Stephanie Gunning

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New York, NY, United States

Former HarperCollins Publishers and Delacorte Press acquisitions editor, specializing in mind-body-spirit books and book packaging.

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Developmental editor and publishing consultant Stephanie Gunning is a 33-year veteran of the mainstream publishing industry, often specializing in books on the topics of health, spirituality, personal growth, and new thought. Her creative endeavors are dedicated to individual empowerment and the conscious evolution of humankind. Her clients have included publishing firms, literary agencies, small presses, and entrepreneurs.

Formerly a senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell and an associate editor at HarperCollins Publishers, she has worked on books by numerous New York Times and national bestselling authors, including Gregg Braden, Hale Dwoskin, Marlo Morgan, Ruby Payne, Arielle Ford, Thomas Moore, Stephen Mitchell, and Ruth Montgomery.

Books Stephanie has ghosted and cowritten have been published by companies that include HarperCollins Publishers, HarperOne, Hay House, New World Library, Harmony Books, Three Rivers Press, Broadway Books, New Page, McGraw-Hill, Jossey-Bass, Putnam Perigee, and Health Communications Inc. She has edited hundreds of books and is an excellent coach for authors who are serious about doing meaningful work.

In 2012, Stephanie expanded her services to include custom book packaging, providing supported self-publishing services and consultations, as determined on a case-by-case basis, to qualified individuals and organizations.

For about two minutes several years ago, she was a professional actor working in theater, film, and television. She is also a raving fan of essential oils, meditation, and energy healing.

A graduate of Amherst College and the School of Life, Stephanie lives in New York City.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Health & wellbeing
New Age
Psychology
Religion & Spirituality
Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Publishing Consultant, Developmental & Copy Editor, Book Packager

Self-employed
October, 1996 – Present (over 22 years)

New York-based publishing pro Stephanie Gunning serves her clients by playing a variety of functional roles. These days, she is highly selective about which projects and authors she takes on. She is equally agile and well versed in navigation of mainstream and self-publishing options. Her expertise and experience are deep and grounded in reality. Foundationally, no matter what Stephanie lends her skills to accomplishing (editing, vetting solutions, and more), her goal is to help her clients realize their personal vision and goals for their books.

Senior Editor

Delacorte Press, Bantam Doubleday Dell
October, 1994 – October, 1996 (about 2 years)

Stephanie was recruited by Delacorte/Dell to establish a line of nonfiction health and wellness books published in hardcover, trade paperback, and rack-sized editions. Her specialization was the invention of book series about complementary and alternative medicine, and responding to trends of the day in the self-help industry.

Associate Editor, Trade Department

HarperCollins Publishers
October, 1984 – November, 1994 (about 10 years)

Joining the Trade Department at HarperCollins right out of college, Stephanie rose from being assistant to the managing editor, to being an editorial assistant, assistant editor, and then an associate editor--at which point she acquired her first New York Times bestseller and was headhunted to join a different company as a senior editor.

Portfolio (18 selected works)

The Shaman's Guide to Power Animals

Lori Morrison

ENTER THE SOUL OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM.Power Animals have served humanity as our spiritual protectors, teachers, messengers, companions, and helpers since our prehistoric ancestors walked the Earth. Shamans have always relied heavily on their wisdom, healing medicine, and partnership. Whether in the mystery schools of ancient Egypt and Greece or in the ceremonial and folk traditions of Native Am... read more

ENTER THE SOUL OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM.Power Animals have served humanity as our spiritual protectors, teachers, messengers, companions, and helpers since our prehistoric ancestors walked the Earth. Shamans have always relied heavily on their wisdom, healing medicine, and partnership. Whether in the mystery schools of ancient Egypt and Greece or in the ceremonial and folk traditions of Native Am... read more

Cancer-Free with Food: A Step-by-Step Plan with 100+ Recipes to Fight Disease, Nourish Your Body & Restore Your Health

Liana Werner Gray

The best-selling author of The Earth Diet offers a simple yet comprehensive guide to nutrition for those who have been diagnosed with cancer. With a foreword by Mark Hyman, M.D.If you want to fight cancer, what should you eat?Food is medicine. By now, this important message has made its way from holistic circles to the mainstream. To ward off cancer and decrease its risk, meals specially formu... read more

The best-selling author of The Earth Diet offers a simple yet comprehensive guide to nutrition for those who have been diagnosed with cancer. With a foreword by Mark Hyman, M.D.If you want to fight cancer, what should you eat?Food is medicine. By now, this important message has made its way from holistic circles to the mainstream. To ward off cancer and decrease its risk, meals specially formu... read more

The Transformational Power of Sound and Music: A Handbook for Sound Healers and Musicians

Flicka Rahn, Tammy McCrary

Take a historical journey through sacred and healing sound and music practices from ancient and indigenous cultures around the world. Discover remarkable practical applications--now proven by contemporary scientific research--for managing your mind, body, and spirit. In this book, learn how:Various percussive rhythms and pitches can shift brainwaves.Music tuned to A at 432 Hz creates feelings ... read more

Take a historical journey through sacred and healing sound and music practices from ancient and indigenous cultures around the world. Discover remarkable practical applications--now proven by contemporary scientific research--for managing your mind, body, and spirit. In this book, learn how:Various percussive rhythms and pitches can shift brainwaves.Music tuned to A at 432 Hz creates feelings ... read more

The Divine Matrix: Bridging Time, Space, Miracles, and Belief

Gregg Braden

Between 1993 and 2000, a series of groundbreaking experiments revealed dramatic evidence of a web of energy that connects everything in our lives and our world—the Divine Matrix. From the healing of our bodies, to the success of our careers, relationships, and the peace between nations, this new evidence demonstrates that we each hold the power to speak directly to the force that links all of ... read more

Between 1993 and 2000, a series of groundbreaking experiments revealed dramatic evidence of a web of energy that connects everything in our lives and our world—the Divine Matrix. From the healing of our bodies, to the success of our careers, relationships, and the peace between nations, this new evidence demonstrates that we each hold the power to speak directly to the force that links all of ... read more

The God Code:The Secret of our Past, the Promise of our Future

Gregg Braden

Gregg Braden investigates what it would mean to discover an ancient language - a literal message - hidden within the DNA of life itself, and shows what was once believed of our past is about to change.

Gregg Braden investigates what it would mean to discover an ancient language - a literal message - hidden within the DNA of life itself, and shows what was once believed of our past is about to change.

Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age

Gregg Braden

In his latest book, former senior computer systems designer and bestselling author Gregg Braden merges these ancient and modern world views into a powerful new model of time. Marrying the modern laws of fractal patterns to the ancient concept of cycles, he demonstrates how everything from the war and peace between nations to our most joyous relationships and personal crises are the returning p... read more

In his latest book, former senior computer systems designer and bestselling author Gregg Braden merges these ancient and modern world views into a powerful new model of time. Marrying the modern laws of fractal patterns to the ancient concept of cycles, he demonstrates how everything from the war and peace between nations to our most joyous relationships and personal crises are the returning p... read more

The Spontaneous Healing of Belief: Shattering the Paradigm of False Limits

Gregg Braden

What would it mean to discover that everything from the DNA of life, to the future of our world, is based upon a simple Reality Code—one that we can change and upgrade by choice? New revelations in physics and biology suggest that we’re about to find out! A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that our universe works like a Consciousness Computer. Rather than the number codes of typica... read more

What would it mean to discover that everything from the DNA of life, to the future of our world, is based upon a simple Reality Code—one that we can change and upgrade by choice? New revelations in physics and biology suggest that we’re about to find out! A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that our universe works like a Consciousness Computer. Rather than the number codes of typica... read more

Deep Truth: Igniting the Memory of Our Origin, History, Destiny, and Fate

Gregg Braden

The Crisis:Best-selling author and visionary scientist Gregg Braden suggests that the hottest topics that divide us as families, cultures, and nations-seemingly disparate issues such as war, terrorism, abortion, genocide, poverty, economic collapse, climate change, and nuclear threats-are actually related. They all stem from a worldview based upon the false assumptions of an incomplete science... read more

The Crisis:Best-selling author and visionary scientist Gregg Braden suggests that the hottest topics that divide us as families, cultures, and nations-seemingly disparate issues such as war, terrorism, abortion, genocide, poverty, economic collapse, climate change, and nuclear threats-are actually related. They all stem from a worldview based upon the false assumptions of an incomplete science... read more

The Turning Point: Creating Resilience in a Time of Extremes

Gregg Braden

There’s a time when every crisis can become transformation; when simply surviving can become joyous thriving. In our lives that time is The Turning Point. In our world that time is now! We live in a time of extremes. And because the conditions of global finance, markets, resources, and jobs touch so much of our lives, we can no longer separate our everyday routines from the extremes of the wor... read more

There’s a time when every crisis can become transformation; when simply surviving can become joyous thriving. In our lives that time is The Turning Point. In our world that time is now! We live in a time of extremes. And because the conditions of global finance, markets, resources, and jobs touch so much of our lives, we can no longer separate our everyday routines from the extremes of the wor... read more

Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer: The Hidden Power of Beauty, Blessings, Wisdom, and Hurt

Gregg Braden

“There are beautiful and wild forces within us.” With these words the mystic, St. Francis, described what ancient traditions believed was the most powerful force in the universe—the power of prayer. For more than 20 years, Gregg Braden, the best-selling author of The God Code, has searched for evidence of a forgotten form of prayer that was lost to the West following the Biblical edits of the ... read more

“There are beautiful and wild forces within us.” With these words the mystic, St. Francis, described what ancient traditions believed was the most powerful force in the universe—the power of prayer. For more than 20 years, Gregg Braden, the best-selling author of The God Code, has searched for evidence of a forgotten form of prayer that was lost to the West following the Biblical edits of the ... read more

The Isaiah Effect: Decoding the Lost Science of Prayer and Prophecy

Gregg Braden

A Groundbreaking Interpretation of Prayer, Quantum Science, and Prophecy.Only one document was discovered completely intact among the 25,000 fragments of papyrus, parchment, and hammered copper known as the Dead Sea Scrolls: the Great Isaiah Scroll. Nearly one thousand years older than existing copies of the Old Testament's Book of Isaiah, the twenty-two-foot-long parchment was still rolled an... read more

A Groundbreaking Interpretation of Prayer, Quantum Science, and Prophecy.Only one document was discovered completely intact among the 25,000 fragments of papyrus, parchment, and hammered copper known as the Dead Sea Scrolls: the Great Isaiah Scroll. Nearly one thousand years older than existing copies of the Old Testament's Book of Isaiah, the twenty-two-foot-long parchment was still rolled an... read more

The Sedona Method: Your Key to Lasting Happiness, Success, Peace and Emotional Well-Being

Hale Dwoskin

Validated and proven effective by a Harvard Medical School study and results from tens of thousands of people throughout the world for over a quarter of a century, The Sedona Method is a quick, easy, highly-effective, yet elegant way for you to protect and expand your sense of inner security and well-being-even in today's challenging and demanding environment.The Sedona Method will show you ho... read more

Validated and proven effective by a Harvard Medical School study and results from tens of thousands of people throughout the world for over a quarter of a century, The Sedona Method is a quick, easy, highly-effective, yet elegant way for you to protect and expand your sense of inner security and well-being-even in today's challenging and demanding environment.The Sedona Method will show you ho... read more

Mutant Message Down Under, Tenth Anniversary Edition

Marlo Morgan

Mutant Message Down Under is the fictional account of an American woman's spiritual odyssey through outback Australia. An underground bestseller in its original self-published edition, Marlo Morgan's powerful tale of challenge and endurance has a message for us all. Summoned by a remote tribe of nomadic Aborigines to accompany them on walkabout, the woman makes a four-month-long journey and le... read more

Mutant Message Down Under is the fictional account of an American woman's spiritual odyssey through outback Australia. An underground bestseller in its original self-published edition, Marlo Morgan's powerful tale of challenge and endurance has a message for us all. Summoned by a remote tribe of nomadic Aborigines to accompany them on walkabout, the woman makes a four-month-long journey and le... read more

I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are

Howard Falco

"I AM is a fascinating, in-depth and eye-opening look at the very essence of how each of our lives are created in every moment." - Hale Dwoskin, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Sedona Method and featured teacher in The SecretFor centuries humankind has been asking fervent questions about the meaning of life. As Howard Falco learned, the answers to these questions can ultimately be... read more

"I AM is a fascinating, in-depth and eye-opening look at the very essence of how each of our lives are created in every moment." - Hale Dwoskin, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Sedona Method and featured teacher in The SecretFor centuries humankind has been asking fervent questions about the meaning of life. As Howard Falco learned, the answers to these questions can ultimately be... read more

Undeterred: The Six Success Habits of Women in Emerging Economies

Rania Habiby Anderson

If you're an ambitious woman in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe or the Middle East, there has never been a better time to be you. Markets are opening up. Businesses everywhere are expanding. Your career or business has unlimited potential. In UNDETERRED, you will find the keys to success, based on four years of research, deep expertise, and interviews with more than 250 relatable b... read more

If you're an ambitious woman in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe or the Middle East, there has never been a better time to be you. Markets are opening up. Businesses everywhere are expanding. Your career or business has unlimited potential. In UNDETERRED, you will find the keys to success, based on four years of research, deep expertise, and interviews with more than 250 relatable b... read more

Big Miracles: The 11 Spiritual Rules for Ultimate Success

Joanna Garzilli

“Don’t wait for miracles to happen—make them happen. In Joanna Garzilli’s new book, she offers step-by-step tools for activating your genius, cultivating brilliant ideas, and—ultimately—living the life of your dreams.”—Jack Canfield, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul®Experience the power of actively transforming your life with spiritual success coach Joanna G... read more

“Don’t wait for miracles to happen—make them happen. In Joanna Garzilli’s new book, she offers step-by-step tools for activating your genius, cultivating brilliant ideas, and—ultimately—living the life of your dreams.”—Jack Canfield, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul®Experience the power of actively transforming your life with spiritual success coach Joanna G... read more

WE: Men, Women, and the Decisive Formula for Winning at Work

Rania H. Anderson

"You cannot win without a workplace where women and men have equal opportunities, equal input, and equal power."—Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & CompanyOn almost a daily basis, we read stories in the news about high-profile male leaders, CEOs, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs harassing and acting inappropriately toward the women with whom they work. Following such rev... read more

"You cannot win without a workplace where women and men have equal opportunities, equal input, and equal power."—Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & CompanyOn almost a daily basis, we read stories in the news about high-profile male leaders, CEOs, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs harassing and acting inappropriately toward the women with whom they work. Following such rev... read more

10-Minute Recipes

Liana Werner-Gray

Improve your health with clean, natural foods and nutrient-rich recipes that can be made in 10 minutes or less! Liana Werner-Gray understands how hard it is to find the time to take care of yourself; to keep up with her fast-paced life, she indulged in processed convenience foods until she landed in the hospital and could no longer take her health for granted. She shared her journey to healing... read more

Improve your health with clean, natural foods and nutrient-rich recipes that can be made in 10 minutes or less! Liana Werner-Gray understands how hard it is to find the time to take care of yourself; to keep up with her fast-paced life, she indulged in processed convenience foods until she landed in the hospital and could no longer take her health for granted. She shared her journey to healing... read more

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Virginia Gilbert
I can't say enough good things about Stephanie, who did the structural and copy editing on my book, Transcending High-Conflict Divorce: How To Disengage From Your Ex And Find Your Power. She looked at my writing in ways I couldn't: re-structuring sections, getting me to clarify parts that were vague, and ensuring that I kept my focus on my target audience. She's prompt, direct, friendly, and ha...
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Virginia Gilbert, June 2019


Flicka Rahn
Stephanie Gunning, in a word, is brilliant. Combined with a deep knowledge and experience as a writer and editor she "knows the business" and helped me and my co-author, Tammy McCrary, produce a book that is extraordinary. Stephanie expertly guided us through all the twists and turns that come with writing a book. And there are many !! She takes on a project with the investment of both her mind...
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Flicka Rahn, December 2018


Susan Nicholas
I had the pleasure of working with Stephanie for four months on a developmental editing project on my first book. While working with Stephanie is not cheap, the quality and dedication to professionalism was well worth it. I am now confident that my manuscript is ready for prime time. I have no hesitation releasing it for consumption by critics and the general public. I came away with a beautifu...
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Susan Nicholas, July 2018

Stephanie Gunning
You’re welcome! Such a pleasure working on your manuscript with you.

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Christian Hahn
Simply put, I could not have done this with Stephanie. She is amazing and my editor for life. Highly recommend!!!!

Christian Hahn, April 2018


Christian Hahn
Stephanie is not only passionate and talented but takes personal pride in making sure you get the best end result possible. She took the extra time needed to deliver her best and I appreciated that extra effort!

Christian Hahn, August 2017

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