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Philippa Donovan

Philippa Donovan - Editor

Los Angeles, London, Sydney

Overview

Reviews (1)

I'm an editorial consultant based between London, Sydney and LA. I provide structural edits, copyedits, recommendation to literary agents, and an online books to film platform represented by Circle of Confusion productions (The Walking Dead, Straight Outta Compton). I also run the Authors Club, a monthly writing workshop at Soho House West Hollywood.

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books Classics Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Horror Inspirational Romance Science Fiction Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Awards

  • Publishing Rising Star 2014 - The Bookseller

Work experience

Commissioning Editor

Egmont Books Ltd
September, 2008 – October, 2012 (about 4 years)

Literary Scout

Anne Louise Fisher Associates
April, 2007 – August, 2008 (over 1 year)

Associate Agent

A P Watt Literary Agency
September, 2002 – April, 2007 (over 4 years)

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Agatha Parrot and the Floating Head

Kjartan Poskitt

Agatha Parrot is the most exciting and hilarious comedy series since Mr Gum! But don’t take our word for it . . . take hers! Hiya! This book is about Odd Street School where I go along with mad Ivy who always jumps down stairs four at a time WAHOO! And Martha who is big and jolly and can sort out boys. The oddest teacher we've got is Miss Barking who wears goggles and gloves to use a pencil sh... read more

Agatha Parrot is the most exciting and hilarious comedy series since Mr Gum! But don’t take our word for it . . . take hers! Hiya! This book is about Odd Street School where I go along with mad Ivy who always jumps down stairs four at a time WAHOO! And Martha who is big and jolly and can sort out boys. The oddest teacher we've got is Miss Barking who wears goggles and gloves to use a pencil sh... read more

Submarine

JOE DUNTHORNE

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Joe Dunthorne's Wild Abandon.At once a self-styled social scientist, a spy in the baffling adult world, and a budding, hormone-driven emotional explorer, Oliver Tate is stealthily nosing his way forward through the murky and uniquely perilous waters of adolescence. His objectives? Uncovering the secrets behind his parents’ teetering marriage, unrave... read more

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Joe Dunthorne's Wild Abandon.At once a self-styled social scientist, a spy in the baffling adult world, and a budding, hormone-driven emotional explorer, Oliver Tate is stealthily nosing his way forward through the murky and uniquely perilous waters of adolescence. His objectives? Uncovering the secrets behind his parents’ teetering marriage, unrave... read more

The Meaning of Night: A Confession

Michael Cox

"Superb.... An engrossing and complicated tale...that touches on every aspect of Victorian society."—Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World "After killing the red-haired man, I took myself off to Quinn's for an oyster supper." So begins the "enthralling" (Booklist, starred review) and "ingenious" (Boston Globe) story of Edward Glyver, booklover, scholar, and murderer. A chance discovery con... read more

"Superb.... An engrossing and complicated tale...that touches on every aspect of Victorian society."—Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World "After killing the red-haired man, I took myself off to Quinn's for an oyster supper." So begins the "enthralling" (Booklist, starred review) and "ingenious" (Boston Globe) story of Edward Glyver, booklover, scholar, and murderer. A chance discovery con... read more

Human.4

Mike A. Lancaster

Kyle Straker volunteered to be hypnotized at the annual community talent show, expecting the same old lame amateur acts. But when he wakes up, his world will never be the same. Televisions and computers no longer work, but a strange language streams across their screens. Everyone's behaving oddly. It's as if Kyle doesn't exit. Is this nightmare a result of the hypnosis? Will Kyle wake up with ... read more

Kyle Straker volunteered to be hypnotized at the annual community talent show, expecting the same old lame amateur acts. But when he wakes up, his world will never be the same. Televisions and computers no longer work, but a strange language streams across their screens. Everyone's behaving oddly. It's as if Kyle doesn't exit. Is this nightmare a result of the hypnosis? Will Kyle wake up with ... read more

Angel's Fury

Bryony Pearce

A stunning debut book for young adults, mixing mythology, fantasy and real-life terror in a paranormal story like no other. Every atrocity Every war Every act of vengeance One fallen angel walks the earth to bring mankind to its destruction . . . Turning love into hate, forgiveness into blame, hope into despair. Through the fires of hell he will come to haunt one girl’s dreams. But what if eve... read more

A stunning debut book for young adults, mixing mythology, fantasy and real-life terror in a paranormal story like no other. Every atrocity Every war Every act of vengeance One fallen angel walks the earth to bring mankind to its destruction . . . Turning love into hate, forgiveness into blame, hope into despair. Through the fires of hell he will come to haunt one girl’s dreams. But what if eve... read more

Trust No One

Paul Cleave

In this “outstanding psychological thriller” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) by the Edgar-nominated author of Joe Victim, a famous crime writer struggles to differentiate between his own reality and the frightening plot lines he’s created for the page.Jerry Grey is known to most of the world by his crime writing pseudonym, Henry Cutter—a name that has been keeping readers on the edge of th... read more

In this “outstanding psychological thriller” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) by the Edgar-nominated author of Joe Victim, a famous crime writer struggles to differentiate between his own reality and the frightening plot lines he’s created for the page.Jerry Grey is known to most of the world by his crime writing pseudonym, Henry Cutter—a name that has been keeping readers on the edge of th... read more

The Last Wild

Piers Torday

"A hugely inventive adventure."—Eoin Colfer, New York Times bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series In a world where animals are slowly fading into extinction, twelve-year-old Kester Jaynes feels as if he hardly exists either. He’s been locked away in a home for troubled children and is unable to speak a word. Then one night, a flock of talking pigeons and a bossy cockroach come to help ... read more

"A hugely inventive adventure."—Eoin Colfer, New York Times bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series In a world where animals are slowly fading into extinction, twelve-year-old Kester Jaynes feels as if he hardly exists either. He’s been locked away in a home for troubled children and is unable to speak a word. Then one night, a flock of talking pigeons and a bossy cockroach come to help ... read more

Philippa has 1 review

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Mark Barkley

Review for Philippa Donovan – Editor It is with great pleasure that I can recommend Philippa as an editor. I engaged the services of Philippa to offer editorial advice on my fictional novel, “When The Stone Shepherds Awaken”. The subsequent report I received of my draft was frank, direct and candid and offered suggestions on areas where improvements could be made. There was sobering advice th...

, October 2016

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