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.
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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.
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.
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
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