Sean Easley

Sean Easley - Ghostwriter

Dallas, TX, USA

Multi-published author, editor, and writing mentor who wants to help make your dream a reality.

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I'm the author of middle grade and YA fantasy-adventure stories, including THE HOTEL BETWEEN and THE KEY OF LOST THINGS from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. I'm also an experienced writing coach and developmental editor with an eye for structure, market suitability, characterization and plot. As a mentor, ghostwriter, and editor, I have helped many would-be authors realize their dreams of publication. Since 2017, I've also volunteered as an Author Mentor Match or Pitch Wars mentor, reading through hundreds of submissions and mentoring writers, many of whom have gone on to secure literary agents and book deals at Big 5 publishing houses.

I also have over 13 years experience in education and counseling young people, which provides a wealth of insight into young readers and their various stages of cognitive development.

I'm extremely collaborative by nature, both in my own fiction and working with clients' stories. The act of taking the seed of a story and growing it into a full-length project that matches its creator's personality and vision is dynamic and different for each client, and I love to walk creators through the hills and valleys of that process. My goal is always to see the unique story of your own heart realized. When evaluating a project, we will first start with an examination of what the client hopes to achieve and a review of what has been created thus far. From there, I will create a detailed synopsis of the proposed project on how I intend to handle it for your review. Once I receive your feedback, our work will begin!

I am also available for developmental editing, story doctoring, query critiques, and a host of other services. I'm happy to work with stories at all stages of production, so long as I feel the project is a good fit. If you have any questions or don't see the package you're looking for listed, please feel free to reach out!


“A fantasy adventure brimming with action and anchored by familial love...The story begs a sequel and will draw fans of A Wrinkle in Time.” —Booklist review of THE HOTEL BETWEEN

"...his larger-than-life characters—both good and evil—are full-blown; his multiple settings are imaginative; and the thickening plot leaves loose ends beckoning for further adventures." —Booklist review of THE KEY OF LOST THINGS

“A wild ride across the globe, full of fun, adventure, and genuine heart.” —Kevin Sands, New York Times bestselling author of the Blackthorn Key series

“Danger, fun, and heartbreak abound in this rollicking magical adventure.” —Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of The Unwanteds series


"Sean's feedback helped me hone in on the heart of the story for effective revisions, leading to multiple agent offers and a book deal. I highly recommend his editorial services for middle grade manuscripts." - Julie Abe, author of EVA EVERGREEN SEMI-MAGICAL WITCH

Short-Form Content
English (US)
Action & Adventure
Coming of Age
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Time Travel
Young Adult


  • Pitch Wars MG Mentor 2018-2019
  • Author Mentor Match Mentor 2017


  • SMU's Top Ten Young Haute Authors 2018
  • Pitch Wars selected manuscript, Class of 2015

Work experience


Simon & Schuster BFYR
March, 2015 – Present (over 6 years)

Author of THE HOTEL BETWEEN (Simon and Schuster BFYR) series of middle grade fantasy adventure books about a boy who joins the staff of a magic hotel that has doors leading all over the world, and uses those doors to search for the father he never knew. Worldwide release in English, French, German, and Russian translations. THE KEY OF LOST THINGS is the newest in the series that Booklist called, "a fantasy adventure brimming with action and anchored by familial love." This is all in addition to my regular ghostwriting projects and freelancing.


Pitch Wars and Author Mentor Match
July, 2017 – February, 2020 (over 2 years)

Mentoring select high-caliber authors through editing and submission to agents for the Pitch Wars writing contest. Reading hundreds of queries and evaluating submissions for marketability and publishing potential. Editing manuscripts for submission.

Freelance Writing Coach and Speaker

June, 2015 – Present (over 6 years)

Motivational speaker and writing coach providing classes and presentations on writing, editing, and publishing.

Freelance Editor

July, 2013 – Present (over 8 years)

I provide developmental edits, query assessments, line edits, and story coaching for numerous writers, including many repeat clients. My sweet spot is in genre fiction and kid lit, but have I worked on projects of all types.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

The Hotel Between

Easley, Sean

The Outs

Wesley, E S


Delgadillo, Gerardo


Velasco, M. G.


Delgadillo, Gerardo

Sean has 2 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Stella Bello
Ever heard of the saying “I’ll go to the ends of the earth for you?” Well, that’s Sean. He would do whatever it takes to make sure your book comes out magical. My manuscript was a mess and I needed guidance. I had a lot of different editors toss me back and forth and made me change so much in my book that I hated it. It didn’t sound like me, it felt hollow. I wanted to chuck it, but I decided t...
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Stella Bello, March 2021

Charles LaFave
Working with Sean was amazing! He was super informative and helpful in working through stuff. He had tons of great ideas and was a delight to work with. Always a great attitude!

Charles LaFave, January 2021

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