George De Stefano

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New York, NY, USA

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I have edited books by rock musicians, historians, social scientists, literary critics, constitutional law experts, media critics and other nonfiction authors for major trade and academic publishers, including Cambridge University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, and Perseus . I also edit and write for media companies, nonprofit agencies and service providers (medical offices, legal practices, accountancies). My services include copy editing, line editing (including re-write), and developmental editing (organizing and structuring both new and existing work, ensuring continuity and logical flow, and re-writing). My subject matter expertise is broad, encompassing social science, the humanities, popular culture, social and political issues, health and public health. I am not intimidated by technical material and I am used to working with authors whose first language is not English. I also have edited major research reports and policy documents for the United Nations' World Food Programme.

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Entertainment
LGBTQ (non fiction)
Music
Politics & Current Affairs
Social & Behavioral Sciences

Certifications

  • Certificate in Editing, Poynter News University/American Copy Editors Association

Work experience

Editor/Writer

Self-employed
September, 2013 – Present (over 5 years)

Need an experienced and affordable editor for your books, book proposals, articles (academic and journalistic), web content, corporate communications, or other writing projects? I have more than 25 years of experience in media and journalism, academic publishing, corporate communications, and public and private agencies. I have edited nonfiction books for major trade and academic publishers, including Cambridge University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, and Perseus.

​As a senior editor with the New York City Health Department, I edited and wrote publications for the public, health care professionals, and other audiences: scientific and progress reports, brochures, guides, fact sheets, and manuals. The publications provided vital information to literally millions, in New York and beyond.

I work with many style guides -- Chicago, MLA, AP, New York Times, as well as UK (Butcher's/Cambridge). I edit and proofread using Microsoft's "track changes" function and Adobe Acrobat's editing tools.

My expertise includes working with writers who are not native English-speakers. I will ensure that language presents no barriers to getting your book, article, or other writing projects published.

I have a Certificate in Editing from Poynter News University/American Copy Editors Society.

I also am a published nonfiction author, so I will be sensitive to your style and tone, helping you to say what you want to say as effectively as possible.

Get in touch so we can discuss your needs and how we can work together.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Heavy Duty: Days and Nights in Judas Priest

K.K. Downing

Memoir by the cofounder and former lead guitarist of heavy metal giants Judas PriestJudas Priest formed in the industrial city of Birmingham, England, in 1969. With its distinctive twin-guitar sound, studs-and-leather image, and international sales of over 50 million records, Judas Priest became the archetypal heavy metal band in the 1980s. Iconic tracks like "Breaking the Law," "Living after ... read more

Memoir by the cofounder and former lead guitarist of heavy metal giants Judas PriestJudas Priest formed in the industrial city of Birmingham, England, in 1969. With its distinctive twin-guitar sound, studs-and-leather image, and international sales of over 50 million records, Judas Priest became the archetypal heavy metal band in the 1980s. Iconic tracks like "Breaking the Law," "Living after ... read more

The Modern History of Iraq

Phebe Marr

The Modern History of Iraq is a remarkably readable account of contemporary Iraq, placing in historical perspective the crises and upheavals that continue to afflict the country. This text weaves together several important themes, including the search for a national identity, the struggle to achieve social and economic development, the changes in political dynamics, and the impact of foreign i... read more

The Modern History of Iraq is a remarkably readable account of contemporary Iraq, placing in historical perspective the crises and upheavals that continue to afflict the country. This text weaves together several important themes, including the search for a national identity, the struggle to achieve social and economic development, the changes in political dynamics, and the impact of foreign i... read more

In Days to Come: A New Hope for Israel

Avraham Burg

"The first childhood memory I have of my father is linked to the destruction of empires--the collapse of a world order that had once seemed eternal."So begins Avraham Burg's authoritative and deeply personal inquiry into the ambitions and failures of Israel and Judaism worldwide.Born in 1955, Burg witnessed firsthand many of the most dramatic and critical moments in Israeli history. Here, he c... read more

"The first childhood memory I have of my father is linked to the destruction of empires--the collapse of a world order that had once seemed eternal."So begins Avraham Burg's authoritative and deeply personal inquiry into the ambitions and failures of Israel and Judaism worldwide.Born in 1955, Burg witnessed firsthand many of the most dramatic and critical moments in Israeli history. Here, he c... read more

"Can We All Get Along?": Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics

Paula McClain

Can We All Get Along Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics

Can We All Get Along Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics

Latin American Politics and Development

Harvey F. Kline, Christine J. Wade, Howard J. Wiarda

For over thirty years, Latin American Politics and Development has kept instructors and students abreast of current affairs and changes in Latin America. Now in its ninth edition, this definitive text has been updated throughout and features contributions from experts in the field, including twenty new and revised chapters on Mexico, Central America,the Caribbean, and South America.

For over thirty years, Latin American Politics and Development has kept instructors and students abreast of current affairs and changes in Latin America. Now in its ninth edition, this definitive text has been updated throughout and features contributions from experts in the field, including twenty new and revised chapters on Mexico, Central America,the Caribbean, and South America.

1: American Constitutional Law, Volume I: The Structure of Government

Ralph A. Rossum

American Constitutional Law, Volume I provides a comprehensive account of the nation's defining document, examining how its provisions were originally understood by those who drafted and ratified it, and how they have since been interpreted by the Supreme Court, Congress, the President, lower federal courts, and state judiciaries. Clear and accessible chapter introductions and a careful balanc... read more

American Constitutional Law, Volume I provides a comprehensive account of the nation's defining document, examining how its provisions were originally understood by those who drafted and ratified it, and how they have since been interpreted by the Supreme Court, Congress, the President, lower federal courts, and state judiciaries. Clear and accessible chapter introductions and a careful balanc... read more

2: American Constitutional Law, Volume II: The Bill of Rights and Subsequent Amendments (American Constitutional Law: The Bill of Rights & Subsequent Amendments (V2))

Ralph A. Rossum

The study of the Constitution and constitutional law is of fundamental importance to understanding the principles, prospects, and problems of America. American Constitutional Law, Volume II provides a comprehensive account of the nation's defining document, comparing how its provisions were originally understood by those who drafted and ratified it with contemporary constructions. The authors ... read more

The study of the Constitution and constitutional law is of fundamental importance to understanding the principles, prospects, and problems of America. American Constitutional Law, Volume II provides a comprehensive account of the nation's defining document, comparing how its provisions were originally understood by those who drafted and ratified it with contemporary constructions. The authors ... read more

Covering the United States Supreme Court in the Digital Age

The U.S. Supreme Court seeks to withhold information about its deliberations, while the press's job is to report and disseminate this information. These two objectives conflict and create tension between the justices and the reporters who cover them; add to that the increasing demands for transparency in the digital age and the result is an interesting dynamic between an institution that seeks... read more

The U.S. Supreme Court seeks to withhold information about its deliberations, while the press's job is to report and disseminate this information. These two objectives conflict and create tension between the justices and the reporters who cover them; add to that the increasing demands for transparency in the digital age and the result is an interesting dynamic between an institution that seeks... read more

European Bank Restructuring During the Global Financial Crisis (Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Banking and Financial Institutions)

Jakub Kerlin, Elżbieta Malinowska-Misiąg, Pawel Smaga, Bartosz Witkowski, Agnieszka K. Nowak, Anna Kozlowska, Piotr Wiśniewski

This book explores the diversity of restructuring instruments applied to financial institutions in EU countries during the Global Financial Crisis.

This book explores the diversity of restructuring instruments applied to financial institutions in EU countries during the Global Financial Crisis.

Reading William Blake (Reading Writers and their Work)

Saree Makdisi

William Blake (1757‒1827) is one of the most original and influential figures of the Romantic Age, known for his work as an artist, poet and printmaker. Grounding his ideas both in close reading and in the latest scholarship, Saree Makdisi offers an exciting and imaginative approach to reading Blake. By exploring some of the most important themes in Blake's work and connecting them to particul... read more

William Blake (1757‒1827) is one of the most original and influential figures of the Romantic Age, known for his work as an artist, poet and printmaker. Grounding his ideas both in close reading and in the latest scholarship, Saree Makdisi offers an exciting and imaginative approach to reading Blake. By exploring some of the most important themes in Blake's work and connecting them to particul... read more

The International Law of Disaster Relief

Disasters can strike often and with unexpected fury, resulting in devastating consequences for local populations that are insufficiently prepared and largely dependent upon foreign aid in the wake of such catastrophes. International law can play a significant role in the recovery after inevitable natural disasters; however, without clear legal frameworks, aid may be stopped, delayed, or even h... read more

Disasters can strike often and with unexpected fury, resulting in devastating consequences for local populations that are insufficiently prepared and largely dependent upon foreign aid in the wake of such catastrophes. International law can play a significant role in the recovery after inevitable natural disasters; however, without clear legal frameworks, aid may be stopped, delayed, or even h... read more

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John Tsukayama

George is a thorough professional. I had him do an editorial assessment and some sample editing. His work came back on time and the value he provided far exceeded the monetary cost. He helped me to see the potential for the manuscript. I will certainly look to him again for his talents in future projects.

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John Tsukayama, May 2018

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