Lauren Bittrich

Lauren Bittrich - Editor

Brooklyn, New York

Experienced editor with a publishing background in memoir, fiction, & narrative nonfiction. Let's make your words wonderful!

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Overview

I caught the "editing bug" as a young associate and intern at the Kenyon Review in 2013, where I evaluated manuscripts for their editorial team, and I'm proud to have been chasing stories and collaborating with storytellers ever since. My journey in writing and editing has taken me from that village of Gambier, Ohio to Columbia University’s publishing course, to Macmillan Publishers where I edited trade books for broad audiences and began building my own book list. Now, I work independently with authors and other artists to take their writing to the next level.

There are few things more rewarding than working with authors, and I've had the opportunity to work on a lot of notable projects! Serving as the in-house editor on What Is a Dog? by Chloe Shaw was a career highlight (reviews by The Washington Post, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly), as was the opportunity to acquire and edit The Unseen Body by Dr. Jonathan Reisman, a narrative tour through the human body being published October 2021. I'd also be remiss to not include The Lincoln Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch and El Jefe by Alan Feuer as projects I feel especially lucky to have been involved in, as both earned multiple starred trade and reader reviews and were unbelievably fun editing experiences. The common denominator with all of these titles—which range from breathtaking debuts to a New York Times bestseller—is always this: a dedicated author passionate about bringing their story to life.

I like to tailor my editorial feedback to each project and each writer's needs and desires. I believe in a truly collaborative approach to the editing process, and it's my goal to help guide you to a final product you are proud of with all the care it deserves. An editorial partnership is a unique one, and I look forward to working with you to conceptualize, shape, and/or fine-tune your newest creative project.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Short Story

Certifications

  • Publishing Certificate

Work experience

Editor

Freelance
January, 2020 – Present (over 2 years)

• Offers editorial support and publishing insight for students of all ages as well as both established and aspiring authors

Editorial Assistant

Flatiron Books
January, 2018 – April, 2021 (about 3 years)

• Provided editorial and administrative support to the President and SVP/Publisher, and formerly the Executive Editor and Editorial Director
• Maintained professional and responsive communication with authors, agents, and other internal departments
• Worked closely on high-profile titles as well as the Oprah team and books published under her imprint

Associate Editor

Pen and Press
August, 2017 – February, 2019 (over 1 year)

• Worked with clients to achieve their creative goals through ghostwriting, editorial work, and social media management

Writing Tutor

Pearson PLC
June, 2017 – February, 2018 (8 months)

• Read, edited, and commented on writing submissions from students
• Provided academic support and consistent feedback to writers of all ages and across all disciplines

Copyediting Intern & Associate

Kenyon Review
October, 2012 – January, 2016 (over 3 years)

• Worked alongside editorial staff to copyedit the quarterly print journal as well as KROnline and the Kenyon Review monthly newsletter
• Managed a group of 10–12 associates on the copyediting team
• Read and evaluated submissions

Lauren has 15 reviews

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Alexis Maragni
It was a pleasure working with Lauren. Having her perspective and insight on how to strengthen my query letter has helped me to move forward in the querying process with much more confidence.

Alexis Maragni, August 2022


Edward Caruana
I've been hiring Ms. Lauren Bittrich for some time now. I like the way she edits my writing. Her comments and suggestions are wonderful.

Edward Caruana, May 2022


Gail R. - Writer
Lauren Bittrich is the real deal -- helpful, spot-on suggestions!

Gail R. - Writer, April 2022


Nicole Meyer
Lauren was very helpful in reviewing my manuscript. I knew it was lacking something, and she provided me with some helpful tips to get me going in the right direction.

Nicole Meyer, April 2022


Edward Caruana
I enjoy having Ms. Lauren Bittrich edit my stories. Her comments are lovely.

Edward Caruana, April 2022

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