About Máiréad {ma-raid}

Award-Winning Editor and Author
Member of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)

Originally from the United Kingdom (UK), now living in North Carolina, Máiréad is an award-winning* editor, coach, and writer with a decade of experience.

She is committed to helping you bring your story to life and adapts her approach based on you: your genre, your audience, and your goals.

She's here to help you with your next story.

Services Offered

Get your story right the first time.

Monthly coaching with ongoing objective feedback and accountability.

Book editing.

Prepare your book by choosing between a developmental edit, a line/copy edit, or proofreading based on the stage of your journey.

Keep your readers hooked between books.

A full developmental analysis of your completed book to make sure people who read your first book will be hooked on your second.

Retaining YOUR Voice, Writing Style, and Story

It's your story! She collaborates with you and your unique writing style. This includes your level of formality, how your characters speak, as well as the depth of your descriptions. This is how it's done:

  • Understanding you and the meaning behind your work through a face-to-face video session.
  • Using a collaborative approach through strategic use of track changes and in-document comments.
  • Understanding how the text is going to resonate with your genre's audience.

Genre Specialties

Máiréad has a deep understanding and knowledge of what appeals to audiences (voice, pacing, tropes) of several genres, including crime/thriller, romance, sci-fi/fantasy, and YA.

*Awards & Accreditations

  • 2021 First Place (Writer Advice Flash Fiction Award)
  • Member of North Carolina Writers' Network
  • Member in good standing with the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)

Testimonials from Happy Authors

Matt Miller Author of five education books including Ditch That Textbook

She makes you sound like YOU.

I hired Mairead to edit a manuscript and LOVED the experience. Here's why I'll hire her again: 1) Her editing chops are top-notch. She knows her stuff. 2) She has fantastic attention to detail. 3) She protects the writer's voice. She doesn't make edits so it sounds the way she wants. She makes you sound like YOU.

Susie Kimnell Screenwriter, Playwright, and Actor

I would never hesitate to recommend her.

Mairead is an extremely conscientious individual, and a very trustworthy editor. She is immensely creative and intelligent and has a truly unique eye. I would never hesitate to recommend her.

Marc Davis Writer

Her communication skills and ideas will bring out the best in your project.

Mairead edited my first book, and my experience working with her has been nothing short of exceptional. She is very professional, knowledgeable, and will get the job done in a timely manner. Her communication skills and ideas will bring out the best in your project. I would recommend Mairead to anyone. It was a great experience!

Gina Ruffcorn Author of “Our Class, Our Voice”

... her suggestions, ideas and comments were spot on.

Mairead was a pleasure to work with. After receiving my manuscript, she reached out and offered the option of a Zoom consultation/chat. I genuinely appreciated the ability to meet with her virtually and talk about my manuscript. As an author I felt valued, appreciated and at ease when we ended our call. I was certain that she was the perfect choice due to her kindness, understanding and level of professionalism.

As she began to work through my manuscript, her suggestions, ideas and comments were spot on. Mairead was open and receptive. Her edits truly made my words more concise and impactful.

I would thoroughly, without hesitation recommend Mairead. Her knowledge and level of precision as she worked through my manuscript was perfect. Her extra added attention to understanding me as an author was an unexpected gift.

Mark Quigley Author of three books including Scars of the Leopard

She was extremely thoughtful and articulate with her suggestions.

Mairead took time to fully understand my requirements, writing style, and what I wanted to achieve. She was extremely thoughtful and articulate with her suggestions as we moved successfully through the project. Additionally, she made sure my voice was retained, within the flow of the changes she suggested. I would highly recommend her with any literary project you may require professional editing to be performed on.

Kaite McKenna Writer

I could not have gotten my novel started without her.

Mairead is an absolute joy to work with and I could not have gotten my novel started without her. She listened to my needs, walked me through the editorial process, and we began quickly. The process was smooth and worked to meet my deadlines. Mairead’s coaching and developmental editing guided me as I worked through my novel’s first draft. Her feedback enabled me to get to the next step in the writing process. I recommend her to every other writer I know.

Catherine Joyce Writer

Working with her has pushed me to finish my book

Working with Mairead was so beneficial for me and my book. From the first contact, when I hit a wall with my mystery novel, she steered me back onto an even keel. We created a plan, discussed and improved the believability of my main character, and she was able to answer any questions I had, as this was my first book. Ultimately, working with her has pushed me to finish my book and begin moving on to the publishing stage- I really couldn't thank her enough.