I'm a copy editor with many years of experience. I started out two decades ago as a beta reader and critique partner, and then in 2011, I was hired as an editor for Whiskey Creek Press, which was eventually purchased by Start Publishing. In 2017, I opened my own editing business. I love working with authors and helping them make their books the best they can be. I've worked with beginning authors and experienced authors, and some of my clients are best-selling and award-winning authors.
I know what it's like to go through the editing process as a writer. I've been published through a small publisher, I've self-published, and I've worked with a literary agent. I know what it's like to write a book and to pour your heart and emotions into the story and characters. After all the sweat and tears, late nights and early mornings, joys and triumphs, and maybe a few too many caffeinated beverages, it can be very hard to turn all of that hard work over to an editor for scrutiny. I strive to be honest, kind, and respectful in my work on any project.
Though my focus is on copy editing, there is developmental editing that happens as I work. I correct grammar and spelling, offer suggestions on how to smooth out clunky prose, watch out for redundancies in words and phrases, make sure wording is clear, look for inconsistencies in overall plot and little details, and more--all without disrupting an author's unique voice and style.
I have a degree in American Sign Language Interpreter Preparation, which required an intense focus on the English language as well as ASL. I also have a certificate in Deaf Studies.
"Laura is the best editor I’ve ever worked with. She is thorough and timely and her corrections and suggestions are always fantastic." - JA Andrews, author of the epic fantasy The Keeper Origins
"Laura is a joy to work with on every level and does the absolute best line editing job I've ever seen. Between her keen eyes and insightful comments, she really helps make my stories shine." - Constance Lopez, author of The Kasmian Chronicles
"Laura is the most thorough editor I've used, and I've tried about 7 of them. She is meticulous and insightful and takes great care with developmental and copy editing all in one. She is also good at keeping to her schedule. Since I discovered her, I've used her on every book I've written and recommend her without reservation." - R.M. Schultz, fantasy and sci fi writer, author of the Calec of the Woods mystery thrillers
"Laura is so much more than an editor. Not only does she smooth my sentences and correct my errors, she watches for inconsistencies and cheers me on. I love working with her!" - Alisha Klapheke, USA Today bestselling author of fantasy