Editing Services

Who Do I Work With?

I edit and proofread for beginning and best-selling writers, organizations and ministries, as well as several publishers. In addition, I am also a contest judge for Writer’s Digest. Since 2017 I have judged, evaluated, edited, or proofread over 200 projects and manuscripts, and if you’re curious about the titles and authors, jump over to view this List of Edited Titles.

While I’ve worked with many great clients—from beginning to best-selling writers, various faith-based groups, and publishers—I’d love to work with you too! As an editor, I value you and your work. You’ve written a book—that’s huge! That’s one perfect step in the right direction!

But Out of All the Editors Out There, Why Should I Work with You?

Fair question, and I’m glad you’ve asked! Just like every book doesn’t fit on every shelf, every editor may not be a good fit for every writer. I may not be the right editor for you and your project, and that’s okay. A great editor will believe in you, your work, and your message. A great editor will work tirelessly for you. My clients are happy, and seeing their ideas turn into manuscripts and then published books sends me to the clouds with delight.

Of my former involvement with PENCON, a professional editing conference, Dawn Anderson, Senior Editor at Discovery House, said, “Tisha is a dynamic personality with a passion for all things related to Christian book publishing. Tisha strives for excellence and brought that commitment to her work as PENCON’s assistant director. Any question I had was promptly and cheerfully answered. Whatever she does, Tisha is all in.”

And I absolutely love every part of the publishing industry, but what I love most is working with a manuscript so that it shines through the smoke.

I believe in developing solid, trustworthy relationships because we’re working as a team to create a beautiful manuscript that will influence your readers. I also believe editing is a gift to you, your manuscript, and your readers. Let’s work together so we can bring the gift of your words to your readers.

Editorial Services Offered and Cost

[$50 minimum on all services]

Critique/Content Edit :: $2.00 per page

I’ll analyze your chapter or completed manuscript and write a detailed critique highlighting strengths and weaknesses and how you can implement techniques designed to make your manuscript gleam.

If you’d like to talk for one hour about your manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses via telephone or video chat, I’d love to talk with you! We can also discuss ways to improve your writing, and what steps you need to take next to achieve your long-term goals. Additional conference time can be purchased for $10 per fifteen-minute interval.

This critique/content edit ensures the entire work is clearly mapped out, whether it is a work of fiction, nonfiction, devotional, or educational manual. Looking at the big picture of your manuscript, I will ensure that these major criterion are met:

  • characterization
  • authorial voice and character voice
  • solid plot from beginning, middle, and end
  • consistency in dialogue and prose

Happy Note: A content critique gives you the best value for the least amount of money. If you decide to move forward with further editing after choosing a critique, we can apply the cost of this service to the cost of any other editing service. *Proofreading is not included.

Line-By-Line Copy Edit :: $0.04 (four) cents per word

In a line-by-line copy edit, I’ll use my well-loved editing resources (and Merriam-Webster dictionary) to check for spelling, grammar, usage, punctuation, clarity, and consistency so you don’t have to.

This is where I dig into the tiny details of the manuscript and analyze each punctuation mark, word, sentence, and paragraph so your manuscript is correct and appropriate. Please understand this service is time intensive and the cost is often a surprise. However, it’s vital when working as a team to create a work you can be proud of. Don’t miss out on the value a thorough line-by-line copy edit. Your manuscript, agent, publisher, and readers will appreciate you!

Final Proofread :: $0.007 (seven-tenths of a cent) per word [$50 minimum]

A final proofread happens after your manuscript has been professionally copy edited and before it’s off to the contest, agent, or publisher.

Proofreading is intended to correct errors made during typesetting, formatting, or file conversion of the final document and will identify any serious errors not caught during line-by-line copy editing.

Are you ready to work with me? Contact me to get the conversation started!

Please note: I only proofread science fiction and fantasy genres. If your manuscript needs more than a proofread, I’m happy to refer to you several colleagues who are skilled in these genres.

See what a few of my clients have to say:

“Tisha Martin’s profile says so much about her but not enough, in my opinion. What makes her tick is easily found in her personal disposition to her work and commitment to the success of her clients. I’d recommend her to anyone that desires the services of a professional and at the same time needs one who relates as a friend. I’d always want to work with Tisha.”Patrick Lumumba Philemon, Author of What Think Ye of Christ? Reflections on The Excellence of Jesus

“Not only did Tisha give constructive criticism but she was also positive throughout the feedback given . . . I don’t know if she realizes how much her words have touched me. When I doubt my ability as a writer, it’s words of encouragement like this that really help me so thank you for that. It means a lot.” —Kristena T., contest entrant

“Tisha did a great job. She was quick, accurate, and helped us out in a pinch. I would use her services again, and I would recommend that others consider her for their projects.” —Jason Graham, Director of Product — School Curriculum at Summit Ministries, https://www.summit.org/