MA in French and German, University of St Andrews.
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.
French and German (fluent, spoken and written).
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.
Books: trade/commercial fiction and non-fiction. Corporate literature: company histories. Also e-books and website copy.
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.
Non-fiction: memoir, mind, body, spirit and alternative health, politics, history, true crime, general interest. Fiction: literary fiction, women’s commercial fiction.
Memoirs and trade non-fiction (especially MBS and lifestyle).
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.
Recent freelance editing projects include: non-fiction: Win 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).
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.