As an editor and a traditionally published author, I have experience on both sides of the publishing process, allowing me unique insights into my clients' work.
As an author, my fifth novel, an adult historical, LOVE, THEODOSIA, released November 2 from Arcade/S&S. My fourth novel, SOURCES SAY, released from Penguin Random House in September 2020. Previous works include SCREEN QUEENS (Penguin Random House, 2019) and BECOMING JINN and CIRCLE OF JINN (Macmillan, 2015, 2016).
In addition to my writing skills, I have a BA in journalism and have worked as a managing editor, content editor, and copyeditor for more than 20 years. I have also worked at Charlesbridge Publishing and have experience in fiction as well as nonfiction (business management, public policy, tech) editing.
I am currently an instructor at the nonprofit writing center Grub Street, where I focus on novel workshops in all genres, novel planning, and the agent process.
I am comfortable editing a wide range of material but am best suited for middle grade, young adult, commercial fiction, women's fiction, and narrative memoir.
I have extensive experience editing query letters and synopses to assist in the agent search.
TESTIMONIALS from Reedsy clients
*** Lori gave such concrete, thoughtful and in-depth comments, most of which I am really taking to heart and modifying my story accordingly. She was very insightful, thorough, and taught me a great deal. I am grateful for all the time and effort she expended. --Deborah Cook, writer, fiction contemporary manuscript
*** Lori is the upmost professional and extremely talented. Her turnaround time was amazing . I would highly recommend Lori to anyone who has the opportunity to work with her. I can't thank her enough.
*** Lori is awesome. She is straightforward yet encouraging and helped me get my query and synopsis to the next level.
*** Great turnaround time on a very hasty request, and the work was really thorough despite the time constraints.
*** Lori was terrific! Really addressed the major issues with the plot and characters as well as helpful hints to improve my writing!!