Eva Maria Dietrich Carreño

Eva Maria Dietrich Carreño – Editor

Developmental editor specialising in children's and YA books. I've worked with British, American, Spanish and German authors. IAPWE member.


I am the author of The Great Rainbow Hug (Le gros câlin arc-en-ciel, from Samir Editeur, 2011), recognised by La Revue Des Livres Pour Enfants in 2011 as their annual selection. I have recently published Mesopo, a middle grade fantasy novel.

I hold Masters’ Degrees in Children's Literature from the University of Surrey, London and Creative Writing from the Metropolitan University of Manchester, UK, and am the founder and director of a Literary Agency.

I have spent the last 20 years working with publishers, specialising in children's literature, providing consulting services in literary scouting, book reviewing and supporting authors and editors in their day-to-day activities.

I offer the following editorial services:

For Aspiring and Established Authors

Developmental editing: manuscript evaluation, recognising and fixing problems of structure, plot, characterisation, narrative flow, general editorial suggestions.

Line by line manuscript editing: same as above but focus on problems with each sentence or paragraph, detailed editorial suggestions.

Literary Reviews Services: in depth critique & reviews of already published books or manuscripts.

Languages in which this service is offered: English, German, Spanish, French & Italian.

I am a certified member of the International Association for Professional Writers and Editors (IAPWE).

Contemporary Romance Dystopian Magical Realism Middle Grade Psychological Thriller Romantic Comedy Social & Family Issues
English (UK)
  • La Revue Des Livres Pour Enfants in 2011 annual selection
  • MA Creative Writing
  • MA Children's Literature
  • BA Business Studies
  • Member of the SCBWI (Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators)

Work experience


Jan, 2001 — Present

I have worked for three decades in business, banking and publishing. I have spent the last 20 years working with publishers, specializing in children's literature, providing consulting services in literary scouting, book reviewing and supporting authors and editors in their day-to-day activities.

I lead a Literary Agency in providing specialised editorial services. The company offers a comprehensive and integrated publishing service for authors, publishers and works on specific publishing-related projects with international partners.

My working languages are English, German, Spanish, French and Italian.

Eva Maria has 36 reviews





Olugbenga A.

Olugbenga A.

Mar, 2024

She was honest, kind and polite. I found a good editor when I was about to compromise. Just like a beekeeper's experience of searching for the queen bee in the bee hive brood chamber with great effort, but not finding her immediately and when unsearched for during a regular inspection, finds the queen bee patrolling gently on the frame in splendor with few workers bee's attendants. That was how...
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Stefanis M.

Stefanis M.

Nov, 2023

I worked with Maria on my second novel and she agreed to do 3 rounds of edits for me and when I asked about availability, she said she was flexible, but unfortunately, that was not the case. The editor's comments on the first round of edits were vague, not helping me develop the manuscript as I would have wished. However, I worked on it and when I finished, I sent her the MS for the second rou...
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Unfortunately, this client did not respect the agreed deadlines, nor did she let me know that she was late, as clients often do to reschedule. Furthermore, the client did not seem to appreciate the...
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Nov, 2023

Eva helped me in many ways to steer the direction my story is going and tighten it up. She also asked some very pointed questions about the characters and their motivations. This way I was able to expand on their stories so my reader can understand easier. I really enjoyed working with Eva, She was professional and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a good book editor!
Martin S.

Martin S.

Nov, 2023

Eva is continuing to inspire me!
Sarah A.

Sarah A.

Oct, 2023

Eva Maria was extremely professional with her work. The turn around was fast and the comments spot on. She had great creative suggestions as well.

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