Elaine O'Neill

Elaine O'Neill - Editor

Dublin, Ireland

I'm an editor, writing coach and former Hay House Commissioning Editor, with 20 years of editing experience. Your words are safe in my hands

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If everyone has a book inside them, how do you make yours stand out? There's no doubt each of us have something important to share with the world; I believe that to my core. But, there's a difference between publishing a book and publishing a bestseller.

It's my job as a non-fiction writing coach to help my clients change the lives of their readers, even in some small way. Whether they're interested in finding an agent or going the self-publishing route, I help writers to trim the faff, expand their own energy within their work, and really centre down on what matters most.

I've been an editor for 20 years and I love what I do. I know just what it takes to draw the reader in, to let the message land, to inspire and encourage through words. Oftentimes, it's a subtle shift, something so small but so important. Other times, the final manuscript is leagues away from the original, but closer to the writer than they could have ever imagined. This process is fun, not just for me, but for you. It's uplifting, motivating and empowering.

If you're looking to turn out a non-fiction book that makes an impact, leaves ego behind, and speaks to the legacy you want to create, then email me at and let's get working on those words.

Knowledge in: non-fiction books; coaching; editor; commissioning editor; self-publishing; traditional publishing; mind/body/spirit and personal-growth market; book-title brainstorming; developmental edits; manuscript reviews; proposal reviews; and more.
English (UK)
English (US)
Business & Management
Health & Wellbeing
Self-Help & Self-Improvement

Work experience

Non-Fiction Writing Coach

November, 2018 – Present (over 4 years)

Commissioning Editor

Hay House
November, 2018 – March, 2020 (over 1 year)

Group Chief Sub Editor

Time Inc Media
February, 2015 – November, 2018 (over 3 years)

Freelance Editor

September, 2003 – Present (over 19 years)

Spellcasting Oracle Cards: A 48-Card Deck and Guidebook

Peters, Flavia Kate, Meiklejohn-Free, Barbara, Cheever-Gessaman, Lisbeth

Moonology Diary 2021

Boland, Yasmin

Elaine has 9 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Mags Cluley
Elaine is precise, clear and professional throughout. A joy to work with

Mags Cluley, July 2022

Benjamin Azevedo
Elaine was wonderful. I hope to work again with her.

Benjamin Azevedo, March 2022

Hagai Avisar
The feedback was highly enlightening and instructive for me. I needed the big picture view and it was useful. The comments were specific, practical and with enough details so that i apply . Wrds of encouragements are always good. It was a great experience and I am gratefull.

Hagai Avisar, January 2022

Kathlyn Delimon
Elaine is fantastic! She helped with an editorial assessment for my first manuscript (a memoir). She answered all my lingering questions and reconfirmed things that I thought but was not confident enough to do. Her editorial assessment even helped me skip past the development edits and go straight to copy/ proof! Would highly recommend and use again. Thanks Elaine :)

Kathlyn Delimon, December 2021

Diana Hylton
Elaine provided comprehensive and more than helpful feedback that enabled me to re edit and complete my book. She reviewed my entire manuscript and provided an excellent way to reformat it of which her advice I wholly took on board. I am now publish ready and I cannot thank her enough. I wholeheartedly recommend Elaine's to complete an editorial assessment of your work as you will not reg...
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Diana Hylton, November 2021

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