Danielle Dresser

Danielle Dresser – Editor

Developmental Editor with 15+ years of experience from every side of publishing and the marketplace knowledge to make your book shine.

Overview

I'm a publishing professional with experience in developmental editing at all stages of the editorial process, as well as in book marketing and PR for genre fiction. I began working in traditional publishing, focused on marketing and PR for fiction, specifically romance (all subgenres), women's fiction, historical fiction, and literary fiction. Since then, I've worked as a managing editor of a book review website, a book podcast co-host, an events coordinator at an independent bookstore, and a published contemporary romance author. Through these experiences, I've become an advocate for authors and their books, and I want to continue to bring quality content to readers.


Having been involved in almost all aspects of the publishing industry, I can offer insight and advice on a variety of topics - editorial content, PR and Marketing plans, how best to spend advertising dollars, and more.

Services
Fiction
Contemporary Romance Historical Fiction Historical Romance Literary Fiction Paranormal Romance Romantic Comedy Time Travel Romance Women's Fiction
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • Editorial Freelance Association Editing Romance Course
  • Editorial Freelance Association Editing Fiction Course

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 2021 — Present

- Writing as Danielle Jackson: THE ACCIDENTAL PINUP (July 2022) and ACCIDENTALLY IN LOVE (August 2023), both published by Berkley/Penguin RandomHouse
- Moderate industry panels, book events, romance book clubs with Chicagoland bookstores and author groups, including Anderson’s Bookshop, Love’s Sweet Arrow, Volumes BookCafe, The Book Stall, Barnes and Noble, and more
- Hosted Boozy Book Broads, a monthly YouTube chat show—September 2020-September 2022
- Appear on numerous romance podcasts, including Learning the Tropes, Smart Authors Trashy Books, SSR Podcast, Happy to Meet Cute, Torn Bodice Book Report, Romance in Colour, Make Out Already, and more
- Attend national and local conferences, book signings, panels, and reader events celebrating the romance genre

Anderson's Bookshop

Feb, 2022 — Dec, 2022 (11 months)

- Confirmed author events hosted at a celebrated independent bookstore
- Contacted publicists, publisher sales reps, and authors to coordinate schedules and run-of-show logistics
- Hosted events—set up and break down, checking in customers, author assistance, introduced authors and conversation partners, conducted event interviews, and miscellaneous duties as assigned (including hosting virtual events via Zoom)
- Coordinated with local organizations for community fundraisers year-round
- Wrote and sent press releases to alert local and publishing trade media of all bookstore events
- Created event ticketing links on

Fresh Fiction

Jun, 2017 — Jan, 2024 (over 6 years)

● Schedule all blog appearances from guest authors and regular columnists, as well as conduct interviews with authors over email, and format articles before they are posted on the blog
● Attend local and national conferences, panels, and workshops on behalf of Fresh Fiction
● Works with local bookstores on author events, book clubs, featured books, and more
● Conducts outreach to authors and publishing industry professionals (publicists, marketers, editors, agents) to consider features on Fresh Fiction
● Edit reviews: check grammatical errors, meet minimum word count, fact-check basic information, format HTML links and styles within reviews before publication
● Review books in a variety of genres of fiction: contemporary, historical, literary, romance, sci-fi/fantasy, YA, etc.

Self-employed

Jan, 2016 — Dec, 2020 (almost 5 years)

I've copy edited and proofread for a variety of authors and organizations, including the Society of Vascular Surgeons, Jordan Drake, Sheila Chester, ETS Educational Services, and more.

Sourcebooks, Inc.

Jan, 2008 — Sep, 2014 (over 6 years)

● Achieved promotional advancement from earlier positions: assistant publicist, associate publicist, publicist, senior publicist, to assistant publicity manager
● Lead publicist for Sourcebooks Casablanca, the romance fiction imprint
● Created PR/Marketing campaigns for twenty New York Times and/or USA Today bestselling novels
● Worked on 50+ titles per year, with emphasis on online PR/Marketing, social media, and author branding
● Secured reviews, interviews and features in print/online publications, including USA Today, People Magazine, Woman’s World, NPR’s Pop Culture Blog, The Huffington Post, and more
● Developed print and web-based advertising campaigns, event planning, and email marketing campaigns
● Regularly attended and presented at national and local publishing industry conferences including the Romance Writers of America National Conference, Chicago-North RWA Spring Fling, RT BookLovers Convention (now BookLovers Con), Evanston Writers Workshop In the Trenches Conference, University of Wisconsin Madison Writers Institute, and Public Library Association Conference

Danielle has 2 reviews

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Erin S.

Erin S.

Jan, 2020

Pinned
A pleasure to work with! I really appreciated Danielle's developmental notes to help give my characters more depth and fix the plot holes I had missed.
Danielle D.
Thank you so much, for the feedback! I'm excited about the publication of your novel!!
Gregory Michael N.

Gregory Michael N.

May, 2024

Danielle helped me to avoid using third-person exposition—the omniscient author's voice—to tell the story, especially the flashbacks. As a result, I completely rewrote two chapters using intersubjective dialogue and direct action instead of exposition to let the audience know what had happened in the past, a vast improvement! She was also excellent at finding places where I repeated myself in w...
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