Anna Bowles

Anna Bowles - Editor Tick

London, United Kingdom

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

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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 and HarperCollins, 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, having written for the Secret Kingdom series, and my agent Jenny Savill of Andrew Nurnberg is currently subbing my first YA novel to publishers. So I know just how hard it is on your side of the desk!

On the non-fiction side, I spent for four years as a commissioning editor at Carlton Books and Octopus, creating quality children's reference material on subjects from space to ponies.

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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to improvements in both these areas would be a valuable asset to any writer, but was especially enlightening for an unpublished writer like myself.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, pre-published YA author

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

Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's Picture Books
Dystopian
Fantasy
Humor & Comedy
Science Fiction
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)

Certifications

  • BA in English Literature from Oxford University

Work experience

Freelance

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April, 2015 – Present (over 3 years)

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.

Commissioning Editor

Octopus (Hachette)
December, 2013 – April, 2015 (over 1 year)

Senior Editor

Carlton Books
December, 2011 – December, 2013 (almost 2 years)

Managing Editor, fiction

Orchard (Hachette)
November, 2010 – December, 2011 (about 1 year)

Editor, fiction and brands

Egmont
December, 2005 – June, 2008 (over 2 years)

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Bad Dad

David Walliams

Hilarious and heart-warming, the brilliant new story from number one bestselling author David Walliams. Beautifully illustrated by artistic genius, Tony Ross.Dads come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.There are fat ones and thin ones, tall ones and short ones. There are young ones and old ones, clever ones and stupid ones. There are silly ones and serious ones, loud ones and quiet ones. Of cou... read more

Hilarious and heart-warming, the brilliant new story from number one bestselling author David Walliams. Beautifully illustrated by artistic genius, Tony Ross.Dads come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.There are fat ones and thin ones, tall ones and short ones. There are young ones and old ones, clever ones and stupid ones. There are silly ones and serious ones, loud ones and quiet ones. Of cou... read more

Forever Geek (Geek Girl)

Holly Smale

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 isn't a sure-fire route to popularity. Neither is making endless lists.The people you love don't expect you to transform into someone else.Statistically you are more likely to not meet your Australian ex-... read more

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 isn't a sure-fire route to popularity. Neither is making endless lists.The people you love don't expect you to transform into someone else.Statistically you are more likely to not meet your Australian ex-... read more

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Jessica Townsend

An instant New York Times bestseller!"Poignant....A Harry Potter-esque adventure." --Time Magazine A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world--but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born,... read more

An instant New York Times bestseller!"Poignant....A Harry Potter-esque adventure." --Time Magazine A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world--but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born,... read more

An Atlas of Tolkien

David Day

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 is the perfect companion to the bestselling A Dictionary of Tolkien. This book is unofficial and is not authorised by the Tolkien Estate or HarperCollins Publishers.

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 is the perfect companion to the bestselling A Dictionary of Tolkien. This book is unofficial and is not authorised by the Tolkien Estate or HarperCollins Publishers.

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 always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret - not even the person she is on the inside. But when Frances meets Aled, the s... read more

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 always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret - not even the person she is on the inside. But when Frances meets Aled, the s... read more

2: Unicorn Valley (Secret Kingdom)

Rosie Banks

Unicorn Valley

Unicorn Valley

Winnie-the-Pooh: Return to the Hundred Acre Wood (Winnie-the-Pooh - Classic Editions)

David Benedictus

A sequel to A A Milne's original 'Winnie-the-Pooh' stories. It takes you back to the Hundred Acre Wood for more adventures.

A sequel to A A Milne's original 'Winnie-the-Pooh' stories. It takes you back to the Hundred Acre Wood for more adventures.

Angelica the Angel Fairy (Rainbow Magic)

Daisy Meadows

Angelica the Angel Fairy

Angelica the Angel Fairy

Futureworld: Tomorrow's Technology Today

Joel Levy

Where will we be in 2025? This book reveals the technology that's in prototype today, and will be commonplace tomorrow. Whether it's flying cars, space tourism, nanobots or airships, it reveals an exciting and totally real vision of a future that is almost within our grasp.

Where will we be in 2025? This book reveals the technology that's in prototype today, and will be commonplace tomorrow. Whether it's flying cars, space tourism, nanobots or airships, it reveals an exciting and totally real vision of a future that is almost within our grasp.

Katie Watson and the Painter's Plot (Katie Watson Mysteries in Time) (Volume 1)

Mez Blume

***DOWNLOAD THE AUDIOBOOK FREE! See inside or visit www.mezblume.com/audiobook/ for details*** Sherlock Holmes meets Shakespeare in this time-travel murder mystery with a twist of magic. Eleven-year-old Katie is sure her summer is doomed. Sheltered because of her injuries from a horse riding accident, she longs to break free on an adventure like the ones in her favourite detective novels. Inst... read more

***DOWNLOAD THE AUDIOBOOK FREE! See inside or visit www.mezblume.com/audiobook/ for details*** Sherlock Holmes meets Shakespeare in this time-travel murder mystery with a twist of magic. Eleven-year-old Katie is sure her summer is doomed. Sheltered because of her injuries from a horse riding accident, she longs to break free on an adventure like the ones in her favourite detective novels. Inst... read more

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Lisette Niemand

Ms Bowles worked quickly and thoroughly on my MS for copy editing. And advised me on what to do next. Thank you!

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Lisette Niemand, September 2018


Hailey Griffiths

Anna's developmental edit was truly fantastic. She helped identify issues with characterisation, story arcs and worldbuilding, as well as identifying smaller issues which might throw a reader. Her suggestions are fantastic, and I feel very confident about my next round of revision -- she has definitely helped me in creating a stronger story!

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Hailey Griffiths, September 2018


Chris Orlando

Anna's feedback was thorough and thoughtful!

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Chris Orlando, August 2018


Ryan W

Anna did a fantastic job on my developmental edit. Like so many other reviewers have said, she was incredibly fast and thorough. She immediately responded to questions or comments I had, and her suggestions to better focus my story were spot on. Highly recommend her!

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Ryan W, July 2018


Mez Blume

This is the second time I've worked with Anna, but it won't be the last! Her keen eye for story structure & detail combined with her killer work ethic & human touch makes​ for a great editorial experience. I really feel I'm getting top notch industry advice on my manuscripts when working with Anna. She is incredibly quick and thorough, and at the same time genuinely supportive. I couldn't recom...

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Mez Blume, July 2018

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