David Samuel Levinson

David Samuel Levinson - Editor

Little Rock, AR, USA

Published writer and editor with 30 years of experience editing award-winning literary fiction, psychological thrillers, and mysteries.

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Overview


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 thirty 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 won the IMPAC, an international literary award from Dublin, for his book, MAN GONE DOWN. As a writer, 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 not working 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 several books to market—most recently Karin Fitz Sanford's awesome mystery, THE LAST THING CLAIRE WANTED, and Brian Cuban's fantastic thriller, THE AMBULANCE CHASER.


Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Cozy Mysteries
Historical Mysteries
LGBTQ Fiction
Literary Fiction
Psychological Thriller
Short Story

Certifications

  • MFA, The New School (2001)

Awards

  • The Atlantic Monthly Prize

Work experience

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.

Freelance editor

Self-employed
January, 2013 – Present (about 10 years)

Portfolio (15 selected works)

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

Nightmare in Pink: A Travis McGee Novel

MacDonald, John D., Child, Lee

A Purple Place for Dying: A Travis McGee Novel

MacDonald, John D., Child, Lee

The Ambulance Chaser

Cuban, Brian

David Samuel has 31 reviews

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Anthony M
David is very fast to communicate and cares about the project he's working on. He edited my novel and provided a really valuable Zoom session to discuss and answer questions at the end of the project. Working from an Australian end, it was good to have an American perspective on my work as that is my target audience, and he found innumerable errors that I hadn't spotted. It felt like a big step...
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Anthony M, January 2023

David Samuel Levinson
Thanks, Anthony. I love your book! Glad I could help!

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Timothy Colomba
Working with David has been great. I hired him to assess my novel and provide direction in order to elevate it to its highest potential. I've received feedback that is both encouraging and challenging (in a good way). David has offered resources and tips on how to move forward and he is allowing me time to maximize his services as we continue - this has been great because I'm able to do a mor...
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Timothy Colomba, January 2023


Jacob Miller
David was amazing to work with. After just a few weeks of work, he was able to help me with my plot synopsis and query letter and make them as perfect as possible. With him taking the time out of his day several times to meet with me over Zoom and giving me first-hand knowledge of what mistakes I should be looking out for, as well as teaching me his own tricks to help get the hook of my query l...
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Jacob Miller, October 2022

David Samuel Levinson
Super excited about your journey with your new synopsis and query letter and glad I could help shepherd, um, guide you through the process! Good luck!

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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

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