Brunella I. Costagliola

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Brunella Costagliola is a bestselling editor, ghostwriter, and translator. Throughout her career, she has had the pleasure of working with award-winning and bestselling authors, as well as a wide range of well-respected and prominent publishing houses. She is a member of several prominent organizations, including the Association of Ghostwriters and ACES, the society for editing. Brunella attends the most important book fairs and conferences on a yearly basis.   

Some of her past ghostwriting and editing clients include: Gloria Goldwater—wife of the late John Goldwater, creator of Archie Comics—bestselling author of Superfly: My Untold Story of Hip-Hop; David Lyons, bestselling author of Everyday Health and Fitness with Multiple Sclerosis with foreword by Daymond John, star of the hit TV show Shark Tank; Charles Sheenan-Miles, bestselling author of Matt & Zoe, and many more.

Brunella has also collaborated with the following clients: National Academy of Neuropsychology Foundation; Valerio Mazzoli, one of the most important Disney illustrators­; War Writers’ Campaign; Military.com; SpouseBuzz.com. Aside from being a ghostwriter and editor, Brunella is also a translator of Italian and English. As a translator, she has been fortunate enough to work with Davide Simon Mazzoli, one of the most successful and prominent Italian writers of our time. 

Born and raised in Naples, southern Italy, Brunella was brought up on art, culture, tradition, literature, and mamma’s spaghetti. She was basically born bilingual as she could speak both Italian and Neapolitan dialect, which has been recognized as an actual language, from an early age. Given the nature of Neapolitan dialect—derived from Osco-Greco Dorico and Latin with Spanish, French, and Arabic influences—Brunella developed a passion for learning new languages and becoming exposed to other cultures. This might explain her ability to speak English on a native level, as well as Japanese, Spanish, and a few basic French sentences.

While in high school, she studied Latin language for five years, thus learning all about Latin philosophers, history of the Roman Empire, and the great leaders of the ancient world. Moreover, she spent years studying ancient Greek and Latin masterpieces, including Iliad, Odyssey, and the Aeneid. With a solid humanistic base, she went on to University to study art history, German philology—the branch of knowledge that deals with the structure, historical development, and relationships of a language—Anglo-American literature, Japanese philology, and much more.

After winning the ERASMUS scholarship, she was honored to study at Leiden University, The Netherlands, where she happily returned to take two Master’s degrees—she took them both at the same time, thus being able to finish her grad-school studies within a year and a half. After earning her degrees in English language, as well as American history, she was given the honor to sign the so-called “Sweat Room”, a room whose walls are filled with signatures of Leiden University alumni, including Nelson Mandela and Sir Winston Churchill. Brunella is also a certified teacher of English language from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Her profound knowledge of the English language, her solid background in literature, history, philosophy, art history, classical literature, and philology, make her uniquely qualified as an Editor. As her clients can testify, she brings so much more to a manuscript than simple red marks highlighting grammatical or punctuation errors. When reviewing and editing a manuscript, Brunella applies all of her humanistic knowledge to the paper, working together with the author to turn a draft into a literary masterpiece.

Brunella is a firm believer in Verba Volant, Scripta Manent, a Latin saying that means “Spoken words fly away, written words remain”, and she appreciates both non-fiction and fiction books. Historical novels based on a true story are certainly a favorite, but she also enjoys thrillers that keep her up at night, true crime, military-themed books, timeless romance novels à la Jane Austen, conspiracy theories, books that highlight culture—such as Italian-American, African-American, or Asian-American—inspirational and self-help, and anything else in between so long as it doesn’t deal with sci-fi.    

When she is not working hard to save the world and restore universal balance with the perfectly polished manuscript, she spends time with her two children, taking photos of them, baking lots of yummy treats, and sharing her passion for traditional Italian cuisine with her family. She enjoys working out on a daily basis, and her favorite sports are swimming, walking, and doing yoga. Brunella is also a very proud Air Force wife and a lover of travelling. While she has visited and lived in many different countries and continents, there are still so many places she has yet to explore and she can’t wait to go there!

 

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