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Laura Duane

Laura Duane - Editor

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Seven years of publishing experience with publishers big and small. I'm an MBA who loves business, romance, and sci-fi/fantasy.

Overview

In the past seven years I've acquired content across all genres for Random House Audio, developing a keen sense of what publishers are looking for and what works, and edited for a publishing startup and a academic non-profit. No matter what I'm editing or copyediting, whether it's a dark comedy or an academic article, my job is to make your reader's experience as seamless as possible and let your story and work be the focus.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Career Guides Computers & Internet Economics Education & Reference Entertainment Religion & Spirituality Self-help & Self-improvement Technology
Fiction
Fantasy Humor & Comedy Romance Science Fiction Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Senior Acquisitions Editor

Diversion Books
April, 2014 – December, 2015 (over 1 year)

Acquired across any number of genres, editing everything from humor to romance to business

Senior Acquistions Editor, Associate Acquisitions Editor, and Editorial Assistant

Random House Audio
August, 2009 – March, 2014 (over 4 years)

My job was to find and acquire the very best content available! I read just about every genre and developed a keen eye for what big publishers are looking for and what works.

Editorial Assistant

Social Science Research Council
August, 2008 – August, 2009 (about 1 year)

I edited and copyedited academic pieces on religion and politics.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Luck on the Line: On the Verge - Book One

Zoraida Córdova

"With a perfect blend of humor, drama and heat, Luck on the Line is a welcome and much needed addition to the new adult genre." —RT BOOK REVIEWSDespite her name, Lucky Pierce has always felt a little cursed. Refusing to settle for less or settle down, she changes jobs as often as she changes boyfriends. When her celebrity chef mother challenges her to finish something, Lucky agrees to help her... read more

"With a perfect blend of humor, drama and heat, Luck on the Line is a welcome and much needed addition to the new adult genre." —RT BOOK REVIEWSDespite her name, Lucky Pierce has always felt a little cursed. Refusing to settle for less or settle down, she changes jobs as often as she changes boyfriends. When her celebrity chef mother challenges her to finish something, Lucky agrees to help her... read more

Love on the Ledge: On the Verge - Book Two

Zoraida Cordova

From author Zoraida Cordova comes the steamy standalone book 2 in her New Adult On the Verge series.Sky Lopez thought she had it all—the perfect job, the perfect relationship, the perfect life...until she discovers her not-so-perfect boyfriend has been cheating on her. So when her uncle asks her to help plan his Hamptons wedding, Sky jumps at the chance, leaving all of her "perfect" future pla... read more

From author Zoraida Cordova comes the steamy standalone book 2 in her New Adult On the Verge series.Sky Lopez thought she had it all—the perfect job, the perfect relationship, the perfect life...until she discovers her not-so-perfect boyfriend has been cheating on her. So when her uncle asks her to help plan his Hamptons wedding, Sky jumps at the chance, leaving all of her "perfect" future pla... read more

Life on the Level: On the Verge - Book Three

Zoraida Cordova

The tantalizing third book in Zoraida Córdova's steamy New Adult On the Verge series!River Thomas was born a wild card. Her mother left before River hit puberty, and her alcoholic father raised her to have the best poker face in the city, but when he dies unexpectedly, River's already dangerous lifestyle spirals out of control. Six months sober, she relapses, and the resulting bender ends with... read more

The tantalizing third book in Zoraida Córdova's steamy New Adult On the Verge series!River Thomas was born a wild card. Her mother left before River hit puberty, and her alcoholic father raised her to have the best poker face in the city, but when he dies unexpectedly, River's already dangerous lifestyle spirals out of control. Six months sober, she relapses, and the resulting bender ends with... read more

Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology

Vivek Wadhwa, Farai Chideya

"[A]​ ​solid contribution to the growing popular literature on the subject."―PUBLISHERS WEEKLYFrom one of Time Magazine's "Forty Most Influential Minds in Technology" comes an essential collection of candid, first-hand accounts of women in technology. Women in technology are on the rise in both power and numbers, and now it's more important than ever to not lose that momentum, to "lean in" and... read more

"[A]​ ​solid contribution to the growing popular literature on the subject."―PUBLISHERS WEEKLYFrom one of Time Magazine's "Forty Most Influential Minds in Technology" comes an essential collection of candid, first-hand accounts of women in technology. Women in technology are on the rise in both power and numbers, and now it's more important than ever to not lose that momentum, to "lean in" and... read more

The Sisters Club

Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Some families you are born into. Some you choose. And some choose you.Four women have little in common other than where they live and the joyous complications of having sisters. Cindy waits for her own life to begin as she sees her sister going in and out of hospitals. Lise has made the boldest move of her life, even as her sister spends every day putting herself at risk to improve the lives o... read more

Some families you are born into. Some you choose. And some choose you.Four women have little in common other than where they live and the joyous complications of having sisters. Cindy waits for her own life to begin as she sees her sister going in and out of hospitals. Lise has made the boldest move of her life, even as her sister spends every day putting herself at risk to improve the lives o... read more

Falling for Prince Charles

Lauren Baratz-Logsted

"Lauren Baratz-Logsted has mastered the real life fairy tale in her explosive and hilarious FALLING FOR PRINCE CHARLES. It's all here, lovelorn Daisy Silverman flush with cash and high hopes, Prince Charles who can't resist her, and London in all its splendor. Curl up and get ready to laugh long into the foggy night." —Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of THE SHOEMAKER'S WIFE... read more

"Lauren Baratz-Logsted has mastered the real life fairy tale in her explosive and hilarious FALLING FOR PRINCE CHARLES. It's all here, lovelorn Daisy Silverman flush with cash and high hopes, Prince Charles who can't resist her, and London in all its splendor. Curl up and get ready to laugh long into the foggy night." —Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of THE SHOEMAKER'S WIFE... read more

Choose Your Own Misery: The Office

Mike MacDonald, Jilly Gagnon

You have endless choices...but few real options.Hungover and stuck at a job you hate, will you show up for your big presentation, or duck out with Debby, the HR rep with an FDR fetish? Play the weird lump on your back for office-wide sympathy, or dive into an internet spiral that can only end in “ten kinds of cancer”? Tell someone about the weird genital-fondling that’s happening at the crysta... read more

You have endless choices...but few real options.Hungover and stuck at a job you hate, will you show up for your big presentation, or duck out with Debby, the HR rep with an FDR fetish? Play the weird lump on your back for office-wide sympathy, or dive into an internet spiral that can only end in “ten kinds of cancer”? Tell someone about the weird genital-fondling that’s happening at the crysta... read more

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