Laura understood what I was going for in my stories that worked, and helped me bring that out. She can enter the world of my stories and turn her light on the characters’ lives, making them shine and create chiarascuro from the depths of their shadows. Her enthusiastic encouragement made all the difference in feeling heard. She also astutely recognized, and was not afraid to honestly but gently let me know, when stories were not working. She’s not tied down to only traditional fiction but has a range she can relate to. I find her to be a profound person, and to me, that’s perhaps the most important quality in a great editor.
—Tantra Bensko, author of various books including Glossolalia, as well as hundreds of short stories in magazines and anthologies; founder of Online Writing Academy, and instructor at UCLA Extension Writing Program, Writers.com and Writers College.
Not only is she a meticulous editor in terms of grammar and syntax and spelling, but she has also offered me great insights in how to improve my story structure. She has a knack for reading between the lines and discovering the author’s intent. She has offered me great tips on improving character arcs and how to make characters more interesting. Her own work as a writer can testify to her wonderful craftsmanship.
—Kyle Hemmings, author of The Truth About Onions, an Amazon Best of the Month selection
Laura is an excellent editor and consultant for literary fiction and screenplay conversions. She pays close attention to character development, mood, and pacing.
I was referred to Laura through Brian Mahoney of Luminary Publishing for her editorial assistance. Her suggestions for my novel ‘Seven Days in Guanajuato’ were thorough, prompt, and insightful. She truly cares about the stories of her clients.
Laura knows how to get inside of a writer’s head, to speak his story, to talk in his tongue, to type with his hands. This paradoxically allows a control freak an unusual level of comfort; rather than feeling like you sent your work off to a stranger, you’re convinced she unearthed the edit you had written yourself one perfect night and then lost. Like she took a little trip into some dream time, and came back with the tome you had set out to find. I find her artistic intuition uncanny; she sees through your story and down deep to its subconscious depths. Once she’s unearthed this level, she covers it back over, one careful layer at a time, and you are left with a multifaceted gem that reflects off angles you’d never considered, a microcosm full of mythos and magic.
—E.M. Stormo, fiction writer.
I trust Laura McLaughlin with words. Full stop.
She has a knack for finding the right ones and putting them in the right order. She does this with apparent ease in her own writing, which is wonderful and shimmers with a hummingbird’s spirit. She does this also with other writers’ work. She’s done it with mine. She is adept at understanding a writer’s style and employing it herself to discover the exact right words. The words the writer meant to write, but was unable to. I recommend Laura’s literary skills unreservedly!”
Laura is a really good proofreader. Hire her.