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Latoya Smith

Latoya Smith is a developmental editor with over 17 years of experience in copyediting, proofreading, consulting, and acquisitions. Having worked for corporate New York publishing houses, independent and boutique presses, and with self-published authors, she has a well-rounded knowledge of book publishing with a core network of relationships with authors, literary agents, and other publishing professionals.

She can assist with developmental editing, brainstorming, and consultation, as well as provide editorial services for online magazines and blog sites. She has worked on a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles (print and digital), including women’s fiction, crime fiction, thriller, suspense, romance, erotica, paranormal, memoir/biography, how-to, self-help, personal finance, and inspirational.

She graduated Cum Laude from Temple University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a minor in African American Studies and has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Forbes, and USA Today, as well as on various author, book conference, and book blogger websites. She is the winner of the 2012 RWA Golden Apple Award for Editor of the Year, the 2017 RWA Golden Apple Award for Agent of the Year, and the 2017 Literary Jewels Award for Editor of the Year. In early 2014, she appeared on CSpan2, where she contributed to a panel discussing the state of book publishing. Find her online at

Bio Apr 2021