Lori Kusatzky

Lori Kusatzky – Editor

I specialize in commercial, adult fiction with a literary bent, and narrative nonfiction.

Overview

After three years in talent and literary representation, I've been working on the editorial side of the business since October 2020. I specialize in detailed, thorough reader's reports and editorial assessment, editorial letters, and line editing. While on the agency side, I worked primarily on nonfiction, with an emphasis on memoir. I have extensive experience in crafting query letters and editing with the goal of going on submission.


I love getting into the meat of a manuscript, developing characters, solidifying plot points, and grounding a story in truth. I studied drama in school, so I have particular affinity and appreciation for bold characters and snappy, sharp dialogue. I'm a quick and eager reader, and would be thrilled to help you get your manuscript or proposal into the best shape it can be!

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment
Fiction
Coming of Age Contemporary Fiction Plays & Screenplays Psychological Thriller
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • BFA in Drama from UNC School of the Arts

Work experience

Crown (Fiction Division)

Oct, 2023 — Present

Henry Holt / Andy Cohen Books

Jan, 2021 — Sep, 2023 (over 2 years)

Currently an assistant editor at Henry Holt / Andy Cohen Books, acquiring contemporary fiction and nonfiction in the pop culture space. I also support our publisher, and a senior editor.

Prior to my promotion, I read and reviewed manuscripts and proposals for a senior and an executive editor; worked with authors on a daily basis to guide them through the editorial and production process; tracked changes between drafts with close reading and line editing

Self-Employeed

Oct, 2020 — Present

I've been doing freelance editorial work since the end of 2020 for a small agency, which has comprised mostly of reader's reports with the intent to recommend work for representation, editorial letters when needed, and drafting up query letters. The novels I've assessed have run the gamut, from speculative fiction, to fantasy, to epic family sagas.

A3 Artists Agency

Jun, 2019 — Oct, 2020 (over 1 year)

Supported Simon Green; successfully pitched book ideas that netted the agency 33.7K in commission (225K worth of deals); worked collaboratively with A3's talent, digital, theatrical, TV, and film lit departments to create book opportunities for clients; edited proposals; helped build editorial submission lists.

Innovative Artists Agency

Jan, 2018 — Jun, 2019 (over 1 year)

Read scripts and tracked projects in theater, film, and TV; managed two agents' schedules; worked with casting offices, production offices, managers, and the Los Angeles branch on a daily basis; created and updated deal memos/handled contracts.

Portfolio

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Proofreading
The Peach Seed: A Novel

Jones, Anita Gail

Developmental Editing
Beautifully Me

Noor, Nabela

Query Letter Review
Query Letter Review

Lori has 10 reviews

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Nancy T.

Nancy T.

Feb, 2024

As a first-time novelist who has written four best-selling computer books, I completed my novel draft quickly. However, I knew my manuscript was not where it needed to be. I struggled with continuity, flow and balance. When I read Lori Kusatzky's editorial notes, I experienced a true 'Eureka' moment. Yes, she made sense of the nonsensical and artfully plotted out a sensible and creative way ...
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Dr. Josie V.

Dr. Josie V.

Jan, 2024

So much gratitude for Lori! After providing me with an editorial assessment and then line edits, I asked Lori for support with the query letter process. Not only did she provide valuable insight and feedback, it was so helpful to have her hold my hand through this admittedly nail-biting stage in my journey towards getting published. When I expressed frustration or fear at certain points, Lori r...
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Noah C.

Noah C.

Dec, 2023

Lori's work was essential in helping me get my story further than I ever would have thought.
Dr. Josie V.

Dr. Josie V.

Jul, 2023

I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to continue working with Lori, who is just an excellent editor. It has been a delight! I have worked with other freelance editors but ones who came more from self-publishing. I think my bias was that they would be better because they're indie. Yet I have found Lori to be the most supportive, insightful and genuinely helpful of anyone I have collaborated ...
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Dr. Josie V.

Dr. Josie V.

Jun, 2023

Lori was a godsend and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to work with her. Her editorial assessment was insightful and encouraging, covering not just edits but also what next steps might look like on my journey towards publishing this book. I really felt that she understood the value of my story, both in terms of where it fits within current market trends but also purely from a storytelli...
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