Leya Booth

Leya Booth - Editor

Castaic, CA, USA

What a life! I get to edit books--especially true crime, self-help, and dark fiction--and gently help authors share their passions.

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I have been a professional editor for over 10 years. From line editing to proofreading, I have worked on almost every genre of book from true crime to self help, from memoirs to horror. While I will edit anything, I especially love true crime, dark fiction, self help and other nonfiction, and children's and young adult books.

I believe in teamwork throughout the editing process. This is your book, and I want to honor your voice, your vision, your message. I offer gentle critiques and positive encouragement as we work together to ensure your book is the best it can be.

In my spare time, I commune with my menagerie of cat muses and do jigsaw puzzles.

Do you have a book on paper but no computer version of it? Whether it is hand written or typed, I can also help you get your document back onto the computer, and edited cleanly.

Do you have an audiobook that needs editing? I can do that too.

I enthusiastically recommend Leya Booth as a both a copy editor and story editor. Her professionalism, attention to detail, and command of language makes me a better writer. - Eric Miller; Writer, Editor, and Publisher; Big Time Books

Leya Booth has worked on several of my manuscripts over the years. She is a whip smart editor, thorough, and always a reliable professional. - Harry Shannon, Author of the Mick Callahan Series

I have retained the services of Leya Booth for several years as a general editor, copy editor, and proofreader. Yes, she’s a triple-threat in the editing world. Leya is efficient and proficient. She is careful and knowledgeable. She has the editor’s “ear” that hears clunky dialogue and recalls prior passages that affect the logic of later ones. I recommend her wholeheartedly for editing and/or proofreading. - Paul Levine; Amazon Number One Bestselling Author of the "Jake Lassiter" and "Solomon vs. Lord" series.

English (AUS)
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense
Young Adult
Biographies & Memoirs
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
True Crime

Work experience

Editor in Chief

January, 2011 – Present (almost 12 years)

As Editor in Chief for Genius Book Services, a subsidiary of Genius Books and Media, Inc., I manage a team of editors. I work with authors from wherever they are - from a kernel of an idea through a nearly completed manuscript - to ensure that through proper grammar and spelling their book carries the message they intend to share.

Portfolio (18 selected works)

18 Wheels of Horror: A Trailer Full of Trucking Terrors

Garton, Ray, Howison, Del, Erdelac, Edward M., Palisano, John, Hodson, Brad C., Bodner, Hal, Holden, Janet Joyce, Gonzalez, Michael Paul, Miller, Eric

Nothing That Is Ours

Palladino, D.J.

The Sword of Hannibal

McCarthy, Terry

The Color of Warm

Henckel, Jeff

By Way of Canarsie

Cuccurullo, Rob

Math Genius: Journal and Reference Guide

Booth, Leya, Shalaby, Rania, Hunter, Kim, Brown, Cherie, Evans, Kim

Leya has 16 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Shweta Gupta
Leya was great from a fresh eye perspective. However, I was looking forward to a more nuanced feedback in terms of critiquing plot structure and character arcs.

Shweta Gupta, November 2022

Richard Haddad
Leya was very thorough and a pleasure to work with. She took the time to explain why she thought changes should be made. I look forward to working with her on my next project. Rich Haddad

Richard Haddad, November 2022

Kim Sellers
I was pleased with Leya recommendations, especially her opening comments. It meant a great deal to me.

Kim Sellers, October 2022

Nathaniel Baker
Leya was a joy to work with. She allowed me to 'be me' while tempering my avant guarde tendencies to help produce a piece of work of which I am truly proud. If you need a sense of humor, support, and a woman who will go above and beyond herself to save you from yourself? Leya is your editor.

Nathaniel Baker, September 2022

Sara Dusik
I could depend on Leya with her punctuality and professionalism. I would absolutely work with her again if the opportunity allows.

Sara Dusik, April 2022

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