About

03I am a developmental editor with almost fifteen 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, I have a well-rounded knowledge of book publishing with a core network of relationships with authors, literary agents, and other publishing professionals. I can assist with developmental editing, brainstorming, and consultation, as well as provide editorial services for online magazines and blog sites. I have 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. I graduated Cum Laude from Temple University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a minor in African American Studies. I have been featured in Publishers Weekly and USA Today, as well as on various author, book conference, and book blogger websites.   I am 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, I appeared on CSpan2 where I contributed to a panel discussing the state of book publishing.

Experience

  • Executive Editor
    Samhain Publishing, August 2014 – February 2016
  • Associate Editor
    Hachette Book Group, September 2011 – August 2014
  • Assistant Editor
    Hachette Book Group, December 2009 – September 2011
  • Editorial Assistant
    Hachette Book Group, October 2006 – December 2009
  • Editorial Assistant
    Kensington Publishing, February 2006 – October 2006
  • Freelance Copyeditor
    Urban Books / Q-Boro Books / Urban Christian, October 2001 – March 2008
  • Administrative Assistant/Manuscript Reader
    Teri Woods Publishing, May 2002 – August 2005

Press

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/new-literary-agent-latoya-smith-of-l-perkins-agency

http://agentinthemiddle.blogspot.com/2016/04/latoya-smith-former-samhain-and.html

https://writersleagueoftexas.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/meet-the-conference-faculty-36/

https://www.c-span.org/video/?318668-4/panel-discussion-publishing

http://www.ebony.com/entertainment-culture/writer-life-tips-for-selling-your-novel-576

https://youngurbanvoices.com/2014/07/01/editor-latoya-smith-talks-books-grand-central-publishing/

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/readyoulater/2014/09/16/getting-to-know-executive-editor-of-romance-latoya-c-smith

https://pepperwinters.com/2014/08/28/one-year-today-i-pressed-publish-nyt-usa-today-timeline/

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb12046131.htm

http://romancemagicians.blogspot.com/2013/02/interview-with-editor-latoya-smith.html

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/new-titles/adult-announcements/article/55075-the-state-of-african-american-publishing-african-american-interest-books-2012-13.html

http://happyeverafter.usatoday.com/2013/05/27/rochelle-alers-haven-creek-latoya-smith/

http://rwanycblogginginthebigapple.blogspot.com/2012/05/lets-celebrate-romance.html

Skills

Publishing • Line Editing • Manuscript Development • Copyediting • ProofReading • Books • Creative Writing • Branding • Marketing/Publicity • Blogging • Proposal Writing • Synopsis Development • Digital Media