I'm Laura Ownbey, a freelance editor and voracious reader in several genres.


I have six years of experience as an editor across a variety of genres. I'm currently a professional technical editor with experience in documentation and training. Before moving into that field, I was a Senior Editor at Spencer Hill Press and their urban fantasy imprint, Spence City.

My primary editing expertise is in YA, fantasy, science fiction, and romance. I've also worked on thrillers, comedy, memoirs, dissertations, scientific papers, roleplaying gaming manuals, and poetry

I graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011 with a double BA in English and Peace, War, and Defense.

Purchasing my freelance editing services does not guarantee a publishing contract, but I can tell you that the first full novel I edited sold barely a month after I finished with it. Books that I've edited have also been finalists for the National Reader's Choice Awards, the Bookseller's Best Awards, and the Georgia Author of the Year competition.

Rates and services:

Sample edits
Base of $25/5000 words (adjustable for length)
Developmental edits
$300 for a 70k-word manuscript; $20 for each additional 10k words
Line and copy edits
$2 per page (250-word standard)

Sample edits allow you to send in a few sample chapters to see if my editorial style is a good fit for you before committing to a longer job.

Developmental edits cover an analysis of plot points, characterization, pacing, dialogue, and other structural elements. I can deliver these as letters with sections and/or as comments directly on the manuscript according to your preferences. 

Line edits cover grammar and punctuation, style, syntax, formatting, consistency, and other small details. If your manuscript is almost ready to submit to agents and you need it examined with a fine-toothed comb, this is the tier for you.
Sample edits can generally be returned within a week. Developmental edits and line edits take two to four weeks depending on the length of your manuscript. Contact me for a scheduling estimate: these timetables vary depending on how much other work I have in the queue.

Payments and Contact: 

I accept payments via PayPal or check. Payments are due when I return the edits rather than when you initially send me the manuscript. I want you to be satisfied with your reviews.

You can reach me at 

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