Editing Services


I’ve been a freelance editor for almost five years. I’ve edited dozens of full manuscripts, combed the slush pile at literary agencies, and I’m a published author myself. I hold a BA in English and a BA in Advertising from the University of Georgia and an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. My many roles in publishing have given me a unique eye to help shape and polish books so they stand out to both industry professionals and readers.

I specialize in query letters and the YA genre, but I have experience with all age categories and genres from picture books to non-fiction to thrillers, and I edit works aimed for both traditional publishing and self-publishing. Whether you’re looking for thoughts on the overall plot of your novel or fine-tuned line editing, I’m confident I can help bring your work closer to its full potential!


“I cannot recommend Laura’s query and manuscript editing services enough! She streamlined my query and DVpit pitch, which led to me signing with my dream agent! Her strength is finding the heart of your story and building around it, so that your work stands out among the rest.”

-Amanda Saulsberry / @amandajoywrites / author of A River of Royal Blood (2019) / rep’d by Holly Root & Taylor Haggerty 

“Query letters are always tough, but Laura helped make it easier for me. She provided constructive criticism, pointed out things that needed clarifying, and added insight into details I might consider adding. Your help was invaluable, and I recommend her wholeheartedly!”

-Briana Morgan / @brimorganbooks


Beta Read: $0.005 per word

Developmental Edit: $0.0085 per word

Line Edit: $0.012 per word

Picture Book Edit: $50

Query Letter Edit: $25 for one round, $15 for each additional round

Write Query Letter: $55

I edit full manuscripts and partial manuscripts. Please contact me with any questions you might have! I’m more than happy to discuss your individual needs and pinpoint what type of editing is best for you and your work.

Editing Contact: SilvermanEditing@Gmail.com


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