Nick Hodgson

Nick Hodgson - Editor

Brighton, UK

Experienced and enthusiastic editor for self-publishing authors and publishers. Fantasy, sci-fi, young/new adult, YA/NA, thriller, crime.

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Overview

After graduating with a first class degree in Literature and Linguistics from the University of Birmingham, I pursued my love of language and books by going into publishing.

I have been working as an editor, proofreader, and copywriter for more than fifteen years. My experience ranges from being the Asia Desk editor for an international news agency to writing a biography of Beyoncé. As a freelancer I have worked for prestigious (and exacting!) publishing companies, academics, and students all over the world, and helped self-publishing authors in a wide range of genres, both fiction and non-fiction. I have edited sets for stand-up comedians, children's stories about the misadventures of guinea pigs, and sci-fi featuring cannibals on the Moon.

I particularly enjoy working one on one with authors to help them develop their unique voice, make their text dynamic and compelling, and help them reach the audience they deserve.

I most commonly undertake copyediting for authors.I carry out a line-by-line edit to weed out any typos, grammatical errors, repetition, and other basic errors, and look at the general flow and expression of the narrative and suggest rewording if necessary. I also step back and taken an overview of the whole text to keep an eye on character development, plot flow, narrative structure, etc. You will end up with a “corrected” manuscript but also in-depth feedback and commentary with ideas on how you might go on to revise the text.

Here are a few testimonials from writers I have worked with:

"I am really impressed with the work you have put into it. I feel that your edit will certainly bring out the best in my novel."
PM, thriller writer

"Thanks so much for this—this is tremendous work. I’m very pleased with the final product and I have no questions or comments. Cheers and thanks for all your hard work!"
RS, science fiction writer

"Thanks so much for this and all the work you've done on the draft. Having been through the earlier parts I can see what an amazing job you've done on it all."
LT, thriller writer

One of my clients, the fantasy/YA writer Jessica Turnbull, wrote a blog post about her experience working with me: "Why Self Publishers Need a Professional Editor" (January 20, 2019).

I also have a long list of publishing clients, specializing in art history, history, design, fashion, illustration, photography, and business and management titles.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Fiction
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Young Adult

Awards

  • Editor of Fused by Dr James Manning, Winner of the Biography/Autobiography category at the New England Book Festival of 2016

Work experience

Owner

Self-employed
June, 2001 – Present (almost 19 years)

I am a freelance editor and proofreader working for book publishers, magazines, self-publishing authors, book packagers and academics. I work in both fiction and non-fiction.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Song of Squall (Stormbringer Book 1)

Jonathan Bush

Welcome to the Glump — A world of hilarity and fantasy await.Book 1 of the Stormbringer trilogy.Squall is the youngest son of the Steampipe family that live down in the heart of Squirm Hollow. Squall is sent headlong into an unexpected adventure as he becomes the unlikely owner of the spark, also pursued by the evil wizard Finka, and Lord Cesspit, who hopes to heal himself of affliction and hi... read more

Welcome to the Glump — A world of hilarity and fantasy await.Book 1 of the Stormbringer trilogy.Squall is the youngest son of the Steampipe family that live down in the heart of Squirm Hollow. Squall is sent headlong into an unexpected adventure as he becomes the unlikely owner of the spark, also pursued by the evil wizard Finka, and Lord Cesspit, who hopes to heal himself of affliction and hi... read more

LOVE, SICK PUPPY: A TALE OF UNREQUITED L___ (1)

M CLAYDON

Love, Sick Puppy is a darkly comic insight into the troubled mind of protagonist Oliver Danbrook. Financially privileged, well heeled and a self proclaimed 9/10 in the looks department. This pup should be coasting through life, but he's damaged goods and things are spiralling out of control. Tormented by his past and fixated on their future, Oliver has a deadline to hit and a desire to execute... read more

Love, Sick Puppy is a darkly comic insight into the troubled mind of protagonist Oliver Danbrook. Financially privileged, well heeled and a self proclaimed 9/10 in the looks department. This pup should be coasting through life, but he's damaged goods and things are spiralling out of control. Tormented by his past and fixated on their future, Oliver has a deadline to hit and a desire to execute... read more

Brutal Angels

Gordon Gustafson

Marty is a pickpocket, the only fish in the very small pond he's dug for himself. When an old friend reappears and lets him in on a job, promising an entry to a big money world, Marty agrees to make the jump. What his friend didn’t tell him is that their boss is deranged, and if the job doesn’t go smoothly, it’s Marty who will get the blame. And things don’t always go smoothly…

Marty is a pickpocket, the only fish in the very small pond he's dug for himself. When an old friend reappears and lets him in on a job, promising an entry to a big money world, Marty agrees to make the jump. What his friend didn’t tell him is that their boss is deranged, and if the job doesn’t go smoothly, it’s Marty who will get the blame. And things don’t always go smoothly…

Fused: A memoir of childhood OCD and adult obsession

James Manning

Released as a paperback in November 2016, Fused quickly received critical acclaim in America gaining 5 Star reviews from influential reviewers. Readers Views referred to it as ‘stunning’ and ‘one of the best books that I have reviewed that truly shows personal experience’, Readers Favorites referred to it as ‘an inspiring and illuminating work’, while SPR said ‘Fused is a powerful reminder tha... read more

Released as a paperback in November 2016, Fused quickly received critical acclaim in America gaining 5 Star reviews from influential reviewers. Readers Views referred to it as ‘stunning’ and ‘one of the best books that I have reviewed that truly shows personal experience’, Readers Favorites referred to it as ‘an inspiring and illuminating work’, while SPR said ‘Fused is a powerful reminder tha... read more

Read This if You Want to Be a Great Writer

Ross Raisin

This book demystifies the writing process, empowering you to write your own novel or short story. The author explains expert technique in a clear and jargon-free way, with examples from the fifty greatest writers of our time. For aspiring writers of all ages and abilities, Read This If You Want to Be a Great Writer will motivate and strengthen your writing talent.

This book demystifies the writing process, empowering you to write your own novel or short story. The author explains expert technique in a clear and jargon-free way, with examples from the fifty greatest writers of our time. For aspiring writers of all ages and abilities, Read This If You Want to Be a Great Writer will motivate and strengthen your writing talent.

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Rose Lawrence
Nick was very informative and helpful even before I had officially chosen to work together. I am very happy with my editorial assessment. Nick was respectful, sensitive and constructive with her feedback and I am certain my next edit will be far better for it. Thanks again!

Rose Lawrence, March 2020


David John Smailes
Nick was professional and met the deadline. Her editing method made it easy to refine the manuscript. She pointed out flaws in the text precisely and enabled me to improve my writing technique. I would work with her again without reservation.

David John Smailes, March 2020


Valerie Janis
Nick is an amazing editor and a great person to work with, I hope to continue to work with her in the future.

Valerie Janis, March 2020


Matt Hirst
Fantastic experience with Nick, she was very flexible in regards to what I needed and advised me of what was the best option. The work when completed (early!) was exceptional and just what I was looking for. Workings were very clear and well set out with some really encouraging comments also in the mix. Once I finally get around to finishing the project I will be returning to Nick without hesit...
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Matt Hirst, February 2020


Arnella Hobler
I had the pleasure of having Nick edit my debut novel. As it was the first time for me hiring a professional editor, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Nick ended up being exactly what I was looking for; she is honest, thorough, attentive and reliable. I couldn’t be more pleased and would highly recommend her.

Arnella Hobler, February 2020

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