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Daniel Burgess

Daniel Burgess - Editor

Brooklyn, NY, United States

A freelance editor with experience working for a big five publisher on a broad range of literary and historical fiction as well as memoir

Overview

Previously an assistant editor at Scribner, where he contributed to numerous New York Times bestsellers, Daniel Burgess currently works as an editorial consultant out of New York City. He specializes in editing literary fiction, historical fiction, thrillers, and personal memoir. In addition to the freedom that freelancing gives him to advise writers closely, Daniel especially loves helping first-time authors to develop the structure and voice of their manuscripts.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies Comics & Graphic Novels Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction Literature Poetry Short Story Thriller
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Music

Certifications

  • Graduate Certificate, Columbia Publishing Course, Columbia University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Comparative Literature, New York University

Work experience

Assistant Editor

Scribner

April, 2013 – June, 2014 (about 1 year)

-Acquired forthcoming memoirs from New York Times contributor Sam Polk and New School professor Nora Krug
-Edited and represented for the company a select list of authors including poet David Lehman (The Best American Poetry series), journalist Nell Lake (The Caregivers), novelist Richard C. Morais (The Hundred-Foot Journey), and novelist Brad Smith (Crow’s Landing, Shoot the Dog)
-Liaised between Production team and the Publisher’s authors including Stephen King (11/22/63, Doctor Sleep), National Book Award winner Andrew Solomon (Far from the Tree), and National Book Award nominee Rachel Kushner (The Flamethrowers)

Editorial Assistant

Scribner

May, 2011 – March, 2013 (almost 2 years)

-Liaised between Production team and the Editor-in-Chief’s authors including PEN/Saul Bellow Award winner Don DeLillo (The Angel Esmeralda), Booker Prize nominee Colm Toibin (Nora Webster, The Testament of Mary), and National Book Award nominee Jayne Anne Phillips (Quiet Dell)
-Evaluated and responded to submissions; wrote flap copy and sales points for book promotion

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Shoot the Dog (Virgil Cain Mystery)

Brad Smith

In upstate New York, Virgil Cain is drawing hay behind his team of massive Percherons when two movie scouts show up and offer $500 a day to use the horses in a film to be shot in the area. Virgil, in need of cash, reluctantly pockets the money, but he soon finds the chaotic set of Frontier Woman to be more trouble than it’s worth. Savvy producer Sam Sawchuk is in over her head; when she’s not ... read more

In upstate New York, Virgil Cain is drawing hay behind his team of massive Percherons when two movie scouts show up and offer $500 a day to use the horses in a film to be shot in the area. Virgil, in need of cash, reluctantly pockets the money, but he soon finds the chaotic set of Frontier Woman to be more trouble than it’s worth. Savvy producer Sam Sawchuk is in over her head; when she’s not ... read more

The Best American Poetry 2013

David Lehman

Over the last twenty-five years, the Best American Poetry series has become an annual rite of autumn, eagerly awaited and hotly debated: “an essential purchase” (The Washington Post). This year, guest editor Denise Duhamel brings her wit and enthusiasm and her commitment to poetry in all its wide variety to bear on her choices for The Best American Poetry 2013. These acts of imagination—from k... read more

Over the last twenty-five years, the Best American Poetry series has become an annual rite of autumn, eagerly awaited and hotly debated: “an essential purchase” (The Washington Post). This year, guest editor Denise Duhamel brings her wit and enthusiasm and her commitment to poetry in all its wide variety to bear on her choices for The Best American Poetry 2013. These acts of imagination—from k... read more

New and Selected Poems

David Lehman

Drawing from a wealth of material produced over the course of more than forty years, David Lehman’s New and Selected Poems displays the remarkable range of his poetic genius. A gathering of stunning new poems, prose poems, and translations from modern French masters ushers in the book. Selections from each of Lehman’s seven full-length books of poetry follow and are capped off by a coda of imp... read more

Drawing from a wealth of material produced over the course of more than forty years, David Lehman’s New and Selected Poems displays the remarkable range of his poetic genius. A gathering of stunning new poems, prose poems, and translations from modern French masters ushers in the book. Selections from each of Lehman’s seven full-length books of poetry follow and are capped off by a coda of imp... read more

The Caregivers: A Support Group's Stories of Slow Loss, Courage, and Love

Nell Lake

A moving, intimate, and compassionate book that chronicles the experiences of a group of long-term caregivers and illuminates critical issues of old age, end-of-life care, medical reform, and social policy In 2010, journalist Nell Lake began sitting in on the weekly meetings of a local hospital’s caregivers support group. Soon members invited her into their lives. For two years, she brought em... read more

A moving, intimate, and compassionate book that chronicles the experiences of a group of long-term caregivers and illuminates critical issues of old age, end-of-life care, medical reform, and social policy In 2010, journalist Nell Lake began sitting in on the weekly meetings of a local hospital’s caregivers support group. Soon members invited her into their lives. For two years, she brought em... read more

The Best American Poetry 2014

Edited by the National Book Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes, the foremost annual anthology of contemporary American poetry returns: “A ‘best’ anthology that really lives up to its title” (Chicago Tribune).The first book of poetry that Terrance Hayes ever bought was the 1990 edition of The Best American Poetry, edited by Jorie Graham. Hayes was then an undergrad at a small South Carolina coll... read more

Edited by the National Book Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes, the foremost annual anthology of contemporary American poetry returns: “A ‘best’ anthology that really lives up to its title” (Chicago Tribune).The first book of poetry that Terrance Hayes ever bought was the 1990 edition of The Best American Poetry, edited by Jorie Graham. Hayes was then an undergrad at a small South Carolina coll... read more

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