Gary Sunshine

Gary Sunshine – Editor

Nurturing editor with 15+ years of experience at Kensington, S&S, and Hal Leonard. Loves middle grade, YA, mystery, and TV/film.


Language, structure, grammar, polish—I've been helping writers make their text sparkle for nearly two decades.

I'm a copy editor, line editor, developmental editor, and proofreader with many years of book publishing experience. I've worked for S&S Children's, Kensington, Hal Leonard, Michael Wiese Productions, Divine Arts, the Philip Lief Group, and more on a broad range of titles, including historical and contemporary romance, YA fiction, TV & film, theater, music, true crime, New Age, self-help, and biography.

I'm skilled at working in Word using Track Changes, and have used InDesign codes extensively.

Additionally, I can help sharpen your dialogue, as I'm an award-winning published playwright and documentary director, and have written for several nationally broadcast TV series.

Education: AB in English, Princeton University; MFA in Dramatic Writing, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts

Historical Fiction Middle Grade Mystery & Crime Romance Women's Fiction Young Adult
English (US)
  • Sundance Film Festival Freedom of Expression Award
  • HBO Audience Choice Award
  • Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights
  • WGA Nomination for Outstanding Writing, Daytime Serial

Work experience


Jan, 2013 — Present

Provide copy-editing and proofreading services for YA and middle grade titles, including GEORGE AND THE SHIP OF STARS, CALICO GIRL, and YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT.


Sep, 2008 — Apr, 2018 (over 9 years)

Provided copy-editing services, including direct communication with authors, for nonfiction titles in film, theater, TV, and general reference categories. Worked on numerous volumes of Hal Leonard's FAQ series.


Jul, 2008 — Present

Provide copy-editing services for contemporary romance, historical romance (including Regency), inspirational, cozy mystery, suspense, and urban romance titles. Authors have included Fern Michaels, Lisa Jackson, Mary Monroe, and Susan Holloway Scott.


Jul, 2008 — Apr, 2017 (almost 9 years)

Provided full range of editorial services from first draft of manuscript through finished book, including developmental editing, copy editing, proofreading, InDesign coding, writing promotional copy, and trafficking with designers. Worked on TV and film production titles through the MWP imprint, as well as New Age and wellness titles through Divine Arts imprint.


May, 2008 — May, 2009 (about 1 year)

Developed, edited, and developed promotional campaign for A COP'S TALE, a NYPD veteran's true-crime memoir offering a rare look into the Big Apple's bare-bones, down-and-dirty brand of law enforcement that has since passed into history.


Jun, 2006 — Sep, 2010 (over 4 years)

Provided full range of editorial services from first draft of manuscript through finished book, including developmental editing, copy editing, proofreading, InDesign coding, writing promotional copy, and trafficking with designers.

The Philip Lief Group

Jun, 1991 — Jun, 1997 (about 6 years)

Wrote over 200 nonfiction book proposals for pioneering book packaging company. Also served as project editor for approximately 10 nonfiction trade books per year.


A Season Most Unfair

Coats, J. Anderson

The Book Spy

Hlad, Alan

Sometimes love needs a little help from Mother Nature—and what better time than the holidays to let it snow . . . and snow . . . and snow . . . STARRY NIGHT * Fern Michaels As the host of a radio program for the lovelorn in Chicago, Jessie Richmond is surprisi... read more
A Cop’s Tale focuses on New York City’s most violent and corrupt years, the 1960s to early 1980s. Jim O’Neil, a former NYPD cop, delivers a rare look at the brand of law enforcement that ended Frank Lucas’ grip on the Harlem drug trade, his cracking open of th... read more
The Art of Plotting is a complete, clear guide to creating compelling plots for film. Integrate plot, characterization, and exposition to make stories real. Learn with examples from new and classic movies examine great plots in action. Plot must be as much abo... read more
This follow-up to the bestselling The Weekend Novelist will guide writers of all levels through the next phase in crafting their novel: the rewrite. You’ve finished your first draft—congratulations! Think it’s ready for publication? Think again. The next stage... read more
Did you ever wonder what it was like to be a part of showbiz history? Marilyn Monroe babysitting your brothers. Ethel Merman teaching you how to make martinis. Paul Newman giving you acting tips in your parents’ living room Fielding all those annoying telephon... read more
“Carlos Castaneda” meets “Breaking Bad” in the true story of the world’s most powerful entheogen. Leaving behind a sheltered, high-society lifestyle as a Mexican teenager desperate to understand his place in the universe, the author embarks on a majestic enthe... read more
Writers will understand why they’re stuck and how to get unstuck through proven methods of breaking the logjam of self-judging and second-guessing that keeps good screenplays from being finished. Attain confidence by knowing your story is clear and solid. Seal... read more
Veteran director John Badham explains the elements of action and suspense and dissects the essentials of any good scene from any genre. Badham’s list of “12 Questions You Must Ask Before Stepping On Set” is an absolute must in any filmmaker’s toolbox. Whether ... read more
The Divine Art of Dying looks at the unique moment when a person turns toward death and examines what the dying person and their caregivers can expect. Based on the author’s own current experience, it’s about how we might die well and live well up to the very ... read more
Calico Girl

Jerdine Nolen

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2017 “Nolen’s tender story of the Wilcomb family’s losses and aspirations will resonate. At once heartbreaking and uplifting, a gentle, lyrical story of a determined black girl’s journey toward freedom during the Civil War.” —Kirk... read more
Zeus and his friends discover another Olympian who might be able to help in their quest to defeat King Cronus in this Heroes in Training adventure.With a clue from their trusty oracle, Pythia, Zeus and his Olympian friends are off to the “Land of Grapes,” wher... read more
“Emotional and sexy…I loved it!” —Miranda Kenneally, bestselling author of Catching Jordan “Dessa is a winning and resilient heroine.” —Elizabeth Wein, New York Times bestselling author of Code Name Verity “A journey I would happily take over and over again.” ... read more
Explore outer outer space where dastardly villains await in this hilarious and inventive illustrated middle grade novel.Brooklyn, Earth. 1949. Lily Lupino is going to be an astronaut when she grows up. For now, she’ll have to settle for listening to science fi... read more
In late August 1898, reporter Emma Cross attends the final fête of the Newport social season and discovers the party's over for a visiting prince . . . The days are getting shorter as summer's end approaches, which means it's time for the Harvest Festival, the... read more
Ni! Peng! Nee-wom! Applause Theatre & Cinema Books revered and august publisher of weighty tomes on all things histrionic is proud to present ÊMonty Python FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Spam Grails Spam Nudging Bruces and SpamÊ the only 127% unauthorized ... read more
Parkinson’s Disease, a disorder of the central nervous system, affects 1 million people in America and 10 million worldwide. In Goodbye Parkinson’s, Hello Life! Alex Kerten presents his breakthrough holistic technique that combines dance therapy, behavior modi... read more
George travels to the future in the epic conclusion of the George’s Secret Key series from Lucy Hawking.When George finds a way to escape the spacecraft Artemis, where he has been trapped, he is overjoyed. Surely now he can return to Earth. But when George tou... read more
Mahalia’s Sweet Tea boasts the most flavorful soul food in all of Prince George’s County, Maryland. But as events at the beauty industry’s leading trade show turn ugly, owner Halia Watkins needs to bite into an unsavory new item on the menu—murder! When the ch... read more
I, Eliza Hamilton

Susan Holloway Scott

In this beautifully written novel of historical fiction, bestselling author Susan Holloway Scott tells the story of Alexander Hamilton’s wife, Eliza—a fascinating, strong-willed heroine in her own right and a key figure in one of the most gripping periods in A... read more

Gary has 4 reviews





Holli H.

Holli H.

Jun, 2021

As both encourager and story surgeon, Gary S. understands the broad sweep of history and the tiniest details of human nature, timelines, and grammar. From our first communication, Gary expressed particular interest in my MG project and was careful to ascertain my needs and goals before we began. He immersed himself in the details and nuances of the manuscript. Gary showed great respect and did...
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Gary S.
What a joy it was to work with you on this gripping, utterly humane, and timely story. I can't wait to see RIA AND THE WAR OUTSIDE at my local bookstore!
C.N. S.

C.N. S.

Apr, 2021

Gary was great to work with. I hired him for copy editing services because he was reasonably priced and very responsive. He finished before the deadline and was always available to answer questions. He also caught some discrepancies that the beta readers hadn’t noticed.
Topher A.

Topher A.

May, 2020

Gary was great to work with. His credentials spoke for themselves and he was professional from start to finish. He offered a service tailored to my specific project and gave high quality feedback. He will be at the top of my list next time I need an editor.
Katalin I.

Katalin I.

Aug, 2019

Gary is awesome. Simple as that. He's upbeat, positive, but will question all your choices that were questionable, and he'll make you rethink all the things that you need to rethink, while also getting the smallest things into shape. The revision was so smooth and the result so much better. He's attentive to detail, punctual, extremely responsive, and never tries to take away your voice. I hig...
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Gary S.
What a pleasure it was to work on Katalin's remarkable first novel. I couldn't have been more pleased with the experience, and feel truly honored to have played a role in bringing it into the world.

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