Writers Resources: Editors

African-American Professional Freelance Editors, Proofreaders, Indexers and Researchers

Need a skilled editor or proofreader? Reach out to the experienced professionals below, and be sure to indicate you were referred by Black Writers.

WordWiser Ink Editorial - Tia Ross

WordWiser Ink

Tia Ross
Skills: Copyediting, line editing, and proofreading
Specialties: Nonfiction, novels, short stories, novellas, book jackets, scripts, web content, textbooks, dissertations, blogs and articles

Veteran editor Tia Ross has 30 years of experience as a professional and freelance editor and writer. The owner of WordWiser Ink, Tia specializes in copyediting and line editing nonfiction, fiction, scripts, and business and technical documents. Once named among the top freelance book doctors in the U.S. by Writer’s Digest as a fiction and nonfiction editor, Tia’s editing services focus on organization of ideas, inconsistencies, structural flaws, gaps in logic, redundancies and dialogue issues (such as faulty tags and formatting) while maintaining the author’s distinct style and unique voice. She’ll also address errors with grammar, word usage, phrasing, flow, clarity, spelling, punctuation, numerals and capitalization. Book jacket editing is offered as an add-on service. For more information, visit www.wordwiserink.com.

Tia currently serves on the Board of Directors of Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA).

Other Services Available: Technical, proposal and business writing, editing and proofreading

Kim Allen Communications

Kimberly Allen
Email: kim@kallencommunications.com
Phone: 877.287.5077
Skills: Manuscript critiquing, line editing, copyediting, developmental editing, proofreading, fact-checking, formatting
Specialties: Fiction, nonfiction, articles, novellas, short stories, web content, blogs, press releases and scripts
Kimberly Allen is a seasoned writer and editorial consultant with extensive experience creating print and digital media content. As a freelance writer for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Kim authored Clayton.Talk, a weekly blog column, for over five years. In 2011, she began work as a freelance writer with We Are Clayton Magazine, and was quickly tapped to serve as editor of this eclectic quarterly. Within one year, Kim worked her way up to managing editor where she served for over seven years. A Fordham University alumna, Kim is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the Editorial Freelancers Association, and the Atlanta Writers Club.

EBM Professional Services

Michelle Chester
Email: michelle@ebm-services.com
Phone: 469-222-3418
Skills: Copyediting, developmental editing, line editing, proofreading
Specialties: African-American lit, Fiction-Adult, Fiction-Children, Fiction-Short/Anthologies, Fiction-Young adult, Genre fiction, Manuscript evaluation, Academic, Nonfiction, Business, Textbook, Technical, Website content, Other

Michelle Chester is the owner of EBM Professional Services, a full-service firm specializing in content editing, copyediting, proofreading, and manuscript critiques. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a Technical Writer/Editor in the corporate world. Michelle has done freelance editing for a number of publishers and numerous published authors. Alongside working on freelance projects, Michelle served as Editorial Assistant for Written magazine (www.writtenmag.com); Contributing Editor for Sophisticated Groom magazine; and proofreader for the Society Life magazine (www.societylifemagazine.com).

Embolden Media Group LLC

Jevon Bolden
E-mail: jevonbolden77@gmail.com
Phone: 407-529-7234
Skills: Copy editing, developmental editing, line editing, proofreading, research/fact checking, ghostwriting
Specialties: Fiction-Children, Manuscript Evaluation, Nonfiction, Business

As a senior acquisitions and developmental editor, Jevon Oakman Bolden has been an essential editorial partner and writing coach to a number of best-selling authors for thirteen years. Beginning her career as a copyeditor, she has moved up the editorial ranks to senior editor. She has experience in a broad range of topics including natural health and wellness, personal growth, Christian living and spiritual growth, and children’s nonfiction.

Jevon has a bachelor of arts degree in English with a minor in Sociology from the University of Alabama and is currently pursuing a master of arts in English Literature from Mercy College in New York, with further plans to obtain a PhD.

TriLexica Editorial

Audrey Esquivel
E-mail: aesquivel@trilexica.com
Phone: 919-413-4568
Skills: Proofreading, research/fact checking, transcription
Specialties: Medical, Nonfiction, Business, Textbook, Technical, Website Content, Other

HKelleyB’s Editorial Services

Helen Burroughs
E-mail: HKelleyB@aol.com
Skills: Copy editing, developmental editing, line editing, proofreading
Specialties: African-American lit, Fiction-Adult, Fiction-Young Adult, Genre Fiction, Manuscript Evaluation

While Helen works with all fiction genres, she specializes in:
– Young Adult (YA) Fantasy and Dystopian Fiction
– New Adult (NA) Fantasy and Dystopian Fiction
– Science Fiction and Fantasy (Sci-Fi/F) Fiction
– Contemporary Romance Fiction
– Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller Fiction

Patrice Johnson
Skills: Fact-checking, research and transcription

Thurman “Tee” Watts
Skills: Ghostwriting, children’s fiction

Curious about common editorial rates? See the Editorial Freelancers Association’s Price Range Chart.

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