Jodi Hughes

Jodi Hughes – Editor

Seasoned, professional fiction editor with 14 years of in-house publishing experience specializing in *line editing* historical romance.

Overview

Hi! I'm a professional, seasoned fiction editor with fourteen years of in-house experience in the traditional publishing industry. I love books and reading and words. Growing up, I was always reading or begging to go to the library or bookstore. I was the student who got in trouble for reading during math or science class, and I worked at a bookstore throughout high school.


I attended Samford University where I chose to study Classics (Roman and Greek history and art and Latin and Greek languages) with a minor in English. Studying these languages strengthened my understanding of English and cemented my love for the written word.


My first job after college was as an intern at a traditional publishing company, Thomas Nelson, starting in June 2009. After about six months, I became a full-time employee as a marketing and publicity coordinator. Within two years I had acquired my dream job as editorial assistant for the fiction team. The company was bought by HarperCollins, and I was promoted to associate editor and later editor and then senior editor. In April 2023 I left corporate publishing to venture out on my own and work as a freelance editor.


I specialize in *line editing* and have worked mostly on historical and contemporary romance and women's fiction stories. I also enjoy fantasy and Young Adult novels. (Please note that a line edit is different from a copy edit. All of the books listed below in my portfolio with the tag "copy editing" are books I line edited. If you have questions about the differences, please feel free to ask!)


During a line edit--which is done only after a developmental/macro/substantive edit has been done--my focus is on polishing the way you tell your story--the words, the sentence structure, the flow of the paragraphs, and more. I want to help you tell your story in the best, most concise way possible. I am very detail-oriented and good at catching repetition and inconsistencies. I am very open to feedback and discussion. After I edit your manuscript, you can expect to have a stronger story that is ready for a final proofread and the next step in your publishing journey.


I am also available for proofreading and copyediting.


Let me know how I can help you!

Services
Fiction
Contemporary Romance Historical Romance Romantic Suspense Young Adult Fantasy
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

HarperCollins

Feb, 2011 — Apr, 2023 (about 12 years)

Senior Editor, June 2021
Editor, May 2017
Associate Editor, Dec. 2012
Editorial Assistant, Feb. 2011

Thomas Nelson Publishers

Jun, 2009 — Feb, 2011 (over 1 year)

Catch-all publishing intern for trade nonfiction, June 2009
Assistant Marketing Coordinator/Intern, Sept. 2009
Marketing and Publicity Coordinator, March 2010

Portfolio

Proofreading
Copy Editing
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Book Coaching
Copy Editing
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Book Coaching
Copy Editing
Proofreading
Developmental Editing Proofreading
Copy Editing
Editorial Assessment Proofreading
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Wishtress

Brandes, Nadine

Proofreading
Coral

Ella, Sara

Editorial Assessment Proofreading
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Where Hope Begins

West, Catherine

Copy Editing
Copy Editing
The June Boys

Stevens, Court

Copy Editing
The Ice Swan

Ciesielski, J'nell

Copy Editing Book Coaching
Copy Editing

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Ally H.

Ally H.

Jun, 2023

Jodi took on my project in the late stages when I was unsatisfied with a different editor. She worked quickly and tirelessly while she provided well considered suggestions and exceptional attention to detail. I cannot recommend her highly enough!
Jodi H.
Thank you, Ally! I enjoyed working with you and look forward to collaborating on more projects. I love your stories!

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