Diane Stockwell

Diane Stockwell - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Seasoned professional with 25 years of experience, specializing in memoir, narrative and prescriptive nonfiction, and commercial fiction.

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Overview

With over 25 years of experience in book publishing, I have worked with authors of women's fiction, popular fiction, prescriptive and narrative nonfiction including memoir, biography and history. With an obsessive eye for detail and a keen sensitivity to narrative voice, I especially enjoy providing a close line-edit to make your prose sparkle! In addition to editing I perform book-length Spanish-to-English translations.

My authors have sold books to Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, MacMillan, The New Press, Beacon Press, Prometheus, Rowman & Littlefield, Down and Out Press and more.

Endorsements:

“Diane helped shape the book from early on, and was a constant source of encouragement and advice as I went through the peaks and valleys of the project.”
- Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, author of There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration

“Diane Stockwell kept me on track with her gentle but firm nudges. With every one of my books, her advice has been spot-on.”
-Dr. Isabel Gomez-Bassols, author of The Seven Steps to Happiness

“I have so appreciated Diane’s enthusiasm for this project, and her advice has been invaluable.”
- Sylvia Longmire, author of Border Insecurity
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & Wellbeing
History
Parenting & Families
Political Science & Current Affairs
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts degree, Wesleyan University

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
January, 2005 – Present (over 17 years)

Provide developmental editorial services, line editing, and proofreading to prepare book-length manuscripts for submission to publishers and for publication. Work with authors published by major houses and independents including Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Beacon Press, The New Press, Verso, Down and Out Books, Familius and more.

Translator

Self-employed
January, 2003 – Present (over 19 years)

Provide book-length translation services from Spanish into English. Published books include Fidel and Gabo: A Portrait of the Legendary Friendship between Fidel Castro and Gabriel García Márquez, by Angel Esteban and Stephanie Panichelli; and the forthcoming Killing the Story: Journalists Risking Their Lives in Pursuit of the Truth in Mexico, by journalist Témoris Grecko (The New Press 2020).

Publisher

GLobo Libros
January, 2002 – February, 2006 (about 4 years)

Published critically acclaimed bilingual illustrated books with read-along audio CDs, Ruben's Rainbow and Ruben's Jungle. Managed every aspect of the production process, oversaw production of the audio cds, handled publicity, and managed sales to the trade, education and library markets.

Senior Editor

Kensington Publishing
January, 1998 – February, 2002 (about 4 years)

Developed a critically acclaimed line of contemporary romance novels, evaluated submissions, recruited authors, negotiated contracts, and edited the manuscripts. Some of the wonderfully talented first-time authors I signed to Encanto include Caridad Pineiro, Berta Platas, Sylvia Mendoza and Lynda Sandoval.

Editor

Warner Books
January, 1992 – January, 1998 (about 6 years)

Acquired books in a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres for a major commercial publisher, evaluated submissions, edited manuscripts for publication, and served as the author's advocate within the publishing house.

Portfolio (21 selected works)

Hipster Death Rattle

Richie Narvaez

Murder is trending. Hipsters are getting slashed to pieces in the hippest neighborhood in New York: Williamsburg, Brooklyn. While Detectives Petrosino and Hadid hound local gangbangers, slacker reporter Tony Moran and his ex Magaly Fernandez get caught up in a missing person’s case—one that might just get them hacked to death. Filled with a cast of colorful characters and told with sardonic wi... read more

Murder is trending. Hipsters are getting slashed to pieces in the hippest neighborhood in New York: Williamsburg, Brooklyn. While Detectives Petrosino and Hadid hound local gangbangers, slacker reporter Tony Moran and his ex Magaly Fernandez get caught up in a missing person’s case—one that might just get them hacked to death. Filled with a cast of colorful characters and told with sardonic wi... read more

Salsa Serenade

Sylvia Mendoza

Julia Rios figures salsa lessons at her aunt’s dance studio are just the answer to spice up her life after a very public breakup with one of San Diego’s most eligible bachelors. When a tall, handsome Tex-Mex cowboy struts into the studio, the usually cool Julia gets more sizzle than she bargained for when she finds herself paired with—and against—him. Ricardo Montalvo has a one track mind and ... read more

Julia Rios figures salsa lessons at her aunt’s dance studio are just the answer to spice up her life after a very public breakup with one of San Diego’s most eligible bachelors. When a tall, handsome Tex-Mex cowboy struts into the studio, the usually cool Julia gets more sizzle than she bargained for when she finds herself paired with—and against—him. Ricardo Montalvo has a one track mind and ... read more

All of Me

Berta Platas

Clad only in a towel, Alina Marquez finds herself face to face with the most attractive man she's ever seen. Alina is so rattled she allows the sexy Spaniard to think she's a secretary, rather than admit she's the vintner who's single-handedly transformed this run-down Georgia vineyard into a prestigious winery poised on the edge of fame. Too late, she discovers that the aristocratic Felipe Ro... read more

Clad only in a towel, Alina Marquez finds herself face to face with the most attractive man she's ever seen. Alina is so rattled she allows the sexy Spaniard to think she's a secretary, rather than admit she's the vintner who's single-handedly transformed this run-down Georgia vineyard into a prestigious winery poised on the edge of fame. Too late, she discovers that the aristocratic Felipe Ro... read more

One And Only (Encanto (English))

Lynda Sandoval

After fourteen years of marriage, Pilar Valenzuela is devastated to realize that her husband, Danny, is more devoted to his career than to her and decides to move on, but Danny has another plan in mind--to show Pilar that they are destined to be together forever. Original.

After fourteen years of marriage, Pilar Valenzuela is devastated to realize that her husband, Danny, is more devoted to his career than to her and decides to move on, but Danny has another plan in mind--to show Pilar that they are destined to be together forever. Original.

Border Insecurity: Why Big Money, Fences, and Drones Aren't Making Us Safer

Sylvia Longmire

When confronted with the challenges of border security and illegal immigration, government officials are fond of saying that our borders have never been as safe and secure as they are now. But ranchers in the borderlands of Arizona and Texas fear for their lands, their cattle, their homes, and sometimes their lives due to the human and drug smuggling traffic that regularly crosses their proper... read more

When confronted with the challenges of border security and illegal immigration, government officials are fond of saying that our borders have never been as safe and secure as they are now. But ranchers in the borderlands of Arizona and Texas fear for their lands, their cattle, their homes, and sometimes their lives due to the human and drug smuggling traffic that regularly crosses their proper... read more

Pray for Us Sinners: The Hail Mary Murder

Fredrick Kunkle

More than just the study of a shocking crime, the true story of Robert Solimine's murder by his high-school classmates explores the ruthless social world that teenagers in pleasant suburbs must face, sometimes at their own peril. Original.

More than just the study of a shocking crime, the true story of Robert Solimine's murder by his high-school classmates explores the ruthless social world that teenagers in pleasant suburbs must face, sometimes at their own peril. Original.

Jenni Rivera: The Incredible Story of a Warrior Butterfly

Leila Cobo

LIKE A BLAZING SHOOTING STAR, JENNI RIVERA LIT UP THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, YET THE SKY SWEPT HER AWAY BEFORE HER TIMEJenni Rivera: The Incredible Life of a Warrior Butterfly:Full color photosThe complete discography of Jenni RiveraBillboard lists of sales rankings of Jenni's songsExclusive interviews A complete, entertaining, and objective biographyWritten by one of the country’s leadi... read more

LIKE A BLAZING SHOOTING STAR, JENNI RIVERA LIT UP THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, YET THE SKY SWEPT HER AWAY BEFORE HER TIMEJenni Rivera: The Incredible Life of a Warrior Butterfly:Full color photosThe complete discography of Jenni RiveraBillboard lists of sales rankings of Jenni's songsExclusive interviews A complete, entertaining, and objective biographyWritten by one of the country’s leadi... read more

There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration

Ali Noorani

Making America a welcome place for everyone, from long-established citizens to immigrants who have just arrived.This compelling approach to the immigration debate takes the reader behind the blaring headlines and into communities grappling with the reality of new immigrants and the changing nature of American identity. Ali Noorani, the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, inte... read more

Making America a welcome place for everyone, from long-established citizens to immigrants who have just arrived.This compelling approach to the immigration debate takes the reader behind the blaring headlines and into communities grappling with the reality of new immigrants and the changing nature of American identity. Ali Noorani, the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, inte... read more

Dreamers: An Immigrant Generation's Fight for Their American Dream

Eileen Truax

Dreamers is a movement book for the generation brought to the United States as children—and now fighting to live here legally Of the approximately twelve million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, as many as two million came as children. They grow up here, going to elementary, middle, and high school, and then the country they call home won’t—in most states—offer financial ai... read more

Dreamers is a movement book for the generation brought to the United States as children—and now fighting to live here legally Of the approximately twelve million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, as many as two million came as children. They grow up here, going to elementary, middle, and high school, and then the country they call home won’t—in most states—offer financial ai... read more

Democracy in Danger: How Hackers and Activists Exposed Fatal Flaws in the Election System

Jake Braun

Protecting the VoteWhen cybersecurity expert Jake Braun challenged hackers at DEFCON, the largest hacking conference in the world, to breach the security of an American voting machine, a hacker in Europe conquered the task in less than 2 minutes. From hacking into voting machines to more mundane, but no less serious problems, our democracy faces unprecedented tests from without and within. In ... read more

Protecting the VoteWhen cybersecurity expert Jake Braun challenged hackers at DEFCON, the largest hacking conference in the world, to breach the security of an American voting machine, a hacker in Europe conquered the task in less than 2 minutes. From hacking into voting machines to more mundane, but no less serious problems, our democracy faces unprecedented tests from without and within. In ... read more

From the Dragon's Mouth: 10 True Stories that Unveil the Real China

Ana Fuentes

WHO ARE THE CHINESE?Through on-the-ground interviews, Ana Fuentes uncovers the real China and offers a panoramic look at Chinese culture from the point of view of its citizens. She spent nearly 4 years living and working in China and discovered a world few have written about . . . until now.FROM THE DRAGON’S MOUTH: Ten True Stories that Unveil the Real China is an exquisitely intimate look int... read more

WHO ARE THE CHINESE?Through on-the-ground interviews, Ana Fuentes uncovers the real China and offers a panoramic look at Chinese culture from the point of view of its citizens. She spent nearly 4 years living and working in China and discovered a world few have written about . . . until now.FROM THE DRAGON’S MOUTH: Ten True Stories that Unveil the Real China is an exquisitely intimate look int... read more

We Built the Wall: How the US Keeps Out Asylum Seekers from Mexico, Central America and Beyond

Eileen Truax

A Mexican-American lawyer exposes corruption in the US asylum procedure and despotism in the Mexican governmentFrom a storefront law office in the US border city of El Paso, Texas, one man set out to tear down the great wall of indifference raised between the US and Mexico. Carlos Spector has filed hundreds of political asylum cases on behalf of human rights defenders, journalists, and politic... read more

A Mexican-American lawyer exposes corruption in the US asylum procedure and despotism in the Mexican governmentFrom a storefront law office in the US border city of El Paso, Texas, one man set out to tear down the great wall of indifference raised between the US and Mexico. Carlos Spector has filed hundreds of political asylum cases on behalf of human rights defenders, journalists, and politic... read more

She Dares: Overcome Heartbreak, Conquer Fear, and Turn Pain into Purpose

Kyera Tayler Kacey

Imagine setting yourself free from the trauma and setbacks of your past, daring to chase after the life of your dreams, instead of settling for “good enough.”In She Dares, Kyera takes you on a journey of transformation as she recounts her turbulent past and how she overcame trauma, addiction, heartbreak, and betrayal. Raw, honest, and inspirational, Kyera shares how even the most difficult and... read more

Imagine setting yourself free from the trauma and setbacks of your past, daring to chase after the life of your dreams, instead of settling for “good enough.”In She Dares, Kyera takes you on a journey of transformation as she recounts her turbulent past and how she overcame trauma, addiction, heartbreak, and betrayal. Raw, honest, and inspirational, Kyera shares how even the most difficult and... read more

Killing the Story: Journalists Risking Their Lives to Uncover the Truth in Mexico

Témoris Grecko

A harrowing and unforgettable look at reporting in Mexico, one of the world’s most dangerous countries to be a journalist In 2017, Mexico edged out Iraq and Syria as the deadliest country in the world in which to be a reporter, with at least fourteen journalists killed over the course of the year. The following year another ten journalists were murdered, joining the almost 150 reporters who ha... read more

A harrowing and unforgettable look at reporting in Mexico, one of the world’s most dangerous countries to be a journalist In 2017, Mexico edged out Iraq and Syria as the deadliest country in the world in which to be a reporter, with at least fourteen journalists killed over the course of the year. The following year another ten journalists were murdered, joining the almost 150 reporters who ha... read more

Leaving Behind The Place Where I'm Going

Sunday, Kristin, Díaz de Escauriaza, Félix

Diane has 17 reviews

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Edie Driskill
Diane is skilled at maintaining the author's voice and honoring their authenticity. She is respectful with queries that explain her perspectives when she feels she may be drifting from the author's intentions. She has exceeded my expectations on two very different projects.

Edie Driskill, April 2022

Diane Stockwell
Thanks so much Edie! I loved working on Paisha's incredibly powerful story. I hope to work with you again soon!

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Mike Sable
Working with Diane on a memoir was an extremely positive experience on all fronts. She was communicative, empathetic, accommodating, and a very good fit for our project. She got the job done on schedule and we are very pleased and totally satisfied with her copy editing. We would highly recommend Diane!

Mike Sable, April 2022

Diane Stockwell
Thanks so much! I loved work on this incredible memoir of a "very storied life," and found it very inspiring. It will be treasured for generations to come!

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GREGORY FITE
Diane is a wonderful proofreader/editor and worthy of your consideration. Her keen eye and experience sharpened my prose and really gave it a texture all its own. She is quick to respond to questions and answers each one with an easy-to-understand yet detailed message. Diane is an experienced industry professional with the ability to handle any project regardless of its complexity. I know becau...
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GREGORY FITE, January 2022


Maggie Winzeler
Working with Diane was an insightful and uplifting experience! It was helpful to have a professional's advice with editing and answering some pressing questions during our phone consultation. Her guidance has helped me clear mental blocks and worries so that I can focus on what needs to be done for my project. Highly recommend!

Maggie Winzeler, January 2022

Diane Stockwell
Thanks Maggie! You have such an important story to share and I am so glad to have been able to work with you. I can't wait to see your book baby out there in the world!

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Laura OBrien
Diane was incredibly easy to work with. She gave wonderful feedback and was punctual. I would use Diane again in a heartbeat.

Laura OBrien, December 2021

Diane Stockwell
Thanks so much Laura! I loved working on your amazing story and hope you will write a follow-up, I want to find out what happened next!

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