In 2004, when I found myself between creative endeavors, author Al Silverman asked me to take a stab at editing an early chapter for a book he was in the process of writing about the publishing business. I agreed and, after nervously handing over my notes and edited pages, Mr. Silverman surprised me by asking me to be his personal “in-house” editor prior to the book going to his publisher, St. Martin's Press.
And, as Al liked to tell people, “an editor was born.”
Thanks to a generous endorsement by Al upon completion of his book, The Time of Their Lives, I then spent the next few years working with various writers evaluating their book proposals, editing their short stories or manuscripts and occasionally ghost writing.
I credit both my parents for my editing and storytelling skills. As a well-respected English teacher, my mother continuously reinforced the conventions of sound writing and proper grammar; my father could spin a tall bedtime tale, thereby demonstrating the power of a story well told.
"The industry needs editors like Dana, whose instincts I can say belong back in the golden age of publishing that I have written about. I am deeply grateful for all her efforts in making The Time of Their Lives a better book."
Former Editor-in-Chief, Viking Press
“…this is a wonderful book filled with anecdotal treasures. It could have been written only by a bookman." [more]
Bruce Jay Friedman
The New York Times Book Review
“…a must for anyone who loves books or book publishing.”
author, former editor-in-Chief of Simon & Schuster