Louise Harnby


Louise Harnby (1967–) is an editor, writer, speaker and podcaster with thirty years of experience in the publishing industry. She writes about line craft for authors and editors; marketing and business planning for editors; and fiction for lovers of crime and speculative fiction and thrillers.

She was a finalist in the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival flash fiction competition (2018), the Bookseller/FutureBook Future Fiction short-story competition (2018), and the Crime Writers' Association's Margery Allingham short-mystery competition (2019).

Harnby specializes in working with independent authors of commercial fiction. She is an Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP; UK), a Member of ACES (Society of Editors; US), and a Partner Member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi).

She speaks regularly at international editing conferences, was a keynoter at the Editorial Freelancers Association convention in Chicago (2019), and has been shortlisted for/ won several awards including the UK Blog Awards (finalist, 2018), Content Marketing Academy Awards (finalist, Podcast of the Year, 2019), Content Marketing Academy Awards (winner, Blog of the Year, 2019), the Judith Butcher Award (winner, SfEP, 2017), and the Karen Virag Award (nominee, Editors Canada, 2017).


Marketing Your Editing & Proofreading Business
Price: $25.72 USD. Words: 79,170. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2014 . Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Sales & Marketing, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Marketing
Marketing Your Editing & Proofreading Business is for any editorial freelancer who feels that marketing is their Achilles’ heel. It aims to demonstrate that marketing needn't be difficult, overwhelming or boring. The book takes proofreaders and editors through the core principles of developing and implementing an effective marketing strategy that will get them noticed and generate business leads.
Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers: A Guide for New Starters
Price: $12.86 USD. Words: 28,390. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2013 . Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Careers, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Starting up
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Published in association with The Publishing Training Centre, this practical guide takes new freelance proofreaders and copyeditors through the basics of planning their business. Chapters focus on the different aspects of editorial freelancing, training, client focus, getting experience, financial assessment, promotion, networking, tools for the job and real-world case studies.

Smashwords book reviews by Louise Harnby

  • The Hours of Creeping Night - A collection of dark speculative short fiction on Sep. 11, 2013

    Dark, despicable and delicious! ... Playle doesn't waste a single word – these short stories are beautifully crafted. Those who relish the macabre won’t be disappointed. But this is no gratuitous gorefest. Rather, the author’s prose sings its way across the pages. Her descriptions are gorgeously rich. This collection is dark – no doubt about that – but it’s speculative fiction at its best: clever, thought-provoking, chilling and, importantly, very well written.
  • Gagged and Bound - a book of puns, one-liners and dad jokes on July 14, 2015

    A lovely little rib-tickler from Nick Jones! In addition to the epub version, I bought three paperback copies of this book late last year and they made smashing stocking fillers. Whether you like a good giggle or an out-loud groan, you’ll find something in Gagged & Bound to take your fancy. Recommended!