Laura Parnum

Laura Parnum - Editor

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Copyeditor and proofreader for middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction. I hunt inconsistencies and slaughter misspellings.

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Overview

As an editor, my goal is to strengthen every manuscript I work on while preserving each author's unique voice and vision. I specialize in middle grade and young adult fiction, but I accept nonfiction and adult projects as well.

Services:
• Manuscript review
• Manuscript submission review (query letter, synopsis, and first pages)
• Light, medium, and heavy copyediting
• Proofreading

Genres:
• Contemporary
• Horror
• Humor
• Literary
• Magical Realism
• Paranormal
• Romance
• Science Fiction

I tailor my services to each individual client's needs. For manuscript review, I will read over your manuscript twice and provide you with an editorial letter offering suggestions on character development, story arc, theme, and voice. Additionally, I will include specific comments within the margins of your manuscript, including what made me laugh, cry, or keep turning the pages. For manuscript submission review I will work with you on your query letter, synopsis, and first ten pages to spruce up your submission package and get those agents and editors begging to see more. For copyediting projects, we will determine together the appropriate level of editing for your manuscript according to your preferences and needs, based on discussion of the project and a writing sample from the manuscript. I will perform two editing passes with a review by you, the author, between each pass. In addition to editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and syntax, I will create a customized style guide for your manuscript that you may keep and share with other publishing professionals who may work with you on your project (such as a book designer, literary agent, or proofreader). Finally, for proofreading, I will perform that final check for typos and layout concerns on your already-edited book before it is published.

Some of my freelance publication credits include copyediting The Goddess Chronicles series by K. B. Anne, the Faraway High Fairytale series by Scarlett Kol, and the Kinzie's Kinventions chapter book series by Donna Boock; proofreading selected chapters in the Midnight Marquee Press Actors Series books and other Midnight Marquee Press horror film books; and manuscript review for the novel "Ana María Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle" by Hilda Eunice Burgos (Lee & Low, October 2018).

Prior to freelancing, I spent over ten years doing in-house publishing with Elsevier/Harcourt/W. B. Saunders, where I oversaw journal production from manuscript to publication. This included copyediting, proofreading, and style formatting of manuscripts, as well as communication with authors, editors, typesetters, and printers. In addition to in-house training, I have supplemented my editing education with courses from the Editorial Freelancers Association and Writer's Digest.

I am a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) and serve as the Assistant Regional Advisor of the Eastern PA chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). I am also a middle-grade fiction writer and run a local SCBWI critique group with agented and published authors specializing in middle grade and young adult fiction. I'm drawn to quirky, spooky, and laugh-out-loud projects, but I'm also not afraid of a good tear-jerker or swoon-worthy YA romance.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Entertainment
Fiction
Horror
Literary Fiction
Middle Grade
Paranormal Romance
Young Adult

Work experience

Assistant Regional Advisor

Eastern PA region of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
October, 2019 – Present (about 2 years)

As Assistant Regional Advisor for Eastern PA SCBWI I assist the co-Regional Advisors with event organization and planning, member communications, social media, and our blog (easternpennpoints.wordpress.com). My responsibilities include
• Planning and facilitating conferences, workshops, retreats, and meet and greets for writers and illustrators
• Communicating with members about events and opportunities
• Contributing content to the blog including information about SCBWI resources, member news, and interviews with authors, illustrators, literary agents, and publishing professionals
• Editing blog content from other contributors including a monthly column by children's book author Anthony D. Fredericks
• Soliciting content and overseeing month-long themed art and poetry contributions for the blog

Fiction Copyeditor and Proofreader

Self-employed
November, 2017 – Present (about 4 years)

I work with authors to tighten prose, point out inconsistencies, suggest improvements, and polish manuscripts for traditional submission or self-publishing. My services include
• Copyediting and proofreading middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction
• Creating style guides for each individual project to ensure consistency in language, character, timeline, and settings
• Providing manuscript reviews and beta reads for fiction projects

Nonfiction Copyeditor and Proofreader

Self-employed
January, 1996 – October, 2001 (over 5 years)

As a freelance copyeditor and proofreader for nonfiction and academic projects, I provided consistent proofreading for selected chapters in a multi-book series with Midnight Marquee Press, copyedited and formatted an Accreditation Report for the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, and edited web and blog content.

Journal Manager/Production Editor

Elsevier/Harcourt/W. B. Saunders
October, 1995 – May, 2006 (over 10 years)

I have over ten years of publishing experience in medical journals. My titles included Hepatology, the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Blood (the Journal of the American Society of Hematology), and the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, among others. My responsibilities included
• Corresponding daily with authors, editorial offices, publishers, compositors, and printers to facilitate the production of journals
• Overseeing the production process and managing production schedules
• Ensuring that journals published on time and were of high quality
• Overseeing team journals and managing and training other editors
• Copyediting manuscripts for spelling, grammar, and style consistency
• Formatting and coding manuscripts for composition (typesetting)
• Developing, implementing, and revising journal-specific style manuals and specs

Portfolio (16 selected works)

Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle

Hilda Eunice Burgos

Her last name may mean kings, but Ana María Reyes REALLY does not live in a castle. Rather, she's stuck in a tiny apartment with two parents (way too lovey-dovey), three sisters (way too dramatic), everyone's friends (way too often), and a piano (which she never gets to practice). And when her parents announce a new baby is coming, that means they'll have even less time for Ana María. Then she... read more

Her last name may mean kings, but Ana María Reyes REALLY does not live in a castle. Rather, she's stuck in a tiny apartment with two parents (way too lovey-dovey), three sisters (way too dramatic), everyone's friends (way too often), and a piano (which she never gets to practice). And when her parents announce a new baby is coming, that means they'll have even less time for Ana María. Then she... read more

Wide Awake: The Goddess Chronicles Book 1

KB Anne

Druids. Werewolves. Witches. And some awkward teenage angst for good measure.When Gigi reverses the spell her mom died casting, she discovers that witches, werewolves, and magic aren’t just bedtime stories. They’re her story.Druids live among us. They worship the forgotten Celtic gods that once ruled the Earth. For centuries, they’ve practiced in Vernal Falls without incident. Gigi knows nothi... read more

Druids. Werewolves. Witches. And some awkward teenage angst for good measure.When Gigi reverses the spell her mom died casting, she discovers that witches, werewolves, and magic aren’t just bedtime stories. They’re her story.Druids live among us. They worship the forgotten Celtic gods that once ruled the Earth. For centuries, they’ve practiced in Vernal Falls without incident. Gigi knows nothi... read more

Blood Moon: The Goddess Chronicles Book Two

KB Anne

When Gigi releases Clayone, the Original Werewolf, she discovers the shocking truth--she's from a long line of Druids, the ancient equivalent to modern-day witches, and according to prophecy, she is the Celtic Goddess Brigit reincarnated. Gigi refuses to acknowledge she's even remotely magical, let alone a Goddess, but one friend is already dead and another's been bitten.For now, Clayone's tra... read more

When Gigi releases Clayone, the Original Werewolf, she discovers the shocking truth--she's from a long line of Druids, the ancient equivalent to modern-day witches, and according to prophecy, she is the Celtic Goddess Brigit reincarnated. Gigi refuses to acknowledge she's even remotely magical, let alone a Goddess, but one friend is already dead and another's been bitten.For now, Clayone's tra... read more

Falling: A Faraway High Fairytale

Scarlett Kol

Don't interfere with humans.That's the number one angel rule, but Arianna has broken it—again. As punishment, she's cast out of Heaven and into a small town in Iowa with one week to discover the meaning of humanity or she’ll lose her wings forever.Arianna expects to meet the challenge and be back in Heaven faster than she fell to Earth, but when she meets the handsome and elusive Griffin Carli... read more

Don't interfere with humans.That's the number one angel rule, but Arianna has broken it—again. As punishment, she's cast out of Heaven and into a small town in Iowa with one week to discover the meaning of humanity or she’ll lose her wings forever.Arianna expects to meet the challenge and be back in Heaven faster than she fell to Earth, but when she meets the handsome and elusive Griffin Carli... read more

We Belong Dead: Frankenstein On Film

The new printing of We Belong Dead has been revised and includes a new chapter by Gary J. Svehla, The Evolution of Hammer's Baron Frankenstein. This book stands as a testament to the durability of Mary Shelley’s original novel. The fact that today the name Frankenstein still elicits an immediate emotional response speaks of the universality of the Frankenstein mythos. Frankenstein’s Monster, o... read more

The new printing of We Belong Dead has been revised and includes a new chapter by Gary J. Svehla, The Evolution of Hammer's Baron Frankenstein. This book stands as a testament to the durability of Mary Shelley’s original novel. The fact that today the name Frankenstein still elicits an immediate emotional response speaks of the universality of the Frankenstein mythos. Frankenstein’s Monster, o... read more

Cinematic Hauntings

Join us for a walk on the subtle side of horror as Cinematic Hauntings peers past the curtain of reality into Hollywood's vision of ghostly terror. Films covered include: Carnival of Souls, Curse of the Demon, High Plains Drifter, Lady in White, Legend of Hell House, Nomads, Outward Bound, Portrait of Jennie, Scrooge, Supernatural, The Changeling, The Haunting, The Innocents, The Shining and T... read more

Join us for a walk on the subtle side of horror as Cinematic Hauntings peers past the curtain of reality into Hollywood's vision of ghostly terror. Films covered include: Carnival of Souls, Curse of the Demon, High Plains Drifter, Lady in White, Legend of Hell House, Nomads, Outward Bound, Portrait of Jennie, Scrooge, Supernatural, The Changeling, The Haunting, The Innocents, The Shining and T... read more

Lon Chaney, Jr. (Midnight Marquee Actors Series)

Gary Svehla

The Midnight Actors Series delves into pivotal films made throughout Lon Chaney's career (not only the mainstream Universal and horror classics, but his stunning performance in Of Mice and Men, his B Western career, his low-budget horror/exploitation movie career, his prestigious character performances in A productions, his television work, etc.), by having different authors offer distinct ref... read more

The Midnight Actors Series delves into pivotal films made throughout Lon Chaney's career (not only the mainstream Universal and horror classics, but his stunning performance in Of Mice and Men, his B Western career, his low-budget horror/exploitation movie career, his prestigious character performances in A productions, his television work, etc.), by having different authors offer distinct ref... read more

Son of Guilty Pleasures of the Horror Film

Gary J. Svehla

In this second volume of cinematic guilty pleasures, our writers again eloquently explain why movies which the majority of viewers consider subpar are so very special as movie experiences to them personally. These movies are not extraordinary in any way, and most of them contain fundamental flaws in craft, yet as filtered through the psyches of the writers involved, these guilty pleasures ulti... read more

In this second volume of cinematic guilty pleasures, our writers again eloquently explain why movies which the majority of viewers consider subpar are so very special as movie experiences to them personally. These movies are not extraordinary in any way, and most of them contain fundamental flaws in craft, yet as filtered through the psyches of the writers involved, these guilty pleasures ulti... read more

Bitches, Bimbos & Virgins: Women in the Horror Film

To many this may sound like an exploitative title, a book that caters to prurient tastes and features cheesecake photographs of pseudo-actresses from direct-to-video basement/bedroom productions. Those so-called Scream Queens. But this is not that type of book! No, Bitches, Bimbos, and Virgins is the history of women in the horror cinema, profiling their evolution from coffee-maker to scientis... read more

To many this may sound like an exploitative title, a book that caters to prurient tastes and features cheesecake photographs of pseudo-actresses from direct-to-video basement/bedroom productions. Those so-called Scream Queens. But this is not that type of book! No, Bitches, Bimbos, and Virgins is the history of women in the horror cinema, profiling their evolution from coffee-maker to scientis... read more

Dreamer (A Faraway High Fairytale Book 2)

Scarlett Kol

One kiss will change everything…As one of Faraway High’s best and brightest, Brea Vardan has her future planned down to the color of her dorm room sheets. But when her sweet sixteen party turns into a nightmare, all her meticulous plans distort into dreams...until an unexpected kiss gives her a second chance at life.Now instead of scoring A’s, Brea battles to stay awake as she searches for the... read more

One kiss will change everything…As one of Faraway High’s best and brightest, Brea Vardan has her future planned down to the color of her dorm room sheets. But when her sweet sixteen party turns into a nightmare, all her meticulous plans distort into dreams...until an unexpected kiss gives her a second chance at life.Now instead of scoring A’s, Brea battles to stay awake as she searches for the... read more

Dark Moon: The Goddess Chronicles Book 3

KB Anne

Time to put my magic to the test or die trying.Scott worries about my soul. Can you believe that crap? People I care about died because I was too darn stubborn to accept that I was the reincarnated Celtic Goddess Brigit, and now that I’ve embraced my goddess self, I’ve figured out how to bring everyone I love back from the dead. He’s too busy worrying about my soul when he should be worried ab... read more

Time to put my magic to the test or die trying.Scott worries about my soul. Can you believe that crap? People I care about died because I was too darn stubborn to accept that I was the reincarnated Celtic Goddess Brigit, and now that I’ve embraced my goddess self, I’ve figured out how to bring everyone I love back from the dead. He’s too busy worrying about my soul when he should be worried ab... read more

Kinzie's Got Talent (Kinzie's Kinventions)

Boock, Donna, Hider, Stephanie

Earth to Kinzie (Kinzie's Kinventions)

Boock, Donna, Hider, Stephanie

Kinzie and the P. U. Zoo (Kinzie's KInventions)

Boock, Donna, Hider, Stephanie

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