Hope Ellis

Hope Ellis – Editor

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


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.
Action & Adventure Comics & Graphic Novels Mystery & Crime Paranormal Romance Romance Thriller & Suspense Urban Fantasy Women's Fiction Young Adult
English (US)
  • Columbia Publishing Course
  • NYU Fundamentals of Copyediting and Proofreading

Work experience

Penguin Random House, Berkley

Apr, 2014 — Present

John Wiley & Sons

Oct, 2012 — Apr, 2014 (over 1 year)


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... 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 da... 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... 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 ... 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 partn... 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 c... 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... 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 uncoopera... 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 ... 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 g... 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 ... 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 ... 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 c... 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... 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... 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 a... read more

Hope has 2 reviews





Trevor D.

Trevor D.

Jun, 2021

Hope was a great editor to work with! She was very thorough, timely, and extremely professional. She left comments explaining her thought processes and gave me support in ensuring my book was of the highest quality.
Richard M.

Richard M.

Apr, 2020

Hope has done a great job. She spotted issues and made suggestions which have made a big impact on my work. Her attention to detail was very good. She noticed things and made notes so I could easily identify the problem and correct it. I hope I can work with her again real soon.

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