Siobhan Gallagher

Siobhan Gallagher - Editor

Martizay, France

Efficient, reliable, experienced, meticulous: the right copy editor for your bio/memoir, parenting, business, food/wine and history works.

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I'm a native US copy and line editor who's been running an editing business for the past ten years. I love working with authors who are passionate about what they write, whether it's fiction or nonfiction, and want it to be the best it can be. Books I've edited have been published by numerous publishers, including Oxford and Cambridge University Presses and nonfiction publisher Longueville Media (NSW, Australia), the latter which I've worked steadily with for the past eight years on books written by such prominent figures as an Australian senator, two prime ministers, a prominent barrister, and a Nobel Peace laureate, as well as various business leaders.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Health & wellbeing
History
Home & Garden
Law
Parenting & Families

Certifications

  • Poynter's Institute ACES Certificate for Copy Editing

Awards

  • Honorable Mentions for two short stories from Writer's Digest magazine's international competition (top 100 of 19,000+ entries)

Work experience

Owner & Editor

Self-employed
January, 2010 – Present (almost 10 years)

Testimonials include:
[December 2018) As a non-fiction book author, I’ve been working with editors since 1978. Oxford Univ. Press. Univ. of California Press. Johns Hopkins Univ. Press. Yale Univ. Press. In 2009 I started a small imprint, K-Selected Books, which meant: even more editors.

Siobhan is one of the best. I recently worked with her on a massive, non-fiction ms. with loads of endnotes, footnotes, bibliographical essays, and lengthy, quirky bibliography. I told Siobhan I wanted everything to conform to the Chicago Manual of Style. Siobhan was unfazed. She turned this unwieldy tome into something beautiful to read.

She has an amazing talent for keeping her focus as she walks through a forest of information. Nothing seems to escape her eagle eye. Nothing rattles her. Cool. Calm. Cheerful. Within budget. Absolutely professional and discreet. Whereas I, as publisher, had a tempestuous relationship with the author, Siobhan’s was smooth as silk.

I am in awe of her.

Calvin Luther Martin, PhD
Associate Professor of History (retired)
Rutgers University
/and Publisher, K-Selected Books

PR Writer

Foodshare
January, 2003 – August, 2006 (over 3 years)

Handled most of the media and corporate writing, including the annual report and annual meeting script, for this nonprofit food bank serving the Hartford region of Connecticut. (Volunteer, part-time position.)

Assistant

The Hartford
September, 2001 – September, 2006 (about 5 years)

Proofread and helped prepare all materials issued from the office of the EVP and corporate CFO, including annual reports, 10Ks, 10Qs, scripts for earnings calls, board-directed materials for this Fortune 100 insurance and investment firm, reporting directly to the CFO, a Tier 1 executive.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish History (Oxford Handbooks)

Alvin Jackson

The study of Irish history, once riven and constricted, has recently enjoyed a resurgence, with new practitioners, new approaches, and new methods of investigation. The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish History represents the diversity of this emerging talent and achievement by bringing together 36 leading scholars of modern Ireland and embracing 400 years of Irish history, uniting early and lat... read more

The study of Irish history, once riven and constricted, has recently enjoyed a resurgence, with new practitioners, new approaches, and new methods of investigation. The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish History represents the diversity of this emerging talent and achievement by bringing together 36 leading scholars of modern Ireland and embracing 400 years of Irish history, uniting early and lat... read more

Putting Yourself Before Your Successor: How to Prepare Yourself for a Successful Family Business Transition

Danielle Fracchia

Helping large family business owners prepare themselves for a successful family business transition Is there such a thing as a successful family business transition? Putting Yourself Before Your Successor, Danielle Fracchia contends yes, but only with adequate self-preparation. Written in a reflective yet direct style, Danielle offers practical strategies family business owners can adopt to pr... read more

Helping large family business owners prepare themselves for a successful family business transition Is there such a thing as a successful family business transition? Putting Yourself Before Your Successor, Danielle Fracchia contends yes, but only with adequate self-preparation. Written in a reflective yet direct style, Danielle offers practical strategies family business owners can adopt to pr... read more

Words of Hope in Troubled Times: Selected Speeches and Writings of José Ramos-Horta

Jose Ramos-Horta

The Twenty-first Century offers us a chance, a unique chance, to coalesce around common global interests - to reverse the nefarious consequences of climate change, manage clean water reserves that are becoming a rare commodity, save our polluted rivers, lakes, and seas, replenish the depleted fish stock, eliminate extreme poverty and hunger, and de-escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula and... read more

The Twenty-first Century offers us a chance, a unique chance, to coalesce around common global interests - to reverse the nefarious consequences of climate change, manage clean water reserves that are becoming a rare commodity, save our polluted rivers, lakes, and seas, replenish the depleted fish stock, eliminate extreme poverty and hunger, and de-escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula and... read more

Transition to Hydrogen: Pathways toward Clean Transportation

This book is a comprehensive and objective guide to understanding hydrogen as a transportation fuel. The effects that pursuing different vehicle technology development paths will have on the economy, the environment, public safety and human health are presented with implications for policy makers, industrial stakeholders and researchers alike. Using hydrogen as a fuel offers a possible solutio... read more

This book is a comprehensive and objective guide to understanding hydrogen as a transportation fuel. The effects that pursuing different vehicle technology development paths will have on the economy, the environment, public safety and human health are presented with implications for policy makers, industrial stakeholders and researchers alike. Using hydrogen as a fuel offers a possible solutio... read more

Behind the Desert Storm: A Secret Archive Stolen From the Kremlin that Sheds New Light on the Arab Revolutions in the Middle East

Pavel Stroilov

Using top secret documents stolen from Russian archives, historian Pavel Stroilov, a Russian dissident living in London in political exile, has written a masterpiece on the behind-the-scenes politicking of the first Gulf War that exposes direct lies in the memoirs of President Bush Senior, Brent Scowcroft and James Baker, and explains the truth behind the current revolutions throughout the Mid... read more

Using top secret documents stolen from Russian archives, historian Pavel Stroilov, a Russian dissident living in London in political exile, has written a masterpiece on the behind-the-scenes politicking of the first Gulf War that exposes direct lies in the memoirs of President Bush Senior, Brent Scowcroft and James Baker, and explains the truth behind the current revolutions throughout the Mid... read more

We talked of other things

Arthur Wheen

Writer, artist, war hero, saint, viper – Arthur Wheen has been described as an ideal companion whose letters ‘disclose a delightful range of wit, oblique fancy, irreverent humour and erudition.’ (Australian Dictionary of Biography)This story of his life, told through letters, begins in 1915 with his enlistment in the AIF. Wheen became the only soldier in his battalion to win the Military Medal... read more

Writer, artist, war hero, saint, viper – Arthur Wheen has been described as an ideal companion whose letters ‘disclose a delightful range of wit, oblique fancy, irreverent humour and erudition.’ (Australian Dictionary of Biography)This story of his life, told through letters, begins in 1915 with his enlistment in the AIF. Wheen became the only soldier in his battalion to win the Military Medal... read more

Hoping for a Cure: Alternative Cancer Treatment in Mexico

Katey Hansen

"Katey Hansen's book provides a balanced view of the Mexican clinics and what they have to offer international cancer patients. It is a mature, wise and engaging look at an often hotly debated topic. It avoids all sensationalism and thus can be recommended to all cancer patients contemplating treatment in a foreign location"- Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.Why are thousands of people with cancer, especia... read more

"Katey Hansen's book provides a balanced view of the Mexican clinics and what they have to offer international cancer patients. It is a mature, wise and engaging look at an often hotly debated topic. It avoids all sensationalism and thus can be recommended to all cancer patients contemplating treatment in a foreign location"- Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.Why are thousands of people with cancer, especia... read more

Wanderlust Wining: The Outdoorsy Oenophile's Wine Country Companion

Stefani Jackenthal

Written by one of the world's foremost wine and travel experts Wanderlust Wining is a fun delicious journey through many of America's finest wine countries; exploring their outdoor activities and wine tasting specialties. It's a one-stop-read to crafting active wine tasting trips in unique (and familiar) wine countries all over the United States. Discover how to kick off mornings with action-p... read more

Written by one of the world's foremost wine and travel experts Wanderlust Wining is a fun delicious journey through many of America's finest wine countries; exploring their outdoor activities and wine tasting specialties. It's a one-stop-read to crafting active wine tasting trips in unique (and familiar) wine countries all over the United States. Discover how to kick off mornings with action-p... read more

Smart Parenting for Safer Kids

Freda Briggs

This unique book is a practical guide for parents and parent educators to help children stay safe. In typical Professor Freda Briggs style, it is both explicit and realistic, as she draws on a lifetime of knowledge, research, and practical experience to provide helpful information on the myriad issues that worry parents. This book sheds light on several significant issues—the sexual abuse of c... read more

This unique book is a practical guide for parents and parent educators to help children stay safe. In typical Professor Freda Briggs style, it is both explicit and realistic, as she draws on a lifetime of knowledge, research, and practical experience to provide helpful information on the myriad issues that worry parents. This book sheds light on several significant issues—the sexual abuse of c... read more

In good hands

Ian Pfennigwerth

In Good Hands is the biographyof Surgeon Lieutenant CommanderSamuel ‘Sam’ Stening, DSC, RoyalSam joined the services at the outbreakof war. He chose the RAN and served in the Indian Ocean and then inthe famous ‘Scrap Iron Flotilla’ in the Mediterranean, where his ship, theWaterhen, was sunk in June 1941.Posted to the cruiser Perth for her final deployment to Java and sinking in SundaStrait on ... read more

In Good Hands is the biographyof Surgeon Lieutenant CommanderSamuel ‘Sam’ Stening, DSC, RoyalSam joined the services at the outbreakof war. He chose the RAN and served in the Indian Ocean and then inthe famous ‘Scrap Iron Flotilla’ in the Mediterranean, where his ship, theWaterhen, was sunk in June 1941.Posted to the cruiser Perth for her final deployment to Java and sinking in SundaStrait on ... read more

Siobhan has 8 reviews

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Anne Watts
I couldn't have chosen a better copy editor for my book. Siobhan was thorough and very detail-oriented, excellent at communicating throughout the project - and most importantly for me, she 'got' what I wanted to say and helped me to say it better. I can't recommend Siobhan highly enough. I feel as though I have made a friend through this project. Thank you, Siobhan.

Anne Watts, December 2019

Siobhan Gallagher
It truly was my pleasure to work on this lovely memoir, and, yes, the feeling of friendship is definitely mutual!

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Judy Billingsley
Loved working with Siobhan. Her honesty and willingness to go the extra mile to help you produce the best work possible are deeply appreciated when working with her. You won't be disappointed in hiring her.

Judy Billingsley, August 2019

Siobhan Gallagher
Thank you, Judy—your appreciative words mean a lot to me!

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Andrew Gilbrook
Siobhan has to be the best choice, always positive, always giving great advice as well as writing in great style.

Andrew Gilbrook, May 2019

Siobhan Gallagher
Thanks, Andy! I look forward to hopefully helping you further this amazing story of yours.

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Ren Rynne
Siobhan is awesome. Very experienced, very knowledgeable and very helpful! I felt confident throughout the whole process. Communication with Siobhan was easy, friendly, and reassuring; like I was talking with a great friend. I highly recommend Siobhan.

Ren Rynne, May 2019

Siobhan Gallagher
Thank you, Ren, I enjoyed our collaboration as well and wish you success with the parenting book!

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Andrew Gilbrook
Siobhan is the best find, her advice is exactly what you need to help find your way through the huge world of publishing. Her approach is as a knowledgeable friend. She is fast to reply, no hanging around for days waiting for her to reply. I'm so happy I found her.

Andrew Gilbrook, April 2019

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