Laura Dragonette

Laura Dragonette - Editor

New York, NY, USA

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

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I have been working in publishing for about five years, and I've always been particularly interested in copy editing and catching mistakes before a book goes to print. I've spent the majority of my professional career in New York City, where I completed both the Columbia Publishing Course and the NYU Gold Standard Course in copy editing and proofreading. As a freelancer with St. Martin's Press, I've edited and proofread a variety of titles, mostly working with crime novels 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 titles in political science, history, and sociology.

Writing is such a fluid task. 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 greatly enjoy the process of copy editing and proofreading, and I look forward to helping you mold your book into its best form.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Dystopian
Historical Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Literature
Science Fiction
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • NYU Fundamentals of Copyediting and Proofreading Books
  • Columbia Publishing Course
  • BA in English, Professional Writing

Work experience

Associate Project Editor

W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
May, 2018 – Present (about 1 year)

I'm heavily involved in the editorial process for the textbooks on my list, from manuscript stage to publication. In addition to going through 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 copy edit advertising and marketing materials for the company and any ancillary materials for my books.

Freelance Copy Editor and Proofreader

St. Martin's Press
August, 2016 – Present (almost 3 years)

As a freelancer, I copy edit 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.

Assistant Editor

W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
October, 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.

Freelance Web Writer

Investopedia; Adapt Partners
October, 2013 – February, 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.

Technical Editor

Hospital Physician Partners
August, 2013 – December, 2013 (4 months)

I copy edited 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.

Manuscript Editorial Intern

Yale University Press
June, 2013 – August, 2013 (2 months)

At Yale Press, I fine-tuned my copy editing 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.

Portfolio (21 selected works)

The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli

Alyssa Palombo

"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." - BooklistA girl as beautiful as Simonetta Cattaneo never wants for marriage proposals in 15th Century Italy, but she jumps at the chance to mar... 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." - BooklistA girl as beautiful as Simonetta Cattaneo never wants for marriage proposals in 15th Century Italy, but she jumps at the chance to mar... read more

The Book of Summer: A Novel

Michelle Gable

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 female inhabitants: from Ruby, a bright-eyed newlywed on the eve of World War II to her granddaughter Bess, who returns to the beautiful su... 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 female inhabitants: from Ruby, a bright-eyed newlywed on the eve of World War II to her granddaughter Bess, who returns to the beautiful su... read more

Dog Dish of Doom: An Agent to the Paws Mystery

E.J. Copperman

Cozy fans and animal lovers alike won't be able to keep their paws off Dog Dish of Doom. Laugh-out-loud funny, E.J. Copperman's series debut is "lots of fun" (Library Journal, starred). Kay Powell wants to find that break-out client who will become a star. And she thinks she’s found him: His name is Bruno, and he has to be walked three times a day.Kay is the Agent to the Paws, representing sho... read more

Cozy fans and animal lovers alike won't be able to keep their paws off Dog Dish of Doom. Laugh-out-loud funny, E.J. Copperman's series debut is "lots of fun" (Library Journal, starred). Kay Powell wants to find that break-out client who will become a star. And she thinks she’s found him: His name is Bruno, and he has to be walked three times a day.Kay is the Agent to the Paws, representing sho... read more

The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs: A Novel

Janet Peery

"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 of people, Peery now returns with her second novel, The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs.On a summer evening in the blue-collar town of Amicus... 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 of people, Peery now returns with her second novel, The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs.On a summer evening in the blue-collar town of Amicus... read more

The Cartel 7: Illuminati: Roundtable of Bosses

Ashley & JaQuavis, JaQuavis Coleman

The saga of love, loyalty, and crime continues in the next explosive book in the Cartel series from the minds of New York Times bestselling authors Ashley & JaQuavis.After the tragic and bloody end to The Cartel’s reign, Carter is forced into isolation to evade the law. With his wife, Miamor, facing federal charges and his dear brother, six feet under, Carter has never been more alone. His emp... read more

The saga of love, loyalty, and crime continues in the next explosive book in the Cartel series from the minds of New York Times bestselling authors Ashley & JaQuavis.After the tragic and bloody end to The Cartel’s reign, Carter is forced into isolation to evade the law. With his wife, Miamor, facing federal charges and his dear brother, six feet under, Carter has never been more alone. His emp... read more

Murderous Mistral: A Provence Mystery (Roger Blanc)

Cay Rademacher

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-corruption-unit of the French Gendarmerie, was a bit too succesfull in his investigations. He finds himself removed from Paris to the s... 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-corruption-unit of the French Gendarmerie, was a bit too succesfull in his investigations. He finds himself removed from Paris to the s... read more

Mothers of Sparta: A Memoir in Pieces

Dawn Davies

“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 girl who moves to a new town every couple of years; a misfit teenager who finds solace in a local music scene; an adrift twenty-somethi... 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 girl who moves to a new town every couple of years; a misfit teenager who finds solace in a local music scene; an adrift twenty-somethi... read more

A Death of No Importance: A Mystery

Mariah Fredericks

“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 novel, A Death of No Importance.New York City, 1910. Invisible until she’s needed, Jane Prescott has perfected the art of serving as a l... 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 novel, A Death of No Importance.New York City, 1910. Invisible until she’s needed, Jane Prescott has perfected the art of serving as a l... read more

Antique Blues: A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery (Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries)

Jane K. Cleland

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 Prescott is called in to appraise a Japanese woodblock print and vintage guitar for her friend Mo, she’s thrilled―until Mo is murdered.... 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 Prescott is called in to appraise a Japanese woodblock print and vintage guitar for her friend Mo, she’s thrilled―until Mo is murdered.... read more

The Château: A Novel

Paul Goldberg

"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."Sharks..."Paul Goldberg, the acclaimed author of The Yid, takes us behind the scenes of a Florida condo board election, delivering a wild spi... 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."Sharks..."Paul Goldberg, the acclaimed author of The Yid, takes us behind the scenes of a Florida condo board election, delivering a wild spi... read more

Armistice: Book 2 in the Amberlough Dossier

Lara Elena Donnelly

Armistice returns to Donnelly’s ravishing 1930s Art Deco-tinged fantasy world of the Nebula Award-nominated Amberlough with a decadent, tumultuous mixture of sex, politics, and spies“A hefty novel full of fascinating characters exploring oversized topics such as sexuality, music, culture, fascism, nationalism, class wars, revolution and love.” ―Shelf AwarenessIn a tropical country where shadow... read more

Armistice returns to Donnelly’s ravishing 1930s Art Deco-tinged fantasy world of the Nebula Award-nominated Amberlough with a decadent, tumultuous mixture of sex, politics, and spies“A hefty novel full of fascinating characters exploring oversized topics such as sexuality, music, culture, fascism, nationalism, class wars, revolution and love.” ―Shelf AwarenessIn a tropical country where shadow... read more

California Summer: A Novel

Anita Hughes

"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 California Summer is a charming and beautiful love story about a former Hollywood producer who trades her cast list in for cookbooks in t... 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 California Summer is a charming and beautiful love story about a former Hollywood producer who trades her cast list in for cookbooks in t... read more

Deadly Camargue: A Provence Mystery (Roger Blanc)

Cay Rademacher

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 the Camargue. A black fighting bull has escaped from the pasture and has gored a cyclist. A bizarre accident, or so it initially seems. Un... 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 the Camargue. A black fighting bull has escaped from the pasture and has gored a cyclist. A bizarre accident, or so it initially seems. Un... read more

Murder on Millionaires' Row

Erin Lindsey

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 enough with her life as a housemaid. After all, it’s not every girl from Five Points who gets to spend her days in a posh Fifth Avenue br... 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 enough with her life as a housemaid. After all, it’s not every girl from Five Points who gets to spend her days in a posh Fifth Avenue br... read more

Bird, Bath, and Beyond: An Agent to the Paws Mystery

E.J. Copperman

The second in this hilarious cozy mystery series features a woman who is a talent agent for show biz animals and discovers that she has a talent herself: solving crimes."Admirers of old comedy sketches and anyone looking for a laugh-out-loud mystery should pick up this series launch by Copperman." ―Library Journal (starred) on Dog Dish of Doom"Readers will root for Kay to be more than pals wit... read more

The second in this hilarious cozy mystery series features a woman who is a talent agent for show biz animals and discovers that she has a talent herself: solving crimes."Admirers of old comedy sketches and anyone looking for a laugh-out-loud mystery should pick up this series launch by Copperman." ―Library Journal (starred) on Dog Dish of Doom"Readers will root for Kay to be more than pals wit... read more

Death of a New American: A Mystery (A Jane Prescott Novel)

Mariah Fredericks

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 Benchley family. Their daughter Louise is to marry William Tyler, at their uncle and aunt’s mansion; the Tylers are a glamorous, storied coupl... 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 Benchley family. Their daughter Louise is to marry William Tyler, at their uncle and aunt’s mansion; the Tylers are a glamorous, storied coupl... read more

The Missing Corpse: A Brittany Mystery (Brittany Mystery Series)

Jean-Luc Bannalec

"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 is internationally bestselling author, Jean-Luc Bannalec’s fourth novel in the Commissaire Dupin series. It’s picturesque, suspenseful,... 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 is internationally bestselling author, Jean-Luc Bannalec’s fourth novel in the Commissaire Dupin series. It’s picturesque, suspenseful,... read more

Amnesty: Book 3 in the Amberlough Dossier

Lara Elena Donnelly

Donnelly’s Amnesty completes the Nebula and LAMBDA Award-nominated Amberlough Dossier glam spy thriller trilogy that Publishers Weekly describes as "Impressive...as heartbreaking as it is satisfying.” (starred review)In Amberlough City, out of the ASHES of revolution, a TRAITOR returns, a political CAMPAIGN comes to a roaring head, and the people demand JUSTICE for crimes past.As a nation stru... read more

Donnelly’s Amnesty completes the Nebula and LAMBDA Award-nominated Amberlough Dossier glam spy thriller trilogy that Publishers Weekly describes as "Impressive...as heartbreaking as it is satisfying.” (starred review)In Amberlough City, out of the ASHES of revolution, a TRAITOR returns, a political CAMPAIGN comes to a roaring head, and the people demand JUSTICE for crimes past.As a nation stru... read more

A Golden Grave: A Rose Gallagher Mystery

Erin Lindsey

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 freshly-minted Pinkerton agent ought to be everything she ever wanted. Only a few months ago, she was just another poor Irish housemaid ... 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 freshly-minted Pinkerton agent ought to be everything she ever wanted. Only a few months ago, she was just another poor Irish housemaid ... read more

Blood of an Exile (Dragons of Terra Book 1)

Brian Naslund

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 so that he would die serving the kingdom. But Bershad can’t die. He’s never lost a fight, the most successful dragon slayer in history bu... 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 so that he would die serving the kingdom. But Bershad can’t die. He’s never lost a fight, the most successful dragon slayer in history bu... read more

The Girl Who Reads on the Métro: A Novel

Christine Féret-Fleury

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 job, dating a string of not-quite-right men, and fighting off melancholy. The only bright spots in her day are her métro rides across th... 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 job, dating a string of not-quite-right men, and fighting off melancholy. The only bright spots in her day are her métro rides across th... read more

Laura has 9 reviews

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Lise McClendon
Laura was thoroughly professional throughout this process, keeping me updated on the progress of the edit and answering questions promptly. Communication between writer and editor is a huge thing for me, and Laura exceeded expectations. She also amended what she would do for me and gave me a price that included both proofreading and a light copyedit. I very much appreciated that! Thank you, Laura.

Lise McClendon, June 2019


Daniel Kronenberg
Great experience. Finished before the deadline and was free to communicate with throughout the process.

Daniel Kronenberg, June 2019


Chuck Morgan
Laura did a great job editing my manuscript. Her reasoning for the changes she made, made sense and she was incredibly thorough. I will definitely consider her first for my next manuscript.

Chuck Morgan, June 2019


Nikki Stern
Laura is a thorough professional, absolutely diligent and deeply familiar with the Chicago Manual of Style. She may be a bit expensive for some, but in the competitive and often brutal publishing world, it's worth the investment.

Nikki Stern, December 2018


Colette Smith
Great

Colette Smith, October 2018

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