About Me

Hi! I'm Tara (she/her)

I’m a book editor and business coach for freelance editors. I believe in the power of community, and I support editors as they navigate their businesses while making an impact in their clients’ lives.

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My Story

When I took a job assessment my junior year of high school, my top results were “mail carrier” and “air traffic controller.” While both of those are noble professions, I knew they weren’t for me.

Needless to say, I really didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I went to college and ended up with a degree in marketing and a minor in special event planning (and massive debt, but that’s another story…), but something was still missing.

While I was working what would end up being my last corporate job, I started a young adult book review blog. It was through blogging that I finally found my community: the publishing world. I’d always been a voracious reader, but I’d never realized I could make a living editing books. I decided to take the leap and started my freelance editing business as a side hustle in October 2012.

Fast-forward to 2020 and all of the…stuff…that happened, I started taking a hard look at my business and what I wanted to accomplish. Over the years I had been asked this question countless times: “How do I start my own freelance editing business?” I’d always cobble together a rough guide for them, but then I realized that wasn’t the best use of my time.

What if I created something more streamlined that would not only share the step-by-step process but also build the community I so desperately needed back when I started my business? With that, the launch of the Freelance Editors Club and my coaching certification soon followed, and I’m now empowering, supporting, and mentoring fellow editors on their own journeys!

When I’m not editing or coaching, I’m most likely reading a steamy romance or a twisty thriller, watching a show on one of the many streaming services I subscribe to, or hanging out with my husband and two kids. My go-to drinks are iced coffee and a crisp sauvignon blanc, and I always make sure we have cheese and cookies in the house.

Over thirteen years of professional editing experience.

Edited over 200 novels and publications, including books from New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal best-selling authors.

Extensive coach training through the Cycle of Courage Coaching Program.

Member of the Editorial Freelancers Association

Member of ACES: The Society for Editing

My Mission

I’m on a mission to support, educate, and empower freelance editors to create their own paths in the editing industry in a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment.

My Vision

I envision a world where the editing profession is accessible to more people than ever before, creating an industry that is representative of the communities we live in. We can do this together by breaking down stereotypes, making opportunities available to more people, and supporting our fellow editors instead of competing against them.

My Values

I live my life and run my business with the philosophy that when one of us succeeds, we all succeed.

I fully believe in the power of community. When I take one step forward, I will always reach out behind me to pull the next person up with me.

I believe that everyone should be granted the same opportunities in the editing industry. Full stop.

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