Conor Reidy

Conor Reidy - Editor

Nenagh, Tipperary, Ireland

An Irish-based freelance Editor with background in crime history. I now edit crime and historical fiction, as well as travel writing.

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Overview

I am a former History lecturer and author. In 2015, I left academia to enter the world of publishing on a freelance basis. I have since trained in Indexing, Proofreading and Copy-editing. My freelance business offers Copy-editing as the primary service with Historical and Crime Fiction at the core.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Travel
True Crime
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime

Certifications

  • Publishing Training Centre - Editing Fiction
  • Society of Indexers (UK) - Introduction to Indexing
  • Society for Editors and Proofreaders - Proofreading 2 - Headway
  • Society for Editors and Proofreaders - Copy-editing 2 - Headway

Work experience

Editor and Indexer

Self-employed
September, 2015 – Present (about 5 years)

Following a twelve-year career as a full-time academic historian I decided to change path in mid-2015. As an author I have written three books on various themes around the history of crime and punishment. I decided to use my skills as a researcher and writer, combined with my expertise as an editor - for two years (2006 and 2007) of an international peer-reviewed journal - to enter the world of publishing as copy-editor and indexer. I became particularly interested in this field following the publication of my first non-fiction book in 2009.
As I ended my academic career I began re-training in skills such as indexing, editing and proofreading. I am most interested in copy-editing, however, and several manuscripts on which I have worked, are already in production. While I have mostly edited historical fiction and non-fiction, and crime, my interests are divers - for example, my most recent commission was a travel book set in India. I have also been working as an indexer, a skill in which I trained after being asked to index one of my own books. I have also been asked to provide proofreading and editing services to a number of business/administrative organizations here in Ireland.
For my portfolio I will upload images of the two most recent books I indexed.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

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Criminal Irish Drunkards: The Inebriate Reformatory System 1900-1920

Conor Reidy

This book examines the Inebriate Reformatory system in Ireland, from its foundation in 1900 until its closure in 1920, and the three institutions charged with punishing or rehabilitating habitual drunkards: the State Inebriate Reformatory, the Certified Inebriate Reformatory, and the Voluntary Inebriate Retreat. This book offers a unique insight into the habitual inebriate offender class in Ir... read more

This book examines the Inebriate Reformatory system in Ireland, from its foundation in 1900 until its closure in 1920, and the three institutions charged with punishing or rehabilitating habitual drunkards: the State Inebriate Reformatory, the Certified Inebriate Reformatory, and the Voluntary Inebriate Retreat. This book offers a unique insight into the habitual inebriate offender class in Ir... read more

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Communication & Punctuality

Richard Wake
Conor followed my instructions to a T and combined a nice, light touch with a desire to improve my work. He did, and delivered on-time.

Richard Wake, March 2019

Conor Reidy
Thank you Richard. it was a pleasure to work with you. You were clear, concise and pleasant in all our interactions. As a professional and as a reader I thoroughly enjoyed your manuscript and look...
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