Anne Stockwell

Anne Stockwell – Editor

I'm a former LGBTQ+ Editor in Chief with a film background and years of success nurturing star writers and beginners. Let's tell your story!


I got my professional start as Editor in Chief of The Advocate, polishing and perfecting award-winning content for the LGBTQ+ market.

I’ve edited a stellar list of LGBTQ+ writers, including Amy Bloom, Gore Vidal, Allan Gurganus, Armistead Maupin, Rita Mae Brown, Kimberly Peirce, E. Lynn Harris, Ron Nyswaner, James Oseland, B. Ruby Rich, Kate Clinton, Frank DeCaro, and more.

I have an MFA in Film Directing from NYU, where I studied with Martin Scorsese. I'm a voting member of GALECA, the Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics. I was the longtime editor for Bruce Vilanch, the reigning comedy writer for Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Bette Midler, and the Oscars.

My own writing includes The Guerrilla Guide to Mastering Student Loan Debt (HarperPerennial) as well as many celebrity interviews and bylines in Esquire, New York, Ms., and Ploughshares.

DEVELOPMENTAL EDIT: Your developmental edit will include comprehensive notes on structure, plot, style, pace, and tone. Our conversations will be open, supportive, mindful of your goals, and fun!

CUSTOM BOOK COACHING: Ready for a deep dive that will help you level up your skills for your current project and everything you write in the future? Ask me to design a book coaching experience built around your needs.

While I've worked with the famous, I also love working with beginners.

Whatever your project, bring it!


“One of the best editors I ever had.”—Etelka Lehoczky, NPR

“She has an extraordinary gift for working with people, and she has exquisite taste.”—Alonso Duralde, Chief US critic, The Film Verdict; author, Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas

“In my professional life (and personal as well) I come across many, many journalists and editors. Anne is easily near the top of the list of real gems in every category. She really is a pro's pro.”—Bob Witeck, Stanford School of Communication

“Anne is incredibly patient and gives great editorial advice. As a person, she is warm, approachable, and has an easy, wonderful sense of humor. I can't recommend her enough.”—Kera Bolonik, Editor in Chief, Dame magazine; author, Gullible (Dey Street/HarperCollins)

Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment Inspirational LGBTQ Non-Fiction
Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy LGBTQ Fiction Plays & Screenplays
English (US)
  • Warner Bros. Fellowship
  • GLAAD Award, Best American News Magazine
  • Sony Pictures Fellowship
  • Motion Picture Academy Fellowship

Work experience

The Advocate

Sep, 2006 — Sep, 2008 (about 2 years)

Redesigned and relaunched America's original LGBTQ newsmagazine. Conceived, assigned, and edited many cover stories and special editorial packages. Appeared on national TV and radio. Worked with authors including Gore Vidal, Allan Gurganus, Amy Bloom, Armistead Maupin, Sarah Waters, Paul Rudnick, E. Lynn Harris, and others. Interviewed celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, George Clooney, Bette Midler, Spike Lee, and many others. Frequently ghostwrote for guest contributors.

Well Again

Jun, 2014 — Present

Create and lead transformative storytelling experiences for survivors of cancer, HIV, diabetes, and other life-altering health events. Recipient of NEA Grant (through LA LGBT Center) for original workshop Spirit of Survival: the Ancient Art of Mask-making.


Sep, 2010 — Present

I work hands-on with authors step by step to help them actually write and finish the story they want to tell. It's not enough to simply issue a page of notes; most writers need support, feedback, and regular check-ins in order to get their dreams onto the page. I help my clients outperform their expectations and produce work they can be proud of.

Senior Arts & Entertainment Editor

Sep, 1998 — Sep, 2003 (about 5 years)

Helped to define the voice of queer media in a tumultuous time of conflict, change, and growing visibility. Worked on hundreds of major stories including LGBT heroes of 9/11, two Ellen DeGeneres cover interviews, many more. Learned first-hand that stories change the world.

Anne has 5 reviews





Theresa H.

Theresa H.

Apr, 2024

I am writing my first novel. Anne counseled me on directions of my story to maximize their impact. She provided instruction as to how to format my story to keep the reader interested and wanting more. She did an edit of one of my scenes. It brought me to tears because it was so eloquently stated. Anne is a master of the art of writing. I highly recommend her tutilage to others.
jamie F.

jamie F.

Mar, 2024

Anne is the best editor on the planet! Run to her; do not walk! Better yet, put on a jet pack and get to her pronto! Totally professional, knows her stuff, detail and holistic mindset. Her real-world experience shows in everything she does. Gave me spot-on suggestions, insights I never would have thought of, and was honest, realistic and supportive. She is worth her weight in gold!
Anne S.
Thanks so much, Jamie! Working with you is an honor. Here’s to your success!
Kimberly H.

Kimberly H.

Jul, 2023

Hiring Anne was the best decision I could have made for elevating the quality of my manuscript. And working together with her was the best gift I could have given to myself. Without having gone through this intensive developmental editing process, I may not have understood the real work involved to create a piece of writing worth printing. Furthermore, I am only more motivated to improve my wri...
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Anne S.
Thank you so much, Kimberly! It's been an honor.
Sherle S.

Sherle S.

Jun, 2023

As a beginning writer, I spent days reading many interesting Editors' profiles and finally just had to trust my intuition in choosing Anne. Wow, did I make the perfect choice! She has been a joy to listen to, both with her deep attention to my story (an often painful memoir) and her considered ideas - often surprising me and always stretching me- helping me see myself and my story from new view...
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Anne S.
Thank you so much for your kind words, Sherle! I loved working on this project with you and look forward to the next round. #teamsherle!
Oliver D.

Oliver D.

Feb, 2023

Anne is part writing coach, part editor, and part therapist. She has been fantastic to work with and has given me the direction and support I needed throughout this process.
Anne S.
Thanks so much, Oliver! I’m really proud of the work you’ve done and I look forward to seeing what you accomplish next!

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