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Irene Kavanagh

Irene Kavanagh - Editor

Vancouver-Squamish, British Columbia

Freelance editor concentrating on fiction and its sub-genres. Non-fiction work includes memoir, biography, motivational subjects, and more.

Overview

My degree in cinema studies is from the University of Toronto. Whether writing, or reading, I believe that editing should be seamless as it tracks through the narrative. An editor's job is to sustain your writing voice and style, and my approach emphasizes stylistic, structural, and copy editing to enhance smooth readability flow.

Words--still the best bartering agents we have to attract, connect with, and hold the interest and hearts of our intended audience.

I see writing as the liveliest and most personally engaging of the arts, holding the power to make us feel, think, and surrender to the heart of the story or message.

I have worked in arts, legal, academic, and business environments, all of which offer an understanding of different writing styles. My professional development continues through workshops offered by the Editors' Association of Canada, of which I'm a voting member, courses offered by the Writing and Publishing Program at Vancouver's Simon Fraser University, as well as my own research and reading.

Remember: " . . . As a writer, words are your paint. Use all the colors." ~ Ryhs Alexander
(But maybe not all at once.)

Services
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies Children's Picture Books Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Plays & Screenplays Science Fiction Short Story Thriller Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Economics Entertainment History Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Freelance Editor and Publishing Adviser

Self-employed (Owner, Final Writes Editing & Writing Services)

September, 2010 – Present (about 6 years)

Private clients and business referrals.
The editing process can first seem like a daunting endurance test for writers. My commitment to your manuscript is pledged with my experience, appreciation, and flexibility as a freelancer. Courteous and constructive guidance will put you at ease on the path to publication.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Virginia's Ghost

Caroline Kaiser

Antiques specialist Virginia Blythe of Gable & Co. Auctioneers is working late one night when she hears mournful wailing. Following the sound to its source, she gasps in astonishment: a breathtakingly beautiful flapper who looks like a refugee from an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel is lingering in the shadows of the company’s basement. Later the disconsolate young woman returns to offer Virginia he... read more

Antiques specialist Virginia Blythe of Gable & Co. Auctioneers is working late one night when she hears mournful wailing. Following the sound to its source, she gasps in astonishment: a breathtakingly beautiful flapper who looks like a refugee from an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel is lingering in the shadows of the company’s basement. Later the disconsolate young woman returns to offer Virginia he... read more

The Mayan Mysteries

Sharon Rose MacGougan

The Mayan Mysteries is based on a real life mystery – the disappearance of the ancient Maya. It’s also about the inner transformation of a young Canadian girl. In the days leading to Josephine’s fifteenth birthday her mother announces she may now meet her father, a man her mother had never spoken of before. In fact her mother now insists that she must meet him, babbling some nonsense about her... read more

The Mayan Mysteries is based on a real life mystery – the disappearance of the ancient Maya. It’s also about the inner transformation of a young Canadian girl. In the days leading to Josephine’s fifteenth birthday her mother announces she may now meet her father, a man her mother had never spoken of before. In fact her mother now insists that she must meet him, babbling some nonsense about her... read more

What It Looks Like (2nd Edition): An awakening through love and trauma, war and music, sports and history, politics and spirituality

Marta Maranda

Marta Maranda, despite not having the substance or behavioral addictions generally associated with rehab, checked herself into a five-week addiction treatment program—one week after a family member checked out—to discover her part in the dysfunction in her life. Inspiring and personal, What It Looks Like tells the compelling tale of what led to her decision to enter rehab voluntarily and sober... read more

Marta Maranda, despite not having the substance or behavioral addictions generally associated with rehab, checked herself into a five-week addiction treatment program—one week after a family member checked out—to discover her part in the dysfunction in her life. Inspiring and personal, What It Looks Like tells the compelling tale of what led to her decision to enter rehab voluntarily and sober... read more

A Menacing Evil

Karen L Winter

India Garibaldi, a woman fleeing from a dark past. Demetri an enigmatic stranger; secretive with killer good looks and a passion for wolves. The journey takes India to Christmas Lake a small town in the mountainous region of New Mexico; where wolves roam and the spirit of the forest comes alive. India embraces Demetri's world with care-free abandonment. Billie, India's sister, high flyer, Inde... read more

India Garibaldi, a woman fleeing from a dark past. Demetri an enigmatic stranger; secretive with killer good looks and a passion for wolves. The journey takes India to Christmas Lake a small town in the mountainous region of New Mexico; where wolves roam and the spirit of the forest comes alive. India embraces Demetri's world with care-free abandonment. Billie, India's sister, high flyer, Inde... read more

The Paradoxical Mind: A Reflection on Human Similarities of Inquisitiveness, Motivation, Envy, Vulnerability, Consequences, Ambition, Success and Contentment

Arnold Hansma

Not only as a businessman and entrepreneur, but also as an author, I’m forever in pursuit of discovery, idealism, and humour. These quests often challenge the boundaries of convention and, ultimately, have led me to write this exploration and assessment of human similarities. How do they shape distinctly individual personalities? Join the Joneses—Carson and Emma—as they navigate their way thro... read more

Not only as a businessman and entrepreneur, but also as an author, I’m forever in pursuit of discovery, idealism, and humour. These quests often challenge the boundaries of convention and, ultimately, have led me to write this exploration and assessment of human similarities. How do they shape distinctly individual personalities? Join the Joneses—Carson and Emma—as they navigate their way thro... read more

A History of a Pedophile's Wife: Memoir of a Canadian Teacher and Writer

Eleanor Cowan

“How could a mother not know?” This is a question often asked about families where incest has occurred, and Eleanor Cowan’s gripping memoir, A History of a Pedophile’s Wife, steps up with answers that are courageous and heartbreaking. Cowan grew up in Quebec in the 1950s, in a large Roman Catholic family with a lethal mix of violence, addiction, and toxic pedagogy. Cowan details the dance of a... read more

“How could a mother not know?” This is a question often asked about families where incest has occurred, and Eleanor Cowan’s gripping memoir, A History of a Pedophile’s Wife, steps up with answers that are courageous and heartbreaking. Cowan grew up in Quebec in the 1950s, in a large Roman Catholic family with a lethal mix of violence, addiction, and toxic pedagogy. Cowan details the dance of a... read more

2022 (Percipience Book 1)

Ken Kroes

If you are comfy with just recycling your soda cans and want to continue to believe that your children and grandchildren will have roughly the same experience with this planet as you have had, then this book and the rest of the Percipience series may not be for you. Through this fast paced eco-fiction series, the author lightly touches on key points of our relationship with the planet and the ... read more

If you are comfy with just recycling your soda cans and want to continue to believe that your children and grandchildren will have roughly the same experience with this planet as you have had, then this book and the rest of the Percipience series may not be for you. Through this fast paced eco-fiction series, the author lightly touches on key points of our relationship with the planet and the ... read more

2222 (Percipience)

Ken Kroes

The second book in the Percipience series, 2222, is a science fiction mystery novel that touches on the area of the paranormal. Continuing where 2022 left off, the story starts with the discovery of a radio signal that simply should not exist in a post-apocalyptic world. The road to unravel this mystery leads to the clash of two different societies who struggle to survive and to maintain their... read more

The second book in the Percipience series, 2222, is a science fiction mystery novel that touches on the area of the paranormal. Continuing where 2022 left off, the story starts with the discovery of a radio signal that simply should not exist in a post-apocalyptic world. The road to unravel this mystery leads to the clash of two different societies who struggle to survive and to maintain their... read more

LOVE Beyond Your Dreams: Break Free of Toxic Relationships to Have the Love You Deserve (Beyond Your Dreams Relationships Book 2)

Riana Milne

Tired of Painful, Dysfunctional Relationships? It’s time to Love Yourself More! Let's admit that a loving, safe, and passionate relationship isn’t easy to create. However, it is possible to attract your dream partner and enjoy a happy, evolved relationship. If you’ve done all the right things yet still end up with emotionally toxic partners, have hope. You can find the love you deserve! It sta... read more

Tired of Painful, Dysfunctional Relationships? It’s time to Love Yourself More! Let's admit that a loving, safe, and passionate relationship isn’t easy to create. However, it is possible to attract your dream partner and enjoy a happy, evolved relationship. If you’ve done all the right things yet still end up with emotionally toxic partners, have hope. You can find the love you deserve! It sta... read more

Survive Life... And Live It Up!

Annette Zoheret

Are you merely existing rather than enjoying life to its fullest? Do you want to feel happier and more fulfilled? Do you want to reinvent your life to give you improved health, energy, and joy? Pick up a copy of 'Survive Life... And Live It Up!' and discover how easy it is to turn your life around. This tiny book is jam packed with wisdom and step by step instructions to help you become the ha... read more

Are you merely existing rather than enjoying life to its fullest? Do you want to feel happier and more fulfilled? Do you want to reinvent your life to give you improved health, energy, and joy? Pick up a copy of 'Survive Life... And Live It Up!' and discover how easy it is to turn your life around. This tiny book is jam packed with wisdom and step by step instructions to help you become the ha... read more

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