Adrienne Kisner

Adrienne Kisner – Editor

I prefer books to dessert, and that's saying something. Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Thriller, LGBTQ, Women's Fiction, YA, Middle Grade: Yes, Please!

Overview

Is it too much to ask to find other people with whom I can talk, at length, about questionable character choices or portals or castles or battle scenes?

Or why she's going after THAT stranger, or why he's interested in THAT dude, or why they are all chasing the same trail of clues? Please, come nerd out with me about your stories.


Give me your sci-fi/fantasy, your cozy romance mystery, your YA, Middle-Grade, Christian Fiction, LGBTQ Novels . . . I love it all.


I am an editor with over 15 years of experience, a writing instructor, and a Big Five author. I enjoy working with 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.


An example of one of the successful projects for which I gave editorial feedback:


-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.”

—Kirkus Reviews, starred review


★"Kim has taught school, and it shows, both with the spot-on dialogue and the up-to-date social media references... This will certainly remind readers of Kelly Yang's Front Desk (2018)."

—Booklist, starred review


Query letter edit samples available upon request


In addition to freelance editing, I have taught writing for publication 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!)



Services
Fiction
Chick Lit Christian Fiction Contemporary Fiction Dystopian LGBTQ Fiction Middle Grade Technothriller Young Adult Fantasy
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • Texas Library Association Tayshas List
  • Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year
  • Massachusetts Book Award Must Read Book
  • ALA Rise: A Feminist Book Project List 2021
  • 2019 ILA Children’s and Young Adults’ Book Award for YA Fiction
  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults 2019
  • YALSA Rainbow Book List 2018
  • Junior Library Guild Pick
  • Winner of the 2020 Green Earth Book Award for Young Adult Fiction
  • PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award, 2016
Certifications
  • Ph.D--Theology, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • MFA--Writing, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 2016 — Present

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.

SNHU

Apr, 2018 — Present

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.

Courses Taught:

Fiction Workshop
Advanced Fiction Workshop

Wheelock College

Aug, 2015 — May, 2018 (over 2 years)

Courses Taught:

English Composition I
English Composition II
Creative Writing
Introduction to Religious Studies

Portfolio

Developmental Editing
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Might As Well Be Dead

Goldblatt, Mark

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Psyker (A Hiveworlds Novel)

Surtain, Rory

Developmental Editing
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Saloman Brush: from The Annals of Tellus

Kozlowski, Shawn

Developmental Editing
Summerlost

Condie, Ally

Developmental Editing
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Beacon

Kartchner, CJ

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
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Descended from Kings: Broken Vow

Bernish, J Kelly

Developmental Editing
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Confusion In a Small Town

Acosta, Rachelle

Copy Editing
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Sword of Fate: A Dynamis Novel - Book One

Golden, Nancy

Developmental Editing
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Cloak as Red as Blood: The Oberon Chronicles

Prince, Amier

Copy Editing Proofreading
Editorial Assessment
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Somewhere Else: Highmind Series Book 1

Ward, Roxanne

Developmental Editing
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Rise of Charon: Road Crossing Series

Ammons, Heather

Developmental Editing Proofreading
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Proto-Spora

Lunder, Erika

Developmental Editing
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Year Zero (Revolution's Children Book 1)

Lugo, David Dean

Developmental Editing
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Rogue: Beware the Source

Magill, Alexandra

Editorial Assessment
Editorial Assessment
Editorial Assessment
Copy Editing
Developmental Editing Proofreading
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Cara Navil of Kingskeep: The Annals of Tellus

Kozlowski, Shawn

Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Editorial Assessment
Fix

Albert Mann, J.

Editorial Assessment
Editorial Assessment
The Degenerates

Mann, J. Albert

Editorial Assessment
The Ivies

Donne, Alexa

Editorial Assessment
Six Angry Girls

Kisner, Adrienne

Adrienne has 84 reviews

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Susan C.

Susan C.

Mar, 2024

Adrienne was very kind, thoughtful, and responsive.
Dan D.

Dan D.

Feb, 2024

Adrienne was a pleasure to work with, and I will likely be enlisting her services again. Her enthusiasm both for what I was trying to achieve and writing at large was evident from first contact, and I particularly enjoyed our two face-to-face Zoom chats. Would highly recommend her.
Judy S.

Judy S.

Jan, 2024

Adrienne has been absolutely fantastic to work with. This collaboration has by far exceeded my expectations. Not only did she have such kind words to say about my work, she also had so many specific, clear, actionable suggestions for the manuscript. I feel so inspired, and I am sure the final result will be so much better because of her input. I highly recommend her.
Morgan L.

Morgan L.

Jan, 2024

Adrienne provided many spot on edits and suggestions for how to best prepare my submission package to tackle our current querying climate. She was very generous with her time and so encouraging while at the same being direct and honest.
Jake M.

Jake M.

Jan, 2024

Adrienne's feedback was more than just a list of positives and negatives. She asked the questions that made me think more deeply about my story and helped me see how the various elements (events, characters, dialogue) land on a reader's eyes. This has been a wonderful experience. I will definitely hire her again.

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