Dan Crissman

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Brooklyn, NY, United States

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

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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).

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
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Economics
History
Home & Garden
Life Sciences
Mathematics & Statistics
Nature
Politics & Current Affairs
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Sports & outdoor recreation
Travel
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Historical Fiction
Literature
Plays & Screenplays

Work experience

Freelance Writer & Editor

Self-employed
January, 2017 – Present (over 1 year)

Author of forthcoming book Brewing Everything: How to Make Your Own Beer, Cider, Mead, Sake, and Other Fermented Beverages (Countryman Press / W. W. Norton, 2018)

Senior Editor

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

Acquired and edited more than 30 titles per year for the Countryman Press imprint in the areas of food, history, science, nature, outdoor, how-to, and travel.

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 (16 selected works)

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

War of Attrition: Fighting the First World War

William Philpott

“Philpott argues persuasively that the last hundred days of the war were the result of a steep learning curve necessitated by earlier bloodbaths.” ―The Wall Street JournalA Wall Street Journal Best Non-Fiction Book of 2014! The Great War of 1914–1918 was the first mass conflict to fully mobilize the resources of industrial powers against one another, resulting in a brutal, bloody, protracted w... read more

“Philpott argues persuasively that the last hundred days of the war were the result of a steep learning curve necessitated by earlier bloodbaths.” ―The Wall Street JournalA Wall Street Journal Best Non-Fiction Book of 2014! The Great War of 1914–1918 was the first mass conflict to fully mobilize the resources of industrial powers against one another, resulting in a brutal, bloody, protracted w... read more

The Secret Lives of Sports Fans

Eric Simons

Sports fandom is either an aspect of a person's fundamental identity, or completely incomprehensible to those who aren't fans at all.What is happening in our brains and bodies when we feel strong emotion while watching a game? How do sports fans resemble political junkies, and why do we form such a strong attachment to a sports team? Journalist Eric Simons presents in-depth research in an acce... read more

Sports fandom is either an aspect of a person's fundamental identity, or completely incomprehensible to those who aren't fans at all.What is happening in our brains and bodies when we feel strong emotion while watching a game? How do sports fans resemble political junkies, and why do we form such a strong attachment to a sports team? Journalist Eric Simons presents in-depth research in an acce... read more

Oh Beautiful Beer: The Evolution of Craft Beer and Design

Harvey Shepard

The beautifully illustrated homage to the art of beer―and the design that makes it stand out The craft beer boom of the last decade has led to an explosion of new breweries. In such a crowded market, how do you make your beer stand out from the crowd? For many of the best brewers, the secret is to have an eye-catching design, something that reflects the quality of the product within and the va... read more

The beautifully illustrated homage to the art of beer―and the design that makes it stand out The craft beer boom of the last decade has led to an explosion of new breweries. In such a crowded market, how do you make your beer stand out from the crowd? For many of the best brewers, the secret is to have an eye-catching design, something that reflects the quality of the product within and the va... 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

History Lessons: A Memoir of Madness, Memory, and the Brain

Clifton Crais

An acclaimed scholar tackles his greatest historical puzzle yet―his own abused past and tortured memory Born in Louisiana to a soon-to-be absent father and an alcoholic mother―who tried to drown him in a bathtub when he was three―Clifton Crais spent his childhood perched beside his mother on a too-tall bar stool, living with relatives too old or infirmed to care for him, or rambling on his own... read more

An acclaimed scholar tackles his greatest historical puzzle yet―his own abused past and tortured memory Born in Louisiana to a soon-to-be absent father and an alcoholic mother―who tried to drown him in a bathtub when he was three―Clifton Crais spent his childhood perched beside his mother on a too-tall bar stool, living with relatives too old or infirmed to care for him, or rambling on his own... read more

Mountain Man: John Colter, the Lewis & Clark Expedition, and the Call of the American West (American Grit)

David Weston Marshall

The extraordinary life of Lewis & Clark's right-hand manIn 1804, John Colter set out with Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on the first U.S. expedition to traverse the North American continent. During the twenty-eight month ordeal, Colter served as a hunter and scout, and honed his survival skills on the western frontier. But when the journey was over, Colter stayed behind, spending four mor... read more

The extraordinary life of Lewis & Clark's right-hand manIn 1804, John Colter set out with Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on the first U.S. expedition to traverse the North American continent. During the twenty-eight month ordeal, Colter served as a hunter and scout, and honed his survival skills on the western frontier. But when the journey was over, Colter stayed behind, spending four mor... 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

Che: A Graphic Biography

Sid Jacobson, Ernie Colón

A symbol of counterculture worldwide, Ernesto "Che" Guevara is one of the most, if not the most, recognizable and influential revolutionary figures of the twentieth century. From the pages of history textbooks to silk-screened T-shirts at Urban Outfitters, his mythologized face is positively unavoidable. But what, exactly, does this glorified image stand for?During his life, and perhaps even m... read more

A symbol of counterculture worldwide, Ernesto "Che" Guevara is one of the most, if not the most, recognizable and influential revolutionary figures of the twentieth century. From the pages of history textbooks to silk-screened T-shirts at Urban Outfitters, his mythologized face is positively unavoidable. But what, exactly, does this glorified image stand for?During his life, and perhaps even m... read more

Right of Boom: The Aftermath of Nuclear Terrorism

Benjamin Schwartz

A nuclear weapon explodes in a major American city and no one can prove who is responsible. The devastation is horrifying, but even more alarming is the limited options available for the United States government to respond. What happens next? In Right of Boom, national security specialist Benjamin Schwartz looks at what could happen after a nuclear explosion takes place in the United States, t... read more

A nuclear weapon explodes in a major American city and no one can prove who is responsible. The devastation is horrifying, but even more alarming is the limited options available for the United States government to respond. What happens next? In Right of Boom, national security specialist Benjamin Schwartz looks at what could happen after a nuclear explosion takes place in the United States, t... 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

Echoes of the Civil War: Capturing Battlefields through a Pinhole Camera

Michael Falco

A fresh and surprising look at the American Civil War through pinhole camera photographs of sesquicentennial battlefield reenactments In 2011, Michael Falco set out to document the American Civil War's 150th anniversary by photographing reenactments of more than 20 major battles―from the First Manassas, Antietam, and Chancellorsville to Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Appomattox. But rather than sh... read more

A fresh and surprising look at the American Civil War through pinhole camera photographs of sesquicentennial battlefield reenactments In 2011, Michael Falco set out to document the American Civil War's 150th anniversary by photographing reenactments of more than 20 major battles―from the First Manassas, Antietam, and Chancellorsville to Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Appomattox. But rather than sh... read more

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Kei kianpoor

Dan was fantastic. I believe there would be very little to fix in my book since it has been edited by highly competent professionals four times but Dan found a ton of things big and small that could be improved. His feedback focused not only small, detail oriented language and grammar and lots of punctuation, but also big picture items such as story, flow and structure. He did all of that wit...

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, April 2018


Peter Wilken

Dan is an excellent choice for me and we will continue with our collaboration. Professional, insightful and honest in his comments. Most valuable contribution that I believe is helping bring out the best in what I have to offer on this project.

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, January 2018


Kathryn Watts

We hired Dan for developmental editing and found him great to work with. His feedback was thoughtful and helpful. In all our exchanges, he was punctual and courteous. We would recommend him highly.

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, September 2017


Peter Schryvers

Dan gave me great feedback on my manuscript, providing me with the comments and direction I was looking for. He was responsive to understanding what I wanted from the edit, and followed up with a phone call so we could discuss his comments. He was incredibly helpful in moving my book in the direction it needed to go. I would recommend him strongly.

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, August 2017


Matt Brown

I like Dan a lot personally, and I'm not sure how much of this is actually his fault, but after purchasing two rounds of edits from me, multiple typos, including a few significant ones, still found their way into my final manuscript. Structurally, he absolutely made my manuscript much stronger. But even though he found a ton of copy mistakes, enough made it through that readers have mentioned t...

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, August 2017

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