Elizabeth Kulhanek

Elizabeth Kulhanek – Editor

Editor with 8+ years of experience working on bestselling and award-winning fiction and nonfiction at a Big 5 publishing company

Overview

After a decade of editorial experience, I still find there’s nothing more rewarding than being part of bringing a creative vision to life, and helping a story evolve from a fledgling idea to a polished manuscript to a finished book.


During my 8+ years at Grand Central Publishing (the largest division of Hachette Book Group, a Big 5 publishing company), I had the pleasure of working on bestselling and acclaimed books by world-class authors, such as David Baldacci, Octavia E. Butler, Min Jin Lee, Scott Turow, Harlan Coben, Sandra Brown, Nicholas Sparks, Admiral William H. McRaven, M.C. Beaton, Leesa Cross-Smith, Kira Jane Buxton, and Melinda Taub, among many others. Whether a writer is an up-and-coming talent or a #1 New York Times bestselling author, I take great joy in working with them at every stage in their career and in their books’ life cycles, from editorial review to developmental edits and beyond.


Within my fiction focus, I gravitate toward commercial, upmarket, fantasy, speculative, thrillers, and rom-coms. Don’t hesitate to reach out—I’d love to hear about your next project and how I can help it along its journey!


TESTIMONIALS


"[Elizabeth] gave this book that rarity in today's publishing world, a patient line editing." --Scott Turow, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Presumed Innocent


"It was wonderful working with Elizabeth on my last novel. She is responsive, collaborative, and always went the extra mile to make the book what it needed to be. Whoever gets to work with her next is a lucky writer!"

--Melinda Taub, Emmy Award-winning former head writer of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and author of The Scandalous Confessions of Lydia Bennet, Witch


"[A] genius editor . . . an immense pleasure to work with." --Kira Jane Buxton, award-winning author of Hollow Kingdom

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Coming of Age Contemporary Fiction Contemporary Romance Fantasy Literary Fiction Psychological Thriller Women's Fiction
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • Columbia Publishing Course (2014)
  • BA in English from The Ohio State University (Honors, summa cum laude)

Work experience

Grand Central Publishing

Jan, 2019 — Apr, 2023 (over 4 years)

Grand Central Publishing

Apr, 2017 — Jan, 2019 (almost 2 years)

Grand Central Publishing

Nov, 2014 — Apr, 2017 (over 2 years)

Weinstein Books

Sep, 2014 — Nov, 2014 (2 months)

Elizabeth has 11 reviews

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Monica Behney G.

Monica Behney G.

Mar, 2024

It was a pleasure working with Elizabeth. In particular, her experience and advice about how to select comps and position my novel within genres and audiences was valuable, and I also valued her kindness and the gentle touch of her critiques. She was quick and responsive and provided well-written, timely communication. Great job!
Connie W.

Connie W.

Mar, 2024

Elizabeth did not disappoint! She had the uncanny ability to bring valid considerations to light in my writing, while at the same time making me feel like the next Bonnie Garmus. She was detailed, thoughtful, and insightful. Her multiple page report letter and comments throughout the manuscript gave me a blueprint for the rewrite. Her suggestions prompted ideas to bring my writing to the next ...
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Miranda B.

Miranda B.

Mar, 2024

Elizabeth's review of my query letter was incredible. With both line edits and a review letter, I knew exactly what to do next. Nothing was vague. Instead, she offered specific edits. Elizabeth was not the cheapest (or most expensive) of the proposals I received, but she was worth every penny. "You get what you pay for." I received invaluable help and comps for pitching my manuscript. I've had ...
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Noel B.

Noel B.

Feb, 2024

I reached out to Elizabeth after working with her first last fall, when she gave me a phenomenally helpful editorial assessment of my novel. Again, I am so pleased. Anything I say here cannot adequately convey how happy I am to have found her. Elizabeth's feedback is invaluable--substantive and critical in just the ways that I need and crave, while also giving me an encouraging boost (which is ...
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Melissa R.

Melissa R.

Feb, 2024

Working with Elizabeth was everything I hoped for in a developmental edit experience. Elizabeth is extremely thorough. I could tell she did not just read my manuscript once. She saw the threads of my narrative from beginning to end, where I dropped them, where they could be enhanced or cut, and made really smart suggestions along the way. Elizabeth understood what I am trying to do with this up...
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