You’ve worked hard on your writing. Let’s make it shine.
You have something to tell the world. You want the world to know it. So don’t let typos or weak wording get in your way. I can bring clarity and power to your message and help you tell the story you’ve always wanted to tell, whether you’re working on a memoir, blog post, or website.
Word Haven provides professional editing and proofreading to writers, publishers, and business owners.
I’m Laura. I have a degree in English with a focus in creative nonfiction writing. I chose my field because I believe in the power of words. Words can unite people, change minds, or build a business. With words, we make new worlds.
One day, after seeing one too many misplaced commas, my writing professor jumped out of her chair and yelled at the class, “I’m not your writing janitor!” She insisted that we know the rules before we could break them. I got the message and went on to become an award winning writer.
Along the way, I found I liked helping people clean up their text. There’s something satisfying about nixing a dangling modifier. I love drilling down into the heart of a client’s message.
There is so much writing out there that misses its mark. I want to help yours reach its goal.
I tailor my services to your needs, your project, and your readers. I work with you to get the results you want.
typos and spelling
grammar and punctuation
graphs, tables and images
Rate: $0.005 per word
formatting and layout
readability and flow
Rate: $0.01 per word
clarity and messaging
emotion and tone
Rate: $0.02 per word
My clients come from a variety of different backgrounds with unique visions and points of view. I work on different types of writing and all kinds of subject matter. My special interests include outdoor writing, memoir, biography, creative nonfiction, Buddhism, travel, gymnastics, education, child development, parenting, naturopathic medicine, and all things Vermont. I’m happy to work on any nontechnical content.
Nonfiction writers and self publishers
As a writer you know how important language is. You know the words you choose and the commas you place can make or break a paragraph. The flow of paragraphs can make or break a book. The same is true for essays, blog posts, websites, and every other form of writing under the sun. My job is to help your writing shine. I can help you decide the level of editing that works best for your project, which of my services you’d like to use, and even what your most essential message really is. Together we’ll make your writing clear, authoritative, and effective.
I help you maintain your standards for a high quality publication. I work to find collaborative and concise solutions that suit the needs of the publisher, author, and editor. I communicate clearly regarding issues and queries, and customize my work to your briefing, timeline, and style guide.
Your words are the 24/7 face of your business. I get that. So I help you catch the attention of your target audience. Clean, clear copy allows your site to rank higher in search engines and helps establish you as an expert in your field. I can save you time and money by catching typos in a letter, going over your website, checking your blog posts, making sure your newsletter connects to its readership, or editing your annual report. Whether you just have a first draft or a carefully crafted document, I will collaborate with you to make it the best it can be.
“I find writing hard, but when I work with Laura at least I know the hard work pays off. Laura helps my writing pop. She makes sure I'm reaching my audience, and getting the grammar right. I highly recommend working with Laura. She's a fully supportive, 100% no-nonsense editor, proofreader, and general all around word angel. Do yourself a favor: hire her today.”
– Craig Hase
Meditation teacher, author, and blogger
“Laura is awesome! She was able to quickly and proficiently receive my work and turn it around with helpful feedback, suggestions and edits. I loved working with her. She seems to really care about her work and therefore she cared about my work. I'll definitely work with her again.”
– Elizabeth Case
Counselor, LCPC, EdM, MA, NCC
"I think Laura’s background as a writer is what makes her a great editor. She helps me get my point across while maintaining my voice. Working with her my message is more clear and my words are more polished. Having her line edit something is like getting to go back to that interaction that you flubbed and saying exactly what you wish you could have said!”
– Robin DeMarco
How it Works
Send me your project details or document to be edited. We will discuss what level of editing you need and your goals for this piece of writing. To help determine if we’re a good fit, I’m happy to provide a sample edit of your work.
We will agree to the level, scope, timeline and price of the work.
I will edit or proofread your document in Word using track changes, making notes on the document. I maintain close communication should questions arise.
I will return the document to you and send you an invoice. Payment is due within thirty days of receipt of invoice.
I am happy to go over any additional minor revisions you make to your work.