Mark Empey

Mark Empey - Editor

Dublin, Ireland

Experienced editor, proofreader and author with over 30 publications; former university lecturer, winner of the Fitzgerald Medal in History

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Overview

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.
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Education & Reference
History
Writing & Publishing
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Historical Mysteries

Certifications

  • PhD (University College Dublin, 2010)
  • BA (Hons)  (University College Dublin, 2002)

Work experience

Historian

National University of Ireland
September, 2016 – September, 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.

Researcher

National University of Ireland, Galway
October, 2014 – September, 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).

Researcher

Maynooth University
October, 2012 – October, 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.

Proofreader for Dictionary of Irish Biography

Royal Irish Academy
May, 2009 – September, 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.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

The Church of Ireland and its Past: History, interpretation and identity

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 of Ireland was the true descendant of St Patrick, and shows how this endured down to the twentieth century, before being challenged by t... 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 of Ireland was the true descendant of St Patrick, and shows how this endured down to the twentieth century, before being challenged by t... read more

Dublin: Renaissance city of literature (The Manchester Spenser)

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 production in Ireland, unique insight into the city's literary communities and considerations of literary genres that flourished in ear... 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 production in Ireland, unique insight into the city's literary communities and considerations of literary genres that flourished in ear... read more

Women's Bookscapes in Early Modern Britain: Reading, Ownership, Circulation

Leah Knight, Micheline White, Elizabeth Sauer

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 practices and book ownership has been an elusive and largely overlooked field.In thirteen probing essays, Women’s Bookscapesin Early Modern Br... 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 practices and book ownership has been an elusive and largely overlooked field.In thirteen probing essays, Women’s Bookscapesin Early Modern Br... read more

Riotous Assemblies: Rebels, Riots & Revolts in Ireland

William Sheehan

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 1613, Riots in Limerick from 1820 to 1900, the 1830s Tithe Riots, and the IRA Border Campaign, 1956-1962.

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 1613, Riots in Limerick from 1820 to 1900, the 1830s Tithe Riots, and the IRA Border Campaign, 1956-1962.

Women's Writing, 1660-1830: Feminisms and Futures

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 study of women’s literary history in an era of big data, on the one hand, and ever more narrowly defined specialization, on the other? Leadi... 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 study of women’s literary history in an era of big data, on the one hand, and ever more narrowly defined specialization, on the other? Leadi... read more

Spanish-Irish Relations through the Ages: New Historical Perspectives

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 European sources (in this case Spanish sources). The contributors provide new and exciting insights based on original source material, into... read more

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 European sources (in this case Spanish sources). The contributors provide new and exciting insights based on original source material, into... read more

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Linda Haskins
Thank you so very much Mark. I still have a lot of work to do before I can try marketing this product but I appreciate your kind words and corrections to the draft. I really like the story. Your help is tremendous help in making it believable and relatable.

Linda Haskins, August 2020

Mark Empey
You're very kind Linda. I am so glad that you found my comments and amendments helpful. Best of luck with the book!

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Buchi Ramagopal
I've worked with Mark thrice, and that should say it all! Detailed, thoughtful, and on time. I enjoy working with him and will do so again if he had the time

Buchi Ramagopal, July 2020

Mark Empey
Thank you Buchi. The job is easy when you're such a wonderful client. Roll on the next time!

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Buchi Ramagopal
Clear-headed thoughtful editing. Very easy to work with, and always ahead of schedule. I was very pleased with what he did for me.

Buchi Ramagopal, May 2020

Mark Empey
Thanks Buchi. Glad you were happy with my efficiency. It was a pleasure working with you again.

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Buchi Ramagopal
Mark was easy to work with and on time. It was obvious he had spent a good deal of effort and time on the project. As a result, the narrative has become much smoother. He is not dogmatic or pushy but gives you his opinions. I am going to continue using Mark's services for my project and will not hesitate to recommend him. Hire him-he's a no-risk and hight return editor. Thanks, Mark.

Buchi Ramagopal, March 2020

Mark Empey
Thank you Buchi. You're very kind. I thoroughly enjoyed our collaboration (and exchanges!). Will happily work with you any time.

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Erica Smith
He did a great job editing my document.

Erica Smith, February 2020

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