Gary Sunshine

Gary Sunshine - Editor Tick

Beacon, NY, USA

I've been a compassionate stickler for over 15 years. Developmental, line, and copy editor of romance, YA, mystery, pop culture, and more.

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Overview

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 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: A.B. in English, Princeton University; M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Romance
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Entertainment

Awards

  • 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

Freelance Copy Editor and Proofreader: Simon & Schuster Children's Division

Self-employed
January, 2013 – Present (over 6 years)

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.

Freelance Copy Editor: Hal Leonard Publishing Group

Self-employed
September, 2008 – April, 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.

Freelance Copy Editor: Kensington Publishing

Self-employed
July, 2008 – Present (almost 11 years)

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.

Freelance Project Editor: Michael Wiese Productions and Divine Arts

Self-employed
July, 2008 – April, 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.

Freelance Developmental Editor: Barricade Books

Self-employed
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.

Freelance Project Editor: Watson-Guptill Publications

Self-employed
June, 2006 – September, 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.

Editor and Chief Proposal Writer

The Philip Lief Group
June, 1991 – June, 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.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

A Snowy Little Christmas

Fern Michaels, Tara Sheets, Kate Clayborn

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 surprisingly lonely, especially with the holidays approaching. So she decides to make the trek to her uncle’s bookstore in rural New York state ... read more

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 surprisingly lonely, especially with the holidays approaching. So she decides to make the trek to her uncle’s bookstore in rural New York state ... 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 American history. “Love is not easy with a man chosen by Fate for greatness . . .” As the daughter of a respected general, Elizabeth Schu... read more

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 American history. “Love is not easy with a man chosen by Fate for greatness . . .” As the daughter of a respected general, Elizabeth Schu... read more

Murder with Collard Greens and Hot Sauce (A Mahalia Watkins Mystery)

A.L. Herbert

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 chicest hair convention of the year gets cooking in town, so does business at Mahalia’s Sweet Tea. Halia can barely handle the influx of c... 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 chicest hair convention of the year gets cooking in town, so does business at Mahalia’s Sweet Tea. Halia can barely handle the influx of c... read more

George and the Ship of Time (George's Secret Key)

Lucy Hawking

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 touches down, he knows immediately that something is wrong. There’s a barren wasteland where his home town used to be, intelligent robots r... 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 touches down, he knows immediately that something is wrong. There’s a barren wasteland where his home town used to be, intelligent robots r... read more

Goodbye Parkinson's, Hello life!: The Gyro–Kinetic Method for Eliminating Symptoms and Reclaiming Your Good Health

Alex Kerten, David Brinn

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 modification, and martial arts, to prove that there is life beyond the diagnosis of PD. Goodbye Parkinson’s, Hello life! received "Recommend... 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 modification, and martial arts, to prove that there is life beyond the diagnosis of PD. Goodbye Parkinson’s, Hello life! received "Recommend... read more

Monty Python FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Spam, Grails, Spam, Nudging, Bruces and Spam

Brian Cogan, Chris Barsanti, Jeff Massey

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 guide to the greatest comedy troupe to ever feature Graham Chapman John Cleese Terry Gilliam Eric Idle Terry Jones and Michael Palin to ... 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 guide to the greatest comedy troupe to ever feature Graham Chapman John Cleese Terry Gilliam Eric Idle Terry Jones and Michael Palin to ... read more

Murder at Crossways (A Gilded Newport Mystery)

Alyssa Maxwell

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 last big event of the season, held by Mamie Fish, wife of millionaire railroad tycoon Stuyvesant Fish, at their grand "cottage," Crossw... 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 last big event of the season, held by Mamie Fish, wife of millionaire railroad tycoon Stuyvesant Fish, at their grand "cottage," Crossw... read more

Lily & Kosmo in Outer Outer Space

Jonathan Ashley

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 fiction programs on the radio. But when certified Spacetronaut Kosmo Kidd crash lands his wind-up rocket ship in Lily’s kitchen, it’s a ch... 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 fiction programs on the radio. But when certified Spacetronaut Kosmo Kidd crash lands his wind-up rocket ship in Lily’s kitchen, it’s a ch... read more

Your Destination Is on the Left

Lauren Spieller

“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.” —Dahlia Adler, author of Just Visiting “The fantastic, feminist novel I wish I’d had as a teen.” —Jessica Spotswood, author of the Cahil... 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.” —Dahlia Adler, author of Just Visiting “The fantastic, feminist novel I wish I’d had as a teen.” —Jessica Spotswood, author of the Cahil... read more

Dionysus and the Land of Beasts (Heroes in Training)

Tracey West

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,” where they discover a festival. The headline act is Dion and the Goat Guys, and Zeus has a funny feeling this Dion guy might be one of them.... 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,” where they discover a festival. The headline act is Dion and the Goat Guys, and Zeus has a funny feeling this Dion guy might be one of them.... 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.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Jerdine Nolen’s Calico Girl waves fabrics of freedom in every forward step of her undaunted heroine’s journ... read more

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.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Jerdine Nolen’s Calico Girl waves fabrics of freedom in every forward step of her undaunted heroine’s journ... read more

The Divine Art of Dying: How to Live Well While Dying

Karen Speerstra, Herbert Anderson

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 end of our physical existence. Combining personal stories with solid research on palliative and hospice care, this book identifies the d... 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 end of our physical existence. Combining personal stories with solid research on palliative and hospice care, this book identifies the d... read more

John Badham On Directing: Notes from the Set of Saturday Night Fever, War Games, and More

John Badham

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 actor, director, cinematographer, production designer, or any other creative, Badham gives you the tools to deconstruct and solve scenes... 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 actor, director, cinematographer, production designer, or any other creative, Badham gives you the tools to deconstruct and solve scenes... read more

Why Does the Screenwriter Cross the Road?: And other screenwriting secrets

Joe Gilford

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 out negative influences such as “industry experts” and fleeting trends. This is a way to write a script with integrity that makes a scr... 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 out negative influences such as “industry experts” and fleeting trends. This is a way to write a script with integrity that makes a scr... read more

The God Molecule: 5-MeO-DMT and the Spiritual Path to the Divine Light

Gerardo Ruben Sandoval Dr.

“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 entheogenic pilgrimage, as he becomes a modern-day Carlos Castaneda, guiding spiritual explorers to the powerful peyote cactus in one of the ... 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 entheogenic pilgrimage, as he becomes a modern-day Carlos Castaneda, guiding spiritual explorers to the powerful peyote cactus in one of the ... read more

Just Outside The Spotlight: Growing Up with Eileen Heckart

Luke Yankee

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 telephone calls from reporters the night your mom won the Oscar. Welcome to the world of Luke Yankee, son of Broadway and Hollywood actress Eile... 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 telephone calls from reporters the night your mom won the Oscar. Welcome to the world of Luke Yankee, son of Broadway and Hollywood actress Eile... read more

The Weekend Novelist Rewrites the Novel: A Step-by-Step Guide to Perfecting Your Work

Robert J. Ray

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 is all about revising and reworking your manuscript—fine-tuning the plot, adding or improving subplots, and fleshing out characters; in... 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 is all about revising and reworking your manuscript—fine-tuning the plot, adding or improving subplots, and fleshing out characters; in... read more

The Art of Plotting: Add Emotion, Suspense, and Depth to your Screenplay

Linda J. Cowgill

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 about the emotions of the characters as it is about the events of the story. That’s the message of The Art of Plotting, which teaches scree... 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 about the emotions of the characters as it is about the events of the story. That’s the message of The Art of Plotting, which teaches scree... read more

A Cop's Tale: NYPD: The Violent Years

Jim O'Neil

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 the Black Liberation Army case, and his experience as the first copy on the scene at the “Dog Day Afternoon” bank robbery. A Cop’s Tale de... 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 the Black Liberation Army case, and his experience as the first copy on the scene at the “Dog Day Afternoon” bank robbery. A Cop’s Tale de... read more

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