Carly Hayward

Chief Developmental Editor & Founder

Carly is a developmental novel editor who helps authors find their voice and bring their book to light. Editing combines her love of reading, giving advice, and logic puzzles. She will be your book’s best friend.

With 10+ years in publishing, she’s worked all over the industry, including at a big 5 publishing house, a small press, a hybrid publisher, and a literary agency. That experience has helped her to see the industry from all different angles. She is a co-founding Revise & Resub (#RevPit) editor and a host on Story Chat Radio, a writing advice podcast. She is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and Chicago Women in Publishing.

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

Pronouns: She/Her

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

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.

Pronouns: She/Her

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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Michelle Welch

Copyeditor

Michelle has worked as a professional copyeditor and proofreader for more than 9 years. Frequently referred to by colleagues as “diligent” and “meticulous,” she will leave no stone unturned in your manuscript.

Her earliest proofreading roles were an internship at The A.V. Club and a spot in the Editorial department of Groupon. Since leaving printable coupons behind, Michelle has freelanced for several outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, St. Martin’s Press, and Newsela. With experiences in marketing, daily news, publishing, K-12 education, and higher education.

Michelle completed her undergraduate degree in cinema and media studies at The University of Chicago and also has a master’s in education from the University of Oregon. She lives in NYC with several silly pets and a wonderful boyfriend. There is no episode of Golden Girls she can’t quote.

Pronouns: She/Her

Specialties:

Michelle is a versatile editor who doesn’t mind reading (and fixing the typos of) anything you throw at her. But if she had to pick, please throw true crime, mysteries, contemporary fiction, YA, horror, general non-fiction, and tawdry biographies of celebrities at her.

Find your Book’s Best Friend

"I met Carly the same day I saw Mad Max Fury Road, so she'll forever be linked in my mind to Furiosa—someone you absolutely want on your side! With Carly's guidance, I turned my pretty okay novel into something so much more—something alive. I always felt she loved my characters as much as I did; she simply got what I was trying to do, and helped me do it. I have no doubt that my book (and hopefully the many to come) is vastly improved by her involvement."

-Kim Alexander, International best-selling author of The Demon Door series

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