Howard Lovy

Howard Lovy - Editor

Traverse City, MI, USA

I'm an editor who specializes in memoir. My 35 years in journalism made me a very good listener who understands each author's unique voice.

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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. I also write author features for Publishers Weekly, among other publications. 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.

Older authors, in particular, have enjoyed working with me because I understand their wealth of experience and unique voices. I know how to help them tell the stories of their lives with maturity, wisdom, and wit. 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.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Law
Life Sciences
Political Science & Current Affairs
Religion & Spirituality
Writing & Publishing
Fiction
Science Fiction

Work experience

Developmental Editor

Self-employed
January, 2018 – Present (almost 5 years)

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.

News and Podcast Producer

Alliance of Independent Authors
December, 2017 – Present (almost 5 years)

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.

Executive Editor

Foreword Reviews
February, 2013 – September, 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 (13 selected works)

Divining Chaos: The Autobiography of an Idea

Rahmani, Aviva, Lippard, Lucy R.

I Ran Into Some Trouble

Peggy Caserta, Maggie Falcon

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 hang-out for The Grateful Dead and Big Brother and the Holding Company; it was where Wes Wilson’s posters hung and Bill Graham sold concer... read more

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 hang-out for The Grateful Dead and Big Brother and the Holding Company; it was where Wes Wilson’s posters hung and Bill Graham sold concer... read more

What Future 2018: The Year's Best Writing on What's Next for People, Technology & the Planet

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 are proposing the options that lay not just ahead, but beyond us. Focused on in-depth long-form journalism and essays, What Future tackle... 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 are proposing the options that lay not just ahead, but beyond us. Focused on in-depth long-form journalism and essays, What Future tackle... read more

Nanotechnology Regulation and Policy Worldwide

Jeffrey H Matsuura

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 countries around the world.

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 countries around the world.

Fizz!: How to Succeed As An Independent Consultant

Cathy Perme

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 consulting is for you. And if it is, welcome to the hardest work that you will ever love to do! From tricks of the trade to hard-earned... 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 consulting is for you. And if it is, welcome to the hardest work that you will ever love to do! From tricks of the trade to hard-earned... read more

Nick Bones Underground

Phil M Cohen

"...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 never broke a promise to his father.Professor Nick Friedman takes a wild ride through a dystopic and dangerous New York City searching f... 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 never broke a promise to his father.Professor Nick Friedman takes a wild ride through a dystopic and dangerous New York City searching f... read more

Howard has 38 reviews

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Jennifer FUTTER
I was happy to work with Howard. I was/am a complete novice regarding working with an editor and my expectations were unrealistic. I did not know about the different types of editing. My manuscript was not completely finished when we started working together and Howard waited several months for me to finish. Howard always responded promptly answering the questions I had and waited while I p...
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Jennifer FUTTER, September 2022


Maggie Nelson
During this process, Howard's encouragement, strong attention to detail, and grammar knowledge helped me improve my skills so that I will finish writing my memoir.

Maggie Nelson, August 2022


Pamela Brink
Although it took Howard Lovy 2 months to turn in his review, due to illness and vacation, he did a great job. He was thorough in his assessment, provided excellent advice on how to improve the manuscript and was never harsh or overbearing. I appreciate his review very much and have direction now on how to improve the manuscript Thank you, Howard

Pamela Brink, June 2022


Kristin Witzenburg
Howard is an excellent editor that understands how to work with writer and produce an excellent final manuscript.

Kristin Witzenburg, May 2022


Shirley Chang
Howard is an excellent editor. He provided excellent communications throughout the editing process. He understood the story I wanted to tell, and gave me valuable feedback to flesh out the story. He gave me high level prompts as well as detailed corrections which improved my manuscript greatly. I highly recommend Howard to writers who are looking for quality developmental editing.

Shirley Chang, May 2022

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