Travis Moran

Travis Moran – Editor

A seasoned editor of sports books and literary fiction, Travis has partnered with acclaimed authors, trusted insiders, and hall of famers.

Overview

Including a growing number of Reedsy projects, Travis has guided over 40 books to market. He has developed the works of first-time authors, prize-winning writers, fan favorites, trusted insiders, and hall of famers from all four major sports.


Now editor and contributor at TrueHoop, Travis crafts and publishes NBA features ranging from expert analysis and cutting-edge metrics to investigative reporting on sportswashing and financial corruption. He also has evaluated fiction and creative prose for "Passengers Journal," an envelope-pushing publication of literary fiction and visual arts.


A publishing writer in the fields 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, essay, 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 Journal


• 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

Passengers Journal

Nov, 2022 — May, 2023 (6 months)

• Read and reviewed fiction and creative prose submissions for this blossoming literary journal
• Participated in editorial roundtables and judged pieces for publication

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 editorial guidance, cross-cultural solutions, and polished content for 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

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Double Yoi!

Cope, Myron

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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
Glenn K.

Glenn K.

Dec, 2023

Travis is an excellent communicator and was great about keeping me in the loop and understanding my schedule and goals. His Editorial Assessment exceeded my expectations, providing exactly what I needed to push my project forward. I appreciate the resources he offered and his detailed critiques, explaining what worked, what didn't, and why. Collaborating with Travis was a positive experience, a...
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Stephen K.

Stephen K.

Aug, 2023

Travis did great job reviewing my manuscript involving a personal, long-term sports history. After reviewing a portion of my story made up of 25,000 words in a timely manner, he provided a great analysis for me with corrections and suggestions that will allow me to develop a better structure for my book. He provided input regarding how to relate to and how to expand my target market; helped me...
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Geoffrey B.

Geoffrey B.

Jun, 2023

Travis was fantastic to work with! His communication style worked very well for me, as well as his professionalism and timeliness. Nothing but good things to say!
Francis S.

Francis S.

Jun, 2023

Travis was excellent to work with. His communication was prompt and helpful. My schedule changed after we began the process, and Travis was flexible with adjustments to the timeframe and scope of the project. Thank you

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