Travis Moran

Travis Moran – Editor

A seasoned editor of sports titles and literary fiction, Travis has partnered with acclaimed authors, trusted insiders, and Hall of Famers.

Overview

Including a rising tide of Reedsy projects, Travis has developed the works of first-time authors, prize-winning writers, fan favorites, trusted insiders, and Hall of Famers from all four major sports — guiding nearly 50 books to market.


Now an editor and contributor at TrueHoop, Travis crafts and publishes NBA features from expert analysis and cutting-edge metrics to investigative reporting on sportswashing and financial corruption. He has evaluated literary fiction for numerous publications — most recently for "Passengers Journal," an envelope-pushing digital magazine of literary prose and visual arts.


As an active, publishing writer of sports and fiction, Travis appreciates how challenging the drafting, editing, finishing, and publishing processes can be. His imaginative analysis, cinematic eye, and storytelling savvy will elevate your book, novel, short story, article, or screenplay to its highest potential.


Though he bids selectively, Travis responds to all requests.


SPECIALIZATIONS


• Editorial Assessment

(structural analysis, tailored guidance, revision blueprint)


• Developmental Editing

(substance, structure, narrative)


ADDITIONAL SERVICES


• Copy Editing

(line, formatting, polishing)


EDUCATION


• B.A. in Creative Writing — Lake Forest College


• M.A. in English — Western Illinois University


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS


• “Travis [is] a superbly skilled and creative editor …” — Myron Cope, E.P. Dutton Prize winner and Hall of Fame broadcaster


• “Any writer who appreciates thoughtful editing and enthusiastic support would consider working with Travis a privilege — as did I.” — Buddy Martin, NY Times best-selling author


• “Thanks to Travis — a great editor. Your tireless efforts and passion for this book made it worth reading.” — Leo Mazzone, legendary former Atlanta Braves pitching coach


FICTION


• Allium, A Journal of Poetry and Prose (pages below)

• On the Run Fiction

• The Dillydoun Review

• Emerge Literary Journal

• Two-time NYC Midnight Short Story Contest semifinalist

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs History Inspirational Sports & Outdoors
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction Plays & Screenplays Short Story
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • Foreign Teacher of Excellence Award for International Faculty (2018)

Work experience

TrueHoop

Apr, 2022 — Present

• Develop and curate NBA-related features on topics ranging from expert analysis to investigative reporting on sportswashing and corruption
• Contribute original long-form pieces and a running column on fantasy basketball

Sports Publishing LLC

Feb, 2005 — Jul, 2007 (over 2 years)

• Cultivated 28 unique titles from concept to consumer, collaborating with celebrity authors such as Dennis Rodman, Myron Cope, and Leo Mazzone
• Guided authors through substantive edits while composing original marketing copy, assisting in graphic design, and proposing new series ideas

Self-employed

Aug, 2017 — Mar, 2022 (over 4 years)

• Provided communications guidance, cross-cultural solutions, and polished content for top executives from China Investment Corporation, Mobike (China), and Samura Tokyo SIA (Latvia)
• Tailored 38 personal statements for Chinese postgraduate applicants to elite universities in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, UK, and US

Beijing Language and Culture University

Aug, 2017 — Jul, 2020 (almost 3 years)

• Served as Writing Courses Director for School of Applied Foreign Languages (SAFL) from 2018-20, reconstructing curriculum to improve overall academic integrity
• Taught four prerequisite undergraduate courses and three graduate-level courses with a workload ranging from 14-20 credit hours per semester

Portfolio

Made with Reedsy
Light, at the End of the Bench

Federico, Niksha

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One Moment Changes Everything is the tragic true story of the Rogers family, who was blessed with three talented althletes until a single dose of cocaine killed Don Rogers. Don's family went f... read more
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Follis: Greatness Transcends

Paulk, Ralph N.

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Entangled in Ivy

Castle, George

Developmental Editing
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Double Yoi!

Cope, Myron

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Travis has 16 reviews

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John M.

John M.

Jul, 2024

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Travis provided high quality and thoughtful feedback on my short stories. I especially appreciated how invested Travis was with my work, and that he provided direct, actionable suggestions both at the story level and also on a higher/craft level. He also gave me interesting ideas for other readings that might be beneficial to my work. Personable and easy to work with.
Gregg V.

Gregg V.

May, 2024

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Travis was/is terrific, hands down. Best experience I've had with an editorial assessment. I've had the desire to write a novel for years now, and while I had "outlined" my ideas (so to speak), Travis took a lot of time with this content and was honest in where I was and where I could take this story: To its best, logical conclusion. I was impressed with the fact that he didn't blow sunshine u...
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Christopher H.

Christopher H.

Mar, 2023

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Travis exceeded my expectations, especially being a first time author. He was honest in our initial discussions about what would be best for my project and was willing to work best towards what my goals were. Everything was punctual and would give me updates during the editing process about where he was each week. The edits were honest, which I loved and needed. He was straight with me, if some...
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Karl M.

Karl M.

May, 2024

Travis has been extremely valuable to the evolution of the biography I am writing. The Editorial Assessment he provided has left me with a clear path to producing a marketable book. His comments along with our discussion of his analysis, have also helped me understand better the strengths and weaknesses of my "natural" writing style. Perhaps most important, he has provided that guidance in...
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Joshua R.

Joshua R.

Mar, 2024

Travis was awesome! Travis truly cared about my project. His responses and ideas showed genuine attention to my project. He was thorough and detail oriented in his editing. Travis was insightful and creative in his suggestions. Though he did not hold back on his suggestions, he has an excellent bedside manner that helped me be responsive to his recommendations. Thank you Travis! Josh

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