Lauren Eldridge

Lauren Eldridge – Editor

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

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.
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Children's Christian Fiction Coming of Age Contemporary Fiction Humor & Comedy Short Story Young Adult
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • Publishing Certificate

Work experience

Lucinda Literary

Sep, 2021 — Present

I built a client list of nonfiction and fiction authors and sold to a variety of publishing houses, including Lake Union, Page Street Kids, and Post Hill Press.

Freelance

Jan, 2020 — Present

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

Flatiron Books

Jan, 2018 — Apr, 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

Pen and Press

Aug, 2017 — Feb, 2019 (over 1 year)

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

Pearson PLC

Jun, 2017 — Feb, 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

Kenyon Review

Oct, 2012 — Jan, 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 19 reviews

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Edward C.

Edward C.

Jan, 2023

I will hire Ms. Lauren Bitrich anytime.
Edward C.

Edward C.

Jan, 2023

I'll never get tired of Ms. Lauren Bittrich. She is a professional, and I love her comments and editing. I highly recommend her.
Collin J.

Collin J.

Sep, 2022

Lauren provided a very thorough edit and completed the project by the deadline. Albeit there were a number of edits I rejected, the use of track-changes made this a lot easier to hone in on a final product. I appreciated all the work put in
Edward C.

Edward C.

Aug, 2022

I enjoy having Lauren Bittrich as my collaborator and editor of my writing. I am happy with her comments, critique, and well-done job. I highly recommend her.
Alexis M.

Alexis M.

Aug, 2022

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.

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