Steve Gansen

Steve Gansen – Editor

Developmental editor with years of experience helping subject matter experts successfully bring nonfiction books and memoirs to market.

Overview

Writing a memoir or autobiography and need help? I have the experience needed to be your developmental editing partner.


Many of my author partners came from military and intelligence leadership backgrounds. They were more used to giving orders than taking them. This experience fostered in me the sensitivity, tact, discretion, and empathy required for a successful collaboration with all types of writers.


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

The Broken Whistle: A Deep State Run Amok (biography/memoir)

Pedro Israel Orta, an eighteen-year veteran of the CIA, shares his experiences in this memoir.

Plunged into the epicenter of power and deception, Orta emerges as a formidable figure. His revelations began with a single Twitter thread that set off a storm within the CIA, exposing the dark underbelly of a corrupt intelligence community.

Orta fearlessly exposes a system that flagrantly weaponized the processes meant to ensure truth and accountability.


Jimmy Stewart: Bomber Pilot (biography/memoir)

Starr Smith served as an intel officer beside Jimmy Stewart in World War II. I was assigned to be his project editor, and quickly gathered my editorial faculties.

Starr and I were in constant communication throughout the process. We knew his book would garner a lot of scrutiny as the first military biography of this Hollywood icon.

The finished product received the blessing of Stewart's family. His daughter Kelly stated, "My father would feel honored by this book." It would go on to be my publisher's all-time bestseller.


A Spy’s Journey (biography/memoir)

This was a rare firsthand chronicle by a career CIA agent, Floyd Paseman, who served through eight presidential administrations. It received major news coverage and reviews, including in the New York Times and USA Today.



The Sling and the Stone (history)

Col. Thomas Hammes is the Pentagon's top expert on insurgent warfare. When he set out to compile his knowledge into one volume, he turned to my publisher and me to help develop it.

Stumped for a title, I presented Col. Hammes with one evoking David vs. Goliath: "The Sling and the Stone," with an appropriate Bible quote to include in the front matter. We were off and running.

The book was a sensation in the nation's Beltway media and among Pentagon mavericks, and would help reorient the American military in facing this growing threat around the world.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs History
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature
  • Digital Marketing Certificate
  • U. of Iowa Novel Process Workshop (completed)
  • Simon Fraser U. Publishing Immersion (completed)

Work experience

Self-employed

May, 2022 — Present

10-VALUE PLEDGE
My pledge to clients is to uphold what I have found to be the 10 core values for excellence in nonfiction editing and publishing:

1. clarity,
2. honesty,
3. discernment,
4. factual accuracy,
5. stylistic consistency,
6. grammatical correctness,
7. a sense of order and organization,
8. time sensitivity,
9. humanity, and
10. integrity.

Zenith Press/Quayside Publishing Group

Jan, 2001 — Feb, 2010 (about 9 years)

My focus was to communicate with authors, agents, photographers, rights holders, and others to ensure the successful publication of a project. I was in charge of acquiring and editing military history, heavy equipment, and automotive enthusiast books. As a result, I helped the publishing department achieve dramatic year-to-year growth in profitability, sales, and product quality. Some of my notable accomplishments are listed below:

• Acquired and edited the first complete account of Hollywood legend Jimmy Stewart’s World War II experience, the most commercially successful book to date in the company’s military history category.
• Worked with high-ranking military officers to acquire and edit books on recent events in warfare, including in Afghanistan and Iraq.
• Won Benjamin Franklin Award in 2010 for Excellence in Independent Publishing for coffee table book featuring curated political posters.

Portfolio

To Be a U.S. Marine

Tomajczyk, S.F. (Steve)

Normandy

FranCois, Dominique

SpaceShipOne

Dan Linehan

“One of the most remarkable accomplishments in our conquest of gravity.” — Sir Arthur C. Clarke In April, 2003, a company called Scaled Composites introduced SpaceShipOne to the world. SpaceShipOne: An Illustrated History chronicles the development of the worl... read more

Steve has 3 reviews

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Pedro Israel O.

Pedro Israel O.

Jun, 2023

I am deeply grateful for the professional services of Steve, an exceedingly knowledgeable editor with decades of experience in the publishing industry. Steve’s precision editing played a crucial role in refining the draft, transforming it into a polished and professional memoir. Through his meticulous work, the final product can hold its own against the top intelligence memoirs published by lar...
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Steve G.
It was an absolute pleasure working with you, Pedro. I am truly grateful that you entrusted me with your editing needs and allowed me to be a part of this remarkable project. I can only imagine the...
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patrick F.

patrick F.

Feb, 2023

I worked with Steve on a book I am writing and found him to be passionate about helping people that do not view themselves as expert writers get their stories on paper and ultimately into a book. He is very knowledgeable about the book writing process, the publishing industry, self publishing, and marketing your book. I recommend hiring Steve. -Patrick Finnegan
Pedro Israel O.

Pedro Israel O.

Jan, 2023

Steve provided very professional and timely editorial review services with meticulous attention to detail. He provided extensive comments and insight. His knowledge and expertise clearly make him stand out as your choice for editorial services. His superb communication and timely service made it a pleasure to work with him. I highly recommend him. Far exceeded expectations because he is not an ...
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