About Me

Born and raised in South Africa, I graduated from the University of South Africa in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science. With a lifelong love for the printed word, I worked in both the book-selling and publishing industries for seven years before heading down the path of entrepreneurship, opening a specialist library-supply and academic bookshop in 1998, and launching one of South Africa’s first online bookstores in 1999.

Working on both sides of the tracks for almost three decades has given me unique insights into the book world as a whole.

Today, I am an internationally published author, professional ghostwriter, accomplished book editor and publishing consultant working with authors all over the world.

With my strong business and academic background, my focus is primarily on memoir and works of non-fiction, including business and inspirational books.

So, how did it all begin?

I believe that it is our responsibility as human beings to raise the energy of our planet by sharing our stories with the world. I didn’t always feel that way, however. It took an event that shook my world to plant that seed and propel me into a lifetime career of writing, ghostwriting and editing.

In 2007, my husband got into his car, drove away, and was never seen again. The chain of traumatic events that happened that day all led back to me, and there was no way that I could escape them. Seven years later, burdened with guilt and desperate to find peace and forgiveness, I decided to share my story with the world. I started writing Four in the Morning as a memoir but because I wanted to protect identities I decided to write my book as a novel instead.

Four in the Morning was published as an e-book in July 2015, and in paperback and large print in April 2017. My hope is that anybody who has been through trauma, and who has struggled to pick up the shattered pieces of their lives afterwards, will find peace and hope through my story.

After completing my book, I wondered how many other people had stories of their own to share but did not have the time or the necessary skills to capture their story on a printed page. I knew that with my unique blend of empathy, curiosity and creativity that I had found my place in this world. In ghostwriting and editing I found my true calling as a writer, and I have immersed myself in it ever since.

My passion as a ghostwriter and editor is collaborating with people who have been through life-changing experiences that have reshaped and remoulded them as human beings, and helping them share their message with the world.

I am based in the Western Cape, South Africa, and work with clients all over the world. If you’ve got a book inside you, I would love to work with you, create your masterpiece, and get it out there. If your book has already been written and simply requires the polishing of an edit (be it a copy-edit or a substantive edit), I would love to work with you too. As an independent publishing consultant, I work with authors to get their books independently published in paperback and ebook and distributed through major book retail platforms across the world, including Amazon.com, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Ingram, Kobo, Tolino, and Overdrive (among others).

All editing work is done electronically, although I am happy to meet with my clients in person should the need arise. I prefer to meet clients in a face-to-face environment (either in person or over video call) during the initial interviewing stages of ghostwriting a book. Thereafter, all work is submitted electronically.

So, what are you waiting for? Isn’t it time that you got your book out there?

Email me at phillipa@phillipamitchell.com.

Let’s write.

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