I'm a novelist and former literary agent who is intimately familiar with both the business and creative side of publishing.

Book Editing


I provide manuscript evaluations, line, and developmental editing for partial or full novels and memoirs. I also offer copy editing and proofreading for completed manuscripts.

Book Coaching


This option is for those who desire ongoing editorial and motivational support. You will submit pages on a regular basis. I will help keep you focused, positive and productive.

Agent Search


If you need to come up with a fantastic query letter, a compelling synopsis,  a submission list of literary agents who are right for your project, or all of the above, I can help.


About Me

Stephanie Lehmann


For over fifteen years, I was an Associate at the Elaine Koster Literary Agency, where our authors included Khaled Hosseini, David Ebershoff, Kimberly Lawson Roby, Lisa Black and Monique Truong. Five of my own novels have been published, most recently Astor Place Vintage (Simon and Schuster) -- selected by Library Journal as a best novel in 2013, and by Kirkus Reviews as a best summer read. I've also taught novel writing at many venues, including Mediabistro.com, Salon.com, and The Writer’s Voice at the West Side YMCA. Originally from San Francisco, I went to UC Berkeley as an undergraduate and came to New York for the graduate program in English and Writing at NYU. I don't seem to have moved anywhere else since.
I'm open to editing all types of fiction and memoirs, but when it comes to novels, I do seem to have a preference for historical, thriller, mystery and coming of age stories. I lean away from science fiction and fantasy. But I hesitate to say this because there are always exceptions and you never know.


Books I Have Nurtured