Will Dana

Will Dana - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Experienced book and magazine editor with experience at highest levels.

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Overview

I have worked in the magazine business for over 30 years. Twenty of those years were spent at Rolling Stone, where I was chief features editor and then, for nine years, the magazine's Managing Editor, responsible for all aspects of the Rolling Stone's editorial operation. In the time I ran Rolling Stone, we won numerous awards and I conceived, assigned and edited a number of articles that went on to become best-selling books, among them Fast-Food Nation and Generation Kill. Since leaving the Rolling Stone, I have been working as a book doctor, screenwriter and strategist. I am an excellent line editor and pride myself on my ability to work with writers to bring their visions alive.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Plays & Screenplays
Non-Fiction
Music
Political Science & Current Affairs
True Crime

Awards

  • National Magazine Award

Work experience

Proprietpr

Self-employed
April, 2019 – Present (almost 2 years)

Managing Editor

Rolling Stone magazine
April, 1996 – August, 2015 (over 19 years)

Portfolio (6 selected works)

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Eric Schlosser

New York Times Bestseller “Schlosser has a flair for dazzling scene-setting and an arsenal of startling facts . . . Fast Food Nation points the way but, to resurrect an old fast food slogan, the choice is yours.”—Los Angeles Times In 2001, Fast Food Nation was published to critical acclaim and became an international bestseller. Eric Schlosser’s exposé revealed how the fast food industry has a... read more

New York Times Bestseller “Schlosser has a flair for dazzling scene-setting and an arsenal of startling facts . . . Fast Food Nation points the way but, to resurrect an old fast food slogan, the choice is yours.”—Los Angeles Times In 2001, Fast Food Nation was published to critical acclaim and became an international bestseller. Eric Schlosser’s exposé revealed how the fast food industry has a... read more

Generation Kill

Evan Wright

Based on Evan Wright's National Magazine Award-winning story in Rolling Stone, this is the raw, firsthand account of the 2003 Iraq invasion that inspired the HBO® original mini-series.Within hours of 9/11, America’s war on terrorism fell to those like the twenty-three Marines of the First Recon Battalion, the first generation dispatched into open-ended combat since Vietnam. They were a new pop... read more

Based on Evan Wright's National Magazine Award-winning story in Rolling Stone, this is the raw, firsthand account of the 2003 Iraq invasion that inspired the HBO® original mini-series.Within hours of 9/11, America’s war on terrorism fell to those like the twenty-three Marines of the First Recon Battalion, the first generation dispatched into open-ended combat since Vietnam. They were a new pop... read more

Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

Janet Reitman

“A masterful piece of reporting . . . Reitman tells a spellbinding story of a larger-than-life personality whose quirks, ticks and charisma shaped America’s newest homegrown religious movement.” — Washington PostScientology is known for its celebrity believers and its team of “volunteer ministers” at disaster sites such as the World Trade Center; its notably aggressive response to criticism or... read more

“A masterful piece of reporting . . . Reitman tells a spellbinding story of a larger-than-life personality whose quirks, ticks and charisma shaped America’s newest homegrown religious movement.” — Washington PostScientology is known for its celebrity believers and its team of “volunteer ministers” at disaster sites such as the World Trade Center; its notably aggressive response to criticism or... read more

Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point

David Lipsky

This chronicle of daily life at the US Military Academy is “a fascinating, funny and tremendously well written account of life on the Long Gray Line” (Time). In 1998, West Point made an unprecedented offer to Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky: Stay at the Academy as long as you like, go wherever you wish, talk to whomever you want, to discover why some of America’s most promising young people ... read more

This chronicle of daily life at the US Military Academy is “a fascinating, funny and tremendously well written account of life on the Long Gray Line” (Time). In 1998, West Point made an unprecedented offer to Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky: Stay at the Academy as long as you like, go wherever you wish, talk to whomever you want, to discover why some of America’s most promising young people ... read more

The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan

Michael Hastings

The inspiration for the Netflix original movie War Machine, starring Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, and Ben KingsleyFrom the author of The Last Magazine, a shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of our military commanders, their high-stake maneuvers, and the politcal firestorm that shook the United States. In the shadow of the hunt for Bin Laden and the United States’ involvement in the Middle East, G... read more

The inspiration for the Netflix original movie War Machine, starring Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, and Ben KingsleyFrom the author of The Last Magazine, a shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of our military commanders, their high-stake maneuvers, and the politcal firestorm that shook the United States. In the shadow of the hunt for Bin Laden and the United States’ involvement in the Middle East, G... read more

Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace

David Lipsky

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, STARRING JASON SEGAL AND JESSE EISENBERG, DIRECTED BY JAMES PONSOLDTAn indelible portrait of David Foster Wallace, by turns funny and inspiring, based on a five-day trip with award-winning writer David Lipsky during Wallace’s Infinite Jest tour In David Lipsky’s view, David Foster Wallace was the best young writer in America. Wallace’s pieces for Harper’s magazine i... read more

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, STARRING JASON SEGAL AND JESSE EISENBERG, DIRECTED BY JAMES PONSOLDTAn indelible portrait of David Foster Wallace, by turns funny and inspiring, based on a five-day trip with award-winning writer David Lipsky during Wallace’s Infinite Jest tour In David Lipsky’s view, David Foster Wallace was the best young writer in America. Wallace’s pieces for Harper’s magazine i... read more

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