Editing the magical, mysterious and downright macabre in middle grade and YA fiction

Editing the magical, mysterious and downright macabre in middle grade and YA fiction

Children’s book expertise

I’ve got an MA in Children’s Literature from Roehampton University, lots of specialised training in editing children’s fiction, and a lifelong geeky love of children’s books.

Tactful and supportive

I’m a delicate flower who hates criticism so my feedback is always thoughtful, sensitive and encouraging. I’ll give my honest opinion about what’s not working but it won’t make you cry.

Knowledge of the craft

I have an MA in Novel Writing and studied fiction editing and writing craft with the big guns (CIEP, PTC and EFA). I’m also a Professional member of the CIEP and have passed their editorial test.

Let’s get your book ready to unleash
on the world

Hello and welcome!

I’m so pleased you’re here. I can already tell you’re going to be one of my favourite people, because you’ve slogged through multiple drafts, cried into your gin, wondered whose idea this book was anyway, and made it to the other side. Plus you were brave enough to write a story for young people – a demanding audience who deserve the very best. But most importantly, you’re so serious about your novel and your craft that you want to hire an editor to get it to the next level.

I think I love you.

And I want you to love your book. To be completely, utterly, hearts-for-eyes smitten about your story. So I’ll help you make your characters unforgettable, your scenes full of drama, your setting vivid and your dialogue snappy. I’ll look at anything that might pull readers out of the story and distract them from the world you’ve built so they can stay captivated right to the last full stop. Let’s get this book ready for young readers.

Let’s get your book ready to unleash on the world

Hello and welcome!
I’m so pleased you’re here. I can already tell you’re going to be one of my favourite people, because you’ve slogged through multiple drafts, cried into your gin, wondered whose idea this book was anyway, and made it to the other side. Plus you were brave enough to write a story for young people – a demanding audience who deserve the very best. But most importantly, you’re so serious about your novel and your craft that you want to hire an editor to get it to the next level.

I think I love you.
And I want you to love your book. To be completely, utterly, hearts-for-eyes smitten about your story. So I’ll help you make your characters unforgettable, your scenes full of drama, your setting vivid and your dialogue snappy. I’ll look at anything that might pull readers out of the story and distract them from the world you’ve built so they can stay captivated right to the last full stop. Let’s get this book ready for young readers.

Let’s get your book ready to unleash on the world

Hello and welcome!
I’m so pleased you’re here. I can already tell you’re going to be one of my favourite people, because you’ve slogged through multiple drafts, cried into your gin, wondered whose idea this book was anyway, and made it to the other side. Plus you were brave enough to write a story for young people – a demanding audience who deserve the very best. But most importantly, you’re so serious about your novel and your craft that you want to hire an editor to get it to the next level.

I think I love you.
And I want you to love your book. To be completely, utterly, hearts-for-eyes smitten about your story. So I’ll help you make your characters unforgettable, your scenes full of drama, your setting vivid and your dialogue snappy. I’ll look at anything that might pull readers out of the story and distract them from the world you’ve built so they can stay captivated right to the last full stop. Let’s get this book ready for young readers.

What I do and who I do it for

I’m Siobhán O’Brien Holmes and I’m a developmental editor of middle grade and YA genre fiction. There’s a special place in my heart for stories with a dark side, so I specialise in horror, mystery, fantasy, sci-fi and anything with a dash of magic or macabre.

I focus on the big-picture story elements of your manuscript, like character, plot and pacing, and offer manuscript critiques and developmental edits.

Here’s a peek inside my home office:

 

What I do and who I do it for

 

I’m Siobhán O’Brien Holmes and I’m a developmental editor of middle grade and YA genre fiction. There’s a special place in my heart for stories with a dark side, so I specialise in horror, mystery, fantasy, sci-fi and anything with a dash of magic or macabre.

I focus on the big-picture story elements of your manuscript, like character, plot and pacing, and offer manuscript critiques and developmental edits.

Here’s a peek inside my home office:

 

Who I am and what I do

 

I’m Siobhán O’Brien Holmes and I’m a developmental editor of middle grade and YA genre fiction. There’s a special place in my heart for stories with a dark side, so I specialise in horror, mystery, fantasy, sci-fi and anything with a dash of magic or macabre.

I focus on the big-picture story elements of your manuscript, like character, plot and pacing, and offer manuscript critiques and developmental edits.

Here’s a peek inside my home office:

Who I am and what I do

 

I’m Siobhán O’Brien Holmes and I’m a developmental editor of middle grade and YA genre fiction. There’s a special place in my heart for stories with a dark side, so I specialise in horror, mystery, fantasy, sci-fi and anything with a dash of magic or macabre.

I focus on the big-picture story elements of your manuscript, like character, plot and pacing, and offer manuscript critiques and developmental edits.

Here’s a peek inside my home office:

 

 

Wow, an excellent middle grade manuscript critique! I’m really impressed with your critical eye and what you’ve picked up on here – your comments are very astute and your feedback has been very valuable, as always. I agree with almost everything! Thanks a lot for this – I can’t wait to send you another.
John Lomas-Bullivant, Story Producer @ Kickback Media
Siobhan is absolutely brilliant! I’m trying not to sound too gushy, but her work truly is astonishing — the best editing I’ve ever received. She is immensely creative and able to help solve a manuscript’s problems. She is generous, bright and fun – an absolute joy to work with. I’ve never felt so quickly understood and supported by an editor.
Sara Cassidy, Children's Author
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