Daniel J. Tortora

Daniel J. Tortora – Editor

The insightful and supportive copy editor + coach behind dozens of first-time authors’ books. Self-help, dating, humor, health, US history.


Let’s get you ready and excited to publish.🥳

If you’re here for expert copy editing, an editorial assessment, or book coaching that’s right on the money . . . delivered in a supportive and insightful way . . . backed by 6+ years’ of full-time experience and dozens of happy authors . . . request a quote today.

Since my time as a fun and enthusiastic professor (trained by a Pulitzer Prize-winner!), I’ve been the secret weapon behind dozens of polished and publication-ready book manuscripts.🥷

Many of the authors I work with are solopreneurs, coaches, or recent retirees. For others, writing a book (or books) is a hobby, a side-gig, a passion, or a bucket-list item.

The world needs your book. Now is your time. You have expertise or experience to share. And I can help you look better and feel good about doing that.

I’m drawn to books and authors that aim to wow🤯, empower or inspire🤩, or make people laugh.🤣

Unique approaches, first-time authors, and projects with tight turnarounds are welcome! I got you!

When you work with me, you will . . .

✅Receive the guidance you need—so you can write better, dazzle readers, and publish something you can be proud of.

✅Get clear and actionable edits and comments based on industry standards and best practices, your genre, your goals, and your readers.

✅Know exactly what’s needed and how to fix it—with to-the-point, objective, and, at times, humorous insight.

✅Be kept in the loop. (Regular updates=less stress.)

✅Feel motivated and inspired.

📩 If you have a great book in you but need a little expert assistance to reach your author goals in 2024, tell me about your project and request a quote today.

**Of the dozens of books I’ve edited and authors I’ve coached since 2017, two thirds have self-published, and the remaining third have gone with 12+ different well-known traditional publishers and several hybrid publishers.


• Self-Help & Self-Improvement

• Dating, Sex & Relationships

• US History, Local History, and Biography

• Humor/Comedy

• Health & Wellness

• Writing & Publishing

• Reference

Also experienced in and looking for:

• Entertainment and Pop Culture

• Regional Interest: New England, USA

• Reference

**All editing is done in American English using The Chicago Manual of Style, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, and the Oxford (aka serial) comma, and is fueled by chocolate, 6+ years of full-time experience, and a burning desire to see your book published and well-received.

😁 Fun facts: Former DJ—’80s music. Broke my leg twice—in fall and spring of sixth grade. I love Detroit pizza, UConn basketball, and classic cars. Outdoorsy. A twice-traditionally-published author—with a trade press and a university press. Fav. musical instrument: the triangle.

Biographies & Memoirs Health & Wellbeing History Self-Help & Self-Improvement Sex & Relationships Writing & Publishing
English (US)
  • George C. Rogers Jr. Award, South Carolina Historical Society
  • PhD, history

Work experience


Apr, 2017 — Present

• Help authors write, revise, and publish irresistible nonfiction books in these genres: self-help; sex and relationships; humor, biography, history (US history, Native American history, family history, military history, and local history), pop culture, and science.
• Help authors outline, organize, craft, and improve book manuscripts.
• Review, copy edit, and provide helpful feedback for authors and publishers.
• Ensure consistency and conformity with style guidelines, tone, clarity and readability, intended audience, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling rules.
• Review and edit query letters and book proposals.
• Provide coaching on writing, getting published and self publishing, and more.
• Coach authors on getting published and on self publishing.
• Prepare book metadata: keywords, BISAC categories, editorial reviews, cover design suggestions, and book descriptions.
• Format references and captions.
• Help authors better connect with their readers.
• Write 85+ articles for authors.
• Provide expertise to bloggers and journalists.

Colby College

Sep, 2011 — Aug, 2017 (almost 6 years)

• Taught writing-intensive courses to college students.
• Reviewed manuscripts (editorial assessment) for publishers and for other authors.
• Wrote and published two books with traditional publishers.


Daniel J. has 5 reviews





Andrew R.

Andrew R.

Oct, 2023

Didnt know what to expect and got more than I was hoping for. Was immediately inspired to fix some mistakes and get re focused on the project with clear directions to take the book. Thanks Daniel.
Bill C.

Bill C.

Aug, 2023

Daniel's quality copy editing and helpful feedback made my book better, and working with him was a smooth process. I appreciated that he enjoyed the work, he understood what I wanted, and he was encouraging. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to publish with confidence. It was definitely worth the investment.
Franklin D.

Franklin D.

Jun, 2023

It was a pleasure working with Daniel, and he proved to be a highly professional and knowledgeable copy editor. He communicated promptly and delivered my project ahead of schedule. I will look forward to working with Daniel on my next project, and I wholeheartedly recommend him to work on yours! Walter Franklin Davis, Author
Kerson R.

Kerson R.

May, 2023

Daniel is a professional. He has really helped with this book. He's a great communicator. He made sure I kept my voice in the book with professional suggestions. I am really happy with the result. I hope to work with him again in the future.
Madeline B.

Madeline B.

Feb, 2023

Daniel was very upfront and clear about his editing process. He delivered what he promised, providing check-in points regularly and a detailed cover letter with the final edits. He provided effective feedback and suggestions. He asked relevant questions about how I wanted things to read. He also ensured the book read more consistently. I highly recommend him.

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