Danielle has written professionally for over 25 years. She began her career writing marketing copy but later turned to fiction because it was much more fun. A lifelong reader and lover of story, Danielle has extensive experience editing picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels. She has a keen interest in developing writers of all levels and helping them hone their craft through collaboration, constructive feedback, communication, and support.
Danielle holds a BA in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts (focus on writing for children and young adults), and a TESL Certificate from the University of Cambridge.
She is the founder of Middle Grade Lunchbreak, a book club of professional writers who discuss books with an eye for craft and the Regional Advisor of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators San Francisco South chapter. Danielle has taught writing and poetry to middle grade and high school students and currently teaches writing at Cañada College.
Danielle’s picture book, The Soapbox, was nominated for the Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award at the SCBWI Los Angeles Conference in 2018. Her works in progress include a contemporary middle-grade novel and a YA collaborative project.
Preferred age level & genre of expertise:
Danielle’s sweet spot is middle grade, though she also edits picture books and young adult novels. She has an affinity for contemporary realistic fiction, novel-in-verse, historical fiction, fantasy, humor and anything that will break her heart.
The Fire-Eaters by David Almond
The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Holes by Louis Sachar
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Favorite TV shows:
Jane the Virgin, Downton Abbey, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Crown, Game of Thrones
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
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, former faculty at Sierra Nevada College
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
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