About Me


I am intent on improving the world through spreading love, knowledge, and wisdom. Editing is my avocation. As a child, I read everything I could get my hands on, and I dreamed of helping people and of getting paid to read books. With this dream, I propelled myself through college to earn bachelor’s degrees in English (with a minor in writing & publishing) and business administration. While in college, I also was a peer tutor in the university writing lab and interned with a publishing company, where I fell in love with book publishing. I began working as a freelance editor right after college and have done so ever since. (If you’re interested in details, you can read my resume and a partial list of publications.)

Across my career, I have edited everything from class materials and newsletters to master’s theses, scholastic imprints, professional journals, and books of all genres and styles. I get really excited by memoirs and texts meant to help people improve themselves and our world (think religious, spiritual, self-help, conservation), but I adore helping all authors who are truly dedicated to improving their texts—because when we improve our work, we improve ourselves, and that improves the world.

A few years ago, after experiencing a dark night of the soul, I began a spiritual journey toward understanding and accepting my divine purpose in the world. I am currently writing a memoir about that journey, so believe me, I know what it is to pour your heart and soul into a manuscript to create a labor of love.

I feel my calling as an editor is not only to improve text but also to educate those with whom I work so they can constantly improve their writing. To fulfill the goal of educating, I recently began writing articles for Dog Ear Publishing’s Editor’s Corner blog.

When I’m not editing, writing, or managing projects, I’m planting and growing things on a small homestead in Indiana with my husband, two children, and two cats.

She is the best editor I have ever known.

I have been most pleased with Stephanie’s services over the years for both myself and the University of Indianapolis Press. She is the best editor I have ever known.

—Phylis Lan Lin, PhD, Associate Vice President for International Partnerships, University of Indianapolis/Senior Vice President, UIndy–ZYUFL International College, China

She was able to point out each and every discrepancy and contradiction in the book.

I would like to thank Ms. Stephanie Seifert Stringham for her in-depth understanding of the varied subject matter of [this] book. She was able to point out each and every discrepancy and contradiction in the book for my review, and if necessary, corrections. Ms. Seifert Stringham’s editing capability is superior to anyone I have ever known in my about 40-year career as a consulting engineer. I found her work to be exceptionally accurate and meticulous.

—Woldezion Mesghinnam, author (acknowledgement from How Sub-Saharan Africa Can Achieve Food Security and Ascend Its Economy to the Initial Stages of Light Industrialization)

Stephanie had great ideas, was easy to work with, and knew how to make my book be the best it could be!

Stephanie was awesome to work with! After reviewing my manuscript, she spoke with me by phone to get an idea of what I really wanted the book to look like.

Stephanie had great ideas, was easy to work with, and knew how to make my book be the best it could be!

I highly recommend Stephanie as an editor, and I have recommended her to my son … should he ever get around to the editing step for his book!

Bottom line: Stephanie is GREAT!

—Tina Caskey, author of When Something’s Wrong: How to Navigate the World of Health Care

Her overall critique was insightful and encouraging.

Stephanie was the editor for my book, and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the experience. Not only was her work thorough and thoughtful, but she went into great detail about the reasoning behind every change and suggestion. I learned so much in the process. Her overall critique was insightful and encouraging while at the same time, she pointed out needed changes with great tact and support. I credit her with helping me make the book the best it could be. Thank you, Stephanie!

—Jan Krulick-Belin, author of Love, Bill: Finding My Father through Letters from World War II