Laura Vernaci

Laura Vernaci – Editor

Specializing in copy editing and proofreading for books and calendars in children's, poetry, humor, and humanities genres #fine-toothcomb

Overview

Most people get annoyed by details, but I live for them. It may be strange to admit but proofreading and copy editing bring me pure joy. I have more than 15 years’ experience working on a variety of content, such as book and calendar manuscripts, website copy, and digital corporate communications, as well as print publications like magazines, brochures, newspapers, etc. In addition to being detail obsessed, I am organized, reliable, and agile.

This is where you come in. I love collaborating with authors during the copy editing or proofreading stages to ensure your work is clean, clear, and complete. I follow style guides to apply corrections and use queries to make additional suggestions or ask questions. I also fact-check, spell-check, and cross-check all copy. I am thorough and thoughtful, and I enjoy helping authors see their works come to fruition.

What types of work, you ask? I enjoy the nitty-gritty of calendars, and I respect the creativity of children's books. (Promoting literacy is very important to me, and I volunteer regularly at local organizations with this mission.) I also adore humor, poetry, and the humanities, but really, I love all books! Please reach out so we can partner together to make your dreams a reality.

Testimonials:
“I’m looking through the document you sent back to me, and everything looks great! Thank you for tackling this project and delivering such a detailed and thorough draft of the manuscript. It’s been a joy working with you on this project, and I’ll submit your invoice today to be processed.”

“Laura was great. Clear communication, notes, and feedback on my project. She will be my go-to for my next project!”

“Great job catching all of those spelling and grammatical errors!”

Services
Non-Fiction
Art Calendars Comics Non-Fiction
Fiction
Humor & Comedy Middle Grade Poetry
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Sep, 2020 — Present

Current and previous projects include: compiling, copy editing, and proofreading publishing manuscripts; writing, editing, and research projects for Fortune 500 healthcare technology company; web copywriting and editing.

Andrews McMeel Universal

Aug, 2018 — Aug, 2020 (about 2 years)

• Curated, wrote, and edited content for internal and external communications
• Oversaw communications platforms, including strategy and enhancements
• Drafted and proofed materials for c-level executives
• Collaborated with creative team on brand, image, and video assets

Ascend Media

Oct, 2016 — Oct, 2018 (about 2 years)

• Produced publications and email campaigns for various industries, which included content curation, writing, layout, editing, proofreading, and overall project management
• Wrote, edited, and maintained content for print and digital media
• Managed editorial projects and freelancers

Cerner Corporation

Jul, 2010 — Dec, 2015 (over 5 years)

• Wrote, designed, edited, and maintained content for brand assets, guidelines, and messaging
• Created and managed deliverables that supported business proposals, presentations, and tools for sales organization
• Developed strategic project plans, championed marketing initiatives, and drove brand efforts through ongoing analysis, consultation, and education
• Curated and administered content for corporate website and intranet
• Collaborated with stakeholders to rebrand and rename acquired assets
• Completed budgets, contracts, agreements, and purchasing orders

KCMETROPOLIS

Sep, 2009 — Jul, 2018 (almost 9 years)

• Attended dance performances and wrote objective, comprehensive reviews
• Edited, proofread, and published reviews online
• Cultivated relationships with arts leaders and organizations

Truman State University

Aug, 2006 — May, 2008 (over 1 year)

• Conceived, wrote, edited and proofread features and news articles for print and online publication
• Managed direct reports and worked cross-functionally with other staff to design and produce weekly award-winning newspaper
• Generated story ideas for individual articles and planned out features section, including coordination of all photos and graphics
• Conducted and transcribed all interviews

Laura has 6 reviews

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Camille K.

Camille K.

Sep, 2023

Delivered what was promised and on time. Laura took the time to fact check my children's educational manuscript.
Laura V.
Thanks, Camille, it was great working with you. Best of luck on your educational manuscript and all future projects!
Mary P.

Mary P.

Apr, 2023

I can't say enough great things about my work experience with Laura. Professional, responsive, timely, and clear communications, just to name a few. Laura's editing has taken my book to a whole new level. She is wonderful to work with!
Laura V.
Thank you so much, Mary, for being open, honest, and receptive throughout our collaboration. I am so happy with how your first book is turning out and I can't wait to hear about the outcome. Good l...
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Risa N.

Risa N.

Mar, 2023

Laura is amazing. She was thorough and thoughtful in her editing and suggestions. After the first go around, I engaged her services for a second look, and I'm so happy I did that. She picks up on little things and suggested changes to strengthen the poem and make it more powerful. Without question, I would use Laura's services again. Thank you, Laura, for your excellent work on my project.
Laura V.
Thank you so much, Risa! I enjoyed working with you and hope to do so again in the future. Good luck with your submission.
JoJO J.

JoJO J.

Sep, 2022

Laura was great. Clear communication, notes and feedback on my project. She will be my go-to for my next project!
Laura V.
Thank you so much, JoJo. I look forward to working with you again.
Elizabeth C.

Elizabeth C.

Sep, 2022

Laura did a meticulous job with my children's book of rhymes. She was extremely efficient and made thoughtful (and smart) suggestions. Laura delivered the finished manuscript right on time. I would not hesitate working with her again.
Laura V.
Thank you, Elizabeth! The feelings are mutual, and I hope to work with you again as well.

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