About GdS Editorial Services

Expert editing for writers, publishers, media companies, nonprofits, and nongovernmental organizations

Are you….​

A publisher or media company looking for an accomplished editor for books, journals, and other publications, print or digital?

A writer looking for a talented, supportive —  and affordable — editor for your book, book proposal, articles, academic papers, website, or other writing projects?

A nonprofit/non-governmental agency seeking an editor for reports, white papers, policy analyses,  brochures, and other informational or promotional materials?

I am George de Stefano, founder and principal of GdS Editorial Services. I have 30+ 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, and rewriting), copy editing (spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, usage), and developmental editing (structural work, including rewriting, on an existing manuscript or development of a new one).

I also provide manuscript evaluation services, as the first step in a substantive/developmental edit.

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 edit nonfiction books for major trade and academic publishers, including Cambridge University Press, Hatchette Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, and Perseus.

I also edit for nongovernmental organizations and think tanks. 

Since I Established GdS Editorial Services, I Have Edited:
  • Books (nonfiction)
  • Book proposals
  • Articles (journalism)
  • Academic articles
  • Essays 
  • ​Policy analyses and white papers
  • Reports
  • Online content
My Subject Matter Expertise Includes:
  • History (US, Latin American, European, and Middle Eastern)
  • Arts and culture
  • Pop culture
  • Biographies
  • Social science
  • Politics
  • Social issues
  • ​Health and public health
  • International relations
  • Gender/sexuality studies 
  • American studies
  • Ethnic studies

​I work with various style guides, mainly the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) but also 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.

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), the Professional Editors Network (PEN), the Editorial Freelancers Association(EFA), and the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC).

My Editing Credits Include:

Hatchette Publishing Group

This is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality. Peter Pomerantsev

Can We All Get Along?”: Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics. Paula McClain

Monthly Review Press

Beyond Plague Urbanism. Andy Merrifield

Endless Holocausts: Mass Death in the History of the United States Empire.  David Michael Smith 

Inequality, Class, and Economics. Eric Schutz

Work, Work, Work. Michael D. Yates

Perseus Books

Heavy Duty: Days and Nights in Judas Priest. K.K. Downing with Mark Eglinton

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

Cambridge Scholars

Ralph F. Turner, a Criminal Forensic Scientist Pioneer. Frederick L. Honhart

Balone Publishing

By Any Means Necessary. John Tsukayama

Cambridge University Press

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’MalleyProofreader:
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

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.

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Fact sheets, analyses, backgrounders, articles, and essays on political, economic, and security issues throughout the world

Action against Hunger (nongovernmental organization)

Shifting gender roles in Northern Uganda: An analysis of violence against women in post-conflict areas

Prevention First (nongovernmental organization)

Fact sheets, training curricula, manuals, public information campaigns

United Nations World Food Program
WFP Scoping Studies: Country Reports (Tajikistan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan Republic)

Gender, Risks and Urban Livelihoods: Study in three cities in Syria: Aleppo, Homs and Lattakia

Scoping Study on Social Protection and Safety Nets for Enhanced Food Security and Nutrition in the Central Asia Region

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

NYC Vital Signs: Hearing Problems and Headphone Use in New York City; editor
NYC Vital Signs: Promotion of Tobacco Products in New York City Retailers; editor
Active Design: Guide for Community Organizations; editor
HIV, Gay Men and Other MSM: What You Need to Know; writer
How to Adopt a Shop: A Guide to Working with Your Local Food Retailer; editor
Living Healthy, 2009-2011 (NYC Health Department Triennial Report); editor


Copy Editing

Spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, usage

Line Editing

Language and paragraph-by-paragraph organization of content and re-writing

Substantive Editing

Structural editing of an existing work or development of a new one

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