Lauren Smulski

Lauren Smulski - Editor

Norwalk, CT, USA

I am an accomplished editor of adult and young adult fiction, including New York Times bestsellers and books with multiple starred reviews.

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As an editor, my mission is to preserve the author's voice above all else. I view myself as a collaborative partner, committed to bringing an author's story to the next level while staying true to their vision for the book. Key areas of focus for me are world building, character development and motivations, and enhancing the emotional depth of each story.

After spending six-plus years as an editor of adult and young adult fiction for a Big Five publisher, I realized that an in-house editor's job is so much more than just editing. An editor is the center of the wheel, responsible for every step of the publishing process, from acquisition to cover concepting to copywriting to author branding and management. And while there were many aspects of the job that I really enjoyed, the part I love most -- editing -- was what I spent the fewest hours on while in the office. For this reason, I decided to shift into a career as a freelance editor, so I can spend more of my time working directly with authors to nurture their writing and elevate their stories.

If you're looking for someone to be in your corner, to provide insider knowledge, to give your stories the polish and refinement they need to stand out in an incredibly crowded marketplace... look no further! I'm here to help with story development, in-depth line-editing, copyediting, proofreading, the works.

A complete list of my edited works is viewable in my profile, but some of my career highlights include:

¤ New York Times Bestseller debut for ZENITH by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
¤ Three starred reviews and an Indie Next Pick for THE BLACK WITCH by Laurie Forest
¤ Starred review for THE DEAD QUEENS CLUB by Hannah Capin
¤ Starred review for REBEL GIRLS by Elizabeth Keenan
¤ Indies Introduce and Indie Next Pick for ALL RIGHTS RESERVED by Gregory Scott Katsoulis
¤ YALSA's 2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults nomination, Teens' Top Ten nomination, and OwlCrate selection for ACE OF SHADES by Amanda Foody


Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Chick Lit
Dystopian
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Historical Romance
Romantic Comedy
Space Opera
Young Adult

Certifications

  • Ithaca College: Bachelor of Arts, Journalism
  • Pace University: Master of Science, Publishing

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Lauren Smulski Literary
October, 2019 – Present (2 months)

Associate Editor

Inkyard Press, a division of HarperCollins
April, 2013 – October, 2019 (over 6 years)

As Associate Editor for Inkyard Press, Lauren edited and managed an eighteen-author list that included New York Times bestselling author duo Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings, as well as critically acclaimed authors Laurie Forest, Gregory Scott Katsoulis, Hannah Capin, and Elizabeth Keenan.

Specialties:
¤ Excellent writing skills
¤ Experienced structural editor, line editor, copyeditor, and proofreader; familiar with Chicago Manual of Style, AP Style Guide, and standard proofreading marks
¤ Proven ability to read and evaluate manuscript submissions
¤ Skilled in use of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access
¤ Proficient in use of Adobe CS5.5, including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat
¤ Extensive digital journalism background, including photography and videography

Author List:
¤ Adi Alsaid
¤ Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings
¤ Jillian Cantor
¤ Hannah Capin
¤ Gia Cribbs
¤ Amanda Foody
¤ Laurie Forest
¤ Janet Gurtler
¤ Summer Heacock
¤ Alex R. Kahler
¤ Gregory Scott Katsoulis
¤ Elizabeth Keenan
¤ Alisa Kwitney
¤ Katherine Laurin
¤ Laura Taylor Namey
¤ Kaitlyn Sage Patterson
¤ Mara Rutherford
¤ Eric Smith
¤ Maria V. Snyder
¤ Robin Talley
¤ Emily Victoria
¤ Sacha Wunsch

Portfolio (24 selected works)

The Black Witch: An Epic Fantasy Novel (The Black Witch Chronicles Book 1)

Laurie Forest

“Potter-worthy.” —Justine magazine“A whole new, thrilling approach to fantasy!”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce“Powerful” —New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb “Exquisite.” —Publishers Weekly, starred reviewA new Black Witch will rise…her powers vast beyond imagining.A Great Winged One will soon arise and cast his fearsome shadow upon the land. And just as Night slay... read more

“Potter-worthy.” —Justine magazine“A whole new, thrilling approach to fantasy!”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce“Powerful” —New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb “Exquisite.” —Publishers Weekly, starred reviewA new Black Witch will rise…her powers vast beyond imagining.A Great Winged One will soon arise and cast his fearsome shadow upon the land. And just as Night slay... read more

The Iron Flower (The Black Witch Chronicles Book 2)

Laurie Forest

Dark forces are on the rise in this sweeping sequel to The Black Witch by critically acclaimed author Laurie Forest.Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs when they rescued a Selkie and freed a military dragon. The last thing they expected was to be thrust into a realm-wide underground resistance against Gardnerian conquest.While the Resistance struggles to fig... read more

Dark forces are on the rise in this sweeping sequel to The Black Witch by critically acclaimed author Laurie Forest.Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs when they rescued a Selkie and freed a military dragon. The last thing they expected was to be thrust into a realm-wide underground resistance against Gardnerian conquest.While the Resistance struggles to fig... read more

Daughter of the Burning City

Amanda Foody

A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desiresSixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundr... read more

A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desiresSixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundr... read more

Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game Series Book 1)

Amanda Foody

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadowEnne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives unc... read more

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadowEnne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives unc... read more

King of Fools (The Shadow Game Series Book 2)

Amanda Foody

Indulge your vices in the City of Sin, where a sinister street war is brewing and fame is the deadliest killer of them all...On the quest to find her missing mother, prim and proper Enne Salta became reluctant allies with Levi Glaisyer, the city’s most famous con man. Saving his life in the Shadow Game forced Enne to assume the identity of Séance, a mysterious underworld figure. Now, with the ... read more

Indulge your vices in the City of Sin, where a sinister street war is brewing and fame is the deadliest killer of them all...On the quest to find her missing mother, prim and proper Enne Salta became reluctant allies with Levi Glaisyer, the city’s most famous con man. Saving his life in the Shadow Game forced Enne to assume the identity of Séance, a mysterious underworld figure. Now, with the ... read more

All Rights Reserved: A New YA Science Fiction Book (Word$ 1)

Gregory Scott Katsoulis

In a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, and her defiant and unexpected silence threatens to unravel the very fabric of society.Speth Jime is anxious to deliver her Last Day speech and celebrate her transition into adulthood. The moment she turns fifteen, Speth must pay for every word she speaks ... read more

In a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, and her defiant and unexpected silence threatens to unravel the very fabric of society.Speth Jime is anxious to deliver her Last Day speech and celebrate her transition into adulthood. The moment she turns fifteen, Speth must pay for every word she speaks ... read more

Access Restricted (Word$ Book 2)

Gregory Scott Katsoulis

In this gripping sequel to All Rights Reserved, Speth Jime has freed her home of Portland from the oppressive system that forced everyone to pay for every word they spoke. Now she will discover the cost of that freedom, and the devastating secrets of the world beyond her dome.On the day she went silent, Speth never meant for anyone to follow her lead—or to start a rebellion of Silents. But aft... read more

In this gripping sequel to All Rights Reserved, Speth Jime has freed her home of Portland from the oppressive system that forced everyone to pay for every word they spoke. Now she will discover the cost of that freedom, and the devastating secrets of the world beyond her dome.On the day she went silent, Speth never meant for anyone to follow her lead—or to start a rebellion of Silents. But aft... read more

Rebel Girls

Elizabeth Keenan

In 1992 Baton Rouge, a single rumor has the power to change a girl’s life forever.When it comes to being social, Athena Graves is far more comfortable creating a mixtape playlist than she is talking to cute boys—or anyone, for that matter. Plus her staunchly feminist views and love of punk rock aren’t exactly mainstream at St. Ann’s, her conservative Catholic high school.Then a malicious rumor... read more

In 1992 Baton Rouge, a single rumor has the power to change a girl’s life forever.When it comes to being social, Athena Graves is far more comfortable creating a mixtape playlist than she is talking to cute boys—or anyone, for that matter. Plus her staunchly feminist views and love of punk rock aren’t exactly mainstream at St. Ann’s, her conservative Catholic high school.Then a malicious rumor... read more

Don't Read the Comments

Eric Smith

Divya Sharma is a queen. Or she is when she’s playing Reclaim the Sun, the year’s hottest online game. Divya—better known as popular streaming gamer D1V—regularly leads her #AngstArmada on quests through the game’s vast and gorgeous virtual universe. But for Divya, this is more than just a game. Out in the real world, she’s trading her rising-star status for sponsorships to help her struggling... read more

Divya Sharma is a queen. Or she is when she’s playing Reclaim the Sun, the year’s hottest online game. Divya—better known as popular streaming gamer D1V—regularly leads her #AngstArmada on quests through the game’s vast and gorgeous virtual universe. But for Divya, this is more than just a game. Out in the real world, she’s trading her rising-star status for sponsorships to help her struggling... read more

The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan

Gia Cribbs

No one wants me to tell you about the disappearance of Sloane Sullivan.Not the lawyers or the cops. Not her friends or family. Not even the boy who loved her more than anyone. And most certainly not the United States Marshals Service. You know, the people who run the witness protection program or, as it’s officially called, the Witness Security Program? Yeah, the WITSEC folks definitely don’t ... read more

No one wants me to tell you about the disappearance of Sloane Sullivan.Not the lawyers or the cops. Not her friends or family. Not even the boy who loved her more than anyone. And most certainly not the United States Marshals Service. You know, the people who run the witness protection program or, as it’s officially called, the Witness Security Program? Yeah, the WITSEC folks definitely don’t ... read more

The Dead Queens Club

Hannah Capin

If your school’s homecoming king had a little too much in common with Henry VIII, would you survive with your head still attached?You’d think being the new girl in a tiny town would equal one very boring senior year. But if you’re me—Annie Marck, alias Cleves—and you accidentally transform into teenage royalty by entering Lancaster High on the arm of the king himself? Life becomes the exact op... read more

If your school’s homecoming king had a little too much in common with Henry VIII, would you survive with your head still attached?You’d think being the new girl in a tiny town would equal one very boring senior year. But if you’re me—Annie Marck, alias Cleves—and you accidentally transform into teenage royalty by entering Lancaster High on the arm of the king himself? Life becomes the exact op... read more

The Diminished (The Alskad Empire Chronicles)

Kaitlyn Sage Patterson

In the Alskad Empire, nearly all are born with a twin, two halves to form one whole…yet some face the world alone.The singlebornA rare few are singleborn in each generation, and therefore given the right to rule by the gods and goddesses. Bo Trousillion is one of these few, born into the royal line and destined to rule. Though he has been chosen to succeed his great-aunt, Queen Runa, as the le... read more

In the Alskad Empire, nearly all are born with a twin, two halves to form one whole…yet some face the world alone.The singlebornA rare few are singleborn in each generation, and therefore given the right to rule by the gods and goddesses. Bo Trousillion is one of these few, born into the royal line and destined to rule. Though he has been chosen to succeed his great-aunt, Queen Runa, as the le... read more

The Exalted (The Alskad Empire Chronicles)

Kaitlyn Sage Patterson

Since the founding of the Empire, Alskad has been ruled by the singleborn…but the new heir to the throne carries a secret that will change everythingWhen an assassin’s bullet takes the life of Queen Runa and allows an impostor to steal the throne, Bo Trousillion is forced to flee the empire that is his birthright. With few choices left and burdened with a secret that could disinherit him, Bo p... read more

Since the founding of the Empire, Alskad has been ruled by the singleborn…but the new heir to the throne carries a secret that will change everythingWhen an assassin’s bullet takes the life of Queen Runa and allows an impostor to steal the throne, Bo Trousillion is forced to flee the empire that is his birthright. With few choices left and burdened with a secret that could disinherit him, Bo p... read more

The Library of Lost Things

Laura Taylor Namey

From the moment she first learned to read, literary genius Darcy Wells has spent most of her time living in the worlds of her books. There, she can avoid the crushing reality of her mother’s hoarding and pretend her life is simply ordinary. But when a new property manager becomes more active in the upkeep of their apartment complex, the only home Darcy has ever known outside of her books sudde... read more

From the moment she first learned to read, literary genius Darcy Wells has spent most of her time living in the worlds of her books. There, she can avoid the crushing reality of her mother’s hoarding and pretend her life is simply ordinary. But when a new property manager becomes more active in the upkeep of their apartment complex, the only home Darcy has ever known outside of her books sudde... read more

Wandfasted (The Black Witch Chronicles)

Laurie Forest

Magic, romance and adventure collide in Wandfasted, the irresistible ebook prequel to The Black Witch by Laurie Forest When they painted Heretics on our barn and set fire to it, I thought that was the worst it could get. Until they sent the dragons. But they didn't count on us having dragons of our own. And they certainly didn't count on Her. Our Great Mage. The Bringer of Fire. The Storm of D... read more

Magic, romance and adventure collide in Wandfasted, the irresistible ebook prequel to The Black Witch by Laurie Forest When they painted Heretics on our barn and set fire to it, I thought that was the worst it could get. Until they sent the dragons. But they didn't count on us having dragons of our own. And they certainly didn't count on Her. Our Great Mage. The Bringer of Fire. The Storm of D... read more

Light Mage (The Black Witch Chronicles)

Laurie Forest

Journey to the magical world of Erthia in this exciting prequel to The Black Witch by critically acclaimed author Laurie Forest.Before Elloren Gardner came to possess the White Wand of myth, the Wand was drawn to another bearer: Sagellyn Gaffney. Sage’s affinity for light magery, a rare skill among Gardnerians, makes her the perfect protector for the one tool that can combat the shadows spread... read more

Journey to the magical world of Erthia in this exciting prequel to The Black Witch by critically acclaimed author Laurie Forest.Before Elloren Gardner came to possess the White Wand of myth, the Wand was drawn to another bearer: Sagellyn Gaffney. Sage’s affinity for light magery, a rare skill among Gardnerians, makes her the perfect protector for the one tool that can combat the shadows spread... read more

Crown of Coral and Pearl

Mara Rutherford

For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine… Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But... read more

For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine… Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But... read more

Zenith (The Androma Saga Book 1)

Sasha Alsberg, Lindsay Cummings

From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings comes the first book in The Androma Saga, an action-packed thrill ride of adventure, intrigue and steamy star-crossed romanceKnown across the galaxy as the Bloody Baroness, Captain Androma Racella and her motley crew of space-bound privateers roam the Mirabel galaxy on the glass starship Marauder, taking what merc... read more

From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings comes the first book in The Androma Saga, an action-packed thrill ride of adventure, intrigue and steamy star-crossed romanceKnown across the galaxy as the Bloody Baroness, Captain Androma Racella and her motley crew of space-bound privateers roam the Mirabel galaxy on the glass starship Marauder, taking what merc... read more

Nexus (The Androma Saga Book 2)

Sasha Alsberg, Lindsay Cummings

Return to the high-stakes, riveting world of The Androma Saga in this dazzling finale from #1 New York Times bestselling authors Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings.With her crew captured and her ship a smoldering ruin, notorious mercenary Androma Racella is no longer the powerful Bloody Baroness, but a fugitive on the run. And with most of the galaxy now trapped under the mind control of the b... read more

Return to the high-stakes, riveting world of The Androma Saga in this dazzling finale from #1 New York Times bestselling authors Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings.With her crew captured and her ship a smoldering ruin, notorious mercenary Androma Racella is no longer the powerful Bloody Baroness, but a fugitive on the run. And with most of the galaxy now trapped under the mind control of the b... read more

Night Study (Study Series Book 5)

Maria V. Snyder

New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder transports readers back to the realms of Sitia and Ixia in an exciting new Study novel full of magic, danger and intrigue. Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana's life has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately... read more

New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder transports readers back to the realms of Sitia and Ixia in an exciting new Study novel full of magic, danger and intrigue. Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana's life has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately... read more

Dawn Study (Study Series Book 6)

Maria V. Snyder

New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder brings her Poison Study series to its exhilarating conclusion Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond—and a family—that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia. Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insi... read more

New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder brings her Poison Study series to its exhilarating conclusion Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond—and a family—that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia. Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insi... read more

The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky: A Novel

Summer Heacock

In thirty-four days, it will have been exactly two years to the day since I’ve had sex. Having sex wasn’t exactly high on Kat Carmichael’s priority list while her successful bakery was taking off, especially since things hadn’t been working very well in that department. And the last time she and her boyfriend, Ryan, even attempted the act, they found it to be physically impossible—resulting in... read more

In thirty-four days, it will have been exactly two years to the day since I’ve had sex. Having sex wasn’t exactly high on Kat Carmichael’s priority list while her successful bakery was taking off, especially since things hadn’t been working very well in that department. And the last time she and her boyfriend, Ryan, even attempted the act, they found it to be physically impossible—resulting in... read more

Crashing the A-List

Summer Heacock

"Come for the romance, but stay for the hysterical dialogue." —NPRAfter four months of unemployment, former book editor Clara Montgomery is officially stuck—stuck sleeping on her little brother’s ugly couch in Queens, stuck scrolling through job listings in search of a new editorial position…and just desperate enough to take on a temporary gig clearing out abandoned storage units. If nothing e... read more

"Come for the romance, but stay for the hysterical dialogue." —NPRAfter four months of unemployment, former book editor Clara Montgomery is officially stuck—stuck sleeping on her little brother’s ugly couch in Queens, stuck scrolling through job listings in search of a new editorial position…and just desperate enough to take on a temporary gig clearing out abandoned storage units. If nothing e... read more

You Too?

Janet Gurtler

A timely and heartfelt collection of essays inspired by the #MeToo movement, edited by acclaimed young adult and middle-grade author Janet Gurtler. Featuring Beth Revis, Mackenzi Lee, Ellen Hopkins, Saundra Mitchell, Jennifer Brown, Cheryl Rainfield and many more.When #MeToo went viral, Janet Gurtler was among the millions of people who began to reflect on her past experiences. Things she had ... read more

A timely and heartfelt collection of essays inspired by the #MeToo movement, edited by acclaimed young adult and middle-grade author Janet Gurtler. Featuring Beth Revis, Mackenzi Lee, Ellen Hopkins, Saundra Mitchell, Jennifer Brown, Cheryl Rainfield and many more.When #MeToo went viral, Janet Gurtler was among the millions of people who began to reflect on her past experiences. Things she had ... read more

Lauren has 4 reviews

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Shina Reynolds
Lauren is a fantastic editor! I feel so grateful that I was able to work with such a talented wordsmith. Lauren did a proofread on my debut novel, in which she went above and beyond, pointing out things that brought my manuscript to the next level. Her attention to detail is unmatched. Beyond the proofread, Lauren has been such a kind and helpful person. She’s been patient and open to answering...
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Shina Reynolds, December 2019


Cheryl Deering
Lauren is simply terrific. Her editing is comprehensive, clear—and hones in perfectly on what needs fixing and how to fix it. Couldn’t ask for a better editor!

Cheryl Deering, November 2019

Lauren Smulski
Thank you so much, Cheryl! I'm delighted that you found my feedback to be so helpful! I really enjoyed working on your short story :)

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C. White
Lauren is a delightful collaborator and laser focussed editor. She approached the ms with care and integrity. I imagine this was not the easiest copy edit, as I am dyslexic and word placement, etc. can be admittedly confusing, but Lauren was always patient, kind and wonderfully able to intuit the pace and flow of the story. Her input has most definitely improved the work! Beyond copy editing sh...
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C. White, October 2019

Lauren Smulski
Thank you so much for your kind words! It was such a pleasure working with you on this book — I hope to see it on shelves someday!

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Christian Laffoon
I am so thankful to Lauren. I had written my first book and had absolutely no clue about what to do and where to go when I found Lauren. With her suggestions and advice, she helped to make a good story a great story. She offered editorial adjustments and revisions using honest professionalism and experience. With any luck, I hope she's able to see her name on the thank you pages of my book,...
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Christian Laffoon, October 2019

Lauren Smulski
Thank you so much, Christian! It was wonderful to work with you, and I can’t wait to see you take this book to new heights!

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