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Hi there! I’m Dr Andrew Hodges, the owner of the Narrative Craft, which offers professional book editing and coaching services for indie and traditionally published authors. I have a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Manchester, and a degree in the history of science from the University of Cambridge. I’ve completed extensive editorial training with the CIEP and PTC and have been editing and writing for over fifteen years.

This experience means I understand the demands of the publishing world and am passionate about worldbuilding and the craft of storytelling. I love giving editorial feedback in these areas.

For more on my academic publishing background, check out my ethnographic monograph and my ResearchGate and Google Scholar profiles.

I also write fantasy and social fiction. Ask me about my current work in progress – a subterranean fantasy novel.

In my free time I enjoy yoga, cycling, gentle hiking, archery, geocaching and foraging in the national parks of Scotland.

Training and qualifications

I aim to complete at least one editorial course a year in order to keep my skills up to date.

For more about my research background and experience, check out my ResearchGate and Google Scholar profiles.

Editorial training and certification

Copyediting: The CIEP Copyediting Suite: CE1: IntroductionCE2: Headway (Pass, 2021) and CE3: Progress (Pass with 85%, 2021) | CIEP Basic Editorial Test (Pass with 85%, 2020) | SfEP Editing in Word (2019) | SfEP References (2019)

Copywriting: PTC Creative Copywriting for Publishers (Distinction, 2021)

Developmental editing: Club Ed Certificate in Developmental Editing of Fiction programme (in progress) | Developmental Editing for Academics (2021)

Editorial business skills: Connect With Your Ideal Clients | CIEP The Art of Querying (in progress) | Working with Indie Authors (2021)

Fiction line-editing: CIEP Introduction to Fiction Editing (2021) | EFA Introduction to Line Editing Fiction & Creative Nonfiction (2022) | EFA Intermediate Line Editing for Fiction & Creative Nonfiction (2022)

Proofreading: PTC Basic Proofreading (Merit, 2020) | PTC Essential Grammar (2019) | CIEP Proofreading Theses and Dissertations

Translation: C2 Croatian–English for legal interpreting & translation exam (Distinction, 2016) | SDL Trados Translation Level 2 Certification | Translator Training: German to English course (2020)

Language qualifications

Languages: HSK3 Mandarin Chinese (2021) | Goethe C2 German (2019) | C2 Croatian exam (Distinction, 2016) | DELE B2 Spanish (2012)

Teaching: CELTA Pass A in teaching English as a foreign language (2012)

Academic Qualifications

University of Manchester, PhD in Social Anthropology (2013) | University of Manchester, MA Anthropological Research (Merit, 2008) | University of Manchester, MSc in History of Science (Distinction, 2006) | University of Cambridge, BA (hons) Natural Sciences (2.1, 2005, options studied: mathematics, experimental psychology, history and philosophy of science)