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Anna Bowles

Anna Bowles - Editor

London, United Kingdom

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

Overview

Reviews (22)

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.



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

Work experience

Freelance

N/A
April, 2015 – Present (almost 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 (9 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.

Anna has 22 reviews

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Stephanie Mena

An informative and professional experience.

, February 2018


Tim Cove

I had my YA fantasy / Sci-fi manuscript assessed by Anna. The book is over 120,000 words long and yet the turnaround time was lightning-fast. This was especially astonishing considering the detail and depth of her analysis. Anna demonstrated a thorough familiarity with the manuscript and was able to to reference specific scenes or even obscure characters to illustrate certain points. Every iss...

, February 2018


Jackie Wilson

Hi, Anna, Thanks for your report. You've given me a lot to think about and pointed out a lot of things I missed. I guess that's why writers need editors, despite our liking to think our work is perfect just the way it is! At the suggestion of several people who read it, I did get an illustrator--a fantastic artist, I only hope my writing is half as good as his art--and I'm thinking I mi...

, February 2018


Francisca Staines

I was very fortunate to have selected Anna to complete the Editorial Assessment of my manuscript. She responded promptly to my request for help, understood my brief and gave me clear feedback about the service that she would provide. Her report arrived on time (before the accorded deadline, in fact), and it contained detailed, helpful and specific feedback pinpointing the key areas where I coul...

, January 2018


G. M. T. Schuilling

When you're ready to take your manuscript to the next level, STOP and look no further. Anna is blessed with an eagle's eye, a lion's heart and a lady's hand. She sees EVERYTHING, is unafraid to push your writing and make you brave, yet handles your work with delicate care. She also works at the speed of a cheetah. Never before have I been in a WIN-WIN-WIN-WIN situation. Writing is dangerous wor...

, January 2018

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