Testimonials

My business thrives on word-of-mouth and personal referrals. Here's what the authors, agents, publishers, and book publicists I've worked with have to say about me!

  • Jeevan Sivasubramaniam, Managing Director, Editorial — Berrett-Koehler Publishers

    I trust and endorse Danielle to work on our books with no reservations. Danielle and I have been working together for over a decade now, and in that time she has consistently demonstrated how skilled she is at taking something and really improving and building it on both macro and micro levels. Larger concerns such as general structure, flow, and argument are expertly addressed while even individual word choices and sentences receive great attention—all while carefully maintaining the author’s voice. It’s a rare trait—this ability to balance between the two—but Danielle makes it look effortless. In all the years we have worked together, Danielle constantly exceeded (and continues to exceed) expectations and has impressed not just me but the many authors she has worked with (which include many names you read on bestseller lists). One of these authors once told me of her work, “It’s just like I wrote it—a much smarter, focused, and authoritative version of me, but still me.” It’s hard to find individuals capable of this “invisible” editorial alchemy, which is why I consistently remain in her debt.
  • Hayden and Martha Sears, Authors — The Healthy Pregnancy Journal

    Working with Danielle Goodman was a joy and a privilege. She has a unique knack for understanding the desired outcome and making it happen. She easily stepped into our creative process, adapted to our voice, and helped us organize our thoughts in a cohesive way. She was able to deliver quickly and thoroughly everything that was asked of her.
  • Jessica Krakoski, Managing Director — Cave Henricks Communications

    Danielle is an outstanding freelance editor. We worked together when one of her authors brought me on to handle the publicity campaign for the book launch, and Danielle was an incredibly valuable part of the process. Her deep understanding of the author's book and business made her the perfect sounding board for pitch angles and story ideas, and her writing and editing skills ensured that every communication that went out was well-crafted. She is intelligent, positive and collaborative, and by far one of the best freelance editors I have ever worked with.
  • Anne Marie O'Farrell, Literary Agent — Marcil-O’Farrell Literary

    Danielle Goodman has worked on several non-fiction books by different authors represented by our agency. Danielle is exceptional when it comes to helping the writer articulate their ideas in an engaging and accessible way. She has a keen eye for creating structure PLUS she’s very easy to work with. We highly recommend Danielle and continue to use her as our go-to freelance editor.
  • Sharon Rowe, Author and CEO of Eco-Bags Products, Inc.

    Danielle was amazing to work with. After an initial read of my manuscript, she nailed my voice and set to work. As the developmental editor for my first book, I gave her full license. She shaped the book so skillfully I was honestly wowed. I like to say that she took a lump of clay with good intentions and made something beautiful and usable...within reach. I've already recommended Danielle several times and will continue to do so!
  • Mark M Brown, Author — Outward Bound Lessons To Live A Life of Leadership

    Danielle is a gifted editor. She quickly grasped the essence of the the messages I wanted to convey and distilled them into a book of which I am very proud. I may have created all of the puzzle pieces but Danielle was the one who assembled them into a completed puzzle. She is highly collaborative, gentle and positive in her feedback, meets deadlines and timelines, and makes the whole process go smoothly. As a first time author she made what could have been a very intimidating process a thoroughly delightful partnership. I highly recommend her and look forward to working with her again in the future.
  • Jennifer Kahnweiler, Author — Creating Introvert-Friendly Workplaces (coming in 2020)

    I have known Danielle in her role as a top editor for Berrett-Koehler publishers. When it came time to select an editor for my latest book, Creating Introvert-Friendly Workplaces, she was the natural choice. Danielle's work was exemplary in every way. She is sharp, incisive and quickly understood my voice. I consulted with her on the flow from beginning to end of the writing process and always valued her clear input, which elevated my manuscript to a higher level. Some editors "overedit" and Danielle weighed in only when she felt it was important to do so. She always beat her deadlines and was an excellent communicator throughout our time together. A true partner. Danielle is worth every penny and more. I feel so fortunate that she took my project on and contributed in such a significant way!
  • John Perkins, Author — Touching The Jaguar (coming in 2020)

    Danielle is fabulous. She helped me reorganize parts of Touching the Jaguar in a manner that greatly improved it and did lots of excellent word and idea editing. She also was extremely talented at pointing out areas where my words could be more culturally sensitive and where I might express more of my own emotions about how I felt to be a privileged White male working in other cultures. She pushed me in gentle and effective ways — exactly what you want from an editor. I highly recommend her.