George White

George White – Editor

Successful collaboration-oriented book editor in the memoir, history, education, business, social justice, and personal development genres.

Overview

I’ve been writing and editing stories in collaboration with other storytellers my entire adult life. For more than a decade, I demonstrated my ability to tell and refine stories as a reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Times.


Over the past decade, I’ve transferred those skills to books. I’ve used my interviewing and engagement skills to better understand the story objectives of writers.


As an editor, I help writers reach those goals by providing assessments and suggestions on how to improve the manuscript. When we agree on editing plans, I provide feedback and updates that ensure your involvement in the development of a more compelling story.


Most of the content I've managed relates to four nonfiction genres—history, education, professional development, and social justice for publishers such as Scholastic Inc, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Michigan State University Press.

Services
Fiction
African American Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Career Guides Education & Reference History Political Science & Current Affairs
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • The Martin Luther King Center honored "At the Crossroads of Fear and Freedom" by selecting it for a 2018 Salute to Greatness Award.
Certifications
  • Member, World History Association

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 2014 — May, 2016 (over 2 years)

Edited “At the Crossroads of Fear and Freedom: The Fight for Social and Educational Justice,” a 2016 Michigan State University Press book on the life of Robert L. Green, an educator-activist who helped lead marches on behalf of Martin Luther King and subsequently spearheaded campaigns to address educational inequities as a civil rights issue

Self-employed

Oct, 2012 — Mar, 2014 (over 1 year)

Edited “Expect the Most—Provide the Best,” a 2014 Scholastic Inc professional development book that examines the impact of innovation and high expectations on academic achievement

Self-employed

Jan, 2012 — Jun, 2012 (5 months)

Edited a chapter in “A Call for Change,” a 2012 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt anthology of strategies for improving black male education

Self-employed

Jan, 2011 — Feb, 2012 (about 1 year)

On behalf of the author and an education consultant, read “Learning in a Burning House: Educational Inequality, Ideology, and (Dis) Integration” (Teachers College Press, 2011), and edited a 2012 review of the book published by the Journal of Negro Education in 2012

UCLA Center for Communications and Community

Jun, 2007 — Aug, 2007 (2 months)

Edited “Public Health Legacy: History and Health Disparities,” an article in the Fall 2007 edition of the UCLA center's Context magazine by Harvard medical professors Dr. W. Michael Byrd and Dr. Linda A. Clayton, a report based on the second volume of “An American Health Dilemma” (Routledge, 2002), their Pulitzer-nominated book

UCLA Center for Communications and Community

Sep, 2005 — Oct, 2005 (about 1 month)

Edited “The Internet and the Rise of Participatory Journalism,” Dan Gillmor’s Winter 2005 (UCLA center) Context magazine article on some of the issues and trends he explored in “We the Media” (O’Reilly Media, 2006), published in book form a year after that report

Self-employed

Apr, 2005 — Jul, 2005 (3 months)

Reviewed a draft of Ruth Hamilton’s “Roots of Passage: Rethinking the African Diaspora” (Michigan State University Press, 2007) and made pre-publication recommendations to the director of Michigan State University Press

Self-employed

Feb, 2005 — Oct, 2005 (8 months)

Edited “A Way Out” (Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, 2006), a compilation of strategies for improving the life prospects of young men of color

UCLA Center for Communications and Community

Apr, 2003 — Sep, 2005 (over 2 years)

Provided editorial feedback on a 2003 draft of Kay Mill’s “Changing Channels: The Civil Rights Case that Transformed Television” (University Press of Mississippi, 2004), and edited her article on the subject in the Winter 2005 edition of Context magazine

Self-employed

Apr, 1999 — Dec, 2001 (over 2 years)

Edited “Win-Win” (Ford Foundation, 2002), a series of case studies on companies that prospered by investing in neglected communities and by diversifying their workforce and their supply chains

Self-employed

Apr, 1999 — Dec, 2001 (over 2 years)

Wrote and edited “Win-Win,” a 2002 Ford Foundation book on successful corporate investments in neglected communities, one of the case studies referenced in “Handbook of Community Movements and Local Organizations” (Springer, 2007)

Self-employed

Feb, 1998 — Dec, 2005 (almost 8 years)

In February 1998, helped the Smithsonian Institution create an exhibit called “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” by editing some exhibit texts and by reviewing some show-related materials, content excerpted and included in “Sweatshop Slaves: Asian Americans in the Garment Industry” (UCLA, 2006), a book partly based on my 1995 Los Angeles Times exposés on a Thai sweatshop slavery ring in El Monte, Ca.

Los Angeles Times

Feb, 1988 — Mar, 1999 (about 11 years)

As an editor, managed the Los Angeles Times’ Platform column, a guest columnist section of the paper’s opinion section, and covered international trade and retailing as a business news reporter

George has 37 reviews

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Z.W. B.

Z.W. B.

May, 2024

I had a great experience working with George for developmental edits and copyediting for my book. He was collaborative, professional, and provided great feedback. He completed the project timely. I will definitely keep him in mind for future projects.
Strong W.

Strong W.

May, 2024

I couldn’t have picked a better editing/proofreading choice than George. His editing and recommendations were insightful and brought my manuscript to a higher level of readability. I would highly recommend George for all of your editing and proofreading needs.
Wanda R.

Wanda R.

Apr, 2024

George White responds quickly to any questions or concerns you may have regarding your writing. He edited my book in a timely manner and gave me lots of positive comments and useful suggestions. He is easy to work with, if anything, I would have wished for him to be a more rigorous critic.
Charlie U.

Charlie U.

Feb, 2024

Mr. White proofread and edited my manuscript as agreed. He answered all the questions that I bad during the process. Our interaction was smooth without any issues. He did a lot of work trimming my verbosity.
steven C.

steven C.

Jan, 2024

Working with George on 'The Woke Bible' has been an outstanding experience. His keen insight, exceptional editing skills, and profound understanding of the subject matter have immensely enhanced the quality of the manuscript. George's ability to balance a respectful approach to sensitive topics with rigorous editorial standards is truly commendable. His dedication and professionalism not only ...
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