Loren Noveck

Loren Noveck – Editor

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


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.
Anthologies Mystery & Crime Plays & Screenplays
Biographies & Memoirs Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Entertainment Writing & Publishing
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Penguin Random House

Oct, 1999 — Present

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.


Jan, 1999 — Present

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


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 Stoneb... 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 remi... read more
Room to Dream

David Lynch

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 comprehen... 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 handpicke... 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 smal... 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 t... 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 ... 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 des... read more
Beastie Boys Book

Michael Diamond

#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 ... 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 fa... read more

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Alex C.

Alex C.

Nov, 2022

Work was delivered promptly and professionally.

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