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Jaime Levine

Jaime Levine - Editor

New York, NY, United States

Former Grand Central Publishing and St. Martin's Press Executive Editor with nearly 20 years experience and 33 New York Times bestsellers.

Overview

I spent fifteen years acquiring books for Grand Central Publishing (Hachette Book Group, previously Warner Books/Time Warner Book Group) and just under one year at Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press (Macmillan), before leaving to work as an independent contractor.

I have discovered many debut authors and have seen at least thirty-three individual titles make it to the New York Times bestseller list for print books, many in the Top 10. I’ve worked on tie-in projects to major properties including movies, television shows, and video games, and I’ve worked on graphic novels, teen fiction, and narrative nonfiction.

My private clients include first time authors trying to develop their books before submitting them to agents or publishers or for self-publication, but many seasoned authors have sought me out to help them improve their craft. The most successful authors are always learning, always challenging themselves to grow. Like a sports coach that helps athletes to reach their maximum scoring potential, I help authors become better writers.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Comics & Graphic Novels Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Horror Humor & Comedy Romance Science Fiction Thriller Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs History Nature Social & Behavioral Sciences

Work experience

Independent Editor

Freelance

April, 2015 – Present (over 1 year)

As an Independent Contractor, I have a mixture of publisher and private author clients. My publishing clients have included The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, whose ebook anthology program I helped to start. I have edited authors published by Forge (Tor/Macmillan), St. Martin's Press, Titan Books, Amazon Trade Publishing, and Simon & Schuster’s Young Readers division. I have also packaged (and partially written) original books for Open Road Media.

Executive Editor

Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin's Press (Macmillan)

May, 2014 – April, 2015 (11 months)

I specialized in acquiring crime, suspense, and thriller novels and also worked on literary fiction and women's fiction.

Executive Editor

Grand Central Publishing (Hachette Book Group)

March, 1997 – February, 2012 (almost 15 years)

I began my career in science fiction, fantasy, horror and pop culture and ultimately spent four years as the Editorial Director of the imprint Warner Aspect. I’ve had the privilege of editing some of the greats in that genre: David Eddings, Jacqueline Carey, Carrie Vaughn, Octavia Butler, Nalo Hopkinson, Gregory Benford, and Michael Moorcock.

Later I transitioned into mainstream fiction and nonfiction, with a specialization in thrillers. I’ve edited every type of thriller from legal to archaeological to supernatural. I spent more than a decade as the acquiring editor for the joint novels of Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child and helped them make #1 on the New York Times hardcover print list. I also worked with the estate of Robert Ludlum and presided over an expansion of that program from two titles per year to three, which involved finding and developing authors.

Another highlight of my career was launching author Julianna Baggott’s critically acclaimed adult/teen crossover novel Pure. A futuristic dystopian story, it drew together my love of thrillers, science fiction, and teen novels into one awe-inspiring project. The novel received endorsements from a host of literary and genre writers as well as praise from The New York Times Book Review.

Portfolio (17 selected works)

The Monster of Florence

Douglas Preston

In the nonfiction tradition of John Berendt ("Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil") and Erik Larson ("The Devil in the White City"), New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston presents a gripping account of crime and punishment in the lush hills surrounding Florence, Italy.In 2000, Douglas Preston fulfilled a dream to move his family to Italy. Then he discovered that the olive grove... read more

In the nonfiction tradition of John Berendt ("Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil") and Erik Larson ("The Devil in the White City"), New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston presents a gripping account of crime and punishment in the lush hills surrounding Florence, Italy.In 2000, Douglas Preston fulfilled a dream to move his family to Italy. Then he discovered that the olive grove... read more

Cold Vengeance (Pendergast Series Book 11)

Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers--a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana--he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen... read more

Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers--a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana--he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen... read more

Pure (The Pure Trilogy Book 1)

Julianna Baggott

We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . . Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanen... read more

We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . . Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanen... read more

Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Janson Command (janson series Book 2)

Paul Garrison

Paul Janson, a character first featured in Robert Ludlum's bestselling novel The Janson Directive, has a new goal: save the world, one operative, one mission, one redemption at a time.Reformed from his days of covert-operations, Paul Janson has set a new mission for himself. Working in partnership with champion sharpshooter Jessica Kincaid, he rehabilitates disenchanted agents and helps them c... read more

Paul Janson, a character first featured in Robert Ludlum's bestselling novel The Janson Directive, has a new goal: save the world, one operative, one mission, one redemption at a time.Reformed from his days of covert-operations, Paul Janson has set a new mission for himself. Working in partnership with champion sharpshooter Jessica Kincaid, he rehabilitates disenchanted agents and helps them c... read more

Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Sanction (Jason Bourne series Book 6)

Eric Van Lustbader

Jason Bourne returns to Georgetown University and the mild world of his alter ego, David Webb, hoping for normalcy. But after so many adrenaline-soaked years of risking his life, Bourne finds himself chafing under the quiet life of a linguistics professor. Aware of his frustrations, his academic mentor, Professor Specter, asks for help investigating the murder of a former student by a previous... read more

Jason Bourne returns to Georgetown University and the mild world of his alter ego, David Webb, hoping for normalcy. But after so many adrenaline-soaked years of risking his life, Bourne finds himself chafing under the quiet life of a linguistics professor. Aware of his frustrations, his academic mentor, Professor Specter, asks for help investigating the murder of a former student by a previous... read more

Naamah's Kiss (Moirin's Trilogy Book 1)

Jacqueline Carey

Once there were great magicians born to the Maghuin Dhonn; the folk of the Brown Bear, the oldest tribe in Alba. But generations ago, the greatest of them all broke a sacred oath sworn in the name of all his people. Now, only small gifts remain to them. Through her lineage, Moirin possesses such gifts - the ability to summon the twilight and conceal herself, and the skill to coax plants to gro... read more

Once there were great magicians born to the Maghuin Dhonn; the folk of the Brown Bear, the oldest tribe in Alba. But generations ago, the greatest of them all broke a sacred oath sworn in the name of all his people. Now, only small gifts remain to them. Through her lineage, Moirin possesses such gifts - the ability to summon the twilight and conceal herself, and the skill to coax plants to gro... read more

Fledgling

Octavia E. Butler

Octavia E. Butler is one of the finest voices in fiction--period. . . . A master storyteller, Butler casts an unflinching eye on racism, sexism, poverty, and ignorance and lets the reader see the terror and beauty of human nature.-"The Washington Post Book World "Readers familiar with . . . "Parable of the Sower and "Bloodchild will recall that [Butler] never asks easy questions or settles for... read more

Octavia E. Butler is one of the finest voices in fiction--period. . . . A master storyteller, Butler casts an unflinching eye on racism, sexism, poverty, and ignorance and lets the reader see the terror and beauty of human nature.-"The Washington Post Book World "Readers familiar with . . . "Parable of the Sower and "Bloodchild will recall that [Butler] never asks easy questions or settles for... read more

The Alexander Cipher: A Thriller

Will Adams

Egyptologist Daniel Knox's lifelong fascination with Alexander the Great and his tomb, a fabled wonder of the ancient world, could be the death of him. After construction workers excavating in Alexandria expose a catacomb dating back to ancient times, Knox eagerly sneaks in to scout the cavernous and dusty site. Among the relics he finds clues that may solve one of the world's greatest mysteri... read more

Egyptologist Daniel Knox's lifelong fascination with Alexander the Great and his tomb, a fabled wonder of the ancient world, could be the death of him. After construction workers excavating in Alexandria expose a catacomb dating back to ancient times, Knox eagerly sneaks in to scout the cavernous and dusty site. Among the relics he finds clues that may solve one of the world's greatest mysteri... read more

Kitty Takes a Holiday (Kitty Norville)

Carrie Vaughn

After getting caught turning wolf on national television, Kitty retreats to a mountain cabin to recover and write her memoirs. But this is Kitty, so trouble is never far behind, and instead of Walden Pond, she gets Evil Dead. When werewolf hunter Cormac shows up with an injured Ben O'Farrell, Kitty's lawyer, slung over his shoulder, and a wolf-like creature with glowing red eyes starts sniffin... read more

After getting caught turning wolf on national television, Kitty retreats to a mountain cabin to recover and write her memoirs. But this is Kitty, so trouble is never far behind, and instead of Walden Pond, she gets Evil Dead. When werewolf hunter Cormac shows up with an injured Ben O'Farrell, Kitty's lawyer, slung over his shoulder, and a wolf-like creature with glowing red eyes starts sniffin... read more

The Devil You Know (Felix Castor)

Mike Carey

Felix Castor is a freelance exorcist, and London is his stamping ground. It may seem like a good ghostbuster can charge what he likes and enjoy a hell of a lifestyle--but there's a risk: Sooner or later he's going to take on a spirit that's too strong for him. While trying to back out of this ill-conceived career, Castor accepts a seemingly simple ghost-hunting case at a museum in the shadowy ... read more

Felix Castor is a freelance exorcist, and London is his stamping ground. It may seem like a good ghostbuster can charge what he likes and enjoy a hell of a lifestyle--but there's a risk: Sooner or later he's going to take on a spirit that's too strong for him. While trying to back out of this ill-conceived career, Castor accepts a seemingly simple ghost-hunting case at a museum in the shadowy ... read more

Burning Kingdoms (The Internment Chronicles)

Lauren DeStefano

Danger descends in the second book of The Internment Chronicles, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Chemical Garden trilogy.After escaping Internment, Morgan and her fellow fugitives land on the ground to finally learn about the world beneath their floating island home. The ground is a strange place where water falls from the sky as snow, and people watch moving pictures and vis... read more

Danger descends in the second book of The Internment Chronicles, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Chemical Garden trilogy.After escaping Internment, Morgan and her fellow fugitives land on the ground to finally learn about the world beneath their floating island home. The ground is a strange place where water falls from the sky as snow, and people watch moving pictures and vis... read more

Watched

CJ Lyons

He Can't Run, and He Can't HideJesse is terrified. For four years, a twisted hacker named King has hijacked his computer webcam, collecting incriminating photos and videos he uses to blackmail Jesse. So far, Jesse's given into King's ruthless demands in order to protect his family. But now King wants something that's too horrible to contemplate—and if he doesn't get it, he'll kill Jesse's litt... read more

He Can't Run, and He Can't HideJesse is terrified. For four years, a twisted hacker named King has hijacked his computer webcam, collecting incriminating photos and videos he uses to blackmail Jesse. So far, Jesse's given into King's ruthless demands in order to protect his family. But now King wants something that's too horrible to contemplate—and if he doesn't get it, he'll kill Jesse's litt... read more

Gideon's Sword (Gideon Crew series)

Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

Introducing Gideon Crew: trickster, prodigy, master thief.At twelve, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down. At twenty-four, summoned to his dying mother's bedside, Gideon learned the truth: his father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. With her last breath, she begged her son to avenge him.Now, with a new purpose in his life, Gi... read more

Introducing Gideon Crew: trickster, prodigy, master thief.At twelve, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down. At twenty-four, summoned to his dying mother's bedside, Gideon learned the truth: his father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. With her last breath, she begged her son to avenge him.Now, with a new purpose in his life, Gi... read more

Shooting War

Anthony Lappe

The global war on terror is raging out of control. The president is popping Prozac. And the #1 selling videogame in 2011 America is the terrorist-simulator Infidel Massacre: Los Angeles. On the streets of gentrified Brooklyn, videoblogger Jimmy Burns' latest anti-corporate rant is cut short by a terrorist bombing of a Starbucks...but his live feed isn't. When his dramatic footage is uploaded b... read more

The global war on terror is raging out of control. The president is popping Prozac. And the #1 selling videogame in 2011 America is the terrorist-simulator Infidel Massacre: Los Angeles. On the streets of gentrified Brooklyn, videoblogger Jimmy Burns' latest anti-corporate rant is cut short by a terrorist bombing of a Starbucks...but his live feed isn't. When his dramatic footage is uploaded b... read more

Procession of the Dead (The City)

Darren Shan

Darren Shan, New York Times bestselling author of the Cirque du Freak and Demonata series, makes his adult fiction debut with this first book in a dark and twisted new series, The City.PROCESSION OF THE DEADWhat had I done before coming to the City? I couldn't remember. It sounded crazy but my past was a blank. I could recall every step since alighting from the train, but not a single one befo... read more

Darren Shan, New York Times bestselling author of the Cirque du Freak and Demonata series, makes his adult fiction debut with this first book in a dark and twisted new series, The City.PROCESSION OF THE DEADWhat had I done before coming to the City? I couldn't remember. It sounded crazy but my past was a blank. I could recall every step since alighting from the train, but not a single one befo... read more

The Skrayling Tree: The Albino in America (Elric Saga)

Michael Moorcock

The second book in "A Tale of the Albino." When his beloved wife Oona is abducted by a band of albino Native Americans, Ulrik von Bek trails the group by using the Skrayling Oak. Soon he finds himself in the multiverse, where he is reconnected with his alternate self, Elric of Melnibone.

The second book in "A Tale of the Albino." When his beloved wife Oona is abducted by a band of albino Native Americans, Ulrik von Bek trails the group by using the Skrayling Oak. Soon he finds himself in the multiverse, where he is reconnected with his alternate self, Elric of Melnibone.

False Convictions

Tim Green

In bestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns-seeking justice in a small town riddled with . . . FALSE CONVICTIONS Casey is counting on an open-and-shut case, a sure success for her first effort with the Freedom Project, the renowned charity group dedicated to helping exonerate wrongfully convicted prisoners. Not only is the Freedom Project giving Casey the chance to ... read more

In bestselling author Tim Green's latest thriller, Casey Jordan returns-seeking justice in a small town riddled with . . . FALSE CONVICTIONS Casey is counting on an open-and-shut case, a sure success for her first effort with the Freedom Project, the renowned charity group dedicated to helping exonerate wrongfully convicted prisoners. Not only is the Freedom Project giving Casey the chance to ... read more

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