E. M. Levy

nonfiction book editing services

Academic and other nonfiction, memoir; social sciences, psychology, spirituality and consciousness studies, manuscript evaluations, developmental editing, line editing, copyediting

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. Many authors who are nonnative English speakers have turned to him to perfect their English written expression.

Writing Awards

  • Association of Academic Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award
  • Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year
  • Independent Publishers Book Award
  • Learning Magazine’s Teacher’s Choice Award
  • V. O. Key Award of the Southern Political Science Association

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.

2020 Nautilus Book Award Winner

The Hidden Gifts of Addiction“Thank you for your encouragement, wisdom, and gift with the pen. This book would not have flowered without you.”

—Victor Bucklew, Ph.D.

The Hidden Gifts of Addiction: The Direct Path of Recovery


Teachers' Choice Awards
Revere Awards
Forward Magazine Book of the Year
Nautilus Book Awards

Books Edited

Elements of Grading The Splendor of Recognition Breaking Through Veda and Torah Lacan & Theological Discourse Collaborative Action Research for Professional Learning Communities What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Science Leading With Trust Teaching Students to Think Like Scientists Why Culture Counts Yiddish Proletarian Theatre Redefining Fair Design in 5 Common Language Assessment for English Learners The Artful Universe Mastering Digital Literacy The Korean Neo Confucianism of Yi Yulgok Meditation Revolution The School Leaders Guide to Grading The Zen Approach to Project Management Hasidism Between Ecstacy & Magic Kindle My Heart Tibetan Dream Yoga Enriched Learning Projects The School Learner's Guide to English Learners Blacks & Social Change The Canon of Supreme Mystery From Tired to Inspired RTI & Differentiated Reading Aligning School Districts as PLCs Darshan Magazine Facing Discouragement Love to Tango Using Technology to Enhance Writing Moral & Spiritual Cultivation in Japanese Neo Confucianism What Principals Need to Know About Teaching & Learning Writing Turning Your School Around Energies of the Spirit Jewish Philosophy in a Secular Age Data-Based Decision Making The Life of Menachem Begin Boys in Poverty Leading a Learning Organization  Modern Indian Interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita Adoption: Uncharted Waters Leading the New Literacies Mobile Learning Devices Radical Healing Bridge Makers and Cross Bearers The Evolutionary Mechanisms of Human Dysfuntional Behavior


General Nonfiction

    • Of Gods and Judges: The Strange Story of the First Amendment, by Scott Rutledge, Amazon Digital, 2016.
    • The Heart Book: How to Keep Your Heart Healthy, by Jeffrey Dach, MD, Medical Muse Press, 2018.
    • Swear Your Way to Sanity, by Jodie G. Eckelberry-Hunt, PhD, ABPP, New Harbinger (forthcoming, 2019).
    • Our Shadows Love to Tango: An Energy Healer and Intuitive’s Practical Everyday Guide to Inner Transformation, by Layma Lankmane. Angelspotion LLC
    • The Evolutionary Mechanisms of Human Dysfunctional Behavior, by Ivan Fuchs, Radius Books (forthcoming, 2019).
    • How to Swear Your Way to Sanity, by Jodie G. Eckelberry-Hunt, PhD, ABPP, New Harbinger (forthcoming, 2019).
    • Insight Into Relationship: Perk Up Communication Skills With Your Spouse, by Yoram Sisso. Amazon Kindle, 2017.
    • Blacks and Social Change: Impact of the Civil Rights Movement on Southern Communities, by James Button. Princeton University Press.
    • The Life and Times of Menachem Begin, by Amos Perlmutter. Doubleday.
    • The Zen Approach to Project Management, by George Pitagorsky. International Institute for Learning.
    • Adoption: Uncharted Waters-—A Psychologist’s Case Studies, by David Kirschner. Juneau Press.
    • Facing Discouragement, by Kathleen Fischer and Thomas Hart. Paulist Press.
    • Radical Healing: Integrating the World’s Great Therapeutic Traditions to Create a New Transformative Medicine, by Rudolph Ballentine. Harmony.
    • Exploring the Magic of Your Hero’s Journey, by Pat Edwards, FYD Publishing.
    • Overwhelmed and Alone!! A Single Parent’s 12 Step Guide to Raising Healthy Children of Color, by Wendy Shaia, EdD., MSW, University of Maryland

K–12 Education (Solution Tree Press)

  • Aligning School Districts as PLCs, by Mark Van Clay, Perry Soldwedel, and Thomas W. Many.
  • Boys in Poverty: A Framework for Understanding Dropout, by Ruby Payne and Paul Slocumb.
  • Breaking Through: Effective Assessment and Instruction for English Learners, edited by Margarita Calderón.
  • Collaborative Action Research for Professional Learning Communities, by Richard Sagor.
  • Common Language Assessment for English Learners, by Margo Gottlieb.
  • Design in Five: Essential Phases to Create Engaging Assessment Practice, by Nicole Dimich Vagle.
  • Elements of Grading: A Guide to Effective Practice, by Douglas Reeves.
  • Enriched Learning Projects: A Practical Pathway to 21st Century Skills, by James Bellanca.
  • Essentials for Principals: Data-Based Decision Making, by Edie Holcomb.
  • Focused Instruction and Focused Assessment, by Gwen Doty.
  • From Tired to Inspired: Fresh Strategies to Engage Students in Literacy, by Mary Kim Schreck.
  • Leading a Learning Organization: The Science of Working with Others, by Casey Reason.
  • Leading With Trust: How to Build Strong School Teams, by Sue Stephenson.
  • Mastering Digital Literacy and Leading the New Literacies, edited by Heidi Hayes Jacobs.
  • Redefining Fair: How to Plan, Assess, and Grade for Excellency in Mixed-Ability Classrooms, by Damian Cooper.
  • RTI & Differentiated Reading in the K–8 Classroom, by William N. Bender and Laura Waller.
  • Teaching Students to Think Like Scientists, by Maria C. Grant, Douglas Fisher, and Diane Lapp.
  • Turning Your School Around: A Self-Guided Audit for School Improvement, by Robert D. Barr and Debra L. Yates.
  • Using Technology to Enhance Writing: Innovative Approaches to Writing Instruction, edited by Richard E. Ferdig, Timothy V. Rasinski, and Kristine E. Pytash.
  • What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Science, by Eric Sheinberg and Keith Devereaux.
  • Why Culture Counts: Teaching Children of Poverty, by Donna Walker Tileston & Sandra Darling.
  • The School Leader’s Guide to Grading, by Ken O’Connor.
  • What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Writing, by Ruth Culham.
  • The School Leader’s Guide to English Learners, by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey.
  • Mobile Learning Devices, by Kipp D. Rogers.


Religion and Spirituality

  • Lacan and Theological Discourse, by Edith Wyschograd. State University of New York Press.
  • Hasidism: Between Ecstasy and Magic, by Moshe Idel. State University of New York Press.
  • Jewish Philosophy in a Secular Age, by Kenneth Seeskin. State University of New York Press.
  • The Canon of Supreme Mystery: A Translation with Commentary of the T’ai hsuan ching, by Michael Nylan. State University of New York Press.
  • Modern Indian Interpreters of the Bhagavad Gita, by Ronald Neufeldt and Robert Minor. Sri Satguru Press.
  • Moral and Spiritual Cultivation in Japanese Neo-Confucianism: The Life and Thought of Kaibara Ekken 1630-1740, by Mary Evelyn Tucker. State University of New York Press.
  • Bridge-Makers and Cross-Bearers: Korean-American Women and the Church, by Jung Ha Kim. Scholars Press.
  • Energies of the Spirit: Trinitarian Models in Eastern Orthodox and Western Theology, by Duncan Reid. American Academy of Religions.
  • Kindle My Heart, by Swami Chidvilasananda. SYDA Foundation.
  • The Korean Neo-Confucianism of Yi Yulgok, by Young-chan-Ro. State University of New York Press.
  • The Artful Universe: An Introduction to the Vedic Religious Imagination, by William Mahoney. State University of New York Press.
  • The Splendor of Recognition: An Exploration of the Pratyabhijnahyrdayam, an Ancient Text on the Science of the Soul, by Swami Shantananda and Peggy Bendet. SYDA Foundation.
  • Tibetan Dream Yoga: The Royal Road to Enlightenment, by Michael Katz. Bodhi Tree.
  • Veda and Torah: Transcending the Textuality of Scripture, by Barbara Holdredge. State University of New York Press.
  • Yiddish Proletarian Theatre: The Art and Politics of the Artef, by Edna Nahshon. Praeger.


“E. M. 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)

“I would like to send our gratitude of thanks 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 techniques on the book without changing the message and voice of the author. We are most pleased.” – Karen and Tjaart Kruger

“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

“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

“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

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