E. M. LevyE. M. Levy, a professional editor for over thirty years, 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. Many authors who are nonnative English speakers have turned to him to perfect their English written expression.

Having edited and ghosted in the self-help genre, E.M. Levy also knows how to prepare books for this specialized market. His particular focus has been books on alternative, functional, and integrative medicine. A consultant and editor for Rudolph Ballentine, MD’s path breaking Radical Medicine (Random House), he has more recently edited works on detoxification, Lyme disease, autism, and methylation. He has been praised for his ability to translate this type of scientific and medical material into readable prose without losing the acuity of the original text.

Many authors, particularly first-time authors, find the task of structuring their material daunting. E. M. Levy is skilled at creating a solid scaffold for a written work, placing the broad themes, topics, and subtopics in right relationship to each other.

His writing and political cartoons have appeared in magazines and newspapers.

Editing Specialties


Developmental and structural editing:  analysis of coherence, arc of story, character development, dialogue, voice, pace, flow, transitions, and reader engagement

Writing assistance:  to improve organization and clarity, enrich language usage, build emotional connections between characters and story elements in both fiction and nonfiction

Query letters and synopses:  thorough review before submission to literary agents

Book proposals:  development of this sales piece for nonfiction book manuscripts. Includes intro, summary, author bio, marketing plan, comparative analysis of competition, and sample chapters.

Consultation about self-publishing: discuss steps to independent publishing: internal layout and design, book cover, e-books and POD (print on demand), promotion, marketing and sales.



“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!” James Button, University of Florida, author of Blacks and Social Change: Impact of the Civil Rights Movement in Southern Communities, winner of the V. O. Key Award of the Southern Political Science Association

“I am so proud of the work that you have done. You have taken what we sent you and polished it into such a fine finished statement. The excitement that accompanies this edited text is all most breathtaking. We knew all along we were in good hands, but to finally see the job you have done is just so exciting. Thanks for getting it here early and in such good shape. Robert Barr, Boise State University, co-author of Building a Culture of Hope: Enriching Schools with Optimism and Opportunity, winner of LEARNING Magazine”˜s Teacher’s Choice Award

“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 just want to take a moment for a personal thanks to you 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 without 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

“Thank you. We were so fortunate to have such a great editor!” Margarita Calderón, Professor Emerita, Johns Hopkins University

“I found E. M. 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, Consortium for Educational Change

“You were superb to work with.” Sue Stephenson, author of Leading with Trust: How to Build Strong School Teams

“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, nominated for Foreword Magazine”˜s Book of the Year Award and winner of the Silver INDIEFAB Award for Education

“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