Kerry Cullen

Kerry Cullen – Editor

I'm interested in thoughtful, voice-driven manuscripts. I especially love stories that include queer characters and/or speculative elements.


I am an editor and writer who has worked on both the editorial and the agency side of book publishing, as well as having read submissions for multiple literary magazines. I'm happy to give insight on how to streamline a query letter and make it stand out.

I am a writer myself--my debut novel is forthcoming from Simon and Schuster in 2025. I earned my MFA at Columbia University, and I've also 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 C. 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

Contemporary Fiction Horror LGBTQ Fiction Literary Fiction Psychological Thriller Romantic Comedy Women's Fiction
English (US)

Work experience

JMH Scouting

Sep, 2022 — Present

Henry Holt & Company

Aug, 2015 — Nov, 2020 (over 5 years)

Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Aug, 2014 — Aug, 2015 (about 1 year)

One Story Magazine

Apr, 2012 — Aug, 2014 (over 2 years)


Oola: A Novel

Newell, Brittany

Want: A Novel

Strong, Lynn Steger

Dreaded: Book 2 of Lady Dread

Kennedy, John Patrick

Princess Dracula

Kennedy, John Patrick

Kerry has 81 reviews





Melissa R.

Melissa R.

Jun, 2024

This is the second time I've worked with Kerry on a writing project. This time, Kerry looked at my first chapter and query letter. Her specific feedback is exactly what I need to fine tune this next revision. She's so uniquely insightful that I'll definitely be working with her again.
Ally P.

Ally P.

Apr, 2024

Kerry is so lovely to work with and gives detailed, insightful feedback in a timely manner.
Dev S.

Dev S.

Jan, 2024

Kerry provided me with some wonderfully detailed feedback that gave me direct, actionable suggestions for improving both my manuscript and my writing technique in general. I am extremely happy with her services!!
Stephanie B.

Stephanie B.

Oct, 2023

It’s my third time collaborating with Kerry, and I can’t say enough great things about her work. She goes into details and makes sure to provide constructive feedback as well as references so the author she works with has additional ressources to look up if needed. Her work is in incredibly thorough yet she leaves room for the writer’s voice to shine through, which in itself is remarkable. I’m ...
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Dylan G.

Dylan G.

Jul, 2023

I loved working with Kerry. She is insightful, thorough, professional, and fun to work with. I highly recommend her!

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