Tia Ross | Editor | Coach

About Tia Ross

A Lifelong Editor

Tia Ross, Editor, Coach, Entrepreneur

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/Avalon Travel/Moon Guides and HarperCollins/Amistad; “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. I’ve provided both in-house and remote editorial support to lawyers, corporate executives, nonprofit organizations, small businesses, engineers, project managers, consultants, and authors. My clients have won NAACP Image Awards, book deals, spots on bestseller lists, and countless other awards while I was once named one of the “Top 37 Book Doctors” in the US by Writer’s Digest.

Although I started my freelance editing career as a business, legal, and fiction editor and proofreader, once I was introduced to web design and web applications in the late ’90s, I became obsessed. I got into technical writing and editing—mainly in telecommunications, internet technology, and software development—then eventually went full throttle in information technology. I studied web, web applications, and software development; database programming; information architecture; web accessibility; digital and computer forensics; Lean Six Sigma; and project management, to name a few; I’ve accumulated an assortment of IT certificates, certifications, and degrees, including an AA in professional and technical writing, an AAS in computer science—software and database programming, a BS in information science and technology.

I’m also a multifarious entrepreneur with passions for travel and business event planning (mostly conferences and retreats). A 9x founder, my creations include Black Writers Collective, Black Editors & Proofreaders Directory and Network, WordWiser Ink, Boss Events & Travel, which is part of an Expedia franchise family, and Black Book Coaches Directory (launching this summer). I’m the conference planning consultant for Editorial Freelancers Association (EFACon), a mentor with Professional Editors Network, and a former member of the EFA Board of Directors.

I have written a book for aspiring and beginning freelance editors titled So You Want to Be an Editor . . . But Can You Edit? (to be released in 2022). I was also the Associate Editor of Black Sci-Fi Short Stories (FlameTree, 2021), a collection of classic and contemporary science fiction tales.

Tia in the Media

Vision

Provide the highest quality editorial services while helping to improve clients’ writing and communication skills through insightful editorial feedback

Mission

To enrich the written works crafted by professionals whose brilliance is merely amplified by the application of editorial style

Values

Commitment to honesty, truth, integrity and transparency in all personal and professional business dealings

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