Editors’ and Proofreaders’ Alliance of Northern Ireland

Susan Feldstein

Susan Feldstein
Trading as: The Feldstein Agency
Based in: Bangor, Co. Down
Telephone: 02891 472823 (office)

MA in French and German, University of St Andrews.

Training and professional development

Postgraduate Diploma in Printing and Publishing, London College of Printing.

Professional Development Courses at Book House Training, London (PTC): Editing and Copy-editing; Commissioning and Project Management; Rights and Co-editions.


French and German (fluent, spoken and written).


Ten years as in-house editor/commissioning editor in trade book publishing: Blackstaff Press (Belfast), Gill & Macmillan (Dublin). Previous to this, five years as a publishing rights manager, A&C Black (London) and Longman France (Paris), and two years in bookselling. Since 2007, a freelance editor, publishing consultant, literary agent and director at The Feldstein Agency.


Books: trade/commercial fiction and non-fiction. Corporate literature: company histories. Also e-books and website copy.

Skills and services offered

Editing, including structural editing; ghostwriting; preparation of book proposals (synopsis, chapter outline, sample chapters) for submission to publishers; re-writing; editorial reports; proofreading; publishing and e-publishing project management; delivery of tailored courses in publishing and getting published; literary agenting.

Subject areas

Non-fiction: memoir, mind, body, spirit and alternative health, politics, history, true crime, general interest. Fiction: literary fiction, women’s commercial fiction.


Memoirs and trade non-fiction (especially MBS and lifestyle); literary fiction.

Clients include

Publishers: Hachette Ireland, Hay House UK, Gill & Macmillan, Mercier Press, Colourpoint Books.
Corporate/Public: The Royal College of Physicians, Dublin; The ONE Foundation; IACP (The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy); Lagan Construction Group (H&J Martin); Ards and North Down Borough Council.
Private: a wide range of self-published authors.

Examples of work undertaken

Recent freelance editing projects include: non-fictionThe Professional Worrier: Become the Boss of your own Anxiety by Stewart Geddes (Hachette Ireland, March 2019); Win by Jason Brennan and Brent Pope (Hachette Ireland, April 2018); This Works: How to Use Mindfulness to Calm the Hell Down and Just Be Happy by Paddy Brosnan (Hay House, October 2018); An Unfinished Peace by Brian Rowan (Colourpoint Books); Just Mary by Mary O’Rourke (Gill & Macmillan); Let This be Our Secret by Deric Henderson (Penguin UK, Gill & Macmillan); Bloody Mary by Mary Coughlan (Hachette Ireland); Talk to the Headscarf by Emma Hannigan (Hachette Ireland) fictionHughie Mittman’s Fear of Lawnmowers by Conor Bowman (Hachette Ireland, Spring 2019); The Start of Summer by Alison Walsh (May 2019); Deep Breath In (working title) by Emily Hourican (Hachette Ireland, Spring 2019); Finding Mr Flood by Ciara Geraghty (Hachette Ireland).

Additional information

A skilled and versatile publishing professional with 28 years’ industry experience, I undertake all types of editorial projects and can see a book through from unedited manuscript to finished copies, including carrying out substantive editing, re-writing, copy-editing and proofreading. I also have wide-ranging experience in ghostwriting, content writing, and the preparation of formal publishing proposals.

Susan Feldstein
Trading as: The Feldstein Agency
Based in: Bangor, Co. Down
Telephone: 02891 472823 (office)