Susan Feldstein

Qualifications

MA in French and German, University of St Andrews.

Training and professional development

Postgraduate Diploma in Printing and Publishing, London College of Printing.

Professional Development Courses at Book House Training, London (PTC): Editing and Copy-editing; Commissioning and Project Management; Rights and Co-editions.

Languages

French and German (fluent, spoken and written).

Experience

Ten years as in-house editor/commissioning editor in trade book publishing: A&C Black (London), Blackstaff Press (Belfast), Gill & Macmillan (Dublin). (Previous to this, five years as a publishing rights manager and in bookselling.) Since 2007, a freelance editor, publishing consultant and literary agent at The Feldstein Agency.

Media

Books: trade/commercial fiction and non-fiction. Corporate literature: company histories. Also e-books and website copy.

Skills and services offered

Editing; ghostwriting; preparation of book proposals (synopsis, chapter outline, sample chapters) for submission to publishers; re-writing; editorial reports; proofreading; publishing and e-publishing project management; delivery of tailored courses in publishing and getting published; literary agenting.

Subject areas

Non-fiction: memoir, mind, body, spirit and alternative health, politics, history, true crime, general interest. Fiction: literary fiction, women’s commercial fiction.

Specialisms

Memoirs and trade non-fiction (especially MBS and lifestyle).

Clients include

Publishers: Colourpoint Books, Hachette Ireland, Hay House UK, Gill & Macmillan, Mercier Press.
Corporate/Public: The Royal College of Physicians, Dublin; The ONE Foundation; IACP (The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy); Lagan Construction Group (H&J Martin); Ards and North Down Borough Council.
Private: a wide range of self-published authors.

Examples of work undertaken

Recent freelance editing projects include: non-fictionWin by Jason Brennan and Brent Pope (Hachette Ireland, April 2018); This Works: How to Use Mindfulness to Calm the Hell Down and Just Be Happy by Paddy Brosnan (Hay House, October 2018); An Unfinished Peace by Brian Rowan (Colourpoint Books); Rest and Be Thankful by Fr Dan Cummings (Colourpoint Books); Just Mary by Mary O’Rourke (Gill & Macmillan); Let This be Our Secret by Deric Henderson (Penguin UK, Gill & Macmillan); Bloody Mary by Mary Coughlan (Hachette Ireland); Talk to the Headscarf by Emma Hannigan (Hachette Ireland); They Killed the Ice Cream Man by George Larmour (Colourpoint); The Bangor Book: An Anthology, compiled by Kenneth Irvine (ANDBC); fiction: Finding Mr Flood by Ciara Geraghty (Hachette Ireland); And for Your Information by Denise Deegan (Hachette Ireland).

Additional information

A skilled and versatile publishing professional with over 25 years’ industry experience, I undertake all types of editorial projects and can see a book through from unedited manuscript to finished copies, including carrying out substantive editing, re-writing, copy-editing and proofreading. I also have wide-ranging experience in copywriting, ghostwriting and the preparation of formal publishing proposals.

Susan Feldstein

Trading as: The Feldstein Agency
Based in: Bangor, Co. Down
Email: Send Email
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Telephone: 02891 472823 (office)