David Samuel Levinson

David Samuel Levinson - Editor

Little Rock, AR, USA

I've edited novels from award-winning authors from Grove Atlantic, Grand Central Publishing, and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux among others.

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I've been writing and editing professionally for a long, long time and have published two novels, TELL ME HOW THIS ENDS WELL (Crown Books, Hogarth, 2017) and ANTONIA LIVELY BREAKS THE SILENCE (Algonquin Books, 2013), as well as a collection of stories, MOST OF US ARE HERE AGAINST OUR WILL (Viking Penguin, 2005). Over the last twenty-five years, I've helped several authors, such as Michael Thomas, Dale Peck, and Lisa Dierbeck, edit their novels until they're polished and ready to sell.

A client of mine just sold his first novel, GREENLAND, to HarperCollins. Another client went on to win the IMPAC, an international literary award from Dublin, for his novel, MAN GONE DOWN. As a writer myself, I know the ins and outs of plotting a successful novel and how hard it is to get your book where you want it. I offer different levels of editorial service, depending on a client's needs. I'm just as comfortable copyediting as I am editing developmentally, taking apart your manuscript scene by scene to help you see what's working and what's not working quite yet. Whatever issue you're having and no matter where you are in the process, I can show you how to move your plot and story forward and finish what you started or begin anew with a revision.

I've helped writers throughout every stage of the editorial process and have shepherded many books to market.


Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
LGBTQ Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Psychological Thriller
Short Story

Certifications

  • MFA, The New School (2001)

Awards

  • The Atlantic Monthly Prize

Work experience

Freelance editor

Self-employed
January, 2013 – Present (over 9 years)

Freelance copyeditor

Penguin Random House
April, 1999 – February, 2008 (almost 9 years)

I copyedited and proofread manuscripts for various imprints like Ballantine, Knopf, and Little Random. I edited titles by Michael Chabon, Joanna Scott, Ethan Canin, and John D. MacDonald among others.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

The Ambulance Chaser

Cuban, Brian

Man Gone Down: A Novel

Thomas, Michael

Did Jew Know?

Emily Stone

This handy primer on all things Jewish is filled with funny, surprising and informative facts about Jewish life, culture, and religious practice—all presented in an entertaining and witty voice and accompanied by bold illustrations that pack a graphic punch. Jews, lapsed Jews, and their spouses and friends will surely learn a thing or ten while devouring this addictively readable mix of practi... read more

This handy primer on all things Jewish is filled with funny, surprising and informative facts about Jewish life, culture, and religious practice—all presented in an entertaining and witty voice and accompanied by bold illustrations that pack a graphic punch. Jews, lapsed Jews, and their spouses and friends will surely learn a thing or ten while devouring this addictively readable mix of practi... read more

Silverfish

Shavers, Rone , Dunn, Steven

Thin Rising Vapors

Rogoff, Seth

Loosing My Espanish

Carrillo, H.G.

Edinburgh

Chee, Alexander

Liberation: A Novel

Scott, Joanna

Wonder Boys: A Novel

Chabon, Michael

David Samuel has 28 reviews

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Austin Benedetto
I had a great time working with David. Everything was punctual and his edits were very insightful. His criticisms were on-point and very needed. Could not have asked for a better experience for my first book.

Austin Benedetto, September 2022

David Samuel Levinson
Yay! I'm so happy to have been of service, Austin. You have a bright future. Keep in touch.

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Jayden O'Neil
David's a master of his craft with a keen eye for detail. He helped me copy edit a short story and did an amazing job at elevating the prose and story. He was the ultimate professional and a delight to work with.

Jayden O'Neil, August 2022


AJ Stewart
Good edit. Thanks.

AJ Stewart, August 2022


Frank Giammanco
David was very helpful and pulled no punches. He gave me much to think about, and while I didn’t agree with all his suggestions he has helped me improve my final product.

Frank Giammanco, May 2022

David Samuel Levinson
Frank was a great client and we worked well together, so I’m a little nonplussed by the unfavorable stars. I can only assume he was miffed by the clarity and candidness of my critique. Some folks s...
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Walter Deitchman
First & foremost, David did what he said he was going to do in terms of timeline & work product. His feedback was/continues to be very helpful, & his follow-up has been generous. David is a nice man who imparts critical information gently so that it's easy to receive.

Walter Deitchman, April 2022

David Samuel Levinson
Walter, it was a pleasure working with you. Come back anytime!

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