Thoughtful, Supportive Professional Editing & Coaching for Authors


“You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you, and we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.” Arthur Plotnik

Stephanie Marshall Ward

I’m an independent editor and writing coach. I’ve been coaching and editing for over 12 years, and I’ve edited more than 70 books for publication. I work primarily with indie authors, and I’ve worked as a book publicist. I can help you navigate the self-publishing and marketing process.

Editing books and working with authors is my passion, and I’m honored to have writers entrust their projects to me.

I’ve been rebranding, and I’ve moved to a new site. Please visit me at Eats, Shoots Edits:

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Stephanie is an amazing editor. She is gentle, but professional. She gets invested in the story and the characters. All her comments, edits, and suggestions were spot on, and she kept my characters’ voices and personalities. Stephanie was able to capture my vision and take it to the next level. She made me love my story again.

My book hit the top 100 paid ebooks in the Kindle store within 8 hours of publishing, and I never could have done that without Stephanie. She is truly a hidden gem in the indie editor world.

Carian Cole, contemporary romance author

I’ve been working with Stephanie on a rather complex project; the manuscript is half-baked and yet I wanted to release my work piecemeal to a restricted circle of sophisticated readers across multiple countries.

Stephanie made my project happen, literally (pun intended). She’s been patient, yet fast beyond expectations; respectful of my style, yet firm in her developmental recommendations. I’m grateful beyond words.

Alexei Sorokin, memoirist