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Maria McGuinness

Maria McGuinness - Editor

Ireland

Professional editor and proofreader. Enjoy honesty, accuracy and kindness. Oh, and words, I'm fierce fond of words.

Overview

I provide a professional editing and proofreading service to authors of both fiction and nonfiction. I'm always mindful of how difficult it can be for authors to pass their work on to the editing stage. That being said, my goal is to ensure that your book will be the best it can be. Feel free to contact me for a chat and a quote for any of the services outlined below.

Services
Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Adventure Crime & Mystery Cultural & Ethnic Themes Holiday Humor & Comedy Inspirational Literature Poetry Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Architecture Art Biographies & Memoirs Design Education & Reference Photography Politics & Current Affairs Social & Behavioral Sciences

Certifications

  • • Fiction Editing (Publishing Ireland), 2013.
  • • Basic Proofreading – Merit (The Publishing Training Centre), 2014.
  • • Using Language with Fergal Tobin (Publishing Ireland), 2013.
  • • Introduction to Web Editorial Skills (SfEP), 2012.
  • • Proofreading Problems (SfEP), 2013.
  • • Introduction to Proofreading (SfEP), 2012.
  • MA Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies (First Class).
  • Advanced Creative Writing: Open University modules (First Class).
  • Higher Diploma in Education (First Class).
  • BA International Marketing and Languages (2:1).
  • Core copy-editing skills (The Publishing Training Centre), 2015.
  • Advanced copy-editing (The Publishing Training Centre), 2015.
  • Non-fiction Editing (Publishing Ireland), 2015.

Awards

  • I was shortlisted for the Cúirt New Writers Fiction Prize and longlisted for the Fish Publishing Poetry Prize in 2013.

Work experience

Development Editor and Proofreader

Independent Author
May, 2013 – September, 2013 (5 months)

Manuscript assessment, development (structural) edit and final proofread:
Scumbags and Handbags by Sinead Hamill (self-published, 2013).

Freelance Editor and Proofreader

Irish Academic Press/Merrion
January, 2013 – Present (over 4 years)

Edited and proofread the following titles:
Belfast Days: A 1972 Teenage Diary by Eimear O'Callaghan (October 2014);
The Books that Define Ireland by Bryan Fanning and Tom Garvin (2013).

Portfolio (4 selected works)

Belfast Days: A 1972 Teenage Diary

Eimear O'Callaghan

Belfast 1972. It's the bloodiest year of the Northern Irish 'Troubles' and sixteen-year-old Eimear O'Callaghan, a Catholic schoolgirl in West Belfast, bears witness in her new diary. What follows is a unique and touching perspective into the daily life of an ordinary teenager coming of age in extraordinary times. The immediacy of the diary entries are complemented with the author's mature refl... read more

Belfast 1972. It's the bloodiest year of the Northern Irish 'Troubles' and sixteen-year-old Eimear O'Callaghan, a Catholic schoolgirl in West Belfast, bears witness in her new diary. What follows is a unique and touching perspective into the daily life of an ordinary teenager coming of age in extraordinary times. The immediacy of the diary entries are complemented with the author's mature refl... read more

The Books That Define Ireland

Bryan Fanning, Tom Garvin

This engaging and provocative work discusses over 50 books that have been instrumental in the development of Irish social and political thought since the early 17th century. Steering clear of traditionally canonical Irish literature, authors Bryan Fanning and Tom Garvin debate the significance of their chosen texts and explore the impact, reception, controversy, debates, and arguments that fol... read more

This engaging and provocative work discusses over 50 books that have been instrumental in the development of Irish social and political thought since the early 17th century. Steering clear of traditionally canonical Irish literature, authors Bryan Fanning and Tom Garvin debate the significance of their chosen texts and explore the impact, reception, controversy, debates, and arguments that fol... read more

Scumbags & Handbags

Sinead Hamill

Two men, worlds apart, collide in this hilarious romp through ladies football. When Dublin toe rag Robbie King gets sentenced to community service at an affluent G.A.A club, his politically incorrect gob takes a lot of getting used to. Tommy Boylan was the greatest Gaelic footballer to come out of Dublin. A moment of madness twenty years ago destroyed his career. Now he's back and yearning for... read more

Two men, worlds apart, collide in this hilarious romp through ladies football. When Dublin toe rag Robbie King gets sentenced to community service at an affluent G.A.A club, his politically incorrect gob takes a lot of getting used to. Tommy Boylan was the greatest Gaelic footballer to come out of Dublin. A moment of madness twenty years ago destroyed his career. Now he's back and yearning for... read more

Undoing Time: The Life and Work of Samuel Beckett

Jennifer Birkett

Since his death in 1989, it has become difficult to imagine that Samuel Beckett was once a virtually unknown writer. Born in 1906 into a respectable middle-class family in a Dublin suburb, he came late to fame in the early 1950s with the ground-breaking play, Waiting for Godot. Since Godot, Beckett's writings have been translated, published, and staged throughout the world. This highly accessi... read more

Since his death in 1989, it has become difficult to imagine that Samuel Beckett was once a virtually unknown writer. Born in 1906 into a respectable middle-class family in a Dublin suburb, he came late to fame in the early 1950s with the ground-breaking play, Waiting for Godot. Since Godot, Beckett's writings have been translated, published, and staged throughout the world. This highly accessi... read more

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