Lauren Riebs

Lauren Riebs - Editor

Portland, OR, USA

Freelance and in-house copy editor and proofreader specializing in speculative fiction, fantasy, science fiction, and young adult.

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I currently work in production editorial for Macmillan, one of the top five publishing houses in the US, working on bestselling fiction and nonfiction titles, including adult thriller, mystery, romance, young adult, and more. My freelance proofreading and copy editing clients include other top publishers, such as Penguin Young Readers, Flatiron Books, and Tor Books, so I am well versed in the standards and style of bestselling fiction.

I'd love to bring this experience to help perfect your work. Using the standard tools of the top publishers, Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, I will comb through your work with a close eye for detail, from typos and punctuation errors to querying style and story inconsistencies. With a copy edit or proofread, I will give your work an extra polish and shine---without changing any of your plot, story, or style.

I am open to editing almost any fiction material, and some nonfiction upon request. I prefer to work on proofreading and copyediting projects, but if you have another project in mind, I am open to discussing.


"I'm a good writer, but [Lauren] made my writing great and something to be quite proud of. . . . It was abundantly clear how much time [she] took to really consider [her] recommendations and which changes would truly strengthen the piece. . . . I have felt respected throughout the entire process and was honestly always excited to read (and hear) what [Lauren] had to say." - Charlotte Martinkus, author
English (US)
Contemporary Fiction
LGBTQ Fiction
Science Fiction
Short Story
Young Adult


  • University of Washington, Certificate in Editing

Work experience

Asst. to the Executive Managing Editor / Associate Production Editor

St. Martin's Publishing Group / Macmillan
May, 2021 – Present (almost 2 years)

I work as a production editor for conversions and originals (such as Little Souls, Finding Normal) and assist with managing schedules for upcoming titles across all St. Martin's imprints, including St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Griffin, Minotaur Books, Wednesday Books, St. Martin's Essentials, and Castle Point Books.

Freelance Editor

August, 2020 – Present (over 2 years)

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Our Wives Under the Sea

Armfield, Julia

The God of Endings: A Novel

Holland, Jacqueline

Never Vacation with Your Ex

Wibberley, Emily, Siegemund-Broka, Austin

Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative Fiction

Thomas, Sheree Renée, Ekpeki, Oghenechovwe Donald, Knight, Zelda


Roth, Veronica

Daughter: A Novel

McLaughlin, Kate

The Extractionist

Unger, Kimberly

The Scarlet Circus

Yolen, Jane, Sanderson, Brandon

She Persisted: Maya Lin

Lin, Grace, Clinton, Chelsea, Boiger, Alexandra, Flint, Gillian

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