Nicole Frail

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Full-time publishing house editor with eight years of professional experience. Offering freelance editorial services.

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I am a professional fiction and nonfiction editor working remotely from my home office in northeastern Pennsylvania. I have edited more than one hundred titles for my full-time job, headquartered in New York City, and am looking to extend those services on a freelance basis to writers wishing to brush up their manuscripts before submitting to agents/publishing houses or before custom/self-publishing.

At this time, I'm available for full and partial (recommended: first 50 pages, first 100 pages) manuscript critiques, as well as proofreading. I will copy edit your work only if I have critiqued it first or if we have worked together in the past; this allows me to familiarize myself with your manuscript and your writing style. I do not offer content or developmental edits.

Regardless of the service booked, when you work with me, you are working with a publishing consultant, as well. Included in any services booked, you'll also get answers to any of the traditional publishing questions you've always wondered: What genre does my book fall under? How can I make my book summary/blurb stand out? How do I decide what my trim size should be? Would photographs enhance or distract from my memoir? Is my audience adult or young adult? Is there crossover potential? What's my next step? As we work together, I'd be happy to answer any of these and more.

Feel free to contact me for more information about my services or me.

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
DIY & Crafts
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's Picture Books
Holiday
LGBTQ
Romance
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Publishing Consultant

Self-employed
August, 2015 – Present (almost 3 years)

I offer editorial services via my website, where I also keep a complete list of all titles I've worked on at my full-time job, as well as those titles I have worked on as a freelancer/consultant that have either sold to publishing companies or were successfully custom/self-published.

Senior Editor

Skyhorse Publishing
May, 2012 – Present (about 6 years)

I do everything you can possibly imagine—seriously. From acquiring and editing, to photo research for cover designs, and everything in between (writing sales points, cover copy, securing endorsements, directing interior design), I have my hands in just about everything for every one of the books on my list. Seasons come and go, but I'm happy to say that I remain in touch with many of my authors, even after publication. My main focus areas including adult nonfiction cooking and lifestyle titles, as well as young adult fiction and nonfiction and picture books. (I know this is an odd combination, but I'm more than pleased to be doing all of it!)

Editor/Content Developer

Northeast Editing, Inc.
February, 2009 – May, 2012 (about 3 years)

Honed my writing skills here! I co-authored and was a ghost writer for many Cram Plan and For Dummies books, including Culinary Careers for Dummies. (That one was my favorite!) I wrote test-prep materials for grades K through 12, as well as for professionals such as vet techs and lawyers.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

The Art of French Kissing

Brianna Shrum

Seventeen-year-old Carter Lane has wanted to be a chef since she was old enough to ignore her mom’s warnings to stay away from the hot stove. And now she has the chance of a lifetime: a prestigious scholarship competition in Savannah, where students compete all summer in Chopped style challenges for a full-ride to one of the best culinary schools in the country. The only impossible challenge i... read more

Seventeen-year-old Carter Lane has wanted to be a chef since she was old enough to ignore her mom’s warnings to stay away from the hot stove. And now she has the chance of a lifetime: a prestigious scholarship competition in Savannah, where students compete all summer in Chopped style challenges for a full-ride to one of the best culinary schools in the country. The only impossible challenge i... read more

Beyond the Red (Beyond the Red Trilogy)

Ava Jae

Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her... read more

Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her... read more

The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)

Amy Spalding

Seventeen, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people’s lives. While her friends and sister have plunged headfirst into the world of dating and romances, Abby’s been happy to focus on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm. When she lands a great internship at her favorite boutique, she’s thrilled t... read more

Seventeen, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people’s lives. While her friends and sister have plunged headfirst into the world of dating and romances, Abby’s been happy to focus on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm. When she lands a great internship at her favorite boutique, she’s thrilled t... read more

Falling Softly: A Novel

Maria Duffy

Holly Russo couldn’t be happier. Christmas, her favorite time of year, is only seven weeks away, and her boyfriend has just popped the question. David is steady and reliable, and Holly knows he’ll give her a wonderful life. The kind of life she’s always wanted. Then her new neighbor moves in. Josh O’Toole is also approaching the festive season with joy. He loves his teaching job. He’s about to... read more

Holly Russo couldn’t be happier. Christmas, her favorite time of year, is only seven weeks away, and her boyfriend has just popped the question. David is steady and reliable, and Holly knows he’ll give her a wonderful life. The kind of life she’s always wanted. Then her new neighbor moves in. Josh O’Toole is also approaching the festive season with joy. He loves his teaching job. He’s about to... read more

Love, Lucas

Chantele Sedgwick

A 2015 Whitney Award Nominee!A powerful story of loss, second chances, and first love, reminiscent of Sarah Dessen and John Green.When Oakley Nelson loses her older brother, Lucas, to cancer, she thinks she’ll never recover. Between her parents’ arguing and the battle she’s fighting with depression, she feels nothing inside but a hollow emptiness. When Mom suggests they spend a few months in C... read more

A 2015 Whitney Award Nominee!A powerful story of loss, second chances, and first love, reminiscent of Sarah Dessen and John Green.When Oakley Nelson loses her older brother, Lucas, to cancer, she thinks she’ll never recover. Between her parents’ arguing and the battle she’s fighting with depression, she feels nothing inside but a hollow emptiness. When Mom suggests they spend a few months in C... read more

The Little Red Book of Kitchen Wisdom (Little Red Books)

Nicole Frail, Matthew Magda

From Thomas Keller to Julia Child—hundreds of quotes that are sure to please anyone who loves to cook, bake, drink, and eat.As American chef and food writer James Beard once said, "Food is our common ground, a universal experience." Everyone has a favorite food or meal, a method of cooking or baking they swear by, or a secret ingredient they utilize whenever possible. Food brings friends and f... read more

From Thomas Keller to Julia Child—hundreds of quotes that are sure to please anyone who loves to cook, bake, drink, and eat.As American chef and food writer James Beard once said, "Food is our common ground, a universal experience." Everyone has a favorite food or meal, a method of cooking or baking they swear by, or a secret ingredient they utilize whenever possible. Food brings friends and f... read more

The Little White Book of Wedding Planning Wisdom

Nicole Frail

From engagement to honeymoon, this little book will provide you with all the basics to start planning your dream wedding.The moments after accepting a marriage proposal are exciting and romantic, but they can also be overwhelming and sometimes even confusing. Immediately after sharing the news, brides are often bombarded with questions: Have you set a date? What are your colors? Who are your b... read more

From engagement to honeymoon, this little book will provide you with all the basics to start planning your dream wedding.The moments after accepting a marriage proposal are exciting and romantic, but they can also be overwhelming and sometimes even confusing. Immediately after sharing the news, brides are often bombarded with questions: Have you set a date? What are your colors? Who are your b... read more

Rescuing Riley, Saving Myself: A Man and His Dog's Struggle to Find Salvation

Zachary Anderegg

An inspiring story about determination, bullying, and the invisible hands that brought a man and dog together to overcome their dark legacies. While hiking on a solo vacation in a remote, uninhabitable region of Arizona, Zachary Anderegg happened upon Riley, an emaciated puppy clinging to life, at the bottom of a 350-foot canyon. In a daring act of humanity that trumped the deliberate savagery... read more

An inspiring story about determination, bullying, and the invisible hands that brought a man and dog together to overcome their dark legacies. While hiking on a solo vacation in a remote, uninhabitable region of Arizona, Zachary Anderegg happened upon Riley, an emaciated puppy clinging to life, at the bottom of a 350-foot canyon. In a daring act of humanity that trumped the deliberate savagery... read more

Biscuits: Sweet and Savory Southern Recipes for the All-American Kitchen

Jackie Garvin

From the kitchens of our grandmothers to present-day biscuit-only shops, this sweet and savory food has come a long way in American culture. More than four hundred years ago, explorers of the New World carried a biscuit known as hardtack on their voyages. Hardtack was made from flour, water, and sometimes salt and was sturdy and long lasting, making it suitable for hard, treacherous journeys. ... read more

From the kitchens of our grandmothers to present-day biscuit-only shops, this sweet and savory food has come a long way in American culture. More than four hundred years ago, explorers of the New World carried a biscuit known as hardtack on their voyages. Hardtack was made from flour, water, and sometimes salt and was sturdy and long lasting, making it suitable for hard, treacherous journeys. ... read more

The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass: Finding, Collecting, Identifying, and Using the Ocean's Most Beautiful Stones

Mary Beth Beuke

As the owner of one of the world's most elaborate sea glass collections, Mary Beth Beuke gets to talk about these prized ocean gems on a daily basis. Unfortunately, with each passing day, sea glass becomes more and more difficult to find, making the hunt more of a challenge to the seeker—especially one with limited experience in sea glass hunting. There are several reasons why the hunt is so i... read more

As the owner of one of the world's most elaborate sea glass collections, Mary Beth Beuke gets to talk about these prized ocean gems on a daily basis. Unfortunately, with each passing day, sea glass becomes more and more difficult to find, making the hunt more of a challenge to the seeker—especially one with limited experience in sea glass hunting. There are several reasons why the hunt is so i... read more

Eating Purely: More Than 100 All-Natural, Organic, Gluten-Free Recipes for a Healthy Life

Elizabeth Stein

Good health begins with what you put in your body. When you eat better, you feel better. It’s that simple.A few short years ago, Elizabeth Stein could be found in her tiny Manhattan kitchen searching for a way to make gluten-free and vegan products that tasted great and weren’t overly processed. Working with ingredients such as chia seeds, flax, hemp, and coconut sugar, Elizabeth successfully ... read more

Good health begins with what you put in your body. When you eat better, you feel better. It’s that simple.A few short years ago, Elizabeth Stein could be found in her tiny Manhattan kitchen searching for a way to make gluten-free and vegan products that tasted great and weren’t overly processed. Working with ingredients such as chia seeds, flax, hemp, and coconut sugar, Elizabeth successfully ... read more

In Short Measures: Three Novellas

Michael Ruhlman

“A propulsively well-written trio of novellas linked by a sense of loss and an inquiry into the impossible past.” —Kate Christensen In his three novellas, “In Short Measures,” “Strong Conspirators,” and “Sally Forth,” Michael Ruhlman delves deeply into the nuanced complexity of romantic and sexual love—and the inevitable evolution of the heart over the span of years and decades. Each novella a... read more

“A propulsively well-written trio of novellas linked by a sense of loss and an inquiry into the impossible past.” —Kate Christensen In his three novellas, “In Short Measures,” “Strong Conspirators,” and “Sally Forth,” Michael Ruhlman delves deeply into the nuanced complexity of romantic and sexual love—and the inevitable evolution of the heart over the span of years and decades. Each novella a... read more

Sleepwalker: The Mysterious Makings and Recovery of a Somnambulist

Kathleen Frazier

I came to in the middle of it, like waking inside a horror movie, silent scream and all. Eyes wide open. I was standing at an open window, staring at the dizzying curve of Riverside Drive, five floors below. I’d stopped, somehow, poised, about to jump.Growing up the good girl in an Irish American family full of drinkers and terrible sleepers, Kathleen Frazier was twelve when her seemingly inno... read more

I came to in the middle of it, like waking inside a horror movie, silent scream and all. Eyes wide open. I was standing at an open window, staring at the dizzying curve of Riverside Drive, five floors below. I’d stopped, somehow, poised, about to jump.Growing up the good girl in an Irish American family full of drinkers and terrible sleepers, Kathleen Frazier was twelve when her seemingly inno... read more

The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality

Julie Sondra Decker

A finalist for the 2015 LAMBDA Literary Award.What if you weren’t sexually attracted to anyone?A growing number of people are identifying as asexual. They aren’t sexually attracted to anyone, and they consider it a sexual orientation—like gay, straight, or bisexual.Asexuality is the invisible orientation. Most people believe that “everyone” wants sex, that “everyone” understands what it means ... read more

A finalist for the 2015 LAMBDA Literary Award.What if you weren’t sexually attracted to anyone?A growing number of people are identifying as asexual. They aren’t sexually attracted to anyone, and they consider it a sexual orientation—like gay, straight, or bisexual.Asexuality is the invisible orientation. Most people believe that “everyone” wants sex, that “everyone” understands what it means ... read more

Groggle's Monster Valentine

Diana Murray

Groggle has been up all night making a Valentine’s Day card. This isn’t just any Valentine, though, and it has to be perfect—it’s for Snarlina, his beast friend in the whole wide world. Searching in the dark forest, he finds just the right heart-shaped leaves. He collects some bog slime and squirts everything he wants to say in bold, gooey letters. Groggle’s creation looks horribly good. But t... read more

Groggle has been up all night making a Valentine’s Day card. This isn’t just any Valentine, though, and it has to be perfect—it’s for Snarlina, his beast friend in the whole wide world. Searching in the dark forest, he finds just the right heart-shaped leaves. He collects some bog slime and squirts everything he wants to say in bold, gooey letters. Groggle’s creation looks horribly good. But t... read more

Lucy Loves Sherman

Catherine Bailey

Girl meets lobster. Girl loves lobster. But can girl save lobster? That’s the question at the center of this sweet and sassy picture book about Lucy, her shell-y friend Sherman, and the seafood-loving town they inhabit. Lucy loves Sherman from the moment they meet at Flotsam’s Fish Market. Oh sure, he’s an eighteen-pound, eighty-year-old crustacean, but he’s also polka dotted. And blurble-y. A... read more

Girl meets lobster. Girl loves lobster. But can girl save lobster? That’s the question at the center of this sweet and sassy picture book about Lucy, her shell-y friend Sherman, and the seafood-loving town they inhabit. Lucy loves Sherman from the moment they meet at Flotsam’s Fish Market. Oh sure, he’s an eighteen-pound, eighty-year-old crustacean, but he’s also polka dotted. And blurble-y. A... read more

My Healthy Dish: More Than 85 Fresh & Easy Recipes for the Whole Family

My Nguyen

From the Creator of the Popular Food Blog My Healthy Dish, a Collection of Recipes for Everyone in the Family In 2012, My Nguyen—a mother of two with a background in finance and dreams of becoming a dietitian—logged onto Instagram and started posting photos of meals she was making for her family on a regular basis. Her posts attracted more than 30,000 followers in four months, so she decided t... read more

From the Creator of the Popular Food Blog My Healthy Dish, a Collection of Recipes for Everyone in the Family In 2012, My Nguyen—a mother of two with a background in finance and dreams of becoming a dietitian—logged onto Instagram and started posting photos of meals she was making for her family on a regular basis. Her posts attracted more than 30,000 followers in four months, so she decided t... read more

Antipodes

Michele Bacon

When Erin Cerise steps off her plane in Christchurch, New Zealand, she’s determined to overcome her losses of swim team captainship, her boyfriend Ben, and her reputation. Her mother is certain studying abroad will regain Erin’s chances of a good future. Once Erin meets her uninspiring host family and city, though, she’s not so sure. Before Christchurch, Erin wasn’t always intense and focused.... read more

When Erin Cerise steps off her plane in Christchurch, New Zealand, she’s determined to overcome her losses of swim team captainship, her boyfriend Ben, and her reputation. Her mother is certain studying abroad will regain Erin’s chances of a good future. Once Erin meets her uninspiring host family and city, though, she’s not so sure. Before Christchurch, Erin wasn’t always intense and focused.... read more

Soulstruck

Natasha Sinel

Seventeen-year-old Rachel Ferguson is trying to get struck by lightning. Hopefully it will lead to finding her soul mate, like it did for her mother. And then maybe her mom will be as devoted to her as she is to her lightning strike survivors group.When Rachel discovers letters written by her mother's soul mate—the man she thought was her father—she begins to question everything she's always b... read more

Seventeen-year-old Rachel Ferguson is trying to get struck by lightning. Hopefully it will lead to finding her soul mate, like it did for her mother. And then maybe her mom will be as devoted to her as she is to her lightning strike survivors group.When Rachel discovers letters written by her mother's soul mate—the man she thought was her father—she begins to question everything she's always b... read more

How to Make Out

Brianna Shrum

Sixteen-year-old Renley needs three thousand dollars for the math club’s trip to New York City, and she knows exactly how to get it: she’s going to start a how-to blog where people pay for answers to all of life’s questions from a “certified expert.” The only problems: 1) She doesn’t know how to do anything but long division and calculus. 2) She’s totally invisible to people at school. And not... read more

Sixteen-year-old Renley needs three thousand dollars for the math club’s trip to New York City, and she knows exactly how to get it: she’s going to start a how-to blog where people pay for answers to all of life’s questions from a “certified expert.” The only problems: 1) She doesn’t know how to do anything but long division and calculus. 2) She’s totally invisible to people at school. And not... read more

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Kadian Thomas

Nicole was great to work with. Her feedback on my manuscript was in-depth and outlined everything I needed to do and how to go about it. I would highly recommend Nicole, she's very professional and experienced.

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, March 2017

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