Louise Stahl

Louise Stahl - Editor

Somerville, NJ 08876, USA

A detail-oriented proofreader with experience in basic copyediting. I specialize in fiction, creative non-fiction, and memoirs.

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I am a freelance proofreader with over 30 years of experience in proofreading and basic copyediting. I have worked on fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, essays, and interviews in the context of a literary magazine. Among other things, I have proofread a 100+ page anniversary book for a private school, a compilation of essays and stories by MFA students in Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University ("Gateways," published by Serving House Books, 2018), and numerous pieces by graduate students before and after their graduation for publication. I was the final proofreader for a book in translation ("Happiness, as Such," by Natalia Ginsburg, translated by Minna Proctor, New Directions Press, 2019), and a book of personal essays by Renee Ashley ("Minglements," Del Sol Press, 2019). I assisted in the final editing of the book "The Muse Upon My Shoulder," edited by Sylvia Skaggs McTeague for The Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (2004). Most recently, I proofread a thriller-mystery (released September 2020), a fictionalized memoir (published Summer 2021), and numerous manuscripts through Reedsy.

Authors I have worked with include Walter Cummins (short story writer and editor), the late Thomas E. Kennedy (novelist, essayist, and literary critic), and Rene Steinke (author and finalist for the 2005 National Book Award).

I pride myself on being efficient, and, as one of my editors once told me, being "able to spot an italicized comma from across the room."

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"Louise is an asset to any project. She is meticulous, thoughtful, and intelligent. Also important, she is an absolute pleasure to work with." —Minna Zallman Proctor, Editor, The Literary Review

"Louise does fabulous work. She’s a nit-picker—the best of all possible qualities for a proofreader/editor. She’s knowledgeable, reliable, and great to work with. Totally my go-to source for freelance jobs." -- Renee Ashley ("Basic Heart," "Because I Am the Shore I Want to Be the Sea," "The View from the Body," and others)

"I have worked with Louise Stahl on many editorial projects over the years, including a number where she was one of several proofreaders of a manuscript. She never failed to impress with her close attention to details, often catching errors that others missed. She is precise and scrupulous. She frequently refers to dictionary and reference sources to verify spelling of unusual words and names. Most recently, she proofread a 700-page novel and caught one or more errors of punctuation, spelling, usage, and more on just about every page. She is extremely thorough." -- Walter Cummins, Co-publisher, Serving House Books

"Louise Stahl served as Editorial Coordinator for Fairleigh Dickinson University Press for nearly thirty years. Among her responsibilities was to communicate with book authors, to edit promotional materials, including the press website, and to copy-edit our annual catalog. She has a keen eye for typos and other editorial issues, and helped assure that our materials fully met professional standards." --Harry Keyishian, Professor Emeritus of English and Director, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (1976-2017)

English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Contemporary Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Literary Fiction
Short Story
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Work experience

Editorial Assistant

The Literary Review at Fairleigh Dickinson University
September, 1992 – July, 2020 (almost 28 years)

Reading and evaluating submissions of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and essays. Proofreading and basic copyediting of work before publication, both in print and online.

Editorial Assistant

Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
September, 1992 – June, 2017 (over 24 years)

Assisted Director with maintaining manuscript submissions database, as well as corresponding with authors and manuscript evaluators. Website maintenance, social media, and coordinating Editorial Board meetings.

Assistant Editor

The Legislative Index of NJ
June, 1987 – April, 1992 (almost 5 years)

Compiling and proofreading weekly legislative newsletter, as well as annual booklet of legislator's biographies and photos.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Happiness, as Such

Ginzburg, Natalia, Proctor, Minna

The Literary Review: Glutton's Kitchen

The Literary Review, TLR, Landau, Deborah, Lemon, Alex, Tschirigi, Katrin, Bazzett, Michael, Duhamel, Denise, Gruber, Allison, Heighton, Steven, Teicher, Craig Morgan, Proctor, Minna

The Literary Review: The Tides

The Literary Review, TLR, Brody, Kate, Kinsella, John, Paul, Eric, Francis, H.E., Mehta, Diane, Nathan, Jesse, Schutt, Christine, Wolff, Daniel, Rasmussen, Matt

The Literary Review: John Le Carré

TLR The Literary Review, Jennifer Acker, John-Paul Clébert, Marosa di Giorgio, Tamas Dobozy, Michael Homolka, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Proctor, Minna, Teicher, Craig Morgan, Gauvin, Edward

The Literary Review: Game Theory: The Strategies of Making Things Up

Gallaher, John, Ramke, Bin, Hopler, Jay, Nelson, Sierra, Saum, Steven Boyd, Rachowski, Utz, Sutton, Caroline, Chirinos, Eduardo, Proctor, Minna, Teicher, Craig Morgan


Selgin, Peter

Louise has 15 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Sally Dipaula
Louise not only delivered an excellent product (she proofread my 78,000-word novel), she delivered it early and kept me informed of her progress throughout. I worked for 35 years as an editor, and read and re-read the final version of my novel, yet Louise found so many errors, I was astounded.

Sally Dipaula, June 2022

Louise Stahl
Sally, Thank you so much for the positive words. I appreciate that, and I truly enjoyed your story. I hope we can work together again.

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Lisa Robin
This is my first book and Louise was wonderful to work with. I plan to work with her again on my current book and any new project that comes up! I highly recommend her. - Lisa Robin

Lisa Robin, May 2022

Louise Stahl
Lisa, Thank you very much! I have enjoyed working with you, and look forward to future collaborations. Louise

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Agnes Bamuwamye
Louise is so professional and very prompt in her deliverables. I definitely would work with her again.

Agnes Bamuwamye, May 2022

Louise Stahl
Thank you very much. I appreciate your kind words. It was a pleasure.

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Wilsdaryon Prescher
Louise was great to work with. She was very professional and answered all the many questions I had. I will be working with her on future projects.

Wilsdaryon Prescher, April 2022

Louise Stahl
Thank you Wil. It was a pleasure to work with you as well. I look forward to working with you again in the future!

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Ben Human
Louise had the unenviable task of dealing with foreign text formatting specifications and an author with very particular ideas. In short, a custom job that she adapted admirably to. She was very easy to work with and went out of her way to comment briefly (and appreciatively) on my MS--the only person to do so in this entire project. Given how proud and insecure writers can be, this was both ...
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Ben Human, April 2022

Louise Stahl
Ben, Thank you very much for the kind words. I appreciate them more than I can say. It was a pleasure working with you, and I enjoyed your manuscript. I believe it will be well received, and I lo...
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