1 What's your company called?
The company is called Editorial.ie, based in Ireland, with a global client list on four continents. I am Richard Bradburn, a professional member of the SfEP and partner member of the Alliance of Independent Authors. I write regularly for the Irish Times on writing and editing and talk at writers’ conferences both at home and abroad.
2 What services or products do you offer?
Editorial.ie is an independent literary consultancy offering all forms of editing—from developmental to proofreading—on both fiction and non-fiction, author coaching, website content and promotional material development and review. My partner and I even offer a Writer’s Retreat in our secluded barn conversion near the beach in remote and tranquil West Cork, for strung out authors who need to get away from it all and treat themselves to some quality writing time!
3 How can you help IPG members?
For IPG members who wish to outsource the more objective elements of editing—copyediting and proofreading—I can provide a cost-effective freelance solution performing to an agreed style, timescale and budget, allowing you flexibility with headcount and associated costs. For members who would like to enter into a more collaborative relationship, I specialise in developmental (or substantive) editing of both fiction and non-fiction. If you have projects that are of interest but that you don’t have the necessary time to develop, refer them to me and I may be able, working directly with and for the author, to develop them to a marketable standard. I am also interested in building relationships with publishers to whom I can refer authors of outstanding quality who have expressed an interest in being published.
4 What do you enjoy about working in publishing?
As a complete independent, I relish the freedom to work as and where I like, helping writers craft their stories and realise their dreams of either being published traditionally by big-five publishers, or bringing their own book to market with complete creative control. People in publishing are also generally nice, interesting, well-rounded people. In a previous career I worked in investment banking, in the belly of the capitalist Beast, and there, sadly, the opposite is generally true!
5 What do you think is the single biggest opportunity and the single biggest threat for independent publishers right now?
The biggest opportunity is the variety of deliverables available to the consumer right now, like books, ebooks, audiobooks, podcasts, video—flexibility is king. The biggest threat is probably the same issue; new media may distract investment and resources from the core competencies of book publishing, but turn out only to prove a passing fad in the longer term.
6 What do you get out of belonging to the IPG?
I relish the opportunity to talk to independent publishers who are quick on their feet to recognise originality and innovation that might go unnoticed in the bigger houses.