I am a helper of writers, a polisher of words, a lover of story, a safe but incisive pair of hands.

davehodges1@gmail.com

I have been a book editor for seventeen years, working on:

  • Literary fiction and hard-hitting non-fiction

  • The Rosie Project

  • Beautiful memoir

  • Dragonkeeper

  • Angel books smouldering with URST

  • Crime & thrillers

  • Romance (political, rural, teen)

  • and everything in between.

I WORK THE WAY A WRITER WRITES—
FROM THE INSIDE OUT:

  • Untangling

  • Finding where the cliches gather & the plot holes have formed

  • Fixing continuity problems

  • Asking questions and offering solutions in a boots and all kind of way

  • Sometimes I fall in love with your characters.

  • Many of my books have gone on to become award-winners and bestsellers

 

She did a wonderful job. 
Graeme simsion / the rosie project

her influence still inspires my writing. 
paula weston / shadows, rephaim

I envy any writer lucky enough to work with her. 
a.j. Betts / zac & mia

 

 

I live in regional Victoria, with a view over a winter wonderland, a room upstairs to write, edit and hold workshops in,
and an appreciation for the cold in Peter Temple's novels.

Lately, I have been reading:

Under the Cold Bright Lights, Garry Disher
Two Steps Forward, Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist
Enigma and An Officer and a Spy, Robert Harris
Foreign Soil and The Hate Race, Maxine Beneba Clarke
La Belle Sauvage, Philip Pullman
The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan
Take Three Girls, Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood, Simmone Howell
Resurrection Bay, Emma Viskic
My Name is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout
The Lucky One, Caroline Overington
Gravity Well, Melanie Joosten
Olive Ketteridge, Elizabeth Strout
Rowland Sinclair mysteries, Sulari Gentill
The Seven Dials Mystery, Agatha Christie
Dublin Murder Squad, Tana French
High Rising, Angela Thirkell
The Secret Science of Magic, Melissa Keil
Force of Nature, Jane Harper
Legacy of Spies, John Le Carre
The Undercurrent, Paula Weston
The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves, Stephen Grosz
Princess Betony and the Hobgoblin, Pamela Freeman
The Murder of Mary Russell & Dreaming Spies, Laurie R. King
Ballad for a Mad Girl, Vikki Wakefield
Early One Morning, Virginia Baily
The Man in the Brown Suit, Agatha Christie
All That I Am, Anna Funder
Trick of the Dark, Val McDermid
Leviathan & Goliath, Scott Westerfeld
Garry Disher's Bitter Wash Road
The Dry, Jane Harper
Dying: a memoir, Cory Taylor
Illuminae & Gemina, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I'm currently working on:

Historical fantasy

Lately, I have been reading


The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
Normal People, Sally Rooney
The Lost Man, Jane Harper
Scrublands, Chris Hammer
Bleed For Me, Michael Robotham
Lethal White, Robert Galbraith
Imagine: the Science of Creativity, Jonah Lehrer
The Children, Charlotte Wood
The Hypnotist's Love Story, Liane Moriarty
Eggshell Skull, Bri Li
Harry Potter series, JK Rowling
The War That Saved My Life, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman
Barkskins, Annie Proulx
In the Dark Spaces, Cally Black
The Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling
The Zero Fucks Cookbook, Yumi Stynes
The Bone Garden, Tess Gerritson
Turtles All the Way Down, John Green
Polly and Buster, Sally Rippin
Untidy Towns, Kate O'Donnell
The Late Show, Michael Connelly
The Blood Card, Elly Griffiths
Flywheel, Erin Gough
The Dark Angel, Elly Griffiths
The Clever Guts Diet, Michael Mosley
Words in Deep Blue, Cath Crowley