Stephanie Marshall Ward, Editor & Writing Coach
Thorough, Supportive Editing & Coaching for Writers
I’m 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 copyeditor, specializing in books and articles on human rights, social justice, sexuality and gender, social psychology, politics, and other fields in the social sciences.
I’ve been coaching and editing professionally for 14 years, and I’ve been an independent editor for almost 4 years. I’ve also been a book publicist/virtual book tour coordinator, an educator, and a therapist.
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 and authors going the traditional publishing route. If you’re seeking an agent or publisher, I can provide substantive feedback on your query and synopsis (and edit it for you). And if you’re an indie author, I can help you with that dreaded blurb for your book cover and advertisement.
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