Kate O'Donnell

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I'm Kate O'Donnell – a writer, book editor and children’s literature specialist based in Melbourne.
My debut YA novel, Untidy Towns, will be published by UQP in 2017.

About Me

I’m a children’s book editor and young adult author based in Melbourne. I grew up in the first golden age of Australian YA literature (i.e. the 90s) and have worked as a bookseller since I was fourteen, when I got my start packing school booklists through hot summers in the agricultural & livestock sheds at the Geelong Showgrounds. (Do I still imagine this place as […]

Untidy Towns

My debut YA novel, Untidy Towns, will be published by the University of Queensland Press in October 2017. It’s about country towns, friendship, families, trains and finding yourself. And kissing.   I ran away on a Tuesday afternoon in late March. Six pm and I was headed south-west in a train that smelt stale. Seventeen-year-old Adelaide is sick of being expected to succeed on other […]

Editing

I am a book editor and children’s literature specialist based in Melbourne, with over ten years of experience in the book and publishing industry and a particular passion for young adult literary fiction. I’m available freelance work, so please consider me for editing and proofreading projects. I have experience editing and proofreading children’s fiction (from picture books through early-reader, middle grade and up to YA […]

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Whether it be about editing or writing, I’d love to hear from you.

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