Lauren Parker

Lauren Parker - Editor

New York, NY

Freelance consultant, copyeditor, proofreader. Midwest-born, NYC-based (so I'm nice, but I won't flinch at your erotica).

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Overview

I'm a freelance copyeditor and consultant, working to improve the prose of a variety of clients, from popular media and commercial websites to trade publishers to seasoned novelists to first-time memoirists. I most love editing fiction and literary nonfiction, with a special interest in true crime. I simply love making the English language feel better, sound better, and work harder for my writers.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Humor & Comedy
Literature
Romance
Thriller
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • Certificate in Editing, NYU

Work experience

Freelance Copyeditor/Editorial Consultant

Atlassian
March, 2018 – Present (over 1 year)

Consult on development of customer marketing style guide; edit promotional materials and user-oriented blog posts for customer marketing team

Copyeditor

Apress
November, 2014 – Present (about 5 years)

Copyedit full-length books for errors, clarity, consistency, and flow

Freelance Copyeditor/Editorial Consultant

Self-employed
September, 2014 – Present (about 5 years)

I edit and consult for a variety of websites, publishers, and individual clients on diverse content, ranging from popular media to fiction to marketing copy.

Editorial Consultant

Salesforce
July, 2018 – August, 2018 (about 1 month)

Consulted on and drafted house style guide for internal company communications

Editorial Consultant

The Relish Media Group
October, 2017 – April, 2018 (6 months)

Consulted on development of house style and assisted in writing formalized style guide

Managing Editorial Consultant

Brit + Co
February, 2016 – April, 2018 (about 2 years)

Trained newly hired copyeditors and proofreaders on company editorial conventions and gave feedback on their work; helped develop house style guide and other editorial documents

Copyeditor and Proofreader

Brit + Co Media
September, 2014 – April, 2018 (over 3 years)

Proofread and lightly edit up to 25 articles per day, 7 days per week

Freelance Proofreader

Journal for the History of Children and Youth
August, 2014 – August, 2018 (about 4 years)

Proofread academic journal (three issues annually)

On-Call Copyeditor

Rue La La
July, 2014 – January, 2016 (over 1 year)

Copyedit blog posts and marketing copy; format and schedule posts in Wordpress

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Mourning Glory

Warren Adler

Grace Sorentino has never known the good life: from childhood hardships, to a marriage that began with lofty dreams and ended with all hopes shattered, Grace Sorentino has been dealt bad hand after bad hand. Grace and Jackie, her rebellious teenage daughter, are now stuck in Florida, on the verge of poverty. Grace works as an underpaid and underappreciated cosmetician at Saks Fifth Avenue, and... read more

Grace Sorentino has never known the good life: from childhood hardships, to a marriage that began with lofty dreams and ended with all hopes shattered, Grace Sorentino has been dealt bad hand after bad hand. Grace and Jackie, her rebellious teenage daughter, are now stuck in Florida, on the verge of poverty. Grace works as an underpaid and underappreciated cosmetician at Saks Fifth Avenue, and... read more

Sing Not War: The Lives of Union and Confederate Veterans in Gilded Age America (Civil War America)

James Marten

After the Civil War, white Confederate and Union army veterans reentered-or struggled to reenter-the lives and communities they had left behind. In Sing Not War, James Marten explores how the nineteenth century's "Greatest Generation" attempted to blend back into society and how their experiences were treated by nonveterans. Many soldiers, Marten reveals, had a much harder time reintegrating i... read more

After the Civil War, white Confederate and Union army veterans reentered-or struggled to reenter-the lives and communities they had left behind. In Sing Not War, James Marten explores how the nineteenth century's "Greatest Generation" attempted to blend back into society and how their experiences were treated by nonveterans. Many soldiers, Marten reveals, had a much harder time reintegrating i... read more

Children and Youth During the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (Children and Youth in America)

In the decades after the Civil War, urbanization, industrialization, and immigration marked the start of the Gilded Age, a period of rapid economic growth but also social upheaval. Reformers responded to the social and economic chaos with a “search for order,” as famously described by historian Robert Wiebe. Most reformers agreed that one of the nation’s top priorities should be its children a... read more

In the decades after the Civil War, urbanization, industrialization, and immigration marked the start of the Gilded Age, a period of rapid economic growth but also social upheaval. Reformers responded to the social and economic chaos with a “search for order,” as famously described by historian Robert Wiebe. Most reformers agreed that one of the nation’s top priorities should be its children a... read more

Elsewhere, U.S.A: How We Got from the Company Man, Family Dinners, and the Affluent Society to the Home Office, BlackBerry Moms,and Economic Anxiety

Dalton Conley

Over the past three decades, our daily lives have changed slowly but dramatically. Boundaries between leisure and work, public space and private space, and home and office have blurred and become permeable. In Elsewhere, U.S.A., acclaimed sociologist Dalton Conley connects our day-to-day experiences with occasionally overlooked sociological changes, from women’s increasing participation in the... read more

Over the past three decades, our daily lives have changed slowly but dramatically. Boundaries between leisure and work, public space and private space, and home and office have blurred and become permeable. In Elsewhere, U.S.A., acclaimed sociologist Dalton Conley connects our day-to-day experiences with occasionally overlooked sociological changes, from women’s increasing participation in the... read more

You May Ask Yourself: An Introduction to Thinking Like a Sociologist

Dalton Conley

Make the familiar strange with Dalton Conley's "untextbook." Dalton Conley’s groundbreaking “non-textbook” teaches students how to think like sociologists. Students learn how to use their sociological imaginations to debunk conventional wisdom. With a strong emphasis on concepts, You May Ask Yourself challenges students to use sociological methods to evaluate facts about their social worlds by... read more

Make the familiar strange with Dalton Conley's "untextbook." Dalton Conley’s groundbreaking “non-textbook” teaches students how to think like sociologists. Students learn how to use their sociological imaginations to debunk conventional wisdom. With a strong emphasis on concepts, You May Ask Yourself challenges students to use sociological methods to evaluate facts about their social worlds by... read more

Exporting: The Definitive Guide to Selling Abroad Profitably

Laurel J. Delaney

“Laurel Delaney writes in a tremendous spirit of service to entrepreneurial and small business leaders navigating the opportunities of globalization. Whether leading a fresh startup, a small business, or an entrepreneurial growth company seeking greatness, the question of whether—and how—to go global must be addressed. Delaney shows yet again her passionate dedication to serving her readers wi... read more

“Laurel Delaney writes in a tremendous spirit of service to entrepreneurial and small business leaders navigating the opportunities of globalization. Whether leading a fresh startup, a small business, or an entrepreneurial growth company seeking greatness, the question of whether—and how—to go global must be addressed. Delaney shows yet again her passionate dedication to serving her readers wi... read more

Data Science: Create Teams That Ask the Right Questions and Deliver Real Value

Doug Rose

Learn how to build a data science team within your organization rather than hiring from the outside. Teach your team to ask the right questions to gain actionable insights into your business.Most organizations still focus on objectives and deliverables. Instead, a data science team is exploratory. They use the scientific method to ask interesting questions and run small experiments. Your team ... read more

Learn how to build a data science team within your organization rather than hiring from the outside. Teach your team to ask the right questions to gain actionable insights into your business.Most organizations still focus on objectives and deliverables. Instead, a data science team is exploratory. They use the scientific method to ask interesting questions and run small experiments. Your team ... read more

Pro MEAN Stack Development

Elad Elrom

Write free, open-source, cross-platform, dynamic JavaScript applications that can run anywhere using the MEAN stack - MongoDB, ExpressJS, AngularJS, and Node.js.With this book Mac developers will get the tools needed to set up, write code once, and be able to deploy code on any device. You will be able to cut development time by using one stack to serve all your development needs. Pro MEAN Sta... read more

Write free, open-source, cross-platform, dynamic JavaScript applications that can run anywhere using the MEAN stack - MongoDB, ExpressJS, AngularJS, and Node.js.With this book Mac developers will get the tools needed to set up, write code once, and be able to deploy code on any device. You will be able to cut development time by using one stack to serve all your development needs. Pro MEAN Sta... read more

NTP Security: A Quick-Start Guide

Allan Liska

Learn the risks associated with Network Time Protocol (NTP) security and how to minimize those risks while deploying and managing the protocol. You will be able to reduce the disruption of communication between servers on the network and the risk that the entire network will be taken offline.NTP Security: A Quick-Start Guide provides an understanding of how NTP is critical to modern networks a... read more

Learn the risks associated with Network Time Protocol (NTP) security and how to minimize those risks while deploying and managing the protocol. You will be able to reduce the disruption of communication between servers on the network and the risk that the entire network will be taken offline.NTP Security: A Quick-Start Guide provides an understanding of how NTP is critical to modern networks a... read more

Practical API Architecture and Development with Azure and AWS: Design and Implementation of APIs for the Cloud

Thurupathan Vijayakumar

Learn the business and technical importance of API design and architecture using the available cloud services from Azure and AWS.This book starts off with an introduction to APIs and the concept of API Economy from a business and organizational perspective. You'll decide on a sustainable API strategy and API architecture based on different case scenarios. You'll then look at actual examples on... read more

Learn the business and technical importance of API design and architecture using the available cloud services from Azure and AWS.This book starts off with an introduction to APIs and the concept of API Economy from a business and organizational perspective. You'll decide on a sustainable API strategy and API architecture based on different case scenarios. You'll then look at actual examples on... read more

The Full Stack Developer: Your Essential Guide to the Everyday Skills Expected of a Modern Full Stack Web Developer

Chris Northwood

Understand the technical foundations, as well as the non-programming skills needed to be a successful full stack web developer. This book reveals the reasons why a truly successful full stack developer does more than write code. You will learn the principles of the topics needed to help a developer new to agile or full stack working—UX, project management, QA, product management, and more— all... read more

Understand the technical foundations, as well as the non-programming skills needed to be a successful full stack web developer. This book reveals the reasons why a truly successful full stack developer does more than write code. You will learn the principles of the topics needed to help a developer new to agile or full stack working—UX, project management, QA, product management, and more— all... read more

DevOps for Azure Applications: Deploy Web Applications on Azure

Suren Machiraju, Suraj Gaurav

Deploy web applications on Azure using DevOps tools. This book gives solutions to real-world Cloud deployment scenarios which will enable you to become adept in DevOps work for Azure.You'll start by seeing an overview of DevOps for Azure deployments where you will also survey the available tools, including Octopus Deploy and TeamCity. Here, you will learn how to use TeamCity as a CI tool and O... read more

Deploy web applications on Azure using DevOps tools. This book gives solutions to real-world Cloud deployment scenarios which will enable you to become adept in DevOps work for Azure.You'll start by seeing an overview of DevOps for Azure deployments where you will also survey the available tools, including Octopus Deploy and TeamCity. Here, you will learn how to use TeamCity as a CI tool and O... read more

Winning the Institutional Investing Race: A Guide for Directors and Executives

Michael Bunn, Zack Campbell

The complexity of investments continues to grow, and institutional pools of capital from endowments to pension funds are suffering from too much risk and not enough return. Yet managing these investments and creating and implementing governance structures are seldom an integral part of the organization’s core mission or its operations. "That’s the way it has always been," say many directors an... read more

The complexity of investments continues to grow, and institutional pools of capital from endowments to pension funds are suffering from too much risk and not enough return. Yet managing these investments and creating and implementing governance structures are seldom an integral part of the organization’s core mission or its operations. "That’s the way it has always been," say many directors an... read more

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