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Radhiah Chowdhury

Radhiah Chowdhury - Editor

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

I am a Children's Editor at Australia's leading independent publisher. Let me help you craft the perfect frame for your masterpiece.

Overview

Reviews (1)

I began my editorial career as one of the managing editors of a peer-reviewed postgraduate journal for the Arts, called Philament. I've since moved on to children's publishing, where I have been for nearing 5 years. I was Children's Editor at Scholastic Press and Omnibus Books for over four years, before moving over recently to Allen & Unwin, one of Australia's leading independent trade publishers. I specialise in manuscript assessment, structural editing, development editing and copy-editing picture books, junior fiction, middle-grade fiction (ages 10-14) and young adult fiction.

Manuscript assessment
Everything we write has meaning to us, but publishing is a tough business. It's hard to step back from our own writing to decide whether it's ready to share with the world, so it's important to let someone with industry experience and knowledge of current trends to help you assess your work and present it with your best foot forward.

Structural editing
Books need a beginning, middle and an end. The end could be in the beginning. the beginning could be at the end, but whatever combination of the three parts, I can help you map the ins and outs of your writing to showcase it as the best it can possibly be.

Development editing
A story always needs to go somewhere and a reader needs to care where it's going. A good story needs a strong narrative arc, character development and identifiable themes to keep those pages turning.

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books Fantasy Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Literature Romance Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)

Work experience

Children's Editor

Allen & Unwin

October, 2016 – Present (2 months)

Children's Editor

Scholastic Australia

April, 2012 – September, 2016 (over 4 years)

Portfolio (28 selected works)

Thirst

Lizzie Wilcock

Karanda Hooke doesn’t need anybody or anything. On her way to her sixth foster home, a crash leaves her stranded in the outback with only a backpack, a bottle of water and a stained picture of the mother she hasn’t seen in years. This is her chance to escape her old life. There’s only one thing in her way . . . eight-year-old Solomon.

Karanda Hooke doesn’t need anybody or anything. On her way to her sixth foster home, a crash leaves her stranded in the outback with only a backpack, a bottle of water and a stained picture of the mother she hasn’t seen in years. This is her chance to escape her old life. There’s only one thing in her way . . . eight-year-old Solomon.

Wolves of the Witchwood

Kate Forsyth

Hunted by Lord Mortlake, Tom, Quinn, Elanor and Sebastian flee for cover. The unicorn leads them into the darkness of the Witchwood where the wolves howl. In the ancient wood, the four children meet the mysterious blind witch Wilda. She seems to help them on their quest, but can she be trusted? Danger surrounds, but there’s no time to lose. The four unlikely heroes must find the griffin, drago... read more

Hunted by Lord Mortlake, Tom, Quinn, Elanor and Sebastian flee for cover. The unicorn leads them into the darkness of the Witchwood where the wolves howl. In the ancient wood, the four children meet the mysterious blind witch Wilda. She seems to help them on their quest, but can she be trusted? Danger surrounds, but there’s no time to lose. The four unlikely heroes must find the griffin, drago... read more

The Drowned Kingdom

Kate Forsyth

Quinn, Sebastian, Elanor and Tom have found a dragon and conquered the dreaded Beast of Blackmoor Bog. Only one item remains on their impossible quest—the scale of a sea-serpent. Now they must journey to the drowned kingdom, where they will face their deadliest challenge yet. And there they will uncover the truth behind all that has happened . . . the truth that will change everything.

Quinn, Sebastian, Elanor and Tom have found a dragon and conquered the dreaded Beast of Blackmoor Bog. Only one item remains on their impossible quest—the scale of a sea-serpent. Now they must journey to the drowned kingdom, where they will face their deadliest challenge yet. And there they will uncover the truth behind all that has happened . . . the truth that will change everything.

Joyous and Moonbeam

Richard Yaxley

Two of the most unlikely people meet in the most unlikely place. Joyous calls her Moonbeam. When you're fifteen life can make you angry; and families can get seriously messed up. But Joyous has the knack of working things around a little. He is about to teach Moonbeam what family is really all about and it will transform her in every possible way.

Two of the most unlikely people meet in the most unlikely place. Joyous calls her Moonbeam. When you're fifteen life can make you angry; and families can get seriously messed up. But Joyous has the knack of working things around a little. He is about to teach Moonbeam what family is really all about and it will transform her in every possible way.

Escape from Wolfhaven Castle

Kate Forsyth

Tell your lord to beware; the wolves smell danger in the wind...Wolfhaven Castle has been attacked, and only four escape capture... Tom, trained to scrub pots, not fight; Elanor, the lord's daughter; Sebastian, a knight in training; and Quinn, the witch's apprentice.Somehow, if they are to save their people, these unlikely heroes must find four magical beasts from legend and awaken the sleepin... read more

Tell your lord to beware; the wolves smell danger in the wind...Wolfhaven Castle has been attacked, and only four escape capture... Tom, trained to scrub pots, not fight; Elanor, the lord's daughter; Sebastian, a knight in training; and Quinn, the witch's apprentice.Somehow, if they are to save their people, these unlikely heroes must find four magical beasts from legend and awaken the sleepin... read more

The Beast of Blackmoor Bog

Kate Forsyth

After escaping the bog-men in the wilds of the Witchwood, Sebastian, Quinn, Elanor and Tom journey south on their impossible quest. Sebastian and Elanor seek help from Crowthorne Castle, but both allies and enemies will reveal themselves. Tom and Quinn venture into the mysterious moors...where a hideous beast lies waiting.

After escaping the bog-men in the wilds of the Witchwood, Sebastian, Quinn, Elanor and Tom journey south on their impossible quest. Sebastian and Elanor seek help from Crowthorne Castle, but both allies and enemies will reveal themselves. Tom and Quinn venture into the mysterious moors...where a hideous beast lies waiting.

Battle of the Heroes

Kate Forsyth

Do not lose faith. Remember the words of the story, remember the words of the spell... Quinn, Sebastian, Elanor and Tom have defeated the black witch Githa and found the last crucial piece of the prophecy — the sea serpent’s scale. Back now at Wolfhaven, they search desperately through the castle crypts for the sleeping heroes, who they hope will save them all ... before the dark moon rises an... read more

Do not lose faith. Remember the words of the story, remember the words of the spell... Quinn, Sebastian, Elanor and Tom have defeated the black witch Githa and found the last crucial piece of the prophecy — the sea serpent’s scale. Back now at Wolfhaven, they search desperately through the castle crypts for the sleeping heroes, who they hope will save them all ... before the dark moon rises an... read more

WeirDo

Anh Do

My parents could have given me any first name at all, like John, Kevin, Shmevin . . . ANYTHING. Instead I'm stuck with the worst name since Mrs Face called her son Bum. Weir Do's the new kid in school. With an unforgettable name, a crazy family and some seriously weird habits, fitting in won't be easy... But it will be funny!

My parents could have given me any first name at all, like John, Kevin, Shmevin . . . ANYTHING. Instead I'm stuck with the worst name since Mrs Face called her son Bum. Weir Do's the new kid in school. With an unforgettable name, a crazy family and some seriously weird habits, fitting in won't be easy... But it will be funny!

WeirDo #2: Even Weirder!

Anh Do

Weir’s back and even weirder! But it’s not just Weir who’s weird, it’s his whole family. Not even their pet bird is normal! How will he keep cool with a school trip to the zoo coming up AND Bella’s birthday party?! It won’t be easy . . . but it will be funny!

Weir’s back and even weirder! But it’s not just Weir who’s weird, it’s his whole family. Not even their pet bird is normal! How will he keep cool with a school trip to the zoo coming up AND Bella’s birthday party?! It won’t be easy . . . but it will be funny!

WeirDo #3

Anh Do

I guess with a name like WEIRDO I was always going to be a bit strange! Weir?s back and extra weird! Dad?s working on his cool dance moves for the local talent quest, while Weir?s trying out for the school soccer team! Will Weir score a spot, or fall flat? It won?t be easy ? but it will be FUNNY!

I guess with a name like WEIRDO I was always going to be a bit strange! Weir?s back and extra weird! Dad?s working on his cool dance moves for the local talent quest, while Weir?s trying out for the school soccer team! Will Weir score a spot, or fall flat? It won?t be easy ? but it will be FUNNY!

Super Weird!

Anh Do

Weir?s back and SUPER weird! And guess what? FiDo the sausage-dog is SUPER weird too. Perfect! Dad?s training to become a firefighter, while Weir?s busy with Pet Day! Will FiDo and Blockhead freeze-up or find fame? It won?t be easy . . . but it will be funny!

Weir?s back and SUPER weird! And guess what? FiDo the sausage-dog is SUPER weird too. Perfect! Dad?s training to become a firefighter, while Weir?s busy with Pet Day! Will FiDo and Blockhead freeze-up or find fame? It won?t be easy . . . but it will be funny!

WeirDo #5

Anh Do

Weir’s back and TOTALLY WEIRD! The Camp Kangaroo Challenge is on, and Weir’s team is up against Bella and the new kid, who has the coolest name ever . . . HANS SOME! Yep, that’s really his name! Weir Do vs Hans Some! It won’t be easy . . . but it will be funny!

Weir’s back and TOTALLY WEIRD! The Camp Kangaroo Challenge is on, and Weir’s team is up against Bella and the new kid, who has the coolest name ever . . . HANS SOME! Yep, that’s really his name! Weir Do vs Hans Some! It won’t be easy . . . but it will be funny!

Within These Walls

Robyn Bavati

Whatever is coming, we’ll face it together, as a family. As long as we’re together, we'll be okay. For Miri and her family, life in Warsaw is full of simple joys. The smell of freshly baked challah, the promise of summer holidays, and Fridays when everyone comes together to celebrate the Sabbath. But when the Germans march into Warsaw with their campaign of hatred against the Jews, Miri and he... read more

Whatever is coming, we’ll face it together, as a family. As long as we’re together, we'll be okay. For Miri and her family, life in Warsaw is full of simple joys. The smell of freshly baked challah, the promise of summer holidays, and Fridays when everyone comes together to celebrate the Sabbath. But when the Germans march into Warsaw with their campaign of hatred against the Jews, Miri and he... read more

The Pain, My Mother, Sir Tiffy, Cyber Boy & Me

Michael Gerard Bauer

It really all started with The Pain. He officially came into my life exactly nine weeks and one day before our Year Ten Graduation Dance. And despite my very best efforts to wipe the day from my mind, I can still remember it clearly. It was a Friday. The thirteenth day of the month. Notice anything there? Maggie Butt is facing not only a stranger taking over her mother’s life but her own as we... read more

It really all started with The Pain. He officially came into my life exactly nine weeks and one day before our Year Ten Graduation Dance. And despite my very best efforts to wipe the day from my mind, I can still remember it clearly. It was a Friday. The thirteenth day of the month. Notice anything there? Maggie Butt is facing not only a stranger taking over her mother’s life but her own as we... read more

Pig the Winner

Aaron Blabey

Pig the Fibber

Aaron Blabey

From award-winning creator of PIG THE PUG (9781407154985) comes a brand new tale about the world's greediest pug. Pig the Pug is back and this time he is telling great big lies. From shattered vases to stinky parps, when Pig gets into trouble he always blames his long-suffering friend, Trevor. But when Pig comes up with a super sneaky plan to steal all of the tasty treats he pays the price for... read more

From award-winning creator of PIG THE PUG (9781407154985) comes a brand new tale about the world's greediest pug. Pig the Pug is back and this time he is telling great big lies. From shattered vases to stinky parps, when Pig gets into trouble he always blames his long-suffering friend, Trevor. But when Pig comes up with a super sneaky plan to steal all of the tasty treats he pays the price for... read more

Pig the Pug

Aaron Blabey

Pig the Pug

Pig the Pug

Thelma the Unicorn

Aaron Blabey

Thelma the Unicorn

Thelma the Unicorn

A Special Kind of Love

Stephen Michael King

Our Love Grows

Anna Pignataro

In the deep green forest, Pip asked, "Mama, when will I be big?"Pip is an adorable, roly-poly little panda who sees the world changing and growing. But Pip is feeling a bit left behind. Luckily Mama is there to show playful and curious Pip that, like the trees in the forest and the stars in the sky, he's growing and changing too. And no matter how much Pip grows, the one thing that will never ... read more

In the deep green forest, Pip asked, "Mama, when will I be big?"Pip is an adorable, roly-poly little panda who sees the world changing and growing. But Pip is feeling a bit left behind. Luckily Mama is there to show playful and curious Pip that, like the trees in the forest and the stars in the sky, he's growing and changing too. And no matter how much Pip grows, the one thing that will never ... read more

Good Night, Truck

Sally Odgers

Truck, Digger, Boat, and Rocket work very hard through the day.But once night falls, it's tim....

Truck, Digger, Boat, and Rocket work very hard through the day.But once night falls, it's tim....

My Rules for Being a Pretty Princess

Heath McKenzie

Rules are meant to be broken in this laugh-out-loud picture book about staying true to yourself.One little girl gets her greatest wish of becoming a princess only to discover that the rules of royalty are no fun. She has to have perfect hair and eat daintily and dance gracefully -- boring! So, she decides to make up her own rules... A delightfully subversive picture book that teaches girls to ... read more

Rules are meant to be broken in this laugh-out-loud picture book about staying true to yourself.One little girl gets her greatest wish of becoming a princess only to discover that the rules of royalty are no fun. She has to have perfect hair and eat daintily and dance gracefully -- boring! So, she decides to make up her own rules... A delightfully subversive picture book that teaches girls to ... read more

I Wanna Be a Great Big Dinosaur

Heath McKenzie

More than anything in the world, one little boy wants to be a great big dinosaur. And he's in luck....

More than anything in the world, one little boy wants to be a great big dinosaur. And he's in luck....

Radhiah has 1 review

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Jason E. Hamilton

Radhiah went above and beyond what I requested in the services I contracted her for. She was professional and swift in her delivery. I enjoyed the collaboration. She was exceptional in recognizing where my story needed a little extra assistance. What's great is I was only looking for a copy edit and got so much more. I thank her for all of her help in making my manuscript a better experience fo...

Jason E. Hamilton, October 2016

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