Stephanie Gunning

Stephanie Gunning - Editor

New York, NY, United States

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

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Developmental editor and publishing consultant Stephanie Gunning is a 38-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.
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 25 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.

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

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

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

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

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Kelly Nezat
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.

Kelly Nezat, February 2022

Stephanie Gunning
It is an honor to work with a writer who is birthing a new approach.

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Maxine Walters
Stephanie was very professional. She handled my project as if it was her own. I learned so much from her during the process. Coming into the process, I was somewhat timid, having past experiences that were not great. It did not take long for that feeling to disappear as Stephanie was reassuring with her comments, and what I liked most she explained the why. She understood the project and sha...
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Maxine Walters, May 2021

Stephanie Gunning
Thank you, Maxine. I admire your passion for your material and for the prospect of helping your readers.

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Kajal Vora
It was a great experience to work with Stephanie and I'm satisfied with the quality of the editing I requested. Stephanie is very detail-oriented and helpful with questions asked. She was consistent, thorough and detailed in her work. Great eye for catching small details and suggesting improvements overall. Exactly what I was looking for!

Kajal Vora, May 2020

Stephanie Gunning
It was a pleasure assisting Kajal with restructuring her rough draft into a readable, linear manuscript. I enjoyed coaching her to define her brand concept for her business as we were re-titling he...
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Joseph Armeanio
I would highly recommend Stephanie for any person considering hiring an editor. I am 100% satisfied with my decision.

Joseph Armeanio, December 2019


Elaine Grundy
Stephanie is amazing. She will take your creation, prod and poke (and probably make you laugh and cry simultaneously) question and educate, clarify and bring focus. The end result is a transformation - or at least it was for me. So happy and proud of the outcome and could not have done it without you!

Elaine Grundy, October 2019

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