Aoife Harrison

Aoife Harrison - Editor

Dublin, Ireland

Publishing professional with an M.Phil in Children's Literature. Special interests include YA, fantasy and children's fiction for all ages.

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I am a full-time publishing professional with over five years of experience, as well as several years as a bookseller/buyer. I have an M.Phil in Children's Literature from Trinity College Dublin, and achieved a Merit in Basic Proofreading with the Publishing Training Centre in the UK.

I have over four years of experience in manuscript assessment, proofreading, and providing editorial support on in-depth fiction and non-fiction editing projects for both adult and children’s audiences. I'm a fan of the Oxford comma!

My favourite books to work on are for YA and children's audiences, and I especially enjoy fantasy and magical stories. I provide proofreading services across all genres but am also available for manuscript assessment (or reader reports) of books for children and/or teens. I offer reader reports on either sample chapters (ideally the first 3-5 chapters) or on an entire novel. The aim of the assessment is to provide the author with valuable feedback on plot development, character, and dialogue. It will give a summary of the areas that need attention, the elements that work and the elements that don’t. If there are other areas of interest that you would like me to keep in mind during the assessment, that can be negotiated.
English (UK)
English (US)
Children’s Non-Fiction
Cozy Mysteries
Magical Realism
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Picture Books
Young Adult Fantasy


  • Basic Proofreading, Publishing Training Centre (Merit)
  • M.Phil in Children's Literature, Trinity College Dublin
  • Bachelor of Arts in English & Maths Studies, University College Dublin (2.1)
  • Fiction Editing, Publishing Ireland Training Services

Work experience

Picture Book Editor

O'Brien Press
November, 2021 – Present (about 1 year)

Rights & Editorial Assistant / Sales Executive

O'Brien Press
August, 2017 – Present (over 5 years)

I have over five years of publishing experience, as well as several years as a bookseller/buyer prior to joining the O'Brien Press.

I have worked across the marketing, sales, rights and editorial departments. I have over four years of experience in manuscript assessment and commissioning new work for publication.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Brehon Laws: The Ancient Wisdom of Ireland

Kerrigan, Jo, Mills, Richard

Tabitha Plimtock and the Edge of the World

McGann, Erika, Cullen, Philip, Cullen, Phillip

A Galway Fairytale

Sweeney, Caitriona, Sweeney, Caitriona

The Stairlift Ascends: Tweets from a Covid Cocoon

O'Rahilly, Helen, O'Connell, Jennie

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