Kerry Cullen

Kerry Cullen - Editor

New York, NY, USA

I have experience editing novels and stories spanning many genres, from short stories and upmarket fiction to literary sci fi and horror.

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I am an editor and writer who has worked on both the editorial and agency side of book publishing, as well as working with and reading for multiple literary magazines. I have experience editing fiction spanning many genres, from short stories and upmarket fiction to literary sci fi and horror.
While working at the literary agency, I gained a keen understanding of successful query letters, and provided valued editorial feedback on middle grade and YA novels.
I earned my MFA at Columbia University, and I've had many of my own stories published, so I also have a unique perspective on the editor-author relationship, and pride myself on open and empathetic communication with authors.


"Kerry Cullen is an exceptional editor with incredibly sharp editorial instincts. She has the rare ability to provide structural and thematic feedback along with granular, sentence-level suggestions. She has an eye for distilling the essence of a story and communicating this with clear, actionable edits. I have rarely worked with an editor who has her poetic sensibility to language and empathy for the writer. Kerry is also incredibly fast—she immediately grasped the themes of my novel and articulated the central tensions and character relationships in ways I had struggled to put into words."
--Sanaë Lemoine, author of The Margot Affair
English (US)
Contemporary Fiction
LGBTQ (Fiction)
Short Story

Work experience


Henry Holt & Company
August, 2015 – Present (about 5 years)

Literary Agent's Assistant

Curtis Brown, Ltd.
August, 2014 – August, 2015 (about 1 year)

Editorial Assistant

One Story Magazine
April, 2012 – August, 2014 (over 2 years)

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Oola: A Novel

Newell, Brittany

Want: A Novel

Strong, Lynn Steger

Princess Dracula

Kennedy, John Patrick

Dreaded: Book 2 of Lady Dread

Kennedy, John Patrick

Kerry has 3 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Caryn Gibson
Kerry was spectacularly helpful. I really appreciated the thorough work she put into assessing my piece. I have so much to work with and work on now, and I feel inspired to do so. Such a motivating experience, and one that I think will help me greatly moving forward. I will be keeping her in mind when I have additional pieces I need help with!

Caryn Gibson, August 2020

Brad Adams
Kerry did a great job helping me with my piece. She understood my goals and helped me reach them. She gave great line edits with an explanation as to why which helps me grow as a writer. She also did a great job making comments as a reader which allows me to meet the expectations of the reader. She did a great job and reasonably priced for the services she provides. I hope to do work with her a...
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Brad Adams, August 2020

Salman Rao
Kerry is a very professional and understanding person to work with. She understood my story so well that her suggestions and changes were completely in sync with my voice. She made it very easy to read. I will definitely collaborate with her again in near future.

Salman Rao, August 2020

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