Andrew Hodges, PhD
Book Editor and Coach
Hi there! I’m Dr Andrew Hodges, a developmental editor, line editor, and book coach.
I run a business called The Narrative Craft. It offers professional developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, and coaching services for indie and traditionally published authors.
My expertise is in setting and worldbuilding, and in cultural, social, and political considerations when crafting stories.
I love editing science fiction and fantasy – both YA and adult. My background and interest in setting means I'm also a good fit for literary fiction, some historical fiction, memoir, and books with LGBTQ+ themes.
My publishing background
Before I became a developmental editor and line editor, I worked as a cultural anthropologist in the UK, Germany, and Croatia. I published a book on football fans in Croatia and even discussed this work on national television in Australia! I’m currently writing a novel and short stories that draw on these experiences.
I have also trained in transactional analysis, a type of counselling, and this informs my coaching.
From 2018 onwards, I completed my editorial training with the EFA, CIEP, PTC, and Club Ed. I have trained in fiction developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, and proofreading.
In 2013, I gained a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Manchester, and I have a master’s degree in the history of science from the University of Manchester (2006).
Finally, I have a degree in natural sciences (maths, psychology, history and philosophy of science) from the University of Cambridge (2005).
During my eclectic studies, I attended courses on topics ranging from special relativity and general relativity to culture and representation, which means I am equally comfortable with hard and soft science fiction. I also loved this course in Science Fiction Studies and wrote a paper on Blade Runner and cyberpunk.
For more on my academic publishing background, check out my ethnographic monograph and my ResearchGate and Google Scholar profiles.
In my free time I enjoy yoga, cycling, gentle hiking, archery, geocaching and foraging in the national parks of Scotland.