Ellen Morris

Ellen Morris - Editor

Southend-on-Sea, UK

Children's and YA fiction editor with over three years of experience in one of the largest global publishers, Hachette UK

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I am children's and YA fiction editor with over three years of experience in one of the largest global publishers, Hachette UK. I have copy-edited and proofread a range of genres for varying age groups, including early readers, picture books, middle grade and older fiction.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Christian (Non-Fiction)
Fiction
Dystopian
Fantasy
Middle Grade
Paranormal Romance
Picture Books
Short Story
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • BA in English with Creative Writing
  • Copyediting workshop, Hachette Children's Group (2017)
  • Proofreading workshop, Hachette Children's Group (2016)
  • Copywriting workshop, Hachette Children's Group (2017)

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
September, 2018 – Present (over 1 year)

Editorial Assistant

Hachette Children's Group
December, 2015 – October, 2018 (almost 3 years)

Assisting in the Editorial department of the Orchard, Orion and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers imprints. My role includes proof-reading and collating corrections on manuscripts, writing cover copy for new titles, and updating metadata for optimum sales. In addition, I assist editors in the Acquisition process with background research, sales figures and P&L reports. I read manuscripts on submission as part of the editorial team, and I am responsible checking eBooks and making corrections to titles when they reprint. I have worked with authors such as Lauren Child and Giles Andreae, and across series and licensing fiction.

Marketing and Publicity Assistant

Hachette Children's Group
October, 2015 – November, 2015 (about 1 month)

I assisted the Marketing and Publicity teams in the Hachette Children’s Group by attending and facilitating publicity events, organising and sending out marketing material, and sending out review copies of our books. I was responsible for writing online content and articles for social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, and the YA section of the Hachette Children’s website.

Copywriter

The Independent
September, 2015 – October, 2015 (about 1 month)

I was responsible for researching and writing several articles, which were published in the Independent newspaper in print and online. I conducted several phone interviews, transcribed an interview recorded on Dictaphone, and helped to gather quotes for the ‘Voices’ section of the paper.

Editorial Assistant

Penguin Random House
August, 2015 – September, 2015 (about 1 month)

Assisting the editorial department at Viking and Hamish Hamilton in non-fiction publishing. I wrote reports on new submissions, negotiated rights and permissions for copyrighted material used in some of the new titles, and aided editors with creating AI sheet information. In doing so, I worked with authors such as Ali Smith and Thomas Piketty.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

The Cloak of Feathers

Nigel Quinlan

Every hundred years, in the magical town of Knowmealldown, fairies known as the Good Folk join the villagers for a Great Festival. It's a raucous, beautiful, enchanted celebration.Well, it's supposed to be.Except every time Brian helps to organise the Great Festival it's a disappointment. Worse, this time the Folk Princess has been stolen., Can Brian thwart the Princess's evil captor in time t... read more

Every hundred years, in the magical town of Knowmealldown, fairies known as the Good Folk join the villagers for a Great Festival. It's a raucous, beautiful, enchanted celebration.Well, it's supposed to be.Except every time Brian helps to organise the Great Festival it's a disappointment. Worse, this time the Folk Princess has been stolen., Can Brian thwart the Princess's evil captor in time t... read more

Early Reader: Three Little Snowmen

Georgie Adams

Three little snowmen, Frosty, Freezy and Boots, are on a quest to find Father Christmas! Along with their pets, Poppet the Penguin, Henry the Husky and Samba the Seal, the intrepid friends go on a journey to the North Pole. But before long they get lost in a blizzard! Can the friends get to the North Pole in time to see Father Christmas?Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to r... read more

Three little snowmen, Frosty, Freezy and Boots, are on a quest to find Father Christmas! Along with their pets, Poppet the Penguin, Henry the Husky and Samba the Seal, the intrepid friends go on a journey to the North Pole. But before long they get lost in a blizzard! Can the friends get to the North Pole in time to see Father Christmas?Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to r... read more

Emily Windsnap and the Falls of Forgotten Island: Book 7

Liz Kessler

Brand New!! Re-check ISBN before Purchase

Brand New!! Re-check ISBN before Purchase

A Storey Street novel: Scaredy Cat, Scaredy Cat

Phil Earle

From the author of DEMOLITION DAD, the CBBC Book of the Month June 2017, comes the fourth and final hilarious Storey Street by Phil Earle, illustrated by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted artist, Sara Ogilvie. Perfect for fans of Roald Dahl, Liz Pichon and David Walliams.Kay Catt has a nickname - Scaredy Catt. And with good reason. You've never met a more timid, anxious girl in you... read more

From the author of DEMOLITION DAD, the CBBC Book of the Month June 2017, comes the fourth and final hilarious Storey Street by Phil Earle, illustrated by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted artist, Sara Ogilvie. Perfect for fans of Roald Dahl, Liz Pichon and David Walliams.Kay Catt has a nickname - Scaredy Catt. And with good reason. You've never met a more timid, anxious girl in you... read more

Ellen has 14 reviews

Professionalism
Professionalism
Quality
Quality
Value
Value
Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Keats Jabri-Pickett
She goes through line by line and whether you're looking for a copy editor or a general overview of your style, she is wonderful! Thanks for all your help Ellen :)

Keats Jabri-Pickett, December 2019


Terri Daneshyar
This was my second time working with Ellen and once again I found her advice clear, appropriate and delivered with care. I would definitely recommend her.

Terri Daneshyar, October 2019


Carter Wyatt
Ellen was spectacular! She gave me awesome detailed feedback that helped me realize some of the problems in my story. She returned my manuscript promptly with lots of helpful comments! I would definitely love to work with her again!!

Carter Wyatt, August 2019


Holly Canales
Ellen Morris exceeded my expectations! She provided insightful feedback and thoughtful responses. My book improved tremendously with her help.

Holly Canales, July 2019


Nicole Fava
Ellen was easy to work with an provided great overall edits and insights.

Nicole Fava, June 2019

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