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 19 reviews





Jack R.

Jack R.

Feb, 2024

Daniel was great to work with. Very engaging, and gave me thoughtful, thorough feedback.
Kevin B.

Kevin B.

Jan, 2024

Worked with Daniel twice now. He edited a novel and helped with a query letter. He's the best. When you're the best - there's not much else to say about a fella.
Gregory T.

Gregory T.

Dec, 2023

It took very little time to realize that Daniel is a true professional and expert editor. His observations and suggestions are exactly what was needed to craft a well polished piece that now reads better than ever!
Kevin B.

Kevin B.

Nov, 2023

Daniel helped me with exactly what I needed to revise and complete my book. With a thorough detailed outline of my manuscript as well as the editorial letter, I now know exactly where I need to go with it. His suggestions are incredibly insightful and practical. Highly recommend using Daniel.
Kevin B.

Kevin B.

Oct, 2023

I was very lucky to have found Daniel for my first novel. He was fantastic to work with! His suggestions were insightful and incredibly helpful. A really brilliant editor!

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