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 79 reviews





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!
Evan M.

Evan M.

Jul, 2023

I have worked with Kerry twice, and each time she has been a deep, thoughtful, generous reader of the work and gives amazing feedback while keeping my vision of the piece centered. If you are hesitant to reach out to her, don't be. I am incredibly grateful to have found her here and will be working with her again.
Barry S.

Barry S.

Jul, 2023

I couldn't have been more pleased with the work Kerry did with my story. She really seemed to understand what I was trying to say. This was demonstrated by the recommendations she provided or by the smallest of word changes. Kerry was encouraging and pleasant to work with. I definitely want to work with her again on future projects.

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