History Editors

History Books | Scholarly Editing | Scholarly Publishing

The book editors on this page help writers of history books through the publication process, from content selection and developmental editing to copyediting, proofreading, and preparing the book for commercial or university presses. They may offer help with:

• scholarly editing and formatting per publisher’s guidelines
• reducing the number of words or pages of a document to fit the publisher’s standards
• applying and integrating feedback received from agents and editors
• compiling contributions from multiple writers into cohesive chapters
• repurposing a document for its intended audience
• verifying or flagging terms that will be unfamiliar to contemporary readers
• copyediting and proofreading
• locating historical material online
• condensing historical documents and research materials
• referencing primary and secondary sources
• preparing annotated bibliographies
• hyperlinking to electronic references in the text, footnotes, and endnotes
• creating book summaries
• preparing submission materials, including book proposals, for literary agents or acquisitions editors at educational publishers, university presses, or commercial presses
• indexing

David Alan

David Alan

Line editing, copy editing, content/developmental editing, proofreading, query letters

DAVID ALAN has edited more than 200 books and authored nearly 100 books for 30 publishers, including St. Martin’s Press, HarperCollins, Lyons Press, Random House, Running Press, Warner Books, Total/Sports Illustrated, and Scholastic.

His books have generated more than $20 million in revenue and have appeared on the Today show, The Early Show, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. His rating on Goodreads.com is 4.21 based on nearly 3,000 ratings.

Peggy Campbell

Peggy Campbell

Nonfiction Book Editor and Proofreader

PEGGY CAMPBELL has been editing nonfiction books for more than two decades, working for both top university presses and trade publishers, and several authors return to her for each book they write. She works as a developmental/line editor/substantive editor, copy editor, and proofreader, and is an expert user of the Chicago Manual of Style/Turabian.

She began freelancing after a long career at a newspaper reporter and editor at metro dailies, including editing stints at the San Jose Mercury News and Newsday. Her areas of expertise are history (especially American history), including biography, memoir, and autobiography; journalism; and politics and government, public affairs, and public policy; and equine subjects.

Books on whose manuscripts she worked have won a number of awards and named honors, including New York Times Notable Book of the Year; the Tankard Award; Choice Outstanding Book of the Year; National Jewish Book Award; Choice Outstanding Academic Title—and those are the ones she knows about. She has been privileged to edit forewords by such authors as John Kenneth Galbraith and Morely Safer. Campbell’s own work as a reporter was nominated for a Pulitzer, and various papers nominated that of her reporters when she was a newspaper editor.

Carly Cantor

Carly Cantor

Developmental Editing, Manuscript Evaluations and Critiques, Manuscript Assessment Services, Ghostwriting

200+ books edited for major publishers and independent authors

CARLY CANTOR is a published author and publishing industry veteran who worked for several years as an acquisitions editor at a New York publisher where she acquired and edited numerous hardcover and trade paperback titles every year on a variety of nonfiction subjects, mostly in the areas of current events, how-to, and pop culture. She is currently a meticulous, hands-on independent editor who “becomes one” with every project, paying close attention to both the big picture and the small details. Her extensive experience includes critiquing and development editing of fiction and nonfiction projects.

David Henderson

David Henderson

David has worked on 100+ manuscripts that have landed publishing deals.

DAVID has built up a distinguished career as an editor, writer, ghostwriter, and filmmaker. His flair for the written word, creative acumen, and meticulous attention to detail has earned him a loyal following of clients in need of copy editing, content editing, developmental editing, or ghostwriting.

Book Editing

After earning his master’s degree in Journalism at Northwestern University, he spent five years working for an academic press and later for Hachette Book Group.

His long track record has given him exposure to a wide range of authors, writing styles, and genres, including novels, non-fiction works, self-help books, memoir, Christian and other spiritual writing, and business books.

Thesis and Dissertation Writing Consultant

He’s also a specialist in academic writing and often partners with graduate students to bring their thesis or dissertation to the next level.

Screenwriting / Filmmaker
With professional experience in both fiction and documentary film, as a producer, writer, and director, David is well versed in the art of cinematic storytelling and can edit or critique your screenplay.

E.M. Levy

E.M. Levy

Developmental Editing, Line Editing, Copy Editing, Rewriting, Ghostwriting, Evaluations

A professional editor for over thirty years, E. M. Levy has edited books for Doubleday, Random House, Princeton University Press, Macmillan, Paulist Press, Prentice-Hall, SUNY Press, Scholastic, Scholars Press, Praeger, Solution Tree Press, and many other publishers and private individuals. His projects have received publishing and professional awards. For over seventeen years, he worked in-house as a senior editor focusing on developmental and substantive editing.

With a strong academic background, an advanced degree from Columbia University, and experience teaching at both secondary and college levels, he is at home in the social sciences and humanities. He has edited important works of religious scholarship. In the area of general nonfiction, he has worked in a variety of genres, including biography, public affairs, spirituality, and memoir. Many authors who are nonnative English speakers have turned to him to perfect their English written expression.

Writing Awards

  • Association of Academic Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award
  • Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year
  • Independent Publishers Book Award
  • Learning Magazine's Teacher's Choice Award
  • V. O. Key Award of the Southern Political Science Association
Joya Stevenson

Joya Stevenson

Religion and Spirituality

In the broad area of religion, spirituality, and the Bible, Joya works with original thinkers, inspired visionaries and mystics, theologians and biblical interpreters, researchers and academics.

Credentials include:

The Study of Religion: Scholar in Biblical and Religious Studies (Ph.D, Harvard University).
Spiritual and Personal Development: Professional Coach
Interfaith Chaplain.

Don White

Don White

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

Developmental Editing, Ghostwriting, Copyediting, Proofreading
Fiction – literary novels, commercial fiction, mysteries
Nonfiction – memoir, biography, general nonfiction

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.