Lauren Wilson

Lauren Wilson - Editor Tick

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Former Random House copy editor and proofreader (O. Henry Prize Stories, Anne Rice). I love mysteries, urban fantasy, and literary fiction.

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Overview

I'm a copy editor and proofreader with experience in book publishing (for Random House, Library of America, and individual authors), as well as in the entertainment industry and advertising. I thrive on dystopian/cyberpunk science fiction and supernatural urban fantasy, mysteries and noir, literary fiction, nonfiction, LGBTQ topics, romance, environmental sustainability, TV history, historical fiction, humor, and more! Beyond books, I also enjoy editing scripts, and am experienced in classical/choral vocal music.

I think of myself as the bridge between an author and the audience, with arms outstretched to each riverbank. I love finding and suggesting fixes for word repetitions, am obsessively good at fact-checking, and have been known to create extensive style sheets. Most of all, if I take on a project, I care deeply about it and want to see it succeed.

Education: B.A. Yale, film; M.A. UC Santa Barbara, film and media; 2018 fellow in the Los Angeles Review of Books Publishing Workshop; copy editing course at NYU's Institute for Publishing.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
LGBTQ
Literature
Science Fiction
Urban Fantasy
Non-Fiction
Entertainment
Politics & Current Affairs

Work experience

Copy Editor and Proofreader for Advertising

Trailer Park and Team One / Saatchi & Saatchi
January, 2013 – December, 2018 (almost 6 years)

For Trailer Park (a large entertainment advertising firm) and Team One (the luxury advertising division of Saatchi & Saatchi), I've worked on pieces for clients such as Participant Media, Sony Pictures, Fox, Disney, Warner Bros., Netflix, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando, the LA Rams, the LA Clippers, Alfa Romeo, Gooding & Company, Lexus, the Ritz-Carlton, and Electronic Arts. Also served as a copywriter, especially for descriptive or literary copy, branding, headlines, and titling projects.

Copy Editor and Proofreader for Books

Freelance for Random House, Library of America, individual authors
January, 2007 – Present (about 12 years)

Primarily for Random House's Vintage and Knopf/Doubleday imprints (while also doing some work for Library of America, an Overlook Press author, and a playwright), I've copy edited or proofread 24 books, including nonfiction, novels, stories, and humor writing. Closely reviewed, edited, and polished authors’ prose, corrected grammar and spelling, and extensively fact-checked. Work includes the O. Henry Prize story collection for 2013, two Jane Austen novels annotated with historical commentary, Joseph McBride's screenwriting guide Writing in Pictures, political humor from McSweeney's, Anne Rice's The Wolf Gift, Daniel H. Wilson & John Joseph Adams's Robot Uprisings, and books by Stephen King, Otto Penzler, Benjamin Svetkey, Natalie Brown, Phillip Margulies, and David Goodis. Areas of work: the entertainment industry and screenwriting; media/literature crossover and adaptation; travel and politics; thriller, science fiction, and supernatural genres; historical fiction; new editions of classic literature.

Copy Editor and Writer for Film/TV/Arts Organizations

Paley Center for Media, RiverRun Film Festival, Tribeca, IFP, and others
July, 2004 – July, 2016 (about 12 years)

I've written and edited catalog copy, and/or programmed screenings, for the Museum of Television and Radio / Paley Center for Media, RiverRun International Film Festival, Santa Barbara LGBTQ Film Festival, UC Santa Barbara, the Tribeca Film Festival, Independent Feature Project, and the Morris B. Squire Art Foundation.

Portfolio (23 selected works)

The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013: Including stories by Donald Antrim, Andrea Barrett, Ann Beattie, Deborah Eisenberg, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Kelly Link, ... and Lily Tuck (The O. Henry Prize Collection)

The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013 gathers twenty of the best short stories of the year, selected from thousands published in literary magazines. The winning stories take place in such far-flung locales as a gorgeous sailboat in Hong Kong, a Cuban sugar plantation, the Kenai River in Alaska, a mansion in New Delhi, a ship torpedoed by a German U-boat, and the ghost-haunted rubble of a Turkish gir... read more

The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013 gathers twenty of the best short stories of the year, selected from thousands published in literary magazines. The winning stories take place in such far-flung locales as a gorgeous sailboat in Hong Kong, a Cuban sugar plantation, the Kenai River in Alaska, a mansion in New Delhi, a ship torpedoed by a German U-boat, and the ghost-haunted rubble of a Turkish gir... read more

The McSweeney's Book of Politics and Musicals

Ever since John Hancock broke into song after signing the Declaration of Independence, American politics and musicals have been inextricably linked. From Alexander Hamilton's jazz hands, to Chester A. Arthur's oboe operas, to Newt Gingrich's off-Broadway sexscapade, You, Me, and My Moon Colony Mistress Makes Three, government and musical theater have joined forces to document our nation's long... read more

Ever since John Hancock broke into song after signing the Declaration of Independence, American politics and musicals have been inextricably linked. From Alexander Hamilton's jazz hands, to Chester A. Arthur's oboe operas, to Newt Gingrich's off-Broadway sexscapade, You, Me, and My Moon Colony Mistress Makes Three, government and musical theater have joined forces to document our nation's long... read more

Robot Uprisings

Humans beware. As the robotic revolution continues to creep into our lives, it brings with it an impending sense of doom. What horrifying scenarios might unfold if our technology were to go awry? From self-aware robotic toys to intelligent machines violently malfunctioning, this anthology brings to life the half-formed questions and fears we all have about the increasing presence of robots in ... read more

Humans beware. As the robotic revolution continues to creep into our lives, it brings with it an impending sense of doom. What horrifying scenarios might unfold if our technology were to go awry? From self-aware robotic toys to intelligent machines violently malfunctioning, this anthology brings to life the half-formed questions and fears we all have about the increasing presence of robots in ... read more

Writing in Pictures: Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless

Joseph McBride

Writing in Pictures is a refreshingly practical and entertaining guide to screenwriting that provides what is lacking in most such books: a clear, step-by-step demonstration of how to write a screenplay.Seasoned screenwriter and writing teacher Joseph McBride breaks down the process into a series of easy, approachable tasks, focusing on literary adaptation as the best way to learn the basics a... read more

Writing in Pictures is a refreshingly practical and entertaining guide to screenwriting that provides what is lacking in most such books: a clear, step-by-step demonstration of how to write a screenplay.Seasoned screenwriter and writing teacher Joseph McBride breaks down the process into a series of easy, approachable tasks, focusing on literary adaptation as the best way to learn the basics a... read more

Belle Cora

Phillip Margulies

In the home where Arabella Godwin was raised it is forbidden to speak her name, and her picture is turned to the wall. But in the turbulent America of the 1850s, everyone knows her as "Belle Cora," madam of San Francisco's finest bordello. Judges and senators do her bidding; a vicious newspaper editor plots her downfall; a preacher looks at her from across his pulpit and tries to forget that o... read more

In the home where Arabella Godwin was raised it is forbidden to speak her name, and her picture is turned to the wall. But in the turbulent America of the 1850s, everyone knows her as "Belle Cora," madam of San Francisco's finest bordello. Judges and senators do her bidding; a vicious newspaper editor plots her downfall; a preacher looks at her from across his pulpit and tries to forget that o... read more

The Annotated Pride and Prejudice: A Revised and Expanded Edition

Jane Austen, David M. Shapard

This Revised and Expanded Edition contains hundreds of new notes and illustrations.The first-ever fully annotated edition of one of the most beloved novels in the world is a sheer delight for Jane Austen fans. Here is the complete text of Pride and Prejudice with thousands of annotations on facing pages, including: • Explanations of historical contextRules of etiquette, class differences, the ... read more

This Revised and Expanded Edition contains hundreds of new notes and illustrations.The first-ever fully annotated edition of one of the most beloved novels in the world is a sheer delight for Jane Austen fans. Here is the complete text of Pride and Prejudice with thousands of annotations on facing pages, including: • Explanations of historical contextRules of etiquette, class differences, the ... read more

The Annotated Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen, David M. Shapard

From the editor of the popular Annotated Pride and Prejudice comes an annotated edition of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey that makes her lighthearted satire of the gothic novel an even more satisfying read. Here is the complete text of the novel with more than 1,200 annotations on facing pages, including: -Explanations of historical context-Citations from Austen’s life, letters, and other writ... read more

From the editor of the popular Annotated Pride and Prejudice comes an annotated edition of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey that makes her lighthearted satire of the gothic novel an even more satisfying read. Here is the complete text of the novel with more than 1,200 annotations on facing pages, including: -Explanations of historical context-Citations from Austen’s life, letters, and other writ... read more

Fangs: The Vampire Archives, Volume 2

Otto Penzler

The second immortal volume in this dark and fantastic series, Fangs is a scintillating and sinister collection of vampire stories and part of the now legendary Vampire Archives. Including Clive Barker, Anne Rice, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Many Many More. . . Featuring: · bloody fangs · dark and foreboding crypts· mysterious nighttime apparitions · languid ladies

The second immortal volume in this dark and fantastic series, Fangs is a scintillating and sinister collection of vampire stories and part of the now legendary Vampire Archives. Including Clive Barker, Anne Rice, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Many Many More. . . Featuring: · bloody fangs · dark and foreboding crypts· mysterious nighttime apparitions · languid ladies

COFFINS: The Vampire Archives, Volume 3

A chill inducing and masterful collection of vampire tales, culled from the dark recesses of the nefarious and world renowned Vampires Archives. Coffins, the third volume in the mass market series, contains some of the best of the best of vampire fiction. Including Harlan Ellison, Robert Bloch, Edgar Allan Poe, and F. Paul Wilson, it takes its readers deep inside the crypts of the living dead,... read more

A chill inducing and masterful collection of vampire tales, culled from the dark recesses of the nefarious and world renowned Vampires Archives. Coffins, the third volume in the mass market series, contains some of the best of the best of vampire fiction. Including Harlan Ellison, Robert Bloch, Edgar Allan Poe, and F. Paul Wilson, it takes its readers deep inside the crypts of the living dead,... read more

The Big Book of Adventure Stories

A hair-raising collection of adventure stories that's so big and enthralling if you open it you may never be seen again: enter at your own risk. Everyone loves adventure, and Otto Penzler has collected the best adventure stories of all time into one mammoth volume. With stories by Jack London, O. Henry, H. Rider Haggard, Alastair MacLean, Talbot Mundy, Cornell Woolrich, and many others, this w... read more

A hair-raising collection of adventure stories that's so big and enthralling if you open it you may never be seen again: enter at your own risk. Everyone loves adventure, and Otto Penzler has collected the best adventure stories of all time into one mammoth volume. With stories by Jack London, O. Henry, H. Rider Haggard, Alastair MacLean, Talbot Mundy, Cornell Woolrich, and many others, this w... read more

Leading Man (Vintage Contemporaries)

Benjamin Svetkey

In the tradition of David Nicholls and Nick Hornby comes a hilarious, bittersweet, heartwarming debut novel about love of all kinds: first, unrequited, delusional, obsessive, and, ultimately, the kind that lasts.At 26, Maxwell Lerner thinks he has his whole life figured out. He's got the girl--his high-school sweetheart Samantha. He's got the job--low-level reporter for a prestigious national ... read more

In the tradition of David Nicholls and Nick Hornby comes a hilarious, bittersweet, heartwarming debut novel about love of all kinds: first, unrequited, delusional, obsessive, and, ultimately, the kind that lasts.At 26, Maxwell Lerner thinks he has his whole life figured out. He's got the girl--his high-school sweetheart Samantha. He's got the job--low-level reporter for a prestigious national ... read more

The Lovebird

Natalie Brown

A spectacularly vibrant, original debut, The Lovebird takes us from the orange-scented streets of Southern California to the vast prairie landscape of Montana, and introduces us to Margie Fitzgerald, a spirited and unforgettable heroine for our times. Margie has always had a soft spot for helpless creatures. Her warm heart breaks, her left ovary twinges, and she is smitten with sympathy. This ... read more

A spectacularly vibrant, original debut, The Lovebird takes us from the orange-scented streets of Southern California to the vast prairie landscape of Montana, and introduces us to Margie Fitzgerald, a spirited and unforgettable heroine for our times. Margie has always had a soft spot for helpless creatures. Her warm heart breaks, her left ovary twinges, and she is smitten with sympathy. This ... read more

The Wolf Gift: The Wolf Gift Chronicles (1)

Anne Rice

When Reuben Golding, a young reporter on assignment, arrives at a secluded mansion on a bluff high above the Pacific, it’s at the behest of the home’s enigmatic female owner. She quickly seduces him, but their idyllic night is shattered by violence when the man is inexplicably attacked—bitten—by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness. It will set in motion a terrifying yet seductive trans... read more

When Reuben Golding, a young reporter on assignment, arrives at a secluded mansion on a bluff high above the Pacific, it’s at the behest of the home’s enigmatic female owner. She quickly seduces him, but their idyllic night is shattered by violence when the man is inexplicably attacked—bitten—by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness. It will set in motion a terrifying yet seductive trans... read more

The Stand

Stephen King

Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil remains as riveting and eerily plausible as when it was first published.Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read A patient escapes from a biological testing facility, unknowingly carrying a deadly weapon: a mutated strain of super-flu... read more

Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil remains as riveting and eerily plausible as when it was first published.Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read A patient escapes from a biological testing facility, unknowingly carrying a deadly weapon: a mutated strain of super-flu... read more

Games To Play After Dark (Vintage Contemporaries)

Sarah Gardner Borden

When Kate and Colin meet at a party in Manhattan their connection is electric. They marry quickly, moving to the suburbs, and in the light of day they seem like any young couple, but the games they play after dark are far from routine.

When Kate and Colin meet at a party in Manhattan their connection is electric. They marry quickly, moving to the suburbs, and in the light of day they seem like any young couple, but the games they play after dark are far from routine.

The Fifth Queen (Vintage Classics)

Ford Madox Ford

Ford Madox Ford’s novel about the doomed Katharine Howard, fifth queen of Henry VIII, is a neglected masterpiece.Kat Howard—intelligent, beautiful, naively outspoken, and passionately idealistic—catches the eye of Henry VIII and improbably becomes his fifth wife. A teenager who has grown up far from court, she is wholly unused to the corruption and intrigue that now surround her. It is a time ... read more

Ford Madox Ford’s novel about the doomed Katharine Howard, fifth queen of Henry VIII, is a neglected masterpiece.Kat Howard—intelligent, beautiful, naively outspoken, and passionately idealistic—catches the eye of Henry VIII and improbably becomes his fifth wife. A teenager who has grown up far from court, she is wholly unused to the corruption and intrigue that now surround her. It is a time ... read more

Color of the Sea

John Hamamura

Raised in Japan and Hawaii, Sam Hamada has been trained in the ways of the samurai. After graduation Sam strikes out for California and falls in love for the first time, with a beautiful young woman named Keiko. But then the Japanese attack Peal Harbor, igniting the war and making Sam, Keiko, and their families enemies of the state. Drafted into the U.S. Army, sent on a secret mission, Sam’s v... read more

Raised in Japan and Hawaii, Sam Hamada has been trained in the ways of the samurai. After graduation Sam strikes out for California and falls in love for the first time, with a beautiful young woman named Keiko. But then the Japanese attack Peal Harbor, igniting the war and making Sam, Keiko, and their families enemies of the state. Drafted into the U.S. Army, sent on a secret mission, Sam’s v... read more

Paris: The Collected Traveler--An Inspired Companion Guide (Vintage Departures)

Barrie Kerper

This unique guide to one of the world’s most beloved tourist destinations combines fascinating articles by a wide variety of writers, woven throughout with the editor’s own indispensable advice and opinions—providing in one package an unparalleled experience of an extraordinary place. This edition on Paris features:● Articles, interviews, and reminiscences from writers, visitors, residents, an... read more

This unique guide to one of the world’s most beloved tourist destinations combines fascinating articles by a wide variety of writers, woven throughout with the editor’s own indispensable advice and opinions—providing in one package an unparalleled experience of an extraordinary place. This edition on Paris features:● Articles, interviews, and reminiscences from writers, visitors, residents, an... read more

The American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence (Library of America)

Drawn from letters, diaries, newspaper articles, public declarations, contemporary narratives, and private memoranda, The American Revolution brings together over 120 pieces by more than 70 participants to create a unique literary panorama of the War of Independence. From Paul Revere's own narrative of his ride in April 1775 to an account of George Washington's resignation from command of the ... read more

Drawn from letters, diaries, newspaper articles, public declarations, contemporary narratives, and private memoranda, The American Revolution brings together over 120 pieces by more than 70 participants to create a unique literary panorama of the War of Independence. From Paul Revere's own narrative of his ride in April 1775 to an account of George Washington's resignation from command of the ... read more

The Souls of Black Folk: A Library of America Paperback Classic

W.E.B. Du Bois

?Few books make history and fewer still become foundational texts for the movements and struggles of an entire people. The Souls of Black Folk occupies this rare position.? --Manning Marable W.E.B. DuBois was the foremost black intellectual of his time. The Souls of Black Folk (1903), his most influential work, is a collection of fourteen beautifully written essays, by turns lyrical, historica... read more

?Few books make history and fewer still become foundational texts for the movements and struggles of an entire people. The Souls of Black Folk occupies this rare position.? --Manning Marable W.E.B. DuBois was the foremost black intellectual of his time. The Souls of Black Folk (1903), his most influential work, is a collection of fourteen beautifully written essays, by turns lyrical, historica... read more

The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard: A Library of America Special Publication

Joe Brainard

An artist associated with the New York School of poets, Joe Brainard (1942-1994) was a wonderful writer whose one-of-a-kind autobiographical work I Remember ("a completely original book" -Edmund White) has had a wide and growing influence. It is joined in this major new retrospective with many other pieces that for the first time present the full range of Brainard's writing in all its deadpan ... read more

An artist associated with the New York School of poets, Joe Brainard (1942-1994) was a wonderful writer whose one-of-a-kind autobiographical work I Remember ("a completely original book" -Edmund White) has had a wide and growing influence. It is joined in this major new retrospective with many other pieces that for the first time present the full range of Brainard's writing in all its deadpan ... read more

David Goodis: Five Noir Novels of the 1940s & 50s (LOA #225): Dark Passage / Nightfall / The Burglar / The Moon in the Gutter / Street of No Return (Library of America Noir Collection)

David Goodis

In 1997 The Library of America's Crime Novels: American Noir gathered, in two volumes, eleven classic works of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s--among them David Goodis's moody and intensely lyrical masterpiece Down There, adapted by François Truffaut for his 1960 film Shoot the Piano Player. Now, The Library of America and editor Robert Polito team up again to celebrate the full scope of Goodis's sign... read more

In 1997 The Library of America's Crime Novels: American Noir gathered, in two volumes, eleven classic works of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s--among them David Goodis's moody and intensely lyrical masterpiece Down There, adapted by François Truffaut for his 1960 film Shoot the Piano Player. Now, The Library of America and editor Robert Polito team up again to celebrate the full scope of Goodis's sign... read more

TV Noir: Dark Drama on the Small Screen

Allen Glover

The pioneering, incisive, lavishly illustrated survey of noir on television―the first of its kindNoir―as genre, style, movement, or sensibility―has its roots in the hardboiled detective fiction of the likes of Hammett and Chandler; the works of these authors were among the wave of post-WWII Hollywood films that in 1946 were, separately, tagged “film noir” by French cineastes Nino Frank and Jea... read more

The pioneering, incisive, lavishly illustrated survey of noir on television―the first of its kindNoir―as genre, style, movement, or sensibility―has its roots in the hardboiled detective fiction of the likes of Hammett and Chandler; the works of these authors were among the wave of post-WWII Hollywood films that in 1946 were, separately, tagged “film noir” by French cineastes Nino Frank and Jea... read more

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