Deirdre Stoelzle

Deirdre Stoelzle - Editor

Casper, Wyoming, USA

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Overview

I'm an eagle-eyed editor and editorial copywriter with 25-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.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Cultural & Ethnic
Horror
Mystery & Crime
Short Story
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Humanities & Social Sciences
Travel

Awards

  • 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

Executive Director

The Ochberg Society for Trauma Journalism (Formerly Dart Society)
April, 2005 – December, 2014 (over 9 years)

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

Reporter, City Editor, Columnist

Casper Star-Tribune
April, 1992 – December, 2004 (over 12 years)

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

Freelance Editor/Proofreader

Self-employed
January, 1992 – Present (over 28 years)

Freelance editorial assistance to writers on demand.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Leaning into the Wind: Women Write from the Heart of the West

Linda M. Hasselstrom, Nancy Curtis, Gaydell Collier

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.

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.

The Next Africa: An Emerging Continent Becomes a Global Powerhouse

Jake Bright, Aubrey Hruby

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 fading. A wave of transformation driven by business, modernization, and a new cadre of remarkably talented Africans is thrusting the co... 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 fading. A wave of transformation driven by business, modernization, and a new cadre of remarkably talented Africans is thrusting the co... read more

Wounded I Am More Awake: Finding Meaning after Terror

Julia Lieblich, Esad Boskailo

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 readers striving to understand the reality of war and the aftermath of terror. Is it possible to find meaning after enduring crimes against h... 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 readers striving to understand the reality of war and the aftermath of terror. Is it possible to find meaning after enduring crimes against h... 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 shoulders with mad scientists and dark, unnatural forces. Where the Great Quake of 1868 has shattered California into a labyrinth of sea-flooded... read more

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 shoulders with mad scientists and dark, unnatural forces. Where the Great Quake of 1868 has shattered California into a labyrinth of sea-flooded... read more

Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq

Kirsten Holmstedt

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 descriptions say, women in the U.S. military are fighting--more than 155,000 of them. A critical and commercial success in hardcover, Band of S... 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 descriptions say, women in the U.S. military are fighting--more than 155,000 of them. A critical and commercial success in hardcover, Band of S... 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 fallout from a brief, confusing love affair, Amelia reluctantly becomes curator for Minnesota's Mall of America Sea Life Aquarium. At th... read more

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 fallout from a brief, confusing love affair, Amelia reluctantly becomes curator for Minnesota's Mall of America Sea Life Aquarium. At th... read more

The Last Dawn: A Mystery

Joe Gannon

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 heap of history by its once captive people.But in a psychiatric hospital in Managua, a near catatonic Ajax missed all that. In 1986, Aj... 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 heap of history by its once captive people.But in a psychiatric hospital in Managua, a near catatonic Ajax missed all that. In 1986, Aj... read more

Things I Can't Explain: A Clarissa Novel

Mitchell Kriegman

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 fourteen and let television audiences everywhere know it. Now a woman in her late twenties, her searching blue eyes are more serious, but ... 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 fourteen and let television audiences everywhere know it. Now a woman in her late twenties, her searching blue eyes are more serious, but ... read more

Wild by Nature: From Siberia to Australia, Three Years Alone in the Wilderness on Foot

Sarah Marquis

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 adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail in her memoir, Wild, has there been such a powerful epic adventure by a woman alone. In Wild by Nature, N... 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 adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail in her memoir, Wild, has there been such a powerful epic adventure by a woman alone. In Wild by Nature, N... read more

The Devil's Cold Dish: A Mystery (Will Rees Mysteries)

Eleanor Kuhns

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 was born and raised, and where he's always felt at home. Until now. When a man is found dead - murdered - after getting into a public dis... 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 was born and raised, and where he's always felt at home. Until now. When a man is found dead - murdered - after getting into a public dis... read more

Seriously Shifted (Seriously Wicked)

Tina Connolly

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 than a bad one. But when a trio of her mother’s wicked witch friends decide to wreak havoc in her high school, Cam has no choice but to tr... read more

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 than a bad one. But when a trio of her mother’s wicked witch friends decide to wreak havoc in her high school, Cam has no choice but to tr... read more

Deirdre has 20 reviews

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Howard N. Karesh
Deirdre is an outstanding editor and proofreader. I thought my work was pretty clean ... but dozens of inconsistencies found and corrections made by Deirdre later, I'm glad I have her on my team!

Howard N. Karesh, September 2020


Phil Bayly
I feel Deirdre is 100% committed to my project. She's willing to contribute her ideas and fully consider mine. Her background as a print journalist brings welcome skills in regards to punctuation. She will try to provide an answer to any question raised and always have an eye on the forward progress of the manuscript. This is the second time I've collaborated with Deirdre and there will cert...
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Phil Bayly, July 2020


Kevin Cooley
I've worked with several editors and Deirdre is the best. Hands down. She has a keen eye and very professional. Also, she allows the writer to keep their voice, while improving it. I no longer have to look for another editor. Kevin Cooley

Kevin Cooley, April 2020


Dougie Lux
Loved working with Deirdre from the first communication to the last period! Looking forward to more projects together :) THANK YOU!

Dougie Lux, January 2020


Phil Bayly
Deirdre is great. She beat the deadline and made her cuts with kindness. She's smart and takes genuine interest in the project. I'm working on another project and will certainly seek her out to collaborate again.

Phil Bayly, September 2019

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