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Kara Levy

Kara Levy - Editor

San Francisco, CA, United States

Creative, collaborative book editor with 10+ years experience. I consult on your whole book process, from first idea to finished product.

Overview

I'm a developmental editor with over a decade of experience with seasoned and first-time writers. As a fiction writer myself, I care deeply about story and I understand your personal investment in your own writing. In addition to copy editing for HarperCollins, Penguin, and Scholastic for ten years, I've done developmental editing for hundreds of fiction, memoir, business, and academic manuscripts.

My process is as collaborative as you are. If you'd like a partner to help you develop plot, character, theme, and language, then edit the results, that's no problem. I'm also happy to simply take what you've written and offer an edit -- anything from a developmental consult to a straightforward copy edit. My priority is to help your prose shine and your ideas make the biggest impact.

Services
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Literature Science Fiction Short Story Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management History Social & Behavioral Sciences

Certifications

  • TEFL Certification to teach English as a foreign language (ITC Barcelona, 2003)

Awards

  • Steinbeck Fellow in Fiction, San Jose State University, 2006-2007
  • Pushcart Prize special mention, 2010
  • Hedgebrook Fellow, 2010
  • Writing Between the Vines Fellow, 2016

Work experience

Senior Editor

Joyland Magazine

September, 2010 – Present (over 6 years)

I select, solicit, and edit short fiction for regionally-curated international literary magazine. I also organize Bay-area literary events and collaborate with local reading series to bring great fiction to a wider readership. Collaboration partners have included City Lights Bookstore, Why There Are Words reading series, and Dog Eared Books.

Communication Coach

Stanford University Graduate School of Business

August, 2010 – Present (over 6 years)

I provide individualized executive coaching for MBA candidates in effective written and oral communication, including building charisma and leadership qualities; storytelling for business; extemporaneous and prepared speaking; presentation skills; active listening; information synthesis; and persuasive and analytical writing.

I also teach weekly workshops on themes in business communication. Recent workshop themes include: Storytelling, Tone Modulation for Difficult Audiences, Building Presence and Charisma, Impromptu Speaking Salon, Prepared Speaking Salon, and Business Writing.

Fiction Writing Instructor

Columbia University

January, 2005 – May, 2006 (over 1 year)

I led second-year medical students in an introductory fiction workshop as part of the Narrative Medicine program. Developed and taught INTRO fiction-writing class to Columbia undergraduates and graduate students.

Developmental Editor and Copy Editor

Kara Levy Editorial + Coaching

June, 2004 – Present (over 12 years)

I provide developmental editing, editorial consulting, writing coaching, ghost writing, and copy editing for book projects such as doctoral dissertations, business articles, science research papers, memoirs, creative nonfiction, fiction, education, and young-adult fiction.

Private clients include entrepreneurs, fiction writers, academics, memoirists, children's book writers, and developers. 10+ years of experience working for publishing houses such as HarperCollins, Penguin, and Scholastic.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Four-Handed Monsters: Four-Hand Piano Playing and Nineteenth-Century Culture

Adrian Daub

In the course of the nineteenth century, four-hand piano playing emerged across Europe as a popular pastime of the well-heeled classes and of those looking to join them. Nary a canonic work of classical music that was not set for piano duo, nary a house that could afford not to invest in them. Duets echoed from the student bedsit to Buckingham Palace, resounded in schools and in hundreds of th... read more

In the course of the nineteenth century, four-hand piano playing emerged across Europe as a popular pastime of the well-heeled classes and of those looking to join them. Nary a canonic work of classical music that was not set for piano duo, nary a house that could afford not to invest in them. Duets echoed from the student bedsit to Buckingham Palace, resounded in schools and in hundreds of th... read more

My Lady Jane

Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little h... read more

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little h... read more

MILA 2.0: Redemption

Debra Driza

This final book in Debra Driza's exhilarating MILA 2.0 series is perfect for fans of books filled with suspense and imagination, like The Bourne Identity and Legend, and it will surprise and thrill readers to the very end.Mila has been running for her life for so long. But that was before she betrayed Hunter, the boy she'll always love, and before she discovered she was an incredible danger to... read more

This final book in Debra Driza's exhilarating MILA 2.0 series is perfect for fans of books filled with suspense and imagination, like The Bourne Identity and Legend, and it will surprise and thrill readers to the very end.Mila has been running for her life for so long. But that was before she betrayed Hunter, the boy she'll always love, and before she discovered she was an incredible danger to... read more

Culture and Human-Robot Interaction in Militarized Spaces: A War Story (Emerging Technologies, Ethics and International Affairs)

Julie Carpenter

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) personnel are some of the most highly trained people in the military, with a job description that spans defusing unexploded ordnance to protecting VIP's and state dignitaries. EOD are also one of the first military groups to work with robots every day. These robots have become an increasingly important tool in EOD work, enabling people to work at safer distanc... read more

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) personnel are some of the most highly trained people in the military, with a job description that spans defusing unexploded ordnance to protecting VIP's and state dignitaries. EOD are also one of the first military groups to work with robots every day. These robots have become an increasingly important tool in EOD work, enabling people to work at safer distanc... read more

Return to Planet Tad

Tim Carvell

Tad is back and he's blogger than ever, in a laugh-out-loud sequel to the book Jon Stewart called "hilarious to anyone who ever went through, is currently in, might go to, or flunked out of middle school."Tad may have survived seventh grade, but his troubles are just getting started. From his first sort-of date (a disaster) to his first semiformal dance (a bigger disaster), all Tad wants to do... read more

Tad is back and he's blogger than ever, in a laugh-out-loud sequel to the book Jon Stewart called "hilarious to anyone who ever went through, is currently in, might go to, or flunked out of middle school."Tad may have survived seventh grade, but his troubles are just getting started. From his first sort-of date (a disaster) to his first semiformal dance (a bigger disaster), all Tad wants to do... read more

Joyland Retro: Selections from Joyland Magazine

Brian Joseph Davis, Nathan Sellyn, Roxane Gay, Kevin Wilson, Zoe Whittall, Emily Schultz, James Greer, Jim Hanas, Andrew Hood, Ben Loory, Erica Lorraine, Scott McClanahan, Margaret Wappler

From writers both emerging and acclaimed come short stories about spontaneous combustion on a dance floor, love affairs with predators, a very bad day for a purchase display consultant and what happens when a man decides he wants to be pregnant. As Quill & Quire wrote, "The future of literary magazines is already here." Contributors include: James Greer, author of the novels Artificial Light (... read more

From writers both emerging and acclaimed come short stories about spontaneous combustion on a dance floor, love affairs with predators, a very bad day for a purchase display consultant and what happens when a man decides he wants to be pregnant. As Quill & Quire wrote, "The future of literary magazines is already here." Contributors include: James Greer, author of the novels Artificial Light (... read more

Retro Vol. 1 No. 2: Selections from Joyland Magazine

Brian Joseph Davis, Megan Stielstra, Tobias Carroll, Katya Apekina, Spencer Gordon, Tamar Halpern, Shawn Syms, Amanda Ackerman, Leopoldine Core, Sarah Steinberg

Joyland is an online and print literary magazine that selects fiction regionally. Praised for its unique approach by Time Out, the Atlantic, and the CBC, Joyland now brings its best stories into print with Retro Vol. 1. Issue 2. From writers both emerging and acclaimed come short stories about an indie Abraham Lincoln film that's heading towards disaster, a Miley Cyrus fan defending his unendi... read more

Joyland is an online and print literary magazine that selects fiction regionally. Praised for its unique approach by Time Out, the Atlantic, and the CBC, Joyland now brings its best stories into print with Retro Vol. 1. Issue 2. From writers both emerging and acclaimed come short stories about an indie Abraham Lincoln film that's heading towards disaster, a Miley Cyrus fan defending his unendi... read more

Retro Vol. 1 No 3: Selections from Joyland Magazine

Brian Joseph Davis, Jenny Halper, Leia Menlove, Debbie Urbanski, Amelia Gray, Roxane Gay, Shannon Robinson, Jon Paul Fiorentino, Bryce Warnes, Lisa Teasley, Zoe Ferraris, Lana Storey

Joyland is an online and print literary magazine that selects fiction regionally. Praised for its unique approach by Time Out, the Atlantic, and the CBC, Joyland now brings its best stories into print with Retro Vol. 1. No 3. Authors include PEN/Faulkner finalist Amelia Gray, essayist Roxane Gay and some of the most exciting emerging authors in North America.

Joyland is an online and print literary magazine that selects fiction regionally. Praised for its unique approach by Time Out, the Atlantic, and the CBC, Joyland now brings its best stories into print with Retro Vol. 1. No 3. Authors include PEN/Faulkner finalist Amelia Gray, essayist Roxane Gay and some of the most exciting emerging authors in North America.

Retro 4: Selections from Joyland Magazine

Brian Joseph Davis, Sarah Gerard, Ottessa Moshfegh, Tobias Carroll, Mimi Lipson, Adam Sol, Heather Sappenfield, Katie Chase, Rachel Khong, Sam Shelstad

Retro 4 is the latest collection of the best, the funniest, the strangest, and the most affecting stories from the award winning literary magazine, Joyland.

Retro 4 is the latest collection of the best, the funniest, the strangest, and the most affecting stories from the award winning literary magazine, Joyland.

Septimus Heap, Book Seven: Fyre

Angie Sage

Favorite characters return in this stunning seventh and final book in Angie Sage's New York Times bestselling magykal series: ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, Alchemist Marcellus Pye, and of course Septimus Heap, Jenna, Beetle, Simon, Lucy, and the rest of the Heap gang.Jenna will soon be Queen and Beetle is now Chief Hermetic Scribe. Septimus, however, must rid the Castle of the Darke ... read more

Favorite characters return in this stunning seventh and final book in Angie Sage's New York Times bestselling magykal series: ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, Alchemist Marcellus Pye, and of course Septimus Heap, Jenna, Beetle, Simon, Lucy, and the rest of the Heap gang.Jenna will soon be Queen and Beetle is now Chief Hermetic Scribe. Septimus, however, must rid the Castle of the Darke ... read more

Rebel (Reboot)

Amy Tintera

The sequel to the action-packed Reboot is a can't-miss thrill ride, perfect for fans of James Patterson and Marie Lu.After coming back from death as Reboots and being trained by HARC as soldiers, Wren and Callum have finally escaped north, where they hope to find a life of freedom. But when they arrive at the Reboot reservation, it isn't what they expected. Under the rule of a bloodthirsty lea... read more

The sequel to the action-packed Reboot is a can't-miss thrill ride, perfect for fans of James Patterson and Marie Lu.After coming back from death as Reboots and being trained by HARC as soldiers, Wren and Callum have finally escaped north, where they hope to find a life of freedom. But when they arrive at the Reboot reservation, it isn't what they expected. Under the rule of a bloodthirsty lea... read more

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