Lara Zielinsky DBA LZ Edits

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Lara Zielinsky has been a journalist, technical writer, educator, fiction author, and fiction editor for more than 30 years. Over the last 20 years, her focus shifted exclusively to fiction. She has five novels traditionally published, and she has been helping other authors put their best books forward since 2006.

Affiliations: ACES, the society for editing; LGBTQ+ Editors; Romance Writers of America; Rainbow Romance Writers; Golden Crown Literary Society; and Bi+ Writers Association.

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Do you need help getting your story into the right shape? A manuscript evaluation critically examines the structure, pacing, character arcs, and conflict points, to propose fixes for helping your story get fit and fabulous.

Does your story feel complete but need toning and firming? Copy/line editing fixes your story’s sentence structures and word choices to improve impact and pacing.

Do you have a finished book and need help with proofreading or formatting for publication?

Do you want a writing coach to help you? I can coach you individually through tough spots or bring you into my group Workshop. I can also schedule a multi-phase developmental edit and guide you until you type “the end” on a story you can be proud to share with readers.


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From Draft to Done

Listen to this post in Spotify or on In today’s blog post, I’m going to try to discuss the entire writing process from first draft to publication- or submission-ready. Where you are in the process should give you some clues as to what type of editing assistance you may need to get to the…

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Editorial Advice 2

Today’s editorial advice is for authors writing synopses. If you are planning to traditionally publish, you have to query publishers or agents to see if they’ll pick up you and your work. What agents and publishers frequently request is a synopsis. What is a synopsis? A synopsis is a full summary of your story, from…

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The DBA “LZ Edits” was formed in 2022 as requests for Lara’s services went from part-time to full-time. Beginning with only copyediting, she has expanded into providing all types of editing. She also provides interactive/educational services related to book development: evaluation, consulting, and book coaching. A description of services and rates can be found here.