Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan

Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan - Editor

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Author, editor, instructor. Specializing in fiction and nonfiction books and magazine articles for kids.

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I'm the author of over a dozen fiction and nonfiction books, textbooks, and online educational resources. I'm also published crafts, recipes, articles, and stories in magazines like Highlights for Children. I'm the Regional Advisor for SCBWI Pennsylvania: West. I also teach in the Writing for Children and Young Adults Certificate graduate program at McDaniel College.

I love birding, baking, board games and reading. I'm a lifelong runner and avid community scientist and I'm pretty good at delivering punchlines.

When I work with clients, I try to tailor my feedback to each person's specific goals. I like to find out what each person hopes their project will be, and work to help them reach that goal. This means I often provide different feedback from person to person.

I've helped several people revise and edit short stories with deep emotional significance that were then self-published and shared with family and friends. I've also worked with writers by reviewing and editing manuscripts for submission to work-for-hire editors and for submission to agents and publishers.

I like to use the SCBWI Gold Form to structure my feedback and discuss all aspects of the work. But some people just want an experienced editor to provide proofreading and copyediting, and I'm happy to do that, too!

I can offer:
Proofreading and copyediting
An editorial letter with feedback
Substantive editing with in-line suggestions
Feedback on a story outline

Based on your project and goals, we can discuss what works best for you.
English (US)
Children’s Non-Fiction
Picture Books


  • MA American History
  • BA History
  • BS Biology


  • SCBWI Merit Award
  • Pen Parentis Fellow

Work experience

Adjunct Faculty, Writing for Children and Adults Program

McDaniel College
October, 2019 – Present (over 1 year)

Instructor for courses including Writing Picture Books and Writing Workshop.


Word Association Publishers
July, 2014 – Present (almost 7 years)

Editing and revised books for clients, including memoirs and fiction novels.


July, 2011 – Present (almost 10 years)

I've worked as a professional author since 2011. I've done business and marketing communications as well as social media management for a number of non-profits and corporations. I've also worked with authors to prepare their books for self-publishing. I've written over a dozen books for a variety of publishers in the field of children's literature.

Here's a testimonial I'm proud to share: "Elizabeth was a huge help in getting my book off the ground. I was a new author and didn’t really know what I was doing. Elizabeth gave me so much wonderful advice to get me started. She also edited my book. She was so easy to work with and made me comfortable enough to share my first draft with her. She was kind with her edits and was all around a joy to work with.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Mermaid Midfielders (Discover Graphics: Mythical Creatures)

Pagel-Hogan, Elizabeth, Fant, Antonella

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