Mike Haskins

Mike Haskins - Editor

Wirral, UK

I'm a writer and editor of many years experience and can offer advice, editing or proofreading on commercial fiction, non-fiction or memoir.

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Overview

I'm a writer and editor and have worked in publishing and the media for 25 years. I have authored over 50 books working with publishers including Ebury, Constable & Robinson, Headline, Pavilion Books and Carlton. My published work has focussed particularly on popular non-fiction, humour, entertainment, literature and history but I have also worked in publishing on everything from military memoirs to education and business. I am adept at developing and shaping ideas and material whether for myself or for other authors.
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Entertainment
History
Writing & Publishing
Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Plays & Screenplays
Short Story

Work experience

Freelance writer and editor

Self-employed
February, 1995 – Present (over 25 years)

I have written, edited and researched material both for publication and for broadcast on TV and radio for a range of clients.

Portfolio (25 selected works)

Drugs: A User's Guide

Mike Haskins

Searching for the ultimate stimulant? Something you can have on the bus in the morning or in the ambient comfort of your own home? The latest User's Guide - a totally natural and controlled experience - is just what you've been looking for. It contains everything you always wanted to know about drugs but were afraid to ask: The history of recreational drugs, a catalogue of natural highs and ph... read more

Searching for the ultimate stimulant? Something you can have on the bus in the morning or in the ambient comfort of your own home? The latest User's Guide - a totally natural and controlled experience - is just what you've been looking for. It contains everything you always wanted to know about drugs but were afraid to ask: The history of recreational drugs, a catalogue of natural highs and ph... read more

Man Walks Into a Bar: The Ultimate Collection of Jokes and One-Liners

Stephen Arnott

Man Walks Into A Bar is a one-stop shop for anyone who likes to hear and tell jokes. The jokes are ordered thematically - wives, husbands, doctors, lawyers, the French, the Germans, jokes about nuns, jokes about monkeys, the lot. There are also regular panels which group jokes by type too - Essex girls, changing a lightbulb etc. Our material will turn you into the toast of your local pub or ma... read more

Man Walks Into A Bar is a one-stop shop for anyone who likes to hear and tell jokes. The jokes are ordered thematically - wives, husbands, doctors, lawyers, the French, the Germans, jokes about nuns, jokes about monkeys, the lot. There are also regular panels which group jokes by type too - Essex girls, changing a lightbulb etc. Our material will turn you into the toast of your local pub or ma... read more

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Wrinklies: A Trip Down Memory Lane (Wrinklies')

Mike Haskins, Clive Whichelow

A delightful celebration of the times gone by--the language we lost, the currency we changed, and the way we used to liveA delightful celebration of the times gone by--the language we lost, the currency we changed, and the way we used to liveWith this miscellany of reminiscences, you will be transported back to a time when exams were harder and fast food wasn't on the menu. It includes useful ... read more

A delightful celebration of the times gone by--the language we lost, the currency we changed, and the way we used to liveA delightful celebration of the times gone by--the language we lost, the currency we changed, and the way we used to liveWith this miscellany of reminiscences, you will be transported back to a time when exams were harder and fast food wasn't on the menu. It includes useful ... read more

The Old Ones are the Best Jokes: Over 500 of the Funniest One-Liners and Puns

Mike Haskins

This superb collection of 500 of the best jokes, one-liners and puns is filled with nothing but classic rib-ticklers and great gags, all of which have stood the test of time. There are puns, jokes, top tens and all kinds of jokes on all sorts of subjects. There's a section on what makes our overseas cousins laugh - even the Germans!

This superb collection of 500 of the best jokes, one-liners and puns is filled with nothing but classic rib-ticklers and great gags, all of which have stood the test of time. There are puns, jokes, top tens and all kinds of jokes on all sorts of subjects. There's a section on what makes our overseas cousins laugh - even the Germans!

How to Survive Being a Dog Owner: Tongue-In-Cheek Advice and Cheeky Illustrations about Being a Dog Owner

Mike Haskins, Clive Whichelow

You won’t find a more loyal and loveable friend than you will in your dog. But if you’re going to cope with its boundless energy, its insatiable appetite and its total disregard for social niceties, you’re going to need survival skills:Think positively: You will get more exercise than ever before (whether you like it or not)Reassure yourself: The ‘mad puppy’ behaviour should wear off after 15 ... read more

You won’t find a more loyal and loveable friend than you will in your dog. But if you’re going to cope with its boundless energy, its insatiable appetite and its total disregard for social niceties, you’re going to need survival skills:Think positively: You will get more exercise than ever before (whether you like it or not)Reassure yourself: The ‘mad puppy’ behaviour should wear off after 15 ... read more

Wrinklies Joke Book

Mike Haskins, Clive Whichelow

Wrinklies Growing Old Disgracefully: A Guide to Staying Wild at Heart

Clive Whichelow

Growing older doesn't mean you have to grow up! If you're the sort of golden oldie who still likes to party hard, chats up strangers in bars, listens to loud music (and not because your hearing is going) or dresses so outrageously that your grandchildren beg you to 'tone it down' - this book is for you. Full of irreverent advice on how to misbehave and put the younger generation to shame, Wrin... read more

Growing older doesn't mean you have to grow up! If you're the sort of golden oldie who still likes to party hard, chats up strangers in bars, listens to loud music (and not because your hearing is going) or dresses so outrageously that your grandchildren beg you to 'tone it down' - this book is for you. Full of irreverent advice on how to misbehave and put the younger generation to shame, Wrin... read more

3000 Jokes, 2997 Laughs

Mike Haskins, Stephen Arnott

An enormous collection of over 3,000 side-splitting jokes for every occasion. Jokes range from quick-fire one-liners and observations to rambling yarns, and from the classic to the modern. This book contains quips for every occasion, from the best man's speech to the sales conference to the children's party, or just for swapping around the pub table, and it's arranged by subject matter so it's... read more

An enormous collection of over 3,000 side-splitting jokes for every occasion. Jokes range from quick-fire one-liners and observations to rambling yarns, and from the classic to the modern. This book contains quips for every occasion, from the best man's speech to the sales conference to the children's party, or just for swapping around the pub table, and it's arranged by subject matter so it's... read more

Wrinklies' Reminiscellany

Mike Haskins, Clive Whichelow

A celebration of the Good Old Days: the language we lost, the currency we changed and the way we used to live.

A celebration of the Good Old Days: the language we lost, the currency we changed and the way we used to live.

Numpty!

Mike Haskins

'You Numpty!' is a phrase that you hear on a regular basis. In the street, on radio and TV and even in the movies. The word originated in Scotland and has come into common usage all over the UK. But what exactly is a Numpty? Where do you find this curious creature who is universally ridiculed? "Numpty!" tells you all you need to know about the most-mocked character in current parlance. From a ... read more

'You Numpty!' is a phrase that you hear on a regular basis. In the street, on radio and TV and even in the movies. The word originated in Scotland and has come into common usage all over the UK. But what exactly is a Numpty? Where do you find this curious creature who is universally ridiculed? "Numpty!" tells you all you need to know about the most-mocked character in current parlance. From a ... read more

Wow I'm A Genieous!!!!: The Stupidest Things Ever Said Online

Mike Haskins

A hilarious collection of the weirdest, stupidest and most outrageous things ever said on the internet on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Ebay, Amazon, YouTube and even in good old-fashioned emails. Years ago if you said or did something stupid or embarrassing, it would have remained relatively private and have would soon been forgotten. Now thanks to advances in technology every cringe-makin... read more

A hilarious collection of the weirdest, stupidest and most outrageous things ever said on the internet on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Ebay, Amazon, YouTube and even in good old-fashioned emails. Years ago if you said or did something stupid or embarrassing, it would have remained relatively private and have would soon been forgotten. Now thanks to advances in technology every cringe-makin... read more

We're All Doomed

Mike Haskins

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A Bear Called Euston: The Evil Twin

Keillor Robertson

Once upon a time there were two bears. One was polite, cuddly and cute. The other one hated his guts. If you were to come across a small, cute, defenceless, cuddly little bear at a railway station who was both courteous and utterly endearing...it wouldn't be this one. This bear was foul-mouthed, obnoxious, violent and utterly filthy not only in terms of his personal hygiene but also in every t... read more

Once upon a time there were two bears. One was polite, cuddly and cute. The other one hated his guts. If you were to come across a small, cute, defenceless, cuddly little bear at a railway station who was both courteous and utterly endearing...it wouldn't be this one. This bear was foul-mouthed, obnoxious, violent and utterly filthy not only in terms of his personal hygiene but also in every t... read more

Mike has 3 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Trace Johannesen
Having never written anything before, I wasn't even sure what I needed. Mike took my concept and very rough draft and gave me very thoughtful and comprehensive developmental editing ideas. It was exactly what I needed and didn't know how to ask for! Very pleased.

Trace Johannesen, March 2020

Mike Haskins
Thanks, Trace. It was a great pleasure working with you on your story.

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Gillen Lighten
Mike is a pleasure to work with! He went above and beyond what was required of him. His notes and attention to detail were exactly what I needed to take my writing to the next level! I will definitely be using Mike's services in the future.

Gillen Lighten, January 2020

Mike Haskins
I'm very gratified to hear that this developmental edit was useful. Gil was also brilliant to work with. He has a very positive attitude plus some genuinely amazing stories which I hope will ultim...
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larry center
Incredible job!

larry center, June 2019

Mike Haskins
Thanks, Larry. It was great communicating and working with you. I really enjoyed your novel which shows a great deal of promise. I hope my assessment will be of help to you in taking your book to t...
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