Daniel Waterman

Daniel Waterman – Editor

A seasoned and devoted editor with over 27 years in trade and scholarly publishing, from fiction to history to memoir.


I am a seasoned acquiring editor and publisher with over 27 years in trade and scholarly book publishing, with substantive experience guiding authors through every stage in their journey towards publication, or simply their own personal creative fulfillment. I have guided hundreds of authors—in genres as wide-ranging as fiction, memoir, criticism, biography, history, and current affairs—in crafting compelling proposals and pitches, developmental editing at the conceptual and structural level, and from copyediting to proofreading to finished book. I've helped many authors who I have not published myself secure agents and successfully place their own manuscripts with fitting publishers.

My goal is to make each of the writers I counsel into the most effective and engaging storytellers they can be. Few endeavors gratify me more than helping authors realize their own ambitions, discover or fine-tune their voice, and shape the stories they wish to share in the most persuasive manner possible, so that their readers will feel as invested in the narrative as the author is in crafting it.

I am candid, and sometimes I will share hard truths, but never with anything but an eye towards identifying the the most promising way forward.
Biographies & Memoirs Humanities & Social Sciences Religion & Spirituality Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Coming of Age Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction Young Adult
English (US)
  • B.A. Humanities
  • M.A. English
  • M.F.A. Creative Writing

Work experience

The University of Alabama Press

Nov, 2000 — Present

I presently serve as the editor-in-chief and humanities editor at The University of Alabama Press where I oversee a publication program of 55 to 60 new titles a year in the fields of southern and civil rights history, literary studies, American religious history, theatre history, law and legal studies, African American studies, and early modern and Renaissance studies, among other fields, including original fiction and memoir.

My job is to actively recruit promising new authors in highly demanding fields, assess their work, persuade the best of them to sign contracts with us, guide them through the submission and review process, and develop their manuscripts for maximum clarity and impact—to transform them into effective storytellers, in short.

Rizzoli International Publications

May, 1989 — May, 1993 (about 4 years)

Editor of art, architecture, design, and photography books for one the most esteemed publishers of illustrated and coffee-table books in North America.


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Mario M.

Mario M.

Aug, 2023

Daniel has been an incredible help and always gives realistic advice. I have enjoyed working with him and will continue to work with him in the future.
Mark A.

Mark A.

Dec, 2022

I really enjoyed working with Dan and he added tremendous value to my query letter and book proposal with great insight into both university and trade publications. I highly recommend Dan and hope to work with him again.

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