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Line editing, copy editing, substantive editing, rewriting, proofreading, book proposals

George di Pietro has more than 25 years of experience in academic and trade book publishing. His services include line editing (language and paragraph-by-paragraph organization of content), copy editing (spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, usage) and substantive editing (structural work on an existing manuscript/development of a new one).

He has edited books about American, European, Middle Eastern, and Latin American history; constitutional law; political science; social science; arts and the humanities; media; and health and medicine.

George is the author of a well-reviewed cultural studies book (An Offer We Can't Refuse: The Mafia in the Mind of America, Farrar, Straus, Giroux) and a contributing author to many other titles, including Mafia Movies: A Reader, The Essential Sopranos Reader, The Routledge History of the Italian Americans, Witness to Revolution, and Reggae, Rasta, Revolution. His articles and reviews have appeared in many print and online publications, including The Nation, PopMatters, Film Comment, Gay City News, the New York Journal of Books, and Rootsworld. He also is an authority on ethnicity, especially Italian American, and has contributed articles and essays about the Italian American experience to the Italian American Review (City University of New York), Voices in Italian Americana (Purdue University), and the Internet publications La Voce di New York and I-Italy. He has consulted to and appeared in the documentary films The Italian Americans (PBS, 2015), The Godfather Legacy (History Channel, 2012), and Beyond Wiseguys (PBS, 2008).

He is well-versed in various style guides, including Chicago, Turabian, APA, MLA, New York Times, Associated Press, and Butcher's (UK style). Having worked with physicians, researchers, and other health and medical professionals on their publications, he is not intimidated by technical or specialized material.

George also is a member of the Authors Guild and the National Book Critics Circle.

His editing credits include:

  • In Days to Come: A New Hope for Israel. Avraham Burg (2017)
  • Can We All Get Along? Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics. Paula D. McClain, Jessica D. Johnson Carew (2017)
  • Modern History of Iraq. Phebe Marr (2016)
  • American Constitutional Law, Volumes 1 and 2. Rossum and Tarr (2016)
  • 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 (2015)
  • Legislator Success in Fragmented Congresses in Argentina: Plurality Cartels, Minority Presidents, and Lawmaking. Ernesto Calvo (2014)
  • Covering the United States Supreme Court in the Digital Age. Richard Davis
  • Philosophy of Microbiology. Maureen A. O’Malley (2014)
  • 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
  • European Bank Restructuring During the Crises. Malgorzata Iwanicz-Drozdowska (Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Banking and Financial Institutions)(2015)
  • Navigational Enterprises in Europe and its Empires, 1730–1850. Richard Dunn and Rebekah Higgitt, eds. (2014)

In Days to Come: A New Hope for Israel Can We All Get Along? Racial and Ethnic Minorities in  American Politics Modern History of Iraq American Constitutional Law Law and the Economics of Possession Fatherhood and the British Working Class, 1865–1914 French Colonial Soldiers in German Captivity during World War II Reading William Blake Parliamentary Bills of Rights: The Experiences of New Zealand and United Kingdom The International Law of Disaster Relief Choosing in Groups: Analytical Politics Revisited Legislator Success in Fragmented Congresses in Argentina: Plurality Cartels,  Minority Presidents, and Lawmaking Covering the United States Supreme Court in the Digital Age Philosophy of Microbiology Introduction to Accelerator Dynamics Ferdinand II, Counter-Reformation Emperor, 1578–1637 Inferences during Reading European Condominium Law Making Religion Safe for Democracy Global Environmental Constitutionalism European Bank Restructuring During the Crises Navigational Enterprises in Europe and its Empires, 1730–1850 Reggae Rasta Revolution Witness to Revolution Mediated Ethnicity


Accomplished editor, writer, and editorial manager with extensive experience in media (print and online), corporate communications, and academic publishing. Numerous published works in books, newspapers, magazines, academic journals, and online. Highly regarded for ability to conceive, write, and edit publications for general and specialized audiences. Manage publication process from concept to production. Expertise in creating online publications and Internet social marketing campaigns.


Provide varied editorial services, from copy and line editing to substantive editing. Clients include major academic publishers of books, journals, monographs, reports. Copy, line, and developmental editing of nonfiction books and book proposals for authors. Contribute articles, essays, and reviews to trade and academic books and online publications.


  • Edit nonfiction books (social science, history, media studies, sociology, and culture) for major publishers, ensuring correct grammar and syntax, logical flow, and re-writing when necessary
  • Edit books, journal articles, monographs by non-native English-speaking authors, fixing grammar and syntax, and ensuring stylistic consistency (US or UK style) and compliance with publisher requirements
  • Contribute articles, reviews, blog posts, and essays to books, magazines, newspapers, journals, and websites
  • Speak at conferences and other public events in the U.S. and abroad; research and presentations published in journals and online
  • Consult to and appear on-camera in documentary films that have been shown on Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and The History Channel
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY
Senior Editor
Planned, edited, and wrote agency publications for healthcare professionals and the public: progress reports, epidemiological and other scientific reports, policy papers, brochures, newsletters, and fact sheets. Ensured consistency of public health messaging across multiple platforms in collaboration with the Press Office, the Media and Marketing group, and the Digital Media office.


  • Produced 25-30 new print and digital publications per quarter, in multiple languages, that provided important health information to millions of New Yorkers. Publications also distributed to public health organizations in other cities and states, and outside the US
  • Conceived, wrote, and edited reports on various public health issues, including a report on New York’s successful efforts to prevent non-communicable diseases, which the City of New York and the director of the World Health Organization presented at a UN summit
  • Wrote and edited materials distributed to New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy, providing valuable information and identifying resources on environmental hazards, disaster recovery, and physical and mental health issues that emerged after the storm
Director, Media and Special Projects
Wrote and edited materials to support the mission of the Department's HIV/AIDS Bureau: requests for proposals, policy analyses, position papers, brochures, fact sheets, and reports.


  • Developed social marketing campaigns for print and electronic media to inform the public about HIV/AIDS issues and available prevention and treatment resources
  • Wrote grant proposals and funding reports to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that resulted in enhanced funding for agency programs and community-based initiatives
  • Chaired agency panel that reviewed educational materials produced by New York health and medical organizations; edited materials to ensure scientific accuracy and appropriateness for target audiences


  • An Offer We Can't Refuse: The Mafia in the Mind of America, Faber and Faber/ Farrar, Straus, Giroux, New York, 2006; paperback, 2007
    In-depth study of the "Mafia mythos" in American popular culture received numerous positive reviews from such publications as the New York Times Review of Books, Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, Hartford Courant, Buffalo News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly


  • The Routledge History of the Italian Americans, forthcoming (2017), Routledge. Contributed essay to this major volume of historical scholarship
  • Our Naked Lives, (2013), Bordighera Press. Contributed essay to collection of writings by Italian American authors
  • The Essential Sopranos Reader, (2011) University of Kentucky Presses. Contributed essay to collection of critical commentary on the HBO series, "The Sopranos"
  • Mafia Movies: A Reader, (2011), University of Toronto Press. Contributed two essays to anthology of film criticism focusing on American and European crime film genres
  • Mediated Ethnicity, Contributor, (2011), University of the City of New York. Contributed an essay on the treatment of ethnicity, race and sexuality in US cinema
  • Is the Mafia Still a Force in America? (2006), Greenhaven Press. Contributed an essay to collection of commentary on organized crime in America
  • American Voices: Culture and Community, (2006), McGraw Hill. Contributed an essay to this textbook
  • Writing in a Changing World: Writer's Guide with Handbook, 2003, Longman UK. Contributed an essay to this textbook
  • Witness to Revolution: The Advocate reports on gay and lesbian politics, 1967-1999, (2000) Chris Bull, ed. Alyson Press. Contributed two articles, one of which originally appeared as an Advocate cover story
  • Reggae, Rastafarians, Revolution: Jamaican Music from Ska to Dub, (2000), Schirmer Ltd. Contributed essay on reggae music


Master of Social Work, Community Organizing and Social Planning, Hunter College School of Social Work, New York City Bachelor of Arts, English, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA


  • Authors Guild, member
  • National Book Critics Circle, member
  • American Copy Editors Society, member
  • Editorial Freelancers Association, member
  • Society of Professional Journalists, member
  • Certificate in Editing, Poynter News University/American Copy Editors Society
  • Book Editing Associates, member