With 15 years of experience as a professional book editor, including 11 years at a large publishing house, I have the skills to make your work shine. I believe the best results are achieved through collaboration, and I always maintain the author’s voice and respect his or her intention. I can help you create a story that engages readers and wins over publishers.

 

Several books I’ve edited have won awards, including the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers’ Best Award, the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Golden Quill Award.

 

Please visit my LinkedIn profile for more about my work experience and education. 

 

Services

Developmental Editing: I'm a Fixer

When Carrie Fisher died in 2016, many people spoke about a relatively unknown role she played in Hollywood: she was routinely brought in at the final hour when a script needed that last push to become what it needed to be. Usually uncredited, these sessions on Hollywood blockbusters took a good script and made it amazing.

 

Most writers need this, and not just at the final stage. Developmental editing can be extremely valuable during any part of story creation. I have guided authors through all of these phases, from initial story concept to award-winning bestseller, and I can do the same for you.

 

1. Pre-Writing

-conceptualizing individual stories and series

-brainstorming story scenarios, ensuring you’re on the right track

-incorporating selling hooks and increasing marketability

-plotting: from a general outline to a detailed, chapter-by-chapter plan

2. Mid-Writing

-dealing with stumbling blocks and finding creative solutions

-revisiting plot and characterization to fine-tune the direction of your story

 

3. Post-Writing

-performing a close read of your finished manuscript, providing feedback on what’s working and suggesting revisions to take your story from fun read to "Oh, wow!!!"

Support and Guidance Through Coaching

This is an ongoing holistic approach to the writing and publishing process. Do you work better when you are accountable to another person? Do you want a supportive partner, there to work through tough spots during the writing process and ensure you meet your goals? Would you like to brainstorm story ideas or plotting solutions? I'm here for you!

Copywriting

I write engaging marketing blurbs for your Amazon sales page and book cover, that will capture your audience’s interest and make your book a must-purchase. Searchable terms draw readers to your work, and strong selling hooks make the sale. You’ve spent months writing and honing your manuscript to perfection. Compelling marketing copy will ensure you receive the audience attention and sales to make it all worthwhile. 

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Rates

Rates vary depending on the level of work required. Please contact me for a free quote! 

 
 

Testimonials

Over the years, many of Laura’s line edits have come to me for copyediting, and without exception they’ve demonstrated her professionalism and top-notch editorial skills. Her markup and author queries reveal her editorial talents as well as her collaborative approach to the editorial process. She offers her authors feedback designed to make their stories shine while ensuring that they remain in control of their message and voice. She has a knack for finding elegant solutions to problems whether at the level of plotting or sentence mechanics. And having known Laura for many years, I can vouch for how lovely she is to work with!

                                                                Heather Martin, copyeditor at HM Editorial Services

Laura Barth has both the ability to recognize raw talent and the dedication to smooth and polish that talent until it shines.  She and I have worked closely together on eight books.  Thanks to her tireless efforts, my books won the Golden Rose and National Readers' Choice Awards, and received two prestigious Top Picks from RT Book Reviews.  I highly recommend Laura to any writer who is looking for quality editorial services.

 

Leigh Duncan, author of Butterfly Kisses 

Laura and I have worked together on 18 books over multiple years. There’s no question my growth as an author can be directly attributed to her editorial abilities. She always has a canny knack for finding that one (or three) things that any story needs to take it from good to amazing. Those character issues or plot holes an author is often too close to recognize. However, she’s definitely collaborative in her approach and values the author’s ownership of the work. Her patience and genuine desire to see the project succeed and become the best book possible shine through in everything that she does. Working with Laura is a joy and I highly recommend her to any author seeking editorial services.

                                                                           Kira Sinclair, author of Up in Flames

During my time working with Laura at Harlequin, it didn’t take long for me to learn what an exceptional person she is. Professional, insightful, and deeply considerate, she’s everything you could want in an editor. Her many years of experience in the industry are evident in her keen eye for plot and character development and her expert hand. She's extremely dedicated to the authors she works with, knows what hooks a reader, and what keeps them turning the pages, elevating every story she works on. You simply can’t go wrong with Laura.

                                                                         Kate Studer, editor at Paper Poppy Editorial

Contact

Have questions about services? Want a quote? I'd love to hear from you!

Vancouver, BC

lauraebarth@gmail.com

 
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