Laura McFarlane

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London

Experienced editor and proofreader of historical, literary and crime fiction.

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With a background in trade publishing, I have worked across every genre and with awarding winning authors, from Booker winners to finalists for the CWA Gold Dagger. I'm passionate about literary and historical fiction and love a good high-brow thriller. I'm experienced in anglicisations, proofreads and structural edits and I collaborate with authors to help lift and polish their work whilst maintaining the integrity of their writing. I know that your book is a labour of love and that editing can be a nerve-wracking experience – my goal is to understand and work to your vision and help you make your novel the very best it can be.

Recent projects of mine include structural editing for Muswell press: I consider myself privileged to work on Toby Faber's upcoming thriller Close to the Edge, and Gordon Kerr's beautiful historical novel The Partisan Heart.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Literature
Thriller

Certifications

  • Rewriting and Substantive Editing, the Publishing Training Centre
  • Digital Editing Short Course, the Publishing Training Centre
  • English Literature and History BA (Hons) – University of York

Work experience

Editorial Manager

Oneworld Publications
March, 2014 – Present (about 5 years)

I oversee the editorial process at Oneworld, working on a diverse list of fiction and non-fiction. I anglicise, copyedit and proofread our titles as well as briefing and managing the quality of all of our editorial freelancers.

Editor

Inside Careers
August, 2012 – March, 2014 (over 1 year)

Commissioned and edited copy for a range of professional career guides.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Close to the Edge

Toby Faber

The Partisan Heart

Gordon Kerr

Damnation

Peter Beck

Dead clients are bad for business, something Tom Winter, head of security for a discrete Swiss private bank, knows all too well. After a helicopter explodes, leaving behind the charred bodies of a client and a colleague, he teams up with Fatima, a mysterious Egyptian businesswoman.Together they follow the money trail around the world and back into the Swiss mountains, the NSA watching their ev... read more

Dead clients are bad for business, something Tom Winter, head of security for a discrete Swiss private bank, knows all too well. After a helicopter explodes, leaving behind the charred bodies of a client and a colleague, he teams up with Fatima, a mysterious Egyptian businesswoman.Together they follow the money trail around the world and back into the Swiss mountains, the NSA watching their ev... read more

The White Boy Shuffle

Paul Beatty

Paul Beatty's hilarious and scathing debut novel is about Gunnar Kaufman, an awkward, black surfer bum who is moved by his mother from Santa Monica to urban West Los Angeles. There, he begins to undergo a startling transformation from neighborhood outcast to basketball superstar, and eventually to reluctant messiah of a "divided, downtrodden people". A bombastic coming-of-age novel that has th... read more

Paul Beatty's hilarious and scathing debut novel is about Gunnar Kaufman, an awkward, black surfer bum who is moved by his mother from Santa Monica to urban West Los Angeles. There, he begins to undergo a startling transformation from neighborhood outcast to basketball superstar, and eventually to reluctant messiah of a "divided, downtrodden people". A bombastic coming-of-age novel that has th... read more

A Perfect Crime (Point Blank)

A Yi

"Where Anthony Burgess sought to conjure a world of abstract flair and inexplicable cruelty in A Clockwork Orange, Yi strikes a far deeper chord, delving into the mind of a youth whose lethal motivations are abundantly and undeniably troubling.—World Literature TodayOn a normal day in provincial China, a bored high-school student goes about his regular business. But he’s planning the brutal mu... read more

"Where Anthony Burgess sought to conjure a world of abstract flair and inexplicable cruelty in A Clockwork Orange, Yi strikes a far deeper chord, delving into the mind of a youth whose lethal motivations are abundantly and undeniably troubling.—World Literature TodayOn a normal day in provincial China, a bored high-school student goes about his regular business. But he’s planning the brutal mu... read more

The Syndicate

Guy Bolton

The hotly anticipated sequel to The Pictures. Guy Bolton’s unforgettable 1930s Hollywood fixer Jonathan Craine is thrust into the dark underbelly of the LA mafia, only to discover more secrets and liesJune 1947Eight years have passed since the events of The Pictures.Jonathan Craine has left his old life in Hollywood behind him, content to live out his days on a farm in rural California with hi... read more

The hotly anticipated sequel to The Pictures. Guy Bolton’s unforgettable 1930s Hollywood fixer Jonathan Craine is thrust into the dark underbelly of the LA mafia, only to discover more secrets and liesJune 1947Eight years have passed since the events of The Pictures.Jonathan Craine has left his old life in Hollywood behind him, content to live out his days on a farm in rural California with hi... read more

A Cast of Falcons: Birder Murder Mystery 3

Steve Burrows

The threat from above casts a dark shadow. A man falls to his death from a cliff face in western Scotland. From a distance, another man watches. He approaches the body, tucks a book into the dead man’s pocket, and leaves. When the Scottish police show visiting Detective Chief Inspector Domenic Jejeune the book, he recognizes it as a call for help. But he also knows that answering that call cou... read more

The threat from above casts a dark shadow. A man falls to his death from a cliff face in western Scotland. From a distance, another man watches. He approaches the body, tucks a book into the dead man’s pocket, and leaves. When the Scottish police show visiting Detective Chief Inspector Domenic Jejeune the book, he recognizes it as a call for help. But he also knows that answering that call cou... read more

Mayday!: A History of Flight through its Martyrs, Oddballs and Daredevils

David Darling

In a world without aircraft, to believe flight might be possible required a certain kind of character. You had to be starry-eyed, a possessor of practical ingenuity, nerves of steel and a level of sanity that would be best described as deficient. In Mayday!, David Darling tells the stories of the unconventional aviators across history who have been willing to risk all to further their craft., ... read more

In a world without aircraft, to believe flight might be possible required a certain kind of character. You had to be starry-eyed, a possessor of practical ingenuity, nerves of steel and a level of sanity that would be best described as deficient. In Mayday!, David Darling tells the stories of the unconventional aviators across history who have been willing to risk all to further their craft., ... read more

Kintu

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

'A soaring and sublime epic. One of those great stories that was just waiting to be told.' (Marlon James, Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings)A captivating, ambitious and haunting novel of breathtaking scope, from the winner of the Commonwealth Short Story PrizeThe year is 1750. As he makes his way to the capital to pledge allegiance to the new leader of the Bu... read more

'A soaring and sublime epic. One of those great stories that was just waiting to be told.' (Marlon James, Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings)A captivating, ambitious and haunting novel of breathtaking scope, from the winner of the Commonwealth Short Story PrizeThe year is 1750. As he makes his way to the capital to pledge allegiance to the new leader of the Bu... read more

Shardik

Richard Adams

This brilliantly inventive fantasy epic by the award-winning author of Watership Down immerses the reader in a medieval world complete with created languages, detailed maps and elaborate traditions and rituals. Centring on the long-awaited reincarnation of a giant bear among the half-barbaric Orelgan people, Shardik's appearance sets off a violent chain of events as faith in his divinity sweep... read more

This brilliantly inventive fantasy epic by the award-winning author of Watership Down immerses the reader in a medieval world complete with created languages, detailed maps and elaborate traditions and rituals. Centring on the long-awaited reincarnation of a giant bear among the half-barbaric Orelgan people, Shardik's appearance sets off a violent chain of events as faith in his divinity sweep... read more

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Vaneeta Kaur
I couldn’t have found a more insightful editor to help me build story in a novel. I was very nervous about sending my manuscript through Reedsy – but Laura’s thoroughly detailed report helped me bring my characters and story to life; and definitely assured me I that I made the right decision. Completely professional and helped me with every stage of the editorial process. I’m excited to begin m...
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Vaneeta Kaur, February 2019

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