Lauren MacGowan

Lauren MacGowan - Editor

Dumfries, Scotland, UK

Experienced editor for Bloomsbury and Pearson with an MA in Publishing. I specialise in non-fiction for children, YA, and adults.

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Overview

I have an MA in English Literature and an MA in Publishing Media, and I have worked with prestigious publishers, including Bloomsbury and Pearson, as well as individual authors intending to self-publish their work. I specialise in non-fiction for the trade, educational, and academic markets. I have worked on print books and textbooks, ebooks, and websites. I have also worked on shorter bodies of work such as articles, booklets, learning resources, and PowerPoint presentations; and marketing materials, including newsletters, promotional materials, and website and social media content. My experience is across all three stages of the editorial process: development editing, copy editing, and proofreading. I am comfortable working with Word Documents, PDFs, Google Sheets, live websites, and ebooks in their final form; I am also familiar with British and American English.

In response to my work, I have been praised for my efficiency and my ability to work ahead of deadlines. I bring my knowledge of the publishing process and market to my editorial work, along with my scrupulous attention to detail and belief in the power of the written word.

I am passionate about helping writers to share their message in the most engaging, impactful, and comprehensible way possible, allowing their words to reach their fullest potential. Ensuring that a writer's voice and style shine through, while also adhering to a style guide, is of the utmost importance to me. I do not think of editing as an isolated task; I consider it a relationship between an editor and a writer and their work. While I enjoy providing feedback and suggestions for improvement directly, I also value discussion and joint brainstorming.

I look forward to working with writers and supporting them on their journey to publication.
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Computers & Internet
Economics
Education & Reference
History
Math & Science
Political Science & Current Affairs
Writing & Publishing

Certifications

  • MA Publishing Media
  • MA English Literature

Work experience

Assistant Editor

Publishing Consultancy
April, 2019 – Present (about 3 years)

I have provided my editorial services to a range of publishers and projects, including Bloomsbury and Pearson.

For three years, I have worked on Bloomsbury's Writers & Artists brand, proofreading three editions of their 'Writers' & Artists Yearbook' and 'Children's Writers' and Artists' Yearbook' which combine how-to articles and industry contact details. I have also worked on three of the brand's other titles: 'Guide to Getting Published'; 'The Right Word' (a guide to grammar, vocabulary and literary terms); and 'Writers on Writing' (a book of quotations). My work on these titles has ranged from conducting research and compiling content, to copy-editing and proofreading. I have also contributed to marketing strategies and activities, and overseen the sale of advertising spaces in the last two editions of the 'Yearbooks', working with a range of publishing providers and societies to do so.

My work with Pearson has focused on GCSE and BTEC learning resources, both print and digital, across a range of subjects including Business, Computer Science, Engineering, English, History, IT, Land-based Studies, Maths, Sport Science, and Travel and Tourism. I copy- and development-edit textbooks, learner study guides, teacher presentations and accompanying notes, activity sheets, and assessments. This work includes tasks specific to markets and demographics, including taking out-dated and UK-centric examples and researching replacements which are both age-appropriate and relevant to an international audience. As well as these tasks, I have taken a leadership role on a digital project. After several months proofreading, quality control testing and adapting quizzes on Pearson's online learning hub, I proposed a new method of working to our team. Rather than outsourcing the building of these quizzes to a third-party, I suggested combining the writing and building stages and asking authors to build their own quizzes directly onto the platform with supervision from myself. Leading this new project direction has involved managing a group of 12 authors, conducting tutorials on how to use the online platform, and fielding their queries; as well as reporting back to different branches of the team on our progress, setting deadlines and updating schedules.

Alongside my work with these two publishers, I have worked on individual projects such as beta-testing digital products, proofreading non-fiction titles for writers intending to self-publish, and editing materials for lectures and courses. I am currently proofreading a non-fiction book which sets out a new approach to economic policy with a focus on environmentalism and sustainability.

Steward

Oxford Literary Festival
April, 2019 – April, 2019 (less than a minute)

I worked as a Blackwell’s bookseller at several author events, helped with event set up and running, and assisted attendees with general information, directions and event accessibility. The timing of several events had been misprinted in the festival programme which required a significant amount of reorganisation and problem solving to accommodate attendees. Bonding over books was the perfect way to smooth over the difficulties of the day.

Steward

London Book Festival
March, 2019 – March, 2019 (less than a minute)

I ran the podcast theatre and was responsible for stage set up, assisting and providing refreshments for speakers, including Ian McEwan and David McKee, and helping guests with directions and event information. I also had the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere and observe rights deals, author-agent interactions and exciting marketing activities – in particular a procession of Margaret Atwood’s handmaids protesting against the state of Gilead to publicise her Handmaid’s Tale sequel The Testaments.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

The Right Word

Bloomsbury Publishing

This three-in-one guide is the perfect addition to any professional or amateur writer's bookshelf. Aimed at those who use language in their day-to-day lives, it is divided into three parts. The Grammar Guide provides clear, comprehensive guidance on sentence structure, parts of speech and punctuation; the Vocabulary Builder helps you choose the right word by listing commonly confused, misused ... read more

This three-in-one guide is the perfect addition to any professional or amateur writer's bookshelf. Aimed at those who use language in their day-to-day lives, it is divided into three parts. The Grammar Guide provides clear, comprehensive guidance on sentence structure, parts of speech and punctuation; the Vocabulary Builder helps you choose the right word by listing commonly confused, misused ... read more

Writers on Writing

Alysoun Owen

Writers on Writing brings together a plethora of phrases, quotable lines, quips and putdowns about the writing process. Arranged in themes that follow the stages from idea to final publication and beyond, this little book of quotations brings together words of wisdom and withering wit from famous and infamous writers across the ages about their own work and that of fellow writers. Themes on th... read more

Writers on Writing brings together a plethora of phrases, quotable lines, quips and putdowns about the writing process. Arranged in themes that follow the stages from idea to final publication and beyond, this little book of quotations brings together words of wisdom and withering wit from famous and infamous writers across the ages about their own work and that of fellow writers. Themes on th... read more

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Lisa Anderson - Umana
Lauren MacGowan did not just correct the grammar, punctuation, misspellings, but made me look at my manuscript from the eyes of an outsider to improve the flow and clarify concepts that had become too familiar to me. (kudos to www.reedsy.com for helping me find Lauren and facilitating an excellent service for self-publishers!) Lauren excels at communication which is prompt, kind, thorough, an...
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Lisa Anderson - Umana, March 2022

Lauren MacGowan
Lisa was wonderful to work with. She was engaged, responsive to messages and comments, and provided helpful guidance and feedback throughout the editing process. Her instructions were clear and she...
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Connor Davies
I hired Lauren to copy edit my first non-fiction book, and she exceeded all expectations. A professional and punctual service, paying close attention to the fine details and offering excellent suggestions on ways to improve. The book seemed to flow a lot better following her edit, and she helped to highlight areas that were potentially unclear. I would highly recommend her to others looking fo...
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Connor Davies, December 2021

Lauren MacGowan
Working with Connor was a great experience. He was thoughtful and engaged, and he came prepared with questions he wanted to ask and aspects of his work he knew he wanted special attention paid to. ...
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