Dani Segelbaum

Dani Segelbaum - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Literary agent and former editor of non-fiction, with over five 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 (11 months)

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 24 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

pieter van oossanen
Dani was important in shaping my manuscript. Her punctuality was exemplary.

pieter van oossanen, June 2022

Peter Obourn
Dani was great: responsive, professional, prompt, but also very reachable and understanding.

Peter Obourn, June 2022

Megan Zalkan
Dani was a little slow to respond to messages after I accepted her offer and I had to check in twice before I heard back. Her feedback was helpful but very brief compared to another reviewer I hired after I worked with her who provided a lot more in depth help on my query. She was, however, quick to respond when I asked some follow up questions and was overall professional and knowledgable.

Megan Zalkan, June 2022

Dani Segelbaum
Hi Megan! Thanks for the thoughtful review. I'm truly sorry you felt this way about my feedback. I typically do respond within a day and do apologize if there was a lapse in communication. Please l...
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Alexander Maas
I had a fantastic experience with Dani. She was very helpful to me as a first-time author, and I greatly benefited from working with her. She was always very prompt in replying to messages and returning my manuscript (and other documents) to me with valuable feedback. Moreover, Dani has taught me a lot which has helped me to become a stronger writer.

Alexander Maas, June 2022

Annalise VanHouten
Dani was great! Very communicative and punctual with her feedback. She offered helpful feedback as well as pointing out she things loved in my query letter, synopsis, and first 20-pages. I highly recommend Dani's services!

Annalise VanHouten, May 2022

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