Stephanie Chou

Stephanie Chou – Editor

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


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!
Action & Adventure Christian Fiction Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Mystery & Crime Science Fiction Thriller & Suspense Urban Fantasy
English (US)

Work experience


Feb, 2015 — Present

As a freelancer, I work with midsize traditional publishing imprints and directly with authors.

Stephanie has 32 reviews





Julia B.

Julia B.

Jul, 2024

Stephanie was great to work with, they were very understanding when I had trouble with my payment problems and was very communicative with everything. They did a fanatic job going though my book finding all my errors and helped me with a bunch of little issues that helped with explanations. Would hire again when I finish my second book in the future.
Meghan B.

Meghan B.

Jul, 2024

Excellent! Stephanie made the process so easy and provided a lot of good feedback.
Patrick G.

Patrick G.

Jun, 2024

Stephanie applied great care and skill as the copyeditor for my first novel. Her approach was exactly what the manuscript needed to get to the professional quality of traditionally-published novels. Stephanie also helped solve problems and answer my many questions along the way, which was especially helpful since it was my first time through this process. Highly recommended.
Claire F.

Claire F.

May, 2024

As always, Stephanie is exactly what I need in an editor! She is fast, well priced, and super good at editing! Looking forward to more projects with her!
Connor M.

Connor M.

Apr, 2024

Stephanie did a great job, and I will definitely be looking to collaborate again on future projects.

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