Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan

Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan - Editor

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Author, editor, instructor. Specializing in fiction and nonfiction books and magazine stories/articles for young readers.

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

I tailor my feedback to each client's specific goals and I'm happy to work with writers who are pursing self-publishing and/or traditional publishing.

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

Written feedback is great, but I am also happy to do additional consultations over Zoom for an hourly fee. We can talk about how to turn your idea into an outline, why outlining helps, what resources exist for people who want to write for children, how to find agents, how to submit to agents and editors, understanding work-for-hire and more!

English (US)
Children’s Non-Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books


  • MA American History
  • BA History
  • BS Biology


  • SCBWI Merit Award
  • Pen Parentis Fellow

Work experience


Highlights Foundation
July, 2021 – July, 2021 (less than a minute)

Facilitated small group discussions among writers for the Summer Camp in Nonfiction class.

Adjunct Faculty, Writing for Children and Adults Program

McDaniel College
October, 2019 – Present (over 3 years)

Instructor for courses including Writing Picture Books and Writing Workshop.


Word Association Publishers
July, 2014 – January, 2020 (over 5 years)

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


July, 2011 – Present (over 11 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

Elizabeth has 9 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Diana Jules-Peene

Diana Jules-Peene, April 2022

Diana Jules-Peene
Awesome , I can’t wait to use her services again.

Diana Jules-Peene, March 2022

Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan
Thank you Diana!

Reply from Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan

Kaltun Jama
I really liked working with Elizabeth. She gave honest, helpful suggestions that helped with my story. She was very good at catching words that would have made my book look bad and suggested replacements for words that she did not think would fit with my story. I really enjoyed working with her!

Kaltun Jama, November 2021

Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan
Thank you, Kaltun!

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Ian Smith
Elizabeth highlighted strategies I never would have known about had I not consulted her. I very much appreciate her expertise and honesty.

Ian Smith, November 2021

Kari Walter
I asked Elizabeth to review another PB draft that I have been working on in fits and starts for years. She gave me timely feedback, identifying editing problems and also structural issues that will require some adjustments to the story. I am glad that I asked for her review.

Kari Walter, October 2021

Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan
Thanks Kari, as always a pleasure to work with you!

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