Matthew Daddona

Matthew Daddona - Editor

New York, NY, United States

Book editor specializing in memoir, biography, and narrative (sports, music, culture, travel). Also reviewer and writer. Ah, stories...

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I'm a nonfiction book editor at a major publisher who specializes in biography, memoir, pop culture, and general narrative nonfiction. In six years there, I have published three New York Times bestsellers and numerous national bestsellers. I'm also a poet, fiction writer, and reviewer who has contributed to several literary mastheads (Slice Magazine and The Scofield) and whose debut poetry collection, House of Sound, was published in October 2020. I'm happy to assist with developmental editing, line editing, query letter-writing and discussion, and general proofreading. Let me know what you're working on, and let's discuss how we can potentially work together.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Entertainment
Music
Sports & Outdoors
Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Literary Fiction
Poetry

Work experience

Senior Editor

Dey Street Books/HarperCollins
October, 2019 – Present (over 2 years)

Matthew Daddona is a Senior Editor at Dey Street Books where he focuses on nonfiction in the categories of sports, music, journalistic narrative, military, pop culture, and memoir. In his five and a half years at the imprint, he has published the #1 New York Times bestseller The Hidden Power of F*cking Up by The Try Guys, as well as the New York Times bestsellers What Does This Button Do? by Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson and From the Outside by NBA hall-of-famer Ray Allen. His national bestselling and critically acclaimed titles include: Fly Into the Wind by Lt. Col Dan Rooney; America’s Game by Jerry Rice; Twilight of the Gods by Steven Hyden; Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss; Lands of Last Borders by Kate Harris (also an Indie Next Pick and winner of the 2018 Banff Adventure Award for travel literature); and The History of the Future by Blake Harris. His recent and forthcoming titles include Breathe by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Rickson Gracie; The Way Forward by decorated war heroes Robert O’Neill and Dakota Meyer; Can’t Knock the Hustle by Bleacher Report alum Matt Sullivan; and Blood by The Jonas Brothers. In addition to his work at Dey Street, Matthew is a poet, journalist, and fiction writer. His first collection of poems, House of Sound, was published in 2020.

Editor

Dey Street Books/HarperCollins
September, 2015 – October, 2019 (about 4 years)

Assistant Editor

Plume Books/Penguin Random House
February, 2014 – September, 2015 (over 1 year)

In March 2014 I acquired Byers Shaw, MD.'s narrative memoir about organ transplant surgery; in May 2014 I acquired comedian Josh Gondelman and journalist Joe Berkowitz' You Blew It!, an irreverent and humorous look at faux pas in America; in October 2014 I acquired Ryan Britt's Luke Skywalker Can't Read, a collection of essays about pop culture and science fiction; In April 2015 I acquired a short story collection and novel by Ohio State MFA-grad Nick White.

Portfolio (21 selected works)

From the Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love

Ray Allen, Michael Arkush

New York Times BestsellerThe record-holding two-time NBA champion and recently inducted hall-of-famer reflects on his work ethic, his on-the-court friendships and rivalries, the great teams he's played for, and what it takes to have a long and successful career in this thoughtful, in-depth memoir.Playing in the NBA for eighteen years, Ray Allen won championships with the Boston Celtics and the... read more

New York Times BestsellerThe record-holding two-time NBA champion and recently inducted hall-of-famer reflects on his work ethic, his on-the-court friendships and rivalries, the great teams he's played for, and what it takes to have a long and successful career in this thoughtful, in-depth memoir.Playing in the NBA for eighteen years, Ray Allen won championships with the Boston Celtics and the... read more

What Does This Button Do?

Bruce Dickinson

A long-awaited memoir from the larger-than-life, multifaceted lead vocalist of Iron Maiden, one of the most successful, influential and enduring rock bands ever.Pioneers of Britain’s nascent Rock & Metal scene back in the late 1970s, Iron Maiden smashed its way to the top, thanks in no small part to the high-octane performances, operatic singing style, and stage presence of its second, but twi... read more

A long-awaited memoir from the larger-than-life, multifaceted lead vocalist of Iron Maiden, one of the most successful, influential and enduring rock bands ever.Pioneers of Britain’s nascent Rock & Metal scene back in the late 1970s, Iron Maiden smashed its way to the top, thanks in no small part to the high-octane performances, operatic singing style, and stage presence of its second, but twi... read more

Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road

Kate Harris

A September 2018 Indie Next List Pick"Lands of Lost Borders carried me up into a state of openness and excitement I haven’t felt for years. It’s a modern classic." —Pico IyerA brilliant, fierce writer makes her debut with this enthralling travelogue and memoir of her journey by bicycle along the Silk Road—an illuminating and thought-provoking fusion of The Places in Between, Lab Girl, and Wild... read more

A September 2018 Indie Next List Pick"Lands of Lost Borders carried me up into a state of openness and excitement I haven’t felt for years. It’s a modern classic." —Pico IyerA brilliant, fierce writer makes her debut with this enthralling travelogue and memoir of her journey by bicycle along the Silk Road—an illuminating and thought-provoking fusion of The Places in Between, Lab Girl, and Wild... read more

Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons

Mike Reiss, Mathew Klickstein

A "Must" pick by Entertainment WeeklyAn A.V. Club "Best Books of June" selectionA "New and Noteworthy" selection by USA TodayIn celebration of The Simpsons thirtieth anniversary, the show’s longest-serving writer and producer offers a humorous look at the writing and making of the legendary Fox series that has become one of the most revered artistic achievements in television history.Four-time... read more

A "Must" pick by Entertainment WeeklyAn A.V. Club "Best Books of June" selectionA "New and Noteworthy" selection by USA TodayIn celebration of The Simpsons thirtieth anniversary, the show’s longest-serving writer and producer offers a humorous look at the writing and making of the legendary Fox series that has become one of the most revered artistic achievements in television history.Four-time... read more

The Hidden Power of F*cking Up

The Try Guys, Keith Habersberger, Zach Kornfeld, Eugene Lee Yang, Ned Fulmer

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe Try Guys deliver their first book—an inspirational self-improvement guide that teaches you that the path to success is littered with humiliating detours, embarrassing mistakes, and unexpected failures.To be our best selves, we must become secure in our insecurities. In The Hidden Power of F*cking Up, The Try Guys - Keith, Ned, Zach, and Eugene - reveal their phi... read more

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe Try Guys deliver their first book—an inspirational self-improvement guide that teaches you that the path to success is littered with humiliating detours, embarrassing mistakes, and unexpected failures.To be our best selves, we must become secure in our insecurities. In The Hidden Power of F*cking Up, The Try Guys - Keith, Ned, Zach, and Eugene - reveal their phi... read more

The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality

Blake J. Harris

A USA Today bestsellerThe dramatic, larger-than-life true story behind the founding of Oculus, its quest for virtual reality, and its founder's contentious battle for political freedom against Facebook, from the bestselling author of Console Wars.In The History of the Future, Harris once again deep-dives into a tech drama for the ages to expertly tell the larger-than-life true story of Oculus,... read more

A USA Today bestsellerThe dramatic, larger-than-life true story behind the founding of Oculus, its quest for virtual reality, and its founder's contentious battle for political freedom against Facebook, from the bestselling author of Console Wars.In The History of the Future, Harris once again deep-dives into a tech drama for the ages to expertly tell the larger-than-life true story of Oculus,... read more

Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock

Steven Hyden

National Bestseller * Named one of Rolling Stone's Best Music Books of 2018 * One of Newsweek's 50 Best Books of 2018 * A Billboard Best of 2018 * A New York Times Book Review "New and Noteworthy" selectionThe author of the critically acclaimed Your Favorite Band is Killing Me offers an eye-opening exploration of the state of classic rock, its past and future, the impact it has had, and what i... read more

National Bestseller * Named one of Rolling Stone's Best Music Books of 2018 * One of Newsweek's 50 Best Books of 2018 * A Billboard Best of 2018 * A New York Times Book Review "New and Noteworthy" selectionThe author of the critically acclaimed Your Favorite Band is Killing Me offers an eye-opening exploration of the state of classic rock, its past and future, the impact it has had, and what i... read more

The Trump Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Living Through What You Hoped Would Never Happen

Gene Stone

National BestsellerDon’t despair. Don’t retreat. Fight back.The stunning election of Donald J. Trump rocked an already divided America and left scores of citizens, including the nearly sixty-five million voters who supported Hillary Clinton, feeling bereft and powerless. Now, Gene Stone, author of The Bush Survival Bible, offers invaluable guidance and concrete solutions they can use to make a... read more

National BestsellerDon’t despair. Don’t retreat. Fight back.The stunning election of Donald J. Trump rocked an already divided America and left scores of citizens, including the nearly sixty-five million voters who supported Hillary Clinton, feeling bereft and powerless. Now, Gene Stone, author of The Bush Survival Bible, offers invaluable guidance and concrete solutions they can use to make a... read more

The Close Encounters Man: How One Man Made the World Believe in UFOs

Mark O'Connell

The wildly entertaining and eye-opening biography of J. Allen Hynek, the astronomer who invented the concept of "Close Encounters" with alien life, inspired Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster classic science fiction epic film, and made a nation want to believe in UFOs.In June 1947, private pilot Kenneth Arnold looked out his cockpit window and saw a group of nine silvery crescents weaving between ... read more

The wildly entertaining and eye-opening biography of J. Allen Hynek, the astronomer who invented the concept of "Close Encounters" with alien life, inspired Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster classic science fiction epic film, and made a nation want to believe in UFOs.In June 1947, private pilot Kenneth Arnold looked out his cockpit window and saw a group of nine silvery crescents weaving between ... read more

Charlton Heston: Hollywood's Last Icon

Marc Eliot

A USA Today New and Noteworthy Selection This is the definitive biography of one of the most iconic, complex and enduring legends of Hollywood’s golden age, whose major presence in American film, radio, television, stage and theater lasted beyond the second half of the 20th Century, and whose classic films are known throughout the world. Written by New York Times bestselling, prize-winning aut... read more

A USA Today New and Noteworthy Selection This is the definitive biography of one of the most iconic, complex and enduring legends of Hollywood’s golden age, whose major presence in American film, radio, television, stage and theater lasted beyond the second half of the 20th Century, and whose classic films are known throughout the world. Written by New York Times bestselling, prize-winning aut... read more

18 Holes with Bing: Golf, Life, and Lessons from Dad

Nathaniel Crosby, John Strege

In this love letter to his father, former professional golfer Nathaniel Crosby shares memories of Bing Crosby on the golf course, and the lessons he taught him about the game and about life. With a Foreword by Jack Nicklaus.“Bing Crosby was a great ambassador for our game, as well as a great man,” hails longtime friend and golf partner, Jack Nicklaus. The beloved singer and star was also an ex... read more

In this love letter to his father, former professional golfer Nathaniel Crosby shares memories of Bing Crosby on the golf course, and the lessons he taught him about the game and about life. With a Foreword by Jack Nicklaus.“Bing Crosby was a great ambassador for our game, as well as a great man,” hails longtime friend and golf partner, Jack Nicklaus. The beloved singer and star was also an ex... read more

Luke Skywalker Can't Read: And Other Geeky Truths

Ryan Britt

“Ryan Britt is . . . the Virgil you want to guide you through the inferno of geekery.” —Lev Grossman, author of the bestselling Magician's trilogy Pop Culture and sci-fi guru Ryan Britt has never met a monster, alien, wizard, or superhero that didn’t need further analysis. Essayist Ryan Britt got a sex education from dirty pictures of dinosaurs, made out with Jar-Jar Binks at midnight, and fig... read more

“Ryan Britt is . . . the Virgil you want to guide you through the inferno of geekery.” —Lev Grossman, author of the bestselling Magician's trilogy Pop Culture and sci-fi guru Ryan Britt has never met a monster, alien, wizard, or superhero that didn’t need further analysis. Essayist Ryan Britt got a sex education from dirty pictures of dinosaurs, made out with Jar-Jar Binks at midnight, and fig... read more

Last Night in the OR: A Transplant Surgeon's Odyssey

Bud Shaw

For readers of Henry Marsh's Do No Harm, Paul A. Ruggieri's Confessions of a Surgeon, and Atul Gawande's Better, a pioneering surgeon shares memories from a life in one of surgery’s most demanding fields The 1980s marked a revolution in the field of organ transplants, and Bud Shaw, M.D., who studied under Tom Starzl in Pittsburgh, was on the front lines. Now retired from active practice, Dr. S... read more

For readers of Henry Marsh's Do No Harm, Paul A. Ruggieri's Confessions of a Surgeon, and Atul Gawande's Better, a pioneering surgeon shares memories from a life in one of surgery’s most demanding fields The 1980s marked a revolution in the field of organ transplants, and Bud Shaw, M.D., who studied under Tom Starzl in Pittsburgh, was on the front lines. Now retired from active practice, Dr. S... read more

Why Are You So Sad?: A Novel

Jason Porter

"Jason Porter could find a place on the shelf beside Richard Brautigan, George Saunders, and David Sedaris. This is a quick, odd, wonderful book, one that pinned me back on my heels and made me laugh."–Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World SpinHave we all sunken into a species-wide bout of clinical depression? Porter’s uproarious, intelligent debut centers on Raymond Champs, an illustrat... read more

"Jason Porter could find a place on the shelf beside Richard Brautigan, George Saunders, and David Sedaris. This is a quick, odd, wonderful book, one that pinned me back on my heels and made me laugh."–Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World SpinHave we all sunken into a species-wide bout of clinical depression? Porter’s uproarious, intelligent debut centers on Raymond Champs, an illustrat... read more

Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring

Bassem Youssef

“Hilarious and Heartbreaking. Comedy shouldn’t take courage, but it made an exception for Bassem.” --Jon Stewart"The Jon Stewart of the Arabic World"—the creator of The Program, the most popular television show in Egypt’s history—chronicles his transformation from heart surgeon to political satirist, and offers crucial insight into the Arab Spring, the Egyptian Revolution, and the turmoil roil... read more

“Hilarious and Heartbreaking. Comedy shouldn’t take courage, but it made an exception for Bassem.” --Jon Stewart"The Jon Stewart of the Arabic World"—the creator of The Program, the most popular television show in Egypt’s history—chronicles his transformation from heart surgeon to political satirist, and offers crucial insight into the Arab Spring, the Egyptian Revolution, and the turmoil roil... read more

Head in the Game: The Mental Engineering of the World's Greatest Athletes

Brandon Sneed

The next frontier of sports training doesn't rest with the body, but with the mind. For years, common wisdom has held that athletic performance is rooted in genetics and peak physical enhancement of the body. But journalist Brandon Sneed has another idea: that mental engineering -- training the cognitive process of the brain -- presents yet a new level of sports performance, and that athletes,... read more

The next frontier of sports training doesn't rest with the body, but with the mind. For years, common wisdom has held that athletic performance is rooted in genetics and peak physical enhancement of the body. But journalist Brandon Sneed has another idea: that mental engineering -- training the cognitive process of the brain -- presents yet a new level of sports performance, and that athletes,... read more

Beyond Broadway Joe: The Super Bowl TEAM That Changed Football

Bob Lederer

On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of the New York Jets' historic achievement, a nostalgic, inside look from the men who composed the team behind Joe Namath’s Super Bowl III win, filled with exclusive insights and stories from the surviving players, coaches, and management of that championship team whose victory changed the landscape of American football.On January 12, 1969, the New York J... read more

On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of the New York Jets' historic achievement, a nostalgic, inside look from the men who composed the team behind Joe Namath’s Super Bowl III win, filled with exclusive insights and stories from the surviving players, coaches, and management of that championship team whose victory changed the landscape of American football.On January 12, 1969, the New York J... read more

Matthew has 12 reviews

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Jonathan Schroeder
Very useful and constructive feedback on our book proposal. Matthew created a draft agent query letter from our proposal, and provided excellent comments. Follow up phone call was reassuring and useful.

Jonathan Schroeder, March 2021


Marcus Cranston
As a first-time author, my project was a long-shot from the start and needed every possible advantage I could find. Matthew's review of my query letter was a life-saver for the book. His specific edits and general suggestions were spot on. Within days, I had a query letter with an underdog's fighting chance. Even if I was a season's writer I would struggle to fully convey the impact of Matthew...
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Marcus Cranston, February 2021


Sabine Sighicelli
Matthew Daddona has both the publishing knowledge we needed and poetry editing expertise.

Sabine Sighicelli, January 2021

Matthew Daddona
Thank you so much; it's a pleasure working with you!

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Paula Lopes
Matthew helped me with a query letter for my non-fiction book and I couldn't be more pleased with our interaction. He was super friendly, always quick to reply, very communicative, and gave great feedback. He clearly knows what he is talking about, which is why I highly recommend him as an editor.

Paula Lopes, December 2020

Matthew Daddona
Thank you, Paula. You were wonderful to work with, and I can't wait to view all of your success!

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Sabine Sighicelli
Matthew Daddona was an excellent choice for the editing of a collection of poems.

Sabine Sighicelli, September 2020

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