Hope Ellis

Hope Ellis - Editor

New York, NY, USA

I am a NY publishing professional and provide freelance copyediting and proofreading services (fiction--all genres; nonfiction--I'm picky).

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Overview

I work at Penguin Random House in New York and freelance on the side. If your project has been through a round of editing (or two) and the plot, character development, and pacing are all hammered out, then I can help you smooth everything out. Even if you think you've got a good eye (and you might!), copyediting can make the difference between a pleasurable read and a frustrating one. Think of it as a final polish to avoid the distracting "wince factor."

My services include copyediting (truly the most important post-editing stage), proofreading, cold reading, and e-book quality control. I generally follow the Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.

Please note I will most likely not be able to turn a project around in less than two weeks. Otherwise, please feel free to get in touch with the details of your project.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure
Comics & Graphic Novels
Crime & Mystery
Paranormal Romance
Romance
Thriller
Urban Fantasy
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs

Certifications

  • Columbia Publishing Course
  • NYU Fundamentals of Copyediting and Proofreading

Work experience

Associate Managing Editor

Penguin Random House, Berkley
April, 2014 – Present (over 5 years)

Editorial Program Assistant

John Wiley & Sons
October, 2012 – April, 2014 (over 1 year)

Portfolio (16 selected works)

Other People's Houses

Abbi Waxman

"Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Emily GiffinNamed A Highly Anticipated Book for 2018 by InStyle.com, Elite Daily, and Hello Giggles!The author of The Garden of Small Beginnings returns with a hilarious and poignant new novel about four families, their neighborhood carpool, and the affair that changes everything.At any given moment in other... read more

"Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Emily GiffinNamed A Highly Anticipated Book for 2018 by InStyle.com, Elite Daily, and Hello Giggles!The author of The Garden of Small Beginnings returns with a hilarious and poignant new novel about four families, their neighborhood carpool, and the affair that changes everything.At any given moment in other... read more

Monster in the Closet (The Baltimore Series)

Karen Rose

The New York Times bestselling author of Every Dark Corner returns to Baltimore, where a father-daughter reunion puts innocent victims in the sights of a stone-cold killer…Baltimore PI Clay Maynard routinely locates missing children for clients, but his own daughter—stolen by his ex-wife—has eluded him for years. Until she turns up right under his nose… Since she was a child, Taylor Dawson bel... read more

The New York Times bestselling author of Every Dark Corner returns to Baltimore, where a father-daughter reunion puts innocent victims in the sights of a stone-cold killer…Baltimore PI Clay Maynard routinely locates missing children for clients, but his own daughter—stolen by his ex-wife—has eluded him for years. Until she turns up right under his nose… Since she was a child, Taylor Dawson bel... read more

Shot on Gold (A Play-by-Play Novel)

Jaci Burton

In the new Play-by-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Final Score, opposites attract when a figure skater and hockey player lace up their skates--and go for the gold...Will "Mad Dog" Madigan is making his second trip to the Winter Games, and he couldn't be happier. Hockey is his life and playing for the U.S. team is a privilege. Then he meets U.S. figure skater Amber Sl... read more

In the new Play-by-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Final Score, opposites attract when a figure skater and hockey player lace up their skates--and go for the gold...Will "Mad Dog" Madigan is making his second trip to the Winter Games, and he couldn't be happier. Hockey is his life and playing for the U.S. team is a privilege. Then he meets U.S. figure skater Amber Sl... read more

The Last Chance Olive Ranch (China Bayles Mystery)

Susan Wittig Albert

In this exciting mystery from New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert, China Bayles fears for her husband’s life as an escaped convict targets him... Max Mantel, the killer McQuaid put away years ago, has busted out of the Huntsville prison and appears to be headed for Pecan Springs. McQuaid knows there’s only one way to stop the vengeful convict—set a trap with himself as bait. ... read more

In this exciting mystery from New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert, China Bayles fears for her husband’s life as an escaped convict targets him... Max Mantel, the killer McQuaid put away years ago, has busted out of the Huntsville prison and appears to be headed for Pecan Springs. McQuaid knows there’s only one way to stop the vengeful convict—set a trap with himself as bait. ... read more

Knit to Be Tied (A Knitting Mystery)

Maggie Sefton

The New York Times bestselling author of Purl Up and Die returns as Kelly Flynn and the Lambspun Knitters must come together before their whole town unravels . . . In Fort Connor, Colorado, the friends at the House of Lambspun knitting shop are welcoming a new face into the fold. Shy, sweet, and pregnant Nancy Marsted would like to knit a baby hat, and the Lambspun ladies are more than happy t... read more

The New York Times bestselling author of Purl Up and Die returns as Kelly Flynn and the Lambspun Knitters must come together before their whole town unravels . . . In Fort Connor, Colorado, the friends at the House of Lambspun knitting shop are welcoming a new face into the fold. Shy, sweet, and pregnant Nancy Marsted would like to knit a baby hat, and the Lambspun ladies are more than happy t... read more

Daily Grind (Takeover)

Anna Zabo

A man discovers that love can show up when you least expect it—and in a much different form—in this piping-hot romance from the author of Due Diligence and Just Business.Brian Keppler, owner of Ground N'At, the coffee shop beneath SR Anderson Consulting, doesn't have time for a relationship. His most recent girlfriend broke up with him because he'd become married to his shop, which is falling ... read more

A man discovers that love can show up when you least expect it—and in a much different form—in this piping-hot romance from the author of Due Diligence and Just Business.Brian Keppler, owner of Ground N'At, the coffee shop beneath SR Anderson Consulting, doesn't have time for a relationship. His most recent girlfriend broke up with him because he'd become married to his shop, which is falling ... read more

Lost in Lumby (Lumby Series Book 6)

Gail Fraser

Book #6 of the Lumby series! What Garrison Keillor did for Lake Wobegon and Jan Karon did for Mitford, Gail Fraser has done for Lumby - a town so heartwarming and endearing, you'll be forever transported. Staying true to the waggish nature of the series, the captivating town of Lumby once again serves as the backdrop of four skillfully braided stories that follow its residents through life’s u... read more

Book #6 of the Lumby series! What Garrison Keillor did for Lake Wobegon and Jan Karon did for Mitford, Gail Fraser has done for Lumby - a town so heartwarming and endearing, you'll be forever transported. Staying true to the waggish nature of the series, the captivating town of Lumby once again serves as the backdrop of four skillfully braided stories that follow its residents through life’s u... read more

Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, Vol. 5 (light novel)

Tappei Nagatsuki

Subaru has really made a mess of things this time. After getting into a fight with the girl of his dreams, Subaru is stuck in the Karsten estate with Rem while Emilia heads home without him. Consumed by a sense of powerlessness, he spends his time desperately training--all the while wondering, "What's the point?" Is there any reason for him to struggle at all? But while he grapples with his in... read more

Subaru has really made a mess of things this time. After getting into a fight with the girl of his dreams, Subaru is stuck in the Karsten estate with Rem while Emilia heads home without him. Consumed by a sense of powerlessness, he spends his time desperately training--all the while wondering, "What's the point?" Is there any reason for him to struggle at all? But while he grapples with his in... read more

Val x Love, Vol. 1

Ryosuke Asakura

Gotta flirt to save the world!!High schooler Takuma Akutsu is terrified of human contact and just wants to live a quite life. Too bad he doesn't have a choice in the matter when nine Valkyrie sisters come barging into his home! They've tasked him with raising their level to fight off the monsters threatening humanity--and how will he do that, exactly...? By gettin' down & dirty to the max!!!

Gotta flirt to save the world!!High schooler Takuma Akutsu is terrified of human contact and just wants to live a quite life. Too bad he doesn't have a choice in the matter when nine Valkyrie sisters come barging into his home! They've tasked him with raising their level to fight off the monsters threatening humanity--and how will he do that, exactly...? By gettin' down & dirty to the max!!!

Strike the Blood, Vol. 8 (light novel): The Tyrant and the Fool

Gakuto Mikumo

THE REVIVAL OF THE TRUE FOURTH PRIMOGENITOR IS NIGH! When Kojou Akatsuki was a junior high school student, he met a vampire named Avrora...and then he saw her again when travelling to the hospital to visit his sister. When Kojou learns this mysterious, quiet girl could be the key to saving Nagisa's life, he helps her escape the Magna Atraxia Research lab. With the arms dealer Zaharias planning... read more

THE REVIVAL OF THE TRUE FOURTH PRIMOGENITOR IS NIGH! When Kojou Akatsuki was a junior high school student, he met a vampire named Avrora...and then he saw her again when travelling to the hospital to visit his sister. When Kojou learns this mysterious, quiet girl could be the key to saving Nagisa's life, he helps her escape the Magna Atraxia Research lab. With the arms dealer Zaharias planning... read more

Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon, Vol. 1 (light novel)

Hirukuma

A middle-aged man with only one passion in his life meets a fitting end in a traffic accident. That's where most stories would end, but instead, this is when his story begins when he's reborn as what he admired the most in life--a vending machine! But his new lease on life(?) happens in the worst place possible--what can a vending machine do in a monster-infested dungeon when he can't speak or... read more

A middle-aged man with only one passion in his life meets a fitting end in a traffic accident. That's where most stories would end, but instead, this is when his story begins when he's reborn as what he admired the most in life--a vending machine! But his new lease on life(?) happens in the worst place possible--what can a vending machine do in a monster-infested dungeon when he can't speak or... read more

Sekirei, Vol. 4

Sakurako Gokurakuin

Phase Two of the Sekirei Project is winding down to a close. There's only one last unwinged Sekirei in the north district, one who doesn't want to be caught...Time is running out for Homura. His powers are on the fritz, and his body has been...rather uncooperative, as of late. He has to be reacting to an Ashikabi nearby, but which one? As Ashikabi invade North Teito searching for their most-el... read more

Phase Two of the Sekirei Project is winding down to a close. There's only one last unwinged Sekirei in the north district, one who doesn't want to be caught...Time is running out for Homura. His powers are on the fritz, and his body has been...rather uncooperative, as of late. He has to be reacting to an Ashikabi nearby, but which one? As Ashikabi invade North Teito searching for their most-el... read more

Tending Roses (Tending Roses Series, Book 1)

Lisa Wingate

From the New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours comes a heartfelt novel about the bonds of family and the power of second chances.When Kate Bowman temporarily moves to her grandmother’s Missouri farm with her husband and baby son, she learns that the lessons that most enrich our lives often come unexpectedly. The family has given Kate the job of convincing Grandma Rose, who’... read more

From the New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours comes a heartfelt novel about the bonds of family and the power of second chances.When Kate Bowman temporarily moves to her grandmother’s Missouri farm with her husband and baby son, she learns that the lessons that most enrich our lives often come unexpectedly. The family has given Kate the job of convincing Grandma Rose, who’... read more

A Panicked Premonition (Psychic Eye Mystery)

Victoria Laurie

The New York Times bestselling Psychic Eye Mystery series continues with P.I. Abby Cooper facing the ultimate locked room murder...Professional psychic and FBI consultant Abby Cooper has used her inner visions to get her out of many a scrape—and solve many a crime—but she’s about to face a murder scene that will put all her powers to the test. Abby’s husband Dutch has a side business providing... read more

The New York Times bestselling Psychic Eye Mystery series continues with P.I. Abby Cooper facing the ultimate locked room murder...Professional psychic and FBI consultant Abby Cooper has used her inner visions to get her out of many a scrape—and solve many a crime—but she’s about to face a murder scene that will put all her powers to the test. Abby’s husband Dutch has a side business providing... read more

Vector (A Joe Rush Novel)

James Abel

Joe Rush takes on a new terror, spawned in the Amazon rain forest, that threatens to bring the world to its knees in James Abel's latest bio-thriller, now in paperback.While studying new forms of malaria at an Amazon gold rush, Joe Rush's best friend and partner, Eddie Nakamura, disappears. Learning that many of the sick miners have also vanished, Rush begins a search for Eddie that takes him ... read more

Joe Rush takes on a new terror, spawned in the Amazon rain forest, that threatens to bring the world to its knees in James Abel's latest bio-thriller, now in paperback.While studying new forms of malaria at an Amazon gold rush, Joe Rush's best friend and partner, Eddie Nakamura, disappears. Learning that many of the sick miners have also vanished, Rush begins a search for Eddie that takes him ... read more

Please Help Me, Santa

Shanika Sealy

Meet Kenya, a seven-year-old New York City girl, who has a passion for her diary and Santa Claus. She was born into a difficult situation because her parents walked out of her life and left her in the care of her grandmother. Her diary and Santa Claus are her outlets for handling her hardships. She hopes of having a better life someday. Without her mother and father, and living in a dysfunctio... read more

Meet Kenya, a seven-year-old New York City girl, who has a passion for her diary and Santa Claus. She was born into a difficult situation because her parents walked out of her life and left her in the care of her grandmother. Her diary and Santa Claus are her outlets for handling her hardships. She hopes of having a better life someday. Without her mother and father, and living in a dysfunctio... read more

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