Loren Noveck

Loren Noveck - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Copy editor, development editor, dramaturg, and sometime writer. 20+ years in adult trade publishing, currently at Penguin Random House.

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Overview

I'm a production editor by trade, with experience at Penguin Books (when it was its own company), Oxford University Press, and now at Penguin Random House for nearly twenty years. The great thing about working at a large trade publisher is every kind of project crosses my desk--bestselling fiction, Pulitzer-Prize winning history, cookbooks, self-help, crime novels, science fiction, science...you name a genre and I've probably got at least a passing acquaintance with it. (For good or for ill; after a few bad experiences, for example, I try to steer away from books about exercise and diet systems that will Change! Your! Life!)

As a freelancer, I also edit, copyedit, and proofread things ranging from literary journals to nonprofit annual reports to cookbooks. I also have an extensive background in theater--dramaturgy, literary management, running a tiny off-off-Broadway company for a while--and now write and edit theater journalism and criticism.

Basically, I know a little about a lot of things, from cosmological physics (I will be forever be proud to be acknowledged in one of Stephen Hawking's books for catching an embarrassing error) to the proper spelling of Beastie Boys song titles to the attitudes toward Muslims in Elizabethan England, which makes me good at copyediting and pub quiz.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies
Mystery & Crime
Plays & Screenplays
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Entertainment
Writing & Publishing

Work experience

Senior production editor

Penguin Random House
October, 1999 – Present (over 20 years)

I work on more than 100 titles a year in all genres, styles, and subjects for a major trade publisher. I supervise copyediting and proofreading, copyedit ancillary materials like jacket copy in-house, and know a little bit about a lot of things. Recent major projects include Beastie Boys Book, 3-7 Danielle Steel novels per year, Rachael Ray's upcoming cookbook, and all kinds of other things large and small.

Freelance copy editor

Self
January, 1999 – Present (over 21 years)

Recent freelance clients include cookbook author MJ Adams, the Smith Richardson Foundation, PEN America, and individual authors.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

PEN America Issue 21: Mythologies (PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers)

PEN America, Venita Blackburn, Masha Gessen, Kevin Young, Carmen Maria Machado, Andrés Neuman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Natalie Diaz, Jenny Zhang, Rickey Laurentiis

Mythologies considers stories that have been transmitted to us by teachers, writers, parents, politicians, and pop stars—and the mechanisms of their transmittal. In Issue 21, Natalie Diaz takes us to the banks of the Colorado River, Rodrigo Hasbún seeks out fabled Incan cities, T Kira Madden goes to the Olympics, and Carmen Maria Machado assembles a pantheon of feminist saints. With fiction by... read more

Mythologies considers stories that have been transmitted to us by teachers, writers, parents, politicians, and pop stars—and the mechanisms of their transmittal. In Issue 21, Natalie Diaz takes us to the banks of the Colorado River, Rodrigo Hasbún seeks out fabled Incan cities, T Kira Madden goes to the Olympics, and Carmen Maria Machado assembles a pantheon of feminist saints. With fiction by... read more

Beastie Boys Book

Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself—by band members ADROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Rolling Stone • The Guardian • Paste Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, B... read more

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself—by band members ADROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Rolling Stone • The Guardian • Paste Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, B... read more

How to Be an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a bracingly original approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves. “The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it—and then dismantle it.” Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice i... read more

From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a bracingly original approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves. “The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it—and then dismantle it.” Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice i... read more

All We Ever Wanted: A Novel

Emily Giffin

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this riveting novel from the #1 bestselling author of Something Borrowed and First Comes Love, three very different people must choose between their families and their most deeply held values. . . . “An unpredictable page-turner that unfolds in the voices of three superbly distinct characters.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution • “A gripping, thought-provoking jou... read more

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this riveting novel from the #1 bestselling author of Something Borrowed and First Comes Love, three very different people must choose between their families and their most deeply held values. . . . “An unpredictable page-turner that unfolds in the voices of three superbly distinct characters.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution • “A gripping, thought-provoking jou... read more

Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir

Ruth Reichl

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job (and the risk) of a lifetime when she entered the high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet.“A must for any food lover . . . Reichl is a warm, intimate writer. She peels back the curtain to a ... read more

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job (and the risk) of a lifetime when she entered the high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet.“A must for any food lover . . . Reichl is a warm, intimate writer. She peels back the curtain to a ... read more

The Golden Tresses of the Dead: A Flavia de Luce Novel

Alan Bradley

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A finger in a wedding cake is only the beginning in this deliciously shocking mystery featuring Flavia de Luce, “the world’s greatest adolescent British chemist/busybody/sleuth” (The Seattle Times). Although it is autumn in the small English town of Bishop’s Lacey, the chapel is decked with exotic flowers. Yes, Flavia de Luce’s sister Ophelia is at last getting hitc... read more

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A finger in a wedding cake is only the beginning in this deliciously shocking mystery featuring Flavia de Luce, “the world’s greatest adolescent British chemist/busybody/sleuth” (The Seattle Times). Although it is autumn in the small English town of Bishop’s Lacey, the chapel is decked with exotic flowers. Yes, Flavia de Luce’s sister Ophelia is at last getting hitc... read more

To Obama: With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope

Jeanne Marie Laskas

“An insightful study of a president who listened to even his harshest critics with grace and humility.”—The Washington PostNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY GLAMOUR Every evening for eight years, at his request, President Obama was given ten handpicked letters written by ordinary American citizens—the unfiltered voice of a nation—from his Office of Presidential Correspondence. He was ... read more

“An insightful study of a president who listened to even his harshest critics with grace and humility.”—The Washington PostNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY GLAMOUR Every evening for eight years, at his request, President Obama was given ten handpicked letters written by ordinary American citizens—the unfiltered voice of a nation—from his Office of Presidential Correspondence. He was ... read more

Room to Dream

David Lynch, Kristine McKenna

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An unprecedented look into the personal and creative life of the visionary auteur David Lynch, through his own words and those of his closest colleagues, friends, and family“Insightful . . . an impressively industrious and comprehensive account of Lynch’s career.”—The New York Times Book Review In this unique hybrid of biography and memoir, David Lynch opens up for ... read more

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An unprecedented look into the personal and creative life of the visionary auteur David Lynch, through his own words and those of his closest colleagues, friends, and family“Insightful . . . an impressively industrious and comprehensive account of Lynch’s career.”—The New York Times Book Review In this unique hybrid of biography and memoir, David Lynch opens up for ... read more

Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You

Lin-Manuel Miranda

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the creator and star of Hamilton, with beautiful illustrations by Jonny Sun, comes a book of affirmations to inspire readers at the beginning and end of each day.“When the world is bringing you down, Gmorning, Gnight! will remind you that you are awesome.”—BooklistGood morning. Do NOT get stuck in the comments section of life today. Make, do, create the things.... read more

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the creator and star of Hamilton, with beautiful illustrations by Jonny Sun, comes a book of affirmations to inspire readers at the beginning and end of each day.“When the world is bringing you down, Gmorning, Gnight! will remind you that you are awesome.”—BooklistGood morning. Do NOT get stuck in the comments section of life today. Make, do, create the things.... read more

The Swallows: A Novel

Lisa Lutz

A teacher at a New England prep school ignites a gender war—with deadly consequences—in this dark and provocative novel by the bestselling author of The Passenger“Suspenseful and utterly riveting!”—Tess Gerritsen When Alexandra Witt joins the faculty at Stonebridge Academy, she’s hoping to put a painful past behind her. Then one of her creative writing assignments generates some disturbing res... read more

A teacher at a New England prep school ignites a gender war—with deadly consequences—in this dark and provocative novel by the bestselling author of The Passenger“Suspenseful and utterly riveting!”—Tess Gerritsen When Alexandra Witt joins the faculty at Stonebridge Academy, she’s hoping to put a painful past behind her. Then one of her creative writing assignments generates some disturbing res... read more

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