Jamie Lauer, Editor and Spanish-to-English Literary Translator

My Credentials in a Nutshell:

  • 8+ years of combined experience in publishing and editing
  • 3+ years as a full-time freelance editor and literary translator
  • Master of Arts in comparative literature and a certificate in literary translation from Indiana University Bloomington
  • Winner of several awards for translation, including the 2020 Translation Prize for Prose from World Literature Today

Some of My Past Favorite Projects:

  • A “new adult” white-collar crime fiction series (developmental editing, line/substantive editing, copy editing, and proofreading)
  • A coffee-table book on the history of video game consoles (proofreading)
  • Flash fictions from Latin America containing dark humor and the feel of literary speculative fiction (translation)
  • Christian Bible meditations and devotionals (copy editing)

Other Interests (Literary and Beyond):

  • Middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult fantasy
  • Multilingual fiction
  • Tabletop role-playing games and role-playing video games
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Spanish-language/Latin pop music

As a full-time freelancer, I have worked with a several niche trade, academic, and technical presses; indie fiction authors and academics; academic journals in the humanities; and B2B corporations. The variety in my experience has made me a very adaptable editor. I know how to adjust my editorial focus according to the purpose and style of the writing while still ensuring overall grammatical consistency following a set style guide (such as Chicago, MLA, APA, and custom in-house style guides). This experience has also enabled me to edit on platforms outside of Microsoft Word, including Adobe, WordPress (and other content management systems), and LaTex/Overleaf.

Why Work with Me? I value relationship with the people I work with. My approach is therefore collaborative instead of corrective. Whether you are an indie author, a managing editor at a press, or a business professional, you can rest assured that your work is in the hands of an editor who is respectful, dependable, and sensitive to individual style and voice.

Editing Services
Copyediting, Developmental editing, Line editing, Proofreading, Series, Substantive, Technical
Writing Services
Academic, Book proposals and query letters, Books, Content marketing, Fiction, Journal, Magazine, Newsletter, Nonfiction, Rewriting, Technical and instructional, Web
Other Services
Content review, Manuscript critique, Query, proposal, and/or submission review, Style guide creation, Transcription, Translation
Fiction Genres
Action/adventure, Drama, Fanfiction, Fantasy, Historical, Humor/satire, Mystery, Mythology, Romance, Science fiction, Suspense/thriller
Nonfiction Genres
Academic, Autobiography and memoir, Biography, Business, Creative nonfiction, Essay, DIY/how-to, History, Reference, Self-help, Textbooks, Travel
Age Levels
Middle grade, Young adult, New adult, Adult
Style Manuals
American Psychological Association (APA), Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), Modern Language Association (MLA)
Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Google Docs, Google Sheets, LaTeX, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, PerfectIt
Other Memberships
Editorial Freelancers Association