Much like the way we live our lives, the way we tell a story is completely individual and singular. And in that is its beauty and also its complexity. With 13 years experience in a deadline-driven environment as a writer and editor for newspapers and magazines, as well as a background in literature and poetry, I provide copyediting, developmental editing, and ghostwriting services for print and online projects. Whether it’s a blog, bio, feature story, story pitch, or a book-length manuscript (or even conceptualizing what that book might be), I’ll work help you work through it by seeing its structure as a whole, while also ironing out the details to make your writing and voice more fluid and consistent—paying attention to all the nuances and the grammatical and stylistic guidelines, while also making it shine.
“You are my editor. Every time you edit one of my pieces, it comes out 100 times better. You smooth it out, but you still keep that freshness—the editing doesn’t change that. It’s still my voice. I was astonished every time.” —Scott Cawood, metal sculptor and writer
“Freelancing for Lauren was an invaluable professional learning experience. Her shrewd editorial insight helped me conceptualize and build well-developed stories across a variety of topics such as arts and entertainment, environmental, and interview pieces. Brainstorming was easy, as she cultivated a collaborative and nurturing atmosphere and was always available to lend her journalistic sensibility for brainstorming when I pitched stories. Lauren has a discerning eye for innovative and timely story ideas. Her encouragement to dig deeper to enrich my reporting and leave no stone unturned helped guide and inform the direction of my writing. She is open-minded, approachable, and thorough.” —Megan Parker, freelance writer
“Whether she was finding new ways to cover topics in the realm of art, music, and film, or being a positive force of feedback and editorial support for my novel and other writings, Lauren LaRocca has been an invaluable ally in all things literary.” —Clark Kline, novelist and filmmaker
EDITING (print and web):
Basic copyediting: $30/hour
Heavy editing: $40/hour
Developmental editing: $50/hour
We determine a turnaround time based on the length of your piece. Typically, pieces under 5,000 words will be returned to you in three to five days. I’ll also provide an estimated final cost. If per-project rates are preferred, I’m happy to negotiate a fee.
WRITING (print and web):
Profile/Bio, ~200 words (includes web or phone conversation): $75
Profile/Bio, up to 1,000 words (includes web or phone conversation): $150
Press Release, ~800 words (includes web or phone conversation): $75
Website Package: Website elements that could include a bio, mission statement, blog post, media fact sheet, or other material written by me but in a style that retains your voice and aesthetic. Includes phone or Skype consultations. $300 and up.
Ghostwriting: Fees vary based on project.
Project consultation (for help organizing your thoughts and ideas for a chapbook, book, ebook, or other project): $60/hour by phone
Think we’re a good fit?
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form below, and let’s get started!