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

davehodges1@gmail.com

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 have been a book editor for fifteen years.

During this time I've worked on:
literary fiction and hard-hitting non-fiction
The Rosie Project
beautiful memoir
Dragonkeeper
angel books smouldering with URST
crime
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

 

 

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:

Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad
Angela Thirkell's High Rising
Jane Harper's Force of Nature
John Le Carre's Legacy of Spies
Paula Weston's The Undercurrent
Stephen Grosz's The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves
Pamela Freeman's Princess Betony and the Hobgoblin
Laurie R. King's The Murder of Mary Russell & Dreaming Spies
Vikki Wakefield's Ballad for a Mad Girl
Virginia Baily's Early One Morning
Agatha Christie's The Man in the Brown Suit
Anna Funder's All That I Am
Val McDermid's Trick of the Dark
Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan & Goliath
Garry Disher's Bitter Wash Road
Jane Harper's The Dry
Cory Taylor's Dying: a memoir
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff's Illuminae & Gemina

 

I'm currently working on:

a cookbook