Hannah Dolan

Hannah Dolan - Editor

London, England, UK

Creative, collaborative and experienced writer and editor. I worked for Penguin and DK, specialising in licensed and educational publishing.

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Overview

I’m a proactive self-starter with more than 15 years publishing industry experience and a real passion for what I do. I worked on illustrated non-fiction for DK for 10 years, writing and editing many bestselling books for them. I specialised in licensed publishing for high-profile licensors including LEGO and Disney.

I recently moved over to Penguin, into educational publishing, to develop a brand new series of ELT graded readers. Within that role, I acquired the educational rights for books from big-name authors including Jojo Moyes, John le Carre and James Patterson and worked with them to adapt their text for a new audience.

I love to create and shape text into something accessible and brilliant, and to collaborate with designers to bring a thoughtful and engaging visual aspect to my work. I am also a clear-headed editorial project manager, driving books forward to bring high quality content to print on time. With a deadline and a budget, I’ll do everything in my power to bring a project to life - and I’ll always aim to have fun doing it!

My partner, Guy Harvey, is a graphic designer, cartoonist and illustrator who is also available on Reedsy. We can offer design and editorial services together if a project requires it.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Comics (non fiction)
ELT
Entertainment
Fiction
Classics
Middle Grade
Young Adult

Work experience

Writer, editor and project manager

Self-employed
October, 2019 – Present (10 months)

I have recently become self-employed. I offer all kinds of editorial services - from writing and editing to coming up with new book concepts and commissioning. I took part of my last job with me - I continue to commission titles for the Penguin Readers graded reading scheme in a freelance capacity. I have just written a book for kids aged 8+ for Welbeck, and am currently developing and editing two adult non-fiction illustrated books for DK.

Commissioning Editor

Ladybird Education (Penguin)
July, 2018 – Present (about 2 years)

I commission new titles for and project manage a series of ELT graded readers called Penguin Readers. I consider trends, film and TV releases, and market requirements to select titles for my list, work with original authors and agents to get sign-off for inclusion in it and then oversee the development of each title from commissioning stage through to print. I communicate across the business, with sales and marketing teams, in and out of house editorial staff, and production colleagues to bring the best titles to the series.

Senior Editor

DK
November, 2008 – July, 2018 (over 9 years)

I managed the development of frontlist titles for the Licensing team at DK, working alongside high-profile licensors to create high-quality, bestselling books. I wrote and copy edited many of the books I worked on, or oversaw teams of editorial staff in those tasks. I liaised with colleagues across the business, including Production, Pre-Production and Sales and Marketing to bring books to life.

Project Manager

Wearset
September, 2005 – October, 2008 (about 3 years)

I project managed the development of manuscripts through to printed books for a packager that specialised in educational titles. I managed around 30 titles a year. I was account manager for the publisher Nelson Thornes.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia [With Lego Han Solo Minifigure] [LEGO SW CHARACTER ENCY W/TOY] [Hardcover]

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Title: Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia [With Lego Han Solo Minifigure] <>Binding: Hardcover <>Author: HannahDolan <>Publisher: DKPublishing(DorlingKindersley)

Title: Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia [With Lego Han Solo Minifigure] <>Binding: Hardcover <>Author: HannahDolan <>Publisher: DKPublishing(DorlingKindersley)

LEGO NINJAGO: The Visual Dictionary (Masters of Spinjitzu)

Hannah Dolan

Meet the Masters of the Spinjitzu as they prepare to do battle and learn about great heroes and the ninjas' mortal enemies while discovering little-known facts about their weapons and vehicles. Discover everything there is to know about the world of LEGO® Ninjago with DK's all-new LEGO Ninjago: The Visual Dictionary. Go behind the scenes to explore the creation and stories of LEGO Ninjago with... read more

Meet the Masters of the Spinjitzu as they prepare to do battle and learn about great heroes and the ninjas' mortal enemies while discovering little-known facts about their weapons and vehicles. Discover everything there is to know about the world of LEGO® Ninjago with DK's all-new LEGO Ninjago: The Visual Dictionary. Go behind the scenes to explore the creation and stories of LEGO Ninjago with... read more

The LEGO® Batman Movie: The Making of the Movie

DK, Tracey Miller-Zarneke

Journey beyond the on-screen world of The LEGO® Batman™ Movie and get an inside look at how the animated movie was created with The LEGO® Batman™ Movie: The Making of the Movie.Packed with stunning concept art, sketches, artwork, inspiration, and LEGO builds, the book tells the fascinating story of how The LEGO Batman Movie was made. Find out how your favorite heroes, villains, vehicles, and l... read more

Journey beyond the on-screen world of The LEGO® Batman™ Movie and get an inside look at how the animated movie was created with The LEGO® Batman™ Movie: The Making of the Movie.Packed with stunning concept art, sketches, artwork, inspiration, and LEGO builds, the book tells the fascinating story of how The LEGO Batman Movie was made. Find out how your favorite heroes, villains, vehicles, and l... read more

LEGO® Awesome Ideas

Daniel Lipkowitz

Explore an all-new ideas book that unlocks the secrets of LEGO® building and shows fans how to create a world with their imagination.Beautiful clear photography and informative text demonstrates how entire models are built while also providing step-by-step visual breakdowns and offering alternative ways to build models.Explore each chapter as it steadily creates a themed world and ultimately s... read more

Explore an all-new ideas book that unlocks the secrets of LEGO® building and shows fans how to create a world with their imagination.Beautiful clear photography and informative text demonstrates how entire models are built while also providing step-by-step visual breakdowns and offering alternative ways to build models.Explore each chapter as it steadily creates a themed world and ultimately s... read more

LEGO FRIENDS: Build Your Own Adventure: With Lisa Mini-Doll and Exclusive Touring Car (LEGO Build Your Own Adventure)

DK

A book with bricks that inspires kids to build, play, and learn all about the fascinating world of LEGO® Friends. LEGO Friends: Build Your Own Adventure combines fan built inspirational ideas for building with enthralling story starters. Get inspired to build with creative building ideas, then play out your own adventures using your own LEGO collection. The book comes with bricks to build one ... read more

A book with bricks that inspires kids to build, play, and learn all about the fascinating world of LEGO® Friends. LEGO Friends: Build Your Own Adventure combines fan built inspirational ideas for building with enthralling story starters. Get inspired to build with creative building ideas, then play out your own adventures using your own LEGO collection. The book comes with bricks to build one ... read more

Penguin Readers Level 3: Wonder (Penguin Readers (graded readers))

R J Palacio

August Pullman has been home-schooled all his life. Now he is starting fifth grade at a New York City middle school. He doesn't want to draw attention to himself, but that isn't easy when he looks like he does.Penguin Readers is a series of the best new fiction, essential non-fiction and popular classics written for learners of English as a foreign language. Beautifully illustrated and careful... read more

August Pullman has been home-schooled all his life. Now he is starting fifth grade at a New York City middle school. He doesn't want to draw attention to himself, but that isn't easy when he looks like he does.Penguin Readers is a series of the best new fiction, essential non-fiction and popular classics written for learners of English as a foreign language. Beautifully illustrated and careful... read more

Penguin Readers Level 4: Me Before You (Penguin Readers (graded readers))

Jojo Moyes

Lou Clark is an ordinary girl leading an ordinary life. Will Traynor's life has changed since a motorcycle accident robbed him of his desire to live. But Will doesn't count on Lou entering his world in a riot of colour and that they will each change the other for all of time. Penguin Readers is a series of the best new fiction, essential non-fiction and popular classics written for learners of... read more

Lou Clark is an ordinary girl leading an ordinary life. Will Traynor's life has changed since a motorcycle accident robbed him of his desire to live. But Will doesn't count on Lou entering his world in a riot of colour and that they will each change the other for all of time. Penguin Readers is a series of the best new fiction, essential non-fiction and popular classics written for learners of... read more

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