Mark Empey

Mark Empey – Editor

Experienced editor, proofreader and author with over 30 publications; former university lecturer, award-winning writer and historian


I am a professional historian with a PhD from University College Dublin (my specialism is in the history of the historical narrative). I have been awarded three postdoctoral fellowships (in three different universities), two teaching fellowships and was, most recently, an Assistant Professor in History. I was also proofreader for the Dictionary of Irish Biography published by Cambridge University Press - a distinguished collaborative project based at the Royal Irish Academy.

As such, I possess excellent writing, editing and communications skills. I am an experienced writer and editor with over 30 publications (including a co-edited a collection of essays, and edited a second book containing over 600 documents) and great communicator having delivered 35 presentations in Europe and North America.

What will you get from me? I have extensive experience helping people improve essays, theses and books; edited documents; and proofread and copy-edited multiple works for publication. I can develop your argument, tighten your language, assist in spelling and grammar, perfect your structure, ensure accuracy with proofreading, and offer critical and constructive advice. I am flexible, efficient and positive, always happy to provide assistance but won't take offence if it's not taken on board. Having edited a book with 15 authors I understand everybody has their own style so I can work to what suits writers.
Biographies & Memoirs Education & Reference History Writing & Publishing
Historical Fiction Historical Mysteries
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
  • PhD (University College Dublin, 2010)
  • BA (Hons)  (University College Dublin, 2002)

Work experience

National University of Ireland

Sep, 2016 — Sep, 2019 (about 3 years)

As a historian I published over 10 works (books, articles, blogs). Among these was preparing, editing and proofreading a major book for publication that included 17 chapters, 15 authors and 150,000 words.

National University of Ireland, Galway

Oct, 2014 — Sep, 2016 (almost 2 years)

As a highly skilled researcher the post involved researching, editing and proofreading important documents. One of my achievements was accurately transcribing, editing and publishing a book of over 600 documents (total: 130,000 words).

Maynooth University

Oct, 2012 — Oct, 2014 (about 2 years)

One of the major tasks this post entailed was accurately transcribing and publishing documents. Among the items for publication was preparing a 33,000 word article. It required a keen eye for detail, proofreading multiple drafts, and successfully delivering the text to the publisher within a relatively short timeline.

Royal Irish Academy

May, 2009 — Sep, 2009 (4 months)

As proofreader for the DIB I edited and proofed over 100 biographical entries, ranging from 400 to 2,000 words. This entailed checking spelling and grammar, amending and simplifying awkward sentences, and double-checking sources.


This collection of essays, the proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Spanish-Irish Relations, held in Salamanca in 2004, is representative of a whole new historiographical approach to and revision of the study of Irish history from Continental Eur... read more
This book is about mapping the future of eighteenth-century women’s writing and feminist literary history, in an academic culture that is not shy of declaring their obsolescence. It asks: what can or should unite us as scholars devoted to the recovery and stud... read more
A collection of papers presented by historians at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, on riots and public violence in Ireland from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century. Some of the events covered include the Dublin Parliamentary Elections of ... read more
Women in 16th- and 17th-century Britain read, annotated, circulated, inventoried, cherished, criticized, prescribed, and proscribed books in various historically distinctive ways. Yet, unlike that of their male counterparts, the study of women’s reading practi... read more
Dublin: Renaissance city of literature interrogates the notion of a literary 'renaissance' in Dublin. Through detailed case studies of print and literature in Renaissance Dublin, the volume covers innovative new ground, including quantitative analysis of print... read more
This book brings together leading Irish historians who examine how the history of the Church of Ireland has been written in the 500 years since the Reformation. It traces the emergence of a distinctly Protestant narrative, shaped by the belief that the Church ... read more

Mark has 13 reviews





Conor D.

Conor D.

Jul, 2021

I found Mark to be very helpful and his feedback to be easy to understand. We ran into a couple of hiccups on the journey, and Mark helped me meet my deadline by going out of his way. I am grateful and appreciative of his efforts and would recommend him to assist with your project.
Mark R.

Mark R.

Mar, 2021

Mark was superb throughout the proofreading process, not only was his work expertly accurate but he also took time to advise on many other details outside of the specific service I asked for. He was set a tight deadline and he delivered ahead of time. Now I just need to write another novel so we can work together again! Highly recommended.
simone S.

simone S.

Mar, 2021

Mark was terrific from the start, it was a prompt, professional and I hope he is available for My next project. This was my first book and hopefully not the last one. Thank you From across the pond
Boris H.

Boris H.

Feb, 2021

Mark helped with a project on a very tight deadline and was very prompt with his work and communication, thanks!
Gabe M.

Gabe M.

Dec, 2020

Mr. Empey did a wonderful job editing my manuscript. He was prompt, detailed, and provided a learning experience. He responded to messages immediately and even provided some historical information. If I write another book, he will be my first choice of editors.

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