Welcome to Lyla Edits!


I’m here to help you prep your novel for agent inboxes.

I’ve spent my life devouring entire shelves of kid lit, and don’t think I’ll ever grow out of it! I got my first dose of slush pile sorting with Dystel & Goderich Literary Management in 2014, and fell in love with the process of polishing stories.

From there, I interned for Carly Watters, vice president of P.S. Literary, doing reader reports on partial and full manuscripts as well as some incredible work from clients, then spent 18 months as an editorial intern with Kate Brauning at Entangled Publishing. There, I read slush and pitch contest submissions, and assisted with edits for titles such as Julie Hammerle’s ANY BOY BUT YOU, Erica Cameron’s ISLAND OF EXILES, and THE NOVEMBER GIRL by Lydia Kang.

I got my bachelor’s from the University of Maryland in English Literature/Creative Writing and Communication. When I wasn’t in class, I spent time as a writing tutor, copy editor, and literary magazine editor. I am an active member of SCBWI and AWP, and also write YA literature. I’m currently receiving mentorship through the Author Mentor Match program (which I highly recommend for aspiring authors!)

I know how nerve-wracking and difficult it can be to revise your babies–but I’m committed to partnering with you and making your ideas shine. I offer critiques on submission materials and full manuscripts for YA and select MG/Adult genres. To get started, email me at lylalawless@gmail.com. Please note: I am not accepting new bookings until Early 2018. Thank you for your understanding!