Daniel Maurer

Daniel Maurer – Editor

Award-winning editor with 25+ years of experience editing novels, non-fiction books, and journalism.


I'm an award-winning editor with 25+ years of experience editing novels, non-fiction books, and journalism for New York magazine, New York Times, and others. I'm a two-time James Beard award winner and a National Magazine Award nominee specializing in literary fiction, arts, culture, food, humor, travel, and more.

As both an editor who has worked with hundreds of writers and a writer who has collaborated with many editors, I've been on both sides of the desk. I appreciate the value of an edit that is thorough and exacting but also respectful of an author's voice and vision. I've edited everyone from bestselling authors to student writers for whom English is a second language. You can count on me to give your work the line-by-line attention it deserves as well as "big picture" advice about character development, structure, pacing, tone, and other critical elements of storytelling.
Contemporary Fiction Humor & Comedy Literary Fiction
English (US)
  • James Beard Foundation Award
  • National Magazine Award (nominee)
  • MIN Best of the Web Award

Work experience

NYU Arthur L Carter Journalism Institute

Jan, 2011 — Jan, 2021 (about 10 years)

Founder and editor of Bedford + Bowery, a New York magazine site covering arts and culture in NYC. Also edited The Local East Village, a New York Times site covering local news in downtown NYC. I edited hundreds of student writers and and taught graduate-level classes in local journalism and food/fashion writing.

New York Magazine

Jan, 2004 — Jan, 2007 (about 3 years)

As founding editor of Grub Street, New York magazine's food and restaurant blog, I won two James Beard awards and was nominated for a National Magazine Award. I was also editor of New York magazine's online nightlife listings.


Jan, 2001 — Jan, 2004 (about 3 years)

Edited fiction and non-fiction books by bestselling authors such as Winston Groom, Michael Tolkin, and Todd Haynes. Acquired books in a variety of genres, including satirical fiction (Glen Duncan's Death of an Ordinary Man and I, Lucifer), history (Winston Groom's 1942), nature/popular culture (Andrew Blechman's Pigeons), literary fiction (Matthew McIntosh's Well) and screenplays (Todd Haynes's Far From Heaven).

Daniel has 26 reviews





Hadjy B.

Hadjy B.

Jun, 2024

Daniel was thoughtful and attentive from the initial quote request (he read through all of my sample material and gave feedback). It felt like I had someone who was personally interested in my work involved. He had an intuitive understanding of where I was coming from and a clear vision of what my work could be. The combination of his writing knowledge and his knowledge of the market really hel...
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evered H.

evered H.

May, 2024

I'm super thankful I decided to go with Daniel. His edits were incredibly in-depth and insightful and I feel like I've grown a lot as a writer just by taking on his suggestions. I highly recommend using Daniel for your manuscript!
Brendan P.

Brendan P.

May, 2024

I've had mixed experiences with editors before but, from the start, there was an excitement about the project in Daniel's pitch that got him the job, and that was more than fulfilled in what he delivered. While I don't agree with all of his suggestions, all of them were well argued, and well thought out, all to tighten up the manuscript and push the story up a couple of levels of quality to ge...
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Larry S.

Larry S.

Apr, 2024

Daniel was great in every way. Would definitely use again without bothering to get quotes from others.
Steve C.

Steve C.

Mar, 2024

Daniel 100% ‘got’ my project from the jump. Given how subjective humor can be, he offered comprehensive and effective development notes, as well as insightful third party references to guide the material. He also gave some useful tips on getting the project out into the market. Responsive and proactive, I will certainly be using his services on future projects.

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