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What, exactly, does an editor do? How do I become an editor? How do I hire an editor who is perfect for me and my project?

When is up and running, you’ll never have to ask those questions again.

I’m creating for two purposes.

To give authors and publishers an easy place to request and learn about my services.

To demystify the craft of editing one article and video at a time, both for authors who want to learn more about the ins and outs of the editor-author relationship and for aspiring editors who want to become an editor and don’t know where to start.

In the five years I’ve spent working directly with authors and publishing houses, I’ve noticed a lot of confusion about what an editor does and how an editor does it. However, the field of editing is so vital to literature, and literature is so vital to culture, that it’s absolutely ridiculous that there’s such a gap in clear-cut information about the ins and outs of this craft.

To fill that gap, all of my posts, products, and accompanying videos will be about the following topics: The Editor-Author Relationship, Advice for Aspiring Editors, Grammar: Word Play, Writing Advice, and Advice for Entrepreneurs.


New Author PicI’m a freelance editor and a copy editor for Limitless Publishing and the Purdue University Chronicle. I’ve edited and critiqued dozens of newspaper articles and dozens of books, fiction and nonfiction alike, in a variety of genres. Before that, I was an editorial assistant for Month9Books, LLC and the president of Reader’s Den, a website where I reviewed and promoted books for small publishers, self-published authors, and traditionally published authors for two years.

I’m currently a student at Purdue University Calumet, but I have significant plans for my post-university life. Following my BS in English Literature, my goal is to attend the NYU Publishing Institute and/or the Denver Publishing Institute. After that, I plan on taking all of my business ventures to the next level.

I’ve worked for Self-Publishing Review, Litstack, Neatorama, The Best Damn Creative Writing Blog, and Suspense Magazine. I was also the president of the Blue Island Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board.


For both fiction and nonfiction alike, a copy edit consists of clarifying meaning and polishing language; editing for grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of style; and checking for consistency of mechanics and internal consistency of facts.

The completed copy edit of your book will include line-by-line edits, a comprehensive report that goes over consistent errors and how to correct them, and communication before, during, and after the edit. To make sure you and I do as best as we can with your book(s), all of my edits are two rounds, seven days each.

  • The first round, I edit your book and utilize comments using track changes.
  • Then I give you back that edit and, for seven days (or however long you need), you revise your book based off of my edits and respond to my comments.
  • The second round, you resend me your revised book and I edit it again, this time with no mark-ups and no comments.
  • When I send the book back to you after the second round, it will be a clean copy that you can go over yourself once more and either send straight to a proofreader, if you want a final set of eyes, or straight to a formatter or a publisher.

My rates are .006 cents per word for copy editing. So, if your book is anywhere between 50,000-100,000 words, you can expect to pay anywhere between $300-600. If you pay your full price upfront, you get a 5% off discount. You can also pay in installments.

I edit all genres and all lengths with a turn-around of twenty-one days, between my two edits and your revision. If you just want the seven days rush job with no revision on your part and no clean-up edit, that’s .007 cents per word, but I wouldn’t advise it. Any rush job below seven days is .009 cents per word.

If you’re a publisher and you need this service for a number of books, message me at

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My rates are $2.50 per page for substantive editing. So, if your book is anywhere between 200-400 pages (Size 12 font, Times New Roman, 1 inch margins, single spaced – about 500 words per page), you can expect to pay anywhere between $500-1000. If you pay your full price upfront, you get a 5% off discount. You can also pay in installments.

The substantive edit (fiction only) covers a thorough analysis of conflict, setting, characterization, items/terminology, dialogue, plot/sub-plots, and consistent grammar and spelling errors. It’s best for the first and/or second draft of a novel and should be done before getting a copy edit.

To analyze everything in the above list, I utilize the following techniques and documents:

  • Line-by-line Critique
  • Comprehensive Report: In the form of an Editorial Letter, I point out every plot and grammatical concern I took notes on with recommendations how to fix each concern
  • Consistency Notes: How much time is the book really covering? Does the character’s hair color change with no explanation of a dye job? I’ll make sure everything adds up in the end with extensive notes
  • Checklist for Applying My Edits
  • Question-and-Answer Session: Free One-hour Skype Call ($50/hour after the first hour)

The turnaround depends on the book. However, because a substantive edit requires so many notes and evaluations, it’s safe to assume I’ll have the book back to you in 3-6 weeks.

If you’re a publisher and you need this service for a number of books, message me at

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$100 the first hour (this covers the notes, reading, and research)
$50/hour afterward

Send me a thorough outline, a rough first draft, or even a final draft you’re preparing to send to a publisher or formatter. Regardless of which stage your book is in, I’ll thoroughly read through whatever you send me, take extensive notes, and call you to discuss the book’s concept, what’s working and what’s not working. The turn-around will always be two weeks, no matter the length of the book. If, after the manuscript consultation, you want either a substantive edit or a copy edit, you’ll get 15% off the price for either.

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I love it when people go above and beyond expectations… Tiffany T. Cole did that for me. I asked her to look over my manuscript and give some input. She did much more! Thank you, Tiffany! You are amazing and an excellent editor.” ~Jessica Schaub, Author of Gateways

“I wholeheartedly recommend Tiffany Cole.  She is professional, organized and extremely capable.  She did a fantastic job editing my book and provided a detailed critique to boot.  Tiffany was a pleasure to work with and exceeded my expectations in every way.  I look forward to working with her again.”
~Helena Madsen, Author of ‘A Guide to Talking About Illness in Your Marriage’ and Owner of

“Tiffany Cole is fast becoming one of the most notable authorities on authors, writing, promotions and social media networking. Her review and promotion of my novel THE REMAINS helped propel it to the Top 20 of overall Kindle Bestsellers. Tiff is a class act and a real talent.”
~Vincent Zandri, bestselling author of The Remains and The Innocent

“Tiffany is so clear with her notes. Her examples are helpful and everything makes perfect sense. She is a gem and I’m glad I found her. She outwits and out-edits the seasoned people who worked on my novel first. I will recommend her and will use her again for all my editing needs. Beyond impressed!”~Jennifer Blyth, Author of Escaped the Night 

“Tiffany provided an in-depth content and convention edit with her services. Not only did her revisions and suggestions improve where I could not, but any questions I raised with my writing were the exact ones I hoped to engender in my readers. Her insightful perspective satisfied me as a writer and as an editor myself. I would recommend her services for anyone seeking to gain a resourceful, intelligent, reader-friendly insight into their work. Every aspect of the edit was fair and unbiased, from the line-edit to the overall critique worksheet. I couldn’t have asked for a more professional interaction at affordable rates and for the service provided. Rest assured, this won’t be the last Tiffany has seen of my writing.” ~Sierra Carrillo; editor, soldier, and Author of The Soul