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"Laura is an excellent editor with a keen eye for detail..." [more]
—Bibi Bakare-Yusuf,
Publisher Cassava Republic Press


"The best investment I made in writing and publishing my picture book was in asking Laura to edit the manuscript..." [more]
—Selu Mdlalose, Publisher, Vezani Publishing


"The experience is well worth the cost and I would highly recommend Laura's services to anyone looking for an honest and high quality critique..." [more]
—Navjot Kaur, Children's author and educator, A Lion's Mane,



I am available for hire as a consultant in a variety of capacities, and bring a broad range of experience and expertise. From seven years spent in editorial departments at publishers to several years of teaching experience, I am flexible and enjoy working with groups in an interactive context. Please read the testimonials in the sidebar for more on my freelance services.



I am available to do freelance editorial work. I have seven years experience in editorial departments of children's publishers (see the About Me section for more details), and have particular expertise in the areas of picture books, multicultural children's books, and YA fiction. I have a great deal of experience working with authors to enhance their vision and improve their work, so am happy to take-on promising projects that require shaping and development. Use the contact details provided to get in touch.


I have worked with various people who have gone on to self-publishing their work. I can give a one-time critique, or offer more of an on-going editorial service, reviewing various revisions of your work. Please see testimonials in the sidebar for examples.

You can read blog posts featuring or by self-published authors I've worked with by following these links:

Tim Lerwill of Lerwill Publishing

Selu Mdlalose of Vezani Publishing

Navjot Kaur of Saffron Press


For five years I managed conferences, events and summer schools at the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature at Roehampton University. These included the annual British IBBY/NCRCL MA conference, the annual Child and the Book postgraduate conference, and the biennial Children's Literature International Summer School. This work involved overseeing all aspects of conference management, including planning the programme, contacting speakers, arranging accommodation, booking teaching rooms, handling AV support and provision, promoting events, and processing bookings. I am available to arrange children's literature events at any stage of planning. Since I am based near Brighton, preference is for events in the southeast of England, but other areas can be discussed. Please contact me if you would like to discuss event, conference, or workshop planning.