Laurel Sills

Laurel Sills – Editor

An award-winning editor specializing in thrillers, women's and SFF. Bookseller rising star with over ten years of editorial experience.


Editor and co-founder of the award-winning Holdfast Magazine (British Fantasy Society award for Best Magazine 2015) Bookseller Rising Star 2017, and CIEP (Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading) professional member, I have ten years of experience working in the publishing industry as an editor. I am comfortable working on a wide range of fiction, from women’s fiction to thrillers, SFF to historical romance, with a specialism in science fiction and fantasy. Whether you want to prepare your manuscript for submission to industry professionals or polish your book for self-publication, together, we can get your work ready for the next stage of its journey.

My time at Canelo and Bloomsbury have given me a breadth of experience not only as an editor, but also as a proofreader and seasoned submission reader.

I thrive on working with writers in a kind and professional way - together we can elevate your writing to the next level.

'The best thing about working with Laurel (apart from her overflowing energy and enthusiasm) was her ability to put her finger on things that weren’t quite right in my book. There were inconsistencies that had bothered me for ages, and loose ends that needed to be tidied up properly – Laurel found them all and made gentle suggestions that helped me make a better book' – Helen Wright, author of A Matter of Oaths

Dystopian Historical Fiction Mystery & Crime Science Fiction Thriller & Suspense Urban Fantasy Women's Fiction
English (UK)
  • Bookseller Rising Star
  • MA Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths University
  • Digital Proofreading - Publishing Training Centre
  • Introduction to Editorial Skills: Copy Editing and Proofreading - Publishing Training Centre

Work experience


Nov, 2017 — Oct, 2019 (almost 2 years)

Bloomsbury Reader

May, 2015 — Nov, 2017 (over 2 years)

Holdfast Magazine

Jun, 2013 — May, 2015 (almost 2 years)

Bloomsbury Reader

Jun, 2012 — May, 2015 (almost 3 years)


A Vision of Light

Judith Merkle Riley

A village girl receives a divine vision that will lead her into the chambers of the English Inquisition...Young, wealthy and twice married, Margaret has a modest enough ambition: she wishes to write a book. But this is 1355, and the notion of a woman wanting t... read more
A devastating Viking raid leads Corban on an epic quest – the first in an extraordinary adventure series.Corban and Mav are twins born to the lord of an Irish coastal farmstead. Mav has the Second Sight, and is her father's favourite; Corban, however, is a dee... read more
An epic Medieval adventure of the Hundred Years WarWhen Martin Kemp joins the English army in order to avoid the hangman, he may just be delaying the inevitable. While he remains hopeful that at least there’s the chance for some heroics, the reality is very di... read more
After twenty-five long years serving in the Roman Legions, Carbo returns to Rome to retire in peace. Life has moved on in the time he’s been at the front, and he finds himself friendless and homeless.But when he comes across Rufa, a childhood friend he swore a... read more
A race against time on a perilous journey through Siberia with a murderous demon, in this gritty fast-paced horror thriller.Con-artist Amanda Coleman lives in a London rife with undercover magic. Abras, as they are known, can harness these illegal powers, but ... read more
A Matter of Oaths

Helen S. Wright

'A compelling, mind-bending future that's finally come home to the present' – Becky Chambers, author of The Long Way to a Small, Angry PlanetWhen Commander Rallya of the patrol ship Bhattya hires Rafe as their new Web officer, she knows she is taking a risk. A... read more
Gods and mortals collide in the thrilling second instalment in the historical Greek fantasy the Olympus Series.When Prince Odysseus is sent on a quest to recover his family honour, he’s led to Delos where a mysterious new prophecy has captivated the gods. Caug... read more
A prophecy condemns him, a goddess binds him, but what will set Odysseus free? A thrilling tale of a legendary Greek adventure, perfect for fans of Madeline Miller and David Gemmell.Young Prince Odysseus is about to have his world torn apart. He has travelled ... read more

Laurel has 51 reviews





Jurgen A.

Jurgen A.

Sep, 2023

Laurel offered me an extensive list of notes and tips with several crucial things to consider. Her feedback was incredibly valuable.
Chris P.

Chris P.

Oct, 2022

Laurel edited two books for me over the course of one month. One an urban fantasy, the other a bit more sci-fi thriller. The notes and questions she gave and asked have been crucial in helping me push my novels in the right direction. I felt her criticisms were honest and had good reason which I found very useful, and the occasional encouraging "LOL" in the right places have motivated me whilst...
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Wendy E.

Wendy E.

Sep, 2022

I would recommend Laurel Sills as a highly-qualified and a detail oriented editor. Not only has she given me great feedback, she has given me suggestions and tips to develop a better story. When I had a question or needed to contact her, she promptly responded to my message.
Naomi F.

Naomi F.

Aug, 2022

Laurel has been fantastic to work with on this project, she is a highly skilled and wonderful editor. All of her copy edits have been thorough and her feedback was so helpful. I really felt as though Laurel has helped to improve my work considerably and has given me confidence to keep going. Thank you so much!
Ryan S.

Ryan S.

Aug, 2022

Clear, punctual and insightful. Cheers Laurel

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