The editor, Philippa Donovan, established Smart Quill in 2011. Since then she has worked with around 400 authors and recommends to a stable of 60 literary agents based in the UK, Australia, and the US.
In 2014 she was named Publishing Rising Star and was Editorial Consultant for the Authors' Club at Soho House West Hollywood.
Philippa's move to LA heralds great opportunities for authors; connecting up authors with literary agents, and film and tv producers via an online platform, The Smart Quill Boutique. She has scouted books for Mad Rabbit (a joint venture with Red Arrow and director Kari Skogland - The Handmaid's Tale, House of Cards), Circle of Confusion/ITV Studios (The Walking Dead), and FremantleMedia Australia (Picnic at Hanging Rock, Wentworth).
Previously Philippa commissioned fiction for a major UK publishing house, worked as a literary scout (Penguin Random House, Heyday Films) and at a literary agency (A P Watt - now United Agents). She has a vast network of worldwide contacts, and offers personalised editorial advice to writers of any genre. The aim is to enable a direct conversation between editor and author, enhancing text, and improving publication prospects.
For writing advice and book reviews, go to the Smart Quill channel.