The Team

Carly Bornstein-Hayward

Chief Developmental Editor & Founder

Carly is a developmental editor and writing coach who will help you find your voice and bring your vision to the reader. Editing combines her creativity and her love of reading, giving advice, and logic puzzles. Carly will be your book’s best friend.

She has worked in the publishing industry for 10 years, including at a big 5 publishing house, a small press, a literary agency, a hybrid publisher, and a self-publishing house that helped indie-authors. That experience has helped her to see the industry from all different angles. Carly graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in English. She is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and Chicago Women in Publishing, and was a panelist at Book Expo America 2016. Carly is a co-founder and editor for Revise & Resub, a pitch event, and an editor for the ShoreIndie Contest.

When not reading or working she lounges with her husband being vastly amused by their cats or binge-watching TV.

Specialties:

Carly specializes in adult, young adult, and middle grade age categories. She particularly focuses on fantasy, science fiction, romance, erotica, historical, and mystery genres. She is open to other genres on an individual basis.

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Laura Dennison

Senior Copyeditor

Laura has worked as a professional editor for 3 years. She has experience in both content and copyediting. Her copyediting services offer authors one crucial final set of eyes on their manuscript before being sent out—whether to an agent or for indie publication. Her goal is to help you produce a polished piece that you can be just as sure of as you are proud of.

She holds an MFA in Nonfiction from the Mountainview low-residency program, where she wrote a coming-of-age memoir under the mentorship of published authors and exstensively studied craft and publishing. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire magna cum laude with a BA in English. There, she focused her studies on print journalism, news editing, and fiction and nonfiction writing.

Laura lives in New Hampshire, where she cocoons herself in blankets and edits from her secondhand La-Z-Boy chair. When she’s not editing, you can find her working on her own writing, binge-watching America’s Next Top Model, or trying her hand at indoor rock-climbing.

Specialties:

Laura’s specializes in YA and NA novels. She also loves editing coming-of-age stories, memoirs, and nonfiction essay collections. She does not edit horror, as she’s easily spooked, but is open to all other genres and manuscripts that deal with heavier subject matters.

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Grace Laidlaw

Senior Copyeditor

Grace has 7 years’ experience as a professional copyeditor and proofreader. She cleans up the typos, grammatical errors, and stylistic inconsistencies that even the best authors can’t always catch. She will make your manuscript as smooth as possible so that readers can lose themselves in it completely.

She spent several years as a Managing Editorial Assistant at HarperCollins Publishers, where she worked on manuscripts for New York Times bestselling authors such as James Rollins, Mary Jane Clark, and Tessa Dare. Grace has also held editorial roles at several smaller academic and nonfiction presses. Her copyediting credits include everything from historical romance to postmodern memoir. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Columbia University with bachelor’s degrees in Creative Writing and Psychology.

Grace lives in Brooklyn with her programmer boyfriend and their beloved pet couch. In her spare time, she’s usually watching Jeopardy! (and loudly guessing the answers) or catching up on Law & Order (and loudly guessing whodunit).

Specialties:

Grace specializes in adult and new adult fiction of all sorts, with particular emphasis on romance and erotica. She also enjoys both short- and long-form narrative nonfiction. Regardless of genre, a manuscript with sharply drawn characters and memorable settings will always pique her interest.

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