PrizeLonglisted for the 2013 Women's Prize for FictionYou're the author of the greatest plays of all time.But nobody knows.And if it gets out, you're dead.On May 30, 1593, a celebrated young playwright was killed in a tavern brawl in London. That, at least, was the official version. Now Christopher Marlowe reveals the truth: that his "death" was an elaborate ... read more

The Life of the World to Come: A Novel

Dan Cluchey

Leo Brice is dead, in a sense (not the traditional one). When the neurotic law student meets his cosmic match in Fiona Haeberle, an impulsive spirit and burgeoning soap star, all seems well―the two fall fast in love, and spend three years navigating their twenties in wide-eyed wonder. But once the fantastical woman who had defined his future bolts to pursue a fantasy life of her own, Leo is fo... read more

Leo Brice is dead, in a sense (not the traditional one). When the neurotic law student meets his cosmic match in Fiona Haeberle, an impulsive spirit and burgeoning soap star, all seems well―the two fall fast in love, and spend three years navigating their twenties in wide-eyed wonder. But once the fantastical woman who had defined his future bolts to pursue a fantasy life of her own, Leo is fo... read more

Girl in the Afternoon: A Novel of Paris

Serena Burdick

"A tale brimming over with secrets, betrayals and redemption. Burdick keeps readers riveted." -RT Book Reviews (4 Stars HOT)"Moving, surprising, and thought-provoking." -The Emerald City Book Review"Burdick brings the sights and sounds of the Paris of the Impressionists to life." -Historical Novel Society“A provocative tale of family secrets, betrayal, and the renewal of self-discovery.” -Heat... read more

"A tale brimming over with secrets, betrayals and redemption. Burdick keeps readers riveted." -RT Book Reviews (4 Stars HOT)"Moving, surprising, and thought-provoking." -The Emerald City Book Review"Burdick brings the sights and sounds of the Paris of the Impressionists to life." -Historical Novel Society“A provocative tale of family secrets, betrayal, and the renewal of self-discovery.” -Heat... read more

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Marilee Aufdenkamp

I contracted with Laura for a manuscript critique with editorial letter and follow up phone call. Her global remarks and page notes provided beneficial feedback that I’m using to improve my manuscript. It was obvious, through every exchange we shared, that Laura is a knowledgeable professional with genuine industry experience. In addition to offering helpful suggestions, she was easy to work ...

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Marilee Aufdenkamp, November 2018


John Danenbarger

Laura not only executed the request for the job brilliantly, she did it ahead of time. I feel lucky that I found her available for the editing work.

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John Danenbarger, April 2017

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