Janet Byrne

New York, NY USA
Website: http://

Professional Experience

Editor; Mgr. of Intellectual Capital; Rockefeller Fdn. grant recipient I have worked with Michael Lewis (FLASH BOYS, BOOMERANG, THE BIG SHORT, PANIC), 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. I am the editor of THE OCCUPY HANDBOOK (Little, Brown). Testimonials: "an ideal reader" - Michael Lewis, THE BIG SHORT "eagle-eyed work" - Avinash Dixit & Barry Nalebuff, THE ART OF STRATEGY "stunning skills and amazing tenacity" - Ali H. Soufan, THE BLACK BANNERS "That her ability is coupled with a winning personality, ready wit, and tireless energy makes her an ideal collaborator." - Leslie S. Klinger, THE NEW ANNOTATED DRACULA, THE ANNOTATED SHERLOCK HOLMES


Copy Editor
27 Years
27 Years
22 Years


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


Book Publishing Trade/B2B
27 Years
Online/new media
10 Years
Book Publishing Consumer
27 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

27 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Random House (Tom Brokaw/LUCKY LIFE INTERRUPTED) (1-2), W. W. Norton (10+), Scribner (10+), St. Martin's Press (10+), Little, Brown (6-10), Penguin (6-10), Michael Lewis (FLASH BOYS, THE BIG SHORT, etc.) (3-5), HarperCollins (3-5), Robert K. Massie, Pulitzer Prize - Biography (1-2), Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize (1-2), Edmund Phelps, Nobel Prize - Economics (1-2), Sally Mann (HOLD STILL) (1-2), Simon & Schuster (3-5)

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 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 American Copy Editors Society

Work Samples

Writing Sample

(Huffington Post 10/4/2010)
Book review/essay
(HarperCollins 2/14/2016)
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


(by Michael Lewis 2/14/2016)
(Little, Brown 2/14/2016)
Copy editor, Mariano Rivera's THE CLOSER
(Little, Brown 4/17/2012)
53 pieces by 67 writers: "...what economics does best"--Abhijit V. Banerjee
(by Dana Priest and William Arkin 2/14/2016)
(by Cat Patrick / Little, Brown 2/14/2016)
Rights to Paramount; movie will feature TRUE GRIT star Hailee Steinfeld