Laura Dragonette

Laura Dragonette – Editor

Copy editor and proofreader with years of experience working with fiction, memoir, and academic/technical texts.


I've worked in publishing for about ten years now, and I've always been particularly drawn to copyediting and catching mistakes before a book goes to print. Although I grew up in North Carolina, I've spent the majority of my professional life in New York City, where I completed both the Columbia Publishing Course and the NYU Gold Standard Course in copyediting and proofreading. As a freelancer for St. Martin's Press and Penguin Random House, I've copyedited and proofread a variety of titles, working mostly with crime novels, sci-fi/fantasy, and women's fiction but also particularly enjoying literary and historical fiction. I also work full time as a project editor at W. W. Norton, editing a variety of textbooks in various disciplines, such as political science, sociology, astronomy, economics, and composition.

Writing is such a fluid art. When working with a manuscript, I prefer to use as light a touch as possible in order to maintain the author's voice while still introducing the appropriate amount of clarity and structure. I genuinely enjoy the process of copyediting and proofreading, and I look forward to helping you mold your book into its best form.
Biographies & Memoirs
Dystopian Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Science Fiction Women's Fiction Young Adult
English (US)
  • NYU Fundamentals of Copyediting and Proofreading Books
  • Columbia Publishing Course
  • BA in English, Professional Writing

Work experience

Penguin Random House

Aug, 2022 — Present

I recently signed on as a freelancer with Penguin Random House. So far, I've copyedited a handful of books, including women's fiction, memoir, and a couple of D&D movie tie-ins!

W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

May, 2018 — Present

I'm heavily involved in the editorial process for the textbooks on my list, from manuscript stage to publication. In addition to reviewing the text myself, I coordinate edits from the copy editor, proofreader, authors, and editorial team for each title I work on, and I work with the production team to make sure the book stays on schedule. I also copyedit advertising and marketing materials for the company and any ancillary materials for my books.

St. Martin's Press

Aug, 2016 — Present

As a freelancer, I copyedit and proofread a variety of titles, checking for mistakes ranging from typos and misused words to page design errors introduced in proof stage. When proofreading, I refer to the style sheet created by the copy editor and tend to use a light touch in order to preserve the author's voice and usage.

W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Oct, 2014 — May, 2018 (over 3 years)

I worked with both print books and ebooks in Norton's custom publications department. I communicated with college and high school professors to determine how best to customize Norton's textbooks for their classes, such as cutting chapters, combining multiple books, and adding in third-party material. Third-party material was often submitted in raw form, so I edited and proofread it prior to publication.

Investopedia; Adapt Partners

Oct, 2013 — Feb, 2017 (over 3 years)

I worked for a variety of clients to write website content. I helped expand Investopedia's online encyclopedia of investment terms by writing more in-depth descriptions and including links to related pages and other websites. For Adapt Partners, I wrote descriptive copy to be displayed on their clients' websites and wrote instruction manuals and guides on everything from conference call etiquette to sustainable home building.

Hospital Physician Partners

Aug, 2013 — Dec, 2013 (4 months)

I copyedited and completely restructured the company's business proposal. In the process, I interviewed medical professionals and wrote new content to be included in the proposal and other marketing materials.

Yale University Press

Jun, 2013 — Aug, 2013 (2 months)

At Yale Press, I fine-tuned my copyediting and proofreading skills by working with manuscript errors to catch errors in proof stage. I reviewed chapters, indexes, and jacket copy, and ensured that edits from previous passes had been inserted correctly.


Awakening (The Edited Genome Trilogy)

Antonio Hernandez, Marcos

St. Anthony's Fire

Harper, Garry

The Living Dead

Romero, George A.

Sarah Kozloff, author of A Queen in Hiding, continues the breathtaking and cinematic epic fantasy series The Nine Realms with book two, The Queen of Raiders, and all four books will be published within a month of each other, so you can binge your favorite new ... read more
Death of an American Beauty is the third in Mariah Fredericks's compelling series, set in Gilded Age New York, featuring Jane Prescott.Jane Prescott is taking a break from her duties as lady’s maid for a week, and plans to begin it with attending the hottest a... read more
The Bard's Blade is the start of the new Sorcerer's Song fantasy adventure series from Brian D. Anderson, bestselling author of The Godling Chronicles and Dragonvein.Mariyah enjoys a simple life in Vylari, a land magically sealed off from the outside world, wh... read more
Debut author Sarah Kozloff offers a breathtaking and cinematic epic fantasy of a ruler coming of age in A Queen in Hiding first in the quartet of The Nine Realms series.Exiled and hunted, Cerulia, Princess of Weirandale, knows she has one destiny.Her enemies f... read more
From New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack, the second in the captivating new YA fantasy/romance Stormheart series, perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and Victoria Aveyard. Princess or adventurer.Duty or freedom.Her Kingdom or the Stormhunter she lov... read more
In the vein of Amélie and The Little Paris Bookshop, a modern fairytale about a French woman whose life is turned upside down when she meets a reclusive bookseller and his young daughter.Juliette leads a perfectly ordinary life in Paris, working a slow office ... read more
Brian Naslund's Blood of an Exile is a fast-paced adventure perfect for comic readers and fans of heroic fantasyBershad was supposed to die...When he was caught trying to assassinate a fellow noble, Flawless Bershad was given a death sentence. Fight monsters s... read more
The follow-up to Murder on Millionaires' Row, Erin Lindsey's second historical mystery follows Rose Gallagher as she tracks a killer with shocking abilities through Gilded Age Manhattan. Rose Gallagher always dreamed of finding adventure, so her new life as a ... read more
"Roll over Maigret. Commissaire Dupin has arrived." ―M.C. Beaton on Death in Brittany "Very satisfying…along the lines of Martin Walker’s novels set in Dordogne, or M.L. Longworth’s Aix-en-Provence mysteries." ―Booklist on Murder on Brittany ShoresBreton Pride... read more
The atmospheric, compelling follow-up to the stunning debut A Death of No Importance, featuring series character, Jane Prescott. In 1912, as New York reels from the news of the Titanic disaster, ladies’ maid Jane Prescott travels to Long Island with the Benchl... read more
Erin Lindsey takes readers on a chase through Gilded Age Manhattan, filled with wonderful historical details, ghosts, romance, and Pinkerton detectives in this delightfully charming debut mystery.Rose Gallagher might dream of bigger things, but she’s content e... read more
International Dagger Award shortlisted author Cay Rademacher delivers a captivating follow-up to his atmospheric Murderous Mistral.August: the air over Provence shimmers in suffocating heat. Capitaine Roger Blanc and his colleague Marius Tonon are called to th... read more
"The perfect beach read!" ―Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of Beach House Reunion."Tender and triumphant...California Summer made my heart sing." ―Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of Between Me and YouAnita Hughes's C... read more
"We have proverb in Florida...You know why it's good to be on beach?"Bill smiles, but says nothing. He wants the guy to keep talking."Because on beach you are surrounded by idiots on only three sides.""And on the remaining side you have what?" asks Bill."Shark... read more
Ever-crafty Josie must confront suspicious antiques dealers and her own friend’s killer in Antique Blues, the twelfth mystery in Jane K. Cleland's beloved Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series set in New Hampshire.When amateur sleuth and antiques expert Josie... read more
“A taut, suspenseful, and complex murder mystery with gorgeous period detail.”―Susan Elia MacNealThrough her exquisite prose, sharp observation and deft plotting, Mariah Fredericks invites us into the heart of a changing New York in her remarkable debut adult ... read more
“Davies' collection of essays soars.... It's a memoir that locates the profound within the ordinary.” ―Entertainment WeeklyIf you’re looking for a typical parenting book, this is not it. This is not a treatise on how to be a mother.This is a book about a young... read more
International Dagger Award shortlisted author of The Murderer in Ruins, Cay Rademacher, delivers a beautifully atmospheric new story with a captivating main character in Murderous Mistral: A Provence Mystery.Capitaine Roger Blanc, an investigator with the anti... read more
"A brilliantly moving and unforgettable novel." - Jill McCorkle, author of Life After LifeJanet Peery’s first novel, The River Beyond the World, was a National Book Award finalist in 1996. Acclaimed for her gorgeous writing and clear-eyed gaze into the hearts ... read more
New York Times Bestselling Author of A Paris ApartmentThe ocean, the wild roses on the dunes and the stunning Cliff House, perched atop a bluff in Sconset, Nantucket. Inside the faded pages of the Cliff House guest book live the spellbinding stories of its fem... read more
"In the tradition of Tracy Chevalier’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, Palombo has married fine art with romantic historical fiction in this lush and sensual interpretation of Medici Florence, artist Sandro Botticelli, and the muse that inspired them all." - Bookli... read more

Laura has 34 reviews





Faith A.

Faith A.

Jun, 2023

Laura is lovely to correspond with and converses with her clients on a more personal level than I have experienced with other editors. She met the time frame given for my 65,000-word novel and even had it in a few days early. She even fixed a lot of what my previous editor had changed, confirming my doubts about those changes, and proving her superiority in this field. My only criticism would b...
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Martinis J.

Martinis J.

Nov, 2022

Absolute amazing work!! Laura's work transformed my project. Her attention to detail is second to none.
Garry H.

Garry H.

Jun, 2022

Laura is simply the most meticulous, communicative, and thoughtful editor that I've ever worked with. She is not just about "catching errors," but will work with you to ensure that your writing is as clear and concise as possible--and truly elevates the final product. I couldn't recommend her more.
Marc H.

Marc H.

May, 2022

Laura D., please never retire! I’m already on my next book.
Garry H.

Garry H.

May, 2022

Working with Laura is always a pleasure. She is wonderful to communicate with, and her work always leads to a superior product. I cannot recommend her enough.

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