J. Geoffrey Golson


​Geoff Golson began his professional editorial career in 1980 at the now venerable OMNI Magazine as an associate editor, responsible for the Mind (psychology) department, among other duties. Over the next decades, he worked for Rand McNally, moving up to senior editor, and produced and edited numerous atlas products. Further, Golson held other editorial management positions, including starting a trade and professional book division as a publisher for Lebhar-Friedman in the 1990s. Finally, he served as a publisher at Macmillan USA, in charge of single-volume trade and library reference. 


In 2001 Golson founded and managed an editorial production company, specializing in providing trade and academic titles to major publishers, including HarperCollins, SAGE Publications, and EBSCO Publishing. He produced some 75 multivolume, series, and other editorial products for both print and digital publishing, building a profitable small business with seven staff members. He recruited freelance staff and supervised all author recruitment, editorial, and production functions. His company won more than 20 awards over the years for outstanding editorial from the American Library Association, Booklist, Choice, RUSA, and other organizations. Just one example includes The Encyclopedia of Health Communication chosen as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2014. (See list of selected subjects and awards below.)


Selected Subjects and Awards

Alcohol: Social & Cultural Perspectives: Outstanding Reference (RUSA) 2016

Transportation: Choice Outstanding Best Reference 2015

Deception: Outstanding Academic Title  (RUSA) 2015

Social Media & Politics: Library Journal Best Reference 2014

Sociology of Work: Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2013

Street Crime in America: Booklist Editors' Choice 2013

History of Crime and Punishment: Booklist Editors' Choice 2013

New Venture Management: ALA BRASS Outstanding Reference 2013

Crisis Management: ALA BRASS Notable Reference 2013

Consumption & Waste: Library Journal Best Reference 2012

Crime & Punishment: Library Journal Best Reference 2012

Sports Marketing & Management: ALA BRASS Outstanding Reference 2012

Social Networks: Library Journal Best Reference 2011

Mathematics and Society: Library Journal Best Reference 2011

Women in Today's World: Booklist Editors' Choice 2011

Business in Today’s World: ALA BRASS Outstanding Reference 2009

Cancer and Society: Booklist Editors' Choice 2008

Global Warming and Climate Change: Booklist Editors' Choice 2008

Cancer and Society: Library Journal Best Reference 2007 

Environment and Society: Library Journal Best Reference 2007 

World Poverty: Library Journal Best Reference 2006

Politics: The Left and the Right: NY Public Library Best of Reference 2006


Golson was born in Mexico City to a French father and American mother and lived in Monaco, Paris, Brussels, and The Hague before receiving his secondary education at The Canterbury School, a preparatory school in New Milford, Connecticut, and the University of Connecticut, Storrs. He has been married for 30 years and raised three sons in the Chicago and New York City metro areas.





Part of the Golson Media team in 2015.