Faith Black Ross

Faith Black Ross - Editor Tick

Jersey City, United States

Insightful, collaborative editing from an award-winning NYC editor with 10+ years experience, formerly of Penguin Random House.

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With over 10 years of experience in commercial and trade publishing, I use my wide variety of editorial skills as a freelance editor on both fiction and non-fiction projects. I have worked on everything from cozy mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, and women's fiction, to true crime, pop culture, and academic textbooks. Regardless of the genre, what is most important is my relationship with the author. I pride myself on strong working relationships with all of my authors and on not changing the author's voice. It's your book, I'm just here to make it better. And that's a collaborative process. And a fun one, at that. I will help you fine tune your work until it's exactly how you want it, through an engaging (and hopefully fun) editorial process.

Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Entertainment
Sports & outdoor recreation
Travel
Weddings
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Thriller
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Senior Editor

Crooked Lane Books
May, 2016 – Present (over 2 years)

Editor at Large

Severn House
January, 2015 – May, 2016 (over 1 year)

Editor

Berkley Publishing Group - Penguin Group USA
August, 2009 – October, 2014 (about 5 years)

Editor handling high volumes of fiction and non-fiction including award-winning mysteries, historical fiction, and true crime, cookbooks, and pop culture non-fiction.

Editor

Avalon Books
December, 2006 – August, 2009 (over 2 years)

Editor in charge of editorial department producing 60 fiction titles/year in the genres of romance, mystery, and Western.

Owner/Editor

Self-employed
May, 2006 – Present (over 12 years)

Senior Editorial Assistant

Cambridge University Press
April, 2005 – December, 2006 (over 1 year)

Assistant to two humanities and social sciences editors, handling everything from academic monographs to textbooks.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

No Cure for the Dead: A Florence Nightingale Mystery

Christine Trent

When a young nurse dies on her watch, Florence Nightingale must uncover the deep-hidden secrets someone will kill to keep buried.It is 1853. Lady of the Lamp Florence Nightingale has just accepted the position of Superintendent of the Establishment for Gentlewomen During Temporary Illness in London. She has hardly had time to learn the names of the nurses in her charge when she suddenly finds ... read more

When a young nurse dies on her watch, Florence Nightingale must uncover the deep-hidden secrets someone will kill to keep buried.It is 1853. Lady of the Lamp Florence Nightingale has just accepted the position of Superintendent of the Establishment for Gentlewomen During Temporary Illness in London. She has hardly had time to learn the names of the nurses in her charge when she suddenly finds ... read more

Stuff Brits Like: A Guide to What's Great About Great Britain

Fraser McAlpine

If you’re looking for the best biscuit to dunk in your tea, the ideal temperature at which to serve real ale or the perfect pasty for your trip to the seaside, you either A) Have been desperately seeking a book exactly like this one or,B) Have secretly become British without realizing it. If you chose A, congratulations, you are an Anglophile! And, if you chose B, don’t panic. With the help of... read more

If you’re looking for the best biscuit to dunk in your tea, the ideal temperature at which to serve real ale or the perfect pasty for your trip to the seaside, you either A) Have been desperately seeking a book exactly like this one or,B) Have secretly become British without realizing it. If you chose A, congratulations, you are an Anglophile! And, if you chose B, don’t panic. With the help of... read more

The Cozy Cookbook: More than 100 Recipes from Today's Bestselling Mystery Authors

Julie Hyzy, Laura Childs, Cleo Coyle, Jenn McKinlay, B. B. Haywood

MORE THAN 100 RECIPES FROMAVERY AAMES/DARYL WOOD GERBERELLERY ADAMSCONNIE ARCHERLESLIE BUDEWITZLAURA CHILDSCLEO COYLEVICTORIA HAMILTONB. B. HAYWOODJULIE HYZYJENN McKINLAYPAIGE SHELTONGreat meals don’t have to be a mystery—but they can come from a mystery. Selecting the most delicious recipes from some of the most popular names in crime solving, The Cozy Cookbook serves up mouth-watering appeti... read more

MORE THAN 100 RECIPES FROMAVERY AAMES/DARYL WOOD GERBERELLERY ADAMSCONNIE ARCHERLESLIE BUDEWITZLAURA CHILDSCLEO COYLEVICTORIA HAMILTONB. B. HAYWOODJULIE HYZYJENN McKINLAYPAIGE SHELTONGreat meals don’t have to be a mystery—but they can come from a mystery. Selecting the most delicious recipes from some of the most popular names in crime solving, The Cozy Cookbook serves up mouth-watering appeti... read more

Color Blind (A Dr. Jenna Ramey Novel)

Colby Marshall

SYNESTHESIA:A neurological condition characterized by automatic, involuntary sensory perceptions triggered by seemingly unrelated stimuli. There is something unusual about Dr. Jenna Ramey’s brain, a rare perceptual quirk that punctuates her experiences with flashes of color. They are hard to explain: red can mean anger, or love, or strength. But she can use these spontaneous mental association... read more

SYNESTHESIA:A neurological condition characterized by automatic, involuntary sensory perceptions triggered by seemingly unrelated stimuli. There is something unusual about Dr. Jenna Ramey’s brain, a rare perceptual quirk that punctuates her experiences with flashes of color. They are hard to explain: red can mean anger, or love, or strength. But she can use these spontaneous mental association... read more

Death Al Dente: A Food Lovers' Village Mystery

Leslie Budewitz

FIRST IN THE NEW CULINARY MYSTERY SERIES!--WINNER OF THE AGATHA AWARD FOR BEST FIRST NOVELThe town of Jewel Bay, Montana—known as a Food Lovers' Village—is obsessed with homegrown and homemade Montana fare. So when Erin Murphy takes over her family’s century-old general store, she turns it into a boutique market filled with local delicacies. But Erin’s freshly booming business might go rotten ... read more

FIRST IN THE NEW CULINARY MYSTERY SERIES!--WINNER OF THE AGATHA AWARD FOR BEST FIRST NOVELThe town of Jewel Bay, Montana—known as a Food Lovers' Village—is obsessed with homegrown and homemade Montana fare. So when Erin Murphy takes over her family’s century-old general store, she turns it into a boutique market filled with local delicacies. But Erin’s freshly booming business might go rotten ... read more

The Vanishing Thief (A Victorian Bookshop Mystery)

Kate Parker

Georgia Fenchurch appears to be an unassuming antiquarian bookseller in Victorian London, but the life she leads is as exciting as any adventure novel. For Georgia is a member of the Archivist Society, a secret association of private investigators led by the mysterious Sir Broderick. When a frantic woman comes to Georgia claiming that her neighbor, Nicholas Drake, has been abducted by the noto... read more

Georgia Fenchurch appears to be an unassuming antiquarian bookseller in Victorian London, but the life she leads is as exciting as any adventure novel. For Georgia is a member of the Archivist Society, a secret association of private investigators led by the mysterious Sir Broderick. When a frantic woman comes to Georgia claiming that her neighbor, Nicholas Drake, has been abducted by the noto... read more

Demise in Denim (A Consignment Shop Mystery)

Duffy Brown

It’s springtime in Savannah, Georgia, in the newest Consignment Shop Mystery from the national bestselling author of Pearls and Poison. The azaleas and magnolias are in bloom—and Walker Boone is on the run. . . When Reagan Summerside turned the first floor of her old Victorian home into a consignment shop, she never imagined she’d be harboring a fugitive in her attic. But after a dead man is f... read more

It’s springtime in Savannah, Georgia, in the newest Consignment Shop Mystery from the national bestselling author of Pearls and Poison. The azaleas and magnolias are in bloom—and Walker Boone is on the run. . . When Reagan Summerside turned the first floor of her old Victorian home into a consignment shop, she never imagined she’d be harboring a fugitive in her attic. But after a dead man is f... read more

Geared for the Grave (A Cycle Path Mystery)

Duffy Brown

"Sparkling dialogue, an unforgettable island setting, and all the charm a cozy mystery fan would want."--New York Times bestselling author Ellery AdamsFIRST IN A NEW SERIES! Mackinac Island is a peaceful summer resort town where everyone coasts through the streets on bicycles. But after someone sends a prominent local on her final ride, it’s up to one resourceful visitor to get things running ... read more

"Sparkling dialogue, an unforgettable island setting, and all the charm a cozy mystery fan would want."--New York Times bestselling author Ellery AdamsFIRST IN A NEW SERIES! Mackinac Island is a peaceful summer resort town where everyone coasts through the streets on bicycles. But after someone sends a prominent local on her final ride, it’s up to one resourceful visitor to get things running ... read more

Girl, Wanted: The Chase for Sarah Pender

Steve Miller

Sarah Pender was an attractive, outgoing, intelligent woman with great potential. But the straight and narrow had no appeal for this depraved young woman dubbed "the female Charles Manson", who knew how to get what she wanted from men-even if it meant murder.

Sarah Pender was an attractive, outgoing, intelligent woman with great potential. But the straight and narrow had no appeal for this depraved young woman dubbed "the female Charles Manson", who knew how to get what she wanted from men-even if it meant murder.

Words in the Dark (Nora Cooper Mysteries Book 1)

Giulia Beyman

After the sudden loss of her husband, Joe, Nora Cooper makes a startling discovery: shortly before his death, Joe secretly sold their newly purchased dream home on Martha’s Vineyard, where the couple had planned to retire.Nora doesn’t know what to think. As she searches for answers, she is tormented by grief and doubt—until she starts receiving mysterious and inexplicable messages in Scrabble ... read more

After the sudden loss of her husband, Joe, Nora Cooper makes a startling discovery: shortly before his death, Joe secretly sold their newly purchased dream home on Martha’s Vineyard, where the couple had planned to retire.Nora doesn’t know what to think. As she searches for answers, she is tormented by grief and doubt—until she starts receiving mysterious and inexplicable messages in Scrabble ... read more

Heaven's Crooked Finger: An Earl Marcus Mystery

Hank Early

2018 Next Generation Indie Book Award Winner!Eerie, intense, and masterfully-crafted, Hank Early’s gripping series debut Heaven’s Crooked Finger transports readers to a secretive community in the Georgia mountains.Earl Marcus thought he had left the mountains of Georgia behind forever, and with them, the painful memories of a childhood spent under the fundamentalist rule of his father RJ’s chu... read more

2018 Next Generation Indie Book Award Winner!Eerie, intense, and masterfully-crafted, Hank Early’s gripping series debut Heaven’s Crooked Finger transports readers to a secretive community in the Georgia mountains.Earl Marcus thought he had left the mountains of Georgia behind forever, and with them, the painful memories of a childhood spent under the fundamentalist rule of his father RJ’s chu... read more

A Murder for the Books: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery

Victoria Gilbert

Fleeing a disastrous love affair, university librarian Amy Webber moves in with her aunt in a quiet, historic mountain town in Virginia. She quickly busies herself with managing a charming public library that requires all her attention with its severe lack of funds and overabundance of eccentric patrons. The last thing she needs is a new, available neighbor whose charm lures her into trouble.D... read more

Fleeing a disastrous love affair, university librarian Amy Webber moves in with her aunt in a quiet, historic mountain town in Virginia. She quickly busies herself with managing a charming public library that requires all her attention with its severe lack of funds and overabundance of eccentric patrons. The last thing she needs is a new, available neighbor whose charm lures her into trouble.D... read more

A Deadly Éclair: A French Bistro Mystery

Daryl Wood Gerber

It’s always been Mimi Rousseau’s dream to open her own bistro, but it seems beyond her grasp since she’s been chased back home to Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley by her late husband’s tremendous debt. Until her best friend Jorianne James introduces her to entrepreneur Bryan Baker who invests in promising prospects. Now, working the bistro and inn until she’s able to pay it off and call it her own,... read more

It’s always been Mimi Rousseau’s dream to open her own bistro, but it seems beyond her grasp since she’s been chased back home to Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley by her late husband’s tremendous debt. Until her best friend Jorianne James introduces her to entrepreneur Bryan Baker who invests in promising prospects. Now, working the bistro and inn until she’s able to pay it off and call it her own,... read more

Searcher of the Dead: A Bess Ellyott Mystery

Nancy Herriman

Herbalist and widow Bess Ellyott tries to escape the loss of her husband in Elizabethan London only to find that death is following her, and she may very well be next in Searcher of the Dead, the first in a new historical mystery series by Nancy Herriman.Living amid the cultural flowering, religious strife, and political storms of Tudor England, Bess Ellyott is an herbalist, a widow, and a hun... read more

Herbalist and widow Bess Ellyott tries to escape the loss of her husband in Elizabethan London only to find that death is following her, and she may very well be next in Searcher of the Dead, the first in a new historical mystery series by Nancy Herriman.Living amid the cultural flowering, religious strife, and political storms of Tudor England, Bess Ellyott is an herbalist, a widow, and a hun... read more

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Shannon Wells

I enjoyed the editing process with Faith so much I'm planning another go-round. In all seriousness, she did a great job of finding issues that I hadn't thought of and encouraging me to find my own answers. Everything went very smoothly and quickly and I felt very much that I was in the hands of a skilled professional. Would highly recommend.

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Shannon Wells, June 2017


Lauren J. Brown

Working with Faith has been a true pleasure. She goes to great lengths to make sure your novel is the best that it can be. She was more expensive than some of the other editors I contacted but offered the full editing package. Her editorial letter gives great insight on issues such as plot, timing, etc. and her line editing/proofreading helped my novel tremendously with grammar and consistency....

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Lauren J. Brown, June 2017


Marc Alfred

Professional, great attention to detail, excellent feedback and delivered on time.

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Marc Alfred, May 2017


Ami Toben

Faith was very professional, helpful and to the point. I really enjoyed working with her and would highly recommend her to anyone who's looking for an experienced, first rate editor.

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Ami Toben, April 2017


Faith Allington

I selected Faith because of her years of experience in historical mysteries. Although her quote was not the cheapest one, I was excited to have someone with a great background in editing my genre. She was an excellent communicator, her quote provided plenty of detail and a sample of her work. The process was very collaborative. Faith focuses on finding plot issues and unanswered threads/quest...

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Faith Allington, April 2017

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