Avery Hudson

Avery Hudson – Editor

A skilled editor with extensive experience in nonfiction, including (but not limited to) history, public policy, technology, and journalism.

Overview

I am a skilled editor with extensive experience in nonfiction, including but not limited to history, public policy, technology, and journalism. Expert in producing clean Word files that will sail through production and manufacturing. In addition to copy editing books, I provide a wide range of writing and editorial services (including but not limited to key messages, press materials, white papers, website development, and social media campaigns); development and publicity support; and strategic counsel for startups and established groups facing novel opportunities and challenges.
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs History Political Science & Current Affairs Technology
Languages
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Oct, 2005 — Present

I provide marketing and communications services to clients in publishing, health care, the arts, and civil society who face novel challenges and opportunities in their pursuit of sound environmental stewardship, sustainable economic growth, and promotion of human health and creativity.

Ruder Finn Healthcare

Apr, 2004 — Sep, 2005 (over 1 year)

Produced press materials and other key documents for global pharmaceutical clients, with a focus on oncology; managed and mentored junior writers/editors; managed monthly advertorial program with international science journal Nature.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Sep, 2000 — Mar, 2004 (over 3 years)

Managed editorial content for award-winning cancer center website for consumer and professional audiences. Liaised with internal and external stakeholders to produce web content in cancer treatment and research.

Scientific American, Inc.

Jan, 1998 — Aug, 2000 (over 2 years)

Worked with leading medical authorities to develop approximately 30 chapters a year for this continuously updated, comprehensive textbook of internal medicine on the web, on CD-ROM, and in print; edited Scientific American Medicine Bulletin, a monthly e-newsletter highlighting news of interest to practicing clinicians; provided editorial and writing support for marketing, direct mail, and licensing initiatives; participated in sale and transition of assets to WebMD.

United Hospital Fund of New York

Jan, 1992 — Dec, 1997 (almost 6 years)

Developed and maintained organization's website ( managed varied publications program (12-15 titles a year, including books, monographs, conference proceedings, statistical publications, newsletters, promotional brochures, and online products) in consultation with research and policy staff, grantees, and volunteers; contracted and managed writers, designers, photographers, and printers.

Merck Human Health Division, Merck & Co., Inc.

Jan, 1991 — Dec, 1992 (almost 2 years)

Edited international pharmaceutical marketing materials, including product monographs and scripts for videotape and interactive CD-ROM, in close consultation with marketing staff and medical-legal review team.

Kallir, Philips, Ross

Jan, 1990 — Dec, 1990 (11 months)

Wrote and edited educational and promotional materials for advertising agency's pharmaceutical division in consultation with in-house account staff and corporate clients.

W. W. Norton & Company

Jan, 1989 — Dec, 1989 (11 months)

Managed publication of multicontributor medical books, working with physician authors and an in-house medical board; established editorial and production processes for this startup division, publishing 12 books in the first year.

W. W. Norton & Company

Jan, 1986 — Dec, 1988 (almost 3 years)

Copyedited trade nonfiction and college textbooks in economics, history, and science.

Self-employed

Jan, 1982 — Dec, 1985 (almost 4 years)

Facts on File; W. W. Norton & Company; NYU School of Education, Health, Nursing, and Arts Professions; John Wiley & Sons; and others.

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New York Times Bestseller A luminous companion to the phenomenal bestseller Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has attracted one of the world’s largest onlin... read more
Copy Editing
America’s runaway inequality has an engine: our unjust tax system.Even as they became fabulously wealthy, the ultra-rich have had their taxes collapse to levels last seen in the 1920s. Meanwhi... read more
Copy Editing
A harrowing exploration of the collapse of American diplomacy and the abdication of global leadership, by the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service.US foreign policy is undergoin... read more
Copy Editing
New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller A New York Times technology correspondent presents the dramatic story of Uber, the Silicon Valley startup at the center of one of the great ve... read more
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A multigenerational saga of two families, who rose from immigrant roots to the pinnacle of wealth and power, that tracks the unraveling of American democracy.In American Oligarchs, award-winni... read more
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The Origins of Creativity

Wilson, Edward O.

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Winner • National Outdoor Book Award (History/Biography) Longlisted • PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for BiographyBefore Rachel Carson, there was George Bird Grinnell―the man whose prophetic... read more
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Winner of the Lincoln Prize A landmark Civil War history told from a fresh, deeply researched ground-level perspective.At the crux of America’s history stand two astounding events: the immedia... read more
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Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award A rich account of Jewish humor: its nature, its development, and its vital role throughout history.In a major work of scholarship both erudite and v... read more
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A Bill Gates Top Five Book of 2018 A Pentagon defense expert and former U.S. Army Ranger explores what it would mean to give machines authority over the ultimate decision of life or death.What... read more
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The dramatic, untold story of one of the CIA’s most successful Cold War intelligence operations.December, 1981―the CIA receives word that the Polish government has cut telephone communications... read more
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A sweeping, global history of the rise of the factory and its effects on society.We live in a factory-made world: modern life is built on three centuries of advances in factory production, eff... read more
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National BestsellerThe untold story behind the most shocking political upheaval in the country.For more than a century, Wisconsin has been known nationwide for its progressive ideas and govern... read more
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A New York Times Editors' Choice A myth-shattering narrative of how a nation embraced "separation" and its pernicious consequences.Plessy v. Ferguson, the Supreme Court case synonymous with “s... read more
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Avery has 3 reviews

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Michael S.

Michael S.

Nov, 2023

To begin with, this was not a collaboration for the lighthearted. I was looking for assistance in turning a massive unpolished, unruly manuscript into a publishable work. It was based on over a decade of historical research and enough minutiae to drive most copy editors to drink, but Avery did an amazing job of keeping the project moving forward and out of the ditch. I especially appreciated t...
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Avery H.
Two years ago, I read a sample chapter from Michael’s manuscript and realized that, if he chose me to work with him, it would be a long journey. With a word count approaching Joyce’s Ulysses, exhau...
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Wanda Little F.

Wanda Little F.

Feb, 2023

I highly recommend Avery. He has an incredible eye for detail which means he notices inconsistencies in grammar and language. His knowledge of the citation style ensured accuracy which is of utmost importance in an academic book. I was impressed by the way he corrected my manuscript so that it aligned with the publisher's guidelines. Communication was prompt, chapters were returned before they ...
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Michael S.

Michael S.

Nov, 2021

This is my first attempt at writing a book, and being a perfectionist (the research on this project was ten years in the making) didn't make Avery's life any the easier. But he did an amazing job at shepherding me through a process in which I was continuously incorporating his style guide suggestions and push towards clarity into the unfinished later chapters. The end result is more than I coul...
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Avery H.
Working with Michael provided my first opportunity to collaborate with an author on the Reedsy platform. It was an auspicious way to start. His research is thorough, his writing is fluent, and his ...
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