Tia Ross | Editor | Coach

Fiction & Nonfiction Editing

For fiction and nonfiction, I offer four types of services: line editing, copyediting, sensitivity/authenticity reading, and proofreading.

Line Editing

Line editing focuses on your writing style—pacing, flow, voice, language, sentence structure, dialogue, inconsistencies, redundancies, and readability.

Copyediting

  • Spelling, grammar, usage, punctuation, hyphenation, numerals, abbreviations, acronyms, and capitalization
  • Accuracy of chapter numbers and cross-references to figures, tables, illustrations, and other displayed material
  • Insertion of or notation of missing words
  • Headings and text reflect parallel structure
  • Consistency of key terms and thoroughness of indexes
  • Continuity of plot, setting, and character traits in fiction
  • Flagging of ambiguous, cliché, or incorrect statements

Editing Packages

My editing packages include:

  • Two editorial passes of your manuscript
  • In-manuscript comments/line edits querying the author about conflicting statements, plot, character, or world-building issues
  • Extensive in-manuscript copyedits using Chicago Manual of Style guidelines
  • Style sheet with word use/character/timeline notes, as applicable
  • One revision round for your cover copy

Sensitivity/Authenticity Reading

I will perform a substantive reading of your manuscript to evaluate representation of identities or experiences pertaining to my specific areas of first-hand expertise. My report will address offensive content, cultural appropriation, misrepresentation, stereotypes, bias, or lack of understanding, etc. and outline any issues found along with possible solutions to fix them.

Genres

  • Science fiction
  • Speculative/fantasy
  • Mythology
  • Suspense
  • – Mystery
  • – Thriller
  • – Crime/detective
  • Espionage
  • African-American
  • Historical
  • Mainstream
  • Memoir
  • Autobiography
  • Biography
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Self-help
  • How-to
  • Reference

Add-On Services

Cleanup Editing

Cleanup editing is an add-on service that incorporates the author’s responses to queries.

Book Cover Editing

Your book cover must quickly capture your audience’s attention with short, succinct, error-free copy about you and your book. Cover copyediting is included with manuscript editing services. It can also be requested as an add-on service in conjunction with a proofreading project.


What's Not Included

My services do not include addresses issues related to elements that fall under developmental editing:
  • Marketability
  • Focus
  • Organization
  • Plot Structure
  • Character Development
  • Story Development
If your manuscript needs organizational, structural, or other substantive or developmental editing attention, I can refer you to colleagues for assistance.
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