As an editor who is not a superhuman, when it comes to your manuscript, I move toward excellence, not perfection.
Who do I work with? Other humans like you! Sorry, robots.
- beginning writers, best-selling writers, and publishers
- screenwriters who need their script proofread or need an editor for their novelized screenplay
- businesses that need copywriting or content editing / proofreading (contact for more info)
My genres include fiction, nonfiction, memoir, some children’s, and scripts. My services include a diverse range, from book editing and author coaching to writing marketing book copy and evaluating manuscripts. In addition, I have also judged for a variety of premiere writing contests, including American Christian Fiction Writers, Word Weavers International Tapestry Awards and Writer’s Digest Self-Published Awards, print and ebook. I’ve worked with diverse authors across various resilient and redemptive themes and ownvoices categories.
Since 2017 I have judged, evaluated, edited, or proofread over 250 projects and manuscripts, and if you’re curious about the published titles and authors, jump over to view my list of edited titles published in nonfiction and fiction. Look here for a List of Completed Writing Projects. I also write back-cover blurb and Press Release copy and conduct brainstorming/coaching sessions with authors.
Clients Who Have Placed in Prestigious Writing Contests
- Cathryn Swallia, writing as C.F. Gannett. Historical romance, ACFW’s First Impressions, 2018 (semi-finalist); Historical fiction, third place in West Coast Christian Writer’s First Page Contest, 2019
- Brianna Tibbetts. Children’s. The Knight in Shining Armor (Realm Makers. 2020, nominated)
- Michele McCarthy. Picture Book. Daddy and Me (Selah Awards. 2020, nominated)
- Redemption Press. Gift Book. She Writes for Him: Stories of Resilient Faith (Golden Scroll Awards. 2020)
- Jolene Saunders. Nonfiction/devotional memoir. He’s Worth the Wait: The Christian Gal’s Guide to Dating and Waiting (Selah Awards, 2021, finalist)
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!
As a writer, I completely understand your feelings of excitement mixed with dread. Here’s what one client said of my draft development ability, “Tisha did a phenomenal, impressive job on reworking the content for this piece of the book, in particular, into something far better than what the author gave us” (—Adam Swiger, Managing Editor, Speak It To Book), so I’ve been there, trembling with each word, unsure how to form the next one.
And yet, that makes us the perfect team. . .
But out of all the editors out there, why work with me?
Fair question, and I’m glad you 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! If we’re not a great fit, then I’ll help you find an editor who is!
A great editor will believe in you, your work, and your message. A great editor will work tirelessly for you. A great editor will deliver first-rate work. A great editor will not sacrifice the manuscript’s value with a quick edit. And because of such care, a great editor is a worthy investment. My clients are happy, and seeing their ideas turn into manuscripts and then published books sends me to the clouds with delight.
Some of my client-authors have even won writing contest awards and have been semi-finalists in prestigious writing contests. A word of encouragement from a client, “Tisha’s expertise in looking at my first five pages was invaluable, and I wish someone had looked at my stuff before! I cannot stress the value of a good critique!” — Cathryn Swallia, semi-finalist for ACFW’s historical romance category and third place in West Coast Christian Writers’ Conference First Page Contest.
Of my former involvement with PENCON, a professional editing conference, Robert Hudson, author of The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style, said, “I first came to know Tisha when she helped organize a conference at which I spoke. She was my primary contact and proved to be an efficient and talented organizer. So I know firsthand that her organizational skills are unexcelled.”
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, or with companies so that their products achieve the best results.
My clients have finaled in children’s, fiction, and nonfiction categories across a wide platform of prestigious writing contests and awards—from Selah Awards to ACFW’s First Impressions to Realm Makers. This is not a guarantee that your book will win an award—but if you are willing to put in the hard work, together we can rise to meet the challenge of what it takes to win. Will your book be next?
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, your clients. Let’s work together so we can bring the gift of your words to your readers, your clients.
Editorial and Writing Services Offered & Cost*
Author Coaching :: starting at $3178
If you have never written a book before, this book building option is for you. We will work together in a coaching / brainstorming style to find out who your characters are, what their motivation is, what your story setting is like, and what’s in it for your readers. Come prepared to discuss ideas, be open to different ideas, and grow your knowledge of writing concepts to confidently write your first manuscript! (Homework is involved, and it’s intended to put learning into fun practice!)
Effective & Robust Manuscript Development Content Edit :: starting at $2564
I’ll read your completed manuscript and present a detailed editorial letter highlighting strengths and growth areas and how you can implement writing techniques designed to make your manuscript gleam. This one’s my favorite because I get to encourage you and your characters directly on the page!!
If you’d like to talk for 45 minutes about your manuscript’s strengths and growth areas 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 will be billed in billable hourly format.
This critique assessment or content edit ensures the entire work is clearly mapped out, whether it is a work of fiction or nonfiction. Looking at the big picture of your manuscript, I will ensure that these major criterion are met:
- characters, setting, dialogue, scene, theme, conflict
- overall message and context of story
- authorial voice and character voice
- solid plot from beginning, middle, and end
- consistency in dialogue and prose and character motivation
- trajectory of chapter beginnings and endings
*Prices effective for all contracted clients in 2022.
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Line-By-Line Copyedit :: $0.04 (four) cents per word
In a line-by-line copyedit, I’ll use my well-loved editing resources (and Merriam-Webster dictionary) to check for spelling, grammar, word usage, punctuation, in addition to clarity, consistency, and style.
This is where I dig into the tiny details of the manuscript and analyze each punctuation mark, word, sentence, and paragraph so your manuscript reads smoothly. Sometimes it may include rearranging sentences or paragraphs—for clarity, consistency, and plot trajectory—and reading for appropriate character motivations and interactions and dialogue that are in line with the wonderful characters created on the page.
I will also create a style sheet to keep track of specific words, names, spellings used. This is a valuable tool to have as a writer because it elevates professionalism and is used in the traditional publishing industry.
Please understand this service is intense because it takes the most time, and the cost is often sticker shock; however, a solid line-by-line copyedit is important when working as a team to create a manuscript you can be proud of. Don’t miss out on the value of a thorough line-by-line copy edit. Your manuscript, agent, publisher, and readers will appreciate you!
Final Proofread :: $0.015 (one and a half) cents per word
A final proofread happens after your manuscript has been professionally copyedited and before it’s off to the contest, agent, or publisher. This can be for a typeset PDF or for a Word file.
Proofreading is intended to correct potential 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. Proofreading also catches layout/visual issues, ensuring the manuscript is ready for print or ebook.
Other Book Editing / Writing Services
Fiction / Nonfiction / Memoir Editing Package :: starting at $3178
Back Cover Blurb Packages :: starting at $348
Book Proposal Packages :: starting at $378
Scripts: Proofreading/Copyediting :: starting at $675
Book Marketing :: I’ve teamed up with marketing expert Jason Jones, and can point you in the right direction!
Writing back-cover book copy and evaluating manuscripts are such fun because I’m able to hear my client’s heart behind their product and help them deliver the best value to their customers. Whether it’s writing copy, editing your manuscript, or giving optimal marketing brainstorming tips, my clients are always pleased. For example, with social media and networking promotion, I was able to, in part, help a client boost their conference attendance 150% from the previous year. How’s that for results?
If working with me sounds like a good fit for you, let’s discuss the possibilities today! Check out my view my list of edited titles published in nonfiction and fiction. And here for a List of completed writing projects.
Are you ready to work with me? Contact me and let’s get the conversation started!
Please note: Not every project is a good fit for every editor. If your manuscript is outside my expertise, I’m happy to refer to you my skilled colleagues who will be able to assist you. If you need book formatting or cover design, I can definitely refer you to my experienced colleagues who will shepherd your book through that side of the publishing journey.
Marketing your book. I want to be clear … I’m not a marketing guru, but I know someone who is! If you’re interested in walking with OR learning from a professional who knows the ropes of marketing and selling your book with ease and affordability, my friend Jason Jones, former publicist at Thomas Nelson, has got the scoop. Click for more information: Toolkit for Marketing Your Book Like a Pro
Maybe you’re still not sure about getting started. That’s okay! See what a few of my clients have to say:
“Tisha is an amazing editor! She brought her knowledge, talent, and excellence, along with her caring nature and listening ear. I never once felt myself or my work discouraged in any way. Tisha encouraged as she improved and polished. She is a professional, but she is also personable. She started as my editor, and now I consider her my friend.” —Jolene Saunders, first-time author, He’s Worth the Wait: The Christian Gal’s Guide to Dating and Waiting, Selah Awards finalist, 2021
“Thanks again for your editing expertise. It certainly made a difference in the quality of my book.” —Dan Lutts, historian, and debut author of YA novel, Charm Wars, https://www.danlutts.com/
“Thank you so much for your support and encouragement throughout this process. What started well over a year ago as a very pieced together rough draft with way too many words (a large number of them of questionable appropriateness too!) and a rough story arc was modified, rewritten and refined to a high quality product. The teamwork of you all at Redemption Press has been a wonderful God inspired guiding process where I have needed a push and prod here, a direct message there and mostly the patient and encouraging interaction with very competent editors. Because of you all, I can confidently present what is, to my knowledge, the only young adult fiction suspense novel with a redemptive theme that involves Deaf characters.” —Peter M. Quint, debut author of Resilient Silence: A Deaf Experience Suspense Novel (Redemption Press, 2020)
“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/
“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., fiction contest entrant
How about it? No pressure, yet I’m curious. Are you ready to work with me? Contact me to get the conversation started!
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