Client feedback

“I’ve worked with a number of good editors but I can say, without reservation, that Imogen is one of the best. Her abilities go far beyond the technical aspects of editing; her main talent is the uncanny, intuitive ability to tune straight into the story, plot and characters and, most importantly, the voice of your work – she’s that rare thing: an editor that really ‘gets’ it. It’s this intuitive ability that sets her apart from other editors. Her notes are unfailingly constructive and always sensitive; it’s like flying a plane with the perfect co-pilot. Like most authors, I feel a slight sense of dread when it comes to the editing process. With Imogen, for the first time, I actually found myself looking forward to notes. Honestly, I’ve never found a recommendation easier to make and, given the choice, I’d put her name at the top of the list every time. Imogen makes editing a natural part of the writing process, rather than a teeth-grinding chore. If you want to get the best from your work, drop her a line.”

Andy Robb, author of Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind and Geekhood: Mission Impossible

“I always drop Imogen’s name whenever I hear someone is looking for help with editing their written work. Imogen is a magician with an editorial pen. I have first-hand experience of seeing her wizardry in action on one of my own books and it truly wouldn’t be the book it is without her expertise. She’s precise, conscientious and careful with your words and with one wave of her wand, will make them sparkle just as they should. I would gladly use Imogen’s editorial services again in a heartbeat. Seriously – worth every penny.”

C.J. Skuse, author of Sweetpea, Dead Head, In Bloom, The Alibi Girl, Dead Romantic, The Deviants and others

“Working with Imogen has been an incredibly enjoyable and constructive part of the writing process. Sending your writing to an editor can be scary, but when receiving feedback from Imogen I felt reassured by her insights and confident that her ideas would help to elevate the work. The way she structured her notes was incredibly helpful, offering separate comments on story, pace and character motivation, amongst other things. I have learned a great deal from working with her, for this and future books. It’s not just an incredible advantage to get this level of detailed feedback, but also an absolute joy.”

Andrew Hammond, author-illustrator of Spacekid iLK: Invasion 101

“Having worked with Imogen on three separate occasions, I have been deeply impressed each time by her professionalism and the quality of her contributions. Combining a sharp eye for detail with a nuanced appreciation of theme and structure, she maintains a broad overview of the text while finding inconsistencies and errors on a sentence level; she brings these findings together in her notes, communicates them with clarity and precision, and always suggests a possible way to fix the problems she encounters. Her voracious and eclectic reading and her deep love of narrative inform her ability to guide and instruct. I cannot recommend Imogen more highly as an editorial consultant.”

Julia Gray, author of The OtherlifeLittle Liar and I, Ada

“I’ve just finished a major rewrite based on your comments, and wanted to thank you, not only for all the work you put into it, but your insight and extremely helpful suggestions.

I now have alternating chapters between the two main protagonists and as you suggested, it has massively improved the narrative drive and pace of the piece. It meant re-ordering the sequence of events a little, dropping a couple of scenes and writing new ones, but I think these have also added to the story, as it gave me the opportunity to delve into my character’s motivations more.

…Thanks to your comments, it’s a very different book.”

Steve Hartley, author of Oliver Fibbs and Danny Baker, Record Breaker

“I’ve been incredibly lucky that both An Appetite for Violets and The Penny Heart were sent to Imogen and both novels benefited considerably from her help. She has always instinctively grasped what I’m aiming to achieve and her editorial skills are wonderful – from structural editing to improve narrative flow and pace, to picking up on anachronisms and infelicities. She produces lucid and thoughtful reports with a sensitive balance of encouragement and critique. I absolutely recommend her to anyone crafting a novel.”
Martine Bailey, author of An Appetite for Violets and The Penny Heart