Dan Crissman

Dan Crissman - Editor

Cleveland, OH, USA

Professional editor with over a decade of experience at W. W. Norton, FSG, and top-tier indies.

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Overview

I'm a professional editor specializing in history, popular science, memoir, how-to, and travel books. I've worked at major publishing houses—including HarperCollins, Macmillan, and W. W. Norton—for over a decade, editing books as varied as a sweeping history of African Americans (CHILDREN OF FIRE by Thomas C. Holt) to a mystery series set in 1930s New York (Peter Quinn's Fintan Dunne novels) to a coffee table book about beer label design (OH BEAUTIFUL BEER by Harvey Shepard). I've also written two books: BREWING EVERYTHING (Norton, 2018) and CLEVELAND IN 50 MAPS (Belt, 2019).

For the past several years, I've been working with self-published authors on a freelance basis and have found it extremely rewarding. Whether it's an in-depth edit or just a finishing touch, I love helping authors who might not fit the traditional publishing model realize their vision and get their work out into the world.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
History
Nature
Political Science & Current Affairs
Travel
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Historical Fiction

Work experience

Associate Publisher

Belt Publishing
September, 2017 – October, 2021 (about 4 years)

Acquires and edits for an independent press based in the Rust Belt.

Freelance Writer & Editor

Self-employed
January, 2017 – Present (almost 5 years)

Works with agents, publishers, and authors across a variety of genres.

Senior Editor

W. W. Norton & Company
October, 2014 – January, 2017 (about 2 years)

Acquired and edited roughly 30 titles per year for the Countryman Press imprint.

Senior Editor

The Overlook Press
August, 2011 – October, 2014 (about 3 years)

Acquired and edited an eclectic list of history, popular science, memoir, and fiction of all stripes. Worked with authors such as Charles Portis, Milton Glaser, and Elizabeth Drew.

Assistant Editor

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
March, 2009 – July, 2011 (over 2 years)

Edited scholarly and crossover trade history for the Hill & Wang imprint. Worked with authors such as Elie Wiesel, Eric Foner, and the late Harvey Pekar.

Portfolio (18 selected works)

Cleveland in 50 Maps

Crissman, Dan, Tachovsky, Evan, Wilson, David

The History of the Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War

Vernon Benjamin

Sailing down the river that would later bear his captain’s name, explorer Robert Juet described the Hudson River Valley in 1609 as a “drowned land” submerged by a “great lake of water.” Over the next two centuries, this drowned landscape would be the site of a truly historic flowering of art, literature, architecture, innovation, and revolutionary fervor―drawing comparisons to another fertile ... read more

Sailing down the river that would later bear his captain’s name, explorer Robert Juet described the Hudson River Valley in 1609 as a “drowned land” submerged by a “great lake of water.” Over the next two centuries, this drowned landscape would be the site of a truly historic flowering of art, literature, architecture, innovation, and revolutionary fervor―drawing comparisons to another fertile ... read more

The Fermented Man: A Year on the Front Lines of a Food Revolution

Derek Dellinger

Fermentation is all the rage in health and fitness circles, but can a person live for one year on nothing but fermented foods? One brave homebrewer tries to find out.On January 1, 2014, homebrewer and writer Derek Dellinger began a journey that would change nearly everything he thought he knew about fermented food and beverage―and as a beer expert, he knew a lot. For an entire year, Dellinger ... read more

Fermentation is all the rage in health and fitness circles, but can a person live for one year on nothing but fermented foods? One brave homebrewer tries to find out.On January 1, 2014, homebrewer and writer Derek Dellinger began a journey that would change nearly everything he thought he knew about fermented food and beverage―and as a beer expert, he knew a lot. For an entire year, Dellinger ... read more

Children of Fire: A History of African Americans

Thomas C. Holt

Ordinary people don't experience history as it is taught by historians. They live across the convenient chronological divides we impose on the past. The same people who lived through the Civil War and the eradication of slavery also dealt with the hardships of Reconstruction, so why do we almost always treat them separately? In this groundbreaking new book, renowned historian Thomas C. Holt ch... read more

Ordinary people don't experience history as it is taught by historians. They live across the convenient chronological divides we impose on the past. The same people who lived through the Civil War and the eradication of slavery also dealt with the hardships of Reconstruction, so why do we almost always treat them separately? In this groundbreaking new book, renowned historian Thomas C. Holt ch... read more

Dry Bones: A Novel

Peter Quinn

Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel Fintan Dunne, the detective at the center of The Man Who Never Returned and Hour of the Cat, is back in this spellbinding story of an ill-fated OSS mission into the heart of the Eastern front and its consequences more than a decade after the war's end. As the Red Army continues its unstoppable march toward Be... read more

Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel Fintan Dunne, the detective at the center of The Man Who Never Returned and Hour of the Cat, is back in this spellbinding story of an ill-fated OSS mission into the heart of the Eastern front and its consequences more than a decade after the war's end. As the Red Army continues its unstoppable march toward Be... read more

Drinking Water: A History

James Salzman

When we turn on the tap or twist open a tall plastic bottle, we might not give a second thought to where our drinking water comes from. But how it gets from the ground to the glass is far more complex than we might think. With concerns over pollution and new technologies like fracking, is it safe to drink tap water? Should we feel guilty buying bottled water? Is the water we drink vulnerable t... read more

When we turn on the tap or twist open a tall plastic bottle, we might not give a second thought to where our drinking water comes from. But how it gets from the ground to the glass is far more complex than we might think. With concerns over pollution and new technologies like fracking, is it safe to drink tap water? Should we feel guilty buying bottled water? Is the water we drink vulnerable t... read more

Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me

Harvey Pekar

Harvey Pekar's mother was a Zionist by way of politics. His father was a Zionist by way of faith. Whether Harvey was going to daily Hebrew classes or attending Zionist picnics, he grew up a staunch supporter of the Jewish state. But soon he found himself questioning the very beliefs and ideals of his parents.In Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me, the final graphic memoir from the man who de... read more

Harvey Pekar's mother was a Zionist by way of politics. His father was a Zionist by way of faith. Whether Harvey was going to daily Hebrew classes or attending Zionist picnics, he grew up a staunch supporter of the Jewish state. But soon he found himself questioning the very beliefs and ideals of his parents.In Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me, the final graphic memoir from the man who de... read more

The Homebrewer's Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to Making Your Own Beer from Scratch

Marika Josephson, Aaron Kleidon, Ryan Tockstein

The complete resource for brewing beer with farmed and foraged ingredients, featuring over 50 recipes Forget hops: The revolution in craft beer is taking place in gardens, farmer’s markets, and deep in the woods outside rural towns across the country. It’s beer that offers a sense of place, incorporating locally sourced and seasonally harvested ingredients into traditional (and untraditional) ... read more

The complete resource for brewing beer with farmed and foraged ingredients, featuring over 50 recipes Forget hops: The revolution in craft beer is taking place in gardens, farmer’s markets, and deep in the woods outside rural towns across the country. It’s beer that offers a sense of place, incorporating locally sourced and seasonally harvested ingredients into traditional (and untraditional) ... read more

Storied Bars of New York: Where Literary Luminaries Go to Drink

Delia Cabe

Explore the fabled past and vibrant present of New York’s literary bar scene Want to know what it’s like to pull up a stool with the likes of Hemingway, Updike, or Capote? Curious how Jay McInerney takes his martini, or where to find Colson Whitehead’s favorite neighborhood bar? For well-read drinkers and boozy bookworms everywhere comes Storied Bars of New York, a photographic and historical ... read more

Explore the fabled past and vibrant present of New York’s literary bar scene Want to know what it’s like to pull up a stool with the likes of Hemingway, Updike, or Capote? Curious how Jay McInerney takes his martini, or where to find Colson Whitehead’s favorite neighborhood bar? For well-read drinkers and boozy bookworms everywhere comes Storied Bars of New York, a photographic and historical ... read more

Clutter: An Untidy History

Howard, Jennifer

Midwest Futures

Christman, Phil

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Avalon Radys
Dan was an absolute breeze to work with as a publisher: he was very communicative and detail oriented, and he stuck to his deadlines perfectly. His work is very thorough and brings the manuscript up to the level of professionalism we'd like to see for all manuscripts. We look forward to working with Dan again!

Avalon Radys, November 2020


Travis Apple
Dan was great to work with throughout the entire process. With it being my first book, I had a lot of questions and many of them weren't part of editing but he was always more than willing to assist throughout the entire process. Dan was very timely and informative and did a tremendous job on the editing and production of the book. I would highly recommend Dan as he was very good and most impo...
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Travis Apple, November 2020


Irma Sanchez
Mr. Crissman was very professional. His edits were ready when he said. He had some great suggestions and was easy to talk to. I highly recommend him.

Irma Sanchez, May 2020


Simon Kwok
When I first searched for an editor, I was looking for one with biological science background. This is because I am a biochemist writing my autobiography. There are lots of science projects described in my book. During the search, I noticed one comment on Mr. Dan Crissman that he would give line-by-line edits in addition to a summary of comments on the manuscript. So I gave him a try, and I am ...
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Simon Kwok, May 2019


Rick Schneider
Dan clearly put in a fair amount of time and thought in reviewing my text. His notes about the text and comments in the text were very insightful and very helpful. I think my novel will be much stronger as a result!

Rick Schneider, December 2018

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