Laura Gerrard

Laura Gerrard – Editor

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


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.
Action & Adventure Historical Fiction Holiday Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Romance Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (UK) English (US)

Work experience


Apr, 2018 — Present

Orion Publishing Group

Jul, 2015 — Mar, 2018 (over 2 years)

Orion Publishing Group

Apr, 2013 — Jul, 2015 (about 2 years)

Orion Publishing Group

Jun, 2012 — Apr, 2013 (10 months)

Orion Publishing Group

Sep, 2011 — Jun, 2012 (9 months)

Orion Publishing Group

Oct, 2009 — Sep, 2011 (almost 2 years)

Hodder & Stoughton

Sep, 2009 — Oct, 2009 (about 1 month)

Blake Friedmann Literary, Film & TV Agency

Apr, 2009 — Jun, 2009 (2 months)


Someone’s watching you…Living in a beautiful home on the edge of a council estate, Kara Bannon can’t imagine what it’s like to have nothing.An eerie phone call plays on her mind and within three days she loses everything – her job, her home and Justin, the onl... read more
25 Days Till Christmas

Poppy Alexander

Erin and Heather Douglas are struggling. Their mother’s death has left a void in their family and everyday life has side-lined their dreams. Erin has buried herself away in the family home and left her stage career. By hiding away, she is evading the pain of r... 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... 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 ... read more
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 TWE... 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 on... read more
You Can Run

Steve Mosby

used - read only once - good tight copy
A Year at Hotel Gondola

Nicky Pellegrino

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 on... 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 d... 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, b... 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 sc... 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.... 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.... read more

Kate Mosse

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 be... read more

Laura has 3 reviews





Tim A.

Tim A.

Sep, 2019

Laura is a true professional who has been helping me develop a fiction project. Her notes have been super-helpful and she really understands the market. Also, she's a prompt and clear communicator who delivers on what she says she is going to. Highly recommended.
Emma L.

Emma L.

Dec, 2018

Laura has been nothing but wonderful during this process and I cannot thank her enough for her guidance, patience, and speedy replies. Her comments were thorough, detailed and well-explained, I can see that she has put a lot of effort into editing my project for which I am very grateful. Her work has exceeded my expectations and I would definitely chose to collaborate with her again in the future.
Laura G.
Thanks Emma! It has been great working with you.
Chrissie B.

Chrissie B.

Jul, 2018

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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