Niamh Mulvey

Niamh Mulvey - Editor

London, UK

Experienced, sensitive and enthusiastic editor and published writer here to help you discover the story you need to tell!

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Overview


I worked for ten years in-house in UK book publishing where I discovered new talent and helped to create bestsellers. I now work as a freelance writer, editor and writing coach. My first book, Hearts and Bones, will be published by Picador in June 2022.

I have published and edited thrillers, romance novels, children's adventure books, literary fiction and short stories. Most of all, I love to help writers of all kinds discover the story they must write and then to help them write it as best they can. I pride myself on my structured approach to pacing and plot development as well as my sensitivity towards the artistic process. I also teach a course in How to Edit Fiction; through this, I try to improve editorial standards across the UK and Irish publishing sector.

If you need someone who understands both how to edit a messy novel and what it's like to be someone who has written an messy novel – then get in touch.

Testimonials

'I often say her name should be on the cover of the book as well' Louise O'Neill, bestselling author of Only Ever Yours, Asking for It and Almost Love

'A joy to work with: a sensitive, perceptive reader as well as a warm and supportive collaborator' Rebecca Wait, author of Our Fathers, The View on the Way Down and others

'I can't recommend Niamh's coaching and editing services highly enough. My book would not have gotten its publishing deal without her support. As both a writer and a former publisher she brings a unique skill-set, insight and industry knowledge to her coaching. She really understands both what makes a book work and what makes it sellable. Not only can she show you what's not working; she will also point you towards what you can do to fix it. At the same time her genuine love for stories and for writers shines through in everything she does, and especially in how hard she works to lift her writers up.' SK Marlay, author of The Stone Keep

'Niamh's work on our first thriller was invaluable, and undoubtedly made it a much better book. She gave us an astute appraisal of its strengths and weaknesses, from plot to character to pacing to style, and her suggestions were both insightful and practical. Importantly, her comments were honest without being disheartening, and detailed without being overwhelming. We would love to have her services again and would recommend her to anyone.' Ben Creed, author of City of Ghosts


Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Middle Grade
Short Story
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Certifications

  • MA Creative Writing and Publishing
  • BA History and English

Awards

  • Bookseller Rising Star 2015
  • Shortlisted for the Brandford Boase Award 2016

Work experience

writer/editor/writing coach

Self-employed
June, 2020 – Present (over 2 years)

I write books (my first book, a short story collection, will publish in June 2022; my first novel follows in 2023) and I help other people to write their books.

Director

In the History Books
September, 2019 – Present (over 3 years)

I run publishing start-up In the History Books. We make personalised picture books starring your child alongside history's greatest dreamers and schemers. I do all of the creative stuff including art direction, copy-writing and branding. And I've also written the first two books!

senior commissioning editor

riverrun (Hachette)
November, 2015 – September, 2019 (almost 4 years)

I worked on the literary imprint at Quercus, acquiring and publishing all kinds of literary writing. My authors won big awards and (sometimes!) sold lots of copies. I love writing with wit, ambition and generosity.

editor/editorial director

Quercus Children's Books
January, 2011 – October, 2015 (over 4 years)

I started as assistant on the children's list and worked my way up to editorial director. My job was to commission and eventually oversee a list of middle grade and young adult fiction.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Only Ever Yours

O'Neill, Louise

Asking For It

O'Neill, Louise

Friday Black

Adjei-Brenyah, Nana Kwame

A River in the Trees

O'Mahony, Jacqueline

We Are Giants

Dodd, Amber Lee

Penelope Crumb

Stout, Shawn K.

Our Fathers

Wait, Rebecca

Our Fathers

Wait, Rebecca

Niamh has 2 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Frances M. Thompson
Working with Niamh far exceeded my expectations and has absolutely advanced not only my current WIP but all future stories. Friendly and professional from the start, prompt to respond and quick to highlight strengths and weaknesses in ways that encouraged and motivated me, I really enjoyed working with Niamh on my (first!) contemporary rom-com novel and do hope to collaborate again on future bo...
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Frances M. Thompson, April 2022

Niamh Mulvey
I loved working with Frances. She's a very talented storyteller and an extremely courteous and fun collaborator. Hope to work together again in the future. Niamh

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Michael Andrews
Absolutely magnificent! Clear, concise, and precise advice on what to do with a piece I'd sent for editorial assessment.

Michael Andrews, July 2020

Niamh Mulvey
It was a delight to work with Michael. He was courteous and professional, and I very much enjoyed his writing.

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