Ciara Finan

Ciara Finan - Editor

London, UK

I am an experienced editor who holds a Masters in Publishing and I am currently working for a leading UK Literary Agency.

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Overview

I currently work at leading UK Literary Agency, Curtis Brown, with one of the senior agents on his expansive list of clients. These clients include past Booker Prize winners and Sunday Times and New York Times bestsellers, all of whom I have worked with editorially. I am also building my own list of writers.

I have a vast and comprehensive knowledge of the publishing industry and can give specialised insight and guidance with regards to querying literary agents and the process of submitting to publishers.
Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Coming of Age
Contemporary Fiction
Fantasy
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Certifications

  • Masters Degree in Publishing
  • Bachelors Degree in English and Law

Work experience

Senior Literary Agent's Assistant

Curtis Brown
March, 2018 – Present (over 3 years)

At Curtis Brown, I work with one of the senior agents on his expansive list that includes Booker Prize winners, Sunday Times and New York Times bestsellers. Specifically, I work with authors to help give advice and guidance on developmental and structural edits.

Freelance reviewer

Children's Books Ireland
September, 2017 – December, 2018 (about 1 year)

Children’s Books Ireland is the national charity & arts organisation that champions every child’s right to develop a love of reading. Through our many activities and events we aim to engage young people with books, foster a greater understanding of the importance of books for young people and act as a core resource for those with an interest in books for children in Ireland.

Managing Editor

ROPES Literary Journal
September, 2016 – December, 2017 (about 1 year)

ROPES Literary Journal was first published in 1993 at NUI Galway. Early editions included critical essays, focusing on literature, art and politics. The journal developed gradually as an anthology, showcasing works of prose, poetry, artwork, photography and non-fiction. In my role as Managing Editor, I oversaw all teams (Marketing, Publicity, Design and Sales) and worked with the Editorial team to choose submissions and worked with writers to develop their novel extracts, short stories, essays, poetry and flash fiction.

Publicity and Marketing

Blackstone Group
September, 2016 – May, 2017 (8 months)

Blackstone is a leading global investment business investing capital on behalf of pension funds, large institutions and individuals. In this role, my responsibilities included writing and editing relevant and specific content for press releases, blog and all social media platforms as well as event planning and the marketing and publicising of events.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

His & Hers

Alice Feeney

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF Sometimes I Lie“Stunning. Addictive. This book should not be missed!” —Samantha Downing “Deliciously dark…will have readers tearing through the pages.” —Mary Kubica “Gives Gone Girl a run for its money…I couldn’t stop reading.” —Christina DalcherThere are two sides to every story: yours and mine, ours and theirs, His & Hers. Which means someone is ... read more

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF Sometimes I Lie“Stunning. Addictive. This book should not be missed!” —Samantha Downing “Deliciously dark…will have readers tearing through the pages.” —Mary Kubica “Gives Gone Girl a run for its money…I couldn’t stop reading.” —Christina DalcherThere are two sides to every story: yours and mine, ours and theirs, His & Hers. Which means someone is ... read more

Invisible Girl

Lisa Jewell

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“I absolutely loved Invisible Girl—Lisa Jewell has a way of combining furiously twisty, utterly gripping plots with wonderfully rich characterization—she has such compassion for her characters, and we feel we know them utterly… A triumph!” —Lucy Foley, New York Times bestselling authorThe #1 New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone returns with... read more

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“I absolutely loved Invisible Girl—Lisa Jewell has a way of combining furiously twisty, utterly gripping plots with wonderfully rich characterization—she has such compassion for her characters, and we feel we know them utterly… A triumph!” —Lucy Foley, New York Times bestselling authorThe #1 New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone returns with... read more

Just My Luck

Adele Parks

Over 4 million Adele Parks books sold worldwide including LIES, LIES, LIES and I INVITED HER IN! "Utterly engrossing and brilliant"— Lucy Foley New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List It was supposed to be the lottery win they’d always dreamed of…For fifteen years, Lexi and Jake have played the same six numbers with their friends. Over drinks, dinner parties and summer barbecues, t... read more

Over 4 million Adele Parks books sold worldwide including LIES, LIES, LIES and I INVITED HER IN! "Utterly engrossing and brilliant"— Lucy Foley New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List It was supposed to be the lottery win they’d always dreamed of…For fifteen years, Lexi and Jake have played the same six numbers with their friends. Over drinks, dinner parties and summer barbecues, t... read more

I Invited Her In

Adele Parks

Imagine the worst thing a friend could ever do.This is worse.When Mel receives an unexpected email from her eldest friend Abi, it brings back memories she thought she’d buried forever. Their friendship belonged in the past. To those carefree days at university.But Abi is in trouble and needs Mel’s help, and she wants a place to stay. Just for a few days while she sorts things out. It’s the lea... read more

Imagine the worst thing a friend could ever do.This is worse.When Mel receives an unexpected email from her eldest friend Abi, it brings back memories she thought she’d buried forever. Their friendship belonged in the past. To those carefree days at university.But Abi is in trouble and needs Mel’s help, and she wants a place to stay. Just for a few days while she sorts things out. It’s the lea... read more

Lies, Lies, Lies

Adele Parks

Daisy and Simon’s marriage isn’t what it seems…After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. They’re a happy little family of three.So what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes—Daisy’s used to it. She knows he’s just letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control. And their happy little family of three will ... read more

Daisy and Simon’s marriage isn’t what it seems…After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. They’re a happy little family of three.So what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes—Daisy’s used to it. She knows he’s just letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control. And their happy little family of three will ... read more

The Family Upstairs

Lisa Jewell

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA GOOD MORNING AMERICA COVER TO COVER BOOK CLUB PICK“Rich, dark, and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.” —Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author “A haunting, atmospheric, stay-up-way-too-late read.” —Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author From the New York Times bes... read more

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA GOOD MORNING AMERICA COVER TO COVER BOOK CLUB PICK“Rich, dark, and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.” —Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author “A haunting, atmospheric, stay-up-way-too-late read.” —Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author From the New York Times bes... read more

Utopia Avenue: A Novel

Mitchell, David

Sweet Sorrow

Nicholls, David

A Single Thread: A Novel

Chevalier, Tracy

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