Laurel Busch

Laurel Busch

Writer and Editor

I am a semi-retired freelance book editor with a B.A. in Journalism (1974, University of Nevada, Reno) and more than 40 years of professional writing and editing experience. Before entering the book publishing field, I worked in public relations, did technical editing, and was production editor of an academic journal.

Professional Experience

Book Editing

April 2014 to Present

As a freelancer, I have edited novels—romance, fantasy, mystery, women’s contemporary, historical, and more—that include a USA Today best-seller, an Amazon best-seller, an Amazon All Star, and a 2017 RONE Awards finalist. Most of my work is substantive editing, but I also do developmental editing and proofreading. Besides editing, I was project manager for two authors at Booktrope.

Technical and Business Editing

1991–2000, 2008–2011

I edited hundreds of environmental and engineering reports, compiled and edited monthly and annual gold exploration reports, produced newsletters, and wrote and edited marketing materials. I also edited business plans, a grant application, and other company documents. Employers were WESTEC (purchased by SRK), JBR Environmental Consultants, Inc. (purchased by Stantech), Westmont Mining, and various freelance clients.

Production Editor, Academic Journal

2000 –2006

The Journal of Economic Issues is a quarterly international journal published by the Association for Evolutionary Economics.

 Public Relations, News Releases, Newsletters, Freelance Writing


News Reporting and Copy Editing


I was a reporter, page editor, and copy editor for the university Sagebrush and an intern at the Nevada State Journal.

Volunteer and Personal Writing and Editing

Author, Not Till Then Can the World Know

Published 2020

I transcribed an ancestor’s Civil War diary and researched his regiment’s participation in the war for this book.


2015 to Present

Founder, Books in the City of Trembling Leaves

2013 to Present

I set up a Twitter account (@NorNVbooks) and blog ( to cover news about books, authors, publishers, booksellers, and more in Northern Nevada.

Writer, Editor,


I edited news releases and wrote articles and opinions.