Jane Riordan

Jane Riordan – Ghostwriter

I'm a children's book specialist with nearly 30 years' experience of writing and editing everything from Winnie-the-Pooh to Minecraft.


I'm passionate about creating wonderful stories for the next generation of readers. With nearly 30 years experience working with authors, licensors and publishers, I have written and ghostwritten countless books for children. I've worked for the likes of HarperCollins, Puffin and Ladybird on classic brands like Peter Rabbit and Winnie-the-Pooh as well as best-selling picture books and fiction titles.

I'd love to chat with you about your ideas and vision and with my insights into how publishing works, as well as my in-depth knowledge of the children's book market, I hope that we could work together to create something that will be both commercial and loved by readers. My process is very flexible, whether that be gently steering your project to completion or getting stuck right in.

However you'd like to work, let me help you make your dream project a reality. Together we can create stories children will never forget.

Children’s Non-Fiction
Picture Books
English (UK) English (US)
  • Silver Practical Pre-School Award
  • LIMA Excellence Product Awards

Work experience


Feb, 2023 — Present

I'm currently working with numerous publishers including HarperCollins, Puffin, Ladybird and Bookoli on young novelty books, picture books, non-fiction and fiction for children.

Ladybird, Penguin Random House

Nov, 2022 — Feb, 2023 (3 months)

As publisher of Ladybird at Penguin Random House I led a team of editors and worked closely with authors helping them to craft fabulous books for 0-7 year olds. Authors I worked with included Molly Oldfield, Phil Earle and Chris Chatterton.

Egmont, now Farshore, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Aug, 2008 — Sep, 2021 (about 13 years)

I worked as editor, writer and publisher across numerous well-known children's brands including Mr Men, Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder, Winnie-the-Pooh, Minecraft and Babar.

Jane has 3 reviews





Rukhiya B.

Rukhiya B.

May, 2024

Jane is a very attuned, professional and hardworking. I have enjoyed collaborating with her on my project.
Jane R.
Thank you Rukhiya, all the very best of luck with your exciting project. It’s been a pleasure to help get you started on your publishing journey.
Chris F.

Chris F.

May, 2024

Jane was great to work with! She had many great ideas on how to improve my story. She worked with me to make sure that we had a premise and outline that I liked before she started writing. She wrote the book so well that no revisions were necessary. Excellent!
leilani H.

leilani H.

May, 2024

This is my first time ever doing something like this, Jane made this process so much easier than expected. She really captured my story and was very intrigued by it from the start. I have loved working with her and going back and forth working on this project as it is very close to my heart, she took the time to get to know me and my characters. Amazing work!
Jane R.
It was an absolute pleasure, Leilani, to help you shape your fabulous ideas and lived experience into a really fun picture book text - I hope it will find the children who need it the most. All bes...
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