Danielle Magnuson

Danielle Magnuson – Editor

A meticulous editor with 20+ years editing nonfiction, with a particular focus on memoir, science, and nature.

Overview

I have received some lovely praise from my clients, such as: “I think the book is going to be amazing LARGELY in part to your efforts, patience, and skills”; “I applaud your work ethic”; “You were tremendous in your work”; “I SO appreciate the length and depth of your comments”; and “Oh my gosh. This is gorgeous and exactly what I was looking for. . . . You are so good at this.”


My editorial skills include both developmental editing (offering big picture advice on what to expand, cut, and rearrange) and copy editing (making the sentence-level writing correct and consistent).


Many of the books I’ve edited have a “natural world” bent to them, whether it be the memoir of a Mississippi river rat, an encyclopedic volume on raptors, an accessible dive into super volcanoes, the history of a deadly Lake Superior storm, or a picture book about the fascinating science behind snowflakes.


I have an MFA in Creative Writing, and I’ve taught writing at the college level. My goal in any editorial project is always to help the writer's voice and content shine through as powerfully as possible.

Services
Non-Fiction
Art Biographies & Memoirs Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences History Nature Photography Travel
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Jul, 2013 — Present

My freelance clients have included the Saint Paul Almanac, Portland State University, Penn State University Press, Octane Press, In Black Ink, Best Version Media, and BringMeTheNews. As a freelancer, I have served as a managing editor, reorganized and revised drafts, performed detailed copy editing, proofread layouts, and authored magazines articles.

Utne Reader

Jun, 2011 — Mar, 2012 (10 months)

At Utne we scoured and selected the best of the independent press to reprint in our magazine. In addition to editing, I also blogged for the Utne website and wrote about emerging ideas in science and tech for the print magazine.

Voyageur Press

Aug, 2003 — Jun, 2011 (almost 8 years)

At Voyageur Press I rose from college intern to assistant editor to acquisitions editor. In this role I managed a multitude of book projects from inception to publication.

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