Danielle Goodman

Danielle Goodman – Editor

I help thought leaders turn their big ideas into books.


I've been an independent developmental editor for 15 years, working on NYT bestsellers like A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green and Confessions of An Economic Hitman and Touching The Jaguar by John Perkins. Other bestselling titles include John Hope Bryant's Up From Nothing and The Memo, Natalie Nixon's The Creativity Leap, Jennifer Kahnweiler's Introvert-Friendly Workplaces, Katherine Cramer's Lead Positive, Sharon Rowe's The Magic of Tiny Business, Helene Lerner's The Confidence Myth, and Martha and Hayden Sears' The Healthy Pregnancy Journal.

Subject matter experts trust me with their big ideas. I work with them to demystify and guide the book-writing process from:

Idea to Outline
- Develop book plans and outlines
- Refine book pitches for proposals

Outline to First Draft
- Flesh out chapter content
- Provide writing support and accountability​

First Draft to Final
- Conduct editorial assessments
- Conduct sensitivity (aka diversity aka perspective) reviews
- Develop revision plans
- Edit manuscripts

I love words, I love new ideas, and I have a talent for shaping the way great ideas are brought to life and consumed on the page.

I work with authors to organize their thoughts into complete and compelling narratives. I work with diction to strike the exact right tone. I refine messages by asking the hard questions and suggesting possible answers. I have a gentle but firm hand with authors that wins their trust; they know that I'm helping them to be the best version of themselves and showcase the best version of their big ideas.

Originally from Trinidad, I’ve lived in Miami, LA, and since 2012, San Francisco. I am particularly interested in prescriptive non-fiction books that center the experiences of immigrants, people of color, and women, and that help individuals create the space for all of their identities to thrive.
Business & Management Finance & Accounting Health & Wellbeing Humanities & Social Sciences New Age Parenting & Families Religion & Spirituality Self-Help & Self-Improvement
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)

Work experience


Jan, 2007 — Present

I work with authors to:

- Develop book plans
- Write first drafts
- Assess complete manuscripts
- Develop revision plans
- Provide developmental and line editing at any stage


Feb, 2010 — Jan, 2019 (almost 9 years)

Pepperdine University

Mar, 2007 — Feb, 2010 (almost 3 years)


“This is a powerful book—tiny is mighty. Sharon Rowe's simple shift in thinking is a profound idea, precisely what we need to hear.”—Seth Godin, author of LinchpinToo many of us feel trapped by work that keeps us from living our purpose. We fantasize about sta... read more
In forty-two succinct, surprising essays, legendary scholar Henry Mintzberg brings management down from the clouds and onto solid ground.If you're like most managers and things keep you up at night, now you can turn to a book that's designed especially for you... read more
Unknowingly, too many of us operate from an inward mindset—a narrow-minded focus on self-centered goals and objectives. When faced with personal ineffectiveness or lagging organizational performance, most of us instinctively look for quick-fix behavioral band-... read more
Low Cost, High Impact!Public relations is a make-or-break factor for all organizations, especially those that are small or mission driven. While it can be tempting to think that PR is a luxury only larger organizations can afford, PR expert Jennifer R. Farmer ... read more
A week-by-week guide and beautiful keepsake for a mother’s pregnancy journey, from America’s favorite childcare and attachment-parenting experts Pregnancy is a time of tremendous change. As you carry new life into the world, you undergo an initiation into an e... read more
How to implement effecitve, magnetic leadership by applying asset-based thinking and shifting your mindset from the negative to the positive Lead Positive takes the fundamentals of Asset-Based Thinking (ABT) and turns them into a playbook for successful leader... read more
Not only do we need more female leaders at the top, but we need more women at all levels of business, government, and nonprofits to step up—there's no time to waste. The problem, says Helene Lerner, isn't so much that women lack confidence but that they misund... read more
Books like StrengthsFinder 2.0 have helped leaders discover their strengths—but they stop there. The Sindells argue that focusing only on your best abilities neglects a vital development opportunity. They show how to identify hidden strengths that can be quick... read more
The ugly truth about diversity is that some people worry they must give up their power for others to have a chance. La'Wana Harris's Inclusion Coaching method helps people realize that sharing power isn't the same as losing it. The elephant in the room with di... read more
Joan Kuhl helps women create a clear vision of what their career path deserves to be and make a convincing business case for equality to their managers and senior leadership. You'll learn strategies for overcoming sexist cultural attitudes about gender and lea... read more
Small Talk Is the Single Most Important Communication Skill You Can Develop Carol Fleming wants to show you that small talk is not as “small” as you might think. It's the foundation of every relationship, professional and personal. It is the sound of people re... read more
The Leadership Genius of Julius CaesarModern Lessons from the Man Who Built an Empire“Brilliantly crafted to draw leadership lessons from history, this is one of the finest leadership books I have read.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin, bestselling author of Team of Riva... read more
True power in this world comes from economic independence, but too many people have too much month left at the end of their money. John Hope Bryant, founder and CEO of Operation HOPE, illuminates the path toward liberation that is hiding in plain sight. His me... read more

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Josh P.

Josh P.

Dec, 2019

So thorough and professional. Exactly what I needed.

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