Pauline Kiernan

Pauline Kiernan

Pauline Kiernan – Editor



Dr Pauline Frederica Kiernan is an award-winning playwright, commissioned screenwriter and prize-winning short story writer.

Pauline Kiernan

She has been a literary consultant for 12 years and has taught Creative Writing on Oxford University’s Creative Writing Undergraduate and MA programmes.

Pauline is a former lecturer at the University of Oxford and a Shakespeare scholar, and was appointed Leverhulme Fellowship at Shakespeare’s Globe to work with Mark Rylance and the directors and actors in its first six years as dramaturg and research resource.

She is the author of the snappily-entitled Screenwriting They Can’t Resist: How to Create Screenplays of Originality and Cinematic Power. Break The Rules and is a theatre and film consultant. Her monographs, Shakespeare’s Theory of Drama, and Staging Shakespeare at the New Globe were published to worldwide acclaim, and her best-selling Filthy Shakespeare: Shakespeare’s Most Outrageous Sexual Puns was an Observer Book of the Year. She is currently writing the first of a series of crime novels set in Italy, and a book about Keats.

Why we love Pauline


A Shakespeare scholar and award-winning playwright, Pauline is your go-to editor if you need feedback on a play or a screen script.

What Pauline says about editing


Working with writers to help them create work of originality that’s worthy of publication or performance is a passion that never seems to diminish for me. I loved being a teacher at Oxford which showed me how crucial it is to focus on how to develop the individual’s strengths and to gain self confidence in their work. That’s why, above, all, it is important to help writers realise their potential by finding their unique voice. This has been my goal in all my creative writing classes and workshops, and in my literary consultancy work. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a writer, or aspiring writer, create work that is the best it can be.

Quite often, I see work that has potential but requires some rethinking – a ‘re-framing the.picture’ to enable the writer to see where things have gone a little awry. Also, some manuscripts fall down on style and grammatical errors. I enjoy line-editing as well, for this reason.
It’s all about supporting the writer’s individual vision.

Genres Pauline specialises in



Fiction:


Short stories & novellas


Plays and screen scripts



Non-Fiction:


Memoir/Autobiography


Other narrative non-fiction


Pauline’s published books



Testimonials


 

“Dr Pauline Kiernan’s mentoring and script reports are like taking a masterclass in screenwriting. She infused a confidence and belief into my writing when I felt like I had hit a dead end. I really felt Pauline heard my voice in the writing and encouraged me to tell my own unique story. Her support and advice has been an inspiration.”

S. Lachlan Benwell

“Having your work evaluated as a complete novice is a daunting prospect, however, Pauline offered encouragement and praise while giving sound advice on how to improve and move forward with my work. The improvements made and encouragement given, gave me the confidence to pursue the avenue of writing as a potential career and as a result I have know been accepted on a full time University MA course in Creative Writing.”

F.B.

“I am grateful to you for taking the time and trouble to respond to my concerns. I feel greatly heartened and will now rework the book in the light of your suggestions.”

S.R.

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Elizabeth Garner

Elizabeth Garner – Editor



Elizabeth is an award-winning author with 20+ years of editorial experience, in both fiction and feature film.  She is a development editor for the award-winning crowdfunding publishers Unbound.

Editor - Elizabeth Garner

She also teaches Creative Writing at Oxford University and is the arts Trustee at the inter-disciplinary creative and academic charity, The Blackden Trust.

Elizabeth’s debut novel Nightdancing won a Society of Authors’ Betty Trask award and was shortlisted for the Pendleton May First novel award.  Her second novel, The Ingenious Edgar Jones, a historical fiction/ fantasy based in Victorian Oxford, was published in both the UK and USA to critical acclaim.  She is currently developing  a collection of rewritten Folk Tales – Lost & Found – in collaboration with the Young Wood Engraver Of The Year, Phoebe Connolly.

A student of Elizabeth’s Advanced Creative Online class at Oxford, Georgia Fancett,  went on to win the Daily Mail First Novel award 2018.

In her role at Unbound, Elizabeth worked with Rose Cartwright on the development and editing of her award-winning memoir PURE, which was adapted into a Channel 4 TV drama.

Why we love Elizabeth


Not only is Elizabeth an award-winning novelist and script editor, she also has an extremely useful eye for characterisation.

What Elizabeth says about editing


I am passionate about demystifying the writing process and building authors’ confidence along the way.  As both a writer and an editor, I understand that the completion of a first draft is a huge achievement.  I believe that every writer has their own individual voice that deserves to be nurtured.

My experience across both the film and publishing industry has given me a strong understanding of genre, character development  and structure. As such, I work closely with my clients offering them specific, practical guidance that they can apply directly to their manuscript to enable them bring out the full potential of their ideas.

I work across a broad range of genres: literary fiction, thrillers, women’s fiction and memoir.  I am also interested in projects that cross these boundaries and play with the readers’ expectations.


Genres Elizabeth specialises in



Fiction:


Contemporary


Literary (including ‘bookclub’)


Crime / Thriller / Action


Women’s


Science Fiction


Fantasy


Comic/Satire


Paranormal


Young Adult


Plays and screen scripts


Psychological thrillers



Non-Fiction:


Memoir/Autobiography


Elizabeth’s published books



Testimonials


 

“Just a quick note to say thanks, as I am thrilled with the notes you have prepared for me, and they were certainly worth waiting for. Not only were you definitely the right person, but I feel that you have also gone above and beyond.”

Susannah G.

“Thank you for your tremendous work on my novel and the very detailed report. I am now busy digesting it! You have been encouraging but also straight with me, which is what I need.”

Jenny G.

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Victoria Pullin

Victoria Pullin – Editor



Victoria has a First Class Honours Degree in Media Writing and has worked in the publishing industry for 14 years.

Victoria-pullin

She spent 5 of those years in senior editorial roles at Macmillan Education and Pearson, bringing English Language Teaching courses to worldwide publication in both print and digital format. Working closely with authors and teachers during the development process, she also managed and edited the list of Macmillan graded Readers – both fiction and non-fiction – writing supplementary material to support teachers and learners of the English language. She is a qualified EL teacher and has taught in Oxford schools and colleges. She holds copy-editing and proofreading certificates from the London School of Publishing.

Why we love Victoria


Victoria continues to provide editorial services as a freelancer to publishers worldwide in both British and American English. She pursues her passion for writing in developing her own psychological thriller and a work of speculative/weird fiction.

What Victoria says about editing


I have always loved words and have always been a writer, whether writing content for an English Language Teaching course, marketing copy or my own work of fiction, so I understand exactly what aspiring writers are going through and what they need. I love combining my passion for words with my editorial skills to improve a client’s book, whether that’s a straightforward proofread, a copy-edit or a line-edit.

In particular, I love line-editing because I really enjoy going in deeper at a sentence level to make copy truly sing, finding the perfect word to make a sentence soar or a paragraph pirouette! As a professional editor for over 14 years, I have worked with not only teaching material, but fiction and non-fiction as well and have a soft spot for speculative/weird/dystopian fiction as well as supernatural horror and psychological thrillers. I can’t wait to help you polish your final draft into the best version possible!

Genres Pauline specialises in



Fiction:


Contemporary


Literary (including ‘bookclub’)


Crime / Thriller


Women’s


Romance & erotica


Science Fiction


Fantasy


Paranormal


Short stories & novellas


Young Adult


Plays and screen scripts


Psychological thrillers



Non-Fiction:


Memoir/Autobiography


Subject-led non-fiction


Testimonials


 

“Vicky did a wonderful job on tightening my manuscript and gave me constructive feedback. The work was completed on schedule. I would not hesitate to recommend her and look forward to working with her again.”

Owen M.

“I was really happy with what Victoria had done and I could see how meticulous she’d been. All I had to do was a couple of tweaks and then accept all the changes. Job done. I’ll definitely be back with my next MS and will be hoping Vicky is available.”

– Chris L.

“On a more personal note, this is the first page of an 87,000 word manuscript that only exists because Victoria Pullin encouraged me in the summer… I’ve found a whole new side to myself and it wouldn’t have happened without Victoria’s encouragement.”

– Michael T.

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