Edward Levy

Edward Levy - Editor

New York, NY, USA

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

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Overview

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. A recent project, Brian Wolf's book, Good Trouble: How Deviants, Criminals, Heretics, and Outsiders Have Changed the World for the Better, was published by Rowman & Littlefield).

I have also edited important works in the self-help genre, such as 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."
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Education & Reference
Health & wellbeing
History
Inspirational
Philosophy
Psychology
Sociology

Certifications

  • Editorial Freelancers Association
  • National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE)

Awards

  • 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
  • 2013 Independent Publisher's Book Award (IPPY)
  • 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers
  • 2009 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award

Work experience

In-house developmental and substantive editor, education books

Solution Tree
April, 2012 – December, 2016 (over 4 years)

Senior Editor

Girl Scouts of the USA, National Headquarters
February, 2008 – January, 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

Senior Editor, Managing Editor

SYDA Foundation
March, 1985 – March, 1997 (about 12 years)

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

Portfolio (15 selected works)

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, effecting positive social change in the process. Using a method that examines how the biographies of individual deviants intersected with histor... read more

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, effecting positive social change in the process. Using a method that examines how the biographies of individual deviants intersected with histor... read more

Blacks and Social Change

James W. Button

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 Florida cities.Originally published in 1989.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available ... 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 Florida cities.Originally published in 1989.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available ... read more

Radical Healing: Integrating the World's Great Therapeutic Traditions to Create a New Transformative Medicine

M.D. Rudolph Ballentine

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 Chopra and Andrew Weil, Rudolph Ballentine is a medical doctor who became intrigued by the workings of mind-body medicine and looked beyond t... read more

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 Chopra and Andrew Weil, Rudolph Ballentine is a medical doctor who became intrigued by the workings of mind-body medicine and looked beyond t... read more

Boys in Poverty

Ruby payne, Paul Slocum

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.

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.

Why Culture Counts: Teaching Children in Poverty (Solutions)

Donna Walker-Tileston, Sandra Darling

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, content, process, product, and assessment. This book provides an opportunity for the education community to engage students at risk whom... read more

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, content, process, product, and assessment. This book provides an opportunity for the education community to engage students at risk whom... read more

The Splendor of Recognition: An Exploration of the Pratyabhijna-hrdayam, a Text on the Ancient Science of the Soul

Swami Shantananda, Peggy Bendet

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.

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.

The Artful Universe: An Introduction to the Vedic Religious Imagination (SUNY series in Hindu Studies)

William K. Mahony

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 sensibilities of India for 3500 years or more. Engagingly written and based on traditional as well as modern Vedic scholarship, the book... 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 sensibilities of India for 3500 years or more. Engagingly written and based on traditional as well as modern Vedic scholarship, the book... read more

Learning What Works: Discover Your Baby-and Yourself

Shanti Regester

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 frustration of parenting by becoming aware of temperament--yours and your infant's--and how it affects your relationship.Learn to become mind... 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 frustration of parenting by becoming aware of temperament--yours and your infant's--and how it affects your relationship.Learn to become mind... read more

Heart Book: How to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Jeffrey L Dach MD

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 understanding of heart disease. The old medical paradigms have been upended, yet mainstream cardiology clings to these tired dogmas as if nothin... read more

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 understanding of heart disease. The old medical paradigms have been upended, yet mainstream cardiology clings to these tired dogmas as if nothin... read more

The Life and Times of Menachem Begin

Amos Perlmutter

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

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

Wyschogrod, Edith, Crownfield, David

Swear Your Way to Sanity: How to Use MOMF to Feel Better

Ph.D. ABPP, Jodie G Eckleberry-Hunt

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 has even dealt with it herself. Eckleberry-Hunt knows that when you are anxious and fearful, these thoughts can be extremely powerful. Wi... 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 has even dealt with it herself. Eckleberry-Hunt knows that when you are anxious and fearful, these thoughts can be extremely powerful. Wi... read more

The Canon of Supreme Mystery by Yang Hsiung: A Translation with Commentary of the T'ai hsuan ching by Michael Nylan (SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture)

Michael Nylan

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 is the first translation of the work into a European language and provides unique access to this formative period in Chinese history. Bec... 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 is the first translation of the work into a European language and provides unique access to this formative period in Chinese history. Bec... read more

Moral and Spiritual Cultivation in Japanese Neo-Confucianism: The Life and Thought of Kaibara Ekken (1630-1714) (SUNY Series in Philosophy)

Mary Evelyn Tucker

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 presentation of his thought. It contains a lengthy introduction to Ekken's life, time, and thought, and a careful translation into readable E... read more

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 presentation of his thought. It contains a lengthy introduction to Ekken's life, time, and thought, and a careful translation into readable E... read more

Edward has 9 reviews

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Aryn Taylor
My collaboration with Ed has been nothing but educational and thrilling. I was nervous at first to hire an editor, because many I'd reached out to were intimidated by my story and the length. Ed was the first professional to respond with a thoughtful and honest breakdown of what he felt my story would need before and during this entire process. I've learned as much about myself and my writing a...
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Aryn Taylor, November 2020


Lance Haver
I am a published writer, with my work appearing in newspapers and magazines. This was/is my first attempt at a book. I found Ed's help to be surprisingly helpful. When I contracted with him, I thought I was going to get the equivalent of a copy editor, checking grammar, flow ect. I got much more. His edits and recommendations helped me sharpen what I wrote, made it clearer to others I sh...
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Lance Haver, October 2020


Robert Isenberg
My review is mixed. I thought some of Ed's points were valid & helpful However, I wondered why Ed would generalize that since Sue was a flight attendant living on the East Side she had to like bars. Re Sue's distaste for bars; She clearly and frequently stated her reasons. Which are completely understandable. Also, I believe Ed was unduly moralistic re an unmarried twenty-three-year-old in the ...
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Robert Isenberg, September 2020

Edward Levy
I'm glad to hear that Robert used some of my feedback to revise his manuscript.

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Elderine Wyrick
Dr. Levy was extremely insightful in understanding the message of my book and my struggle with organizing my thoughts. Each of his comments were clear and valuable in offering direction for my re-write. I was "stuck" in my process and his comments launched me forward toward my end goal. I will work with Dr. Levy further as I move forward.

Elderine Wyrick, August 2020


Alan Mashra
Excellent to work with! Very professional and provided much needed editing for my book. Would definitely recommend to anyone!

Alan Mashra, July 2020

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