Erik Hane

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Minneapolis, MN, United States

Editor with years of in-house experience, editing both literary fiction and adult nonfiction. Agent. Writer. Host of "Print Run."

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I'm a literary agent, editor, and writer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Since graduating from the Knox College Writing Program and the Denver Publishing Institute in 2012, I've served as a book editor for Oxford University Press as well as The Overlook Press. I've worked on books of many different genres and profiles, a range that includes everything from commercial and literary novels to upmarket and even academic nonfiction. This variety is now represented in my client list as a freelance editor.

I now edit for many publishers around the country, as well as for individual authors looking to get a manuscript ready to submit to agents or publishers. I'd love to talk about editing or ghostwriting a project for you or your company.


Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Career Guides
History
Life Sciences
Nature
Sports & outdoor recreation
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Historical Fiction
Literature

Certifications

  • Publishing Certificate, Denver Publishing Institute
  • Graduation with Honors, Knox College Creative Writing Program

Awards

  • Edited a 2016 New York Times Editor's Choice book (Abba Eban, by Asaf Siniver)

Work experience

Associate Agent

Red Sofa Literary Agency
January, 2016 – Present (over 2 years)

I represent both fiction and nonfiction authors, working with them and discussing their projects with editors and publishers around the country.

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
September, 2015 – Present (about 3 years)

I edit projects across a variety of genres and profiles, and am hired by both individual authors and publishing houses.

Associate Editor

The Overlook Press
January, 2015 – October, 2015 (9 months)

Assistant Editor

Oxford University Press
December, 2012 – January, 2015 (about 2 years)

I assisted in the acquiring and editing for the OUP academic and trade science list, working on both popular science books and academic monographs ranging across a variety of scientific disciplines.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Abba Eban: A Biography

Asaf Siniver

The definitive biography of Abba Eban, an Israeli diplomat often revered by every nation except the one he represented. The book draws from a wide range of primary sources to create a complex portrait of a man who left an indelible mark on the quest for peace in the Middle East. A skilled debater, a master of language, and a passionate defender of Israel, Abba Eban’s diplomatic presence was in... read more

The definitive biography of Abba Eban, an Israeli diplomat often revered by every nation except the one he represented. The book draws from a wide range of primary sources to create a complex portrait of a man who left an indelible mark on the quest for peace in the Middle East. A skilled debater, a master of language, and a passionate defender of Israel, Abba Eban’s diplomatic presence was in... read more

The United States of Soccer: MLS and the Rise of American Soccer Fandom

Phil West

A New York Times Book Review Holiday Gift PickThe spirited and detailed account of the first 20 years of Major League Soccer, the visionaries who believed Americans would finally embrace soccer, and the fans who fulfilled that vision.In 1988, FIFA decreed that the 1994 World Cup would be played in the United States – with the condition that the U.S. would start a new professional league. The N... read more

A New York Times Book Review Holiday Gift PickThe spirited and detailed account of the first 20 years of Major League Soccer, the visionaries who believed Americans would finally embrace soccer, and the fans who fulfilled that vision.In 1988, FIFA decreed that the 1994 World Cup would be played in the United States – with the condition that the U.S. would start a new professional league. The N... read more

The Fermented Man: A Year on the Front Lines of a Food Revolution

Derek Dellinger

Fermentation is all the rage in health and fitness circles, but can a person live for one year on nothing but fermented foods? One brave homebrewer tries to find out.On January 1, 2014, homebrewer and writer Derek Dellinger began a journey that would change nearly everything he thought he knew about fermented food and beverage―and as a beer expert, he knew a lot. For an entire year, Dellinger ... read more

Fermentation is all the rage in health and fitness circles, but can a person live for one year on nothing but fermented foods? One brave homebrewer tries to find out.On January 1, 2014, homebrewer and writer Derek Dellinger began a journey that would change nearly everything he thought he knew about fermented food and beverage―and as a beer expert, he knew a lot. For an entire year, Dellinger ... read more

Collecting Evolution: The Galapagos Expedition that Vindicated Darwin

Matthew J. James

In 1905, eight men from the California Academy of Sciences set sail from San Francisco for a scientific collection expedition in the Galapagos Islands, and by the time they were finished in 1906, they had completed one of the most important expeditions in the history of both evolutionary and conservation science. These scientists collected over 78,000 specimens during their time on the islands... read more

In 1905, eight men from the California Academy of Sciences set sail from San Francisco for a scientific collection expedition in the Galapagos Islands, and by the time they were finished in 1906, they had completed one of the most important expeditions in the history of both evolutionary and conservation science. These scientists collected over 78,000 specimens during their time on the islands... read more

Humanity in a Creative Universe

Stuart A. Kauffman

In the hard sciences, which can often feel out of grasp for many lay readers, there are "great thinkers" who go far beyond the equations, formulas, and research. Minds such as Stephen Hawking philosophize about the functions and nature of the universe, the implications of our existence, and other impossibly fascinating, yet difficult questions. Stuart A. Kauffman is one of those great thinkers... read more

In the hard sciences, which can often feel out of grasp for many lay readers, there are "great thinkers" who go far beyond the equations, formulas, and research. Minds such as Stephen Hawking philosophize about the functions and nature of the universe, the implications of our existence, and other impossibly fascinating, yet difficult questions. Stuart A. Kauffman is one of those great thinkers... read more

A Nation and not a Rabble: The Irish Revolutions 1913-1923

Diarmaid Ferriter

Renowned Irish historian Diarmaid Ferriter presents a new look at the Irish revolutionary period from 1913-1923, drawing from newly available historical sources as well as the testimonies of the people who lived and fought through this extraordinary period. Packed with violence, political drama and social and cultural upheaval, the years 1913-1923 saw the emergence in Ireland of the Ulster Vol... read more

Renowned Irish historian Diarmaid Ferriter presents a new look at the Irish revolutionary period from 1913-1923, drawing from newly available historical sources as well as the testimonies of the people who lived and fought through this extraordinary period. Packed with violence, political drama and social and cultural upheaval, the years 1913-1923 saw the emergence in Ireland of the Ulster Vol... read more

Christodora: A Novel

Tim Murphy

In this vivid and compelling novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan’s East Village, the Christodora. The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. Their neighbor, Hector, a Puerto Rican gay man who was once a celebrated AIDS activist but is now a lonely addict, becomes conn... read more

In this vivid and compelling novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan’s East Village, the Christodora. The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. Their neighbor, Hector, a Puerto Rican gay man who was once a celebrated AIDS activist but is now a lonely addict, becomes conn... read more

All Tomorrow's Parties: A Memoir

Rob Spillman

Rob Spillman—the award-winning, charismatic cofounding editor of the legendary Tin House magazine—has devoted his life to the rebellious pursuit of artistic authenticity. Born in Germany to two driven musicians, his childhood was spent among the West Berlin cognoscenti, in a city two hundred miles behind the Iron Curtain. There, the Berlin Wall stood as a stark reminder of the split between Ea... read more

Rob Spillman—the award-winning, charismatic cofounding editor of the legendary Tin House magazine—has devoted his life to the rebellious pursuit of artistic authenticity. Born in Germany to two driven musicians, his childhood was spent among the West Berlin cognoscenti, in a city two hundred miles behind the Iron Curtain. There, the Berlin Wall stood as a stark reminder of the split between Ea... read more

Hopeful to Hired: How to Score the Job You Want Straight Out of College

Adam Dince

In today's job market, only a quarter of college graduates have jobs that are related to their major. Add to that massive amounts of student debt and economic uncertainty, and graduation can feel more like a time of panic than of hope. In the face of this adversity, how can students prepare themselves for career success while still in college? The secret lies in using college years as an oppor... read more

In today's job market, only a quarter of college graduates have jobs that are related to their major. Add to that massive amounts of student debt and economic uncertainty, and graduation can feel more like a time of panic than of hope. In the face of this adversity, how can students prepare themselves for career success while still in college? The secret lies in using college years as an oppor... read more

Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World's Most Elusive Fish

Chris Dombrowski

Chris Dombrowski was playing a numbers game: two passions—poetry and fly-fishing; two children, one of them in utero; and an income hovering perilously close to zero. Enter, at this particularly challenging moment, a miraculous email: can’t go, it’s all paid for, just book a flight to Miami.Thus began a journey that would lead to the Bahamas and to David Pinder, a legendary bonefishing guide. ... read more

Chris Dombrowski was playing a numbers game: two passions—poetry and fly-fishing; two children, one of them in utero; and an income hovering perilously close to zero. Enter, at this particularly challenging moment, a miraculous email: can’t go, it’s all paid for, just book a flight to Miami.Thus began a journey that would lead to the Bahamas and to David Pinder, a legendary bonefishing guide. ... read more

Mallory McDonald, Super Sitter

Laurie B. Friedman

Mallory's new neighbors, the Goldmans, have twin five-year-old boys who need babysitters. Mrs. Goldman hires Mallory and her friend Chloe Jennifer to watch the boys while she works from home. Mallory can't wait! The boys are adorable, so this job will be tons of fun . . . right?Actually, the boys turn out to be a handful. Plus, Mallory has trouble balancing her babysitting duties with her scho... read more

Mallory's new neighbors, the Goldmans, have twin five-year-old boys who need babysitters. Mrs. Goldman hires Mallory and her friend Chloe Jennifer to watch the boys while she works from home. Mallory can't wait! The boys are adorable, so this job will be tons of fun . . . right?Actually, the boys turn out to be a handful. Plus, Mallory has trouble balancing her babysitting duties with her scho... read more

Arcadian Nights: The Greek Myths Reimagined

John Spurling

The vibrant retelling of the central Greek myths by acclaimed novelist John Spurling, author of The Ten Thousand Things, winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for Historical FictionThe classical Greek intellectual tradition pervades nearly every aspect of our modern Western civilization. Our logic and science, our philosophy, politics, literature, architecture, and art are all indebted to the ... read more

The vibrant retelling of the central Greek myths by acclaimed novelist John Spurling, author of The Ten Thousand Things, winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for Historical FictionThe classical Greek intellectual tradition pervades nearly every aspect of our modern Western civilization. Our logic and science, our philosophy, politics, literature, architecture, and art are all indebted to the ... read more

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Dave Ryan

Working with Erik was transforming for me as a writer. His insightful advice gave voice to my better instincts, educated my sense of story pacing, and gave me the tools I needed to better attain my vision for the story. This was at a time when I was at an impasse as to which of my inclinations to follow when beta readers gave me conflicting accounts and I had editing fatigue. More than that, ...

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Dave Ryan, August 2018


Ellen Kozyra-Currier

Erik provided helpful feedback on my pages and was able to pull out specific places and ways to improve my scenes and point me in the right direction to continue my edits. He has a great eye for story structure on the micro and macro level.

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Ellen Kozyra-Currier, July 2018

Erik Hane

Thanks for the review, Ellen! Let me know if I can help with anything else.
Erik

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Sue Mote

Erik is super -- He encouraged me to take the lead in our phone conversation, expressed delight in reading my ms and gave on-target criticism in a manner that left me full of energy and excitement to plunge ahead. He kept the door open for further collaboration, and that encouragement is like kindling to a tender fire! A fellow writer is eager to find her own "Erik" at Reedsy on my recommendat...

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Sue Mote, June 2018

Erik Hane

Thanks so much, Sue! Was a pleasure working with you.

Erik

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Jeffery Birkeland

Erik was very helpful identifying the flow of my work and provide valuable comments to improving the outcome. He normally responded back within 24 hours of sending a question. He provided an edited review within the agreed to deadline. Would use him again.

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Jeffery Birkeland, May 2018


John Danenbarger

Erik is very precise and quick. Comparing his work to others I have used, I might say almost too quick. He knows what he is talking about, but by making comments along the way before reading the whole manuscript, he needed to reverse himself on some points or he actually missed the point. But don't get me wrong. He was good and worth the money. He spent the time with me to comment on the phone ...

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John Danenbarger, April 2018

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