If you’re an author in Ireland looking for a publishing company for your manuscript, you have an ample amount to choose from, such as these Irish book publishers.
However, before you make a formal submission to any publisher, be sure it has been properly edited by someone like the following 17 top book editors in Ireland.
Note: Always due your due diligence when selecting a book editor including any of those featured below.
Based out of Dublin, Ireland, Aoife Barrett is an copy editor, proofreader, and writer. Aoife founded Barrett Editing in March of 2010, but as a cumulative twenty years of experience in the publishing industry. Aoife likes to work on manuscripts of true crime, biographies and memoirs, history, adult fiction and children’s fiction. Aoife has worked on projects like “The Fraudsters: How Con Artists Steal Your Money” by Eamon Dillon and “The Men Who Built Britain: A History of the Irish Navy” by Ultan Cowley.
Some of editing services that Aoife offers include structural editing, copy editing, proofreading, freelance writing, author consultation, and manuscript assessments. If you’re interested in working with Aoife, the best way to contact them is either by telephone or email. Be sure to ask for a project quote, as their rates are not currently available on their website.
2. Amanda Bell
Amanda Bell has been a freelance editor, indexer, proofreader, and writer since 1997. She has worked with companies like Lilliput Press and H.W. Wilson, and is able to work in both French and English. With over twenty-five years of experience, as well as being a published author and poet herself, Amanda is an excellent choice of editor.
She offers a wide range of services, including author mentoring, academic editing and proofreading, editing for authors and self-publishers, and has worked with several businesses to copy edit. The best way to get in contact with her for a project quote is either by phone or email.
Averill Buchanan is a freelance editor and proofreader based out of Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has a specific interest in working with authors who’ve written works of fiction, but also edits nonfiction like academic humanities subjects, biographies and memoirs. She’s worked on projects like “Through Hollow Lands” by Thomas Paul Burgess and “Call Billy” by Sam McColl.
Some of the editing services that she offers includes structural and developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, proofreading, manuscript formatting for ebooks, author consultations, indexing, and author mentorship on the self-publishing process. While her rates aren’t stated openly on her website, you can always get in contact with her via email to request a free quote.
4. Neil Burkey
With over fifteen years of editing experience, Neil Burkey is based out of Dublin, Ireland. He likes to work on projects of nonfiction trade, history, arts, and topics about current affairs. He’s worked with companies like Gill Books, Third Millennium Publishing, and Blackrock College and has even worked on books like “De Valera: Rise 1882 – 1932” by David McCullagh and “Letti Park” by Judith Hermann.
Some of the services that he offers includes copy editing, proofreading, writing and writing, and even project management. Since all projects vary in subject and length, he is unable to provide specific rates for his services on his website. However, he strongly encourages you to get in contact with him either via email or through his website’s online contact form to receive a free quote for your project.
Dominic Carroll is an Irish freelance editor who’s been in the industry since 1994. He is an official member of the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders, Indexers (AFEPI) and has a specific interest in nonfiction books about history, politics, literature, sociology, biographies, travel, and sports. He’s worked on projects like “Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger” by Niamh O’Sullivan and “Public Sphere” by Harry Browne.
Some of the editing services that he provides includes copy editing, proofreading, indexing, and manuscript formatting for both academic and non-academic texts. The best way to get in contact with Dominic is either by phone or via email. If you’re interested in working with him, be sure to mention the page length of your project, as well as its genre so that he can provide an accurate project quote.
Isabelle Cartwright is another member of the AFEPI and is based out of Carlow, Ireland. She loves to work on projects of poetry, philosophy, education, theology, history, social sciences, and high-level academic texts. As an editor and proofreader, Isabelle has worked on projects like “Intersubjectivity, Humanity, Being” by Mette Lebach and John Haydn Gurmin and the Poetry Ireland Review. If you’re interested in working with Isabelle, you can contact her either by phone or email to request a free quote for your project.
Liza Costello has been a freelance editor since 2007. She has been certified in several copy editing and proofreading courses and is currently a member of the AFEPI. As a rather successful writer herself, Liza knows exactly what to be on the look out for to help make your manuscript flow and standout from the competition. She specializes in the field of health and social research or policy, but is willing to consider projects on different topics.
Some of the services that she offers includes copy editing, proofreading, substantive editing and research for nonfiction writers looking for assistance. Her rates are not stated on her website, as all projects vary in length and subject matter. Liza therefore recommends that you get in contact with her to receive a free quote for her editing services. She can be contact either by phone or email.
Based out of Dublin, Ireland, Siobhán Denham is a freelance editor and proofreader who specializes in nonfiction subjects about education, history, law, medicine, science, social sciences, and philosophy. They have been a freelance editor since 2009 and has worked with clients like Barbara Schmidt-Abbey, a Master of Science Candidate, and the Public Policy and Management Institute. If you’re interested in working with Siobhán, the best way to reach them is either by phone, email, or through their website’s online contact form.
Rachel Donnelly is another talented freelance editor and proofreader who’s based out of Dublin, Ireland. She’s worked with clients like Taylor & Francis, Totally Dublin, Irish Desigh 2015, IBM, and the Dublin Theatre Festival. With a total of nine years of editing experience, Rachel knows exactly what to do to help you through your publishing journey.
Rachel is an official member of the AFEPI and has a Masters in English Literature from Queen Mary, University of London. Some of the services that she offers includes copy writing, structural editing, copy editing, and proofreading. If you’re interested in using Rachel’s editing services, the best way to get in contact with her is via email. Be sure to ask her for a free quote. Make sure to provide her with the approximate word count of your project, as well as it’s genre, to help Rachel give you an accurate project quote.
10. Rachel Finnegan
Rachel Finnegan is a freelance editor, copy editor, and proofreader based out of Kilkenny, Ireland. She has a background in Latin and Classical Greek, and prefers to work on manuscripts about classic, history, archaeology, art history, and the fine arts. She is the founder of Irish Academic Editing and has a PhD in Classics. She’s worked on projects like “Straw, Hay & Rushes in Irish Folk Tradition” by the Irish Academic Press and “Healthy Policy in a Time of Crisis” by Routledge.
Some of the editing services that she provides includes substantive and developmental editing, copy editing, proofreading, and can even offer author mentorship to assist in the self-publishing process. If you’re interested in working with Rachel and think she would be a good fit as your editor, you can contact her via email to request a free project quote.
11. Liz Hudson
Liz Hudson is based out of Dublin, Ireland and is an official member of the AFEPI. With nearly twenty years of in-house and freelance editing experience, Liz is a professional who knows exactly how to spruce up your manuscript before publication. She has a special interest in nonfiction books, including books about cinema, cooking, culture, feminism, gender studies, and more.
As the founder of the Little Red Pen, Liz offers copy editing, developmental and substantive editing, ebook formatting assistance, proofreading, project management and typesetting. She’s worked on projects like “Conversations with Friends” by Sally Rooney and “The Butterfly Shell” by Maureen White. If you’re interested in working with Liz, you can contact her either via email or through her website’s online contact form to request a free, no-obligation project quote.
12. Sheelagh Hughes
Sheelagh Hughes is a freelance editor and proofreader based out of Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has a specific interest in nonfiction works, mainly about archaeology, health, and economic development. Sheelagh is also the founder and managing editor of Editorial Solutions, which offers copywriting, editing and proofreading, and plain English services. Since rates can vary greatly between projects, it’s highly recommended that you get in contact with Sheelagh directly to get a better idea about your project’s quote. You can contact her via email or phone to get started.
13. Anna Kealy
Anna Kealy has been a freelance editor since 2004 and has become a full-time copy editor and proofreader in 2014. She loves to work on a wide range of manuscripts, including various genres of fiction, memoirs, and nonfiction books about architecture, conversation, history, and more. She is an official member of the AFEPI and has worked with clients like the EAAE, the Irish Heritage Council, and Lilliput Press. Some of the services that she offers includes editing, copy editing, proofreading, and manuscript reports.
While Anna does not currently have a website, she does have a LinkedIn profile that discusses her work history in great detail. If you’re interested in working with Anna and her editing services, you can contact her though LinkedIn or via email. She’s more than happy to answer any questions you may have and provide you with a free project quote.
14. Jeremy Kirker
Based out of Bangor, County Down, Ireland, Jeremy Kirker is a freelance editor and proofreader who’s a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), the Editors’ and Proofreaders’ Alliance of Northern Ireland (EPANI) and the AFEPI. He has a specific interest in working on projects of nonfiction concerning a wide range of topics like astronomy, criminology, current affairs, and British, Irish, and Northern Irish politics.
Some of the services that he offers includes proofreading, copy editing, and rewriting. He also happens to be able to assist authors in their design and formatting needs. The best way to get in touch with him is to either call or use his website’s online contact form to receive a free quote.
15. Brian Langan
Brian Langan is a freelance editor based out of County Meath, Ireland. He has over twenty years of experience as an in-house editor for publishing companies like Oak Tree Press, The Liffey Press and Poolbeg, as well as larger companies like Penguin Random House. He is the founder and managing editor of Storyline Editing and has worked on projects like “Irish mammies” by Colm O’Regan and “The Spinning Heart” by Donal Ryan.
The editing services that he provides to writers includes manuscript assessments, developmental and substantive editing, ghostwriting, structural editing, copy editing, proofreading, author coaching, and he even offers writing courses and workshops. In order to receive a quote for your project, you can contact Brian by phone, email, Facebook, Twitter, his LinkedIn profile, or through his website’s online contact form.
16. Gráinne Treanor
Gráinne Treanor is a freelance editor and proofreader who’s based out of County Mayo, Ireland. They are the founder and managing editor of Dot Your Eyes Editing and Proofreading, and are a member of the AFEPI and the SfEP. They have a preference working with nonfiction books about philosophy, psychology, theory, child development, humanities and theology. They’ve worked on books like “Oakeshott and the complex ecology of the moral life” by Kevin Williams and “Authority and Vision” by John McGahern.
Some of the editing services that Gráinne offers includes proofreading, copy editing, substantive and developmental editing, editing and writing for the web, and proofreading high-level academic works. In order to get in contact with Gráinne, you can contact them either by email, phone or through their website’s online contact form.
17. Sally Vince
Based out of County Clare, Ireland, Sally Vince is an experienced and talented freelance editor who is a member of both the AFEPI and the Alliance of Independent Authors. She has an interest in working on fiction books of a wide variety of genres, including middle grade fiction, science fiction, crime, thriller, and literary fiction.
The editing services that she offers includes structural editing, developmental and substantive editing, line editing, copy editing, proofreading, formatting, and author mentorship through the self-publishing process. Sally’s been a freelance editor and proofreader since 1986 and is definitely a good choice if you’re an author seeking professionalism and a detailed eye. To receive a project quote, you can contact Sally via email.
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K. Z. Kwan is a freelance writer based out of Halifax, Canada.