Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP)
Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders & Indexers of Ireland (AFEPI Ireland)
2003–04 MA Irish History, Queen’s University Belfast
2000–03 BA History and Politics, Queen’s University Belfast
Publishing Training Centre, London: Basic Proofreading (2007); Copy-Editing Skills (2009); Successful Editorial Freelancing (2017); Grammar at Work (2018); Advanced Copy-Editing (2019).
Publishing Ireland: Proofreading, Stage I (2007), Proofreading, Stage II (2007); Grammar for Editors (2007).
Louise Harnby: Switching to Fiction (2021); Writing the Perfect Fiction Report (2021).
Giant Training: Introduction to InDesign (2011); Introduction to Quark XPress (2011).
NRC: Digital Graphic Design (2017).
Production Editor, Editor, Permissions Administrator
May 2006 – October 2019
Imprints: Blackstaff Press, Colourpoint Education and April Sky
Education Editor, Editor
May 2017 – October 2019
Editor, Marketing Assistant
October 2003 – December 2012
Books (on-screen or as hard copy); educational materials (textbooks or digital resources)
copy-editing, developmental editing, editing, proofreading, manuscript assessment, typesetting and correction input, permissions clearance, research
Non-fiction (particularly history); fiction (general, science-fiction, mythology, fantasy and literary); memoir, biography and autobiography.
I can take a book through the entire publishing process: from commissioning stage through to completion.
Blackstaff Press, Colourpoint Creative, Brehon Press, Greenwich Exchange, April Sky, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Fáilte Feirste Thiar.
I have worked with authors such as the late Ciaran Carson, Frank Ormsby, Patricia Craig, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Marianne Elliott, Michael McCaughan, John Killen, Tom Hartley and Anna Lo.
As proofreader: Frank Ormsby & Michael Longley, Selected John Hewitt (Blackstaff Press, 2007); Marianne Elliott, Hearthlands (Blackstaff Press, 2017); Juliana Gilbride, An Introduction to Christian Ethics: CCEA GCSE (Colourpoint Educational, 2018); Andrew Keanie, De Quincey’s Consecration of Romanticism (Greenwich Exchange, 2019); Marnie Pomeroy, Christina Rossetti (Greenwich Exchange, 2020).
As final reader: Patricia Craig, Asking For Trouble (Blackstaff Press, 2007); Ciaran Carson, Pen Friend (Blackstaff Press, 2009); Sophia Hillan, May, Lou and Cass: Jane Austen’s Nieces in Ireland (Blackstaff Press, 2011); Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Twelve Thousand Days (Blackstaff Press, 2018); James Napier, Nora Henry, Emma Dougan, Life and Health Sciences for CCEA AS Level (Colourpoint Educational, 2019).
As developmental editor: Terri Hooley & Richard Sullivan, Hooleygan (Blackstaff Press, 2010); Lee Henry, Belfast Taxi (Blackstaff Press, 2012); Laurence Donaghy, ‘The Folk’d Trilogy’ (Blackstaff Press, 2013, 2014, 2015); Jim McBride, Russia 1914-41 for CCEA AS Level (Colourpoint Educational, 2018); Marya Rumiantceva, Stone Flower (self-published, 2021).
As copy-editor: Michael McCaughan, Titanic: Icon of an Age (Blackstaff Press, 2012); Tom Hartley, ‘Written in Stone’ series (Blackstaff Press, 2014, 2014 and 2019); Lesley Veronica, Northern Ireland Government and Politics for CCEA AS Level (Colourpoint Educational, 2017); Kevin Doyle, A River of Bodies (Blackstaff Press, 2019); Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, ‘Gulliver’s Trails’ (ANBC, 2021).
As editor: Gerald Dawe, Earth Voices Whispering: An Anthology of Irish War Poetry 1914–45 (Blackstaff Press, 2009); Stephen Douds, Belfast Blitz: The People’s Story (Blackstaff Press, 2011); Reggie Chamberlain-King, Weird Belfast (Blackstaff Press, 2014); John Killen, The St Patrick’s Treasury (Blackstaff Press, 2016); Colin Breen, A Force Like No Other: The Next Shift (Blackstaff Press, 2019).
I have worked in publishing since 2003, and for over thirteen years was an in-house editor and proofreader for the prestigious Irish publisher, Blackstaff Press. During that time, I wore many other hats, including production editor, permissions administrator, print buyer, typesetter and eBook manager.