Ciara Finan

Ciara Finan – Editor

I am an experienced editor specialising in SFF and YA and I am currently working for a leading UK Literary Agency.

Overview

I currently work at leading UK Literary Agency 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.

I am particularly passionate about Fantasy and YA novels and relish any oportunity to work with authors in these genres!
Services
Fiction
Coming of Age Contemporary Fiction Fantasy Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction Young Adult
Languages
English (UK)
Certifications
  • Masters Degree in Publishing
  • Bachelors Degree in English and Law

Work experience

Curtis Brown

Mar, 2018 — Present

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.

Children's Books Ireland

Sep, 2017 — Dec, 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.

ROPES Literary Journal

Sep, 2016 — Dec, 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.

Blackstone Group

Sep, 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

Utopia Avenue: A Novel

Mitchell, David

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 au... 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’... 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... 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…F... 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 utter... read more
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 s... read more

Ciara has 2 reviews

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Beth C.

Beth C.

May, 2022

Ciara provided me with a full query review package and it was such good value. Her feedback was structured and detailed, and she picked up on points across each component (query letter, synopsis and opening chapters) that I would never have considered. She has been great to work with, and I will no doubt be in touch with her again in the future!
Ciara F.
Thanks for this lovely review, Beth! It was such a pleasure to work with you!
Elliott N.

Elliott N.

Nov, 2021

Ciara's comments and insights into my submission materials was badly needed and I benefited immensely from them. I recommend Ciara to any author needed a review of their query letter.

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