Aidan Mahony

Aidan Mahony – Editor

Passionate and dedicated developmental editor and copyeditor specializing in memoir and general nonfiction

Overview

Hey! I'm Aidan (she/her), and I am excited to offer my services in copyediting, developmental editing, and book proposal development.

A little about me: I currently work as an editorial assistant for an imprint of HarperCollins called HarperOne. I am passionate about literary nonfiction, voice-driven memoirs, and social justice; and luckily, I have had the privilege to work closely with some of HarperOne’s most beloved authors at the forefront of social change.

Throughout my career, I have provided developmental edits on SITTING PRETTY by Rebekah Taussig, WEIRD BUT NORMAL by Mia Mercado, RIGGED JUSTICE by John Vandemoer, NOTES FROM A TRAP FEMINIST by Sesali Bowen, GRIEVING BRAIN by Mary Frances O’Connor, SINGLE ON PURPOSE by John Kim, and many more exciting projects. I have also worked closely on the publication of New York Times bestselling titles, including Jonathan Van Ness' OVER THE TOP and Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue’s WHAT MAKES A MARRIAGE LAST.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Humanities & Social Sciences LGBTQ Non-Fiction Self-Help & Self-Improvement Sex & Relationships
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

May, 2019 — Present

- Co-editing books such as SITTING PRETTY by Rebekah Taussig, WEIRD BUT NORMAL by Mia Mercado, RIGGED JUSTICE by John Vandemoer, NOTES FROM A TRAP FEMINIST by Sesali Bowen, GRIEVING BRAIN by Mary Frances O’Connor, SINGLE ON PURPOSE by John Kim, and many more exciting projects

- Writing and editing book flap descriptions, author bios, and online content

- Reading and assessing book proposals

- Strategizing with marketing and publicity departments to build a competitive book release campaign

- Collaborating with authors and guiding them through the publishing process

- Creating contracts for new projects

HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Jun, 2017 — Sep, 2017 (3 months)

Santa Clara University

Oct, 2016 — Jun, 2017 (8 months)

- Serve as Dr. Lodhia's right-hand woman, meeting every week to organize her research needs and develop a plan of action

- Provide support through every step of the research process

- Collect the most pertinent and cutting-edge research materials for her use in conferences and lectures, which focus on transnational feminist advocacy and gender justice

- Take notes in department meetings

Santa Clara University

Aug, 2014 — Jun, 2017 (almost 3 years)

- Help students get better grades in their classes by showing them how to better analyze, organize, and finalize their written work

- Listen to writer's needs to best help them develop solutions for overcoming their writing obstacles

- Create a safe space for students to share their ideas

- Received 20+ positive student reviews in one month period, saying I am "helpful," "supportive" and "offer really great insights"

- Manage and develop content for SCU HUB Facebook page

- Coordinate writing-focused events for SCU community

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