Dan Tucker

Dan Tucker – Editor

Personable, funny, and experienced editor of nonfiction with a long list of titles for the world's best publishers.


I love helping writers bring shape, focus, and polish to their ideas and their stories, whether they've authored established bestsellers or are beginners.

For 20+ years, I've edited books for Penguin Random House, Hachette, Macmillan, and many others. I've also worked with self-published authors.

I’ve been on both sides of the editorial table, as writer and editor. I understand how to give you honest, respectful feedback. The goal is always to make the book better.


After I review your manuscript, I’ll:

**give you an editorial assessment and create a road map for bringing it to completion

**offer specific suggestions for revising the overall structure and content of your work, if we agree that’s necessary

**provide detailed comments about your voice and use of language, giving you specific suggestions for edits

** flag grammatical, spelling, and factual errors, as well as errors of consistency and clarity

** give you a realistic sense of where your book could fit into the publishing ecosystem


I’m the founding partner of Sideshow Media, a highly regarded book producer. Prior to founding Sideshow, I held executive editorial and marketing positions at publishers including Rizzoli, Stewart, Tabori & Chang (now part of Abrams), and Watson-Guptill/Billboard.


“During my tenure as Editorial Director of the Frommer’s Travel Guides, I had the sincere pleasure of working with Dan over a 3-year span on the critically acclaimed launch of our full-size, full-color “Day by Day” travel guides. … He was a creative, versatile, and rock-steady partner on a high-stakes project, and I would jump at the chance to work with him again."

—Kelly Regan, Editorial Director, Frommer’s

“You were extraordinary to take a risk on me, and so patient, and I feel like I got to use some of COVID time attending graduate school with the most wonderful professor.”

—Rebecca Ascher-Walsh, co-author, How to Survive Middle School: U.S. History (Random House Children's Books)

“Dan is one of those rare publishing people whose incredible smarts and literary sensibilities are complemented by enviable powers of organization, a profound understanding of the state of the business and how it has been transformed by the information age, and an almost preternatural affability.”

—Nathaniel Marunas, Executive Editor, Sterling Publishing and Publisher, Quercus Publishing

Let’s see if we’re a good match. I’m eager to hear your idea, read your work, and start a dialogue. Meanwhile, happy writing!

Art Biographies & Memoirs Children’s Non-Fiction Education & Reference Entertainment History Travel
Middle Grade
English (US)

Work experience


Jan, 2000 — Present

 Assemble and guide teams of editorial, design, and production talent to meet the needs of each individual project; negotiate contracts with all parties, including the publisher.
 Oversee every aspect of making a book—from developing an idea to editing, design, picture editing and research, and production.
 Hands-on developmental and line editing, working closely with writers on structure and language.
 Hands-on management of commissioned or acquired photographs, illustrations, or other artwork.
 Hands-on collaboration with design teams to insure that visuals and typography resonate with the text.

Sideshow focuses on travel, history, the visual and performing arts, popular culture, and the New York region.

Rizzoli International Publications

May, 1996 — Jun, 1999 (about 3 years)

Marketing Director
 Developed and maintained worldwide network of distributors and sales agents.
 Directed publicity, special sales, marketing and promotion departments and supervised all staff, trade show efforts, advertising and promotion.
 Participated in editorial meetings as a member of the core group that selected titles for publication; set financial targets and managed annual sales budgets for ~100 frontlist and ~700 backlist titles.

Dan has 1 review





Tsogtsaikhan T.

Tsogtsaikhan T.

Aug, 2022

Without any hassle, professionally edited the text of the book, thank you!
Dan T.
Thanks for the nice review, Do Taij. It's genuinely been a pleasure to help you craft Temujin's story for an English-language audience. No doubt he will conquer the West just as he did the most of ...
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