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 (almost 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)

Wonder Boys: A Novel

Chabon, Michael

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

David Samuel has 18 reviews

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Joan Brown
David Samuel very much helped me develop my manuscript. I definitely recommend him.

Joan Brown, November 2021

David Samuel Levinson
Joan, I love working with you and love your book. You’ve come a long way with it. I wish you all the success in the world. And def keep in touch.

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Eric Paulsen
The entire experience working with David could not have been more helpful — particularly for a debut novel. His feedback is clear, concise, and spot on. For such a quick turnaround, his assessment was remarkably thorough. I will absolutely be using David in future, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to others.

Eric Paulsen, November 2021

David Samuel Levinson
Eric, I’m so happy to have been of service and wish you and your book all the success in the world. I look forward to working with you again.

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Margot Trevelyan
David is an accomplished writer. I liked the fact that he was brutally honest with the issues he found in my novel and, through a zoom meeting, followed up with concrete suggestions. I will be addressing some of them, particularly his helpful comments on the protagonist. However some of his comments were on segments of the book that did not exist, making me wonder if he was confusing my book w...
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Margot Trevelyan, October 2021


Vernon Powell
David completed a comprehensive copyedit of my 98,000 word manuscript and did so on time. The amount of thought and care he demonstrated is exactly what one would expect from an editor with his impressive bio. If you are searching for an editor who will take time to understand and meticulously review your work, your search is over. Thanks , David for a job well done.

Vernon Powell, October 2021


Paul Sargia
David left lots of notes throughout my script which I felt were valuable. However, some of them seemed way off base and he didn’t seem to get the overarching gist of the story. Maybe my writing is to blame. I may find out he is right after I hire another editor, my usual one who was too busy at the time I used Reedsy. I do appreciate his efforts and overall he was helpful. Some things that see...
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Paul Sargia, October 2021

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