smetanka_webDaniel Smetanka has worked in various aspects of the publishing industry for twenty-five years. As an Executive Editor at Ballantine/Random House, Inc., he acquired and published award-winning books including The Ice Harvest by Scott Philips, The Speed of Light by Elizabeth Rosner, Down to the Soundless Sea by Thomas Steinbeck, and Among the Missing by Dan Chaon, a 2001 Finalist for the National Book Award.  He is currently Vice President, Executive Editor for Counterpoint Press, one of the largest independent publishers in the country and one of the few located on the west coast. He acquires and edits both fiction and nonfiction, and his projects include works by Dana Johnson, Abby Geni, Tod Goldberg, Natashia Deon, and Karen E. Bender, a 2015 Finalist for the National Book Award.

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