Laura Gerrard

Laura Gerrard - Editor Tick

London, UK

Former Commissioning Editor at Orion, interested in commercial fiction, reading group, crime, thriller, women's fiction & more

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I am a freelance fiction editor with over nine years' experience in the publishing industry. Most recently I was Commissioning Editor at Orion (whose authors include Michael Connelly, Linwood Barclay, Ian Rankin, Kate Mosse, Erica James, Katherine Webb, Jodi Ellen Malpas and Nicky Pellegrino) where I edited and published many award-winning and Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling authors.

Previously I worked for Hodder & Stoughton as an ebook proofreader and interned at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency. I have appeared on panels for the Romantic Novelists' Association and I was also on the judging panel for the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award in 2015.

I have a degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds and an MA in Publishing from University College London.

I now work as a freelance editor and am available to work with authors and publishers at any stage of the editorial process, from structural and developmental editing, to line editing, copy-editing and proofreading.

Interests: commercial fiction, women's fiction, reading group fiction, crime fiction, thrillers, psychological suspense, saga, historical fiction.

Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Holiday
Literature
Romance
Thriller
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Editor, copy-editor, proofreader

Self-employed
April, 2018 – Present (4 months)

Commissioning Editor

Orion Publishing Group
July, 2015 – March, 2018 (over 2 years)

Editor

Orion Publishing Group
April, 2013 – July, 2015 (about 2 years)

Assistant Editor

Orion Publishing Group
June, 2012 – April, 2013 (10 months)

Editorial Assistant

Orion Publishing Group
September, 2011 – June, 2012 (9 months)

Paperbacks Departmental Administrator

Orion Publishing Group
October, 2009 – September, 2011 (almost 2 years)

Proofreader

Hodder & Stoughton
September, 2009 – October, 2009 (about 1 month)

Intern

Blake Friedmann Literary, Film & TV Agency
April, 2009 – June, 2009 (2 months)

The Companion

Sarah Dunnakey

How do you solve a mystery when the clues are hidden in the past? Billy Shaw lives in a palace. Potter's Pleasure Palace, the best entertainment venue in Yorkshire, complete with dancing, swing-boats and a roller-skating rink. When it is arranged for him to become companion to the child at the big house above the valley, Billy leaves home to find a wild, peculiar boy in a curiously haphazard h... read more

How do you solve a mystery when the clues are hidden in the past? Billy Shaw lives in a palace. Potter's Pleasure Palace, the best entertainment venue in Yorkshire, complete with dancing, swing-boats and a roller-skating rink. When it is arranged for him to become companion to the child at the big house above the valley, Billy leaves home to find a wild, peculiar boy in a curiously haphazard h... read more

Citadel

Kate Mosse

The Taxidermist's Daughter: A Richard and Judy bestseller

Kate Mosse

The enthralling new Sunday Times bestselling gothic novel from the author of THE WINTER GHOSTS, CITADEL and LABYRINTH.The clock strikes twelve. Beneath the wind and the remorseless tolling of the bell, no one can hear the scream . . .1912. A Sussex churchyard. Villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will not survive the coming year are thought to walk. And in the shadows, a ... read more

The enthralling new Sunday Times bestselling gothic novel from the author of THE WINTER GHOSTS, CITADEL and LABYRINTH.The clock strikes twelve. Beneath the wind and the remorseless tolling of the bell, no one can hear the scream . . .1912. A Sussex churchyard. Villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will not survive the coming year are thought to walk. And in the shadows, a ... read more

The Evidence of Ghosts

A K Benedict

Maria King knows a secret London. Born blind, she knows the city by sound and touch and smell but now that surgery has restored her sight, the world seems a scarier place and she doesn't want to see it. DCI Jonathan Dark also sees a different side to the city. He's in the shadows, haunted by his failure to save a woman from the hands of stalker, and he won't let it happen again. Now a killer h... read more

Maria King knows a secret London. Born blind, she knows the city by sound and touch and smell but now that surgery has restored her sight, the world seems a scarier place and she doesn't want to see it. DCI Jonathan Dark also sees a different side to the city. He's in the shadows, haunted by his failure to save a woman from the hands of stalker, and he won't let it happen again. Now a killer h... read more

The Daughter's Secret

Eva Holland

My daughter is a liar. A liar, liar, liar. And I'm starting to see where she gets it from.When Rosalind's fifteen-year-old daughter, Stephanie, ran away with her teacher, this ordinary family became something it had never asked to be. Their lives held up to scrutiny in the centre of a major police investigation, the Simms were headline news while Stephanie was missing with a man who was riskin... read more

My daughter is a liar. A liar, liar, liar. And I'm starting to see where she gets it from.When Rosalind's fifteen-year-old daughter, Stephanie, ran away with her teacher, this ordinary family became something it had never asked to be. Their lives held up to scrutiny in the centre of a major police investigation, the Simms were headline news while Stephanie was missing with a man who was riskin... read more

This Man (This Man Trilogy Book 1)

Jodi Ellen Malpas

If you don't know where to turn next after the Fifty Shades movie: welcome to the sensual world of This Man...Young interior designer Ava O'Shea has no idea what awaits her at the Manor. A run-of-the-mill consultation with a stodgy country gent seems likely, but what Ava finds instead is Jesse Ward - a devastatingly handsome, utterly confident, pleasure-seeking playboy who knows no boundaries.... read more

If you don't know where to turn next after the Fifty Shades movie: welcome to the sensual world of This Man...Young interior designer Ava O'Shea has no idea what awaits her at the Manor. A run-of-the-mill consultation with a stodgy country gent seems likely, but what Ava finds instead is Jesse Ward - a devastatingly handsome, utterly confident, pleasure-seeking playboy who knows no boundaries.... read more

With This Man (This Man 4)

Jodi Ellen Malpas

Jesse Ward is back in the newest novel in the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling This Man series!Life is good for Jesse 'The Lord' Ward. Perfect, actually. He still has the charm, he's in great shape, and he still reduces his wife, Ava, to a pool of desire with a mere look. He's in full control, just how he likes it.But Jesse's perfect world falls apart when a terrible accident lands ... read more

Jesse Ward is back in the newest novel in the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling This Man series!Life is good for Jesse 'The Lord' Ward. Perfect, actually. He still has the charm, he's in great shape, and he still reduces his wife, Ava, to a pool of desire with a mere look. He's in full control, just how he likes it.But Jesse's perfect world falls apart when a terrible accident lands ... read more

Trust Your Eyes

Linwood Barclay

What would you do if you witnessed a murder - but no one believed you...? Map-obsessed Thomas spends his days and nights on a virtual tour of the world through his computer screen, believing he must store the details of every town and city in his head. Then one day, while surfing a street view program, he sees something that shouldn't be there: a woman being murdered behind a window on a New Y... read more

What would you do if you witnessed a murder - but no one believed you...? Map-obsessed Thomas spends his days and nights on a virtual tour of the world through his computer screen, believing he must store the details of every town and city in his head. Then one day, while surfing a street view program, he sees something that shouldn't be there: a woman being murdered behind a window on a New Y... read more

A Year at Hotel Gondola

Nicky Pellegrino

The English Girl: A compelling, sweeping novel of love, loss, secrets and betrayal

Katherine Webb

used - read only once - good tight copy

used - read only once - good tight copy

You Can Run

Steve Mosby

The Drop (Harry Bosch Book 17)

Michael Connelly

Is it the end of the line for Harry Bosch? When evidence links a brutal murder in 1989 to a convicted rapist named Clayton Pell, the case should be watertight. Pell's DNA was found on the victim - but he was only eight years old at the time. This is not the only mystery Harry Bosch has to solve. A man jumped - or was pushed - from a window. The victim's father is Councilman Irving, who's been ... read more

Is it the end of the line for Harry Bosch? When evidence links a brutal murder in 1989 to a convicted rapist named Clayton Pell, the case should be watertight. Pell's DNA was found on the victim - but he was only eight years old at the time. This is not the only mystery Harry Bosch has to solve. A man jumped - or was pushed - from a window. The victim's father is Councilman Irving, who's been ... read more

The Twelve (Passage Trilogy 2)

Justin Cronin

THE TWELVE Death-row prisoners with nightmare pasts and no future. THE TWELVE Until they were selected for a secret experiment. THE TWELVE To create something more than human. THE TWELVE Now they are the future and humanity's worst nightmare has begun. THE TWELVE The epic sequel to THE PASSAGE

THE TWELVE Death-row prisoners with nightmare pasts and no future. THE TWELVE Until they were selected for a secret experiment. THE TWELVE To create something more than human. THE TWELVE Now they are the future and humanity's worst nightmare has begun. THE TWELVE The epic sequel to THE PASSAGE

The Killing Lessons (Valerie Hart 1)

Saul Black

When the two strangers turn up at Rowena Cooper's isolated Colorado farmhouse, she knows instantly that it's the end of everything. For the two haunted and driven men, on the other hand, it's just another stop on a long and bloody journey. And they still have many miles to go, and victims to sacrifice, before their work is done. For San Francisco homicide detective Valerie Hart, their trail of... read more

When the two strangers turn up at Rowena Cooper's isolated Colorado farmhouse, she knows instantly that it's the end of everything. For the two haunted and driven men, on the other hand, it's just another stop on a long and bloody journey. And they still have many miles to go, and victims to sacrifice, before their work is done. For San Francisco homicide detective Valerie Hart, their trail of... read more

The Spark Girl: A heart-warming tale of wartime adventure, romance and heartbreak.

Fiona Ford

Can her fight for the country fix her broken heart? A knock on the door early one morning wouldn't normally be cause for concern but it is 1941, Britain is at war, and Kitty Williams's fiancé Joe is far from home fighting Hitler with the Navy. As Kitty's heart is shattered into pieces hearing the news she had been dreading, resolve kicks in and she becomes more determined than ever to do her b... read more

Can her fight for the country fix her broken heart? A knock on the door early one morning wouldn't normally be cause for concern but it is 1941, Britain is at war, and Kitty Williams's fiancé Joe is far from home fighting Hitler with the Navy. As Kitty's heart is shattered into pieces hearing the news she had been dreading, resolve kicks in and she becomes more determined than ever to do her b... read more

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Chrissie Bradshaw

Laura is such a talented editor who understands my genre and has improved my MS beyond measure. Her eye for detail is incredible and she has a real grasp of the modern woman reader. She will be my first choice next time.

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Chrissie Bradshaw, July 2018

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