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Editing Services:

I am a freelance editor with fifteen years' experience. I have worked with New York Times and USA TODAY  bestselling authors.

I primarily offer copy editing and proofreading.

I also offer content/developmental editing, with specialties in romance, fantasy, science fiction, horror, and Christian (fiction and non-fiction).

I edit in either UK English or US English, and am familiar with The Chicago Manual of Style and The Oxford Style Guide.

My rates are as below:

(All rates include two full rounds of editing. This means that I work through the manuscript twice, to make sure I catch as many errors as possible, before I return it to you. My standard turnaround time is two weeks but I am available for faster turnaround on request.)

For US clients:
Content/developmental: 1 cent per word.
Copy editing: $0.008 per word.
Proofing: $0.006 per word.

Optional hourly rate (for editing of extra material etc.): $12

For UK clients:
Content/developmental: £0.0075 per word.
Copy editing: £0.006 per word.
Proofing: £0.0045 per word.

Optional hourly rate (for editing of extra material etc.): £10

(Optional service for content/developmental edits only: if you would prefer that I send the manuscript to you after the first round, so you can make my suggested changes before returning it to me for the second round, this is something I'm happy to do. Just let me know!)

Please do contact me on immihowson@gmail.com if you have any queries, to discuss your needs,

or for a sample five-page copy edit.

I offer a 10% discount to members of the Romantic Novelists' Association and to writers who belong to groups currently under-represented in publishing. Please do contact me for further details.

Query Package Service:

As well as editing manuscripts, I also offer a query package service for authors seeking agent representation or traditional publication. This includes editing your query letter and your synopsis (up to two pages). I will assess your submission materials and tell you whether I think you would most benefit from a substantial content edit of any or all of the documents, or whether you only need a basic proofread.

If required, I will also edit down synopses to the length you need.

This service has a flat fee rather than being charged per word. Details are below.

Query package: Query letter and synopsis (2 pages), content edit (a substantial edit that aims to make query letters and synopses as appealing, comprehensive, clear, and coherent as possible, as well as checking for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors):

$30 US dollars / £22 GB pounds

Query letter and synopsis (2 pages), proofread: $15 / £10

Editing down of synopsis: $20 / £14