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