Anna Bowles

Anna Bowles – Editor

I have 10+ years' experience working on children's and YA writing at UK publishers including Hachette and HarperCollins.


During my decade of experience as an in-house editor, I worked on top children's commercial fiction series such as Rainbow Magic and Beast Quest, becoming a commissioning editor at Hachette before going freelance in early 2015. Since then, as well as taking on individual clients, I have continued to copy-edit for Hachette, Penguin and HarperCollins amongst others, working on high-profile authors such as David Walliams, Babette Cole and Holly Smale. I've also been involved in the fiction publishing side of dozens of brands, from Winnie-the-Pooh to Wallace and Gromit, meaning that I can offer clients the benefit of my extensive experience in developing and working with characters.

I'm a published writer as well as an editor, and my first YA novel, Rapids, has been longlisted for the 2022 Branford Boase award. I've also ghostwritten for the Secret Kingdom and Agent Asha series. So I know what it's like on your side of the desk (or computer) as well as mine!

My fees for work on YA and Middle Grade manuscripts are variable. For any manuscript under 2,000 words I can offer an editorial assessment report covering plot, characterisation, language and market context for a flat fee of £180.


Some recent testimonials from my Reedsy clients (see the reviews section for more):

Anna's keen eye for story structure and detail combined with her killer work ethic and human touch makes for a great editorial experience. I really feel I'm getting top-notch industry advice on my manuscripts when working with her. I couldn't recommend her more highly!

– Mez Blume, author of the Katie Watson series

Anna's insight into what publishers and readers are looking for, and also what makes a great story, is a powerful combination. Her ability to marry these priorities and make suggestions that may lead to improvements in both these areas would be a valuable asset to any writer, but was especially enlightening for an unpublished writer like myself. I cannot recommend Anna highly enough, she is like antivirus software for your manuscript.

– Tim Cove, author of the Riftgate series

I gained more in one Developmental Edit from Anna, than I have from many a Creative Writing course. Anna is straight to the point and very insightful. I wish I had paid for a service such as this years ago. This is the missing link for many writers who are yet to be published and looking for clear feedback on their work.

– Emma McGuire, pre-published Middle Grade author

Coming of Age Contemporary Fiction Fantasy Middle Grade Middle Grade Fantasy Picture Books Social & Family Issues Young Adult Fantasy
English (UK)
  • BA in English Literature from Oxford University
  • MA in Russian Studies from University College London

Work experience


Apr, 2015 — Present

I have been freelancing since April 2015, as well as having freelanced previously from 2008 to 2011. In addition to individual authors, my recent clients include HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Scholastic and various divisions of Hachette.

Octopus (Hachette)

Dec, 2013 — Apr, 2015 (over 1 year)

Carlton Books

Dec, 2011 — Dec, 2013 (almost 2 years)

Orchard (Hachette)

Nov, 2010 — Dec, 2011 (about 1 year)


Dec, 2005 — Jun, 2008 (over 2 years)


Twelve deadly Trials. A race for immortality. Her last chance for revenge.Olympus is a beautiful but dangerous place, controlled by twelve gods wielding unlimited power. Now they have devised ... read more
Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment
This lavish, colour atlas is a complete guide to the weird and wonderful geography of Tolkien's world. Packed with full page maps and illustrations of events in the annals of Middle-earth, it ... read more
Developmental Editing
‘Walliams balances high comedy with an emotional message’ Daily Mail ‘Walliams does comedy with profound, genuine heart’ Guardian The new children’s book from No. 1 bestselling author David Wa... read more

Anna Bowles


Littler, Jamie

Part ghost story, part murder mystery - a creepy and magical tale steeped in Norse myth, perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman.Welcome to the Circus of Myth & Mayhem - where performers re-enact tale... read more
Copy Editing
“Sherlock meets Shakespeare in this time-travel, murder mystery with a twist of magic.” Visiting an old manor house is hardly Katie’s idea of an adventure. But then, Otterly Manor isn’t just a... read more
Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment
A town. A forest. A hero. You can't go far without a quick brain and some rule-bending in a place like Locksley. After its vast car plants shut down, the prosperous town has become a wasteland... read more
Get ready for an exciting fairy adventure with the no. 1 bestselling series for girls aged 5 and up. Angelica the Angel Fairy makes sure we all treat each other kindly at Christmas time. But w... read more
Developmental Editing
My name is Harriet Manners and I'll be a geek forever... The FINAL book in the bestselling, award-winning GEEK GIRL series is here! Harriet Manners knows almost every fact there is. Modelling ... read more
Copy Editing
Head Kid

David Baddiel

Illustrations Steven LentonFrom David Baddiel, bestselling author of THE PARENT AGENCY and BIRTHDAY BOY comes a wildly entertaining wish-fulfilment adventure that asks the question: what would... read more
Radio Silence

Alice Oseman

The second novel by the phenomenally talented author of Solitaire, Alice Oseman - the most talked-about YA writer right now. What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong? Frances has... read more
Copy Editing
A sequel to A A Milne's original 'Winnie-the-Pooh' stories. It takes you back to the Hundred Acre Wood for more adventures.
Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment

Anna has 204 reviews





Mike J.

Mike J.

Nov, 2023

Anna's assistance has proven to be invaluable to me. Her meticulously detailed report on my work showed her high level of expertise in the field of editing. What I found incredibly refreshing was her honesty, which has ultimately elevated my novel to its fullest potential. Her prompt responses and swift work further impressed me. I cannot recommend her enough for her exceptional services.
Nicholas B.

Nicholas B.

Nov, 2023

Anna is straight to the point and focussed. She knows our target audience and gave us precise indications about how to reach them. She obviously has a good deal of experience and showed us how to cut through the chaff of our writing. Our thanks. Highly recommended.
Darlene H.

Darlene H.

Oct, 2023

This was my second time working with Anna, and I can't speak highly enough of her professionalism. I wasn't sure what to expect the first time around. I had hired someone outside of the Reedsy environment previously, and did not get what I was hoping for in terms of outcomes. Anna was sure to outline/confirm expectations in terms of what she would provide, and associated costs, where are extr...
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Jessica L.

Jessica L.

Sep, 2023

Anna Bowles was fantastic to work with. Not only was she prompt and detailed in her assessment, but her insightful suggestions also proved to be valuable in elevating the quality of my work to a higher standard. Anna has a keen eye for detail and a knack for identifying areas of improvement that might be overlooked otherwise. I highly recommend her if you're in search of feedback that's both en...
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Deepak T.

Deepak T.

Aug, 2023

This is my second time working with Anna. Once again, thrilled with the output. The work was prompt, detailed and Anna was great to work with as well. Highly recommend her and hoping to work with her again.

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