Elanor Best

Elanor Best - Editor

London, UK

Published author and editor with 6+ years working on picture books, short stories, and fiction for publishers including Scholastic.

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Overview

Whether you are a seasoned, published author, or just starting to think about presenting your writing to the world, I am here to help polish your manuscript for the marketplace.

I have spent the past six years working in the editorial department of various publishers. From reading and evaluating literary short stories at the Short Fiction Journal, to writing and editing children’s books at Make Believe Ideas (a Scholastic-owned publisher), I have gained an eye for brilliant prose, a nose for a gripping story, and a mouth that can talk its way into any rhyme or rhythm!

In the past three years, I have written four picture books that have been published. I have also penned an extensive list of non-fiction titles for Scholastic: from an activity dictionary to a mega fact file about sharks. When I am not working on children's books, I am freelancing on a wide variety of other genres, including career guides, middle-grade fiction, and short stories for literary journals and magazines.

Writing is an intensely personal journey. You will have your own world, your own characters, your own voice. I provide an editing service that ensures none of those unique qualities are lost, but instead enhanced, to show off your writing to its maximum potential.

I am happy to work with authors and author/illustrators, as I have extensive experience of working with both.

Preferred genres include children’s picture books, the short story, middle grade and literary fiction, or career guides.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Career Guides
Children's - Non-fiction
Fiction
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Picture Books
Short Story

Certifications

  • MA Victorian Studies - Distinction
  • BA (Hons) English - First Class

Work experience

Senior Editor and Writer

Make Believe Ideas (Scholastic)
May, 2018 – Present (over 2 years)

As a Senior Editor of picture books, I work predominantly with best-selling author Rosie Greening on her extensive range of titles, from Groovicorns in the City to Mermaid Mia and the Royal Visit. I have also more recently worked with Sarah Creese on the popular Sparkle Town Fairies series.
In addition to editing, I work as a writer on the picture book team. I have created, written and published three titles so far: Taylor Tiptoe, Sophia Sparks, and Rhinocorn.
The most exciting part of this role is that I have been lucky enough to work with some wonderful illustrators: from Stuart Lynch to Dawn Machell and Lara Ede. I work closely with a designer to create an illustrator brief, and then be heavily involved in the editing and amendment process. This has taught me invaluable skills for creating a successful picture book that both reads well and visually engages young readers.
However, I also work on Scholastic educational and non-fiction titles, from their famous workbooks to their fabulous phonic readers. In the past year, I have worked on a slowly-expanding list of non-fiction titles, from My Awesome Jungle and Super Sharks, to Giant Flaps: Trucks and Mega Facts Sharks and Other Creatures of the Deep (available later this year). Admittedly, a LOT of sharks for my liking, but who can deny the power of 'Baby Shark'...?

Editor

Make Believe Ideas (Scholastic)
May, 2017 – May, 2018 (about 1 year)

As Editor, I ran the Sticker Activity Team: pitching, writing, and editing books such as Scratch and Sparkle Unicorns Activity Book, Never Touch a Dinosaur Sticker Activity Book, Look! I'm a Princess and the Balloon Stickers series.
The success of these series enabled me to work on activity kit series for the UK store, The Works, and seasonal products for Target in the US. Some of my personal favourites that I created include Dino Snakes and Ladders and Scratch and Sparkle Space.

Editorial Assistant

Routledge
August, 2015 – May, 2017 (over 1 year)

In this role, I managed a list of over 150 authors. I would evaluate and recommend book proposals to the Senior Editors, and then work directly with the authors as they worked to submit their manuscript. There were strict submission guidelines for Routledge, so I also spent time with every author making sure that their work met the required specifications - this is essential for every manuscript submission and is a key consideration for any author serious about submitting to a traditional publishing house.

Editorial Assistant

The Short Fiction Journal (online)
November, 2014 – June, 2015 (7 months)

My primary role was to read the hundreds of submissions received every week. I evaluated the stories and submitted a list of recommendations to the Senior Editors and judges on the competition panel. Occasionally, there would be a short story that fell just short of acceptance. For those entries, I was invited to write an editorial response to the author, recommending changes and small edits for future submission.
I was also asked to conduct an interview with Charles Lambert, author of the short story collections Cinnamon and Prodigal, as well as some beautiful novels such as Any Human Face. This was a wonderfully educational experience; the article was subsequently published online.

Content Writer and Editor

The Hiring Academy
June, 2014 – December, 2015 (over 1 year)

In this rollercoaster job, I could be ghostwriting interview responses for the Huffington Post one day, and drafting articles for publication in Entrepreneur Magazine the next.
I was quickly promoted to Content Writer and Editor and spent the next year working with the CEO on his new book: Hire Me or Else!

Portfolio (20 selected works)

Sophia Sparks (Story Book)

Elanor Best

Sophia wears her bow whenever she needs to come up with a new, dazzling invention. But one day, she can't find it! Join Sophia as she learns – through the power of mashed potato and friends – that she didn't need a bow on her head to think of brilliant things, after all.Fun, rhyming text and Lara Ede's sweet illustrations combine to bring Sophia's world of incredible inventions to life! From g... read more

Sophia wears her bow whenever she needs to come up with a new, dazzling invention. But one day, she can't find it! Join Sophia as she learns – through the power of mashed potato and friends – that she didn't need a bow on her head to think of brilliant things, after all.Fun, rhyming text and Lara Ede's sweet illustrations combine to bring Sophia's world of incredible inventions to life! From g... read more

Taylor Tiptoe

Make Believe Ideas Ltd.

Taylor Tiptoe but only come up to ankle height, but she’s got a BIG dream: to dance the princess role in this year’s Summer Showcase!So, Taylor visits Queen Delphine, and makes a wish to be tall. She loves her new height, until, when practicing for the auditions, she suddenly has two left feet!What will Taylor do to land the princess role? And will she make it to the audition in time? Find out... read more

Taylor Tiptoe but only come up to ankle height, but she’s got a BIG dream: to dance the princess role in this year’s Summer Showcase!So, Taylor visits Queen Delphine, and makes a wish to be tall. She loves her new height, until, when practicing for the auditions, she suddenly has two left feet!What will Taylor do to land the princess role? And will she make it to the audition in time? Find out... read more

Rhinocorn (Two-way Sequin Picture Books)

Elanor Best

What makes a rhino, a rhino and a unicorn, a unicorn?Join Riley and Rocky on this hilarious adventure as they play with the unicorns and learn how to be true to who you are on the inside.Kids will love touching the two way sequins on the cover.

What makes a rhino, a rhino and a unicorn, a unicorn?Join Riley and Rocky on this hilarious adventure as they play with the unicorns and learn how to be true to who you are on the inside.Kids will love touching the two way sequins on the cover.

Groovicorns in the City (Two-way Sequin Picture Books)

Make Believe Ideas Ltd., Rosie Greening

Introducing the next book in our popular groovicorns range! In this story, the groovicorns visit Moanhattan city to try and cheer up the gray city gloomicorns, but the gloomicorns never look up from their phones!Adults and children alike will enjoy this story, with a great message about interacting with the world, not our screens! The book also features amazing two-way sequins on the cover.

Introducing the next book in our popular groovicorns range! In this story, the groovicorns visit Moanhattan city to try and cheer up the gray city gloomicorns, but the gloomicorns never look up from their phones!Adults and children alike will enjoy this story, with a great message about interacting with the world, not our screens! The book also features amazing two-way sequins on the cover.

Story Book Mermaid Mia and the Royal Visit

Make Believe Ideas Ltd.

A sweet rhyming story about telling the truth, with color-changing sequins on the cover! Mermaid Mia writes the front-page news for the school newspaper, The Mermail. But one day, Mia can’t find any news to report! So, she makes up some news that Queen Marina will be visiting the Starfish Academy. To Mia’s horror, the story spreads, and it isn’t long until Mia is regretting her mistake. Eventu... read more

A sweet rhyming story about telling the truth, with color-changing sequins on the cover! Mermaid Mia writes the front-page news for the school newspaper, The Mermail. But one day, Mia can’t find any news to report! So, she makes up some news that Queen Marina will be visiting the Starfish Academy. To Mia’s horror, the story spreads, and it isn’t long until Mia is regretting her mistake. Eventu... read more

Never Touch a Dinosaur Sticker Activity Book

You must never touch a dinosaur . . . except in this book! This dinosaur-themed touch-and-feel book is perfect for young children! Children will love reading the funny rhyme that warns of the dangers of touching a dinosaur and then ignoring the advice! Innovative silicone touches feature throughout the book, with a different texture for children to explore on every spread. This tactile book of... read more

You must never touch a dinosaur . . . except in this book! This dinosaur-themed touch-and-feel book is perfect for young children! Children will love reading the funny rhyme that warns of the dangers of touching a dinosaur and then ignoring the advice! Innovative silicone touches feature throughout the book, with a different texture for children to explore on every spread. This tactile book of... read more

Just Narwhal

Make Believe Ideas Ltd.

Narwhal doesn't think she has any skills--especially when she compares herself to the mermaids. She's just Narwhal! So when the mermaids need someone to judge their painting contest, Narwhal doesn't think she can do it. But the other creatures don't judge it fairly, and Narwhal soon learns that her talents lie in being honest, fair minded, and just.Sweet, rhyming text and Lara Ede's beautiful ... read more

Narwhal doesn't think she has any skills--especially when she compares herself to the mermaids. She's just Narwhal! So when the mermaids need someone to judge their painting contest, Narwhal doesn't think she can do it. But the other creatures don't judge it fairly, and Narwhal soon learns that her talents lie in being honest, fair minded, and just.Sweet, rhyming text and Lara Ede's beautiful ... read more

Story Book Izzy the Ice-Cream Fairy

Make Believe Ideas Ltd.

From hilarious storylines, to dealing with tricky situations, this collection is sure to keep little ones entertained.

From hilarious storylines, to dealing with tricky situations, this collection is sure to keep little ones entertained.

Playdate Pals Boxset (Behaviors)

Make Believe Ideas Ltd.

This delightful boxset contains the four popular Playdate Pals stories relating to behavioral topics.The sturdy box has a Velcro closure and a handy plastic carry handle.Each book explores a particular behavior: sharing, helping, listening, or saying please. The stories are written in clear, simple text and brought to life with Dawn Machell’s beautiful illustrations. Included in each book is a... read more

This delightful boxset contains the four popular Playdate Pals stories relating to behavioral topics.The sturdy box has a Velcro closure and a handy plastic carry handle.Each book explores a particular behavior: sharing, helping, listening, or saying please. The stories are written in clear, simple text and brought to life with Dawn Machell’s beautiful illustrations. Included in each book is a... read more

Hire Me Or Else: How To Land A Job You Love

David Lee Jensen

Quickly learn how to land a job you love and create what you really want! Can you even imagine the thought process of what would be going through a prospective employer’s mind if your final parting words from an interview were “If you don’t hire me, you’ll regret it!”? Not in a creepy, threatening manner, but just a plain exuding of complete confidence. This book gives you the A to Z on findin... read more

Quickly learn how to land a job you love and create what you really want! Can you even imagine the thought process of what would be going through a prospective employer’s mind if your final parting words from an interview were “If you don’t hire me, you’ll regret it!”? Not in a creepy, threatening manner, but just a plain exuding of complete confidence. This book gives you the A to Z on findin... read more

Story Book We are the Groovicorns!

Make Believe Ideas Ltd.

Alligator is hungry, so when the animals offer him treats, he gobbles them up as well!Children will love reading the funny rhyme and peeking into the alligator’s acetate tummy to see what he’s eaten on each page. The bright illustrations will engage children as they read.A tactile board book with acetate pockets containing board pieces.

Alligator is hungry, so when the animals offer him treats, he gobbles them up as well!Children will love reading the funny rhyme and peeking into the alligator’s acetate tummy to see what he’s eaten on each page. The bright illustrations will engage children as they read.A tactile board book with acetate pockets containing board pieces.

Meghan Sparkle and the Royal Baby

Rosie Greening

When a new royal baby is born, everyone is happy except Princess Meghan Sparkle--she thinks her sibling is too loud and she can't understand her crying! But soon, her ocean friends help her see just how fun siblings can be.Children will love reading this beautifully illustrated story about siblings and touching the color-changing sequins on the cover.

When a new royal baby is born, everyone is happy except Princess Meghan Sparkle--she thinks her sibling is too loud and she can't understand her crying! But soon, her ocean friends help her see just how fun siblings can be.Children will love reading this beautifully illustrated story about siblings and touching the color-changing sequins on the cover.

A School of Fish

Sarah Creese

Did you know that a group of fish is called a school? Look inside and join the fun as you discover the names for more animal groups, from a crash of rhinos to a tower of giraffes!Kids will love the fun rhyming text in this touch-and-feel board book, packed with hilarious animal groups!

Did you know that a group of fish is called a school? Look inside and join the fun as you discover the names for more animal groups, from a crash of rhinos to a tower of giraffes!Kids will love the fun rhyming text in this touch-and-feel board book, packed with hilarious animal groups!

Goodnight Little Groovicorns

Make Believe Ideas Ltd.

Introducing the newest addition to our ever-popular Groovicorn series. This fun, tactile book encourages children to count down from five as they feel the soft textures on each page.Children will love reading the silly rhymes and watching each groovicorn disappear at the turn of the page.With five amazing different textures and hilarious illustrations, this groovy book will keep children enter... read more

Introducing the newest addition to our ever-popular Groovicorn series. This fun, tactile book encourages children to count down from five as they feel the soft textures on each page.Children will love reading the silly rhymes and watching each groovicorn disappear at the turn of the page.With five amazing different textures and hilarious illustrations, this groovy book will keep children enter... read more

The Naked Interview

David Jensen

David Jensen is an author, speaker, consultant and Founder of The Hiring Academy. He addresses what has proven to be the most critical success or failure point of any business of any size: hiring the right personnel. Jensen’s purpose is to help business owners find and hire the right people so that they can pull back from their business and yet continue expanding. Surveyed business owners, exe... read more

David Jensen is an author, speaker, consultant and Founder of The Hiring Academy. He addresses what has proven to be the most critical success or failure point of any business of any size: hiring the right personnel. Jensen’s purpose is to help business owners find and hire the right people so that they can pull back from their business and yet continue expanding. Surveyed business owners, exe... read more

Clump the Lump of Coal

Make Believe Ideas Ltd., Best, Elanor, Lynch, Stuart

Love 2 B Me

Make Believe Ideas Ltd.

Mega Mash-Up

Make Believe Ideas Ltd.

Elanor has 17 reviews

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Hayley McMahon
I have loved working with Elanor. She is very clear and has brilliantly walked me through my manuscript giving me clear guidance while pointing out my strengths and weaknesses. Just what you need for a first manuscript. I would not hesitate to recommend her and look forward to working with her again. Thank you.

Hayley McMahon, August 2020


Kate Walters
Elanor provided a thoughtful, in-depth and extremely helpful assessment of my work. She has been professional, punctual and friendly from start to finish - all in all a delight to work with, and I hope we can work together again in future. I have no hesitation in recommending her.

Kate Walters, August 2020


Krista Coyne
I really enjoyed working with Elanor. She was willing to help in any way she could. She is knowledgeable, professional, and so easy to work with. I felt like I could run anything by her and she would always have great suggestions while keeping the vision I had for my book in mind. Thank you, Elanor!

Krista Coyne, July 2020


Leah Osakwe
Elanor is amazing to work with. She is friendly, professional and extremely helpful. She helped me get my manuscript to exactly where I want it to be, without making major changes to my plot or characters. She has brilliant ideas, challenges you to look at things in a different way, and provides helpful rationale for her decisions. It's clear that Elanor truly cares about the work she does, and...
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Leah Osakwe, July 2020


Kim Key
Elanor is incredible. Very professional, very affordable, and gives really thoughtful and thorough editorial feedback, which is exactly what I needed. I'll be back for more help soon!

Kim Key, July 2020

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