Gretchen Stelter

Portland, OR USA

Professional Experience

I am an editor with a great eye for grammar and developing content. I enjoy working on nonfiction projects as well as fiction, especially young adult and thrillers/mysteries, though I am open to, and have at one point in time dealt with, everything from newspaper articles to academic journals, and from bestselling romance to niche new age. I have done developmental editing on over 40 titles, and I have proofread and copyedited over 400 titles for legacy publishers. I have also edited on a contract basis for Shared Hope International and Simons Foundation, dealing with job descriptions, white papers, and press releases weekly. I also currently write on a regular basis for Healthline and Elephant Journal.


Copy Editor
12 Years
12 Years
7 Years


Books & Literature
12 Years
11 Years
Other, Specify
10 Years


Book publishing - all
12 Years
Online/new media
8 Years
Publishing (non-book) - all
6 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

12 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Shambala Press (hired through their author) (1-2), Beyond Words (marketing/sales documents) (10+), Beyond Words/Atria (10+), Elite Editing (10+), Sourcebooks (10+), Victoria Sanders & Associates (hired through VSA client (3-5), Random House (3-5)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Living Yoga (1-2), Simons Foundation (10+)

Other Work History

I work with individual authors through their publishers and agents, or those unrepresented and searching for agents or self-publishing as well.

Foreign Language Skills


Computer Skills

Windows and Mac Operating Systems (OS 10.9.3, Windows XP), Adobe Acrobat Pro (10.1.10), WordPress, Microsoft Word 2011 for Mac (14.3.9).


MacBook Pro with updated software


Upon request


Women in Portland Publishing Lambda Iota Tau

Work Samples


(Beyond Words/Atria 4/1/2014)
Developmentally edited title w/ coauthors so the rooms in our home correspond to our emotional "rooms" and how to declutter them for a happier life. Dr. Melva Green (coauthor) has appeared on "Hoarders" and was featured in O magazine after publication; both authors appeared on "Dr. Oz" after pubbed.
(Beyond Words/Simon Pulse 9/10/2013)
I worked with the author on developing plot and character for her first novel, which received a starred review from Kirkus: "A creepy supernatural chiller sets up a gut-punch of desolation and loss...Brutal and brilliant." - KIRKUS