Deirdre Stoelzle

Deirdre Stoelzle – Editor

Trusted. Tested. True to you. I'll help you take your book from first draft to press-ready!


I'm an eagle-eyed copyeditor and editorial copywriter with 30-plus years of experience working with writers at all levels and in all genres. Whether you need help with your outline, research and fact-checking, editing or just a pep talk, I'm here and happy to help. I have worked with authors at large publishing houses such as Macmillan (Minotaur and Thomas Dunne Imprints) all the way through to independent self-publishing authors.

Action & Adventure Cultural & Ethnic Horror Mystery & Crime Short Story
Biographies & Memoirs Humanities & Social Sciences Travel
English (US)
  • PASS Award, 2000, National Council on Crime and Delinquency
  • Media Award, 1999, Wyoming Attorney General's Office
  • Pacemaker Awards 1994-2006, Wyoming Press Association
  • Dart Center Fellowship in Trauma Journalism, 1999

Work experience

The Ochberg Society for Trauma Journalism (Formerly Dart Society)

Apr, 2005 — Dec, 2014 (over 9 years)

Nonprofit director, fundraising, web design and management, video production, marketing, accounting, editing of online magazine, content for blog, etc.

Casper Star-Tribune

Apr, 1992 — Dec, 2004 (over 12 years)

Award-winning crime and social-issues reporter; columnist; editor.


Jan, 1992 — Present

Freelance editorial assistance to writers on demand.


Tina Connolly's Seriously Shifted is a sparkling new adventure about teen witch Camellia and her mother, wicked witch Sarmine, introduced to readers in Seriously Wicked.Teenage witch Cam isn’t crazy about the idea of learning magic. She’d rather be no witch th... read more
Will Rees is back home on his farm in 1796 Maine with his teenage son, his pregnant wife, their five adopted children, and endless farm work under the blistering summer sun. But for all that, Rees is happy to have returned to Dugard, Maine, the town where he w... read more
One woman 10,000 miles on foot 6 countries 8 pairs of hiking boots 3,000 cups of tea 1,000 days and nights "The only way to survive three years of walking was to embrace the moment of now.”—from Wild by Nature Not since Cheryl Strayed gifted us with her advent... read more
A complete re-imagining of the 1990s television hit Clarissa Explains it All as 20-something Clarissa tries to navigate the unemployment line, mompreneurs and the collision of two people in love.She was a smart, snappy, light-hearted girl who knew it all at fo... read more
It is time to die…1989. It’s been three years since Captain Ajax Montoya cleared the smoke and blood from his last case—and what a three years. The old world order is coming down along with the Berlin Wall, and the Soviet “Evil Empire” is being born to the ash... read more
Fly By Night: A Novel

Andrea Thalasinos

On the same day Greek American marine biologist Amelia Drakos receives word that funding for her beloved Seahorse Laboratory has been cut, she discovers that her deceased father had lived a secret life.With foreclosure and unemployment looming, as well as the ... read more
Now available in paperbackWinner of the 2007 American Authors Association Golden Quill AwardWinner of the 2007 Military Writers Society of America Founder's AwardIn Iraq, the front lines are everywhere - and everywhere in Iraq, no matter what their job descrip... read more
Deadlands: Ghostwalkers

Jonathan Maberry

From New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry, the first in a thrilling series of novels based on Deadlands, a hugely successful role-playing game (RPG) set in the Weird, Weird West.Welcome to the Deadlands, where steely-eyed gunfighters rub shoulder... read more
Wounded I Am More Awake follows the story of Esad Boskailo, a doctor who survives six concentration camps in Bosnia and emerges with powerful new lessons for healing in an age of genocide.This gripping account raises questions for healers, survivors, and reade... read more
The Next Africa, an Axiom Best Business Book Award winner, will change the way people think about the continent. The old narrative of an Africa disconnected from the global economy, depicted by conflict or corruption, and heavily dependent on outside donors is... read more
In the true stories, essays, and poems of Leaning into the Wind we meet the real women of the High Plains today. Included are reflections on cowboys, tractor-driving lessons, outhouses, ranch marriages, and family legacies.

Deirdre has 55 reviews





James L.

James L.

Mar, 2024

Deirdre was great to work with. She was prompt, did a thorough job and what I appreciated the most was how she took the time to actually think about what she was reading rather than just copy edit. This allowed her to provide recommendations in context. She was very flexible and always delivered ahead of schedule.
Elle S.

Elle S.

Feb, 2024

It is always a joy to work with Deirdre. She goes above and beyond the scope of the project for true excellence. She is cheerful, a professional, exceeds expectations, and has a hawk eyes! I look forward to working with Deirdre again.
Abayomi A.

Abayomi A.

Feb, 2024

I plan to work with Deirdre again.
Keith W.

Keith W.

Dec, 2023

So happy to collaborate a copyeditor that is able to spot the most minor errors, fix present & past tense grammar, and point out any plot errors. Considering that this manuscript took three plus years of many renditions and editing, I'm happy Deirde made it better than I could possibly make it. Communication is actually good, and most of it is my fault for being silent since I have a full-tim...
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Mike C.

Mike C.

Nov, 2023

Deirdre was a rockstar. She made sure my second novel maintained its Western flavor, and worked seamlessly with me on all revisions. She even spotted things on my cover art that had been missed. She is the entire package: professional, intuitive, engaging, and insightful. When my third book is ready I wouldn't hesitate to hire her.

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