Laura Joyce

Laura Joyce - Editor

Sheffield, UK

Crime & thriller editor. Story nerd. Books inc. Sunday Times bestsellers & CWA Dagger Winners. Prev. director UEA Crime MA

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Are you ready to share your book with an audience? Would you like strategic advice and feedback on how to submit to agents and editors? Do you want to self-publish your dream book? I can help.


A good editor is a cheerleader, coach, and strategist who helps you to write your best story.


· An experienced crime editor and book coach who will make the manuscript as tight as possible, without sacrificing your vision.
· Clear, detailed, and actionable feedback that will support your revisions, and make your book stronger.
· Strategic advice on how to prepare your book for an audience.
· A crime and thriller story nerd who knows that there is no plot problem that can't be fixed.


· I've got 10 years of experience as an editor. I helped to develop the MA in Crime Fiction at the University of East Anglia which has launched the careers of bestselling crime writers.

· I am an experienced editor and book coach for writers of all types of crime fiction, with a specialism in psychological thrillers.
· I've worked on Sunday Times bestsellers, CWA Dagger Award winners, Richard and Judy Book Club choices, the Bath Novel Award winner, and the Caledonia Novel Award winner.
· I have worked with bestselling self-published crime novelists, and I am obsessive about the indie crime and thriller market.
· My clients have sold television, film, and international rights to their books.
· I enjoy working with authors at all stages of their careers, but I am particularly keen to support debut authors to navigate the process of completing and publishing their first book, and to work with authors who are transitioning into crime and thrillers from another genre.
· Edits can seem technical and intimidating, but it doesn't have to be that way. I love my work and have a genuine enthusiasm for each project I take on. My clients have told me that my feedback is like "gold dust".

Request a quote to get a free sample edit, and a tailored proposal for your project, and discover how I can help you to transform your book.


Elizabeth Macneal, Sunday Times bestseller, and Caledonia Novel Award-winner, THE DOLL FACTORY (Picador) said:

"Laura was absolutely pivotal to the development on my writing, and I do not believe I could have conceived of, or written, my novel without her support, guidance, and advice".

Kate Simants, Bath Novel Prize-winner, A RUINED GIRL (Viper) said:

"As an editor, Laura was indefatigable: I came away from every meeting knowing that she had read and thoroughly considered every submission and was taking a sincere interest in helping me make my novel the best it could be. Her communication and professionalism were second to none, and I credit her in no small way for helping me to secure an excellent literary agent."

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Cozy Mysteries
Historical Mysteries
Legal Thriller
Medical Thriller
Psychological Thriller


  • PhD in Creative Writing, University of Sussex
  • MA in Creative Writing, University of Manchester
  • Member of the Crime Writers' Association
  • Member of the Alliance of Independent Authors
  • Member of the Editorial Freelancers Association


  • K Blundell Trust Award, 2019
  • Shortlisted for the HRF Keating Award, 2019
  • Shortlisted for the UEA Innovation in Teaching Award, 2018

Work experience

Lecturer and Course Director Crime Fiction MA

University of East Anglia
June, 2015 – June, 2018 (about 3 years)

I helped to develop the Creative Writing MA in Crime Fiction at UEA, first as a writing fellow in 2015-2016, then as a lecturer in Crime Fiction from 2016, and as course director in 2017-2018.

Freelance Editor

January, 2012 – Present (almost 11 years)

I work as a freelance editor on crime and thriller fiction, and crime narrative nonfiction.

Novel Supervisor (MFA in Creative Writing)

University of London (Birkbeck)
January, 2022 – Present (11 months)

I supervise on the MFA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Book Coach

April, 2021 – Present (over 1 year)

I offer 1:1 book coaching services, and strategic consultation packages for traditional and indie authors.

Lecturer in Creative Writing

University of Sheffield
September, 2019 – February, 2022 (over 2 years)

Lecturer in Literature, Film, and Creative Writing

Edinburgh Napier University
December, 2014 – September, 2016 (almost 2 years)

Lecturer in Creative Writing

York St John University
September, 2013 – September, 2014 (about 1 year)

Crime Writer

January, 2011 – Present (almost 12 years)

* CRIME READS said of my nonfiction book LUMINOL THEORY (Punctum Press, 2017) ''Even if you’re not accustomed to reading literary theory, you’ll be drawn in by Joyce’s beautiful prose and unusual ideas. This book will forever change how you read about violence.''

* THE LUMINOL REELS (Calamari Press, 2014) was a SPD Bestseller.

* THE MUSEUM OF ATHEISM (Salt, 2012) was the inaugural title for Salt Publishing's crime fiction list.

Associate Lecturer in Literature

University of Sussex
January, 2011 – September, 2013 (over 2 years)

Portfolio (28 selected works)

Blood Orange

Tyce, Harriet

Little One

Denzil, Sarah A.

The Doll Factory: A Novel

Macneal, Elizabeth


Kayode, Femi

Needless Alley

Natalie Marlow

Birmingham, 1933. Private enquiry agent William Garrett, a man damaged by a dark childhood spent on Birmingham's canals, specialises in facilitating divorces for the city's male elite. With the help of his best friend -charming, out-of-work actor Ronnie Edgerton - William sets up honey traps. But photographing unsuspecting women in flagrante plagues his conscience and William heaves up his gut... read more

Birmingham, 1933. Private enquiry agent William Garrett, a man damaged by a dark childhood spent on Birmingham's canals, specialises in facilitating divorces for the city's male elite. With the help of his best friend -charming, out-of-work actor Ronnie Edgerton - William sets up honey traps. But photographing unsuspecting women in flagrante plagues his conscience and William heaves up his gut... read more

Find Her

Denzil, Sarah A.


Booth, Naomi


Conran, Alys


Conran, Alys

Exit Management

Booth, Naomi

Just Before Sunrise

Balawyder, Carol

To Kill A Ghost

Weaver, J. Warren

I Kept a Piece of You

Wolford, Joanna

Love in a Lost Year

Oldridge, Josh

Deeply in the Soul

Bloomfield, Hristina

The Story of a Thief

Bloomfield, Hristina

Ash and Sun

Thompson, Jonny

Luminol Theory

Joyce, Laura E.

Laura has 46 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Hristina Bloomfield
Laura is the best editor I have ever worked with. I highly recommend her.

Hristina Bloomfield, November 2022

Caleb Brabham
Laura is phenomenal. Her communication was consistent and uplifting - her edits kind as well as informed. She grasped the concept of my niche genre work easily and added greater depth to it. I don't think I've met a better communicator. I look forward to working with her again.

Caleb Brabham, November 2022

Lawrence Popielinski
Laura gave me exactly the feedback I wanted and needed. She read the ms twice through, and took copius notes, identifying all of the areas where I could improve the world, the characters, the conflicts, plot, and other details. We had a very satisfying Zoom call to wrap things up on the development edit. Now it’s up to me, but I have Laura’s strong guidance.

Lawrence Popielinski, October 2022

Laura Joyce
It was wonderful to work with you, Larry. I hope we have the chance to work together in the future.

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Claire Louise Poole
As always, Laura proves that putting my trust...and my manuscript in her capable hands is always one of my better decisions as a writer.

Claire Louise Poole, October 2022

Laura Joyce
It's always a pleasure to work with you, Claire!

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Andrew Tinaz
Laura's edits were perfectly balanced between giving freedom to the author's vision and suggesting productive change.

Andrew Tinaz, September 2022

Laura Joyce
It was great to work with you, and to see the changes you made to the manuscript! I wish you every success with the book, Andrew.

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