Editors’ and Proofreaders’ Alliance of Northern Ireland

Alicia McAuley

Alicia McAuley
Trading as: Alicia McAuley Publishing Services
Based in: Belfast
Professional memberships

CIEP (Advanced Professional Member); AFEPI Ireland (Full Member)


MPhil Anglo-Irish Literature, Trinity College Dublin
BA (Hons) English Studies, Trinity College Dublin
CELTA, Belfast Metropolitan College

Training and professional development

Editing Fiction (PTC, 2019)
Practical Mark-up of PDFs (SfEP, 2017)
Editing in Word (PTC, 2015)
Brush Up Your Grammar (SfEP, 2012)
Basic Proofreading by Distance Learning (Pass with Distinction) (PTC, 2005)


Irish (B2); French (C1); Hindi/Urdu (A2)


Freelance since 2006; previously in-house editor/typesetter, Wordwell Books


Books, journals, articles, websites

Skills and services offered

Editing, copy-editing, proofreading, book design, typesetting, indexing, ebook production, rewriting, copywriting, readers’ reports, manuscript critique, research

Subject areas

History, education (especially ESOL/EFL), Irish language, biography/memoir, fiction (including literary fiction)


Full-service book production, from unedited manuscript to print-ready PDF

Clients include

Cambridge University Press; Educational Company of Ireland; Folens; CJ Fallon; Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Irish Pages; Blackstaff Press; Colourpoint Books; Éditions du Signe; self-publishing authors

Examples of work undertaken

Petticoat Pilots: Biographies and Achievements of Irish Female Aviators, 1909–1939 (Michael Traynor, 2019); B1 Preliminary (Cambridge University Press, 2019); Brú na Bóinne visitor centre (Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 2019); A Return to Duty (Clodagh Dunlop/Colourpoint, 2019); The Long Now (Sam Burnside, 2019); Baubella picture-book series (Baubella, 2019); Gaeilge Abú (Folens, 2019); (En)Quête de Jésus (Éditions du Signe, 2019); CNS Journal (Oruen, 2018); Irish Grammar 6 (Educational Company of Ireland, 2018)

Additional information

What some of my clients have said about my work:

“Alicia carried out critical copy-editing of text for a reimagining of the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site Visitor Centre in 2019. We found Alicia always able – working to the tightest of deadlines – to carry out essential work on complex, technically challenging interpretative material across a broad range of audiovisual and panel media, reporting to a large stakeholder team and ensuring that material was consistent for the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the centre each year. Highly recommended.”
Chief State Archaeologist, National Monuments Service, Ireland

“Alicia agreed to take on the onerous task of, firstly, editing a manuscript containing about 205,000 words. This was followed by the design and layout, which included 773 images. Her patience, professionalism and absolute thoroughness resulted in the precise book I was hoping for. These tasks took almost 16 months of meticulous work to complete. Alicia produced an amazing 45-page index to complete the tome. But her task did not end there. After a further two months of working in close conjunction with the printer, we ended up with an amazing book that anyone would be extremely proud of. Thank you, Alicia, for bringing to fruition something I am thoroughly delighted with.”
Author, Petticoat Pilots: Biographies and Achievements of Irish Female Aviators, 1909–1939

“During the editing of my autobiography, I found Alicia culturally sensitive and knowledgeable. She was efficient and punctual. In fact, she completed the assignment ahead of the deadline set for her. She was a great help in fine-tuning the book.”
Author, The Place I Call Home

“Over the last ten years I have only only trusted two people to copy-edit and proofread Wordwell books and one of them is Alicia McAuley. She has the added benefit of being an experienced and skilful book designer who can work to tight deadlines. During a debate in our office some years ago she was the only person to explain hubris and nemesis without Googling!”
Publisher, Wordwell Books

“Alicia McAuley was the sole designer for Irish Pages: A Journal of Contemporary Writing, Ireland’s premier literary journal, renowned for the high quality of its design, proofreading and production values, for several years. She was therefore a periodic but indispensable part of our editorial team. We particularly valued her knowledge of literature and of the Irish language. She was at all times meticulous, punctual with deadlines and reliable in every way. I have no hesitation in recommending her as an absolutely first-class designer.”
Editor, Irish Pages

Alicia McAuley
Trading as: Alicia McAuley Publishing Services
Based in: Belfast