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About me

Hawk Editorial managing director Sam Hawcroft – a trained journalist with more than 20 years’ experience…

Having completed a degree in English and a Masters in film and literature at Hull University, I first went into journalism at the Hull Daily Mail in 2000, where I gained an NVQ Level 4 in production journalism and became a senior sub-editor.

I later worked for the Press Association in various roles including Teletext assistant editor and TV listings operations manager, as well as editing the PA’s main news wire and working on sports pages for national and regional newspapers. More recently at PA, I was a sub-editor on the Daily Telegraph team, working across supplements, news features and news.

My current role is managing director of my own company, Hawk Editorial, which was established in November 2011, and in October 2012 became the publisher of H&E naturist magazine, which is the oldest and most popular monthly naturist magazine in the world. I continue to edit, design and write for the magazine, as well as running all aspects of the the day-to-day business, including retail, advertising, website and social media.

In 2018, I became the contributing editor of BusinessWorks magazine, which celebrates entrepreneurship across Hull, the East Riding and the Humber. In November 2020 I became the Hull City writer for The Hull Story, first as a monthly columnist and now as reporter on the Tigers’ home matches.

In October 2021 I was appointed editor of the Holderness Gazette, a historic weekly newspaper covering the area that I’m proud to call home after moving from Hull in 2016.

I am a qualified proofreader, with certificates in proofreading and copy-editing from the Publishing Training Centre (these are the only industry-recognised qualifications), and I’m a Professional Member of CIEP (the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading). Clients include acclaimed Hull writer Brian W Lavery and Barbican Press. I also offer design and typesetting services, including a cover-to-cover book design solution for self-publishers.

I can turn my hand to a variety of subjects, from the arts and culture to sport, current affairs and technology.

Born and bred in East Yorkshire, I am a keen Hull City fan, and sing in local folk bands Fiddlers Elbow and Beggar’s Bridge, and occasionally solo as Sam Martyn.

Please do contact me if you are interested in contributing to BusinessWorks, H&E or the Gazette, or would like to discuss my proofreading/writing/design services.

Dr Brian W Lavery, author and lecturer

“Sam is a consummate professional journalist, writer, proofreader and editor – with a work ethic to match. I was delighted with the assiduous work she did as copy editor on my latest book, The Luckiest Thirteen (Barbican Press, 2017). I have no hesitation in recommending her.”

Robert Bruce OBE, General Secretary, Council for Cadet Rifle Shooting

“I found Sam Hawcroft at Hawk Editorial to be friendly, accommodating and very professional in her work.  I have no hesitation in strongly recommending Sam”

Charlie Simonds, Parafotos

“Sam designed and proofread two of my books. The first, Wild and Free, is a photographic book that was enhanced considerably by Sam’s imagination. The second, Even the Birds Stopped Singing, is an illustrated semi-biographical book that has once again benefited from Sam’s enthusiasm and expertise. I recommend Sam’s professional creativity without reservation.”