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 take 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)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Espionage
Historical Fiction
LGBTQ Fiction
Literary Fiction
Post-Apocalyptic
Urban Fantasy
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 (about 21 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 (21 selected works)

Centricity

Nathaniel Henderson

In a condemned hotel, an intelligence operation to retrieve a DNA-altering bioweapon goes horribly wrong, sparking a scandal that could bring down an agency... and a city along with it. Adasha Denali resolves disputes for Naion—using words, not weapons. But with her agency under fire and her mentor fed to the wolves, she’ll have to get her hands dirty. Racing to discover who’s undermining Naio... read more

In a condemned hotel, an intelligence operation to retrieve a DNA-altering bioweapon goes horribly wrong, sparking a scandal that could bring down an agency... and a city along with it. Adasha Denali resolves disputes for Naion—using words, not weapons. But with her agency under fire and her mentor fed to the wolves, she’ll have to get her hands dirty. Racing to discover who’s undermining Naio... read more

His Name was Wren

Winters, Rob

The Signs Are Coming

King, Neil A.

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.

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

Maw of Mirrors

Attila Nadori

New York City is at war. Hidden among the towering buildings is an urban wilderness of magical espionage. The Arcane Rangers struggle to keep the Remnants at bay, but their enemy’s relentless infiltration has brought this secret world to the brink of collapse. Sixteen-year-old Mark Shaw finds himself handcuffed in a police station in complete confusion. When he decided to help the young girl, ... read more

New York City is at war. Hidden among the towering buildings is an urban wilderness of magical espionage. The Arcane Rangers struggle to keep the Remnants at bay, but their enemy’s relentless infiltration has brought this secret world to the brink of collapse. Sixteen-year-old Mark Shaw finds himself handcuffed in a police station in complete confusion. When he decided to help the young girl, ... read more

Will Of The Chosen (Beyond The Great Spectrum Book 1)

Brennan, Steven P, Parra, Consuelo, Hodgson, Nick

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Emily Coy
Working with Nick was as painless as possible. She was very professional, letting me know exactly what services I would be receiving and then delivering spectacularly. I loved all of her suggestions and attention to detail. I think my work will be greatly improved by her feedback, and because of her I actually feel excited by the editing process ahead because she has taken out all of the guessw...
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Emily Coy, June 2022


Lucie Parfitt
Nick is extremely professional and was communicative throughout the whole process. Her quality in work was also what I expected and more! She has an excellent attention to detail and very helpful in her advice. I would definitely recommend her and would love to work with her again.

Lucie Parfitt, May 2022


Nathan Vargas
Did an amazing job in both editing and advice for taking my work to the next level. Would definitely work with again

Nathan Vargas, May 2022


Kieran McLoughlin
Nick was fantastic with me. Detailed. Organised. Professional. Nick dissected my work and my habits in ways which made my flaws easier to understand, while providing methods on how to improve. I couldn't ask for anything more from an editor. Will absolutely use again!

Kieran McLoughlin, May 2022


Clifell Varjak
It is always a pleasure collaborating with Nick, who advises on syntaxial issues and lends a view into broader cultural nuances. I would recommend Nick to anyone looking for meticulous copy editing.

Clifell Varjak, May 2022

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