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 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
“Lauren is as sharp and talented an editor as I’ve worked with anywhere. We collaborated often at both The Frederick News-Post and Baltimore magazine and I trust her as my go-to first read for 5,000-word investigative stories as much as I do shorter arts and culture pieces and profiles of politicians. She is the best copy editor and proofreader I know, possesses a well developed and creative sense of design, and is a highly organized professional. I cannot recommend her work strongly enough for any writing, editing, or design position.” —Ron Cassie, senior editor at Baltimore magazine
“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
• Copyediting, development editing, and proofreading (print and web)
• Press Release
• Website: Written elements for your website 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 style.
• Project Consultation: Need help organizing your thoughts and ideas? Get started on your writing project, book proposal, blog, etc., with a phone consultation that will get you excited about taking the first steps—whether that means you need guidance to crystallize an idea or create an outline for a novel. Phone sessions run one hour.
• Creative Coaching Session: We will work on making your writing stronger, either through the use of writing prompts or by examining and workshopping a project you’re already working on. Each phone or Skype (your choice) session is one hour. If you are working on a specific project, the writing (up to 20 pages double-spaced) should be sent in advance of our session.
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