Kirsten Bakis

Kirsten Bakis - Editor

New York, NY, USA

I'll help bring your novel to life. Award-winning novelist with 25 years experience as a writing coach, developmental editor, and teacher.

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Whether you have a complete manuscript ready for a final edit, or are in the draft stage, or even the idea stage, I'll help you bring your novel or story collection to the next level. I especially love working with writers of literary, popular, and genre-bending fiction. I am primarily a developmental editor and love to talk plot, character, suspense, and voice. I am also a line editor and close reader who will provide copy editing and fact checking when needed.

Please note that my rate is on the higher end because when you hire me, you’re hiring an Iowa-Writers’-Workshop trained, award-winning author with 25 years’ professional experience, who is currently a resident faculty member at the Yale Writers’ Workshop. I love this work, and give each manuscript close, personal attention

The price includes extensive margin notes, separate written comments, and any discussion you’d like to have throughout the process, and for a week after final comments, via Reedsy email.

I work in sections of about 20,000 words each, with payment due for each section after I send it back. 

My rate for manuscripts over 25,000 words, of $8.50/250 words. For those under 25,000 words, the rate is $10/250 words. I am happy to begin with a smaller job, such as one chapter, if you would like to get a sense of how we can work together before making a decision about the entire manuscript.

English (US)
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Short Story
Women's Fiction


  • Iowa Writers' Workshop Teaching/Writing Fellowship; Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award, Bram Stoker Award, Whiting Award

Work experience

Fiction Instructor

Hudson Valley Writers' Center
January, 2016 – Present (over 4 years)

Resident Faculty - Fiction

Yale Writers' Workshop
June, 2012 – Present (about 8 years)

Freelance Fiction Editor and Writing Coach

Kirsten Bakis
January, 2003 – Present (over 17 years)

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Lives of the Monster Dogs: A Novel (FSG Classics)

Bakis, Kirsten, VanderMeer, Jeff

Brookland: A Novel

Barton, Emily

Desire: A Haunting

Gaudry, Molly

The Queen of the Night

Chee, Alexander

The Runaways: A Novel

Terjanian, Sonya

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