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Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz - Editor

New York, United States

Former Agent, Writers House, now Expat; two Newbery & NBA authors. I take a holistic, highly customized approach with a plan

Overview

Reviews (40)

I'm an expat living in Asia and New York and former successful literary agent from Writers House in New York having represented many bestsellers and award winning writers including two Newbery winners, two National Book Award finalist and - fun fact - Dee Dee Ramone of The Ramones and New Line Cinema for licensing. I worked very closely with the company which is now known as Alloy, the producers of Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, Vampire Diaries. That said, I am equally at home with pop, commercial, literary fiction for adults, middle grade and YA and narrative non-fiction.

When the family moved to Asia, I turned my hand to other endeavors. I wrote a book which Bantam Australia published and I am always asked to speak, write pitch letters and edit manuscripts of all kinds. I am also involved in other areas of entertainment including movies and music. I am listed as an approved editor by the Government of Singapore which gives grants to people who want to use my services. I've been busy simply by word of mouth but I am ready to be busier.

Testimonials:

Fran Lebowitz is an invaluable editor. Her knowledge and experience are beyond compare and any author would benefit from her creative and incisive decisions. On a personal note, she is also a great deal of fun to work with."

-- Alice Clark Platts, Author, Bitter Fruits (Penguin)

A good writer needs a good editor, not just any editor.
Fran is everything a writer needs in an editor – brutally frank
and insightful. The best by far I’ve worked with.

-- David Li - Author of Cherry Days (Ethors)

As a first-time author, the help and experience that Fran provided was invaluable. She was supportive throughout the process and her guidance was integral in navigating the difficulties of sculpting my work into a final professional copy. I would recommend her without hesitation."

-- Julian Kim - Winner National Book Award, YA book of the year Singapore

Fran Lebowitz has an incredibly sharp eye and a knack for getting at the heart of the story. She understands instinctively what makes a story work and not work, particularly with children's books. What's more, she's able to articulate this insight in a way that makes sense to the writer. I find her candid comments on my writing refreshing and valuable. She's the real deal!

-- Kelly Yang, Author of Early, Scholastic Publishing/Arthur Levine Books
Managing Director
The Kelly Yang Project Limited
Columnist, South China Morning Post

I am a first time author who has achieved moderate success querying my first project. Working with Fran is what my project needed to advance to the next level in traditional publishing. She is deeply invested in the author's victories whether it be traditional or self-publishing. Her insights are thoughtful and holistic. She sees the small changes that can be made to make a more clear and consise narrative. Fran's feedback is invaluable and I highly recommend her to authors of any genre.

--Amanda Kin, Reedsy Client

Fran was everything I wanted in an editor. She saw the potential in my manuscript but wasn’t afraid to tell me the hard truths about how to make it better. She gave me permission to let the story breathe and be what it needs to be. Fran has an eagle eye for inconsistencies with plot, character and prose. She’s very understanding of and considerate about the emotional rollercoaster of being edited. Thanks, Fran!

--Tara Mitchell, Educator, writer

I am truly amazed at the great work you put in on my book. Your comments are going to be so helpful. It's daunting because you raised so many things that need to be fixed. Brilliant analysis. But it was also so inspiring when you talked about the stuff that worked. I cant wait to get started.

-- Russell Binch, Journalist, Reedsy Client

You want more than an editor. You want Fran. You want someone to talk to about your book with the truth of a best friend and the eye of a coach. Someone you can bounce ideas off of. Someone to ask questions you were too afraid to ask. Fran is a fan, but you have to earn it.

--Joseph Kelly, Advertising Executive, Author, Reedsy Client

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment Music
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Comics & Graphic Novels Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Horror Humor & Comedy Literature Plays & Screenplays Romance Science Fiction Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Manager Marketing and Business Development

youbloom music festival
May, 2015 – Present (over 2 years)

youbloom is a festival in Dublin, LA and expanding to other cities in the US and Asia.

Agent

Writers House
January, 1986 – January, 2001 (about 15 years)

Prior to Writers House, I worked at Macmillan in the subsidiary rights department, Lowenstein Associates as an assistant to agent, Barbara Lowenstein and The William Morris Agency as assistant to Mel Berger.

Portfolio (24 selected works)

S.A.I.N.T.S. Song of Winds

Julian Kim

Meet the SAINTS (Syndicated Alliance of Irregular and Talented Specialists): Song, the master of the mystic Tao of Twelve Winds; Diego, a clairvoyant who can see past events and past lives; Ronny, a man of unparalleled intuition; Audrey, the ultimate exponent of the healing arts of the Ayurveda; and Zengo, the enigmatic founder of SAINTS. Using sheer intellect and mastering their subtle supern... read more

Meet the SAINTS (Syndicated Alliance of Irregular and Talented Specialists): Song, the master of the mystic Tao of Twelve Winds; Diego, a clairvoyant who can see past events and past lives; Ronny, a man of unparalleled intuition; Audrey, the ultimate exponent of the healing arts of the Ayurveda; and Zengo, the enigmatic founder of SAINTS. Using sheer intellect and mastering their subtle supern... read more

Shadow Boxer

Chris Lynch

I was nine years old the first time I hit my father and made him bleed. He was proud.It's now five years after his father's death, and fourteen-year-old George is the man of the family. He knows all too well how brutal the life of a fighter can be. Didn't it kill his father?But Monty, George's younger brother, has a completely different attitude. Boxing comes naturally to him. It's in his bloo... read more

I was nine years old the first time I hit my father and made him bleed. He was proud.It's now five years after his father's death, and fourteen-year-old George is the man of the family. He knows all too well how brutal the life of a fighter can be. Didn't it kill his father?But Monty, George's younger brother, has a completely different attitude. Boxing comes naturally to him. It's in his bloo... read more

Hoop Dreams

Paul Robert Walker

TRADE PB

TRADE PB

Bootleg! The Rise And Fall Of The Secret Recording Industry

Clinton Heylin

An absorbing account of the record industry's worst nightmare. In the summer of 1969, Great White Wonder, a collection of unreleased Bob Dylan recordings appeared in Los Angeles. It was the first rock bootleg and it spawned an entire industry dedicated to making unofficial recordings available to true fans. Bootleg! tells the whole fascinating saga, from its underground infancy through the CD ... read more

An absorbing account of the record industry's worst nightmare. In the summer of 1969, Great White Wonder, a collection of unreleased Bob Dylan recordings appeared in Los Angeles. It was the first rock bootleg and it spawned an entire industry dedicated to making unofficial recordings available to true fans. Bootleg! tells the whole fascinating saga, from its underground infancy through the CD ... read more

Olivia & Sophia

Rosie Milne

When Raffles sets sail from the cold, damp confines of Georgian London to make his name and fortune in the tropics, he takes with him his new wife, Olivia, a raffish beauty with a scandalous past. She infatuates both his closest friend, a poet, and one of his bitterest rivals, a soldier. Raffles sees what is going on, but he turns a blind eye – or so hopes Olivia. After Olivia’s death, and bac... read more

When Raffles sets sail from the cold, damp confines of Georgian London to make his name and fortune in the tropics, he takes with him his new wife, Olivia, a raffish beauty with a scandalous past. She infatuates both his closest friend, a poet, and one of his bitterest rivals, a soldier. Raffles sees what is going on, but he turns a blind eye – or so hopes Olivia. After Olivia’s death, and bac... read more

The Invasion (Animorphs Book 1)

K.A. Applegate

The wildly popular series by K.A. Applegate is back! The first six books of Animorphs return, with striking new lenticular covers that morph.The Earth is being invaded, but no one knows about it. When Jake, Rachel, Tobias, Cassie, and Marco stumble upon a downed alien spaceship and its dying pilot, they're given an incredible power -- they can transform into any animal they touch. With it, the... read more

The wildly popular series by K.A. Applegate is back! The first six books of Animorphs return, with striking new lenticular covers that morph.The Earth is being invaded, but no one knows about it. When Jake, Rachel, Tobias, Cassie, and Marco stumble upon a downed alien spaceship and its dying pilot, they're given an incredible power -- they can transform into any animal they touch. With it, the... read more

Animorphs #2: The Visitor

K.A. Applegate

The wildly popular series by K.A. Applegate is back! The first six books of Animorphs return, with striking new lenticular covers that morph.Rachel is still reeling from the news that the Earth is secretly under attack by parasitic aliens known as the Yeerks. And that she and her friends -- five kids who, purely by chance, stumbled onto a downed spacecraft and were given the power to morph int... read more

The wildly popular series by K.A. Applegate is back! The first six books of Animorphs return, with striking new lenticular covers that morph.Rachel is still reeling from the news that the Earth is secretly under attack by parasitic aliens known as the Yeerks. And that she and her friends -- five kids who, purely by chance, stumbled onto a downed spacecraft and were given the power to morph int... read more

Animorphs #3: The Encounter

K.A. Applegate

The wildly popular series by K.A. Applegate is back! The first six books of Animorphs return, with striking new lenticular covers that morph.When Tobias and his friends were given the power to morph, they were also given an important warning: Never stay in a morph for more than two hours. But Tobias broke the time limit, and now he's trapped in the body of a hawk -- forever. When he discovers ... read more

The wildly popular series by K.A. Applegate is back! The first six books of Animorphs return, with striking new lenticular covers that morph.When Tobias and his friends were given the power to morph, they were also given an important warning: Never stay in a morph for more than two hours. But Tobias broke the time limit, and now he's trapped in the body of a hawk -- forever. When he discovers ... read more

Animorphs #4: The Message

K.A. Applegate

The wildly popular series by K.A. Applegate is back! The first six books of Animorphs return, with striking new lenticular covers that morph.It all started with the dreams. But Cassie didn't pay much attention to them. She and her friends have been having nightmares ever since they acquired the power to morph. But when Cassie discovers that Tobias has been having dreams too -- the exact same d... read more

The wildly popular series by K.A. Applegate is back! The first six books of Animorphs return, with striking new lenticular covers that morph.It all started with the dreams. But Cassie didn't pay much attention to them. She and her friends have been having nightmares ever since they acquired the power to morph. But when Cassie discovers that Tobias has been having dreams too -- the exact same d... read more

Legend of a Rock Star: A Memoir: The Last Testament of Dee Dee Ramone

Dee Dee Ramone

So you want to be a rock 'n' roll star? Maybe you should listen to what Dee Dee Ramone has to say first. In Legend of a Rock Star the myth of the rock 'n' roll good life is destroyed once and for all. Touring is hell, and Dee Dee should know, after fifteen plus years with the legendary Ramones, he's back on the road with a new band and a new set of nightmares. Riddled with acerbic hilarity, Le... read more

So you want to be a rock 'n' roll star? Maybe you should listen to what Dee Dee Ramone has to say first. In Legend of a Rock Star the myth of the rock 'n' roll good life is destroyed once and for all. Touring is hell, and Dee Dee should know, after fifteen plus years with the legendary Ramones, he's back on the road with a new band and a new set of nightmares. Riddled with acerbic hilarity, Le... read more

Linda McCartney: A Portrait

Danny Fields

Featuring never before published interviews with Linda and Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney: A Portrait is an insiders look at one of rock music's most enduring marriages, and an intimate portrait of Linda herself and of her over thirty-year friendship with Danny Fields. When Linda married Paul she instantly found herself the focus of the intense scorn and envy of millions of women around the w... read more

Featuring never before published interviews with Linda and Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney: A Portrait is an insiders look at one of rock music's most enduring marriages, and an intimate portrait of Linda herself and of her over thirty-year friendship with Danny Fields. When Linda married Paul she instantly found herself the focus of the intense scorn and envy of millions of women around the w... read more

Linda McCartney

Danny Fields

Linda McCartney died of breast cancer in April 1998. This biography by a friend of over 30 years offers to bring the whole Linda McCartney into view. In 1969, when Linda Eastman married the world's most eligible bachelor, The Beatles' Paul McCartney people said it wouldn't last. Yet it lasted nearly 30 years. How did they do it? What was the nature of their commitment, and what made it so stro... read more

Linda McCartney died of breast cancer in April 1998. This biography by a friend of over 30 years offers to bring the whole Linda McCartney into view. In 1969, when Linda Eastman married the world's most eligible bachelor, The Beatles' Paul McCartney people said it wouldn't last. Yet it lasted nearly 30 years. How did they do it? What was the nature of their commitment, and what made it so stro... read more

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

Jack Gantos

"They say I'm wired bad, or wired sad, but there's no doubt about it―I'm wired."Joey Pigza's got heart, he's got a mom who loves him, and he's got "dud meds," which is what he calls the Ritalin pills that are supposed to even out his wild mood swings. Sometimes Joey makes bad choices. He learns the hard way that he shouldn't stick his finger in the pencil sharpener, or swallow his house key, o... read more

"They say I'm wired bad, or wired sad, but there's no doubt about it―I'm wired."Joey Pigza's got heart, he's got a mom who loves him, and he's got "dud meds," which is what he calls the Ritalin pills that are supposed to even out his wild mood swings. Sometimes Joey makes bad choices. He learns the hard way that he shouldn't stick his finger in the pencil sharpener, or swallow his house key, o... read more

Love You to Bits and Pieces: Life with David Helfgott

Gillian Helfgott, Alissa Tanskaya

The biography of David Helfott, a gifted young Australian pianist who suffered a severe mental breakdown and was institutionalized. Although brilliant and charismatic, he was insecure and reliant on anti-psychotic medication, but eventually overcame his illness to achieve artistic greatness. This story was written by his wife Gillian, who tells of the powerful bond between them and of sharing ... read more

The biography of David Helfott, a gifted young Australian pianist who suffered a severe mental breakdown and was institutionalized. Although brilliant and charismatic, he was insecure and reliant on anti-psychotic medication, but eventually overcame his illness to achieve artistic greatness. This story was written by his wife Gillian, who tells of the powerful bond between them and of sharing ... read more

Zip Six: A Novel

Jack Gantos

An "exhilarating prison novel" (says the Boston Globe) by a 1999 National Book Award Nominee

An "exhilarating prison novel" (says the Boston Globe) by a 1999 National Book Award Nominee

Summer Will End: An Elizabeth Will Mystery

Dorian Yeager

During the prime tourist season in the seaside village of Dovekey Beach, visitors to the beach are slowly disappearing,and it is up to Elizabeth Will to solve the mystery and find the killer out to destroy the town's tourist industry by eliminating its tourists.

During the prime tourist season in the seaside village of Dovekey Beach, visitors to the beach are slowly disappearing,and it is up to Elizabeth Will to solve the mystery and find the killer out to destroy the town's tourist industry by eliminating its tourists.

Eviction By Death: A Victoria Bowering Mystery

Dorian Yeager

Struggling with a stale career and a jerk of a landlord, Victoria Bowering is ecstatic when she lands a leading role in a major stage production, a break that is threatened when her landlord is killed and she is named the chief suspect. Reprint. AB.

Struggling with a stale career and a jerk of a landlord, Victoria Bowering is ecstatic when she lands a leading role in a major stage production, a break that is threatened when her landlord is killed and she is named the chief suspect. Reprint. AB.

Life is A B***...and Then You Get Your Period

Dorian Yeager

Humor. Everything you might as well know about being a woman. So true and so funny it's frightening. Full color cover. Includes "The High Cost of Being Cute As A Button," the "Three Great Female Lies," among sixteen chapters; 22 illustrations and a certificate of womanly achievement. The perfect stocking stuffer.

Humor. Everything you might as well know about being a woman. So true and so funny it's frightening. Full color cover. Includes "The High Cost of Being Cute As A Button," the "Three Great Female Lies," among sixteen chapters; 22 illustrations and a certificate of womanly achievement. The perfect stocking stuffer.

Fruit Flies, FIsh & Fortune Cookies

Anne; Anne LeMieux (Author) LeMieux

In excellent condition!

An American Betty in Paris (Clueless)

Randi Reisfeld

Cher's got her Gold Card and she's going to supervise Josh in Paris. Cher's also got cousins in Paris, and they've got love trouble - she'll fix their problems in a snap. Now if only she can fix her own when she spots Josh with a French girl on his arm.

Cher's got her Gold Card and she's going to supervise Josh in Paris. Cher's also got cousins in Paris, and they've got love trouble - she'll fix their problems in a snap. Now if only she can fix her own when she spots Josh with a French girl on his arm.

Power Of Two (T*witches)

R. Reisfeld, H.B. Gilmour

Identical twins. Separated at birth. For one very good reason . . . Camryn Barnes Smart, upbeat and popular, Cam is all about friends, family, school, and soccer. She¹s best of breed all around. Except for one bone-chilling secret. Cam sees things happening before they happen. Very bad things. Alexandra Fielding Spunky, punky, and sarcastic, Alex is all about making it from day to day. It¹s ju... read more

Identical twins. Separated at birth. For one very good reason . . . Camryn Barnes Smart, upbeat and popular, Cam is all about friends, family, school, and soccer. She¹s best of breed all around. Except for one bone-chilling secret. Cam sees things happening before they happen. Very bad things. Alexandra Fielding Spunky, punky, and sarcastic, Alex is all about making it from day to day. It¹s ju... read more

Building A Mystery (Twitches #2)

H. B. Gilmour, Randi Reisfeld

Thanks to a smash hit Disney Channel movie, we are reissuing the first two books in this popular series with fabulous new covers!The twins are back in this second magical adventure!Twin witches Cam and Alexa couldn't be more different (Cam is a pretty and cheerful Ms. Popular, Alex is a sullen punk girl), but what they've got in common are their witchy powers! And when a cute, mysterious new b... read more

Thanks to a smash hit Disney Channel movie, we are reissuing the first two books in this popular series with fabulous new covers!The twins are back in this second magical adventure!Twin witches Cam and Alexa couldn't be more different (Cam is a pretty and cheerful Ms. Popular, Alex is a sullen punk girl), but what they've got in common are their witchy powers! And when a cute, mysterious new b... read more

Fran has 40 reviews

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Nadia Rodberg

Fran did an amazing editorial work on my book. She was professional and timely, friendly and supportive. She provided valuable feedback, critique and suggestion. She went beyond her duties in supporting this project!

, November 2017

Fran Lebowitz
Reply from Fran Lebowitz

I found the work very valuable and important. I hope she finds the audience this work deserves.


James Buchanan

If you are serious about your book (how could you not be?), your editor matters a great deal to you. You need pointed criticism with focus, from someone you trust. Fran is that editor. She gets to know you then gets to know your work. Her suggestions are for you and your work. That sounds simple. It's not. It's a talent. Fran has that talent.

, November 2017

Fran Lebowitz
Reply from Fran Lebowitz

James knows exactly what he wants to say and he says it so very well.


Bob Cohn

There's a reason Fran gets so many glowing reviews--she's GOOD. She reads with a sharp eye, gets to the point with her comments, helps you understand what needs to be done, and most important, she cares. It wasn’t just very helpful to work with her; it was a real pleasure as well.

, November 2017


M Vee

Fran Lebowitz is wonderful, energetic, thoughtful, and professional. She carved out a project from my initial brief that helped take me in new directions. Fran responded almost immediately to my brief, had great insight on where I needed to be and helped me begin to chart a new course for my writing. I cannot thank Fran enough. Definitely add her to your list of editors to consider!

, September 2017


Adrienne Enfinger

Not only did Fran provide constructive insight and help to identify the weak spots in the story, she also talked it through with me until we came up with really wonderful solutions for those weak spots. Her insight is invaluable. I feel so fortunate that I was able to get feedback on my manuscript from someone as talented and experienced as Fran.

, September 2017

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