Tia Ross Featured in VoyageDallas Magazine’s Inspiring Stories Interview

Tia Ross Inspiring Stories VoyageDallas InterviewI was recently featured in VoyageDallas Magazine’s Inspiring Stories series. Here’s a snippet of the interview that tells how I got started and to where I am today.

My first freelance gigs as a high school junior and my first job as a senior involved academic, government, and business editing, writing, and proofreading. A decade later I’d shifted to fiction and nonfiction editing and critiquing services for unpublished writers. As beginners, most of my clients lacked knowledge about the book writing and publishing process. So, to help educate them, I formed a writers’ group and invited experienced authors and publishers to speak about the craft and business of writing for publication.

I designed a website for my local group, and it evolved into what became the first internet-based 501(c) (3) national literary arts association. With special-interest email discussion lists, forums, chapters in a dozen major cities, and an abundance of information, resources, and support for dues-paying members, the organization grew to over 7,000 members in just over two years. In mid-1999, long before the Internet became popular, this was quite a feat!

When members wanted to meet in person, I created a conference rather than endorse a get-together. It was held in Atlanta, offering 24 workshops, lectures, and panels, a 50-author book signing, an awards ceremony, catered functions, poetry slam, and a play production. I made a lot of mistakes while planning that first one, but the event was well-attended, turned a small profit, and I learned a lot about venue selection, contract negotiations, program scheduling, logistics, and speaker management. From there, I directed six more conferences and three retreats across the U.S. from Palm Springs to Fort Lauderdale for that group, and I consulted on numerous other conferences, seminars, and meetings for a growing list of clients.

Has it been a smooth road?

Find out what the struggles were and read the full article here: http://voyagedallas.com/interview/meet-two-companies-wordwiser-ink-boss-meetings-events-southwest/

Thanks to VoyageDallas for the honor of inclusion and to the amazing Rekesha Pittman, founder of Get Write Publishing, for nominating me for this series.

Tia Ross Featured in NaNoWriMo Blog Interview

National Novel Writing Month Interview with Tia Ross of Black Writers Events

Tia Ross - National Novel Writing Month

We feel so lucky that NaNoWriMo has such an amazing creative community of writers–and we feel even luckier when our participants are involved in other writing communities, activities, and groups! Today, we’ve interviewed Tia Ross of Writeful Places and Black Writers Events to find out more about the writing community she’s helped create:

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Guess Who’s Coming to WriterCon?

Editorial Freelancers Association will be present at the 10th DFW WriterCon Writers Conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Dallas, Texas. I’ll be representing the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of EFA at our booth in the exhibitors hall and sharing information on how to become a freelance editor as well as how to find the right freelance editor for you.

DFWCon is one of the largest multi-genre writers conferences in the southwest, offering writers across all genres, both fiction and non-fiction, a productive and memorable weekend. They offer hands-on workshops, access to literary agents from around the country and opportunities to grow your professional network.

For more information on the DFW Writers Conference, please visit their website at www.dfwcon.org.

Come See Me At WordFest 2017!

W.O.R.D. - Dallas / Tia Ross EditorialI’m thrilled to announce that Editorial Freelancers Association will have a presence at WordFest 2017! I’ll be representing the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of EFA at our booth along with other editors from our chapter, so please stop by! (more…)

Tia Ross, Renaissance Woman

Tia RossTia Ross, founder and director of Black Writers Events, was recently featured among Women Making History in honor of Women’s History month. In this insightful interview with Jeanette Hill, the discussion focuses on her work with and future plans for Black Writers Reunion & Conference, Black Writers Alliance, and Black Writers Events. (more…)

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