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Donna Hillyer

Donna Hillyer - Editor

London, United Kingdom

Freelance publishing consultant and editor with a huge amount of experience in publishing, from editing and proofreading to commissioning

Overview

I'm a publishing consultant and editor, who, before going freelance in 2015, worked in corporate publishing in London for 12 years (to company editorial director level). I work in various capacities with publishing companies, literary agents, private authors and writers'/literary festivals.

Services
Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction Horror Humor & Comedy Paranormal Romance Romance Thriller Urban Fantasy Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • BA Arts (Joint Honours – English and Philosophy), University College Cork
  • MA Publishing Studies City University, London

Awards

  • In 2013, I was one of four people shortlisted for the prestigious Kim Scott Walwyn Prize, which recognises women's creativity, professionalism and ambition in publishing.

Work experience

Editorial Director

Harlequin UK Ltd

January, 2013 – June, 2015 (over 2 years)

Oversaw the running of the Harlequin UK editorial programme and its imprints, managing a team of 6, as well as commissioning and growing authors myself. I sat on the board, and so was also involved in the management of the company at senior level.

Senior Commissioning Fiction Editor: Piatkus

Little, Brown

January, 2011 – December, 2012 (almost 2 years)

The Piatkus list averages about 100 titles a year, and the genres within which we publish are: general fiction; women’s commercial fiction; historical fiction; romantic suspense; crime and thrillers; paranormal romance; urban fantasy; and horror.

Portfolio (24 selected works)

Unscripted: My Ten Years in Telly

Alan Sugar

As the star of the award-winning BBC series The Apprentice, Alan Sugar has won millions of fans who tune in to watch his mix of business wisdom, witty putdowns and ability to cut straight through bullshit. But how did the famously straight-talking entrepreneur end up fronting one of our most successful and long-running shows, and why were some of his biggest challenges during his ten years in ... read more

As the star of the award-winning BBC series The Apprentice, Alan Sugar has won millions of fans who tune in to watch his mix of business wisdom, witty putdowns and ability to cut straight through bullshit. But how did the famously straight-talking entrepreneur end up fronting one of our most successful and long-running shows, and why were some of his biggest challenges during his ten years in ... read more

Pleasure Island: A gripping beach read packed with mystery, suspense, drama and romance

Anna-Lou Weatherley

'An utterly amazing story that I am still shaking my head over hours after I finished the last word.' Keeper Bookshelf ‘Pleasure Island was simply stunning and has left me with a huge book hangover that will take a considerable amount of time to cure. It has an incredible pace packed full of twists and turns, manipulation and surprises…This is THE Summer read of 2015 go and buy it now.’ Shaz's... read more

'An utterly amazing story that I am still shaking my head over hours after I finished the last word.' Keeper Bookshelf ‘Pleasure Island was simply stunning and has left me with a huge book hangover that will take a considerable amount of time to cure. It has an incredible pace packed full of twists and turns, manipulation and surprises…This is THE Summer read of 2015 go and buy it now.’ Shaz's... read more

The End of the World Running Club

Adrian J Walker

THE ULTIMATE RACE AGAINST TIME THRILLERWhen the world ends and you find yourself stranded on the wrong side of the country, every second counts.No one knows this more than Edgar Hill. 550 miles away from his family, he must push himself to the very limit to get back to them, or risk losing them forever...His best option is to run.But what if your best isn’t good enough?

THE ULTIMATE RACE AGAINST TIME THRILLERWhen the world ends and you find yourself stranded on the wrong side of the country, every second counts.No one knows this more than Edgar Hill. 550 miles away from his family, he must push himself to the very limit to get back to them, or risk losing them forever...His best option is to run.But what if your best isn’t good enough?

Rebel Sisters

Marita Conlon-McKenna

With the threat of the First World War looming, tension simmers under the surface of Ireland. Growing up in the privileged confines of Dublin's leafy Rathmines, the bright, beautiful Gifford sisters Grace, Muriel and Nellie kick against the conventions of their wealthy Anglo-Irish background and their mother Isabella's expectations. Soon, as war erupts across Europe, the spirited sisters find ... read more

With the threat of the First World War looming, tension simmers under the surface of Ireland. Growing up in the privileged confines of Dublin's leafy Rathmines, the bright, beautiful Gifford sisters Grace, Muriel and Nellie kick against the conventions of their wealthy Anglo-Irish background and their mother Isabella's expectations. Soon, as war erupts across Europe, the spirited sisters find ... read more

Imagine

Lesley-Ann Jones

Blood Instinct (Blackthorn Dark Paranormal Romance Series Book 6)

Lindsay J. Pryor

‘I think what is inside of you triggers the worst of me’ Sophia McKay has always had a reckless streak, but falling for lycan leader Jask Tao, gave her something to live for. Now, cursed with a serryn bloodline, a darkness inside Phia is awakening. A darkness she knows could prove deadly to those she loves most. Approaching a blue moon, Jask Tao and his pack are living close to the edge, due t... read more

‘I think what is inside of you triggers the worst of me’ Sophia McKay has always had a reckless streak, but falling for lycan leader Jask Tao, gave her something to live for. Now, cursed with a serryn bloodline, a darkness inside Phia is awakening. A darkness she knows could prove deadly to those she loves most. Approaching a blue moon, Jask Tao and his pack are living close to the edge, due t... read more

Nina is Not OK

Shappi Khorsandi

Strangers

Paul Finch

Blaze (The Dark in You)

Suzanne Wright

The Secret Agent

Joseph Conrad

Milkshakes and Heartbreaks at the Starlight Diner: A smart, retro read with a compelling plot (The Starlight Diner Series, Book 1)

Helen Cox

A witty, romantic, New York-inspired novel.Next time you’re in New York, take a turn off Broadway onto East Houston Street. There, you’ll see it: The Starlight Diner. A retro eatery curious enough to delight tourists and locals alike. Fifties tunes stream out of the jukebox long into the night, and it serves the tastiest milkshakes in the five boroughs.Esther Knight waitresses at The Starlight... read more

A witty, romantic, New York-inspired novel.Next time you’re in New York, take a turn off Broadway onto East Houston Street. There, you’ll see it: The Starlight Diner. A retro eatery curious enough to delight tourists and locals alike. Fifties tunes stream out of the jukebox long into the night, and it serves the tastiest milkshakes in the five boroughs.Esther Knight waitresses at The Starlight... read more

If Ever I Fall

S.D. Robertson

The Other Us

Fiona Harper

Made In Japan

S. J. Parks

Our Little Secret

Claudia Carroll

I'm Right Here

Yvonne Cassidy

Call Yourself A Mother?

Joanna Barnard

If You Knew Her

Emily Elgar

Jessie's Promise

Rosie Clarke

From the bestselling author of LIZZIE'S SECRET and LIZZIE'S WAR, a story about resilient, strong women surviving adversity post World War 1. DEVON 1918. When Jessie Hale loses her nursing job at the end of the First World War, she leaves London to become the nursemaid to the Kendle family in Devon. On arrival she finds the family in disarray. Captain Kendle is a loving father but is traumatise... read more

From the bestselling author of LIZZIE'S SECRET and LIZZIE'S WAR, a story about resilient, strong women surviving adversity post World War 1. DEVON 1918. When Jessie Hale loses her nursing job at the end of the First World War, she leaves London to become the nursemaid to the Kendle family in Devon. On arrival she finds the family in disarray. Captain Kendle is a loving father but is traumatise... read more

The Laws of Love

Muriel Bolger

One Endless Summer

Laurie Ellingham

Three best friends.Three continents.Three months to live.How long can you keep a secret?Three best friends are embarking on an all-expenses paid trip of their dreams. The only catch? Every moment will be documented on film.Lizzie’s battle with cancer is coming to an end, and now she’s ready to embrace adventure for the very first time. There are only three months, but it is Lizzie’s time to fi... read more

Three best friends.Three continents.Three months to live.How long can you keep a secret?Three best friends are embarking on an all-expenses paid trip of their dreams. The only catch? Every moment will be documented on film.Lizzie’s battle with cancer is coming to an end, and now she’s ready to embrace adventure for the very first time. There are only three months, but it is Lizzie’s time to fi... read more

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