Danielle Collins

Danielle Collins - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Dedicated editor of various genres and age groups, including picture books, middle grade, YA, adult mysteries/thrillers, and biographies.

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I'm an editor, copyeditor, and proofreader with experience working at trade, independent, and academic publishing houses. I currently work with picture books and middle grade novels on an editorial team at Simon & Schuster. Previously, at Sourcebooks, I worked with adult fiction titles ranging from psychological thrillers to historical fiction. At Yale University Press, I worked with biographies for the Jewish Lives series, as well as academic monographs in the subjects of religion, classics, and literature. I have also served as an editor for online platforms, including editing fiction and creative nonfiction pieces at a literary magazine and journalistic blog posts for a university blog.

As an editor, I'm here to make your writing the best it can be without compromising your voice or style. It's your work, after all! Working with everything from novels to picture books to monographs has given me the skills to edit on a line-by-line basis and give broader developmental edits. If you'd like feedback on your project as a whole, I can provide recommendations for plot, structure, and clarity. If you're looking to get into the nitty gritty details, I can copyedit and/or proofread manuscripts for grammar, syntax, and style. I'd love to be a part of your next project!
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Middle Grade
Mystery & Crime
Picture Books
Thriller & Suspense
Young Adult Fantasy


  • Jimmy Gauntt Memorial Award

Work experience

Editorial Assistant

Simon & Schuster
November, 2020 – Present (about 2 years)

As the assistant to two children's imprints at Simon & Schuster, I work with picture books of various genres, as well as middle grade fiction.

Acquisitions Editorial Intern

Yale University Press
June, 2019 – August, 2019 (2 months)

I reviewed book proposals and queries, either sending rejections or passing the project along to the proper editor— in other words, I know what editors are looking for. I also wrote memos for editorial meetings, advocating for the acquisition of new titles with compelling summaries and persuasive data.

Editorial Intern

Sourcebooks Publishing
June, 2018 – August, 2018 (2 months)

I edited novels in a variety of genres, from thrillers to historical fiction, providing line edits and developmental feedback. I wrote appealing back cover copy, along with internal reading materials such as reading group guides and author Q&As. I reviewed book proposals, writing reader's reports for promising projects or sending rejections.

Editor In Chief

Trojans 360
April, 2018 – May, 2020 (about 2 years)

Trojans 360 is an informational blog for the University of Southern California. I copyedited blog posts, focusing on grammar, tone, and style to enhance the reader experience. I also wrote social media copy for blog posts to grow Trojans 360 readership, which doubled during my time as Editor In Chief.

Fiction Editor

Palaver Arts Magazine
December, 2016 – May, 2020 (over 3 years)

I edited short-form fiction and creative nonfiction pieces, providing developmental feedback and line edits. I reviewed submissions and selected pieces for publication.

Portfolio (6 selected works)

Trust Me When I Lie

Stevenson, Benjamin

Templar Silks

Chadwick, Elizabeth

The Last Dog on Earth

Walker, Adrian J.

Danielle has 6 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Margot Potter
Danielle was wonderful to work with. New to picture book writing, Danielle helped me with continuity issues and some plot points. Her editing recommendations helped the focus of the story and were all delivered ahead of schedule. I look forward to working with Danielle again on many more manuscripts.

Margot Potter, January 2022

Danielle Collins
It was wonderful to work with you as well, Margot! I look forward to reading and editing more of your work in the future.

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Hili Jeffery
Working together with Danielle was an absolute pleasure from start to finish. With a wonderful approach, attention to detail, and valuable guidance, she has helped turn my manuscript into the best version of itself. She definitely puts her heart into her work, and it's reflected in her precise comments and edits. Her insights are gold. The communication with Danielle was always pleasant and fri...
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Hili Jeffery, March 2021

Danielle Collins
Thank you, Hili, for a wonderful collaboration! I so appreciate your kind words, and would be thrilled to work together again.

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Klein Sitwala
Danielle is a fine editor. From her attitude and professionalism, to her attention to detail - every aspect of her work was top notch. She has a genuine enthusiasm for all projects she accepts and puts in her best efforts to ensure they develop into their highest-quality form. Working with her was an absolute joy. Her clarity and authenticity in communication were so helpful, especially coupl...
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Klein Sitwala, November 2020

Danielle Collins
I appreciate your kind words, Klein. It was truly an honor to work with you and contribute to your already commendable manuscript. I hope to work together again in the future.

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Rachel Robertson
Danielle communicated with me throughout our editing process with professionalism and kindness. Her notes and advice on my manuscript were thorough, detailed, and organized. Her responses were quick and helpful. I would recommend her to anyone that fits within her criteria of work. I will reach out to her again for upcoming projects.

Rachel Robertson, September 2020

Danielle Collins
Thank you so much, Rachel! I really enjoyed working on your exciting manuscript, and would love to work with you again in the future.

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Karen Reyes
Danielle exceeded by expectations! The level of thought, detail and advice she provided was beyond valuable. It was my first time working with an editor and was nervous about it. Danielle helped me walk through the process with patience and the guidance I needed. Her comments and suggestions greatly improve my story in clarity and structure. I would recommend her talents to any writer!

Karen Reyes, July 2020

Danielle Collins
Thank you for your review, Karen! You are an excellent writer and I was honored to be a part of your project.

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