“Laura is without doubt one of the best people I’ve met in the publishing world. I’m certain I would not be where I am today had I not met her by chance at a book launch party . . . She was instrumental in shaping my confidence back then . . . I’ve learnt so much from our discussions. Her feedback is always brilliant and delivered in the most encouraging and uplifting way; she knows how to get the best out of one’s writing.” - Karl Newson, Author
“Laura has been instrumental in supporting and shaping my writing career and championing my stories . . . I always really enjoy the editing process with Laura. Her feedback is honest, thorough, thoughtful and constructive, and she has a wonderful way of molding stories to bring out the best in them.” - Lucy Rowland, Author
Publishing consultancy, story critique and development, text editing, writing and illustration advice and proofreading for new, aspiring and established writers and illustrators.
List planning, project management, scouting, author/illustrator care, concept and story development, writing and contract negotiation for a number of publishing houses.
Hachette Children's Group
Oxford University Press
Flying Eye Books
Deputising for the Publishing Director, I was the key contact with agents and authors for new publishing opportunities and I devised publishing strategy for the list. I composed some major pitches to agents and licensors, made book signings and negotiated those acquisitions, while at the same time working closely and openly with authors and illustrators both established and new in the creative development of their work.
With a strong company emphasis on collaboration between the UK and US arms of the business, publishing for cross-Atlantic audiences played a key part in my role.
I built a new commercial strand within the picture book list with a focus on making books that were accessible and child-friendly. I enticed some leading authors and illustrators to the list including Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, Kes Gray and Claire Freedman, and I was fortunate enough to work with many of the other best names in picture books as well as nurture and grow exciting new writing and illustrating talents.
I also worked on some key illustrated children's properties including The Gruffalo, Dinosaur Roar and The Macmillan Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, creating new books to grow each brand's market presence. And I had the honour of working on Commander Chris Hadfield's semi-autobiographical picture book 'The Darkest Dark' and the illustrated children's edition of Nelson Mandela's autobiography 'The Long Walk to Freedom'.
Winner of the Leicester Our Best Picture Book Award, and the West Sussex Picture Book Award. A witty and clever story about a little mouse with very big ideas – she believes she is a tiger!She manages to convince a raccoon, a fox, a snake and a bird that she is a tiger, and that they are not what they think they are! But when a real tiger turns up, can the persuasive little rodent manage to pe... read more
Ice Cream Cone Worm. Monkeyface Prickleback. Pink Fairy Armadillo. You're called WHAT?!Welcome to the Ministry of Silly Animal Names where all the creatures have one thing in common: they want to change their names. A unique and rip-roaringly funny, tongue-twisting story full of weird and wonderful real creatures and facts at the end that will amaze. Written by Kes Gray, the bestselling, award... read more
The #1 New York Times bestselling picture book, celebrating diversity and inclusivity.No matter how you start your day,What you wear when you play,Or if you come from far away,All are welcome here. Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcome. A school where children in patkas, hijabs, baseball caps and yarmulkes play side by side. A school where students... read more
A party isn't a party without cake!Cake has been invited to a party. He's very excited! He's never been to a birthday party before and he doesn't know what to expect. But as the candles on his party hat begin to burn and the other guests start to sing, Cake starts to think that this is one party he'd rather not be at . . .Introducing an irresistibly loveable character, Cake is a brilliantly fu... read more
Whilst leaving footpaths should never be done, Straying from stories is all sorts of fun!Little Red Reading Hood loves reading books and making up stories of her own. When she meets a cunning wolf while on her way to the library, he convinces her to stray from the path and read for a little while. But hasn’t she read this in a story before? Perhaps it’s time she came up with a new ending . . .... read more
Young Chris is an astronaut. A very busy astronaut. Saving the planet from aliens is much more important than taking baths or going to bed. Because at bedtime the worst sort of alien appears - darkness. But when Chris watches the first moon landing on TV, he discovers that there is a dark out in Space that is much darker than he's used to. It's the darkest dark ever, and he realizes that the u... read more
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela is the amazing story of a true hero of our times; his famous biography has been specially adapted for children in a beautiful illustrated picture book format. Discover how a little boy whose father called him "troublemaker" grew up to fight apartheid, become South Africa's first black president and campaign for freedom and justice throughout the world.Ada... read more
Jack loves everything about Christmas. Except for one thing: he does not like Brussels sprouts. When Jack's parents bring home the largest sprout he has ever seen, things are about to get out of control. Sproutzilla is the meanest, greenest Christmas ruining vegetable ever and now he's heading straight towards Santa! It's up to Jack to save Christmas, and there's only one way to do it . . . He... read more
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Dedicated editor of children's books specializing in middle grade and YA fiction. Worked at HarperCollins, Disney-Hyperion, and Scholastic.
Children's editor and author since 2003. Extensive experience working with most children's book formats and related products.