About Steph

Panda Logo Right with TextI’ve been coaching and editing professionally for 13 years, and I’ve been an independent editor and writing coach for 3 years (formerly with The Eclectic Scribe). I’ve edited more than 70 books for publication. I’ve also been a book publicist and virtual book tour coordinator.

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

Background & Training:

I have a BA from the University of North Carolina; my undergraduate majors were English and political science. I also have a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling. As a graduate assistant, I was chosen to edit professors’ articles for publication in professional journals.

In addition to attending professional conferences and workshops, I have takenand continue to pursuecourses in copyediting, developmental editing, and fiction writing, including:

  1. University-level courses in fiction writing and literature (University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Chapel Hill)
  2. Writing for Publication (Blue Ridge Community College)
  3. Mystery Writing (Blue Ridge Community College)
  4. Keys to Effective Editing (Blue Ridge Community College)
  5. Proofreading (Editorial Freelancers Association)
  6. Beginning Copyediting (Editorial Freelancers Association)
  7. Intermediate Copyediting (Editorial Freelancers Association)
  8. Advanced Copyediting (Editorial Freelancers Association)
  9. Developmental Editing: Fiction Theory (Liminal Pages)
  10. Beginning Developmental Editing of Fiction (Editorial Freelancers Association)
  11. Intermediate Developmental Editing of Fiction (Editorial Freelancers Association)
  12. Advanced Developmental Editing of Fiction (Editorial Freelancers Association)
  13. Issues in Developmental Editing (Editorial Freelancers Association)
  14. Mentoring in Developmental Editing of Fiction (Editorial Freelancers Association)
  15. Book Mapping for Developmental Editing (Editorial Freelancers Association)
  16. The Business of Developmental Editing (Author-Editor Clinic)

More About Me:

I’ve been passionate about books since I was four years old. Around the same time, I figured out how to hunt and peck on my parents’ electric typewriterwhich, I assure you, was the height of technology at the timeand began attempting to create my own stories.

I’ve always been an avid reader, devouring everything from Jane Austen and Leo Tolstoy to paperback romances. Being a freelance editor and writing coach 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 writers, and I strive to provide editing and feedback that is kind, professional, and constructive as well as honest, clear, and thorough.

I’m also a blogger, doodler, film buff, and mom to three teenagers and two rescue dogs. I was born and raised in Greenville, North Carolina; now my heart is divided between the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where I’ve lived for over 25 years, and the Pacific Northwest, where I gravitate toward Seattle like a homing pigeon.

Random Facts (Just for Fun):

  • I’m an avid reader and film buff, and I tend to strew movie quotes liberally in conversation.
  • I give both my parents credit for my curiosity and love of words. I owe my abiding addiction to novels and my unwholesome obsession with the fine points of grammar to my mom.
  • The first book I fell madly, passionately in love with was The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. I devoured the entire series and spent hours poring over maps of the Land of Oz. This was my gateway drug to science fiction and fantasy.
  • I’m a compulsive planner and doodler so, inevitably, I’ve become addicted to bullet journaling.
  • My idea of “home decorating” is wall-to-wall bookshelves.
  • My favorite television shows include FireflyBreaking BadBlack Mirror, and Doctor Who.
  • I developed an interest in history when I was about 13 years old, after perusing my grandma’s historical romances. I started by scouting out the naughty parts. However, I soon fell in love with Tudor England and, after that, other historical periods. Never underestimate the potential usefulness of prurient interests. 🙂