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Taylor Morris

Taylor Morris - Editor

Virginia Beach, VA, United States

Accomplished editor of picture books, middle grade and YA novels who helps authors polish their work and raise the quality of their writing.

Overview

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I am a thorough editor--both general and copy editing--with an eye toward manuscript details and overall cohesiveness. This includes character and plot development, dialogue, plot pacing and raising the quality of your writing. I won't let you get away with a single lazy sentence or cliched description.


I know what it takes to write a book. It's hard work (especially when you have a full-time job). I've been there and know what writers put themselves through to create a book from their own experiences and imagination. My critiques are thoughtful and always honest but compassionate. Lots of people talk about writing a book; few go through with it. Anyone who gets this far deserves some major kudos.

I've edited for individuals just starting out and publishers who buy manuscripts. I know the industry and can help you navigate its tricky waters.

I am also the author of a dozen books for tweens and young readers and am published by Penguin and Simon & Schuster.

Services
Languages
English
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)

Certifications

  • Emerson College, Writing, Literature & Publishing

Awards

  • Cum Laude

Work experience

Freelance Editor & Author

Taylor Morris Freelance

January, 2012 – Present (almost 5 years)

My freelance career began with ghostwriting the first four books of New York Times bestselling author Giada De Laurentiis' RECIPE FOR ADVENTURE.

#1 "Naples!" September 2013
#2 "Paris!" September 2013
#3 "Hong Kong!" January 2014
#4 "New Orleans!" June 2014

I've also been freelance editing, everything from copy editing to comprehensive manuscript edits, picture books to young adult novels, contemporary to science fiction.

Author: Tween Series, HELLO, GORGEOUS!

Penguin's Grosset & Dunlap

April, 2011 – May, 2012 (about 1 year)

Author of five-book series, "Hello, Gorgeous!"
#1 "Blowout," April 2011
#2 "Foiled," April 2011
#3 "Tangled," September 2011
#4 "Swept Up," January 2012
#5 "Do's and Don'ts" May 2012

Author

Simon & Schuster M!X

December, 2007 – May, 2011 (over 3 years)

Author of three stand-alone novels for S&S.

"Class Favorite," November 2007
"Total Knockout: Tale of an Ex-Class President," September 2008
"BFF Breakup," May 2011

Portfolio (12 selected works)

BFF Breakup (mix)

Taylor Morris

Brooke and Madeline have been best friends since they first met. And now they're going to be best friends in high school, then go to the same college where they'll be roommates, date—and marry—boys who are also best friends. Finally they'll live next door to each other and go on family vacations together. Nothing could possibly change that, right? Well not so fast. A new school year brings new... read more

Brooke and Madeline have been best friends since they first met. And now they're going to be best friends in high school, then go to the same college where they'll be roommates, date—and marry—boys who are also best friends. Finally they'll live next door to each other and go on family vacations together. Nothing could possibly change that, right? Well not so fast. A new school year brings new... read more

Class Favorite (mix)

Taylor Morris

It all started three days after I officially became a woman -- the message of mass destruction arrived. It was February 14, to be exact. Happy Valentine's Day. Sara Thurman has never considered herself part of the popular crowd - she's got her best friend Arlene and that seems like enough. But when Sara's mom sends a special Valentine's Day delivery (PERIOD FLOWERS!) to her class, all of a sud... read more

It all started three days after I officially became a woman -- the message of mass destruction arrived. It was February 14, to be exact. Happy Valentine's Day. Sara Thurman has never considered herself part of the popular crowd - she's got her best friend Arlene and that seems like enough. But when Sara's mom sends a special Valentine's Day delivery (PERIOD FLOWERS!) to her class, all of a sud... read more

Total Knockout: Tale of an Ex-Class President

Taylor Morris

There's nothing ordinary about Lucia Latham - she gets straight A's, she's been middle school Class President for two years running and she's a great boxer - nothing is more fun than a good old sparring match with best friend Cooper, especially since she usually wins. In short, there are few things Lucia tackles that don't turn out exactly how she wants them. So at the beginning of her 8th gra... read more

There's nothing ordinary about Lucia Latham - she gets straight A's, she's been middle school Class President for two years running and she's a great boxer - nothing is more fun than a good old sparring match with best friend Cooper, especially since she usually wins. In short, there are few things Lucia tackles that don't turn out exactly how she wants them. So at the beginning of her 8th gra... read more

Blowout #1 (Hello, Gorgeous!)

Taylor Morris

Now that she's had her thirteenth birthday, Mickey's finally old enough to work at her mother's super glam hair salon--Hello, Gorgeous! And true to the old cliche about people confiding in their hair stylists, Mickey starts getting an earful right off the bat. Customers love talking to her because she's so empathetic, but what happens when she starts getting overly involved in their dramas?

Now that she's had her thirteenth birthday, Mickey's finally old enough to work at her mother's super glam hair salon--Hello, Gorgeous! And true to the old cliche about people confiding in their hair stylists, Mickey starts getting an earful right off the bat. Customers love talking to her because she's so empathetic, but what happens when she starts getting overly involved in their dramas?

Foiled #2 (Hello, Gorgeous!)

Taylor Morris

Mickey's thrilled to have some female friends for a change. But things get a little too close for comfort when her mom goes and hires Lizbeth to work at the salon. Mickey's worried that Lizbeth is stealing her thunder. After all, Lizbeth is everything Mickey isn't-outgoing, bubbly, and quick-on-her-feet. But when Mickey tries too hard to outshine her, things backfire in a hair-raising way!

Mickey's thrilled to have some female friends for a change. But things get a little too close for comfort when her mom goes and hires Lizbeth to work at the salon. Mickey's worried that Lizbeth is stealing her thunder. After all, Lizbeth is everything Mickey isn't-outgoing, bubbly, and quick-on-her-feet. But when Mickey tries too hard to outshine her, things backfire in a hair-raising way!

Tangled #3 (Hello, Gorgeous!)

Taylor Morris

When Mickey's friends Jonah and Eve start dating and a reality TV show takes over her mom's salon, Mickey feels left out of the limelight. But when she's caught on camera sharing confidential information, her life spins out of control. If only an intensive hair treatment could tame this mess!

When Mickey's friends Jonah and Eve start dating and a reality TV show takes over her mom's salon, Mickey feels left out of the limelight. But when she's caught on camera sharing confidential information, her life spins out of control. If only an intensive hair treatment could tame this mess!

Swept Up #4 (Hello, Gorgeous!)

Taylor Morris

Filled with style, glamour, and friends, Hello, Gorgeous! has everything a girl wants! When thirteen-year-old Mickey Wilson was offered a job as a sweeper in her mother's salon, she expected glamour, style, and polish. She never knew there could be so much work! Mickey is still learning how to be a supergood friend and a superstellar stylist. And in this fourth book in the ever-glamorous Hello... read more

Filled with style, glamour, and friends, Hello, Gorgeous! has everything a girl wants! When thirteen-year-old Mickey Wilson was offered a job as a sweeper in her mother's salon, she expected glamour, style, and polish. She never knew there could be so much work! Mickey is still learning how to be a supergood friend and a superstellar stylist. And in this fourth book in the ever-glamorous Hello... read more

Do's and Don'ts #5 (Hello, Gorgeous!)

Taylor Morris

A stylish tween read! Mickey is ready to take the next step on her way to being a superstellar stylist. She and her friends set up a temporary beauty blog, where they can provide readers with Do It Yourself tips for at-home beauty treatments. Suddenly, Hello, Gorgeous! starts getting a steady stream of clients pouring into the salon with hair disasters in need of fixing at the same time the bl... read more

A stylish tween read! Mickey is ready to take the next step on her way to being a superstellar stylist. She and her friends set up a temporary beauty blog, where they can provide readers with Do It Yourself tips for at-home beauty treatments. Suddenly, Hello, Gorgeous! starts getting a steady stream of clients pouring into the salon with hair disasters in need of fixing at the same time the bl... read more

Naples! #1 (Recipe for Adventure)

Giada De Laurentiis

When Zia Donatella comes to live with the Bertolizzi family, little do Alfie and his older sister Emilia know what's in store for them. Zia Dontella is determined to show the kids how a home-cooked meal is better than even the best take-out pizza or burrito. And when Zia's plan actually transports Alfie and Emilia to famous food cities around the world, they learn first-hand how food can not o... read more

When Zia Donatella comes to live with the Bertolizzi family, little do Alfie and his older sister Emilia know what's in store for them. Zia Dontella is determined to show the kids how a home-cooked meal is better than even the best take-out pizza or burrito. And when Zia's plan actually transports Alfie and Emilia to famous food cities around the world, they learn first-hand how food can not o... read more

Paris! #2 (Recipe for Adventure)

Giada De Laurentiis

When Zia Donatella comes to live with the Bertolizzi family, little do Alfie and his older sister Emilia know what's in store for them. Zia Dontella is determined to show the kids how a home-cooked meal is better than even the best take-out pizza or burrito. And when Zia's plan actually transports Alfie and Emilia to famous food cities around the world, they learn first-hand how food can not o... read more

When Zia Donatella comes to live with the Bertolizzi family, little do Alfie and his older sister Emilia know what's in store for them. Zia Dontella is determined to show the kids how a home-cooked meal is better than even the best take-out pizza or burrito. And when Zia's plan actually transports Alfie and Emilia to famous food cities around the world, they learn first-hand how food can not o... read more

Hong Kong! #3 (Recipe for Adventure)

Giada De Laurentiis

When Zia Donatella comes to live with the Bertolizzi family, little do Alfie and his older sister Emilia know what's in store for them. Zia Donatella is determined to show the kids how a home-cooked meal is better than even the best take-out pizza or burrito. And when Zia's plan actually transports Alfie and Emilia to famous food cities around the world, they learn first-hand how food cannot o... read more

When Zia Donatella comes to live with the Bertolizzi family, little do Alfie and his older sister Emilia know what's in store for them. Zia Donatella is determined to show the kids how a home-cooked meal is better than even the best take-out pizza or burrito. And when Zia's plan actually transports Alfie and Emilia to famous food cities around the world, they learn first-hand how food cannot o... read more

New Orleans! #4 (Recipe for Adventure)

Giada De Laurentiis

When Zia Donatella comes to live with the Bertolizzi family, little do Alfie and his older sister Emilia know what's in store for them. Zia Donatella is determined to show the kids how a home-cooked meal is better than even the best take-out pizza or burrito. And when Zia's plan actually transports Alfie and Emilia to famous food cities around the world, they learn first-hand how food cannot o... read more

When Zia Donatella comes to live with the Bertolizzi family, little do Alfie and his older sister Emilia know what's in store for them. Zia Donatella is determined to show the kids how a home-cooked meal is better than even the best take-out pizza or burrito. And when Zia's plan actually transports Alfie and Emilia to famous food cities around the world, they learn first-hand how food cannot o... read more

Taylor has 1 review

Professionalism
Quality
Value
Communication

Topher Allen

Taylor recently worked on a Content Edit for my middle grade adventure book. Her analysis was straight to the point, thoroughly detailed, and ahead of schedule to boot! Would absolutely work with her again in the future.

Topher Allen, October 2016

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