Janet Byrne

New York, NY USA
Website: https://youtu.be/p96cYi1HQDs

Professional Experience

Editor; manager of intellectual capital; Rockefeller Foundation grant recipient. I am the editor of THE OCCUPY HANDBOOK (Little, Brown) and the author of A GENIUS FOR LIVING: THE LIFE OF FRIEDA LAWRENCE. OCCUPY HANDBOOK video: https://youtu.be/p96cYi1HQDs. I have worked with Michael Lewis (THE BIG SHORT, FLASH BOYS, BOOMERANG), Sally Mann (HOLD STILL), Mariano Rivera and W. Coffey (THE CLOSER), Avinash Dixit, Barry Nalebuff, Robert Ludlum, Winnie Mandela, Newt Gingrich, Nobel Prize winners (Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Edmund Phelps - Economics), Pulitzer Prize winners (Dana Priest, Robert K. Massie), multinational corporations, and educational and medical institutions and museums. Testimonials: Michael Lewis, author of THE BIG SHORT: “Janet Byrne has appeared from nowhere to improve my prose and, to the extent it is possible for an editor to do this, save me from myself…. almost startlingly thorough, energetic, and intelligent…an ideal reader.”


Book Author
21 Years
27 Years
27 Years


Business (general)
10 Years
Arts & Humanities
27 Years
Books & Literature
27 Years


Book publishing - all
27 Years
Online/new media
10 Years
Publishing (non-book) - all
27 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

27 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Michael Lewis, Mary Roach, Ben Bernanke, etc., W.W. NORTON (10+), James Patterson, Sally Mann, etc., LITTLE, BROWN/HACHETTE (6-10), Penguin, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Random House (10+), Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winners, bestselling writers (6-10)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Harvard Medical School (3-5), Whitney Museum (3-5), Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1-2), VSA Partners (design firm, Obama campaign) (1-2), IBM (1-2), World Bank (1-2), Yahoo! (1-2)

Other Work History

Author of A GENIUS FOR LIVING: THE LIFE OF FRIEDA LAWRENCE (HarperCollins; a New York Times Notable Book); creator and editor of THE OCCUPY HANDBOOK (Little, Brown/Hachette); contributor to the following books: , THE NEW ANNOTATED FRANKENSTEIN and THE NEW ANNOTATED DRACULA (Leslie S. Klinger, ed.), THE NEW ANNOTATED SHERLOCK HOLMES (Leslie S. Klinger, ed.; winner of the Edgar Award in Criticism and Biography), THE CONCISE DICTIONARY OF SCIENTIFIC BIOGRAPHY (winner of the Dartmouth Medal). Reviewer for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times Book Review.

Computer Skills

Word, Windows XP


Recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation grant (2012). Author of a New York Times Notable Book. Residencies at Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, NM: 1989, 1990, 1991.


Authors Guild, Editorial Freelancers Association, American Copy Editors Society.

Work Samples

Writing Sample

(HarperCollins 3/29/2016)
Biography of the wife of D. H. Lawrence. A New York Times Notable book.
(Little, Brown 4/17/2012)
With contributions by Paul Krugman, Robin Wells, Michael Lewis, Paul Volcker, Scott Turow, Bethany McLean, John Cassidy, Gillian Tett, Martin Wolf, Peter Diamond, Emmanuel Saez, Nouriel Roubini, and more than 50 others