Kirsten Donaghey

Kirsten Donaghey - Editor

Vienna, Austria

Eight years of experience as professional copy editor and writer. Constructive feedback with a focus on the collaborative process.

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I specialize in non-fiction books with a particular interest in health and business and memoirs that focus on personal trauma. I like to work closely with writers, especially first-time authors, to ensure their vision becomes a reality. My most recent projects were writing and copyediting a book on the Berlin School of Creative Leadership, and a Survival Guide to the Healthcare System in Vienna, Austria.

English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Career Guides
Health & wellbeing
Children's - Middle Grade
Short Story
Women's Fiction

Work experience


April, 2010 – Present (over 8 years)

I run a successful freelance editing and writing business, as well as offering coaching to first-time writers. My work ranges from editing literary fiction, corporate publishing, non-fiction books, and ghostwriting. I really enjoy helping new writers take their projects from the idea stage to finished book. Learning how to structure a book, manage your writing time, get the draft down are big skills that take time, patience and discipline but are very exciting to develop.
Being a published writer and professional editor allows me to understand what the writer is trying to achieve while at the same time having the goal to create a finished product that will attract readers. I have worked on endless short stories, many novels, and more recently non-fiction and corporate publishing projects. I thrive on the variety and bring a renewed energy and curiosity to every single collaboration. It is through this collaborative process that great things happen.

Co-founder of a Non-profit writing organization
October, 2014 – Present (about 4 years)

I operate a non-profit organization that provides a platform for writers of any genre to network, attend workshops and retreats, and learn how to promote themselves as writers.

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