A professional editor for over thirty years, E. M. Levy has edited books for Doubleday, Random House, Princeton University Press, Macmillan, Paulist Press, Prentice-Hall, SUNY Press, Scholastic, Scholars Press, Praeger, Solution Tree Press, and many other publishers and private individuals. His projects have received publishing and professional awards. For over seventeen years, he worked in-house as a senior editor focusing on developmental and substantive editing.
With a strong academic background, an advanced degree from Columbia University, and experience teaching at both secondary and college levels, he is at home in the social sciences and humanities. He has edited important works of religious scholarship. In the area of general nonfiction, he has worked in a variety of genres, including biography, public affairs, spirituality, and memoir. ManynonnativeEnglish speakers have turned to him to perfect their English written expression.
"I would like to send our gratitude to you for your professionalism, attention to detail and efficiency in the editing services you provided for The Perennial Truth project. We will definitely be in contact for future projects. Thank you again for your delicate editing technique, without changing the message and voice of the author. We are most pleased :-)"—Karen and Tjaart Kruger.
Praise from Clients
“Many thanks for your fine work on this project. You did much to improve the writing, and the author has every reason to be grateful to you.”—Princeton University Press
“I’m rushing to get this to the FedEx office but want to thank you for the wonderful editing job. The manuscript is very much improved!”—Prof. James Button, author of Blacks and Social Change
"The manuscript is in great shape. Your turnaround is fantastic. I would like you to know that working with you has been amazing. You have incredible insight and you are kind and gentle with your remarks. You have been a solid support beyond what I expected from an editor. Thank you."—Jodie Eckleberry-Hunt, PhD, APPP, author of Curse Your Way to Sanity
"Ed Levy, the editor, reshaped my less than adequate English, as well as the structure of the text, into a much higher standard. I also appreciated his emotional involvement in the book's subject matter, which did not interfere with his uncompromising criticism when he felt the text did not express my intent clearly and precisely.—Ivan Fuchs, MD, author of The Evolutionary Mechanisms of Human Dysfunctional Behavior (forthcoming, Radius Books)
"Ed’s review was spot-on! His knowledge of the subject area was deep and useful. He gave me excellent recommendations to fill in gaps and enhance marketability. Forcing me to review and make hard decisions for my book was more valuable than any syntax or comma fix he did (and he did those edits very well, too)." -Pat Edwards, author of Exploring the Magic of Your Hero's Journey
"I just want to take a moment for a personal thanks to you, Ed, for your leadership through what I know was arduous work. I am bowled over by all the content that is in place, and I know that it couldn't have happened wiithout you. Through it all, you kept a sense of humor, and the results are simply spectacular. I am especially proud of the high-quality teamwork on this project, and I know that your attitude and approach were key to that.
—Carol MacMillan, Senior Vice President, Girl Scouts of the USA
"My editor, Ed Levy, was superb to work with.”—Sue Stephenson, author of Leading with Trust
"Thank you, Ed. We were so fortunate to have such a great editor!"—Margarita Calderón, Professor Emerita, Johns Hopkins University
"I found Ed to be clear, insightful, adaptable and altogether a pleasure with whom to work. He adroitly sliced and diced, which is what I needed, but he never cut out any of the meat."—Mark Van Clay, Aligning School Districts as PLCs
“I am so proud of the work you have done. You have taken what we sent you and polished it into such a fine finished statement. —Prof. Robert Barr, Boise State University, co-author of Building a Culture of Hope: Enriching Schools with Optimism and Opportunity
“I am grateful for the hours and hours you spent making this a first-class piece of work. I needed the discipline you project on any work you take up, and I am grateful. You have set a gold standard that would be hard for many others to reach.”—Mary Kim Schreck, author of From Tired to Inspired: Fresh Strategies to Engage Students in Literacy
Education, Social Science, Philosophy, Self-Help, Health, Religion & Spirituality
Recognition for Books Edited
1990 V. O. Key Award of the Southern Political Science Association for Blacks and Social Change: Impact of the Civil Rights Movement on Southern Communities
2009 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award for Why Culture Counts:Teaching Children of Poverty
2011 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers for Boys in Poverty: A Framework for Understanding Dropout
2013 Independent Publisher's Book Award (IPPY) for Breaking Through: Effective Instruction & Assessment for Reaching English Learners
2013 Silver INDIEFAB Award for Education and 2014 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year nomination for From Tired to Inspired: Fresh Strategies to Engage Students in Literacy
2014 LEARNING Magazine Teacher's Choice Award for Building a Culture of Hope: Enriching Schools With Optimism and Opportunity
2014 REVERE Award nomination for What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Writing