Edward Levy

Edward Levy – Editor

Experienced, award-winning nonfiction book editor, providing developmental and substantive editing, evaluations, and coaching


A professional editor for over thirty years, I have edited books for Doubleday, Random House, Princeton University Press, Macmillan, Paulist Press, Prentice-Hall, State University of New York Press, Scholastic, Scholars Press, Praeger, Solution Tree Press, and many other publishers and private individuals.

Books I have edited have received publishing and professional awards, including the Independent Publisher's Book Award (IPPY), Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Award, a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers, and the V. O. Key Award of the Southern Political Science Association. For over seventeen years, I worked in-house as a senior editor focused on developmental and substantive editing.

With a strong academic background, a degree with honors from Brandeis, a graduate degree in history from Columbia, and experience teaching at both secondary and college levels, I am at home in the social sciences and humanities.

I have also edited important works in the self-help genre, including Radical Healing, by Rudolph Ballentine (Random House).

Many nonnative English speakers have turned to me to perfect their English written expression, and many authors have commented that working with me was an unexpected pleasure. As one was kind enough to write,

"You have incredible insight and you are kind and gentle with your remarks. You have been a solid support beyond what I expected from an editor. Thank you."

Biographies & Memoirs Education & Reference Health & Wellbeing History Inspirational Philosophy Psychology Sociology
English (US)
  • 2014 LEARNING Magazine Teacher's Choice Award
  • 2014 REVERE Award nomination
  • 2013 Silver INDIEFAB Award for Education and 2014 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year nomination
  • 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers
  • 2009 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award
  • 2021 Living Now Book Awards Winner
  • 2020 Nautilus Book Awards Winner
  • 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist
  • 2020 Eric Hoffer Grand Prize Finalist
  • Editorial Freelancers Association
  • National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE)

Work experience


Oct, 2017 — Present

Edit primarily nonfiction; edit articles for UNESCO's education journal, Prospects

Bayer Diagnostics

Apr, 2012 — Dec, 2016 (over 4 years)

Worked on manuals for blood diagnostic equipment

Girl Scouts of the USA National Headquarters

Feb, 2008 — Jan, 2012 (almost 4 years)

Edited papers for the Girl Scout Research Institute
Wrote and edited manuscripts for LEADER magazine
Organized, repurposed, and edited content for the creation of the Online Council Network (OCN) website

Solution Tree Books

Nov, 1996 — Sep, 2001 (almost 5 years)

Developed and edited books for educators

SYDA Foundation

Mar, 1985 — Mar, 1997 (about 12 years)

Editor and Managing Editor of a monthly magazine, Darshan, with global distribution on subjects dealing with spirituality, yoga, and meditation


Childhood Canceled

Migacz, Mishka

Art Therapy and Creative Aging

Stephenson, Raquel Chapin

Idel, Moshe
Kaibara Ekken (1630--1714) was the focal Neo-Confucian thinker of the early Tokagawa period. He established the importance of Neo-Confucianism in Japan at a time when Buddhism had long been the dominant religious philosophy. This is the first book-length prese... read more
Translation of the first grand synthesis of classic Chinese thought.This is a translation, with a commentary and a long contextualizing introduction, of the only major work of Han (206 B.C. to 220 A.D.) philosophy that is still available in complete form. It i... read more
People will discover that I’m not good enough. This shouldn’t be happening. Things never work out for me. Through two decades in the field of psychology, Jodie Eckleberry-Hunt, PhD, ABPP, has heard this negative self-talk over and over from her patients. She h... read more
Wyschogrod, Edith, Crownfield, David
Documented by in-depth research into Begin's family origins in Poland, his Holocaust experiences and his years as a guerrilla leader in Palestine, this biography draws together the threads of Begin's life and career in Israeli politics
Heart Book is a journey through the confusing maze of literature on coronary artery disease, the number-one killer in America. With his years of practice in vascular radiology, Dr. Dach has the background, credentials, and experience to transform your understa... read more
Even before your infant says her first words, she is speaking to you all the time . . .Become attuned to your baby's communications . . . and learn how to respond.Build a healthy attachment to your child in his first months of life. Reduce the stress and frust... read more
Provides an accessible introduction to the Vedic religious world by focusing on the role of divine and human imagination in sacred texts.The Artful Universe introduces the Vedic religion, a rich and densely textured tradition that has influenced the religious ... read more
Unique in its combination of scriptural erudition and experiential wisdom, this book makes accessible the true philosophy of Tantra and Kashmir Shaivism for dedicated students of yoga and Eastern philosophy.
Learn a four-step research-based program for differentiating instruction based on the cultural needs, beliefs, and values of diverse learners. The authors show you how to build teacher background knowledge; plan for differentiation; and differentiate context, ... read more
Fully engage learners in your classroom. Discover how to create high-quality assessments using a five-phase design protocol. Explore types and traits of quality assessment, and learn how to develop assessments that are innovative, effective, and engaging.
This extraordinary book offers nothing less than a new vision of medical care. Rudolph Ballentine, M.D., has created a unique, integrative blending of the primary holistic schools of healing that is far more potent than any one of these alone.Like Deepak Chopr... read more
This book is a long-term empirical analysis of the impact of the civil rights movement on the real-life situations of southern blacks. Looking at the period from the late 1950s to the mid-1980s, it assesses the role of black political participation in six Flor... read more
Good Trouble

Brian Wolf

This book is written in praise of the criminal; a unique kind of criminal, who is motivated not by personal gain, but ethical altruism. Deviant heroes are those individuals who violate unjust norms and laws, facing the repercussions of social control, effectin... read more

Edward has 30 reviews





Greg K.

Greg K.

Nov, 2023

I found Ed to have worked into the substance of the text and made some insightful recommendations for me to go forward.
Anne D.

Anne D.

Sep, 2023

Edward finished the job before the deadline. His editing was meticulous and thorough. His comments and suggestions were clear and helpful. We also met on Zoom to review and discuss his more general recommendations for material I might add to the text. It was a delight to work with Ed.
alba C.

alba C.

Jun, 2023

Ed is an outstanding editor who helped me improve my book while respecting my vision. He understood my needs, clarified the necessary changes, and suggested interesting ideas. Conversations with him felt like talking to a wise friend and he was an excellent listener. He offered insightful suggestions that enhanced the flow and coherence of my writing while still honoring my unique voice and sty...
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diana H.

diana H.

Dec, 2022

Edward Levy is a pleasure to work he is a responsive and proficient editor. His insight and clarity will move your writing project forward.
Gabriel W.

Gabriel W.

Oct, 2022

Working with Ed has been a pleasure. He did an excellent job at editing my manuscript. The final book is a much more polished work thanks to his efforts. He also made general structural suggestions, and made incisive comments throughout, sometimes challenging my assumptions. All this was very positive. But some of his comments were puzzling, because he may have asked for clarification on a poi...
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Edward L.
Thanks for the kind words, Gabriel! They are much appeciated. Occasionally, even though a book has come for editing, the relationship with the author evolves, as ours did, into a coaching and consu...
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