"I turn to MJ Hyland when I need a fresh, generous, honest pair of eyes on my work... she's a great writer, and edits with the eyes of a writer... I sing Hyland & Byrne's praises from the rooftops."
- Sophie Dahl, columnist, director, presenter & author of The Man with the Dancing Eyes and Playing with the Grown-Ups
"Hyland & Byrne are exceptional editors. They're consummate professionals ... loyal, generous and smart. I recommend them wholeheartedly."
- James Palumbo, author of Tomas & chairman of Ministry of Sound
What we do
Founded in September 2011, by award-winning authors M.J. Hyland (shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and more) and Trevor Byrne (shortlisted for two major short story prizes, and more), we offer the most comprehensive and professional editing service available online, and lead hugely popular writing masterclasses throughout the UK, Ireland and beyond.
Our team provide appraisals and line-edits of unparalleled detail and depth for novels, stories, flash fiction and essays. Our service is instructive, intelligent, robust and focused on ensuring that you produce writing of the highest quality.
How to use this site
Click The Team to learn more about our editors, and to watch some videos on writing, teaching, performance and more. Behind the Editing Services tab you'll find all you need to know about the work we can do for you: line-editing, appraisals, work on plot, pace, structure, dialogue and more. Finally, behind the Best Practice tab you can read more about The Editing Firm's approach to professional editing.
Note, there is a contact form at the bottom of each of these pages: to get in touch, simply write your message and hit send. Or, if you prefer, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
News, workshops and success stories
"MJ Hyland and Trevor Byrne are wonderful editors: careful, passionate, exacting. Their detailed appraisal enabled me to return to my manuscript with a better understanding of its potential and a new set of ideas with which to realise it."
"Without the wisdom and advice of the appraisal service, my novel wouldn't have achieved this success. Their editing advice absolutely transformed my writing and I recommend them to all writers without hesitation."
- Barbara Henderson, author of the acclaimed children's novels Fir for Luck, Punch and Wilderness Wars
"Hyland & Byrne are generous and honest, and combine real teaching and encouragement with incisive, clinical editing."
- Phil Kearney-Byrne, winner of the Francis McManus Prize, longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award