My 36 award-winning children's books are published internationally in numerous languages, and in Braille, and have been produced as YTV animations. My published work includes non-fiction and fiction across a wide range of genres, including fantasy, historical, contemporary, and sci fi. To view my picture books, junior books, and YA novels, please visit my web site at www.troonharrison.com or view my books on Amazon.com
I have a BA in English Literature and a Bachelor of Education, and have been a writer in residence at a university college, a workshop leader, and a literary event host.
I am an experienced, detail-oriented freelance editor via my web site (please visit it to read comments from satisfied clients), personal referrals, and on-line sites including Elance/Upwork. Since 1997, I have been a creative writing Instructor at the Institute of Children's Literature (CT, USA.) During this teaching time, I have edited literally thousands of children's stories, articles, and novels for my adult students in preparation for submission to publishers. In addition, I edit book-length manuscripts targeted to adult readers. In the past year, I have edited a travelogue which has been accepted for publication, an autobiography, and a historical novel.
Here's what you can expect from me:
• structural edits on your manuscript using Track Changes margin comments;
• line edits on your manuscript;
• a detailed critique letter to accompany my editing, with clear, concise explanations of your story's strengths and weaknesses, and how to revise them;
• replies to any questions you have about your story, or your revisions;
• a focus on making your writing age appropriate, with creating a strong plot, with pacing, and with character development;
• prompt, courteous communication;
• respect for your deadlines;
• the benefit of my very extensive experience in the publishing industry.
I have worked freelance for over 20 years and would love to help make your manuscript shine!
Provide written critiques of plot outlines with suggestions for development. Provide structural edits, copy edits, and written critiques on finished manuscripts in preparation for submission to publishers. Work with writers as they revise. Provide feedback on marketing materials.
Assist writers with idea generation and plot development; provide structural and copy edits on manuscripts; provide detailed written critiques of manuscripts; review marketing materials.
Multi-published and award-winning author with work available in numerous countries and languages. Write non-fiction, and fiction in a range of genres including sci fi, historical, contemporary, and fantasy. My work is available in Braille, and is produced as YTV shorts.
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For girls who love the historical adventures of American Girl and the equestrian details of Canterwood Crest or Horse Diaries, this wonderful new series delivers both. In The Horse Road, we meet Kallisto, a superb equestrian living in central Asia. On her way back from delivering horses to nomad breeders, Kallisto sees the Chinese army preparing to invade her city. Can she save her family and ... read more
Aaron loves animals more than anything else in the world. But when he is diagnosed with allergies, the doctor tells him that his pets --- a dog, a cat, six kittens and six guinea pigs --- have got to go. After Aaron reluctantly finds each pet a new home, he discovers other ways to make animals a part of his life.The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports that an estimated one in ever... read more
was trapped here in this square brick house. Trapped with Willy's threats, Matthew's roars, Kathleen's silences -- not because I couldn't run away again if I chose to, and not because I had no money, or because I was scared of being alone in the dark countryside. I was trapped because of Lizzy; because I couldn't turn her into an orphan like me. Six years ago Maggie was torn from her twin sist... read more
Amelia Otterchild Mackenzie has never seen a horse until the great red stallion Firefox rescues her from drowning. Soon her natural skill with horses becomes clear. Could this be the key that will lead motherless Amelia to her missing father, a legendary horseman? Amelia and her beloved sister set off for the rough far west of Canada to find their father, with the few treasures. But with white... read more
When her beloved cat, Muffin, dies, five-year-old Sophie writes a letter to God asking, "Please bring Muffin back to life." On Christmas morning, Sophie discovers that God did answer her prayer in a surprising and wonderful way.
When Stella imagined her trip to England, she pictured herself as a girl in the pages of a magazine – beach parties with cute boys, surfing off the coast, exploring ancient castles. Instead, she finds herself in a flat with her father’s weird girlfriend, Skye, and no one to hang out with but Nicholas, a distant cousin who seems to hate her. Only Richard, Nicholas’s dashing father, lives up to ... read more
“A skillfully crafted novel, very highly recommended for its creative magical world and tangible vivid descriptions.” —Midwest Book Review Long ago, a fierce sea dragon sank a ship that carried two Corno d’Oro—Golden Horns—and their Keeper. The creatures—with power against darkness—were separated, and passed into myth. But now evil grows, for the cruel Lord Maldici guards a terrible secret in ... read more
In The Twilight Box, the second of the fantasy series, Tales of Terre, two teens, Ambro and Noleena, search for their identities and the forces, natural and magical, that will fight the sorcery that has divided and is close to destroying their land.Ambro's lost family may be members of the arrogant ruling class of Terre; Noleena is a pricess of the Wind-wanderers, desert-dwellers who have been... read more
Der Eisdrache und das mutige Mädchen. Wenn die Eisdrachen davonfliegen, nehmen sie den Winter mit sich fort, der Frühling kann kommen. Darauf wartet das Mädchen voll Sehnsucht. Doch einer der Eisdrachen ist mit verletztem Flügel auf dem Dach des Hauses liegen geblieben. Der Winter wird immer grimmiger, der Hunger immer nagender, die Herzen erstarren in Zorn und Angst. Als die Not so groß wird,... read more
Because of global warming, nuclear energy is getting a second look. This important book discusses the benefits and drawbacks of this controversial, but clean and reliable, source of power. Case studies show how new technologies are helping make production of nuclear energy safer.
This informative and useful book for kids examines the history of marijuana use and laws, and myths and facts about marijuana misuse and abuse. A resource section provides websites and contact information of organizations for those dependent on drugs as well as for their friends and families.
1915:Millie convinces her mother to let her take the radial railway to stay with her friend Molly, who is living with a family north of Toronto.Molly’s life is full of chores, and after two days Millie is exhausted. But that doesn’t stop her from rescuing a runaway boy who’s been swept away by the rushing Don River.When Millie learns why he’s run away, she helps hide him until she can find him... read more
Ten-year-old tomboy Millie MacCallum needs a break from her parents and new baby sister almost as much as they need a break from Millie. So it’s arranged that Millie will spend the summer with her aunt at Stoney Lake in Ontario’s Kawartha Lakes region, one of the province’s first areas of pioneer settlement. It’s 1914 and life in the Kawarthas is much different than Millie’s urban existence in... read more
Sonnet has been away travelling the world for so long that when she arrives back home she doesn't know any of her neighbours. Her attempts to make friends are pretty disastrous, as she's brought some eccentric habits home with her and people just don't know what to make of her tales of adventure...Soon, however, a mysterious stranger starts leaving gifts on her doorstep: who are they from and ... read more
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December 1914: Millie is looking forward to a beautiful Victorian Christmas, just as usual. With her father away fighting in the war, she is especially determined to keep holiday traditions alive during this time of turmoil. Although Christmas will be anything but “as usual” this year. With the unexpected arrival of Molly and Feather as well as some new faces, everyone has differing opinions o... read more
It's September 1914. Ten-year-old tomboy Millie MacCallum has just learned that her father, like so many other Canadian men, will be leaving for England to join in the war effort. More bad news: her mother has enrolled her in a new school where she'll be expected to learn languages, dancing, and lady-like deportment. Millie would much rather be paddling a canoe or tucking up her dress to wade ... read more
In 2205, the world is in the grip of another Ice Age, the end result of a chain of environmental reactions to humankind's activities. The North is snowbound, impoverished and starved; the border between it and the South is heavily guarded. And somehow, Chandra has to cross that border, illegally and without papers, and make her way through a green land she's never seen. She's prepared to fight... read more
Alberta Children_s Book of the Year Alberta Book Illustration of the Year Can she find courage in her new big city home? Meg is new to the city with its tall buildings and long shadows. It_s nothing like her Caribbean home. Here, the city closes in on her and she feels safe in her bedroom. But gradually she begins to discover that there_s more to the city than she thought. For instance, there_... read more
Damson lives in the house her great-grandfather built. The orchard is graced by a beautiful plum tree, grown from a plum stone her great-grandmother had carried across the ocean. It was in this house that Damson was born, and it is here she intends to stay among the flowers, animals, and fruit trees she loves.Then comes a time of a great flood that threatens to wash away everything Damson care... read more
The village is holding a special auction to save the local carousel. People are bidding on the old horses and taking responsibility for refurbishing them. Sarah knows money’s scarce, but her grandfather bids on Starflyer, the horse that his late wife enjoyed riding in the summers of their youth.As grandfather and granddaughter paint the horse, they use symbols of the woman they loved: ribbons ... read more
How do you turn a shrimp sandwich into a horse? Jeremiah the auctioneer discovers how when he learns that one person's junk is another's "wonderful junk". When his truck breaks down, Jeremiah embarks on a series of trades to get himself a horse. He trades his ship-in-a-bottle for an old bicycle. Then the bicycle is exchanged for a bridle, the bridle for a bag of oats, and so on, until he's lef... read more
Set in Victorian times, this is the story of Tom, a boy terrified of the sea. When poverty forces his mother to move them to Penzance, Tom is confronted by his worst fear. But when a storm sweeps his uncle's fishing boat from its moorings, Tom's fear is pushed to its limits.
Alexander Ross was a Canadian ornithologist, medical doctor and naturalist...and so much more. As a young man in Belleville, in the years before the American Civil War, Alexander was introduced in his parents’ home to slaves who had made their way to freedom through the underground railroad. From that moment on, he dedicated his life to helping slaves escape north to freedom. He travelled to t... read more
Join the hero Tom on a high-action adventure with terrible Beasts and deadly danger!Tom's bravery and fighting skills are tested to the limit in his next Beast Quest. Is he brave enough to continue with his most challenging Beast Quest yet? Or will Mirka the Ice Horse defeat him?
Join the hero Tom on a high-action adventure with terrible Beasts and deadly danger!Tom's perilous Beast Quest continues! The Evil Witch Kensa and Sanpao the Pirate King are loose in Avantia, and six new Beasts threaten the land. Will Tom defeat the awesome wolf-Beast Kajin, or will he fall to his doom?
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