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Sarah Powell

Sarah Powell - Editor

San Francisco, CA, United States

Children's book writer and editor / Worked in-house for some of the world's biggest publishers and brands / Specialise in 0-7 years


Hello! I am a freelance children's book writer and editor with ten years publishing experience, nine of which were spent in-house at some of the world's biggest publishers working on global children's brands. I specialise in licensed books and preschool titles, but have written and edited many non-fiction titles, educational titles and craft books.

I wrote in-house at publishers on Disney, Hello Kitty and Schoolies, and have a large portfolio of books for ages 0-7 spanning storybooks, activity books and novelty titles. I recently developed my own IP with a friend as part of Happy Cloud Creative and love creating and developing style guides and books with a character brand focus.

I'm a highly visual editor and if there was one skill I wish I could add to my skill set it would be illustration. Luckily for me I have worked with some amazing illustrators and designers instead, and often get to see my ideas come alive through their amazing talents.

English (UK) English (US)
Children's Picture Books
DIY & Crafts Nature

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Happy Editorial

July, 2014 – Present (over 2 years)

A year's relocation from London to San Francisco has presented me with the opportunity to turn freelance. Take a look at the Happy Editorial website to find out more. I specialise in preschool titles and licensed books.


Priddy Books, Macmillan Publishing

December, 2010 – July, 2014 (over 3 years)

I worked with the design team to create the content for the Priddy front list, producing a range of novelty, picture book and educational titles for UK and US markets, including e-books and apps. I was involved in all stages of the publishing process and contributed to new ideas and content development.

Assistant Editor

Parragon Books

May, 2008 – December, 2010 (over 2 years)

As part of the Licensed team at Parragon I worked on a variety of brands in the Disney portfolio from Pixar to Princess, Disney Baby to Hannah Montana, to new feature films such as Toy Story 3 and Tron: Legacy. I project managed on a range of formats and often dealt with a challenging but exciting workload and a complex approval process across continents.

Editorial Assistant

The Natural History Museum, London

March, 2007 – May, 2008 (about 1 year)

At the museum, I worked on book projects varying in format and audience, which included family reference books, specialist reference and museum publications, all highly illustrated with the aim of inspiring people’s commitment to the natural world.

Publishing Assistant

John Wiley & Sons

January, 2006 – March, 2007 (about 1 year)

In the role of Publishing Assistant on Wiley’s Engineering Technology list, I was involved in the front end of the publishing process working for a commissioning editor maintaining the workflow of the program.

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