Chris Barsanti

Chris Barsanti - Editor

Minneapolis-St. Paul

Editor, copy editor, proofreader, and writer with 20 years of experience in publishing and journalism.

Request a quote
Verified identity

Overview

Reviews (1)
I'm Chris Barsanti, former senior editor at Sterling Publishing and Barnes & Noble Publishing. I currently work as an editor, writer, content producer, and editorial consultant. Over the past 20+ years, I have written several books; contributed to or co-authored several others; originated, shaped, and edited dozens of titles on topics ranging from military history to music, ghosts, alternative health, and even unicorns (yes, they exist). I have also produced hundreds of articles on everything from travel and finance to pop culture for print and online publications.

The services I provide include:
- Developmental editing, including annotated feedback, reshaping, and (if necessary) re-writing
- Book proposal critique, including detailed feedback and suggestions for improvement
- Ghostwriting
- Content creation
- Copy editing
- Proofreading
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Education & Reference
Entertainment
History
Travel

Work experience

Writer

Korn Ferry, Inc.
August, 2018 – Present (over 1 year)

In this role, I analyze and interpret qualitative assessment data, including interviews and psychometric data, and use the results to write reports for consulting engagements. Korn Ferry is a global organizational consulting firm, with offices in over 100 locations worldwide.

Freelance writer

Self-employed
January, 1999 – Present (almost 21 years)

In this role, I have written cultural coverage for many online and print publications that include: Chicago Tribune, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, City Pages, Slant Magazine, The Playlist, Film Journal International, Publishers Weekly, PW ComicsWeek, Kirkus Reviews, AMC Networks, and PopMatters. I have also written for Crain's Chicago Business and provided content for clients ranging from AMC Networks to Priceline and Metromix.

Portfolio (17 selected works)

The Handy New York City Answer Book (The Handy Answer Book Series)

Chris Barsanti

New York the self-proclaimed capital of the world, the largest city in the United States, and is known as a melting pot of immigrants, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Central Park, Wall Street, Broadway, bridges, bodegas, restaurants, museums, and so much more. The “city that never sleeps” is bustling with people, cultural and sporting events, world-class shoppi... read more

New York the self-proclaimed capital of the world, the largest city in the United States, and is known as a melting pot of immigrants, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Central Park, Wall Street, Broadway, bridges, bodegas, restaurants, museums, and so much more. The “city that never sleeps” is bustling with people, cultural and sporting events, world-class shoppi... read more

The Sci-Fi Movie Guide: The Universe of Film from Alien to Zardoz

Chris Barsanti

Once upon a time, science fiction was only in the future. It was the stuff of drive-ins and cheap double-bills. Then, with the ever-increasing rush of new, society-altering technologies, science fiction pushed its way to the present, and it busted out of the genre ghetto of science fiction and barged its way into the mainstream. What used to be mere fantasy (trips to the moon? Wristwatch radio... read more

Once upon a time, science fiction was only in the future. It was the stuff of drive-ins and cheap double-bills. Then, with the ever-increasing rush of new, society-altering technologies, science fiction pushed its way to the present, and it busted out of the genre ghetto of science fiction and barged its way into the mainstream. What used to be mere fantasy (trips to the moon? Wristwatch radio... read more

St. Louis Noir (Akashic Noir)

"Featuring a baker's dozen of original stories, plus one 'poetic interlude,' this new entry in Akashic's globetrotting anthology series explores, as editor Phillips, author of The Ice Harvest, tells us in his introduction, the 'collision of high and low' that makes St. Louis so interesting to crime writers...The stories here are uniformly strong. Regular readers of the Noir series (since its i... read more

"Featuring a baker's dozen of original stories, plus one 'poetic interlude,' this new entry in Akashic's globetrotting anthology series explores, as editor Phillips, author of The Ice Harvest, tells us in his introduction, the 'collision of high and low' that makes St. Louis so interesting to crime writers...The stories here are uniformly strong. Regular readers of the Noir series (since its i... read more

The Rough Guide to Chicago 1 (Rough Guide Travel Guides)

Rich McHugh, J. P. Anderson, Mark Ellwood, Chris Barsanti

INTRODUCTION Sitting squarely in the middle of America, surrounded by hundreds of miles of pancake-flat prairies, Chicago is, in many ways, the last great American city. Having come of age during the industrial age – the grain, lumber, meatpacking, steel and railroad trades all took turns dominating the economic landscape – Chicago’s blue-collar roots still shine through, with all the can-do a... read more

INTRODUCTION Sitting squarely in the middle of America, surrounded by hundreds of miles of pancake-flat prairies, Chicago is, in many ways, the last great American city. Having come of age during the industrial age – the grain, lumber, meatpacking, steel and railroad trades all took turns dominating the economic landscape – Chicago’s blue-collar roots still shine through, with all the can-do a... read more

The Encyclopedia of Punk

Brian Cogan

When people think of punk they often think of outrageous fashion and iconic bands like The Ramones and the Sex Pistols. But the reality of punk stretches over three decades and numerous countries, with a history as rich and varied as it is shocking and daring. With this lavishly illustrated and authoritative A-Z guide, now in a new format, Brian Cogan leads readers through the fiery history of... read more

When people think of punk they often think of outrageous fashion and iconic bands like The Ramones and the Sex Pistols. But the reality of punk stretches over three decades and numerous countries, with a history as rich and varied as it is shocking and daring. With this lavishly illustrated and authoritative A-Z guide, now in a new format, Brian Cogan leads readers through the fiery history of... read more

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ellis Island

Lee A. Iacocca Barry Moreno

Ellis Island, at the southern tip of Manhattan, was the major portal for European immigration to the United States, and accordingly it looms large in 19th and early 20th century history. After extensive restoration, today it is a national symbol and an important historic site. Authored by a noted historian and librarian at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, this is the first illustrated ency... read more

Ellis Island, at the southern tip of Manhattan, was the major portal for European immigration to the United States, and accordingly it looms large in 19th and early 20th century history. After extensive restoration, today it is a national symbol and an important historic site. Authored by a noted historian and librarian at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, this is the first illustrated ency... read more

Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Time

Ray Padgett

From the creator of the popular website covermesongs.com comes the perfect book for music fans: the inside stories behind 20 iconic cover songs and the artists who turned them into classics. A great cover only makes a song stronger. Jimi Hendrix’s version of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower.” The Beatles rocking out with “Twist and Shout.” Aretha Franklin demanding “Respect.” Without cove... read more

From the creator of the popular website covermesongs.com comes the perfect book for music fans: the inside stories behind 20 iconic cover songs and the artists who turned them into classics. A great cover only makes a song stronger. Jimi Hendrix’s version of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower.” The Beatles rocking out with “Twist and Shout.” Aretha Franklin demanding “Respect.” Without cove... read more

Rock-and-Roll Woman: The 50 Fiercest Female Rockers

Meredith Ochs

“A must for rock and roll and women's studies enthusiasts.—Library Journal Celebrate the women who rock, with this fully illustrated tribute to 50 iconic female musicians and bands. Award-winning radio personality Meredith Ochs takes an insightful look at 50 rock icons who indelibly shook up the music scene, whether solo or in a band. Profiling women from the 1950s to today, and from multiple ... read more

“A must for rock and roll and women's studies enthusiasts.—Library Journal Celebrate the women who rock, with this fully illustrated tribute to 50 iconic female musicians and bands. Award-winning radio personality Meredith Ochs takes an insightful look at 50 rock icons who indelibly shook up the music scene, whether solo or in a band. Profiling women from the 1950s to today, and from multiple ... read more

Barack Obama, His Essential Wisdom

Carol Kelly-Gangi

Barack Obama: His Essential Wisdom invites readers to experience the powerful oratory of our forty-fourth president. Obama's skill at expressing deep empathy and thoughtful idealism made him a best-selling author at an early age. Speaking as a law professor, politician, and eventually the nation's first African American president, he continued to hone a view of America as a unique place where ... read more

Barack Obama: His Essential Wisdom invites readers to experience the powerful oratory of our forty-fourth president. Obama's skill at expressing deep empathy and thoughtful idealism made him a best-selling author at an early age. Speaking as a law professor, politician, and eventually the nation's first African American president, he continued to hone a view of America as a unique place where ... read more

Healing Herbs Handbook: Recipes for Natural Living

Barbara Brownell Grogan

Naturally Healthy Today, more and more people are trying to live healthily and fight illness without resorting to the pharmacy—and they are turning to herbs to achieve their goal. This approachable handbook, with photographs for easy identification, helps you understand and take best advantage of herbal medicine. It first offers a brief introduction to the basics—such as choosing, growing, and... read more

Naturally Healthy Today, more and more people are trying to live healthily and fight illness without resorting to the pharmacy—and they are turning to herbs to achieve their goal. This approachable handbook, with photographs for easy identification, helps you understand and take best advantage of herbal medicine. It first offers a brief introduction to the basics—such as choosing, growing, and... read more

Unicorn Your Life: Wondrous Ways to Make Everything More Magical

Mary Flannery

Find your “unicorn magic” with this fun self-help guide—and make your world more wonderful! It’s the little things we do for ourselves that make our day brighter . . . just like a unicorn’s horns make it enchanting and different from anything else. Unicorn Your Life helps you discover your own brand of magic—whether it’s a tasty treat, fresh flowers, or your favorite sparkly shoes—and assure y... read more

Find your “unicorn magic” with this fun self-help guide—and make your world more wonderful! It’s the little things we do for ourselves that make our day brighter . . . just like a unicorn’s horns make it enchanting and different from anything else. Unicorn Your Life helps you discover your own brand of magic—whether it’s a tasty treat, fresh flowers, or your favorite sparkly shoes—and assure y... read more

The Disruptors: 50 People Who Changed the World

Alan Axelrod

“Biography lovers may find this a great start in understanding the long-term impacts that individuals can have on culture, society, and history and be interested in seeking further information about Axelrod's fascinating subjects. —BooklistMeet 50 women and men who broke the rules . . . and changed the world. What does Charles Darwin have in common with Johannes Gutenberg—or with Jackson Pollo... read more

“Biography lovers may find this a great start in understanding the long-term impacts that individuals can have on culture, society, and history and be interested in seeking further information about Axelrod's fascinating subjects. —BooklistMeet 50 women and men who broke the rules . . . and changed the world. What does Charles Darwin have in common with Johannes Gutenberg—or with Jackson Pollo... read more

Souls of Black People

W.E.B. Du Bois

Originally published in 1903, The Souls of Black Folk is a classic study of race, culture, and education at the turn of the twentieth century. With its singular combination of essays, memoir, and fiction, this book vaulted W. E. B. Du Bois to the forefront of American political commentary and civil rights activism. The Souls of Black Folk is an impassioned, at times searing account of the situ... read more

Originally published in 1903, The Souls of Black Folk is a classic study of race, culture, and education at the turn of the twentieth century. With its singular combination of essays, memoir, and fiction, this book vaulted W. E. B. Du Bois to the forefront of American political commentary and civil rights activism. The Souls of Black Folk is an impassioned, at times searing account of the situ... read more

Weird Ghosts: True Tales of the Eeriest Legends and Hair-Raising Hauntings Across America

Joanne Austin, Mark Moran, Mark Sceurman

Prepare to be scared! This fully illustrated, award-winning collection of ghost stories will send shivers down your spine. If you're fascinated by haunted houses, ghostly graveyards, historic haunts, institutional apparitions, or spirited saloons, this spooky and spine-tingling collection of supernatural stories from across the US will tantalize your paranormal palate. Some of these hot spots ... read more

Prepare to be scared! This fully illustrated, award-winning collection of ghost stories will send shivers down your spine. If you're fascinated by haunted houses, ghostly graveyards, historic haunts, institutional apparitions, or spirited saloons, this spooky and spine-tingling collection of supernatural stories from across the US will tantalize your paranormal palate. Some of these hot spots ... read more

Essential Oils Handbook: Recipes for Natural Living

Amy Leigh Mercree

For millennia, people have used essential oils for health and wellness—and this authoritative illustrated guide shows you how to use them, too! Essential oils have wide-ranging healing powers, and this comprehensive handbook explains how we can take full advantage of these natural wonders. It covers all the different grades of oil, which ones are safest, and how and when to use them. In additi... read more

For millennia, people have used essential oils for health and wellness—and this authoritative illustrated guide shows you how to use them, too! Essential oils have wide-ranging healing powers, and this comprehensive handbook explains how we can take full advantage of these natural wonders. It covers all the different grades of oil, which ones are safest, and how and when to use them. In additi... read more

Tales of Norse Mythology (Barnes & Noble Omnibus Leatherbound Classics)

Helen A. Gruber

Scandinavians of the Viking Age explored the mysteries of life through their sagas. Folklorist Helen Adeline Guerber brings to life the gods and goddesses, giants and dwarves, and warriors and monsters of these stories in Tales of Norse Mythology. Ranging from the comic to the tragic, these legends tell of passion, love, friendship, pride, courage, strength, loyalty, and betrayal.

Scandinavians of the Viking Age explored the mysteries of life through their sagas. Folklorist Helen Adeline Guerber brings to life the gods and goddesses, giants and dwarves, and warriors and monsters of these stories in Tales of Norse Mythology. Ranging from the comic to the tragic, these legends tell of passion, love, friendship, pride, courage, strength, loyalty, and betrayal.

Filmology: A Movie-a-Day Guide to the Movies You Need to Know

Chris Barsanti

Sure, everybody loves the movies. But how much do these movie enthusiasts really know about them? In this groundbreaking book, noted film critic Chris Barsanti gives you the most entertaining crash course in good film in a book--one movie a day. This is not just another greatest-movies celebration. Pairing cinema's lesser-seen gems alongside blockbusters, great early works from the pioneers of... read more

Sure, everybody loves the movies. But how much do these movie enthusiasts really know about them? In this groundbreaking book, noted film critic Chris Barsanti gives you the most entertaining crash course in good film in a book--one movie a day. This is not just another greatest-movies celebration. Pairing cinema's lesser-seen gems alongside blockbusters, great early works from the pioneers of... read more

Chris has 1 review

Professionalism
Professionalism
Quality
Quality
Value
Value
Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

David Brown
Chris did an excellent job editing my book. He was professional in his communications with me. Chris had very well thought out ideas and suggestions for editing. I would use him again!

David Brown, July 2019

Explore the Reedsy Community

Reedsy is a community of top publishing professionals. Join Reedsy today to browse 1000+ profiles.

Katharine Moore

Fast and meticulous project editor, copy editor, and proofreader, with a focus on lifestyle, travel, and educational writing.

Oakland, United States

Brooks Becker

Proofreader and copyeditor with experience at St. Martin's Press and Penguin Random House. I love modern memoirs about wild adventures.

New York, NY, USA

To view 1,000+ more profiles, Join Reedsy