It’s all about making your words work, beautifully.
Need some editing help with a book you’re writing, but not sure about the next step? The quickest way to get started is simply using the email link here. We can have a free, no-obligation email conversation about your work, what stage you’re at, what your objectives are. If editing is the right “next step”, there are all sorts of options, described more fully in the menu on the left (below if you’re on a mobile). An Opening Critique looks at your first chapter to make sure you’re on the right track. A Manuscript Assessment is the equivalent of a professional beta-read. An Agent’s Critique is helpful if you’ve had rejections from agents or publishers. My signature service is a full Developmental Edit on an entire finished manuscript . For more proactive longer-term help, we can discuss Mentoring (writer coaching), or a Writer’s Retreat.
If you’d like a quick professional critique of just your very first few pages (perhaps you don’t know what an editor really does, or you’d like some kind of feedback on your writing before you consider paying for “proper” editing), consider submitting to our sister site The Opening Lines. It’s entirely free, and will give you some kind of idea about what I do and my editing style. The site is also an invaluable resource for advice on common problems with novel openings, and how to make sure your opening avoids them.
I’m a member of the SfEP, a Partner Member of ALLi, an affiliate editor of writing.ie, the premier writing website in Ireland, and Approved Supplier for the US-based Publaunch crowdfunding platform. I regularly contribute to the Irish Times on writing matters, as well as local press, and I talk regularly at Writers’ Conferences on writing and editing. I’ve helped writers publish, get bestseller status, achieve award success and secure traditional publishing deals (see my testimonials page).
I’m also a writer, so I know what it’s like on the other side of the desk, which I think is important. I have a YA novel, “Evenrood“, coming out in 2018. I was offered a publishing deal, but I’m self-publishing, like the majority of my clients, because I believe I’ll be better placed to advise clients if I’ve been through the process myself.
I’d love to help you realise your story-telling dreams. Get in touch!