Stephanie Marshall Ward
I’m an independent editor and writing coach. My specialty is editing fiction—particularly science fiction, fantasy, and romance—and creative nonfiction (such as memoirs). I’ve been coaching and editing for over 12 years, and I’ve edited over 70 books for publication, most of them by independent authors. I can help you edit your book so, when it lands in the hands of a reader, it sparkles. I can also help you navigate the self-publishing process without spending a fortune or sacrificing quality—and help you develop a plan for marketing your book.
I also provide academic editing to graduate students. I have extensive experience coaching students and have edited university professors’ articles for publication. I work with the MLA and APA style guides as well as The Chicago Manual of Style.
I’m a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, ACES: The Society for Editing, the Association for Independent Publishing Professionals, Romance Writers of America, and Virginia Romance Writers, and I participate in events sponsored by the Northwest Independent Editors Guild. I’m happy to take on projects from independent authors, writers planning to traditionally publish their work, and publishing companies.
Whether you’re writing a novel, a dissertation, or an academic paper, I strive to polish your work—letting your individual voice shine—and help you continue to grow as a writer. I also offer fast turnaround on most projects, and I edit both American and British English.