Susan Cahill

Susan Cahill - Editor

London, UK

Children's author and experienced editor specialising in literary fiction, children's fiction, non-fiction. Former English Literature prof

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Overview

My debut children's fantasy adventure novel (age 8-12) is out with Everything With Words in 2023.

I hold a PhD in English literature (my specialties are contemporary fiction and children’s literature) and have worked as an Assistant Professor and Associate Professor in Literature in universities in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Canada. I have significant experience in academic writing and editing, having published an academic book on contemporary fiction and over 20 academic articles and given numerous speeches and presentations. I have also edited 2 collections of essays on contemporary authors.

I have supervised PhD and MA theses in both literature and creative writing (creative non-fiction and memoir) and am skilled in offering constructive feedback to improve writing style and argument.

As a writer and literature professor with expertise in contemporary fiction, children's and YA literature, I can offer editing and proofreading services for aspiring writers and can help with plot, characterisation, themes, and structure.

I can work with you to improve the clarity, fluency, tone, and style of your document. I can help with narrative or argumentative flow and consistency. I will edit awkward phrasing, repetition, spelling, or grammatical errors to ensure clear, fluent, and accurate prose.

I am a friendly, efficient, and encouraging editor. My main motivation is to instil confidence in your writing process and to ensure that your writing is as eloquent and compelling as it can be.

Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Education & Reference
History
Philosophy
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Fiction
Children's
Literary Fiction

Certifications

  • PhD in Literature, University College Dublin, 2007
  • MA in Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University, 2002
  • BA (Hons) in English Literature, University College Dublin, 2001

Work experience

Associate Professor in Literature

Concordia University
July, 2011 – June, 2019 (almost 8 years)

Research Fellow and Research Co-ordinator

University College Dublin
September, 2007 – June, 2011 (over 3 years)

Teaching Fellow in English

University of Limerick
January, 2007 – August, 2007 (7 months)

Lecturer in Irish Literature

Queen's University Belfast
August, 2006 – December, 2006 (4 months)

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Metamorphosis: Make the Change; Emerge Magnificent

Sara Madderson

Do you ever feel as though you’re sleepwalking through life? Awake, but not fully conscious? Surviving, but not thriving?So many of us have built ourselves cocoons that, while comfortable, limit us from living fully. Cocoons can be either a form of confinement or, as nature shows us, an incubator for transformation. In Metamorphosis, Sara Madderson lays out a two-part framework for making chan... read more

Do you ever feel as though you’re sleepwalking through life? Awake, but not fully conscious? Surviving, but not thriving?So many of us have built ourselves cocoons that, while comfortable, limit us from living fully. Cocoons can be either a form of confinement or, as nature shows us, an incubator for transformation. In Metamorphosis, Sara Madderson lays out a two-part framework for making chan... read more

The Back Of The Bus: Forty years of learning from the Poor

Garnett, Susanne, Garnett, Christopher

Irish Literature in the Celtic Tiger Years 1990 to 2008

Susan Cahill

When Irish culture and economics underwent rapid changes during the Celtic Tiger Years, Anne Enright, Colum McCann and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne began writing. Now that period of Irish history has closed, this study uncovers how their writing captured that unique historical moment. By showing how Ní Dhuibhne's novels act as considered arguments against attempts to disavow the past, how McCann's protag... read more

When Irish culture and economics underwent rapid changes during the Celtic Tiger Years, Anne Enright, Colum McCann and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne began writing. Now that period of Irish history has closed, this study uncovers how their writing captured that unique historical moment. By showing how Ní Dhuibhne's novels act as considered arguments against attempts to disavow the past, how McCann's protag... read more

Anne Enright (Visions and Revisions: Irish Writers in Their Time)

Anne Enright is one of the most innovative and exciting writers in Ireland - and indeed, the world today - whose work encompasses a wide range of genres, themes, and interests. With her dark humor and wry tone, she displays a capability to be remarkably funny while engaging with serious subject matter and themes. The recognition for her novel, The Gathering, by the Man Booker judges in 2007, p... read more

Anne Enright is one of the most innovative and exciting writers in Ireland - and indeed, the world today - whose work encompasses a wide range of genres, themes, and interests. With her dark humor and wry tone, she displays a capability to be remarkably funny while engaging with serious subject matter and themes. The recognition for her novel, The Gathering, by the Man Booker judges in 2007, p... read more

This Side of Brightness: Essays on the Fiction of Colum McCann (Reimagining Ireland)

Colum McCann is one of the most important Irish writers in contemporary literary fiction. His work has been critically acclaimed across the globe for its artistic achievement, its thematic range and its ethical force. This Side of Brightness: Essays on the Fiction of Colum McCann is the first collection of scholarly essays to deal with McCann’s œuvre, drawing on the pioneering critical work of... read more

Colum McCann is one of the most important Irish writers in contemporary literary fiction. His work has been critically acclaimed across the globe for its artistic achievement, its thematic range and its ethical force. This Side of Brightness: Essays on the Fiction of Colum McCann is the first collection of scholarly essays to deal with McCann’s œuvre, drawing on the pioneering critical work of... read more

Irish Literature in the Celtic Tiger Years 1990 to 2008: Gender, Bodies, Memory (Continuum Literary Studies)

Susan Cahill

When Irish culture and economics underwent rapid changes during the Celtic Tiger Years, Anne Enright, Colum McCann and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne began writing. Now that period of Irish history has closed, this study uncovers how their writing captured that unique historical moment. By showing how Ní Dhuibhne's novels act as considered arguments against attempts to disavow the past, how McCann's protag... read more

When Irish culture and economics underwent rapid changes during the Celtic Tiger Years, Anne Enright, Colum McCann and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne began writing. Now that period of Irish history has closed, this study uncovers how their writing captured that unique historical moment. By showing how Ní Dhuibhne's novels act as considered arguments against attempts to disavow the past, how McCann's protag... read more

A History of Modern Irish Women's Literature

This book offers the first comprehensive survey of writing by women in Ireland from the seventeenth century to the present day. It covers literature in all genres, including poetry, drama, and fiction, as well as life-writing and unpublished writing, and addresses work in both English and Irish. The chapters are authored by leading experts in their field, giving readers an introduction to cutt... read more

This book offers the first comprehensive survey of writing by women in Ireland from the seventeenth century to the present day. It covers literature in all genres, including poetry, drama, and fiction, as well as life-writing and unpublished writing, and addresses work in both English and Irish. The chapters are authored by leading experts in their field, giving readers an introduction to cutt... read more

Susan has 18 reviews

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Rahti Gorfien
Really got what I’m trying to write. What I will say is I could’ve been clearer about my expectations in terms of getting comments in answer to questions in the shared Google doc. Hope to continue our collaboration.

Rahti Gorfien, June 2022


Mairin Mc Sweeney
I enjoyed enormously working with Susan. She is very professional and skilled at what she does. Her great insights helped me fine-tune my book considerably. Most of all her positive feedback is very motivating and left me feeling a lot more confident about my work which I really appreciate. I highly recommend working with her.

Mairin Mc Sweeney, March 2022

Susan Cahill
Thank you so much. It was a joy to work with you.

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Peter Lee
Susan’s report was detailed, forensic and extremely helpful. She was encouraging and helpful and her suggestions will make a huge difference to the finished book.

Peter Lee, February 2022

Susan Cahill
I'm so glad you found it helpful. It was a pleasure to work with you

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K P
Susan is very good at what she does. Highly recommend.

K P, October 2020


Patrick MacDonald
Susan has done a wonderful job providing developmental and copy editing for both my novels and I would thoroughly recommend her. She made a number of suggestions to improve the narrative and plotting for the two books and these have been invaluable. Patrick MacDonald

Patrick MacDonald, July 2020

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