Most of what I edit and proofread is academic writing (essays, reports, theses) or business writing (advertising copy, websites, press releases and other corporate texts). But I copy-edit books too, so I’ll mention a few recent ones here for any interested readers.
Michael O’Meara , when I edited his master’s thesis years ago, said he’d be in touch again when he wrote a book. Sea Gastronomy was duly published by Artisan House in 2015, to great acclaim. It won awards nationally and internationally, including cookbook of the year from McKennas’ Guides and world’s best seafood book at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2016. This post at Sentence first has reviews, links, and more information.
In 2016 Artisan House published another book I copy-edited: An Art Lover’s Guide to the French Riviera by Patrick J Murphy, art advisor to the President of Ireland and former chair of the Arts Council. Patrick kindly praised my ‘careful and thorough copy-editing’, and the book – like everything Artisan House produces – is a beautiful and engaging work. You can read about its Dublin launch here.
More recently I copy-edited and proofread a short ebook by Gerard Harkin titled Innovation Unplugged: 30-Minute Innovation Advice For Managers. Published by Troubador, it’s full of useful insights for anyone in business looking to innovate, especially at managerial level. Gerard, like Michael, wrote a generous testimonial for my editing service. He spoke about the book (and, at the 35-minute mark, my editing) on RTE Radio 1’s Innovation Show.
Troubador Publishing are also behind Heather Greer’s beautiful book On Your Doorstep: Moths and Butterflies of Connemara, which I copy-edited in late 2015. The book takes a close and affectionate look at creatures we often don’t notice – unless they’re particularly large, colourful, or destructive. Michael Viney, who wrote its foreword, reviews it here.
At the moment I’m doing final edits on Preston North End: The Rise of the Invincibles, a graphic novel about the early history of the English football league and an unbeatable team from Preston. It’s written by Michael Barrett, and drawn by David Sque of Roy of the Rovers fame. I can’t wait to see the completed book at full time.
Next month I’ll be editing a children’s book – as well as a scholarly thesis and a university research report, among other things. I love the variety of this work: every week brings different projects, each with its own style, story, subject matter, and intended readers. If you’d like me to edit or proofread something for you, just drop me a line.