I am a freelance book editor who spent six years as an editor at St. Martin’s Press, where I worked on a range of wonderful books -- from literary fiction to young adult to upmarket women’s fiction, current affairs, memoir, science, and parenting. My interests are varied, but I’m particularly drawn to immigrant stories, international and school settings, family sagas, and anything to do with the dance world. I’ve edited many acclaimed books in my career, including an Editor’s Buzz Panel pick at Book Expo of America, several New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice” books, and numerous “Best Books of the Year,” in outlets like the Miami Herald, Bustle, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, and Redbook among others. My independent clients have gone on to sign with acclaimed agencies like Sanford J. Greenburger and Janklow & Nesbit, as well as secure publishing contracts with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Algonquin Young Readers, Picador, HarperCollins, and Lake Union. I am a proud graduate of Barnard College (BA in English and dance) and Georgetown University (MA in English), and a mentor for WriteGirl with my years of industry knowledge, I bring energy, compassion, and an open mind to all of my projects. To me, the editing process is a unique mix of rigor, collaboration, and reward. I find developing a rapport with an author, and together, bringing a book to new levels, an incredibly rich and fruitful experience.
I hope you’ll consider working with me.
Editor/Director of freelance book editing business
Acquired, edited, and published acclaimed and award-winning literary fiction, young adult fiction, and narrative nonfiction.
Evan and Alma have spent fifteen years living in the same town, connected in a dozen different ways but also living worlds apart -- until the day he jumps into her dad's truck and slams on the brakes. The nephew of a senator, Evan seems to have it all - except a functional family. Alma has lived in Georgia since she was two, surrounded by a large (sometimes smothering) Mexican family. They bot... read more
In December 1992, three groups of teenagers head to the theater to see the movie version of the famed Eons & Empires comic books. For Adam it's a last ditch effort to connect with something (actually, someone, the girl he's had a crush on for years) in his sleepy Florida town before he leaves for good. Passionate fan Sharon skips school in Cincinnati so she can fully appreciate the flick witho... read more
A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, winner of the International Latino Book Award for Best Latino-themed Fiction 2016, Longlisted for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.Named a best book of the season by Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, Redbook, Bustle, NBC Latino and Men's JournalThe arresting debut novel from award-winning writer Jennine Capó Crucet When Lizet... read more
"If someone asked me to name my ideal collection of contemporary short fiction, I'd point to The Weight of a Human Heart and say, ‘This is it.'" –Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind than HomeRanging from Australia and Africa to Europe and Asia and back again, The Weight of a Human Heart heralds a fresh and important new voice in fiction. Ryan O'Neill takes us on a... read more
Winner of the 2013 Desmond Elliott PrizeLonglisted for the 2013 Women's Prize for FictionYou're the author of the greatest plays of all time.But nobody knows.And if it gets out, you're dead.On May 30, 1593, a celebrated young playwright was killed in a tavern brawl in London. That, at least, was the official version. Now Christopher Marlowe reveals the truth: that his "death" was an elaborate ... read more
Leo Brice is dead, in a sense (not the traditional one). When the neurotic law student meets his cosmic match in Fiona Haeberle, an impulsive spirit and burgeoning soap star, all seems well―the two fall fast in love, and spend three years navigating their twenties in wide-eyed wonder. But once the fantastical woman who had defined his future bolts to pursue a fantasy life of her own, Leo is fo... read more
"A tale brimming over with secrets, betrayals and redemption. Burdick keeps readers riveted." -RT Book Reviews (4 Stars HOT)"Moving, surprising, and thought-provoking." -The Emerald City Book Review"Burdick brings the sights and sounds of the Paris of the Impressionists to life." -Historical Novel Society“A provocative tale of family secrets, betrayal, and the renewal of self-discovery.” -Heat... read more
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Danielle Zigner is a literary agent specialising in young adult fiction, fantasy, women's fiction, romance, and commercial non-fiction.
Former Kensington Books editor with 10+ years' experience, specializing in romance, YA, and new adult. Let's make your project shine!