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Laura Mae Isaacman

Laura Mae Isaacman - Editor

Brooklyn, NY, United States

I've worked with T.C. Boyle, Lara Vapnyar, Joyce Carol Oates, Noam Chomsky, Lydia Davis, Justin Taylor, Aimee Bender, Lydia Davis, etc.

Overview

Reviews (14)

You’ve got to think of your novel in terms of its need for a facelift; you want to keep all of its features in place but it could use some snips, a tightening.

If you've been reworking your manuscript for months or years, it becomes impossible to identify sections that are clogging the flow of your narrative. Or, if you've got the story line down, you may still be tripping on your own loose language.

I work to enhance your novel in accordance with your voice, style, and aesthetic. My comprehensive editing will guide you toward crafting a richer and more evocative narrative, transforming your manuscript from a work in progress to a finished novel.

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I’ve worked with Joyce Carol Oates, Lydia Davis, Amy Grace Loyd, Lara Vapnyar, Justin Taylor, Kathleen Alcott, Enrique Vila-Matas, Lipika Pelham, Jacques Strauss, David James Poissant, Bonnie Nadzam, Noam Chomsky, Chinelo Okparanta, César Aira, T.C. Boyle, Andrés Neuman, Aimee Bender, Carlos Labbé, Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, and Edwidge Danticat. I’ve also worked with publishers from Other Press, Twelve, The Overlook Press, New Directions, and Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

I’ve given lectures on writing, editing, and publishing at The New School, The New York Society Library, The New York Public Library, and The Asian American Writers' Workshop Publishing Conference.

Past projects include novels, short stories, memoirs, essays, interviews, and children's books.

I am the co-founding editor of “Tweed’s Magazine of Literature & Art” and “The Coffin Factory” and I currently run a book editing company at Clyde Editing.

I'd love to hear your story! Please reach out to me to learn more about my approach and availability.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Children's Picture Books Humor & Comedy LGBTQ Literature Short Story Women's Fiction

Work experience

Book Editor

Self-employed
November, 2016 – Present (11 months)

Clyde helps writers to build, shape, and edit their novels. Our aim is to enhance your novel in accordance with your voice, style, and aesthetic. Our comprehensive editing will guide you toward crafting a richer and more evocative narrative, transforming your manuscript from a work in progress to a finished novel.

Editor

Tweed's Magazine of Literature & Art
May, 2014 – December, 2015 (over 1 year)

A journal featuring short stories, essays, poetry, art, and interviews.

I've worked with Reza Aslan, Lydia Davis, C.K. Williams, Siri Hustvedt, Amy Grace Loyd, Lipika Pelham, Edwidge Danticat, John Freeman, Sjón, Nelly Reifler, David James Poissant, Bonnie Nadzam, Dale Jamieson, and Justin Taylor.

Editor

The Coffin Factory
April, 2011 – January, 2014 (almost 3 years)

A literary magazine featuring short stories, essays, poetry, art, and interviews.

I've worked with Joyce Carol Oates, Charles Simic, T.C. Boyle, Joshua Cohen, John Banville, László Krasznahorkai, Sergio Chejfec, Lara Vapnyar, Andrés Neuman, John Reed, Pablo Medina, Bernard Quiriny, Jacques Strauss, Carlos Labbé, Adam Wilson, César Aira, Chinelo Okparanta, Chiara Barzini, Enrique Vila-Matas, Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, Kathleen Alcott, and Aimee Bender.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Seiobo There Below

Laszlo Krasznahorkai

ATTENTION!: A (short) History

Joshua Cohen

You've paid money for this book in order to pay attention. You are skeptical, which is to say, unforgiving. You have enough money to afford this book or you have family or friends who do and who don't mind your borrowing, or you have the type of family or friends who gift books like this on auspicious, and even for no, occasions, in which case perhaps you're only being attentive because you're... read more

You've paid money for this book in order to pay attention. You are skeptical, which is to say, unforgiving. You have enough money to afford this book or you have family or friends who do and who don't mind your borrowing, or you have the type of family or friends who gift books like this on auspicious, and even for no, occasions, in which case perhaps you're only being attentive because you're... read more

What's Important Is Feeling: Stories

Adam Wilson

Bankers prowl Brooklyn bars on the eve of the stock market crash. A debate over Young Elvis versus Vegas Elvis turns existential. Detoxing junkies use a live lobster to spice up their love life. Students on summer break struggle to escape the orbit of a seemingly utopic communal house.And in the title story, selected for The Best American Short Stories, two film school buddies working on a doo... read more

Bankers prowl Brooklyn bars on the eve of the stock market crash. A debate over Young Elvis versus Vegas Elvis turns existential. Detoxing junkies use a live lobster to spice up their love life. Students on summer break struggle to escape the orbit of a seemingly utopic communal house.And in the title story, selected for The Best American Short Stories, two film school buddies working on a doo... read more

Flings: Stories

Justin Taylor

The acclaimed author of Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever and The Gospel of Anarchy makes his hardcover debut with a piercing collection of short fiction that illuminates our struggle to find love, comfort, and identity.In a new suite of powerful and incisive stories, Justin Taylor captures the lives of men and women unmoored from their pasts and uncertain of their futures.A man writes hi... read more

The acclaimed author of Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever and The Gospel of Anarchy makes his hardcover debut with a piercing collection of short fiction that illuminates our struggle to find love, comfort, and identity.In a new suite of powerful and incisive stories, Justin Taylor captures the lives of men and women unmoored from their pasts and uncertain of their futures.A man writes hi... read more

Selected Later Poems

C. K. Williams

A selection from the last twenty years of C. K. Williams's career, plus new work―proof of his enduring powerC. K. Williams's long career has been a catalog of surprises, of inventions and reinventions, of honors. His one constant is a remarkable degree of flexibility, a thrilling ability to shape-shift that goes hand in hand with an essential, enduring honesty. This rare, heady mix has ensured... read more

A selection from the last twenty years of C. K. Williams's career, plus new work―proof of his enduring powerC. K. Williams's long career has been a catalog of surprises, of inventions and reinventions, of honors. His one constant is a remarkable degree of flexibility, a thrilling ability to shape-shift that goes hand in hand with an essential, enduring honesty. This rare, heady mix has ensured... read more

The Dark

Sergio Chejfec

"Early in Sergio Chejfec's The Dark, the nameless narrator describes his disorientation when looking over a landscape as 'the vertigo of simple things.' This phrase describes the experience of reading Chejfec's novel. . . . These moments, when Chejfec combines exquisite prose with the human yearning for truth and beauty, keep us reading, weighing the novel's contradictions, sifting through the... read more

"Early in Sergio Chejfec's The Dark, the nameless narrator describes his disorientation when looking over a landscape as 'the vertigo of simple things.' This phrase describes the experience of reading Chejfec's novel. . . . These moments, when Chejfec combines exquisite prose with the human yearning for truth and beauty, keep us reading, weighing the novel's contradictions, sifting through the... read more

The Things We Don't Do

Andrés Neuman

"Good readers will find something that can be found only in great literature, the kind written by real poets, a literature that dares to venture into the dark with open eyes and that keeps its eyes open no matter what . . . . The literature of the twenty-first century will belong to Neuman and a few of his blood brothers."—Roberto BolañoPlayful, philosophizing, and gloriously unpredictable, An... read more

"Good readers will find something that can be found only in great literature, the kind written by real poets, a literature that dares to venture into the dark with open eyes and that keeps its eyes open no matter what . . . . The literature of the twenty-first century will belong to Neuman and a few of his blood brothers."—Roberto BolañoPlayful, philosophizing, and gloriously unpredictable, An... read more

Happiness, Like Water

Chinelo Okparanta

"Astonishing. Okparanta’s narrators render their stories with such strength and intimacy, such lucidity and composure, that in each and every case the truths of their lives detonate deep inside the reader’s heart, with the power and force of revelation."—Paul HardingHere are Nigerian women at home and transplanted to the United States, building lives out of longing and hope, faith and doubt, t... read more

"Astonishing. Okparanta’s narrators render their stories with such strength and intimacy, such lucidity and composure, that in each and every case the truths of their lives detonate deep inside the reader’s heart, with the power and force of revelation."—Paul HardingHere are Nigerian women at home and transplanted to the United States, building lives out of longing and hope, faith and doubt, t... read more

The Fifteenth of June

Brent Jones

Can we lose a loved one without losing ourselves?Twenty-eight-year-old Drew Thomson is haunted by a troubled past. After struggling for years with alcoholism and antisocial behavior, he ends a stable relationship with his girlfriend and finds himself without a home, job, or purpose.Just as he learns that his father is terminally ill, he meets a stranger who offers him a flicker of hope for a b... read more

Can we lose a loved one without losing ourselves?Twenty-eight-year-old Drew Thomson is haunted by a troubled past. After struggling for years with alcoholism and antisocial behavior, he ends a stable relationship with his girlfriend and finds himself without a home, job, or purpose.Just as he learns that his father is terminally ill, he meets a stranger who offers him a flicker of hope for a b... read more

A Strange Companion

Lisa Manterfield

Kat Richardson isn't running away from grief; she's just hiding out in a gloomy Welsh university town until she's sure it's gone. Now, one year, nine months, and 27 days after the climbing death of her first love, Gabe, she thinks she's ready to venture out into the relationship world again. And Owen--a cake-baking, Super Ball-making chemistry student--appears to be a kind, funny, and very att... read more

Kat Richardson isn't running away from grief; she's just hiding out in a gloomy Welsh university town until she's sure it's gone. Now, one year, nine months, and 27 days after the climbing death of her first love, Gabe, she thinks she's ready to venture out into the relationship world again. And Owen--a cake-baking, Super Ball-making chemistry student--appears to be a kind, funny, and very att... read more

The Power of Time Perception: Control the Speed of Time to Slow Down Aging, Live a Long Life, and Make Every Second Count

Jean Paul Zogby

Wondering how time flies? Want to slow it down?Live the Longest Year of Your Life & Make Every Second Count!With the latest in brain science, discover how to stretch the good times and fast forward through the bad ones. Understand how your brain perceives time, why it speeds up, and how to make the most of it!"This is Psychology, Neuroscience, and Self Help material, all rolled into one!"- Psy... read more

Wondering how time flies? Want to slow it down?Live the Longest Year of Your Life & Make Every Second Count!With the latest in brain science, discover how to stretch the good times and fast forward through the bad ones. Understand how your brain perceives time, why it speeds up, and how to make the most of it!"This is Psychology, Neuroscience, and Self Help material, all rolled into one!"- Psy... read more

Fender: A Novel

Brent Jones

How far must we travel to find our way home?Nothing could have prepared Brennan Glover for the car crash that claimed the lives of his wife and six-year-old daughter. Stricken with grief, the only things that get him through each day are breaking his sobriety and clinging to Fender—the family dog and the sole survivor of the crash.Desperate to distance Brennan from tragedy, his two closest fri... read more

How far must we travel to find our way home?Nothing could have prepared Brennan Glover for the car crash that claimed the lives of his wife and six-year-old daughter. Stricken with grief, the only things that get him through each day are breaking his sobriety and clinging to Fender—the family dog and the sole survivor of the crash.Desperate to distance Brennan from tragedy, his two closest fri... read more

Laura Mae has 14 reviews

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Meredith Blau

There were chapters without comments and I am reviewing these now with her. Too soon for a total appraisal but she was most helpful so far, giving me clear direction and input.

, September 2017


Aaron Bowman

Laura's feedback and written deliverables were extremely valuable to the improvement of my manuscript. Additionally, the time time we spent talking on the phone through the desires of what the novel wants to be really helped in guiding me to a stronger backbone to anchor the book to, as well as how to polish it. She challenges the author to really get at what the story being told is, as well ...

, August 2017


Kirk Kjeldsen

Laura Mae is professional and thorough, and her feedback is insightful and constructive. I'd work with her again given the chance, and I'd recommend her to anyone else.

, August 2017


Jean Paul Zoghbi

Laura is an amazing editor that put so much of her effort in my manuscript and turned it into a well-polished book. I am amazed at her attention to detail and meticulous editing of sentences to convey ideas in the best possible way, without changing my author voice. Open and frank communication was great. There is so much I learned from her. I would certainly recommended Laura to any author l...

, August 2017


George Nicholas

Laura provided exactly what I needed: Clear, concise suggestions on how to improve my novel.

, August 2017

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