Lauren Hughes

Lauren Hughes – Editor

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

Overview

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!

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

Work experience

Self-employed

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.

Scribner

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.

Portfolio

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 62 reviews

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Gwynne B.

Gwynne B.

Jun, 2024

Lauren is incredibly talented and whip smart, and I can’t thank her enough for helping me transform my manuscript. Her detailed report, which took days to digest, exceeded my expectations. I was blown away by her ability to deconstruct the elements of the story and by her suggestions for re-structuring the work in line with the genre. My only regret is that I didn’t reach out earlier. I feel pr...
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Leanne S.

Leanne S.

Jun, 2024

Lauren is amazing! It takes bravery to put your work out to be reviewed and assessed by a professional such as Lauren with her expertise and experience in the publishing industry. Lauren has made me feel comfortable and motivated to continue with my manuscript in a safe and encouraging manner. Her detailed overview of my work is thorough and provides me with a plan of action to steer my manusc...
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Rochelle R.

Rochelle R.

May, 2024

Lauren brings seasoned industry knowledge to the table, is professional, supportive, and full of great ideas to help you mold your project into its most marketable form.
Angela VanZandt B.

Angela VanZandt B.

May, 2024

Lauren is highly intelligent, educated, and has vast work experience. She is great at structure and is making sure mine is proper. Lauren understands the Southern region well. She actually knows all cultures having lived in so many places, but if one needs an expert of Southern culture she is great at that. Mannerly, kind. She is a top-notch editor.
AnnElise H.

AnnElise H.

Apr, 2024

Lauren is a brilliant editor! Her insights are sharp, and her suggestions are actionable without being prescriptive. I left our meeting following the editorial assessment with renewed excitement about my project. I highly recommend her!

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