Tia Ross

Tia Ross - Editor

Dallas, TX, United States

Meticulous copyeditor and proofreader with 20+ years' experience helping creative, freelance and technical writers to perfect their projects

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Overview

I've moonlighted as an editor and proofreader since high school, when I was editing papers for fellow students. Early in my career I was named among the top 37 book doctors in the U.S. by Writer's Digest, and I'm still just as passionate about flawless grammar, syntax, spelling, punctuation and structure and ensuring that my clients' writing conveys clarity, precision and consistency in style.

I specialize in making your words work for you, providing the elite level of accuracy, thoroughness, attention, expertise and value you deserve. I work with creative and traditional nonfiction as well as short stories, novellas, anthologies and novels. My goal is to enhance your distinct style while maintaining your unique voice.

My proofreading service involves checking for grammar, spelling, punctuation, numerals, capitalization, dialogue treatment, layout, formatting, line and letter spacing, breaks (paragraph, section and chapter) and all other mechanics.

My copyediting and line editing services include all checks covered by proofreading and further encompassing word usage, repetition, confusing similarities, organization, redundancies, improbable actions, character issues, basic factual errors, inconsistencies, structural flaws and gaps in logic.

I'm into cycling, yoga, information technology and volunteering. I'm the President of Black Girls Do Bike-Dallas/Fort Worth and the Iron Riders Dallas Cruisers Club. I currently serve on the Board of Governors and Conference Committee of the Editorial Freelancers Association, and I'm Co-Chair of EFA Events.

I'm also a programmer and applications developer, but I found I didn't enjoy coding all day. So, I volunteer as a mentor with youth hackathons and STEM organizations in DFW and spend my days engaged in editing, my true passion.

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
African American fiction
Crime & Mystery
Science Fiction
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Health & wellbeing
Self-help & Self-improvement
Technology

Work experience

Editor & Proofreader

Self-employed
May, 1995 – Present (about 23 years)

Writing, editing and proofreading services

Portfolio (13 selected works)

That Faith, That Trust, That Love: A Novel (Strivers Row)

Jamellah Ellis

2002 Gold Pen award winner for Best Christian FictionMarley Shepherd should be on top of the world—she’s a lawyer at a prestigious law firm and engaged to marry the crown prince of Atlanta black society. But soon she begins to see that her life—and her fiancé—are not as perfect as she thought. Marley seeks comfort in her mother and grandmother, but they are too consumed with anger at each othe... read more

2002 Gold Pen award winner for Best Christian FictionMarley Shepherd should be on top of the world—she’s a lawyer at a prestigious law firm and engaged to marry the crown prince of Atlanta black society. But soon she begins to see that her life—and her fiancé—are not as perfect as she thought. Marley seeks comfort in her mother and grandmother, but they are too consumed with anger at each othe... read more

More than Entertainers: An Inspirational Black Career Guide

C.B. Schooler

"More Than Entertainers" was created to help young black youth understand the importance education plays in their life and to encourage them to expand their career options beyond the entertainment arena of music/sports. More Than Entertainers commences with an inspiring message for young black readers on what is required of them to become successful. The main content of the book is a compilati... read more

"More Than Entertainers" was created to help young black youth understand the importance education plays in their life and to encourage them to expand their career options beyond the entertainment arena of music/sports. More Than Entertainers commences with an inspiring message for young black readers on what is required of them to become successful. The main content of the book is a compilati... read more

Granddaddy's Dirt

Brian Egeston

A poignant writer produces yet another true storytelling, Brian Egeston has tackled a difficult issue and done so with a soothing pen. In this dramatic story sprinkled with snippets of humor, readers take a ride with a family, a flood, and a fate. Uncovered at last, are the dangers of generational burdens. On a lone desolate highway, one routine traffic stop becomes tragic. Andrew Scales, one ... read more

A poignant writer produces yet another true storytelling, Brian Egeston has tackled a difficult issue and done so with a soothing pen. In this dramatic story sprinkled with snippets of humor, readers take a ride with a family, a flood, and a fate. Uncovered at last, are the dangers of generational burdens. On a lone desolate highway, one routine traffic stop becomes tragic. Andrew Scales, one ... read more

All the Women I've Loved

Byron Harmon

CRAZY IN LOVE...OR JUST PLAIN CRAZY?LeBaron Brown would have to be completely nuts to let a vibrant, intelligent, sexy woman like Phoenix Morgan walk out of his life. But after failing to pop The Question that Phoenix was anticipating on their third dating anniversary, he's been dumped faster than he can say "commitment phobia." Now, the handsome Washington, D.C., television executive is flat ... read more

CRAZY IN LOVE...OR JUST PLAIN CRAZY?LeBaron Brown would have to be completely nuts to let a vibrant, intelligent, sexy woman like Phoenix Morgan walk out of his life. But after failing to pop The Question that Phoenix was anticipating on their third dating anniversary, he's been dumped faster than he can say "commitment phobia." Now, the handsome Washington, D.C., television executive is flat ... read more

Great Courage: The First Black Sheriff Elected in the South Since Reconstruction

A.E. Amerson, Lucius D. Amerson

This book is dedicated to the memory of Lucius D. Amerson, the first black sheriff elected in the south since reconstruction. His story recounts the suffering of poor and unfortunate african americans in the south by unjust white law enforcement officials. From his twenty years experience as the First Black Sheriff Elected in the South Since Reconstruction, he accurately tell a concise story o... read more

This book is dedicated to the memory of Lucius D. Amerson, the first black sheriff elected in the south since reconstruction. His story recounts the suffering of poor and unfortunate african americans in the south by unjust white law enforcement officials. From his twenty years experience as the First Black Sheriff Elected in the South Since Reconstruction, he accurately tell a concise story o... read more

First Love: What Would You Give Up To Keep Yours?

Yolanda Callegari Brooks

Amani Shephard is saved, seventeen, and the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter. However, this special position in the family comes with built-in pressures, especially since her sisters each strayed from their Christian upbringing. Her mother Olivia sees Amani as her last hope. Finally, she will have a daughter who "saves" herself for marriage. Then Amani meets Marley "Miracle Man" Jamison,... read more

Amani Shephard is saved, seventeen, and the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter. However, this special position in the family comes with built-in pressures, especially since her sisters each strayed from their Christian upbringing. Her mother Olivia sees Amani as her last hope. Finally, she will have a daughter who "saves" herself for marriage. Then Amani meets Marley "Miracle Man" Jamison,... read more

Prejudice and Discrimination in the United States Air Force (USAF) and the United States Air Force Security Service (USAFSS) 1955-1975

Norman Taylor Lee

"For many years, I considered writing my autobiography about the racial conditions my family experienced during my early years of service in the United States Air Force. In July 2013, I lost my lovely wife of fifty-one years and my youngest daughter to severe illnesses within three months of each other, and my determination to write this book became paramount.In my opinion, an autobiography is... read more

"For many years, I considered writing my autobiography about the racial conditions my family experienced during my early years of service in the United States Air Force. In July 2013, I lost my lovely wife of fifty-one years and my youngest daughter to severe illnesses within three months of each other, and my determination to write this book became paramount.In my opinion, an autobiography is... read more

How To Take Control of Your Own Life (A Self-Help Guide to Empowering Your Family and the Entire Community Book 1)

Cathy Harris

This is an action-oriented book which solves many of the problems in the community. The author is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to moving forward. As a former federal employee and whistleblower, Cathy Harris fought the system - the U.S. Customs and Border Protection under the Department of Homeland Security and came out triumphant on the other side (TheCathyHarrisStory.com).As a Communit... read more

This is an action-oriented book which solves many of the problems in the community. The author is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to moving forward. As a former federal employee and whistleblower, Cathy Harris fought the system - the U.S. Customs and Border Protection under the Department of Homeland Security and came out triumphant on the other side (TheCathyHarrisStory.com).As a Communit... read more

How To Take Control of Your Own Life (A Self-Help Guide to Becoming Healthier Over the Next 30 Days)

Cathy Harris

Have you been feeling sick, sluggish or run-down? Do you consider yourself to be healthy? What do being healthy really means? Being healthy is simply having the energy and vitality to move forward and enjoy your life. After conducting extensive research on how to become healthier, I learned that it’s a good chance that all the following have contributed to your organs becoming clogged, turning... read more

Have you been feeling sick, sluggish or run-down? Do you consider yourself to be healthy? What do being healthy really means? Being healthy is simply having the energy and vitality to move forward and enjoy your life. After conducting extensive research on how to become healthier, I learned that it’s a good chance that all the following have contributed to your organs becoming clogged, turning... read more

How To Take Control of Your Own Life (A Self-Help Guide to Starting Your Own Business Book 2)

Cathy Harris

So -- you're thinking of starting your own business? Well, you're not alone. It's the American entrepreneurial dream to take a business idea from the research to planning stages --to the day when you open your doors, hang out your shingle or go live online. Many people dream about becoming a business owner but only a few actually do it. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to open your own ... read more

So -- you're thinking of starting your own business? Well, you're not alone. It's the American entrepreneurial dream to take a business idea from the research to planning stages --to the day when you open your doors, hang out your shingle or go live online. Many people dream about becoming a business owner but only a few actually do it. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to open your own ... read more

The Cathy Harris Story: A Whistleblower’s Victorious Journey to Justice

Cathy Harris

Courage is that rare trait that requires the unusual strength to do what is right - not what is popular in the face of personal harm and at great risk. Susan B. Anthony had the courage to guide thousands of women through that era of U.S. history when women were treated as second-class citizens despite the threats to her personal safety. Her leadership and courage led to the rights for women to... read more

Courage is that rare trait that requires the unusual strength to do what is right - not what is popular in the face of personal harm and at great risk. Susan B. Anthony had the courage to guide thousands of women through that era of U.S. history when women were treated as second-class citizens despite the threats to her personal safety. Her leadership and courage led to the rights for women to... read more

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