Salutations! I am an experienced editor, writing professor, and author. I love working with both new and more seasoned writers to get their novels, synopses, and query letters into the best shape possible. I will bring my passion, attention to detail, and encouragement to your work.
A sample of the books I've developmentally edited:
-STAND UP, YUMI CHUNG! by Jessica Kim
Praise for STAND UP:★“With wonderful supporting characters, strong pacing, and entertaining comedy bits, debut author Kim has woven a pop song of immigrant struggle colliding with comedy and Korean barbecue.”
“Intense, unflinching…a gratifying story.”
"Eve’s physical and emotional experiences resonate, and the supporting cast…are vividly drawn in this hopeful contemporary novel."―Publishers Weekly
“The insidiousness of substance dependency, grief, and pain weave together in this incredibly powerful, all-consuming, captivating novel.”
―The Tiny Activist
A sample of the books on which I've offered an editorial assessment:
-THE MANIC PIXIE DREAM BOY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT by Lenore Appelhans
-TAYLOR BEFORE AND AFTER by Jennie Englund
Query letter edit samples available upon request
In addition to freelance editing, I have taught writing for publicaiton at Wheelock College (Boston, MA), Southern New Hampshire University (Manchester, NH) and The Writing Barn (Austin, TX). I've participated in several rounds of the "Author Mentor Match" program; all of my mentees have gone on to sign with agents and/or land impressive book deals. Other queries I've critiqued have netted agents at: Dystel, Goderich & Bourret; Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency; Sandford J. Greenburger Associates; Ravenquill Literary Agency; New Leaf Literary; Inkwell Management Literary Agency; Headwater Literary Management, and Laura Dail Literary Agency (to name a few!)
My Author Bio:
Adrienne Kisner has lived her entire “adult” life in a college dormitory working in both Residence Life and college chaplaincy. She went to school for a long time so that now she gets to swoop around in a fancy robe and silly hat (like at Hogwarts). She also has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts (a place like Hogwarts). Adrienne is a birder and knitter with more heart and enthusiasm than actual skill. Her debut novel DEAR RACHEL MADDOW won a 2016 PEN New England Susan P Bloom Discovery Award and was one of YALSA’s 2019 picks for Best Fiction for Young Adults. Her second novel, THE CONFUSION OF LAUREL GRAHAM, was released in the 2019 and won the Green Earth Book Award in 2020. Book three, SIX ANGRY GIRLS, came out in 2020 and is shortlisted for Massachusetts Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Fiction Award 2021.
Provided whole novel critiques, query submission critiques, and on-going mentorship to authors at various stages of their career. Services included developmental editing, line editing, proof-reading, query outlines, preparing packets, and face-to-face mentoring during agent and editor submission process.
In my courses, students can choose to focus on any of the following: Brainstorming, generative writing, developmental/concept editing, line editing, revision planning, querying, synopsis writing, & deciding on an agent or editor.
Advanced Fiction Workshop
English Composition I
English Composition II
Introduction to Religious Studies
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