Susan Daniel


1967: A.B. University of California at Santa Barbara. History
1974-75. California State University at Fullerton. Graduate work in
library science.


1975-1981: Bookshop on the Island, Newport Beach, California. Owner. Responsiblities included buying, bookkeeping, merchandising, and retail sales. During Susan's ownership the store changed from a small gift shop with a few books into a popular and respected bookshop with a few gift items.

1982-1986: Capra Press, Santa Barbara, California. Marketing Director (two years) and Sales Manager (two years). Responsibilities included accounts receivable, coordinating commissioned sales representatives, office management, invoicing and fulfillment, and supervising a staff of 2-3 assistants.

1985-present. Daniel & Daniel, Publishers, Inc. President and Director of Sales and Marketing. This job involves promoting new and backlist titles to the book trade and special markets, coordinating the efforts of commissioned sales representatives across the country, writing press releases and arranging advertising campaigns. Susan is also the business manager for Daniel & Daniel, which involves inventory control, accounting, invoicing and fulfillment, sales reports and royalties, and a great number of other administrative chores involving numbers and paperwork.

In addition to these responsibilities, Susan Daniel has acquired and developed some of Daniel & Daniel's most successful books, including Rats in the Trees, by Jess Mowry; Out of a Forest Clearing, by Randall Beth Platt; Solo Dolci: The Italian Dessert Cookbook, by Anna Bruni Benson; and Memories from a Russian Kitchen, by Rosalie Sogolow.

John M. Daniel


Stanford University, English, A.B. 1964
Radcliffe College, Publishing Procedures Course, 1964
Stanford University, Creative Writing, Wallace Stegner Fellowship 1967-68
Wilbur Hot Springs, Writer in Residence 1980



Play Melancholy Baby, a mystery novel, Perseverance Press, 1987
The Love Story of Sushi and Sashimi, a cat book, Capra Press, 1990
The Woman by the Bridge, short stories, Dolphin-Moon Press, 1991
One for the Books—Confessions of a Small Press Publisher, Fithian Press, 1997
Structure, Style, and Truth—Elements of the Short Story, Fithian Press, 1998
The World’s Shortest Stories of Love and Death (editor), Running Press, 1999
Generous Helpings—Six Stories of California, Calamity, and Love, Shoreline Press, 2001
The World’s Shortest Stories of All Time (editor), Quality Paperback Book Club, 2001
The Poet’s Funeral, a mystery novel. Poisoned Pen Press, 2005
Vanity Fire, a mystery novel. Poisoned Pen Press, 2006

75+ short stories and articles in periodicals including Vignette, Fish Stories, Quarterly West, Obsidian, Sequoia, Crosscurrents, Connexions, Stonecloud, New Times, New Horizons of New Mexico, Amelia, Innisfree, Aberrations, Eidos, Meshuggah, Memo, Edge, Tawte, The Writing Finger Moves, The Wilbur Quarterly, Gorilla Salon, Santa Barbara Review, Santa Barbara Arts, The Grapevine, Small Press, Sipapu. and UCLA ExtensionWriter's Program Quarterly.


Stanford University Press, assistant editor, 1968-1970
No Dead Lines, founder/publisher, 1974-1980
Capra Press, publicity director, sales manager, 1983-85
Daniel & Daniel, Publishers, Inc., founder/publisher, 1985-present

Freelance editing and writing
John Daniel Literary Services, 1975-present
Ghostwritten fiction has included mystery, adventure, and historical novels. Nonfiction projects have included have included editing and/or ghostwriting books on father-daughter incest, filmmaking, stepfathering, and World War II. Contributed chapters to textbooks on data processing and public relations. Clients included Hewlett-Packard, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, UCSB Art Museum, Wadsworth Publishing Company, Benjamin Cummings Publishing Company, et al.

Fiction-writing courses and workshops at UCLA Extension, Santa Barbara Adult Education, Santa Barbara Writers' Conference, Golden Triangle Writers' Workshop, Dallas-Fort Worth Writers' Workshop, Klamath Falls Writers' Workshop, Pima Writers' Workshop, Cuesta College Writers' Workshop, and UCSB Extension.

Small press publishing classes and lectures at PEN-Orange County, Palm Springs Writers Guild, Ventura County Writers' Club, Santa Barbara Adult Education, Santa Barbara Screenwriters' Guild, Santa Barbara Writers' Workshop, Great Falls Writers in the Schools, and UCSB College of Creative Studies.

Stanford Bookstore, 1965-1967, clerk, assistant manager of textbook department Kepler's Books and Magazines, Menlo Park, California 1970-77, clerk and buyer Kepler's of Los Altos, manager and buyer, 1982-83 Occasional work at House of Books and Red Barn Bookstore (Dallas, Texas), Plowshare Books, Peninsula Books, and Printers' Inc. (Palo Alto, California)

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