Stephanie Gunning

Stephanie Gunning – Editor

Former HarperCollins Publishers and Delacorte Press acquisitions editor, specializing in mind-body-spirit. Award-winning indie clients.


Developmental editor and publishing consultant Stephanie G. is a 39-year veteran of the mainstream and self-publishing industries, often specializing in books on the topics of health, spirituality, and personal growth. 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. Between 2017 and 2020 (so far) her self-publishing clients have taken home the Nautilus Award, National Indie Excellence Award, American Book Fest Award, Living Now Award, International Book Award, Indie Reader Discovery Award, Indie Book Award--multiple times as both finalists and winners in different categories.

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, after close to three decades residing in Manhattan, Stephanie moved to a 140-year-old house on a fertile plot of land in the historic village of Rhinebeck, NY.

Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Health & Wellbeing New Age Psychology Religion & Spirituality Self-Help & Self-Improvement
English (US)

Work experience


Oct, 1996 — Present

New York-based publishing pro Stephanie G. 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. No matter which project 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.

Delacorte Press, Bantam Doubleday Dell

Oct, 1994 — Oct, 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.

HarperCollins Publishers

Oct, 1984 — Nov, 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.


"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, CE... 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 med... read more
Hour of the Wolf

Lipton, Paul

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 ... 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 bestsell... 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 UNDET... 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 humankin... 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 exp... 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... 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... 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 financ... 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 ch... 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 gr... 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 dem... read more
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.
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... read more

Stephanie has 15 reviews





Brooke C.

Brooke C.

Mar, 2024

Stephanie was a complete lifesaver, and was very patient with a ridiculous number of questions from this new author! I highly recommend her to anyone. Her knowledge of both editing and book production are top-notch.
Claudia L.

Claudia L.

Feb, 2024

Belligerent, aggressive, and impatient. I hired Stephanie as a developmental editor. I liked her long experience in editing and willingness to work with new authors. I had a challenging manuscript and needed someone very knowledgeable to help me. Unfortunately, I found that her “real tone,” as she called it, was belligerent, aggressive, and impatient. Had I known she would insult me several ti...
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Brooke C.

Brooke C.

Nov, 2023

I had no idea what working with an editor was going to be like, and Stephanie made it SO easy. I've been an English teacher for over 22 years, and thought I wouldn't need much assistance with editing, but I was dead wrong. I had NO idea how many tedious and minute details went into perfecting a manuscript for publication! Stephanie's attention to detail was mind-boggling (seriously-- how do...
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Brian R.

Brian R.

Nov, 2023

Stephanie is a fantastic editor! She conducted an excellent editorial assessment of my new book project. Her attention to detail, specificity in feedback, and insightful ideas about how to improve the content were well worth the investment of time and money. Stephanie will continue to be my first choice for future editorial projects, hands down!
Kelly N.

Kelly N.

Feb, 2022

I am so grateful to have the opportunity to work with Stephanie. She has taken my writing and concept to new levels I was hoping to achieve but not experienced enough to know how. Her patience, experience, and wisdom has made all the difference. I hope to work with her on future projects.
Stephanie G.
It is an honor to work with a writer who is birthing a new approach.

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