Tia Ross
WordWiser Ink

Since the age of three, I’ve been in love with the written word. I began editing professionally at age 16 for the US military; since then, 30+ years later, I've edited books, documents, and publications for organizations that include Big 5 publishers, such as Hatchette/Moon Guides and HarperCollins; “BigLaw” firms such as Locke Lord, Mayer Brown, and Sechrest Minick; and leading human rights advocates such as Color Of Change, Institute for Social Policy & Understanding, and Southern Poverty Law Center. Six years after starting my editing business, Writer’s Digest named me one of the “Top 37 Book Doctors” in the US. My author clients have won NAACP Image Awards, book deals, spots on bestseller lists, and countless other awards. I’m a copyeditor, sensitivity reader, book coach, freelance editor coach, technical editor, author of the forthcoming So You Want to Be an Editor . . . But Can You Edit? (June 2022), and Associate Editor of Black Sci-Fi Short Stories (FlameTree, 2021).

I’m also a multifarious entrepreneur with passions for IT, travel, and conference planning. A 9x founder, I am the creator and director of WordWiser Ink, Black Writers Collective, the Black Editors & Proofreaders Network, the Black Book Coaches directory (launching June 2022), and Boss Events & Travel. I’m the conference planning consultant for Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), a mentor with Professional Editors Network, and a former member of the EFA Board of Directors. I have degrees and certificates in software, database, and applications programming, content strategy, information architecture, digital forensics, and information science and technology.

Editing Services
Copyediting, Line editing, Proofreading, Series, Technical
Writing Services
Business proposals, Newsletter, Technical and instructional
Other Services
Author coaching, Content review, Ebooks, Editorial project management, Fact-checking, Publishing, Research, Style guide creation
Subjects
Technical writing: software user guides, web application setup instructions, white papers, how-tos
Fiction Genres
Action/adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Mystery, Mythology, Romance, Science fiction, Suspense/thriller
Nonfiction Genres
Autobiography and memoir, Business, Cookbooks, Creative nonfiction, DIY/how-to, Reference, Self-help, Travel
Age Levels
Pre-K, Early elementary, Middle grade, Young adult, New adult, Adult
End Products
Books, websites, blogs, reports, newsletters, articles, presentations, magazines, plays, screenplays
Style Manuals
American Psychological Association (APA), Associated Press Stylebook (AP), Bluebook, Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), Gregg Reference Manual, Microsoft Writing Style Guide, Modern Language Association (MLA)
Software
Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe InCopy, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Apple Pages, Google Docs, Google Sheets, LaTeX, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, PerfectIt, QuarkXPress
Other Memberships
Editorial Freelancers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association