Donna Hillyer

Publishing Consultant & Freelance Editor

About Me

Donna Hillyer

Prior to setting up my business in 2015, I worked in book publishing for 10 years. During my career, I've worked for a number of major UK trade publishers: Virgin Books, Piatkus, Little, Brown Book Group, and Harlequin UK.

I've worked across all levels from editorial assistant to company director/board member, and my skills are subsequently wide-ranging. I've commissioned and grown authors (both mainstream and genre) to bestselling and award-winning status, overseeing their individual publishing strategies whilst working closely with overseas markets (particularly Ireland, Europe, the US and Australia).

I understand the current climate, and what it takes to be competitive and stand out from the crowd. I'm hard-working, tenacious and always committed to achieving the best possible result. I'm in-tune with all formats, including digital; in 2012 I launched one of the first digital imprints in the UK, Piatkus Entice.

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

I'm originally from Ireland, and prior to my move to and career in London, I read English and Philosophy at University College Cork.