Laura McCallen

Laura McCallen - Editor

London, UK

RNA Publisher of the Year nominee who has worked with debut authors to NYT bestsellers. Passionate about helping authors tell their story!

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Genres I work on: commercial fiction, women’s fiction, young adult/new adult, historical fiction, crime and psychological thrillers.

I am a freelance fiction editor with more than ten years’ experience in the publishing industry and have worked in both Canada and the UK on books for the Canadian, UK and US markets. This international experience allows me to bring a truly global perspective to my editorial work.

Most recently I was Editorial Director at Canelo, where I was nominated for Publisher of the Year by the Romantic Novelists’ Association. I have also worked for HarperCollins, Harlequin and Oxford University Press in a variety of editorial roles, having gotten my start in the industry interning at The Rights Factory Inc. literary agency.

In my work as a freelance editor and project manager I work both with publishers and authors directly - from those just getting their start to New York Times and USA Today bestsellers - and there is nothing I find more thrilling than helping authors find and tell their story.

Every book is different so please do get in touch and we can work out how best I can help. I look forward to bringing my extensive editorial experience and detailed eye to your project!

English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Contemporary Fiction
Cozy Mysteries
Historical Fiction
Women's Fiction
Young Adult
Fashion & Textiles


  • Ryerson University Publishing Certificate
  • Honours Bachelor of Arts, History/Political Science
  • Master of Art, Early Modern History


  • Finalist, Romantic Novelists’ Association Publisher of the Year

Work experience

Freelance Editor

February, 2019 – Present (about 2 years)

As a freelance editor I offer a variety of editorial services for authors looking to self-publish or prepare manuscripts for submission. I also work for publishing imprints such as Avon, One More Chapter, Head of Zeus, Mills and Boon, Harlequin, and Trapeze.

Editorial Director

May, 2018 – February, 2019 (9 months)

As team lead for the in-house editorial group, I oversaw all aspects of book development across Canelo's multiple imprints, from acquisition to launch. Commissioning across multiple commercial fiction genres, I acquired nine new authors during my tenure and was nominated for Publisher of the Year by the Romantic Novelists' Association.

Assistant Editor

Harlequin Enterprises
January, 2013 – November, 2016 (almost 4 years)

As a member of the Harlequin series editorial team I acquired, developed, and edited manuscripts, overseeing twenty-three authors producing more than seventy books a year. My success was marked with a Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer's Choice Best Book of the year award, a Ruby award, three RoNA awards, two RITA® awards, and two Koru awards.

Editorial Assistant

Mira Books, Harlequin/HarperCollins
June, 2012 – January, 2013 (7 months)

As an editorial assistant with Mira Books, a trade publishing imprint of Harlequin/HarperCollins, I worked closely with the executive editor, supporting the publication of New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors such as Robyn Carr, Heather Graham and Bella Andre.

Editorial Assistant

Oxford University Press
January, 2010 – June, 2012 (over 2 years)

As an Editorial Assistant on the Acquisitions team I coordinated proposal and book reviews, conducted market research, and read unsolicited manuscripts, recommended those with potential for acquisition.

Portfolio (56 selected works)

Her Enemy at the Altar

Heath, Virginia

Laura has 3 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Shun Pittm
If you're not working with Laura, you are missing out! I was incredibly impressed with her timeliness. She is prompt. She exceeded my expectations! I was impressed with her researching skills. She solved a problem that I had (having gone through four editors prior)! I connected with her. I am in awe of her professionalism. She motivated me. You would really think she paid me to write this revie...
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Shun Pittm, October 2020

Emma Ernst
I really enjoyed working with Laura. She had a quick turnaround. She gave me a detailed review of my book, which gave me a lot to work on in terms of adding depth. I was very satisfied with the experience and am glad that I chose Laura for my Editorial Assessment.

Emma Ernst, October 2020

Lisa Nugent
Laura was professional but sensitive in her approach. The advise she gave was concise but full of explanations that I could easily understand as a first time author. The breakdown of my MS made me look at my story from the eyes of a professional and I am excited to work on the advise Laura has given and more importantly not to give up. Thank you so much

Lisa Nugent, September 2020

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