Stephanie Marshall Ward, Editor & Writing Coach
Thorough, Supportive Editing & Coaching for Writers
I am passionate about fiction—and helping writers craft more compelling stories—and about nonfiction that helps us understand society and our world.
If you’re looking for a seasoned and highly recommended fiction and creative nonfiction editor—experienced with various genres, who specializes in romance and speculative fiction—I might be just the person you’re looking for. I’m also an academic editor, specializing in politics, sociology, psychology, and related fields.
I’ve been coaching and editing professionally for over thirteen years, and I’ve been an independent editor for three years. I’ve also been a book publicist/virtual book tour coordinator, an educator, and a therapist. In addition to being a voracious reader, I was a book/film reviewer for over six years.
I use my training and experience to help indie authors create and polish books readers will love, strengthen their writing skills, and navigate the road to self-publishing and marketing their books. I also edit fiction and nonfiction for publishers.
I’m continually expanding my education and editorial training, and I’m involved with several professional organizations. I’m a member of:
- Editorial Freelancers Association
- ACES: The Society for Editing
- Association for Independent Publishing Professionals
and I participate in events sponsored by the Northwest Independent Editors Guild.
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. 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