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Imogen Howson, Author and Editor
winner in the young adult category of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, 2014, and of the Elizabeth Goudge Award, 2008 and 2017
I am a freelance editor with sixteen years' experience. I have worked with New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors.
I primarily offer copy editing and proofreading, 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.
I am no longer taking on new clients for developmental/content editing.
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:
Copy editing: $0.009 per word. (A 100k book would come to $900.)
Proofing: $0.007 per word. (A 100k book would come to $700.)
Optional hourly rate (for editing of extra material etc.): $20
For UK clients:
Copy editing: £0.007 per word. (A 100k book would come to £700.)
Proofing: £0.0055 per word. (A 100k book would come to £550.)
Optional hourly rate (for editing of extra material etc.): £15
Please do contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Additionally, I am happy to offer the opportunity to pay in instalments, or to pay an overall reduced rate, to writers in financial difficulties, whether long term or temporary.
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):
$35 US dollars / £30 GB pounds
Query letter and synopsis (2 pages), proofread: $20 / £15
Editing down of synopsis: $25 / £20