Welcome

Thoughtful, Supportive Editing for Fiction Writers & Students

I’m an independent writer, editor, and writing coach, a literature and film reviewer, and a former book publicist with 13 years experience coaching and editing. This is my third year as a freelance writer, editor, and writing coach. This is my dream job. I’ve also followed several other paths, including counseling and teaching as well as journalism and book marketing. All these experiences have helped me develop my ability to provide thoughtful, supportive editing, coaching, and guidance to clients. I revel in the opportunity to build relationships with clients, whether they’re seeking support and encouragement in their writing, guidance in navigating the publishing process, or simply feedback and editing that is kind, professional, and constructive as well as honest, clear, and thorough.

My specialty is editing fiction—particularly science fiction, fantasy, and romance—and creative nonfiction (such as memoirs). I’m a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the Association for Independent Publishing Professionals, and Romance Writers of America, 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. Please feel free to peruse some of the published books I’ve edited and client testimonials.

I also have extensive experience coaching students and have edited university professors’ articles for publication. I provide academic editing to graduate students. I work with the MLA and APA style guides as well as The Chicago Manual of Style.

Whether you’re writing a novel, a dissertation, or an academic paper, I strive to polish your workletting your individual voice shineand help you continue to grow as a writer. I also offer fast turnaround on most projects. I edit both American and British English.

I’m also an avid reader, a film buff, and mom to three homeschooled teenagers and two rescue dogs. My heart is divided between the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where I live, and the Pacific Northwest, where I gravitate toward Seattle like a homing pigeon.

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