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'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

I can also offer a Zoom meeting or phone call to discuss your project and answer questions. Zooms/Phone calls are billed in addition to manuscript editing.

Based on your project and goals, we can discuss what works best for you.
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 2 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 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

Elizabeth has 7 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

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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Kari Walter
Elizabeth provided solid feedback in a way that was tangible so that I could make adjustments to my writing. She made at least one "catch" that I couldn't believe I had missed. Her comments were made shortly after she agreed to edit my work, and she also promptly replied to my follow-up questions. I believe her review helped to make my writing better.

Kari Walter, July 2021

Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan
Thank you Kari!

Reply from Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan

Shane Jackson
Just professional and quick to respond. She is very qualified in children's books. Gave great tips.

Shane Jackson, June 2021

Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan
Thank you Shane!

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