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 (over 3 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 (8 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

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

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 22 reviews

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Nicole Pukala
It is a joy to work with Howard. As a first time memoir writer, Howard helped me to bring clarity to the written words. The structure added and comments regarding where I should add more text, think about scenes, expand or leave for a later stage in the book have been invaluable. As this is a very personal book, I am grateful to have found an editor who handles the content very respectfully. Th...
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Nicole Pukala, June 2021


MADELYNN KOPPLE
Getting an evaluation of my manuscript from Howard provided great insight. He provided excellent advice about which stories were fascinating and could only be told by me, vs other stories that could have been told by any number of authors, such as various travels and adventures I enjoyed, but have probably already been written about numerous times. So, those will wind up in the trash. Howar...
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MADELYNN KOPPLE, June 2021


joan rudd
Howard is insightful about descriptive prose and very thorough. More and more timely communication about progress on my project would be motivating for me.

joan rudd, May 2021


Debi Martone
My experience with Howard has been very positive. I feel I was able to have a more personal connect, even though we have only communicated via Reedsy. He kept me informed of his progress and I truly appreciate his feedback of my manuscript. His review was informative, professional and concise. I look forward to hiring Howard again when I complete my next manuscript.

Debi Martone, May 2021


Kasia Weber
I am delighted to see Howard's assessment of my project arrive well ahead of his initial deadline. Howard is a gentle critic. He highlighted the strengths of my project to me in a very encouraging way, while pinpointing the fragments he does not quite "get" as a reader. I like Howard's detailed and uplifting feedback and I will definitely work more on the fragments he identified as needing my ...
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Kasia Weber, April 2021

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