Marla Daniels is a former editor at Simon & Schuster of both fiction and non-fiction, and fancies herself a huge college basketball fan with a baking problem. When she's not making homemade chocolate chip cookies or cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks through March Madness, Marla looks for character-driven and voice-driven women's fiction, romance, commercial fiction, and psychological thrillers. In her many years at S&S, the former editor acquired and edited numerous critically-acclaimed, national, and international bestsellers such as Heidi Perks' psychological thriller, Her One Mistake, Julia Kelly's historical fiction The Light Over London, and New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne's The Central Park Pact series.
Marla loves line-editing to make a novel the best it can be, and she's never missed a deadline. Across genres, she favors reading fast-paced fiction that is packed full of family ties that tug on the heartstrings, thrillers that keep the reader guessing until the very last page, and sizzling romances between sassy heroines and strong-yet-lovable heroes. With New York Book Editors, Marla is excited to turn her sole editorial focus to working with authors to make every character and storyline jump off the page.
Most recently, she’s edited the USA Today bestselling title Roman Crazy, written by New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton and debut author Nina Bocci, as well as New York Times bestselling author Melody Anne’s most recent installments in the popular Unexpected Heroes series. She's also worked with several critically acclaimed debut authors. Publishers Weekly called Rachel Goodman’s debut novel, From Scratch “smart, sexy, and funny” and Library Journal said she “enter[ed] the world of foodie fiction with a “bam” that would make Emeril proud.” In regards to historical romance author Julia Kelly’s Governess series, Library Journal said she “deftly balances the wistful dreams of her protagonists with humor and competence.”
Marla's select booklist can be found below.
"Goodman's debut Southern contemporary is smart, sexy, and funny. [She] piles on the Southern charm to make this story a winner.” - Publishers Weekly
"This is a fun-filled and steamy story [with]...laugh-out-loud moments, a dash of witty banter, a long-held family secret finally revealed and a peeping tom mystery. With a diverse cast of three-dimensional characters, Laurence's latest has all the elements of a great small-town romance." - Romantic Times Book Reviews
"This one is a whole lot of fun from start to finish." - Suspense Magazine on Picture Them Dead