Howard Lovy

Howard Lovy – Editor

I specialize in editing memoirs and books on recovery, trauma, and on Jewish issues. I know how to help authors find their unique voices.

Overview

I began my career as a traditional newspaper journalist, but over the years have adapted to changes in my profession, covering everything from religion to science and technology. For much of the past decade, I've focused on independently published books, both as executive editor of Foreword Reviews and at the Alliance of Independent Authors.


An expert in Jewish issues, I am the former managing editor of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and I've written extensively on the Holocaust, antisemitism, Jewish engagement, Jewish literature, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. My work has appeared in JTA, the Jewish Daily Forward, the Jerusalem Post, and many other publications.


I am also an experienced science and technology writer and editor. I helped launch a magazine covering nanotechnology. My work in nanotech was considered required reading among those who follow the societal implications of emerging technology. I specialize in making complex concepts understandable to a mainstream readership.


My journalism training has made me understand what a writer is trying to say and help them say it in as clear a way as possible. My book review experience has given me insight into what publishers, critics, and general readers look for in a manuscript. I work very closely with authors to make sure they are telling exactly the story they want to tell. I enjoy seeing their ideas and experience transform into a work ready for publication.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Judaism Life Sciences Political Science & Current Affairs Writing & Publishing
Fiction
Science Fiction
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Vine Leaves Press

Aug, 2023 — Present

My novel, "Found and Lost: The Jake and Cait Story," is scheduled for release in 2025.

Self-employed

Jan, 2018 — Present

I work with authors to improve their books, helping them hone their ideas, and make sure their own voices are heard clearly. I've contracted with small publishers in addition to individual clients looking for help in making tough decisions on final drafts, using my experience as a journalist, book reviewer, and book review magazine editor. I enjoy working closely with authors, who often tell me that I truly understand their message and their voice.

Alliance of Independent Authors

Dec, 2017 — Present

I help provide tools for the growing numbers of independently published authors worldwide. I produce a weekly podcast for the Alliance and host my own weekly show, interviewing inspirational indie authors.

Foreword Reviews

Feb, 2013 — Sep, 2017 (over 4 years)

Supervised, assigned, and edited the work of more than 150 freelance reviewers, editors, and bloggers for monthly print magazine and daily website devoted to books from independent publishers, ranging from self-published work and small publishing houses to larger publishers and university presses. Established review and commentary style, tone, and voice. Public speaker and analyst on indie publishing. I hosted a monthly podcast, IndieVoices, in partnership with Interlochen Public Radio, in which I delivered commentaries and interviewed publishers and authors. Newsroom leader and mentor to editorial staff and freelance writers.

Portfolio

Peggy Caserta, founder of the famous Haight-Ashbury hippie boutique Mnasidika, and lover and girlfriend of Janis Joplin, was a Louisiana homecoming queen turned airsick stewardess who eventually landed in 1960s San Francisco and set up shop. Her store was a ha... read more
"...rollicking rabbinic roller coaster ride through a dystopian futuristic world."--Eli Hirsch, Radical Skepticism and the Shadow of Doubt: A Philosophical Dialogue (Bloomsbury) Shmulie Shimmer promised he'd call his father, Abe, but he never did. And Shmulie ... read more
If you’ve ever wondered if you could succeed as a consultant, look no further than this book! Not only will you get a step-by-step practical guide on how to succeed, you will also be challenged to think deeply about your motivation and experience and decide if... read more
This text discusses nanotechnology, the science and the technical skill associated with manipulation of individual atoms and molecules. More specifically, it examines the current status of nanotechnology and the regulation of nanotechnology in different countr... read more
What Future: The Year's Best Writing on What's Next for People, Technology, and the Planet, edited by Meehan Crist and Rose Eveleth, is a best of the year anthology featuring new writing by and about the scientists, writers, journalists, and philosophers who a... read more

Howard has 48 reviews

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Farzad N.

Farzad N.

Nov, 2023

I must say that Howard has far exceeded my expectations. He been the perfect editor for my project. He grasped and digested my unconventional material surprisingly well. He has been able to not only understand my often peculiar way of thinking, he has been able to edit my work in the way that I originally intended them to come out - but lacked the proper editorial professionalism. Working with ...
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Kimberly J. W.

Kimberly J. W.

Jun, 2023

Howard brought a lot of experience to our collaboration, which was my first. He was clear in his communication and kind with his corrections and suggestions. I learned tremendous skills which will server me well for the rest of my author journey. I am proud of the finished product. I would definitely work with Howard again.
Avner M.

Avner M.

Jun, 2023

Howard is terrific. He provided both an overall view and particular comments about specific parts. What's most important, he also made suggestions about ways to strengthen the weak spots. What was key, however, is that although he is familiar with the background of the book's world, he took the part of a fresh reader who knows less about it, and provided advice about what might benefit from mor...
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Evan M.

Evan M.

Jun, 2023

Howard was great to work with and very responsive through a fairly long process. He is very knowledgable and his insights and skills helped produce a much better book. Highly, Highly, Recommended
Keith K.

Keith K.

May, 2023

It was a pleasure working with Howard! He is professional, punctual, and communicative. I highly recommend him for your next book!

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