Maria McGuinness

Professional memberships

Professional Member, Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP); Full Member, Association of Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers of Ireland (AFEPI Ireland)


BA International Marketing and Languages (2:1); MA Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies (First Class); Advanced Creative Writing: Open University modules (First Class); Higher Diploma in Education (First Class).


Training and professional development

Basic Proofreading by Distance Learning (Merit) (PTC), 2014; Fiction Editing (Publishing Ireland), 2013; Proofreading Problems (SfEP), 2013; Using Language with Fergal Tobin (Publishing Ireland), 2013; Introduction to Proofreading (SfEP), 2012; Introduction to Web Editorial Skills (SfEP), 2012; Fiction, memoir and poetry-writing workshops and courses conducted by award-winning writers, Claire Keegan and Maureen Boyle.


Italian and French.

Equipment and software

PC; Microsoft Word; Adobe Acrobat.


Freelance editor and proofreader since 2012; Secondary school English and EFL teacher from 2000 to 2012; Copywriter for an advertising agency and co-editor of The Irish Hair and Beauty Journal from 1997 to 1999; I was short-listed for the Càºirt New Writers Fiction Prize and long-listed for the Fish Publishing Poetry Prize in 2013.


Novels, short stories, academic books, theses, online and promotional materials.

Skills and services offered

Copy-editing; editing; novel and short story development; proofreading; structural editing; manuscript assessment.

Subject areas

Fiction, non-fiction, literature, cultural studies, literary studies, education, creative writing, business and marketing.


I specialise in working with self-publishing authors, publishers, academic writers, students and business clients.

Clients include

Irish Academic Press/Merrion; self-publishing authors.

Examples of work undertaken

The Books that Define Ireland by Bryan Fanning and Tom Garvin (Merrion, 2014); Scumbags and Handbags by Sinead Hamill (2013); Belfast Days: A 1972 Teenage Diary by Eimear O’Callaghan (Irish Academic Press/Merrion, 2014).

Additional information

Feel free to contact me for a chat and a quote regarding any of the services outlined below.

Based in: Donegal/Derry
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Mobile: 00353 87-7763430

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