Dani Segelbaum

Dani Segelbaum - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Literary agent and former editor of non-fiction, with over six years of experience in publishing. Interested in fiction and non-fiction!

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Hi, my name is Dani!

I’m an agent, editor, project manager, and creator. I love to help authors create beautiful, entertaining, and creative projects that excite a broad audience. My goal is to work with authors from diverse backgrounds to tell stories that are important to them.

I've been a voracious reader for as long as I can remember. I began my publishing career as an editorial assistant at HarperCollins Publishers, focusing primarily on highly designed non-fiction titles . I currently work at a literary agency, managing debut, established, and bestselling authors through the editorial process, and assisting clients to achieve their best work.

I love narrative non-fiction, popular culture, fashion, lifestyle, feminism, memoir, contemporary fiction, literary fiction, politics, and cookbooks.

I'd like to help you tell your story. My services include query letter review, book proposal writing and design, developmental editing, editorial assessment, and more! I look forward to hearing from you.


*To avoid a conflict of interest, I cannot agent projects I have edited via Reedsy. Thanks for understanding.

English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Coming of Age
Contemporary Fiction
Literary Fiction
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Literary Agent and Subrights Manager

Carol Mann Agency
August, 2021 – Present (over 1 year)

Literary Assistant

New Leaf Literary & Media
January, 2019 – August, 2021 (over 2 years)

• Edit manuscripts for submission, write pitch letters, prepare
submission lists, and submit titles to editors
• Project-manage debut, established, and bestselling authors
through the editorial process

Editorial Assistant

HarperCollins Publishers
July, 2016 – January, 2019 (over 2 years)

• Acquired, project-managed, and edited nonfiction titles
• Managed communications with authors across all departments
including marketing, publicity, sales, and editorial
• Copyedited, proofread, and restructured manuscripts
• Collaborated with marketing and publicity departments to
craft all marketing materials, publicity plans, and press

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Sara Berman's Closet

Kalman, Maira, Kalman, Alex

Delia Suits Up

Aksel, Amanda

Realm Breaker

Aveyard, Victoria

It Came from the Sky

Sedoti, Chelsea

Some Other Now

Everett, Sarah

The Forest of Stars

Kassner, Heather, Ptica, Iz

Dani has 39 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Manuel Gauthier
Prompt with feedback that added to my little bag of knowledge upon query writing.

Manuel Gauthier, November 2022

Robert Wright
I needed a good query letter and didn't know where to start. Dani was quick with guidance in terms of the proper actions to take when approaching an agent. Then Dani took my original letter and helped me to transform it into a concise document. Less of me and more of the book.

Robert Wright, November 2022

cc g
Thank you Dani, I'm super appreciative of all your help, and your flexibility.

cc g, October 2022

Jeremy Stevens
I paid $3000 for my professional editor to tell me what my college graduate son had already suggested, that I "trim the fat." I am an English teacher. I do not simply tell my students to "shorten their writing." I tell them specifically what is not relevant, or what is distracting, or what is repetitious. My editor told me to eliminate up to 50,000 words. She also told me my characters need dev...
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Jeremy Stevens, October 2022

Dani Segelbaum
Hi Jeremy, I'm sorry that you feel let down. I read your work three times and even provided two lengthy separates rounds of editorial notes for you. You dismissed them each time. I was even happy ...
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Penny Weigel
Dani was exactly what I needed. She did an excellent job of fixing my boo boos and paid attention to text in Hawaiian pidgin being careful not to change it or correct the spelling. The last editor I paid did not listen to my instructions and completely changed my voice. I will use Dani again for the second in the series.

Penny Weigel, October 2022

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