Don White

editorial services,content editing

Developmental Editing, Ghostwriting, Copyediting, Proofreading

Fiction – literary novels, commercial fiction, mysteries
Nonfiction – memoir, biography, general nonfiction

Editor of 3 New York Times Bestsellers and 3 Los Angeles Times Bestsellers

DON WHITE is an award-winning editor with more than twenty years’  of publishing experience. Among the notable writers he’s edited are Gore Vidal, Edward Albee, E. Lynn Harris, Edmund White, and Samuel R. Delany.

He’s equally at home in fiction (literary novels, commercial fiction, mysteries) and nonfiction (memoir, biography, general nonfiction). As an editor and writer he’s freelanced for Doubleday, Penguin, Bantam, Basic Books, and Beacon, among others.

Don has been singled out for distinction by the American Library Association, Publishers Weekly, and Out Magazine. As an independent scholar he’s authored three books on African American history as well as several books for gay and lesbian readers. He’s also an emeritus board member of the Lambda Literary Foundation. Don lives in New York City.

Books Edited


“Holy cow! To call what Don shared with me an assessment letter really understates the lengthy evaluation I received. Don sent me an in-depth, comprehensive evaluation of my novel’s structure, character development, and setting.  I’d hoped for an insightful assessment with a few helpful, broad suggestions—and I got those—but I also received pinpoint comments that will lead to stronger scenes and more emotion-packed interactions between my characters.  It was clear that Don took multiple slow walks through my manuscript and stopped often to explore corners. His keen eye saw things I’d overlooked—and encouraged the writer in me all the way.” —Bud Jennings, author client

“As I drew closer to completing my book, I Googled dozens and dozens of editors, read dozens and dozens of profiles, and was insufficiently convinced dozens and dozens of times. This was too important. Then, after a year of looking, I found Don and my radar pinged. But nothing pinged louder than when I incorporated the edits and realized my novel had been elevated to the land of hopes and dreams—and the kicker was that Don’s such a great guy. Instincts are a funny thing. Thank God for my instincts!” – Carlos Aguila, author client

“Don exceeded expectations. The level of detail, thought, and advice he provided was beyond valuable. I was blown away. Specifically, I could tell he put a lot of thought into the structure, rhythm, and sense of my content and offered specific guidance on how to rectify.” – John Diefendorf, author client

“I’ve been working on this book for several years. When I finally sought to perfect it I ran across the website Since I am the kind of person that can come up with brilliant ideas and brainstorms in a seemingly endless fashion, I am, by the same token, not an expert in the English language and/or the publishing industry.

“I submitted my mediocre text to Don. At that point it was over 600 pages long in large print. When I got the text back Don had miraculously rearranged those pages in order to make the book flow very well, and, in the process Don made me realize that several of the pages were truly not relevant. Don is extremely talented, for, not only did he do that for me, on the individual pages, one after another, he was articulate enough to focus on which was irrelevant and draw arrows to pinpoint a particular sentence five pages away to keep the book moving and not change the subject. Many times throughout the text Don wrote a specific question which was so appropriate it caused me to add several more pages at that specific point to fill in the gap and naturally continue my explanation.

“And so, that is the point I am at now. Don is a lifesaver! Instead of a text that is over 600 pages with eight chapters, this is presently a dynamite book with five chapters and 400 pages of small print – the same size letters that will be in the book when it will be printed.” – Mark Traupman

“Don has been great at providing critical feedback and developing the manuscript. I would highly recommend him.” – A Sanchez, Esq.

“I have known Don for over twenty years, first professionally and later as a friend. He is a terrific editor, a smart reader, and a very fine writer. He knows literature backwards and forwards, past and present, and is full of good suggestions. Best of all, he is excellent company, which makes him a real pleasure to work with.” – Christopher Bram, author of Gods and Monsters, the basis for the Academy Award-winning movie

“Don is a thorough, experienced, and brilliant editor. He seems to ‘get’ each project, no matter how different one is from the other. He is insightful and extremely professional. I strongly recommend Don for anyone seeking an outstanding editor.” – Mary Ann Sabia, Publisher and Executive Vice President, Charlesbridge Publishing

“Don did an intelligent, careful edit, and he brought the work in on a very tight deadline, without sacrificing any quality. We were delighted with his editorial suggestions, and the author was as well.” – Maggie Tompkins, Publisher of Felony and Mayhem Books

“You won’t find a more thoughtful, smart, or thorough editor. I highly recommend Don for all your wordsmith needs. He’s the best.” – Lucy Jane Bledsoe, author of The Big Bang Symphony

“Don is a hero. Period.” – Ira Silverberg, Senior Editor, Simon and Schuster

“Don is the only game in town.” – Edmund White, Author Laureate of the State of New York

“Don has been *the* force in gay publishing since the end of the 1990s. That’s because he has been one of the most astute readers and editors of any persuasion all that time. He has always a way of responding to the new, the exciting, the adventurous, whether in the work of well tracked professionals (Edmund White, Leslie Feinberg) or in the work of the new and talented emerging writers. He has always published my most ambitious work–and have never been less than honored and dazzled by the company he has allowed me to keep; not to mention the help he has given me with whatever I brought him to consider. No writer could avail her or himself of a better editorial mind.” –Samuel R. Delany, author of Dark Reflections (winner of the Stonewall Book Award), Dhalgren, and Though the Valley of the Nest of Spiders.

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