Stefanie has an almost preternatural ability to elevate your work. Before she touches a single word, she spends time getting to know your intentions, your thought process, and your goals with a piece, so by the time you have finished working together, you’re left with something that is unapologetically and distinctly you. She does something better than editing; she helps you examine your own work to ensure that every aspect of your story supports its main idea. What this means, in a broader sense, is that the work you share with Stefanie is allowed to explore big concepts. And no matter how lofty those concepts are, Stefanie effortlessly matches your ambition with enthusiasm and clarity. Such strong analytical skills seem generally exclusive to academia, but the precision and depth of her analysis are matched by her love for imagination and her ear for language. While I have only worked with her on fiction, I have no doubt that she excels at editing nonfiction too, because her excellence in one provides unique perspective for her approach to the other.
I used to think that editors were supposed to criticize you, that feeling deflated was an unpleasant-yet-necessary part of the process. Stefanie has proved the opposite is true. She fills you with confidence by being equally as passionate about your story as you are. When you’re working together, she acts like your best friend and your mentor, your confidante and your champion. She is kind, good-natured, humble, and brilliant. Despite the old axiom that no creative piece is ever perfect, Stefanie turns your work into the perfect version of itself. In short, your work will matter to her. And the privilege of having her on your team will matter to you.
Working with Stefanie has been an absolute dream! I sent her the skeleton of a story and where some editors might have crafted a body onto that skeleton, Stefanie did something even more incredible. She helped ME craft the body and make it something whole. I am completely blown away by the time and care Stefanie took to first understand my vision of the story and to then help me shape that vision. She started by talking to me about the story, taking the time to ask why I’d written it and what my goals were. She then encouraged me to grow the story from there by pointing out places to expand, and later, when the story had fully bloomed, helped me prune it to perfection. I felt respected and understood throughout the whole process. She wasn’t just an editor, she was also a reader, a listener, a cheerleader, and a friend. Working with her has been a joy and a privilege and I cannot recommend her highly enough. Thank you, Stefanie!!!
Stefanie works hard to understand your individual work and goals. She works with you closely through the entire process and makes herself available far beyond what is required of her. From the beginning, Stefanie takes the time to understand your ideas and strives to enhance the narrative based on your thoughts. She has extreme attention to detail, from sensitivity reading to ensuring the narrative flows. Stefanie is kind and understanding, and working with her is incredibly rewarding. She took me seriously as a young author, which at the risk of sounding cliché, was priceless. I unreservedly recommend her to any writer.
Stefanie Molina is my favorite editor. Her vision for your work will enhance and expand your own. Though some strange alchemy, she will demand more excellence than you expected of your text while convincing you that reaching such lofty heights is not only possible but also inevitable. She nudges you ever higher up the bare stone face of your particular mountain in the kindest, most positive way, and when you stand on the summit together, you’ll marvel at how she precisely, carefully, and confidently guided you past every patch of dangerous scree, every crumbling rock that looked like a sound handhold. I recommend her editorial services without reservation.
Stefanie has an exceptional talent for bringing a story to life. Her approach to editing is to create a nurturing, supportive relationship with her authors, whether she’s working with debut talent or celebrity authors. She has the vision, nuance, and patience to allow a story to reach its full potential, and a cultural awareness that enables her to develop authentically diverse work. As a Senior Editor at F(r)iction magazine, she’s an expert on getting stories up to publication standards. She’s developed a keen understanding of narrative structure as well as what publishers want. I would wholeheartedly recommend Stefanie to any author looking to take their work to the next level.
“Stefanie exceeded our expectations at the highest level. She is absolutely extraordinary and in the top 1% of all of the editors we have had here at the Culture C.O.-O.P. She possesses amazing skills, superior intellect, and a work ethic that is phenomenal and noteworthy. Her prodigious writing and editing skills and grasp of the English language are exceptional.”
“Stefanie engrosses herself in stories, giving tailored, well-informed, and supported commentary to each individual writer. Her eagerness to help writers improve is a sign of the dedicated editor that she is.“