Daisuke S.

Daisuke S. – Editor

Developmental fiction editor specializing in experimental and speculative fiction manuscripts, as well as short stories.


I am a writer, educator, and editor based in New York City.

As a fiction editor, I offer developmental and copy editing services for short stories and full-length manuscripts, specializing in works geared toward the speculative and experimental. Throughout our collaboration, I will provide extensive feedback on your work, including suggestions for plot improvements, character development, pacing, and more.

As a writer, I am currently represented by Michael Mungiello at Inkwell Management. My debut short story collection, Vague Predictions & Prophecies, is forthcoming August 2024 from CLASH Books. My novella FUNERAL, co-authored with Vi Khi Nao, was published by KERNPUNKT Press in Jan. 2023. My short stories and poems have been published in a number of literary journals and magazines, including Joyland Magazine, Hobart After Dark, The Nervous Breakdown, The Asian American Literary Review, and more.

I’m looking to work with writers who aren’t afraid to break the rules—bending genres, building different worlds, and seeking out complex truths.

Contemporary Fiction LGBTQ Fiction Magical Realism Science Fiction Short Story
LGBTQ Non-Fiction
English (US)
  • Winner of the Sine Theta Summer 2022 Writing Contest - Fiction
  • Longlisted for Wigleaf's "Top Very Short Fictions of 2022"
  • 2021 New York City Artist Corps Grant Recipient
  • Second-place Winner of the Los Suelos “Pets Pets PETS!!!” Contest 2022
  • MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • BA in English Literature and Language from Winthrop University

Work experience


Oct, 2023 — Present

I provide developmental and copy edits, as well as proofreading and factchecking services, for BetterSleep's Meditations and SleepTales.

Authors Publish

Mar, 2021 — Present

● Design curriculums for speculative fiction course, novella course, and one-week fiction intensive course
● Provide extensive developmental feedback on students’ manuscripts
● Hold lectures and discussions with students via weekly Zoom meetings, as well as online platforms Thinkific, Discord, and Circle
● Assign readings and writing exercises from assortment of different narrative traditions, genres, and experimental forms
● Facilitate group workshops
● Guide students through process of submitting to literary journals and presses
● Hold regular office hours

Lookout Books

Sep, 2017 — Oct, 2018 (about 1 year)

● Managed Instagram account

● Attended weekly meetings with editors

● Performed copyediting and fact-checking

● Helped create promotional content, solicit authors, and design layout for Trespass: Ecotone Essayists Beyond the Boundaries of Place, Identity, and Feminism anthology

● Contributed to Lookout Books/Ecotone blog

The Asian American Literary Review

May, 2017 — Mar, 2019 (almost 2 years)

● Solicited authors for publication

● Attended virtual meetings with editors

● Coordinated payments

● Worked alongside editorial team to select pieces for publication

● Wrote book reviews

● Shipped and processed orders for print issues

Chautaqua Journal

Sep, 2016 — Jun, 2017 (9 months)

● Read over submissions and selected pieces for publication

● Attended weekly meetings with editors to discuss

● Performed copyediting and fact-checking

● Helped promote and schedule launch party

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Aug, 2016 — May, 2020 (over 3 years)

● Created lesson plans, designed curriculums for beginner and advanced-level fiction, nonfiction, and poetry courses

● Graded papers and portfolios

● Led workshops

● Met with students via office hours to help them hone their personal craft

Winthrop University

Oct, 2013 — Jul, 2016 (over 2 years)

Assistant editor for The Anthology: Winthrop University’s Art and Literary Magazine

Worked with the editor-in-chief to direct our team of prose, poetry, art, and photography editors.

Led team-building exercises and meetings, assigned tasks, assisted in hiring process, approved designs and layouts made by the graphic designer

Copyedited all issues before finalization, organized group of volunteers, communicated directly with those who submitted or expressed interest in the publication

Daisuke has 14 reviews





Timothy R.

Timothy R.

Apr, 2024

I am very happy with Daisuke's edits and suggestions to the short story I wrote. I've never written anything professionally so writing a good piece is difficult for me, and I was kind of embaressed to show anyone what I had written. But I'm glad I did, because Daisuke's suggestions and insights were really encouraging. Her edits were very detailed and I know exactly what to focus on in rewritin...
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Raymond B.

Raymond B.

Jan, 2024

Daisuke provided excellent feedback and went above and beyond with their editorial assessments. They went deeper than just the exterior of my story and dug deep into the heart of it, bringing attention to areas I hadn't thought about. I would highly recommend collaborating with Daisuke on any project.
Isabelle J.

Isabelle J.

Jul, 2023

Working with Daisuke was amazing! Her feedback was so insightful and perceptive. She was able to read my stories with a level of depth I was blown away by. Her advice helped me to see my stories so much more clearly and I can't express how helpful it was in letting me see which direction to go with them. Beyond all of this she is so incredibly kind and encouraging-- you will be treated with res...
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L.E. S.

L.E. S.

Apr, 2023

I am still reeling from the care, depth, and concrete methods of improving my manuscript Daisuke provided to me. This was the first professional editor I've ever worked with and part of why I waited so long was I was afraid of mistreatment. My novel is still "something to be" and I have no important "name" but I was treated as if I did. I was treated like my work matters. I especially enjoyed ...
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Daisuke S.
Thank you so much, L.E. You were a joy to work with, and I am so glad to have been able to be a small part of this process. Can't wait to see where this manuscript takes you!!
Casey F.

Casey F.

Jan, 2023

Daisuke was super thorough in regards to copy editing and gave excellent recommendations for my novel. Would absolutely hire again!

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