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Editor Knows Best

Editor Knows Best

By CaTyra Polland
Editor Knows Best highlights editing and writing topics. Tune in if you are a writer, author, literary agent, editor, or other literary professional. The podcast is a one-stop shop for book writing, manuscript and editing information. International authors, storytellers, publishers, poets, and more chat with the host CaTyra. She addresses frequently asked questions she receives from clients and chats it up with other literary creatives. CaTyra is the CEO of Love for Words which is an editing boutique for authors and writers.
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Meet Roushaun Johnson
Through her mon- profit, Girl’s Club Mission Possible, Roushaun is  focused on developing positive self-Image, academic achievement, community  service, and strong bonds of sisterhood among girls. One of her goals for Mission Possible is to provide girls with international travel opportunities,  exposing them to diverse cultures and experiences. During her Reign as Mrs. California, she created her second non-profit Organization, Halo Boutique. It is a free community clothing closet that provides clothes and shoes to families in need. Within the first four months, Halo Boutique served over 200 families. Roushaun’s humanitarian spirit has clearly impacted many lives. Visit for more information.
May 3, 2021
Meet Taniesha Ramsey-Lane
Evangelist Taniesha Ramsey-Lane was born in Dunkirk, New York and raised in Miami, Florida were she resides. She is a wife of 10 years and mother of 4 amazing kids. She is the founder of Millennials Ministries. She is the host of Millennials Ministries Radio Talk Show . She is an ordained evangelist, speaker, purpose coach, mentor, 5x published author, cosmetologist educator, and a licensed life insurance agent. Taniesha is a visionary. She is the marketing & ad director of TWC 24.7 podcast radio and the co- owner & producer at TWC. 24.7 Podcast Radio.
April 19, 2021
Meet Jacqueline Kaba-Harrison
Jacqueline Kaba-Harrison is a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Michigan since 2003 and a practicing Social Worker since 1994. Over the years, she has learned her role is to serve as a catalyst for change.  She is a confidence and success Coach, talk show & symposium host, author, and Clinician.  She created Realizing Your Potential, LLC to empower and inspire African American women everywhere. Her focus is empowering African American women to know better and be better for themselves, their families and their communities. Her work is about getting African American women to RECOGNIZE and harness their POWER to empower themselves and others to manifest abundance in their lives.  More specifically, she helps coaches and consultants create effective strategies to eliminate negative self-talk and self-sabotaging behaviors that prevent them from taking their business to the next level.  She helps them create the confidence, stamina, motivational techniques and accountability needed to consistently and boldly show up in their business and attract their ideal client.
April 12, 2021
Meet Ben Jacobs
Ben Jacobs is the associate publisher of The Daily Record and the Rochester Busineas Journal. A 2002 graduate of the University of Rochester, Jacobs has spent 20 years in various writing and editing roles in the journalism industry. With Jacobs spearheading collaborative team efforts, the RBJ and The Daily Record have launched new initiatives, from events and custom products to a new webinar series and Rochester Biz Conversations, often partnering with community leaders. He is an avid runner and rock-climbing enthusiast who cherishes family time with his wife, Trinity, and their four children. As a city resident, he is bullish on Rochester’s future.
April 5, 2021
What Not to Expect From an Editor
This is an excerpt from Editor Knows Best Audiobook. Available for purchase here: Shop | Love for Words (
March 29, 2021
Meet Ibn Akbar
The President and CEO of Nice Touch Editing, Ibn Akbar, is a modern day renaissance man. From an early age, Mr. Akbar had a special skill for expressing himself through the written word. He often found himself losing countless hours of the day writing short stories and poems. Mr. Akbar continued to nurture his passion and eventually fulfilled his goal of achieving his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. But this would only be the beginning of Mr. Akbar's story. He is an established editor who loves what he does. His passion is apparent in the stellar work he produces for his clients.
March 22, 2021
Meet Melony Hill
Melony Hill has made it her mission to curate safe spaces to have hard conversations, especially in urban and other under-served communities. In 2017, she founded Stronger Than My Struggles, a mission-based organization with a focus on mental health and wellness. In May 2019 Melony launched the Crazy Like a Fox Tour, the first ever Black mental health awareness tour. Hard work pays off, while on her groundbreaking tour, Melony was honored to win Literary Trailblazer of the Year at the 2019 Indie Author Legacy Awards. Learn more about her at and Twitter @stmsbmore Facebook @stronger than my struggles Instagram @strongerthanmystruggles Email
March 15, 2021
Meet Vincent Golphin
Readers are often deeply moved by what Vincent F. A. Golphin pens to paper. Also, when the author and educator speaks, audiences tend to be riveted. Crowds carefully listen as  in a  deep, booming voice, the now retired university professor synthesizes wide-ranging facts and provides expert analysis of current and past politics, society and religion. On various themes  tied to religion, education and  African American culture,  Golphin  speaks from the heart to touch listeners’ minds, and in some cases their souls. He urges them to engage with his topic in a great effort to promote human’s  universal desire to understand and be understood.
March 9, 2021
Meet Tianna Manon
Tianna Mañón is the owner and founder of Mañón Media Management, a full-service public and press relations firm. By utilizing social media, traditional media and micromedia, we are able to spark necessary conversation between communities, bolstering discussions for healing and long-term relationship-building. Learn more at her website
March 2, 2021
Meet Keah Mason
Keah Mason received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Towson University, and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College. Since 2010, she has worked as a teacher for Charles County Public Schools. As an instructional leader, Keah participated in developing reading curriculum and instructional activities for elementary students. While presenting professional development for teachers in reading, math, and even self-care, she has also served as a trainer and co-chair for the membership committee of the Education Association of Charles County. Keah is a 2020-2021 nominee for Charles County Teacher of the Year.
February 23, 2021
Meet. Dr. Yazeed
Dr Carey Yazeed is a bestselling - award winning author. Dr. Yazeed has published 5 books in 4 different genres, including her latest release; Shut’em Down: Black Women, Racism and Corporate America, which was a #1 New Release on Amazon. Dr. Yazeed also helps new authors to write and publish their first book through her Aspiring Authors Academy.
February 16, 2021
Meet William Winfield
William Winfield is a 29-year-old certified professional speaker, education consultant, minister, and author. William is also a father of two wonderful sons, and beautiful daughter, a husband to the most beautiful queen in the world, Jennifer! William has over 5 years of experience in public speaking, mentoring and coaching, William is one of the most sought-after motivational speakers for inspiring and activating students and educators in America. His own life experiences such as being in foster care, homelessness, losing a football scholarship, being  raised by a single mother, and being molested have prepared him well and have made him an expert in his field. His transparency, honesty and heart-felt desire to inspire people to achieve greatness is what sets William apart.
February 9, 2021
Editor Knows Best: The Master Class
The Master Class is for authors who want to learn how to self-edit or new editors interested in learning more about the process.
February 2, 2021
What does a developmental editor do?
What does a developmental editor do?
February 2, 2021
Editing is an investment, not an expense
Editing is an investment, not an expense
January 25, 2021
What is the difference between a beta reader and an editor?
What is the difference between a beta reader and an editor?
January 19, 2021
Meet Tawanna
Tawanna grew up in Dallas, Texas, a Bible Belt part of the United States. She was nourished in social environments where very long marriages were the norm. Many of the couples in her family remained strong and married for years only to be separated by death. This background served as a strong foundation in her life. After college and as fate would have it Tawanna became a wife and mother of three. While married and raising a family she took jobs in the information technology industry and worked as an IT professional for over 20 years. After seeing her youngest off to college she left the IT industry to focus on the completion of her debut, "TRUST, The Novel" trilogy series.   Her years of studying the commonalities in various technological behaviors and IT patterns prompted the application of a similar logic in life. Out of curiosity she soon began studying behavioral patterns between people in interpersonal relationships, because...why not? Her discoveries were not at all uncommon. Moreover, and to her surprise, she learned first-hand that there was in-fact one exception to her findings. The one thing which broke archetypes and paradigms and that remained constantly unpredictable was the unmitigated power and mystery found only within the complexities and the freedoms of love. Her stories share uniquely detailed journeys of common joys and failures in personal relationships. She desires to understand the mysteries embedded within the power of love and how that power can be used for positive change. Her goal is to inspire us all to the best possible version of ourselves by helping us to laugh, cry, ponder, and gasp at those crazy experiences we encounter in life. She believes that maybe, just maybe, we'll lighten up if we can see how similar we really are and how often we go through the same things. Tawanna resides in both Texas and California.
January 12, 2021
Meet Lacey
Lacey Grim is a business coach and author. She loves coaching others in tapping into their own beautiful and unique gifts to help them grow their personal creativity and confidence. Most recently I've written a book. I Belong Here, was written to help women uncover the weaknesses in their own lives and businesses so that they will stop feeling stuck, and start feeling satisfied and successful. We're not only capable of the things we want, it's why we're here. As an experienced entrepreneur, Holistic Health Coach, Top earner in Network Marketing, Self- Sufficiency Guru and Author, Lacey's work is inspired by her love of nature and all things back-to-basic. She finds her most fulfilling work to be coaching others in tapping into their own beautiful and unique gifts to help them grow their personal creativity and confidence.
January 5, 2021
Will The Editor Remove My Voice?
Afraid the editor will remove your voice? Have no fear!
December 29, 2020
Meet Karen
Karen M. Smith has 30 years of professional writing and editing experience in both corporate and freelance capacities, which affords her a unique view from both sides of publishing: the author's and the editor's. She's made all the mistakes--primarily thinking because she's an editor that she didn't need one--and learned from them. Now she writes frequently on the topic of producing good content, usually focused on fiction writing and always focused on what it takes to write well and produce content that engages readers.
December 22, 2020
Editor Knows Best, free e-book
Editor Knows Best is an editing 101 guide. Learn how you can get a free copy! Editor Knows Best (
December 16, 2020
Meet Erica
A freelance writer turned editor and writing coach, Erica James transforms manuscripts and creative ideas into a finished product. For more than five years, Erica has connected with hundreds of aspiring writers, artists and entrepreneurs across the world, using the power of words to bring their visions to life. She believes helping others make peace with themselves through sharing their gifts and stories is her life's purpose. Erica is a graduate of Louisiana State University where she received a bachelor's degree in psychology in May 2012 and a master's degree in Liberal Arts with a Concentration in African and African American Studies in May 2014. Though she purposely sought out positions that challenged her to excel in areas such as education, leadership and outreach, she decided to pursue her love for writing full-time in 2015, which birthed MasterPieces Writing and Editing LLC three years later. Erica is also an accountability coach and newbie YouTuber (MasterPieces Writing and Editing LLC; Confessions of a Good Girl). She currently lives in Louisiana where she was born and raised.
December 15, 2020
Write, Wine & Quarantine Magazine (The Writers)
Five women share their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Write, Wine & Quarantine Magazine...coming soon.
November 24, 2020
Meet Ghostreaders Inc.
Ghostreaders is a husband & wife narration team that specializes in working with Black writers. They are both Miami natives, but they met in college. Michae and Quintell have always been the couple that does everything together and Ghostreaders is just another opportunity for them to share their life with each other by breathing melanin into the books they voice. "We are Black owned and we love reading. We are passionate about making sure that Black literature is properly rendered and represented. In addition to a love for literature, we also have background in acting and music production." In addition to audiobooks, we do other voice work as well - podcast, commercials, etc." We add soul to your words! Tune in Monday November 16, 2020 at 7pm EST.
November 17, 2020
Meet Chris.
Chris is a U.S. army veteran and new family man with a 1 year old and a baby on the way. Exiting the military he said no more sitting still, hobbies will be reality, success will be the norm. He writes childrens books, novels, music and poetry. His debut book is Darla's Scarf and he has another on the way. #podcast #podcasts #veteran #veterans #author #authors #authorsofinstagram #childrensbooks
October 19, 2020
Meet Nadia!
Nadia Davis is an Author, Mental Health Professional, Advocate, and Professional Life Coach with extensive experience in Mental Health as well as the Criminal Justice System. Nadia attended the University of Southwestern, Louisiana. Seeds In the Mud, which is Nadia's attempt to share the importance of knowing history, rights, laws, and the policies and procedures of the criminal justice system. When not writing, Nadia enjoys speaking publicly to educate people of color on their rights, Black history, mental health, the courts, and criminal justice systems. Nadia has a passion for advocacy and social services. She believes that no matter how big or small, everyone can and should "Do Something!"
October 12, 2020
Meet Lisa
Lisa Brown is a digital marketer, and entrepreneur. She has 10+ years in the marketing/digital marketing field as well as event planning, small business counseling, and philanthropy work. She has always had a knack for connecting/counseling people, personal or business. Side Hustle Saturday was created out of her passion for entrepreneurship and community. She wanted to create a platform where like-minded minority business owners, side hustlers, and anyone thinking about starting their own business can share, educate, and encourage fellow entrepreneurs. Hustle Talks What better way to learn from each other but to talk to each other, which led to her idea of Hustle Talks. She wanted to create an Online Talk Show/Interview format where minority business owners can come and share their road to (as well as the road they are still on) of their entrepreneurial journey with other side hustlers who are ready to take it to the next level. The goals for Hustle Talks: To inform, educate, encourage, and create a sense of community. Let’s Hustle Together. Facebook: sidehustlemainhustle Instagram: sidehustle_saturday Email:
September 1, 2020
Meet Taetrece
Taetrece Harrison happily lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, she fights for justice by day as an attorney and by night she puts on her author or poetry hat depending on her mood.  When she isn’t writing, Taetrece enjoys going to the a second-line event, attending a festival or listening to a live local bands. Her first book “Bitch Hunt” released on Juneteenth,  which is an enthralling narrative non-fictional book about female attorneys which will inspire and motivate readers. *The word bitch is mentioned several times during this episode in reference to Taetrece's book title.*
August 17, 2020
Meet Sarah
Born and raised in the Finger Lakes, Sarah Collins is a copywriter by day and a creative writer 24/7. Her work explores themes of spirituality, mental health, nature, and race. When she's not writing, Sarah enjoys reading, cooking, and hiking. She currently lives in Victor-Farmington with her husband Ed and their two sassy house rabbits, Bernice and Buddy.
August 10, 2020
Meet Cherrie
Cherrie Woods is a 16-year plus public relations (PR) veteran known for her work as a PR consultant, book publicist and workshop facilitator for authors and small businesses. Woods has held staff and management positions at several museums and government agencies. She is the author of Where Do I Start?10 PR Questions and Answers to Guide Self-Published Authors as well as an award-winning poet.  Woods has been featured in several media outlets including, The Baltimore Sun, Fox45-TV, WJZ-TV, WEAA.88.9., SiriusXM and Maryland Public Television.
August 3, 2020
Meet Verkeya
Verkeya Lanece is a native New Yorker and a licensed Master Social Worker.  She is the founder of Verkeya Speaks, which is a community organization creaated for panel discussion on various topics, including, but not limited to infertility and child loss. As a professional speaker, she has delivered messages on grief, loss and bereavement at New York University and Columbia.
July 27, 2020
Meet Roland
The newcomer author delivers a personal journey into his rise and demise as a St. Louis City Police Officer. He takes the readers on a roller coaster ride of good old family memories to the nightmarish reality of being a police officer indicted on federal drug charges. During his trial, he wrote memoirs as a testimonial of redemption. Roland's case stems from the conflict of his childhood affiliation and his oath to uphold the law. What is certain one can't run from sin for karma is much faster.  The author actually wrote the novel years ago however after battling Lupus he lost his motivation to complete it. Promising his mother, Fumi Karasawa, who recently passed that he would finish what he started. Roland opened his computer to complete telling his story. He also would like to encourage others with determination they too can reestablish position as a productive citizen. Roland was a popular tattoo artist in the St. Louis area however once diagnosed with Lupus he lost his hand and eye coordination bringing the body art career to a halt. No other choice he had to reinvent himself transforming visual art into literary art. Writing is quite therapeutic for the newly ordained writer. The silver lining is his family support kept him going. "With tragedy comes blessings".
July 25, 2020
Meet Savon
Savon is a Licensed Practical Nurse, Entrepreneur, Author ( Book Coming Soon!) and Aspiring Speaker. This single mother of one has had a life full of obstacles to overcome. As a teen mother of one, she knows all to well of a woman who wants more but scared to reach out and grab it because she was letting her past identify her future. But one thing she does know after rebuilding herself from a past of: Molestation, Teen Mom, Passing of her mother at age of 15, Absent father, failed relationships, Verbal Abuse, Feeling of depression and abandonment, Identity Crisis, Deaths/Grief Is that knowing that life gets great later if one would be loyal and obedient to themselves. Having a tunnel vision, knowing the importance of perseverance and self worth, you can create the life you deserve. One of the most remarkable feelings is knowing who you are and being comfortable and confident in who you are. It was something unexpected because I spent years shaming, competing, and downing myself. Feeling like I would not amount to nothing because I was broken so bad. With learning to trust the process I learned to Enjoy the process. My pain had changed me, but God had kept me. I became more aware of myself. I love the woman I have become today, and I want you to love the woman you are and will become. I want to help you with that. -Savon Holt She is here to motivate and empower young women to discover their purpose, to know their worth so they can build strength to rebuild themselves so they can ascend to the next level in their life. Savon emulates how a woman who rebuilt herself looks like after being broken. She feels if a woman can REBUILD herself starting with her mind, she will become a force to be wrecking with ending with her actions! Become "Self Made"- Rebuild yourself with Confidence!
July 13, 2020
Meet Maadist
Maadist was born Jamaad Gould, on March 15th 1991. He is the 9th born of 14 children. After the death of his uncle when he was ten he elected to use writing too vent and he has been writing ever since. He took a brief sabbatical while in college to study music technology but it didn’t last long as after graduation he got right back to it. While in college he became interested in black history, politics, and social activism and began to pay more attention to it.  Maadist now infuses his interest of black history, politics, and social activism with his love of sci-fi and fantasy. His focus is writing what is called urban sci-fi which puts a new age and urban spin on classic sci-fi tales. Along with writing he actively organizes and participates in marches, rallies, and meeting to move the culture and his country forward.  Patrice Rivers is a product of Virginia State University where she majored in Mass Communications earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2009. A Suffolk, Virginia resident, she started her writing career at the early age of nine writing creative fiction stories. Then at the age of 15 Patrice took a different approach to writing poetry inspired by a classmate.Poetry since then became her first love. She published her first book of Poetry “A Collection of Gods Word and Motivation” in 2012 followed by her second book of poetry “Lyrical Passion Tears from my Inkwell “ in 2013. An author at heart, Patrice published other genre of books including children books and fiction. Currently she has a total of eight books published and is currently working on more children and non fiction books. Patrice is also the Owner of That Riverz Gurl Brand which consists of five elements: Books, Married To Journalism, Services, Magazine and You Tube Channel. She is also the proud owner of her second magazine Versafi Magazine That is a platform for both men and women in business, entrepreneurship and who are authors of diversity.
June 22, 2020
Crystal N. Tolbert
Crystal Tolbert, is A Prophetic Scribe who writes “Edge-of-the-seat type of Revelation.” with “brilliant Kingdom minded tools "SEEK, WRITE & BELIEVE" Method!, the Oil of writing, and unexpected tools for is a speaker, teacher, mentor & prophetic life coach who is well-known for her passionate and heartfelt prophetic teaching style. Crystal Tolbert is the founder of Walking in Greatness Ministries. It was created to be a spiritual environment, that will enhance & encourage many to walk in their Now Season of Purpose. Crystal presently serves & co-labor in ministry with her husband, Pastor Kenneth Tolbert. They reside in Dallas, TX with their three beautiful children Briana’, Johnathan & Kenneth II.
June 15, 2020
Meet Letoya
Letoya Palmo was born and raised in Rochester NY. She received her GED in 2015 and attended college for,criminal justice. She earned her CNA license and published her first book, Driven to Survive.
June 9, 2020
Meet Joseph
Joseph E. Dames, III, recently published his very first book entitled, "Collecting My Thoughts”on Tuesday April 14, 2020. Joseph's Story of Redemption is compelling.   At the age of seventeen, after a life-shattering event that left him standing before a Pinellas County judge who pronounced a sentence of 25 years to life, he was forced to let go of his youth and freedom.  Joseph E. Dames, III decided that he would not take being a free man for granted. Rather than get caught up in a lifestyle that would have landed him back in prison, Joseph decided to turn his life around, and now shares his journey in hopes to inspire, impact, and positively influence young adults and former inmates.
May 25, 2020
Meet Miquel
Miquel Powell, BSW is a well-known substance abuse therapist in Rochester, NY. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from The College at Brockport. In 2017, Mr. Powell founded The Reentry & Community Development Center (RCDC-17). Miquel Powell, BSW has been engaged with helping Rochester’s most vulnerable populations since 2009.
May 18, 2020
What Not To Expect From An Editor
5 things you should not expect from an editor
May 18, 2020
Meet Jasmine!
Jasmine Henderson is an author and CEO of Bijou Publications. She is a Rochester, NY native who started writing in elementary school.
May 11, 2020
Meet Baseem!
Baseem Gregg is a 2 time bestselling Amazon Author and owner of Prevail Publishing Group. His children's books have been read across the U.S. in public schools, learning centers, and have been praised by educators, parents, and of course children. He is an advocate for children's literacy and representation for minorities within his imagery. He is currently illustrating two more children's books while also penning his first offerings for adult readers. Adult readers will find his first Urban Literature novel and Self-Help book later this year. His work can be found online via his website (, Amazon, Barnes & Nobile and within many brick and mortar stores across the country. Connect with him on Instagram @ b_theauthor
May 4, 2020
Meet Albert Phillips Jr.
Albert Phillips Jr. is a writer, youth advocate, and educator from Baltimore, MD. His work has been published in Black Enterprise, The Afro, and various other publications. He holds a Master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Journalism from Morgan State University. He is the author of the upcoming book, Y'all Hiring? The Black Teen's Guide to Navigating Employment.  --
May 2, 2020
Meet Harsha!
Today's episode of Editor Knows Best features Harsha Sheelam. Today’s guest is an author, columnist, social science researcher, music student, (classical Indian musical instrument- Sitar), and business student in a Master’s program. Her columns have been published in national and international media. Her first research paper was published in kaleidoSCOPE (Standing Conferences of Public Enterprises), Journal of Hospitality Application and Research and others. She concentrates on the issues of today that teenagers face, and motivates children to be positive. Her fantasy tales empower young girls and boys to be strong, optimistic and confident. She believes books are the only way to sustain children’s innocence. Full of humor, wit, and insight; her short stories champion hard work, perseverance, honesty, and compassion. The books have age-old and contemporary wisdom that resonates with children and adults alike.
April 20, 2020
Book summaries vs Book synopses
What is a book summary? What is a book synopsis? What is the difference?
April 13, 2020
Write, Wine & Quarantine
People are dealing with the pandemic differently. I want this anthology to inspire and connect us. It will show we are not alone and we share similar sentiments. I know people who have lost loved ones. Some people are depressed and/or anxious while others are flourishing and doing well. I want the anthology to highlight different experiences and perspectives. Do you want to share your COVID-19 quarantine story? Have you written a poem, letter, speech, or song about the quarantine? Would you like to become a published author this year? If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, this opportunity is for you. Now accepting: Essays Monologues Poems Short Stories
April 12, 2020
Editor Knows Best
The e-book is an editing 101 guide for authors and writers. The guide covers what not to expect from an editor, types of editing, and more!
April 6, 2020
How to Market Your Book 101
Learn 7 ways you can promote your book! 📖 📚
March 30, 2020
Editing vs. Revising
Who is CaTyra Polland? What is editing? What is revising? What's the difference?
March 23, 2020