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 (over 3 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.

Multimedia Manager

Alliance of Independent Authors
December, 2017 – Present (almost 4 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 (10 selected works)

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

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

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

Life Locked: My Five Months at the Washtenaw County Jail

Anonymous Inmate

I spent five months in the Washtenaw County Jail in Ann Arbor, Mich. It was the first, and only time, I have ever been in trouble with the law. I could be anybody. I could be you. Here's my story, just one of millions being told in a country where mass incarceration devastates lives, communities, families.

I spent five months in the Washtenaw County Jail in Ann Arbor, Mich. It was the first, and only time, I have ever been in trouble with the law. I could be anybody. I could be you. Here's my story, just one of millions being told in a country where mass incarceration devastates lives, communities, families.

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

Howard has 27 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Bradley Morrow
I am a first time author of a memoir that is very dear to my heart. Howard is without a doubt the 'best of the best' in this lane of story creation! He completely understood my hopes and dreams of where this story should go and has more than delivered. His knowledge of how to create your own voice through words on paper is second to none and his coaching was invaluable. I look forward to many m...
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Bradley Morrow, August 2021


Meredith Patterson Brayley
I am a first time author, and Howard's guidance both with his editing and coaching has been tremendously valuable. He has helped me write my story with such authenticity, grace, and vulnerability. I know the success of this book and the revealing of my story has a lot to do with his guidance. He is professional, calm, communicative, and I look forward to continued work with him for my entire bo...
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Meredith Patterson Brayley, August 2021


Charles Wheatlry
It had been an educational experience working with Howard. The quality of his work is satisfactory and I would like to keep him as my editor for future publications. Best wishes for the future. Charles Wheatley,

Charles Wheatlry, August 2021

Howard Lovy
It's been a pleasure working with you and your manuscript, Charles. I'd love to work with you on future projects, as well. Howard

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Bryan Dion
The project went like a Romance novel - it started very well, went on too long, and in the end, struggled to achieve expectations and ended. I felt my brief was clear, word count accurate and the expectation of a manuscript ready for publishing would be the finished product. Howard started well with suggestions for improvements and clear editing of context. At the first deadline, we were only...
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Bryan Dion, August 2021

Howard Lovy
I’m sorry you felt that way. This is the first review I’ve ever received that’s less than 5 stars. There was a point , though, when my advice was ignored about updating a diary written a couple of ...
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Lori Hodges
Howard communicated well throughout our collaboration and provided sound recommendations for my book.

Lori Hodges, July 2021

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