Black Editors, Book Coaches & Proofreaders

Tia Ross, Editor

Editing Services
Copyediting, Proofreading

Working With Me

My role as editor is not to simply perfect your content; I view it an opportunity to teach clients who wish to improve their writing how to do so. What differentiates me from other editors is that I share with my clients insights into exactly why certain edits are suggested. I point out habitual grammatical weaknesses that persist throughout your work and offer clear instructions with examples to help you to identify and eliminate those from your writing going forward. I also specialize in all aspects of dialogue, specifically tags, action beats, punctuation, and excessive narrative (over-telling vs. showing). As you review my edits, you’ll find yourself learning and growing as a writer as have many of my clients after working with me.

For authors, another benefit of selecting me as your editorial partner is that I offer resources and referrals to various critical publishing partners to help you to achieve your goals more easily and cost-effectively.


Tia Ross, Editor, African American freelance line editor, Black freelance copyeditorDo you want your writing to be noticed for its ideas and impact, rather than its mistakes? Typos, grammar errors, redundancies, misspellings, improper punctuation, and formatting issues can not only embarrass you but also undermine your credibility, cost you clients, customers, and readers, and put your livelihood at risk. It would be unwise to finalize any print or digital publication or presentation without the review of a skilled editor or proofreader.

Writing errors can lead to undesirable outcomes. That’s why it is crucial to hire a skilled editor for comprehensive content analysis and professional proofreading. As your editor, my primary objective is to ensure that your writing captures attention for its ideas and impact, while minimizing errors. I will polish your content, providing honest and detailed feedback to elevate your vision, maintain your unique voice, and identify opportunities to enhance the tone or potential of each piece in alignment with your objectives.

Beyond having a keen eye for grammatical errors, sentence construction, and typos, my copyediting services focus on enhancing clarity, coherence, sentence structure, and overall consistency. Additionally, I provide thorough proofreading to correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, formatting, and spelling, ensuring flawless text. I particularly enjoy refining business publications, technical documents, UX copy, digital content, fiction, and nonfiction works.

My clients include “Big 5” publishers HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, University of North Carolina Press, and Penguin Random House along with hundreds of corporations, small businesses, nonprofits, solopreneurs, and independent authors. I’ve edited extraordinary works by Mathew Knowles, Connie Briscoe, Tiffany Haddish, Kleaver Cruz, and Angela Jackson-Brown, and I’d love to do the same for you. If you’re ready to work with a professional wordsmith to polish your work, reach out and let’s get started!

Science fiction
Young Adult

Creative nonfiction
Young Adult

Other Services
Author coaching
Manuscript formatting
Style guide creation

Style Manuals
American Medical Association (AMA)
American Psychological Association (APA)
Associated Press Stylebook (AP)
Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS)
Gregg Reference Manual
Microsoft Writing Style Guide
Modern Language Association (MLA)

Adobe Acrobat Pro
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Adobe InCopy
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Photoshop
Apple Pages
Google Docs
Google Sheets
Microsoft Access
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Word