Lauren Hughes

Lauren Hughes – Editor

Editor with Big 5 and international experience working with writers from Atlanta, Georgia.


Since 2014, and after stints in both New York and London, I’ve had the pleasure of partnering with writers who seek to elevate their work to the level required by traditional publishing as a full-time freelancer. I now live in Atlanta, Georgia and work with writers seeking publication in the US and the UK. Writers I have worked with have gone on to be represented by major agencies in both the US and UK, as well as publish via the Big 5 with multi-book, six-figure deals.

As a writer I know how tough it is to craft the perfect sentence full of wit, feeling, and meaning. I love working with clients to help them achieve just the right pitch and tone in their own projects. I also know what it feels like to send your work out into the world to be read and critiqued by others. I pride myself on my active listening and thorough communication. In our work together I endeavor, above all, to hear what you aim to achieve through your writing and translate it into actionable editorial steps informed by my understanding of the marketplace.

I've worked with phenomenally talented editors and writers (and I'm not the only one who thinks so - they've won incredible awards and recognitions ranging from NYT Notable Books to Pulitzer Prizes), so I've learned from the best of the best when it comes to crafting the perfect story. I'm most interested in literary fiction and upmarket women's fiction. I love bold (and often 'unlikeable') female protagonists, character-driven plots, and families-with-secrets novels.

I decided to begin freelancing full-time because I wanted to focus more on doing what I'm best at and love the most - telling good stories and helping writers, one-to-one, develop and strengthen their own unique voices. I'd love to do the same with you and look forward to hearing about your project!

Contemporary Fiction Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Women's Fiction
English (UK) English (US)
  • B.A. in Communication Studies, University of Georgia
  • M.A. in Creative and Life Writing, Goldsmiths, University of London

Work experience


Jun, 2014 — Present

Editor working primarily with novelists seeking traditional publication who wish to further develop and strengthen their work for maximum possible success in the marketplace. Services include editorial assessment, full developmental edit, query package review, and coaching. Writers I have worked with have gone on to receive offers of representation from major agencies in the both the US and UK, as well as publish via the Big 5.


Aug, 2013 — May, 2014 (9 months)

Assistant to several award-winning editors at Scribner (an imprint of Simon and Schuster), working primarily on literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, and upmarket fiction titles such as MOBILE LIBRARY by Betty Trask Prize winner David Whitehouse, ALL WE HAD by acclaimed sculptor Annie Weatherwax, THE HILLTOP by Bernstein Prize winner Assaf Gavron, BODY COUNTS by Lambda Literary Award finalist Sean Strub, and the NYT Notable Book DEMON CAMP by Jennifer Percy. Titles worked on in an ancillary capacity include NYT Bestseller and recipient of the Books for a Better Life Award CARRY ON, WARRIOR by Glennon Doyle, NYT Bestseller and Pulitzer Prize recipient ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr, NYT Bestseller NORA WEBSTER by Colm Toibin, and NYT Bestseller THE FIRST BAD MAN by Miranda July.

Weinstein Books

Feb, 2013 — Aug, 2013 (6 months)

Sole support editorial staff to Editorial Director at Weinstein Books (a joint venture between The Weinstein Company and Perseus Books Group), working primarily on platform-driven fiction and non-fiction titles such as THE BLONDE by NYT Bestselling Author Anna Godbersen, KATE: THE FUTURE QUEEN by the Mail on Sunday's Royal Correspondent Katie Nicholl, and OBSESSED by NYT Bestselling Author and msnbc Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski.


The Circus Train

Parikh, Amita

Sean Strub, founder of the groundbreaking POZ magazine, producer of the hit play “The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me,” and the first openly HIV-positive candidate for US Congress, charts his remarkable life—a story of politics and AIDS and a powerful testament t... read more
A “chilling” (O, The Oprah Magazine), “darkly brilliant” (Bookforum) account of “the effects of war on the psyches of the soldiers who fight” (Esquire).In 2005 a Chinook helicopter carrying sixteen Special Ops soldiers crashed during a rescue mission in Afghan... read more
Hailed as “The Great Israeli Novel” (Time Out Tel Aviv) and winner of the prestigious Bernstein Prize, The Hilltop is a monumental and daring work about life in a West Bank settlement from one of Israel’s most acclaimed young novelists.On a rocky, beautiful hi... read more
Mobile Library: A Novel

David Whitehouse

From the award-winning novelist David Whitehouse, hailed by The New York Times as “a writer to watch,” a tragicomic adventure about a troubled adolescent boy who escapes his small town in a stolen library-on-wheels.“An archivist of his mother,” Bobby Nusku spe... read more
All We Had: A Novel

Annie Weatherwax

The stunning debut novel from sculptor and painter Annie Weatherwax, a wry and sharply observed portrait of a gritty mother and daughter, living on the edge of poverty, who find an unlikely home amid the quirky residents of small town America.For thirteen-year... read more

Lauren has 56 reviews





Judith I.

Judith I.

Feb, 2024

I am very busy right now, and cannot leave a full review. I also haven't completed my work with Lauren, as we haven't scheduled the Zoom meeting. However, so far, I have been pleased with her assessment of my manuscript. I would like to write a full review later.
Kristen A.

Kristen A.

Feb, 2024

I was at the point with my manuscript where I had already worked with an editor to do a line edit and I needed someone to do a deep dive into the basic structure to ensure that I was following a traditional arc of the genre. Lauren did a fantastic job in her assessment of capturing what worked and what needed improvement in such a concise and comprehensible manner. She also took the time on our...
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Lee B.

Lee B.

Oct, 2023

I am thoroughly satisfied with the editorial assessment work Laurern did for me. From the start, she was responsive in submitting a bid and offered a complete look at what I would expect from her. She lived up to her glowing reviews. All email communications were done expeditiously, and she answered all my questions. She met all milestones in her editorial promises to me. Her five-page editori...
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Michael I.

Michael I.

Oct, 2023

I decided to work with Lauren after looking over the glowing reviews by former clients and noting her outstanding qualifications. She provided a thorough, on time review of my initial manuscript and the feedback I received has already inspired a number of critical changes needed. My initial work with Lauren left me feeling impressed by her professionalism and her dedication to the successful co...
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Ari S.

Ari S.

Oct, 2023

Ms. Lauren Hughes gave me incredible feedback to make my manuscript better. I did an editorial assessment of my work. She was very responsive and kind throughout the entire process. She answered all the questions I asked and was an amazing price for what she offered. Ms. Lauren is a professional, and I will definitely be working with her again in the future. Additionally, I loved how she began ...
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