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 42 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Jamie Lindsey
Dani has been an absolute JOY to work with! She is very personable and fun, yet professional and trustworthy. She always got back with me in a very reasonable manner. She was the perfect editor to match my book!

Jamie Lindsey, January 2023

Comer Plummer
Unsatisfactory results. Not only did this editor miss many potentially embarrassing author errors, but she introduced new ones into the manuscript. Obviously, not the help I was looking for. Very disappointed.

Comer Plummer, December 2022

Dale Coco MD
Using the query Dani edited and approved, I have contacted well over a hundred agents and more than a dozen publishers who accept submissions without an agent; some with pages and some without pages. After two months not a single one has asked to see the manuscript, for more pages, or for more information. The actual denial rate is less than 10%, with the vast majority responding with silence....
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Dale Coco MD, December 2022

Dani Segelbaum
Hi Dale! I'm so sorry to hear you feel this way. In my professional opinion, two months is not a very long time for an agent or publisher to consider your work. Many of my clients on Reedsy have re...
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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

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