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Eleanor Hawken

Eleanor Hawken - Editor

Eleanor is an experienced fiction editor and has worked on titles across the various children’s markets, from Young Fiction to YA. She loves discovering fresh talent and working with new authors to hone their story-telling skills.

Eleanor has had nine novels for children published under her own name. Her titles include Sammy Feral’s Diaries of Weird (winner of the Lancashire Library’s Fantastic Book Award 2014), Felix Frost, The Blue Lady and The Grey Girl. Eleanor has also written under the pseudonym Zed Storm, devising writing and working as a series consultant on the Will Solvit books. She has also written Book of the Film novelisations for movie studios, and countless activity and story books for various Disney films and franchises in her days as an editor in licensed publishing.

Eleanor is married with two young sons. When not writing, editing or helping with maths homework she loves nothing more than to practise yoga!

From us

WHY WE LOVE ELEANOR

It’s always a pleasure to read Eleanor’s reports. Enthusiastic and full of encouragement, Eleanor also offers a useful insight into the children’s and YA market.

From them

WHAT ELEANOR SAYS ABOUT EDITING

I have always loved stories, and am passionate about reading, writing and telling them. I remember vividly what it was like to be a rookie writer with no industry experience at all. Plenty of people helped me along the way, and now it’s a privilege to be able to help others.

Since beginning my editorial career I’ve had an eye for commercial children’s fiction. I’m particularly drawn to books that may appeal to reluctant readers – the more children we see with books in their hands, the better!

My passion and experience in how to create a commercial hook are key elements that I bring to editing.

I aim to look at each project with a view of how it could be the best possible version of itself. How can a book be funnier? Scarier? Better paced? How can we create characters that leap off the page and into the reader’s hearts? I genuinely enjoy the opportunity to work with new authors, helping them to hone their storytelling skills and begin their publishing journey.

Genres Eleanor specialises in

Fiction
Children's
Young Adult

Eleanor's published books

Felix Frost: Roman Riddle

Felix Frost: Roman Riddle

The Blue Lady

The Blue Lady

Sammy Feral’s Diaries of Weird: Dragon Gold

Sammy Feral’s Diaries of Weird: Dragon Gold

Testimonials

“I just wanted to quickly reach out to let you know how pleased I was with Eleanor’s report of my manuscript! Already I feel like her suggestions are helping steer me in the right direction as I prepare for my re-write.”

– Laken B.

Thank you so much – firstly for your kind remarks but most importantly for the incredibly helpful job you’ve done with advising me on where to improve my manuscript. Although I have only just read it through quickly now – I will spend time from tomorrow taking all your advice on board. I think you’ve done a magnificent job in your report and really do thank you for all your help and advice – you have given me so many areas to revisit I can’t wait to start improving it. I will contact you if I have any queries. I also thank you for your comments about my first effort at fiction – your encouragement is gratefully received. I knew joining Jericho Writers was a good idea!”

– Gloria B.

“Fantastic feedback. Thank you so much! It just the kind of intel I was after.”

– Andy G.

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