Steven Rigolosi

Steven Rigolosi - Editor

New York, NY, USA

I specialize in editing nonfiction, particularly psychology/self-help, business, sociology, economics, mathematics, and the life sciences.

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Overview

I'm an expert editor, book doctor, ghost writer, market researcher, and Oprah-recommended novelist. For an overview of my editorial methods, please watch my videos on LinkedIn.

I have held full-time editorial positions at Macmillan, Longman, Pearson, and Prentice Hall. I formerly served as the director of market research and development at W.H. Freeman and Worth Publishers, where I was also the publisher for the geography list. In the course of my career I have worked on projects by Robert Shiller, Olivier Blanchard, Paul Krugman, Steve Levitt, Ray Fair, Karl (Chip) Case, N. Gregory Mankiw, Marilyn Stokstad, Philip Kotler, Lydia Pulsipher, Joel Waldfogel, John Bean, Richard Schaefer, James Gross, Adam Anderson, Toni Schmader, Bridgette Martin Hard, and Sarah Grison, among other luminaries in their fields.

Because I am a writer as well as an editor, I understand not only how to edit but also how it feels to be edited. My goal is to bring out your voice and expertise and to make your book the best it can be. The cornerstone of my editing is respect for the author's words and vision. You will find me responsive, reliable, and professional.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Economics
Geography
Humanities & Social Sciences
Math & Science
Psychology
Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Mystery & Crime

Awards

  • David Award (Best Mystery Novel), two-time winner
  • The Outsmarting of Criminals selected by Oprah's editors

Work experience

Editor-in-Chief

Self-employed
August, 2014 – Present (about 6 years)

I run an editorial services firm, Cambria and Calibri, specializing in proposal and content development, book doctoring, assessment writing, ghost writing, converting print content into interactive digital formats, and editing/developing digital-native products. I work across the nonfiction disciplines, with an emphasis on economics, geography, psychology, biology, and English (composition, literature, and developmental). I also conduct market research and focus groups, with a focus on synthesizing large amounts of market research/feedback into a concise editorial plan. In addition, I edit popular fiction and nonfiction. My client list is available upon request. I work for publishers and ed-tech companies across the industry, from trade publishers through university presses.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

The Outsmarting of Criminals: A Mystery Introducing Miss Felicity Prim

Steven Rigolosi

After being mugged, Miss Prim decides to leave New York City and purchase a home in the country, where she will be safe from dangerous criminals. A devoted reader of crime fiction, Miss Prim believes that her reading of detective novels has given her all the skills she needs to become an amateur sleuth in her new home base of Greenfield, Connecticut. Miss Prim gets the chance to prove her mett... read more

After being mugged, Miss Prim decides to leave New York City and purchase a home in the country, where she will be safe from dangerous criminals. A devoted reader of crime fiction, Miss Prim believes that her reading of detective novels has given her all the skills she needs to become an amateur sleuth in her new home base of Greenfield, Connecticut. Miss Prim gets the chance to prove her mett... read more

Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events

Robert J. Shiller

From Nobel Prize–winning economist and New York Times bestselling author Robert Shiller, a new way to think about how popular stories help drive economic eventsIn a world in which internet troll farms attempt to influence foreign elections, can we afford to ignore the power of viral stories to affect economies? In this groundbreaking book, Nobel Prize–winning economist and New York Times bests... read more

From Nobel Prize–winning economist and New York Times bestselling author Robert Shiller, a new way to think about how popular stories help drive economic eventsIn a world in which internet troll farms attempt to influence foreign elections, can we afford to ignore the power of viral stories to affect economies? In this groundbreaking book, Nobel Prize–winning economist and New York Times bests... read more

The United States Congress (First Edition)

E. Scott Adler, Jeffery A. Jenkins, Charles R. Shipan

An accessible approach to a modern Congress course Drawing on their extensive teaching experience, Scott Adler, Jeff Jenkins, and Chuck Shipan bring current political science into the classroom in an engaging, accessible way. Driven by vivid examples and clear writing, this comprehensive book teaches students to critically analyze Congress’s role as a representative and governing body. It exam... read more

An accessible approach to a modern Congress course Drawing on their extensive teaching experience, Scott Adler, Jeff Jenkins, and Chuck Shipan bring current political science into the classroom in an engaging, accessible way. Driven by vivid examples and clear writing, this comprehensive book teaches students to critically analyze Congress’s role as a representative and governing body. It exam... read more

Looseleaf for Microeconomics (22nd Edition)

Campbell McConnell, Stanley Brue, Sean Flynn

Economics

McConnell, Campbell, Brue, Stanley, Flynn, Sean

Digital Renaissance: What Data and Economics Tell Us about the Future of Popular Culture

Joel Waldfogel

How digital technology is upending the traditional creative industries―and why that might be a good thingThe digital revolution poses a mortal threat to the major creative industries―music, publishing, television, and the movies. The ease with which digital files can be copied and distributed has unleashed a wave of piracy with disastrous effects on revenue. Cheap, easy self-publishing is erod... read more

How digital technology is upending the traditional creative industries―and why that might be a good thingThe digital revolution poses a mortal threat to the major creative industries―music, publishing, television, and the movies. The ease with which digital files can be copied and distributed has unleashed a wave of piracy with disastrous effects on revenue. Cheap, easy self-publishing is erod... read more

"Keep the Damned Women Out": The Struggle for Coeducation

Nancy Weiss Malkiel

As the tumultuous decade of the 1960s ended, a number of very traditional, very conservative, highly prestigious colleges and universities in the United States and the United Kingdom decided to go coed, seemingly all at once, in a remarkably brief span of time. Coeducation met with fierce resistance. As one alumnus put it in a letter to his alma mater, "Keep the damned women out." Focusing on ... read more

As the tumultuous decade of the 1960s ended, a number of very traditional, very conservative, highly prestigious colleges and universities in the United States and the United Kingdom decided to go coed, seemingly all at once, in a remarkably brief span of time. Coeducation met with fierce resistance. As one alumnus put it in a letter to his alma mater, "Keep the damned women out." Focusing on ... read more

The Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing (8th Edition)

John D., Bean, John C., Johnson, June Ramage

Principles of Economics (Second Edition)

Lee Coppock, Dirk Mateer

Mateer and Coppock's approach teaches economic decision-making with applications that students will remember. Mateer and Coppock, leading researchers in Economics teaching who have consistently taught Principles over a combined forty-plus years, brought their innovative teaching experiences to this blockbuster text. They put economics into context by making it relatable through carefully craft... read more

Mateer and Coppock's approach teaches economic decision-making with applications that students will remember. Mateer and Coppock, leading researchers in Economics teaching who have consistently taught Principles over a combined forty-plus years, brought their innovative teaching experiences to this blockbuster text. They put economics into context by making it relatable through carefully craft... read more

Labor Economics: Principles in Practice

Kenneth J. McLaughlin

Labor Economics: Principles in Practice provides a concise, tightly integrated, and engaging exploration of labor economics. Focusing on core principles and immersing students in real data from the Current Population Survey (CPS), Ken McLaughlin lays out a clear analytical framework for thinking about labor-market issues and policies. The book's entire presentation-- from the conversational to... read more

Labor Economics: Principles in Practice provides a concise, tightly integrated, and engaging exploration of labor economics. Focusing on core principles and immersing students in real data from the Current Population Survey (CPS), Ken McLaughlin lays out a clear analytical framework for thinking about labor-market issues and policies. The book's entire presentation-- from the conversational to... read more

Real Stats: Using Econometrics for Political Science and Public Policy

Michael A. Bailey

Real Stats offers an engaging and practical introduction to statistical analysis for upper-level undergraduates and first-year graduate students in political science, public policy, and law. Grounded in contemporary understandings of causal inferences, the text invites students to see how econometric tools can help answer important and interesting questions. This emphasis on practical applicat... read more

Real Stats offers an engaging and practical introduction to statistical analysis for upper-level undergraduates and first-year graduate students in political science, public policy, and law. Grounded in contemporary understandings of causal inferences, the text invites students to see how econometric tools can help answer important and interesting questions. This emphasis on practical applicat... read more

Living Physical Geography

Bruce Gervais

Bruce Gervais’ new text offers a fresh approach to the study of physical geography, combining print and digital media to create a scientifically substantive work that is written for students. Living Physical Geography focuses on human-physical geography interactions, using pedagogical features in the textbook and online to create a modern synthesis of the science of physical geography. Each of... read more

Bruce Gervais’ new text offers a fresh approach to the study of physical geography, combining print and digital media to create a scientifically substantive work that is written for students. Living Physical Geography focuses on human-physical geography interactions, using pedagogical features in the textbook and online to create a modern synthesis of the science of physical geography. Each of... read more

Racial and Ethnic Groups (14th Edition)

Richard T. Schaefer

NOTE: You are purchasing a standalone product; MySocLab® does not come packaged with this content. If you would like to purchase both the physical text and MySocLab, search for ISBN-10: 0134126963 / ISBN-13: 9780134126968. That package includes ISBN-10: 0133770990 / ISBN-13: 9780133770995 and ISBN-10: 0133842983 / ISBN-13: 9780133842982. MySocLab should only be purchased when required by an in... read more

NOTE: You are purchasing a standalone product; MySocLab® does not come packaged with this content. If you would like to purchase both the physical text and MySocLab, search for ISBN-10: 0134126963 / ISBN-13: 9780134126968. That package includes ISBN-10: 0133770990 / ISBN-13: 9780133770995 and ISBN-10: 0133842983 / ISBN-13: 9780133842982. MySocLab should only be purchased when required by an in... read more

Circle of Assassins (Tales from the Back Page Book 2)

Steven Rigolosi

Tales from the Back Page #2.Five desperate strangers answer an ad that promises to help them rid an unwanted person from their life. A criminal mastermind named A makes each of them a provocative offer via an advertisement in The Clarion, a community newspaper published on Manhattan's Upper West Side: Murder a complete stranger chosen by a fellow assassin, and in return have a stranger murder ... read more

Tales from the Back Page #2.Five desperate strangers answer an ad that promises to help them rid an unwanted person from their life. A criminal mastermind named A makes each of them a provocative offer via an advertisement in The Clarion, a community newspaper published on Manhattan's Upper West Side: Murder a complete stranger chosen by a fellow assassin, and in return have a stranger murder ... read more

The Prentice Hall Guide for College Writers, MLA Update (11th Edition)

Stephen Reid, Dominic DelliCarpini

For courses in first-year Composition and R hetoric. This version of The Prentice Hall Guide for College Writers has been updated to reflect the 8th Edition of the MLA Handbook (April 2016)* A scaffolded writing guide with writer’s purpose at the core With new forms of delivery and expression changing the expectations of writers and audiences, our expectations of writing continue to evolve — a... read more

For courses in first-year Composition and R hetoric. This version of The Prentice Hall Guide for College Writers has been updated to reflect the 8th Edition of the MLA Handbook (April 2016)* A scaffolded writing guide with writer’s purpose at the core With new forms of delivery and expression changing the expectations of writers and audiences, our expectations of writing continue to evolve — a... read more

Strategies for Successful Writing Plus MyLab Writing with Pearson eText -- Access Card Package (11th Edition)

James A. Reinking, Robert A. von der Osten

NOTE: Before purchasing, check with your instructor to ensure you select the correct ISBN. Several versions of Pearson's MyLab & Mastering products exist for each title, and registrations are not transferable. To register for and use Pearson's MyLab & Mastering products, you may also need a Course ID, which your instructor will provide. Used books, rentals, and purchases made outside of Pearso... read more

NOTE: Before purchasing, check with your instructor to ensure you select the correct ISBN. Several versions of Pearson's MyLab & Mastering products exist for each title, and registrations are not transferable. To register for and use Pearson's MyLab & Mastering products, you may also need a Course ID, which your instructor will provide. Used books, rentals, and purchases made outside of Pearso... read more

Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric with Readings (10th Edition)

John D. Ramage, John C. Bean, June Johnson

&> For courses in Argument and Research. The most thorough theoretical foundation available Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric with Readings, 10/e integrates four different approaches to argument: the enthymeme as a logical structure, the classical concepts of logos, pathos, and ethos, the Toulmin system, and stasis theory. Focusing on argument as dialogue in search of solutions instead of a pro-co... read more

&> For courses in Argument and Research. The most thorough theoretical foundation available Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric with Readings, 10/e integrates four different approaches to argument: the enthymeme as a logical structure, the classical concepts of logos, pathos, and ethos, the Toulmin system, and stasis theory. Focusing on argument as dialogue in search of solutions instead of a pro-co... read more

The Art and Science of Social Research

Deborah Carr, Elizabeth Heger Boyle, Benjamin Cornwell, Shelley Correll, Robert Crosnoe, Jeremy Freese, Mary C. Waters

Show your students how social research really unfolds Written by a team of internationally renowned sociologists with experience in both the field and the classroom, The Art and Science of Social Research offers authoritative and balanced coverage of the full range of methods used to study the social world. The authors highlight the challenges of investigating the unpredictable topic of human ... read more

Show your students how social research really unfolds Written by a team of internationally renowned sociologists with experience in both the field and the classroom, The Art and Science of Social Research offers authoritative and balanced coverage of the full range of methods used to study the social world. The authors highlight the challenges of investigating the unpredictable topic of human ... read more

Lesbian Decadence: Representations in Art and Literature of Fin-de-Siècle France

Nicole Albert

In 1857 the French poet Charles Baudelaire, who was fascinated by lesbianism, created a scandal with Les Fleurs du Mal [The Flowers of Evil]. This collection was originally entitled "The Lesbians" and described women as "femmes damnées," with "disordered souls" suffering in a hypocritical world. Then twenty years later, lesbians in Paris dared to flaunt themselves in that extraordinarily creat... read more

In 1857 the French poet Charles Baudelaire, who was fascinated by lesbianism, created a scandal with Les Fleurs du Mal [The Flowers of Evil]. This collection was originally entitled "The Lesbians" and described women as "femmes damnées," with "disordered souls" suffering in a hypocritical world. Then twenty years later, lesbians in Paris dared to flaunt themselves in that extraordinarily creat... read more

Steven has 11 reviews

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Mike Tihey
Steven was an absolute pleasure to work with. He gave honest feedback and was constructive throughout the entire process. His ideas really enhanced my book. I would absolutely use his services again and strongly recommend giving him a shot. You will not be disappointed.

Mike Tihey, July 2020


Brittney-Nichole Connor-Savarda
Steven provided great insight that often times is hard for us (the subject matter experts) to catch. We start to makes assumptions people can understand what we are communicating. Steven did a great job of bringing this, among other things, to my attention. His summaries and write ups were easy to follow and constructive. I would definitely work with Steven in the future.

Brittney-Nichole Connor-Savarda, July 2020


Stephen Batt
I knew my manuscript had a few problems, especially in terms of structure. Steve provided great suggestions for a second draft with a new structure. He also identified a couple of major issues in terms of tone and style. It was obvious how much time and effort Steve put in. More than I was expecting, or even realistically hoping for. A great job by a real professional. Very much appreciated.

Stephen Batt, April 2020


Don Osburn
I cannot recommend Steven highly enough. Not only for his talent, but his professionalism and personal character as a freelance collaborator. Steven did both developmental editing and line editing on my book (two separate projects), and I can honestly say I would not be nearly as prepared for future success as I am without his efforts. He was incredibly responsive and very forthcoming (and eve...
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Don Osburn, March 2020


Ari Kopolow
It has been both a pleasure and an extraordinary learning experience to work with Steve on three projects aimed at getting my book proposal ready for submission. Whether the project succeeded or not the support and improved writing skills achieved under Steve's coaching have proved invaluable, On the question of getting an agent? Within a month of sending out the query letters, I have a sig...
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Ari Kopolow, October 2019

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