Testimonials

 

Here’s what people say about my work.

Jarryd Bendall

“Danielle went so far above and beyond what I would expect of an editor. Professionally, Danielle’s edits were detailed and thorough, whilst getting straight to the heart of where my writing could stand to improve. Her editorial letter rang true and reasonable in the areas she identified for improvement, and she clearly explained her reasoning so that I knew not just where but how and why to make changes to my manuscript. I knew as soon as I started reading that she was right on the money with her assessment, and I felt immediately inspired to get back to work on my manuscript and improve it with her directions.

Personally, Danielle really looked after me as a writer. She checked in on my progress more than she was obligated to. Her critique never felt like criticism, it felt like she was genuinely trying to help me become a better writer. She identified and encouraged my existing strengths as a writer, and was considerate in the way she brought up areas for improvement. I genuinely felt like she cared about my work and me as a writer and wanted to see both do better. If you are lucky enough to form a working relationship with Danielle, you will be well looked after.”

—Jarryd Bendall

Pam Verhagen

“Danielle did a substantive edit of my 37,000 word middle-grade fantasy novel. She went through my novel so carefully. Her comments have been instrumental in bringing my story to a new level. I highly recommend her services.”

—Pam Verhagen

Lisa Papademetriou

“Danielle Sunshine’s vast knowledge and leadership experience in the SF regional chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators means that she is uniquely qualified to edit work with an eye to both the craft and business of writing. Her patience, kindness, and sense of humor make learning from her a pleasure.

Lisa Papademetriou, MFA and bestselling author, founder of Bookflow

Jane Houng

“I think Danielle excels as an editor. She is thorough, precise and inventive. She has a wide knowledge of children’s literature and a superior command of the English language. Whether for line editing or copy editing, I highly recommend her.”

—Jane Houng, MFA and author

Ashley Walker

“Danielle Sunshine is a conscientious and creative editor with a deep knowledge of craft. She is one of those rare mentors who can simultaneously support and challenge an author to bring out the best in a story.”

—Ashley Walker, PhD, MFA, writer

Erik Ellis, Ph.D., Advanced Lecturer, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Stanford University

Danielle’s visits to my Stanford writing classes have been invaluable. She offers countless editorial insights and detailed suggestions to help students develop their picture books. She explains her reasoning so clearly and suggests revisions so constructively and enthusiastically—while also generously praising students’ achievements—that students leave with a jolt of motivation to revise. Danielle clearly loves language and understands storytelling and the complex relationship between words and images.

Here’s what some of my students have had to say about her visits:

    • “I liked her feedback and how she went through each page and noted even very minor changes so we can really optimize our final book.”
    • “She gave great insight as to how the characters should be feeling and the logical arc of the story.”
    • “I think that getting outside feedback from an established writer in this space was super helpful. She provided a lot of targeted constructive criticisms, which was extremely valuable in the early stages of developing our book.”
    • “She gave feedback about our book that I never would have even thought of. It was very helpful hearing from someone in the field.”
    • “She had such a seasoned and experienced eye, and could share industry trends that we would otherwise be uninformed about.”

Christina Lloyd, instructor at Crystal Springs Uplands School and PhD Candidate

“Danielle Sunshine does a stellar job introducing my creative writing students to the elements and structures of fiction. Her enthusiasm and expertise inspire them to pen short stories of their own. Her workshop is always the highlight of our semester.”

— Christina Lloyd, instructor at Crystal Springs Uplands School and PhD Candidate

FEATURED TESTIMONIAL

“Danielle Sunshine performed a line edit of my entire book and suggested changes that made each chapter sensorially richer. She took many of my clunky sentences and transformed them into elegant, inviting prose. She was a great pleasure to work with throughout the process and greatly improved the manuscript at every turn.  I will definitely work with her again.”

—Anne E. Beall, author of 8 books including, 5-Minute Meditation Vacations – Magical Journeys with a Personal Message

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