Laura McCallen

Laura McCallen – Editor

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


Genres I work on: commercial fiction, women’s fiction (specifically romance and chick lit), young adult/new adult, historical fiction, and cosy crime.

I am an award-winning editor with more than thirteen 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 Sunday Times, 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!

Chick Lit Contemporary Fiction Contemporary Romance Cozy Mysteries Historical Fiction
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
  • Finalist, Romantic Novelists’ Association Publisher of the Year
  • Ryerson University Publishing Certificate
  • Honours Bachelor of Arts, History/Political Science
  • Master of Art, Early Modern History

Work experience


Feb, 2019 — Present

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 publishers such as HarperCollins, Bloomsbury, and Hachette on imprints such as Avon, One More Chapter, Mills and Boon, Voyager, Harlequin, Head of Zeus, Trapeze, Headline and Hodder.


May, 2018 — Feb, 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.

Harlequin Enterprises

Jan, 2013 — Nov, 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.

Mira Books, Harlequin/HarperCollins

Jun, 2012 — Jan, 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.

Oxford University Press

Jan, 2010 — Jun, 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.


Her Enemy at the Altar

Heath, Virginia

Laura has 7 reviews





Caitlin V.

Caitlin V.

Sep, 2022

It was such a pleasure working with Laura, from start to finish. She got back to me right away and gave a very clear explanation of what to expect with the process. She got back quickly with the feedback, and I was amazed at how detailed and helpful her edits were. As a new writer, she gave me so much insight into how to make the story stronger, while at the same time being super encouraging. S...
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Lisa N.

Lisa N.

Apr, 2022

Laura made my dreams came true. Professional, supportive, Motivational and sounding board are all words to describe my collaboration with Laura. Together we turned my raw, muddled manuscript into something I’m proud of.
Lisa N.

Lisa N.

Jan, 2022

Laura gave a thorough and detailed editorial review with clear and comprehensive guidance, helping me develop my manuscript into book that I thought I could never write .
Sara H.

Sara H.

Jun, 2021

It was a pleasure working with Laura! She delivered her work back before the deadline, and it was all so well organized. I plan to work with her again in the future.
Shun P.

Shun P.

Oct, 2020

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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