Nick Hodgson

Nick Hodgson - Editor

Brighton, UK

Experienced and enthusiastic editor for self-publishing authors and publishing houses. Fantasy, sci-fi, YA, thrillers, humor, romance.

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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
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
History
Fiction
Fantasy
Science Fiction
Thriller
Young Adult & Teen

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 (about 18 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.

Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design

Jennifer Bass, Pat Kirkham

This is the first book to be published on one of the greatest American designers of the 20th Century, who was as famous for his work in film as for his corporate identity and graphic work. With more than 1,400 illustrations, many of them never published before and written by the leading design historian Pat Kirkham, this is the definitive study that design and film enthusiasts have been eagerl... read more

This is the first book to be published on one of the greatest American designers of the 20th Century, who was as famous for his work in film as for his corporate identity and graphic work. With more than 1,400 illustrations, many of them never published before and written by the leading design historian Pat Kirkham, this is the definitive study that design and film enthusiasts have been eagerl... read more

Validated: The Makeup of Val Garland

Val Garland, Karl Plewka

Val Garland, the fashion industry's leading makeup artist, explores her career highlights and the inspiration behind her most memorable work. She talks for the first time about working with cultural icons including Kate Moss, Edward Enninful, Nick Knight, Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, and more.Structured around key themes from Val's work, from raw to color chaos, sexy to savage, the book i... read more

Val Garland, the fashion industry's leading makeup artist, explores her career highlights and the inspiration behind her most memorable work. She talks for the first time about working with cultural icons including Kate Moss, Edward Enninful, Nick Knight, Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, and more.Structured around key themes from Val's work, from raw to color chaos, sexy to savage, the book i... read more

Reaping the Whirlwind: The German and Japanese Experience of World War II

Nigel Cawthorne

This is an amazing insight into the events of World War II through the eyes of those who fought against the Allied forces in all theatres of the war. It features many previously unpublished accounts of the war from German and Japanese soldiers, civilians and military leaders. It covers every major arena of the war: Europe; the German invasion of Russia; Rommel's Afrika Korps; and the Pacific w... read more

This is an amazing insight into the events of World War II through the eyes of those who fought against the Allied forces in all theatres of the war. It features many previously unpublished accounts of the war from German and Japanese soldiers, civilians and military leaders. It covers every major arena of the war: Europe; the German invasion of Russia; Rommel's Afrika Korps; and the Pacific w... read more

A Cat's Guide to the Night Sky

Stuart Atkinson

If you look up at the sky on a dark night, what do you see? There's a whole universe staring back at you. In the company of Felicity the cat, discover the phases of the moon, the constellations, and how to spot the Northern Lights and the Milky Way.This beautiful, fun book will introduce you to the beauty of the night sky and show you the stars like you've never seen them before.

If you look up at the sky on a dark night, what do you see? There's a whole universe staring back at you. In the company of Felicity the cat, discover the phases of the moon, the constellations, and how to spot the Northern Lights and the Milky Way.This beautiful, fun book will introduce you to the beauty of the night sky and show you the stars like you've never seen them before.

100 Best Selling Albums of the 70s

Hamish Champ (author)

Ever since the birth of rock & roll, popular music has done more to define the spirit of each passing decade than any other form of popular culture. As each new generation has come to embrace new bands and adopted new musical heroes, certain albums have emerged as classics albums that have come to form an unmistakable soundtrack to the decade. This series is a celebration of this music of the ... read more

Ever since the birth of rock & roll, popular music has done more to define the spirit of each passing decade than any other form of popular culture. As each new generation has come to embrace new bands and adopted new musical heroes, certain albums have emerged as classics albums that have come to form an unmistakable soundtrack to the decade. This series is a celebration of this music of the ... read more

Great Thinkers: Simple Tools from 60 Great Thinkers to Improve Your Life Today

The School of Life Press

The Great Thinkers is a collection of some of the most important ideas of Eastern and Western culture - drawn from the works of those philosophers, political theorists, sociologists, artists and novelists whom we believe have the most to offer to us today.We've worked hard to make the thinkers in this book clear, relevant and charming, mining the history of knowledge to bring you the ideas we ... read more

The Great Thinkers is a collection of some of the most important ideas of Eastern and Western culture - drawn from the works of those philosophers, political theorists, sociologists, artists and novelists whom we believe have the most to offer to us today.We've worked hard to make the thinkers in this book clear, relevant and charming, mining the history of knowledge to bring you the ideas we ... read more

Forest School Adventure: Outdoor Skills and Play for Children

Dan Westall, Naomi Walmsley

From essential bushcraft basics and Stone Age skills to joyful outdoor play, Forest School Adventure is packed with ideas to bring your little ones closer to nature and all its magical offerings. The book is divided into four sections―bushcraft, wild food, nature awareness, and games. Learn how to: light a fire without matches build a shelter to sleep in cook on a fire hunt for bugs and much m... read more

From essential bushcraft basics and Stone Age skills to joyful outdoor play, Forest School Adventure is packed with ideas to bring your little ones closer to nature and all its magical offerings. The book is divided into four sections―bushcraft, wild food, nature awareness, and games. Learn how to: light a fire without matches build a shelter to sleep in cook on a fire hunt for bugs and much m... read more

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