“Laurie has a keen eye and a deep understanding of what makes a story work... She’s a joy to work with and I can’t recommend her highly enough.” Michelle Douglas, award nominated romance author for Harlequin Mills & Boon
“I loved working with Laurie. It's great to work with an editor that gets your writing and the story you're trying to tell...” Scarlet Wilson, award nominated romance author for Harlequin, Tule Publishing and Entangled Publishing
“I loved working with Laurie. She is perceptive, super smart and always pushed me to dig a little deeper into the essence of the characters and story. By doing so she not only made my books better, but she made me a better writer...” Joss Wood, author of Sexy Sparky Sassy romance for Harlequin Mills & Boon & Tule Publishing
"Laurie is not only warm and easy to work with, but has a genuine love of romance and a terrific grasp of all the elements that go into a great story... I've always believed my heroes and heroines were in safe hands with Laurie." Dani Collins, award winning author of Sexy Witty Vibrant romance for Harlequin Presents and Tule Publishing
"I can't thank Laurie enough for her support and encouragement as I moved from an unpublished writer to a published Presents author." Rachael Thomas, romance author for Harlequin Presents
I am a freelance editor with 13 years of professional publishing experience, originally working on magazines and then transitioning into commercial fiction ten years ago. As an editor for Harlequin Mills & Boon in London, I worked with authors worldwide, managed an extensive author list and developed solid author-editor relationships, encouraging and nurturing both established and new authors alike, with many gaining award nominations and multi-book contracts.
As a freelancer I continue to work with a number of publishers, including Harlequin and HarperCollins. I specialise in romance and contemporary women's fiction, however I've also worked with single title imprints on other genres.
I love working together with authors, helping them take their book from concept to published manuscript. I give focused, constructive and encouraging revisions designed to bring a story up to the highest possible standard. Remember, a story doesn't have to be perfect, in the beginning it never is, and all authors revise. So if you have a manuscript, or even just the glimmer of an idea, contact me and together we'll make your book the best story it can possibly be!
- BA (Hons), Imaginative Writing (LJMU 2007)
Editorial assessment, developmental editing, structural editing, line-edits and proofreading. Specialising in romance and contemporary women's fiction, but with experience in other genres. Freelancing with major publishers including Harlequin and HarperCollins. Helping to bring out the very best in an author's work. Working with new writers as well as established authors.
Harlequin Mills & Boon UK
Concept development, manuscript assessment, line-edits and proofreading, back cover copy and synopsis writing, social media support, Tweet writing and some marketing. Specialising in romance and contemporary women's fiction, but with experience in other genres. Freelancing with major publishers including Harlequin and HarperCollins. Helping to bring out the very best in an author's work. Working with new writers as well as established authors.
Harlequin Mills & Boon UK
Starting as an editorial assistant in Harlequin's UK Editorial department, I worked on single title imprints including Mira UK as well as overseas series imprints, created back cover copy, manuscript assessment and revision letters, proofreading, cover art briefs, synopses and other publishing admin.
From there I joined the Editorial Acquisitions department, focusing on series romance, managing authors, developing strong author-editor relationships, editing manuscripts from concept to publication (including revisions, line-edits, prelims, titles, covers etc), acquiring and contracting authors, working with agents, attending RNA/RWA conferences, and working on digital first imprints with Toronto and New York offices.
All aspects of editing monthly and bi-monthly magazines from concept to production, including writing, editing and proofing content, research, conducting interviews, and image sourcing.
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