Books

I am beyond excited to announce my debut, Maggie and Abby's Neverending Pillow Fort, will be published by HarperCollins in early 2018, with an as yet-unnamed sequel following in early 2019.

Deal AnnouncementMaggie and Abby's Neverending Pillow Fort is a story of best friends, bruised egos, secret societies, guacamole lasagna, and--jazz hands!--magically linked-up pillow forts.  All business inquiries should go through my glorious agent, Emily Keyes of Fuse Literary.

Bio

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Will Taylor is a reader, writer, bee enthusiast, and former trapeze flailer. He lives in the heart of downtown Seattle surrounded by all the seagulls and nearly all the books.

(All photo credits A.R. Kahler)

 

 

 

Will can be reached at: WillTaylorBooks @ gmail DOT com

Twitter: @InkAndHive

Member SCBWI

Any business-type inquiries should be directed to my glorious agent (and fellow Ravenclaw) Emily Keyes at Fuse Literary.

For Writers

Getting started in the world of writing and publishing is a strange and mostly lonely business, so here are a few resources that changed the game for me.

I should tell you I'm listening to Heart sing These Dreams on repeat right now.

1) The post that started it all, where Delilah Dawson lays out the situation, taking no prisoners along the way. Follow every step of her advice. Yes, every single one:

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/08/13/25-steps-to-being-a-traditionally-published-author-lazy-bastard-edition/

2) The joy of watching other writers, editors, and agents make publishing jokes and realizing you get them. These are the people you should be listening to:

http://pubtalktv.com/

3) No matter where you are in the process, learning more about literary agents is indescribably helpful. These are the people who will fall in love with, sing about, and champion your work like they're living in a Bryan Adams song. They will fight for you. They will lie for you. They will walk the wild for you. You know it's true. Everything they do. They do it for you. But above all they are an intense and close-knit tribe of humongous literary dorks. Learn their ways, learn their joys and toil, work harder on your book than you ever thought possible, and when your work is ready sidle up to your favorite agent and say hello. Understanding what life is like for a literary agent--and treating them like the human-type human beings they are--will take you MILES closer to your goal. And this is the website to use for finding and researching them:

https://querytracker.net/

Overall, just do your research. Learn about literary agents, learn about publishing houses, learn about the market. If you want a part in this play, take the time to know your co-stars' roles and how hard they worked to get where they are.

And never forget every book you've ever read was written by someone who started out unpublished, staring at a blank page. There is no other place to start.

FAQ

I'm sorry, what was your name again?

This is for reals my most frequently asked question. I have the hardest time saying my own first name, probably due to ten years of playing the French Horn and "tah-ing" all my Ls. Nine times out of ten baristas and deli clerks have to ask me to repeat myself, and then I get flustered and it comes out even worse and they end up raising their eyebrows and writing Wolth or Gill or Willon on my cup. Lately I've given up being honest with people I'll never see again and just picked a nice crunchy, spitable name like Zach or Patrick or Bellatrix and called it good.

 

Children's books, huh? Do you hope to be good enough to write real books someday?

I've only been asked this once, to be honest, and luckily it was a family member so my answer got to be thorough, but it seems to be something a ton of my writer friends get asked. If anyone comes at you with this ridiculous question, I recommend the classic response: "Would you ask a pediatrician if they hope to be good enough to work on real people someday?" (head tilt)

 

Why the bees?

I have a fair number of bee tattoos. As Eddie Izzard would say, "Help! I'm covered in bees!" I have them because to me bees--like middle grade books, Kate Bush, and rowan trees--are pure, ancient, lightning-grade magic. They make me think of moss on old rocks, shells in clear water, sparks above a campfire. Bees curl and hum through some of my favorite stories, never quite landing, always leading our younger, brighter reader's eye on to the next heavy flower, the next golden meadow, the next hidden stream. *sighs*  I just really like bees.