Jewish Book Editors

Carrie Cantor

Carrie Cantor

Developmental Editing, Manuscript Evaluations, Line Editing

200+ books edited for major publishers and independent authors

CARRIE CANTOR is a published author and publishing industry veteran who worked for several years as an acquisitions editor at a New York publisher where she acquired and edited numerous hardcover and trade paperback titles every year on a variety of nonfiction subjects, mostly in the areas of current events, how-to, and pop culture. She is currently a meticulous, hands-on independent editor who “becomes one” with every project, paying close attention to both the big picture and the small details. Her extensive experience includes critiquing and development editing of fiction and nonfiction projects.

Selected titles:

Jewish – Judaica

God-Optional Judaism—by Judith Seid (Citadel Press)
The Jewish Family Fun Book—by Danielle Dardashti and Roni Sarig (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2008)
The Jewish Woman’s Book of Wisdom—by Ellen Jaffe-Gill (Citadel)
The Moses Mystery: The African Origins of the Jewish People—by Gary Greenberg (Pereset Press, 2008)
Two Jews Can Still Be a Mixed Marriage—by Azriela Jaffe (Career Press)


“Carrie was the perfect fit for my project. She did a fantastic job. She was thorough and insightful in her comments on my manuscript. Carrie was always easy to reach, helpful, and delivered her critique in advance of the deadline.”

“I carefully researched editors that matched my criteria and am extremely pleased with the consulting I received.”

“I love your editing. … I wish I had met you sooner.” – Charles Anderson

“Carrie helped me to not only tighten my writing but also improve the structure of the narrative.”

Johanna Ehrmann

Johanna Ehrmann

Copy Editor

Johanna Ehrmann has been a freelance editor, copy editor, and writer for more than twenty-five years. Having grown up in the center of a Jewish community, she is particularly adept at working on books with Jewish content. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and a long-time member of a world-renowned Jewish chorus that has honored her for her decades of leadership.

Johanna is eager to work on anything that “educates, inspires, or entertains,” to quote her public television station. Your memoir, how-to book, self-help book, or other work of nonfiction will benefit from her focused thinking and her clear-sighted editing.

As a copy editor, Johanna is meticulous in examining grammar, spelling, punctuation, and the flow of words. Her goal is to do as much—or as little—as is required to let your voice and ideas reach your readers with clarity and ease.

Johanna also enjoys working on books for young readers. She began her editing career by working on textbooks; these projects gave her a keen eye for clear and age-appropriate language for school-age readers. She is the author of eight books for young people (fiction and nonfiction, leveled readers and graphic novels), published by Houghton Mifflin, Macmillan McGraw-Hill, and PowerKids Press.

E.M. Levy

E.M. Levy

Developmental Editing, Line Editing, Copy Editing, Rewriting, Ghostwriting, Evaluations

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. 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
Joya Stevenson

Joya Stevenson

Religion and Spirituality

In the broad area of religion, spirituality, and the Bible, Joya works with original thinkers, inspired visionaries and mystics, theologians and biblical interpreters, researchers and academics.

Credentials include:

The Study of Religion: Scholar in Biblical and Religious Studies (Ph.D, Harvard University).
Spiritual and Personal Development: Professional Coach
Interfaith Chaplain.

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