Danielle Sunshine

Danielle Sunshine - Editor

San Carlos, CA, USA

I'd love to help you get your picture book, middle grade or YA novel publication-ready. I also edit memoir, new adult, and non-fiction.

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A lifelong reader and lover of story, I have extensive experience editing picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels. I also edit memoir, new adult, and non-fiction. I have a keen interest in developing writers of all levels and helping them refine their craft through collaboration, constructive feedback, communication, and support.

I have written professionally for over 25 years. I began my career writing marketing copy but later turned to fiction because it was much more fun. I hold a BA in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts (focus on writing for children and young adults), and a TESL Certificate from the University of Cambridge.

I am the founder of Middle Grade Lunchbreak, a book club of professional writers who discuss books with an eye for craft and the Regional Advisor of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators San Francisco South chapter. I am an adjunct professor of writing at Canada College and a frequent guest lecturer at Stanford University as well other esteemed academic institutions.

In October 2020, I was honored to be chosen by Room to Read as one of ten editors for the Room to Read Peace and Equality Book Collection.


“Danielle Sunshine is a conscientious and creative editor with a deep knowledge of craft. She is one of those rare mentors who can simultaneously support and challenge an author to bring out the best in a story.”

—Ashley Walker, PhD, MFA, writer

“I think Danielle excels as an editor. She is thorough, precise and inventive. She has a wide knowledge of children’s literature and a superior command of the English language. Whether for line editing or copy editing, I highly recommend her.”

—Jane Houng, MFA and author

“Danielle Sunshine’s vast knowledge and leadership experience in the SF regional chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators means that she is uniquely qualified to edit work with an eye to both the craft and business of writing. Her patience, kindness, and sense of humor make learning from her a pleasure.“

—Lisa Papademetriou, MFA and bestselling author, founder of Bookflow

“Danielle went so far above and beyond what I would expect of an editor. Professionally, Danielle’s edits were detailed and thorough, whilst getting straight to the heart of where my writing could stand to improve. Her editorial letter rang true and reasonable in the areas she identified for improvement, and she clearly explained her reasoning so that I knew not just where but how and why to make changes to my manuscript. I knew as soon as I started reading that she was right on the money with her assessment, and I felt immediately inspired to get back to work on my manuscript and improve it with her directions.

Personally, Danielle really looked after me as a writer. She checked in on my progress more than she was obligated to. Her critique never felt like criticism, it felt like she was genuinely trying to help me become a better writer. She identified and encouraged my existing strengths as a writer, and was considerate in the way she brought up areas for improvement. I genuinely felt like she cared about my work and me as a writer and wanted to see both do better. If you are lucky enough to form a working relationship with Danielle, you will be well looked after.”

—Jarryd Bendall

English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Young Adult


  • TESL
  • MFA

Work experience

Adjunct Professor

Canada College
August, 2016 – Present (about 5 years)

As an adjunct professor at Cañada College, I teach critical writing and other subjects to non-native speakers of English to prepare them for matriculation into university.

Freelance Editor

Angelella Editorial
December, 2019 – Present (almost 2 years)

As a freelance editor, I am affiliated with Angelella Editorial, a family of editors with proven professional experience who want to bring out the best in writers and authors.

Founder and Writer

iWrite Marketing
January, 2006 – May, 2010 (over 4 years)

As owner, editor, and principal writer for iWrite Marketing, I produced original material for companies in the medical, biotech, and consumer products industries, including Stanford Hospital, Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, American BioOptics, and CTB McGraw-Hill.

Product Marketing Manager

Hewlett-Packard Company
January, 1998 – May, 2001 (over 3 years)

As a product marketing manager, I led strategic analysis, business, and marketing planning for entry into new markets, wrote marketing requirements documents, and designed and developed white papers, collateral, sales materials, and packaging. I also led cross-functional product launch teams, designed interfaces, and managed and executed usability testing for human interface design.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Lantau Life

Houng, Jane

The Pharaoh's Secret

Moss, Marissa

Danielle has 3 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Amber Edwards
Danielle is such a fantastic editor. She goes above and beyond with her editorial assessments and comments. She is truly a joy to work with. Writing and publishing a first novel is very difficult, it’s not just about writing and mastering the craft, but also conquering your fears and believing you can keep going. She is inherently encouraging and that makes all the difference.

Amber Edwards, May 2021

Danielle Sunshine
Thank you, Amber, for your kind words. I love your manuscript and feel so honored to be a part of your process.

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Alison Furtaw
Excellent work product and turned around in a timely manner.

Alison Furtaw, March 2021

Danielle Sunshine
Thank you Alison! So glad to be of service! Good luck with your writing.

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Amber Edwards
I am very pleased with my experience working with Danielle. She communicated when she received my manuscript and even let me know a few days before it was due that she was on schedule--a great touch. Her comments on my draft were helpful and she went above and beyond with suggestions--which is what a new author really needs. I plan to work with Danielle for my entire middle grade series.

Amber Edwards, February 2021

Danielle Sunshine
Thank you Amber for your lovely review of my editorial services. It was such pleasure working with you and I look forward to our continued collaboration.

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