Stephanie Chou

Stephanie Chou - Editor

Norfolk, VA, USA

Experienced editor specializing in copyediting and proofreading genre fiction. I've never met a sentence I couldn't diagram!

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I've enjoyed being an editor since 2015, working with a wide range of authors and project types, from traditionally published novels to self-published memoirs to government reports to card games. Most frequently, I follow Chicago style, but I'm able to apply AP, APA, MLA, and other style guides as needed.

My editing approach is to partner with the author, absorbing their voice and style so that my edits complement and enhance their writing. It's so fulfilling to work alongside authors and support their books, and I feel that my intimate knowledge of Chicago style allows me to understand when it's best to apply those rules rigidly and when it's okay to make exceptions. This flexibility is paired with a strong work ethic and love of literature, and I guarantee authors' satisfaction by explaining my edits and making sure we both understand each other's goals. Plus, I'm not above getting my hands dirty with some field testing to make sure the books are as realistic as possible! My husband's a great sport--more than once, I've accosted him as he walked innocently past and roped him into acting out fight scenes so I can ensure they flow well.

Past clients I've worked with are a varied bunch: everyone from self-published authors to debut authors to New York Times and Washington Post bestsellers and National Book Award winners. (Please note that because of NDAs, I haven't included forthcoming books below.) My favorite genres are crime and psychological thrillers, literary fiction, and fantasy, but I also enjoy and have significant experience editing romance, book club and women's fiction, YA fiction, and children's books. I'd love to help polish your book and support your publication goals!
English (US)
Action & Adventure
Christian Fiction
Historical Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Urban Fantasy

Work experience

Freelance editor

Elite Editing
February, 2015 – Present (almost 8 years)

Elite is one of my primary clients, and I love the culture of collaboration and pursuit of excellence this company embodies.

Portfolio (21 selected works)

Regretting You

Hoover, Colleen

The Lost Girls of Devon

O'Neal, Barbara

The Perfect Child

Berry, Lucinda

A Killer's Mind: Zoe Bentley Mystery

Mike Omer, Brittany Pressley, Brilliance Audio

Thicker than Blood: Zoe Bentley Mystery, Book 3

Mike Omer, Brittany Pressley, Brilliance Audio

In the Darkness: Zoe Bentley Mystery, Book 2

Mike Omer, Brittany Pressley, Brilliance Audio

The Art of Inheriting Secrets: A Novel

Barbara O'Neal, Stina Nielsen, Brilliance Audio

A Lily in the Light

Kristin Fields, Saskia Maarleveld, Brilliance Audio

Along the Broken Bay

Solomon, Flora J.


Hoover, Colleen

Stephanie has 4 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Vladimir Radojković
Stephanie is professional and friendly in equal measure. She did a great job proofreading my book, kept me informed of the process along the way, and even though I gave her a flexible deadline, she finished the job at the earliest date! In short, Stephanie is an editor I would absolutely like to work with again!

Vladimir Radojković, November 2022

Del McCool
Great to work with very professional.

Del McCool, October 2022

Riya A
This is my second time working with Stephanie, and it has also been a great experience. I received a quality copyedit that was delivered on time. Stephanie is delightful to work with, and I highly recommend!

Riya A, July 2022

Riya A
I received an outstanding copyedit from Stephanie. Her edits were on-point, communication was excellent, and delivery was right on schedule. It was an overall great experience from start to finish, and I am happy to recommend Stephanie for quality editing.

Riya A, July 2022

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