Erin Donohue

Erin Donohue – Editor

Word nerd, editor and published author – specialising in assessment, editing and proofreading in contemporary and YA fiction and poetry.


My name is Erin D. I am a poet, novelist and editor living in Te-Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington), Aotearoa New Zealand.

I am an editor at a legal publisher, editing, proofreading and producing law journals, textbooks and specialist legal books. I have experience proofreading across mutliple genres and have assessed several poetry, fantasy, creative non-fiction and YA fiction manuscripts over the course of my degree.

My YA novel, Because Everything Is Right but Everything is Wrong (Escalator Press, 2017), was a finalist in two categories in the 2018 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and it centres around mental illness, high school and being a teen with the whole world stretched out in front of you. I have been featured in the Auckland Writers Festival, the Nelson Readers and Writers Festival and Verb Writers Festival in Wellington.

I write about illness, perception, disability, love, body image and fear and am currently working on a collection of personal essays. I like true crime, therapy, barbershop and my cat Maura, who is named after a Love Island contestant. I am my most authentic self when I am riding my moped on a sunny day or swimming in the sea, in any weather.

Biographies & Memoirs
Coming of Age Contemporary Fiction LGBTQ Fiction Poetry Young Adult
English (AUS) English (NZ) English (UK)
  • Finalist for Best First Book Award – New Zealand Book Awards Children and Young Adults
  • Finalist for Copyright Licensing NZ Award – New Zealand Book Awards Children and Young Adults
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts in Creative Writing
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Publishing

Work experience

Thomson Reuters

Aug, 2018 — Present

I edit, proofread and produce law journals, textbooks and specialist legal books on a range of topics.

Steele Roberts Aotearoa

Oct, 2017 — Oct, 2017 (less than a minute)

While on a work placement as a publishing assistant, I assessed fiction manuscripts that were submitted for publication, designed marketing collateral and edited fiction manuscripts for publication.

Allen and Unwin

Jul, 2017 — Jul, 2017 (less than a minute)

While on a work placement as a publishing assistant, I wrote marketing newsletters, proofread manuscript in their final stages before publication and assessment manuscripts that were submitted for publication.

Whitireia New Zealand

Feb, 2017 — Nov, 2017 (9 months)

While working on this course, I edited, marketed and typeset real publications while also learning from and working with top industry professionals.

Erin has 4 reviews





Jon Z.

Jon Z.

May, 2023

Erin did a great job editing a technical legal book for me. Erin is obviously experienced, professional and prompt. I will use her on my next book.
jamie L.

jamie L.

Apr, 2023

This is the second round of edits for my book Clockwork: The Order of the Hour. I am once again very impressed. I look forward to working with Erin in the future and would recommend her to anyone who is looking for a fantastic editor.
Erin D.
Love working with Jamie! He’s so dedicated and open to change. A dream author
jamie L.

jamie L.

Sep, 2022

Erin was a pleasure to work with. Her work is clear and thorough. If there needed to be a change to the contract she would let me know in good time. I look forward to working with her again
josey A.

josey A.

Aug, 2022

Erin was a lovely help with the editorial assessment that she provided. Incredibly thorough with her work and she provided alternative examples along with her feedback to help inspire further the changes that will help to strengthen your work.

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