Erin Donohue

Erin Donohue - Editor

Wellington, New Zealand

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

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My name is Erin Donohue. 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.

English (AUS)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
Biographies & Memoirs
Coming of Age
Contemporary Fiction
LGBTQ Fiction
Young Adult


  • Bachelor of Applied Arts in Creative Writing
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Publishing


  • 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

Work experience


Thomson Reuters
August, 2018 – Present (about 4 years)

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

Publishing Assistant – Work Placement

Steele Roberts Aotearoa
October, 2017 – October, 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.

Publishing Assistant – Work Experience

Allen and Unwin
July, 2017 – July, 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.

Post-Graduate Diploma in Publishing

Whitireia New Zealand
February, 2017 – November, 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.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Food for Good

King, Lisa, Meredith, Michael

My wide white bed

Harris, Trish

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