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 9 years, including at a big 5 publishing house, a literary agency, and an indie publishing house that helps 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 is an editor and fellow writer from New Hampshire. She has been editing professionally for two years and offers services to authors who feel their manuscript could benefit from one final pair of eyes before it is sent out—whether to an agent or for indie publication.

Laura received her degree in English from the University of New Hampshire with a focus on editing and copyediting through the school’s English Journalism program. In addition, she received her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from the Mountainview MFA program. She has written a YA memoir and attended many writing residencies.

As both a writer and an editor, Laura is able to accurately edit for clarity and consistency while preserving the nuances of your style and voice. She understands the importance of producing a polished final project that you can be just as sure of as you are proud of.

If she’s not editing or writing, you can probably find her at home, watching documentaries on Netflix or dancing around her bedroom singing along to Sia (probably very loudly and off-key).

Specialties:

Laura specializes in young adult, new adult, and middle grade age categories. She particularly focuses on nonfiction essay collections, memoir, and coming-of-age novels (especially ones that tackle heavy topics). She does not read horror, but will read any other genres not listed on the basis of quality.

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