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George De Stefano

• Copy editing
• Line editing
• Developmental editing
• Proofreading

Are you a writer looking for a talented, supportive -- and affordable -- editor for your book, book proposal, journal article, academic paper, website, or other projects?

A publisher or media company seeking an accomplished editor for books and other publications, print or digital? A nonprofit agency or a service provider (law firm, medical practice, accountant firm, etc) that needs an editor/writer for reports or informational and promotional material??

I'm here to provide topnotch services to meet your needs. I have more than 25 years of experience in media and journalism, academic publishing, corporate communications, and public and private agencies. My services include line editing (language and paragraph-by-paragraph organization of content), copy editing (spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, usage) and developmental editing (structural work on an existing manuscript/development of a new one).

My subject matter expertise is broad, encompassing social science, the humanities, popular culture, social and political issues, health and public health. I am not intimidated by technical material.

I have edited nonfiction books for major trade and academic publishers. As a senior editor with the NYC Health Department, I edited and wrote publications for the public, health care professionals, and other audiences: scientific and progress reports, brochures, fact sheets, and manuals. The publications provided vital information to literally millions, in NYC and beyond.

I work with many style guides -- Chicago, MLA, AP, New York Times, as well as UK (Butcher's/Cambridge). I edit and proofread using Microsoft's "track changes" function and Adobe Acrobat's editing tools.

My expertise includes working with writers who are not native English-speakers. I will ensure that language presents no barriers to getting your book, article, or other writing projects published.

I have a Certificate in Editing from Poynter News University/American Copy Editors Society and am a member of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES).

I also am a published author, so I will be sensitive to your style and tone, helping you to say what you want to say as effectively as possible.

Get in touch with me to discuss your needs and how we can work together.

years experience: 25
rates: I offer my clients an estimated range of fees, depending upon the size and other demands of the job. That way they know what the top costs will be -- no unpleasant surprises! Contact me for specific rates.
Developmental editing, Proposal writing/editing, Research, Line-editing, Copy editing, Proofreading, Translation, Writing
Biography, History, Health, Lifestyle, Culture, Arts and entertainment, Political and social issues, Including LGBT
"In addition to his list of academic/scholarly editorial projects, George de Stefano is also a prolific and proficient critic, essayist, journalist, and, rara avis, independent scholar who just writes so well. That he is also something of a perfectionist, in the best sense of the word, as well as someone committed to quality and timeliness, should also not escape notice."

Robert Oppedisano,
Past Director, Fordham University Press

“George de Stefano is a writer and editor extraordinaire. He meets every deadline and always delivers far beyond the norm. You cannot go wrong by hiring him—he'll make you look good!”

Lisa Rojany Buccieri, New York Journal of Books

“George de Stefano is an accomplished and socially-engaged editor and writer.”
Luisa Del Giudice, Independent Non-Profit Organization Management Professional, greater Los Angeles Area

"An invaluable asset to RootsWorld, George de Stefano's articles are insightful (sometime incite-ful), well researched and always written with passion and energy. He is also an editor's dream: everything comes in spot-on for style, form & content."

Cliff Furnald,

Perseus Books
Cambridge University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Action against Hunger
City University of New York (CUNY)
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
The Nation
Bordighera Press
Gay City News (NYC)
I-Italy (Itaian American Digital Project)
La Voce di New York
New York Journal of Books
Perseus Books
Copy Editor:
Can We All Get Along? Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics, Paula D. McClain, Jessica D. Johnson Carew
Latin American Politics and Development, Wiarda and Kline
The Modern History of Iraq: Fourth Edition, Phebe Marr and Ibrahim al-Marashi
US Constitutional Law, Vols. 1 and 2, Rossum and Tarr

The Nation Books
In Days to Come: A New Hope for Israel, Avram Burg

Action against Hunger (nongovernmental organization)
Shifting gender roles in Northern Uganda: An analysis of violence against women in post-conflict areas

Cambridge University Press
Copy Editor:
Law and the Economics of Possession, Yun-chien Chang
Fatherhood and the British Working Class, 1865–1914. Julie-Marie Strange
French Colonial Soldiers in German Captivity during World War II, Raffael Scheck.
Reading William Blake, Saree Makdisi
Parliamentary Bills of Rights: The Experiences of New Zealand and United Kingdom, Janet L. Hiebert and James B. Kelly
The International Law of Disaster Relief, David D. Caron, General Editor
Choosing in Groups: Analytical Politics Revisited, Michael C. Munger
Legislator Success in Fragmented Congresses in Argentina: Plurality Cartels, Minority Presidents, and Lawmaking, Ernesto Calvo
Covering the United States Supreme Court in the Digital Age, Richard Davis
Philosophy of Microbiology, Maureen A. O’Malley

Introduction to Accelerator Dynamics, Stephen Peggs, Todd Satogata
Ferdinand II, Counter-Reformation Emperor, 1578–1637. Robert Bireley
Inferences during Reading, Edward J. O’Brien, Anne E. Cook, Robert F. Lorch, Jr.
European Condominium Law, Van der Merwe
Making Religion Safe for Democracy, J. Judd Owen
Global Environmental Constitutionalism, Jim May and Erin Daly

Palgrave Macmillan
Copy Editor:
European Bank Restructuring During the Crises. Malgorzata Iwanicz-Drozdowska (Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Banking and Financial Institutions)
Navigational Enterprises in Europe and its Empires, 1730–1850. Richard Dunn and Rebekah Higgitt, eds.

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Editor (2010-2013):
NYC Vital Signs: Hearing Problems and Headphone Use in New York City
NYC Vital Signs: Promotion of Tobacco Products in New York City Retailers
Prescription Painkillers: Risks and Dangers of Misuse (Health Bulletin, Vol. 11, No 1)
Towards Zero TB: Bureau of Tuberculosis Control Annual Summary, 2012
How to Lose Weight (Health Bulletin, Vol. 10, No. 8)
Do You Need a Hepatitis B Test? (brochure)
Active Design: Guide for Community Organizations
HIV, Gay Men and Other MSM: What You Need to Know (brochure)
How to Adopt a Shop: A Guide to Working with Your Local Food Retailer
Living Healthy, 2009-2011 (NYC Health Department Triennial Report)


Contribute articles, reviews and essays to magazines, newspapers, journals, and websites including: The Nation; Newsday; PopMatters; Cineaste; The Advocate; La Voce di New York; I-Italy; Rootsworld; Film Comment; Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide; Italian American Review.


An Offer We Can’t Refuse: The Mafia in the Mind of America, Faber and Faber/ Farrar, Straus, Giroux, New York, 2006, Paperback, 2007

Received numerous positive reviews from such publications as The New York Times Review of Books, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Globe, Chicago Sun Times, The Chicago Tribune, Hartford Courant, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, The Buffalo News.


The Routledge History of Italian Americans, forthcoming (2017)

Our Naked Lives: Essays by Italian American Gay Men , 2013, Bordighera Press. Contributed essay, “Fuori in Italia”

Italoamericana Francesco Durante, editor. Translated five articles from Italian for this collection of historical writings documenting Italian immigration to the United States.

The Essential Sopranos Reader, 2011, University of Kentucky Presses, contributed an essay to a collection of critical commentary on the HBO series, “The Sopranos.”

Mafia Movies: A Reader, 2011, University of Toronto Press, contributed two essays to an anthology of film criticism focusing on American and European crime film genres.

Quei Bravi Ragazzi, 2007, Marsilio; contributed to this Italian-language collection of critical essays on Italian-American cinema.

Mediated Ethnicity, 2011, University of the City of New York, contributed the essay, “Identity Crises,” on treatment of ethnicity, race, and sexuality in US cinema.

Is the Mafia Still a Force in America?, 2006, Greenhaven Press, contributed essay, “The Mafia is Still a Force in Pop Culture”

American Voices: Culture and Community, 2006, McGraw Hill, contributed essay, "UnGoodfellas"

Writing in a Changing World: Writer's Guide with Handbook, 2003, Longman, contributed essay to textbook published by Longman, UK.

Witness to Revolution: The Advocate reports on gay and lesbian politics,1967-1999, 2000 Chris Bull, ed. Alyson Press, contributed feature article (originally appeared as an Advocate cover story), “The New York Times vs. Gay America.”

Reggae, Rastafarians, Revolution: Jamaican Music from Ska to Dub, 2000, Music Sales Ltd., contributed essay, “Remember Reggae?”

An Offer We Can't Refuse: The Mafia in the Mind of America Faber & Faber/Farrar, Straus, Giroux.
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• Social Media
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• Chicago Manual of Style
• Associated Press style guide
• AP Style Book

Member: Authors Guild; National Book Critics Circle; American Society of Copy Editors; Professional Editors Network (PEN)

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