Joseph Dionisio

Joseph Dionisio - Editor

Summerland, CA, USA

Your home for nonfiction/fiction book editing, developmental input, proofing, memoir interviewing, script editing, diverse voices, research

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Joseph Dionisio is a book editor/author/screenwriter/journalist whose stories appear in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, NY Daily News, Chicago Tribune, USA Today and internationally.

Simon & Schuster, McGraw Hill, HarperCollins, Prentice Hall and St. Martin’s Press are just a few of the publishers who trust my editorial talents. So have National Public Radio, PBS, ESPN, Warner Brothers, Madison Square Garden TV — where my writing team won 2 Emmys — and the Polk Journalism Awards.

During my extensive literary career, I've edited, authored and/or ghostwritten dozens of successful books, and was managing editor of a Manhattan publisher specializing in upscale coffee-table books. A New York native, I now reside in Santa Barbara, California and Block Island, Rhode Island.

If you need editing for topics such as the arts, personal biography, humor, Progressive social/political issues, sports, investigative journalism or media analysis, you've come to the right place. If your literary project focuses on mathematics, computer software or why billionaires deserve a tax break, I'm a square peg.

Having served as a university writing professor — as well as an assistant to Elaine Steinbeck, widow of iconic novelist John Steinbeck — you can rest assured my work is top caliber.

English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Humanities & Social Sciences
Sports & Outdoors
Contemporary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Plays & Screenplays


  • "Best Dramatic Feature Film Screenplay," 2022 Lonely Seal International Film Festival
  • "Best Overall Feature Screenplay," 2022 Lonely Seal International Film Festival

Work experience

Media Maven

January, 2019 – Present (almost 4 years)

Organizations who have utilized my editorial services include:
• National Public Radio
• Clear Channel Entertainment (now Live Nation)
• Simon and Schuster
• McGraw Hill
• HarperCollins
• Prentice Hall
• St. Martin’s Press
• Warner Brothers
• Madison Square Garden Television
• Polk Journalism Awards
• Wineries
• Businesses
• Universities

Features Editor

January, 2000 – January, 2018 (about 18 years)

• Managed Weekend Features section, covering music, film, books, theater, fine art, pop culture, comic books, comedy, streaming services and concerts.

• Edited stories for all journalistic departments, including business, world affairs, sports, education, real estate, politics, environment and youth-oriented adult entertainment.

• Won awards for headline writing and graphic design.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Heroes and History: Voices from the Nhl's Past

Stan Fischler, Shirley Fischler

The Subway and the City: Celebrating a Century

Fischler, Stan, Henderson, John

California Design

PBC International

Great Newspaper Graphics

Pbc International

Joseph has 1 review

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Caroline Berliner
Joe Dionisio was much more than a wonderful collaborator. His in put, in so many areas, put inspiring ideas into play. He completely committed himself to editing the manuscript and became personally immersed in its salability. His advice has convinced me that one, important, showy character, needs to be reworked and I will do that. He left me with a very strict and orderly to-do list which I wi...
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Caroline Berliner, September 2022

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