Rodge has fifteen years of experience as an Editor having worked with The Literary Consultancy in London (2007-present), then freelance on over twenty novels, anthologies and short story collections, first at Cargo Books, and then Freight Books, up to 2017. Along with the poet James Byrne, Rodge was Co-Director of Edge Hill University Press from 2015-2019. He was most recently editor on The Book of the Gaels by James Yorkston (Oldcastle Books, 2022). There’s a great review of that novel in The Telegraph available here. Rodge is available to take on freelance editorial work.

Rodge has worked as editor on books by, amongst others: Dorothy Alexander, Gillian Best, Michael Cannon, Toni DavidsonEver Dundas, Julian Furman, Barry Gornell, Vicki Jarrett, Neil Mackay, Cathy McSporran, Carl MacDougall, Iain Maloney, Wayne Price, Dilys Rose, Allyson Stack, Lara Williams, Allan Wilson & James Yorkston.

Here are some of Rodge’s favourites:

Top Row L-R: Goblin by Ever Dundas, Someone Always Robs the Poor by Carl MacDougall, Unspeakable by Dily Rose, The Hunger and Howling of Killian Lone by Will Storr,

Bottom Row L-R: Treats by Lara Williams, Three Craws by James Yorkston.  

Some of the authors who were published by Freight Books are now selling Kindle editions of their work through their author Amazon pages. For example, you can get The Few by Cathy McSporran, also Cathy’s fine first novel Cold City, through her page here.

Named Editor Work

As named editor, Rodge has worked on books such as the seminal up-and-coming Scottish writers anthology The Year of Open Doors (Cargo, 2010) and Second Lives (Cargo 2012, jointly edited with Jane Bernstein), written introductions for Idols and Underdogs: Latin American Football Fiction (Freight, 2016, edited by Shawn Stein and Nicolas Campesi) and Robert Alan Jamieson’s A Day at the Office (Verbivoracious Press, 2017). He also worked as Editor on Head Land: Ten Years of the Edge Hill Short Story Prize (EHUP, 2016) which featured writers such as Ali Smith, Colm Toibin, Neil Gaiman, Sarah Hall, Tessa Hadley, China Mieville and many, many more.

Top Row L-R: With Mark Buckland of Cargo Publishing in 2012, Idols and Underdogs, The Year of Open Doors

Bottom Row L-R: A Day at the Office, Launch of The Year of Open Doors in 2010, Second Lives

Rodge has also worked as an editor for The Literary Consultancy in London for many years. He has worked on a number of projects that have gone on to publish, such as Deirdre Shanahan’s The Caravan of the Lost and Left Behind, Cat Thomas’s Synthetic, and Will Storr’s The Hunger and Howling of Killian Lone.

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