Get Fresh in ’15 Presents…

Edit Like a Rockstar!

This session will be presented by Lauren K. McKellar on Friday 21st August at 1pm.

With indie publishing on the rise and a large number of vendors out there, it’s important to get the right editor for you. Learn how to choose an editor, discover five top tips to make your manuscript edit-ready, and find out all about the common editing traps self-published authors fall into.

About your presenter:

Lauren K. McKellar is an editor for both self- and traditionally-published authors. With more than ten years experience in the editing industry, she is obsessed with words and likes the way they work. As Runner Up Editor of the Year in the Publishers Australia awards in 2013, she has extensive experience in assisting fiction and non-fiction works grow. In addition to editing, Lauren is also an author of Young and New Adult contemporary romances.

Lauren lives on the Central Coast of New South Wales with her husband and their two super-cute puppies. Most of the time, all three are well behaved.

Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.

Lover of words and promoter of feelings.

What prompted you to put together this workshop for Get Fresh in 15 conference?

With self-publishing on the rise, it’s so important to have your book edited. Sadly, I’d guess about 30 per cent of my clients come to me for a ‘re-edit’, after experiencing a bad job the first time around. I think awareness about getting the product you pay for and knowing what you can and should expect is essential for a self-publishing author.

What is the best part/aspect of conference for you?

I love meeting new people and just feeling inspired! Walking away from this environment, it’s impossible not to want to write … right?

What will participants take away from this session? 

I want participants to come away from the session feeling well equipped to hire an editor for any self-published works. We’ll also have a checklist of common mistakes self-published authors make when it comes to editing. It’s about empowering you as an author to make the best decisions for you.

Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at the 2015 Get Fresh conference in Melbourne?

Seeing Angela Ackerman. I always recommend her books to my clients, and use them as Christmas gifts; it will be great to see her speak in person.

What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?

My latest release, The Problem With Heartache, is the conclusion in my Crazy in Love trilogy. It’s a YA/NA crossover, and 10 per cent of proceeds of the first book (The Problem With Crazy) go straight to Huntington’s NSW, an organisation dedicated to assisting those who suffer from this horrible disease.


Social media links:






Instagram: @LaurenKMcKellar

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