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Dan Crissman

Dan Crissman - Editor

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.

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Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels Historical Fiction Literature Plays & Screenplays
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

Work experience

Senior Editor

W. W. Norton & Company

October, 2014 – Present (about 2 years)

Acquires and edits 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 (9 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

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

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Ibrahim Zabad

Dan is a superb editor. I asked him to do a line edit and I am very happy with his work. Very professional and precise. He is very skilled at delivering a clean copy that is ready for print. I highly recommend him.

Ibrahim Zabad, October 2016

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