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Nicole Frail

Nicole Frail - Editor

New York, New York

Professional fiction and nonfiction editor | full-time publishing house editor | freelance editorial services

Overview

I am a professional fiction and nonfiction editor living and working in New York City. I have edited more than one hundred titles for my full-time job 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 self-publishing.

At this time, I'm available for manuscript critiques, query letter critiques, and proposal critiques.

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? Do I really need photos for a cookbook? 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.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Fantasy Horror LGBTQ Science Fiction Short Story Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits DIY & Crafts

Work experience

Editor

Skyhorse Publishing

May, 2012 – Present (over 4 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, running giveaways), 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.

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 professions such as vet techs and lawyers.

Portfolio (21 selected works)

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

Zachary Anderegg

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 behind Riley’s presence in such a place, Zak single-handedly orchestrated a delicate rescue. What didn’t come out in the initial burst of publ... read more

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 behind Riley’s presence in such a place, Zak single-handedly orchestrated a delicate rescue. What didn’t come out in the initial burst of publ... read more

Victorian Secrets: What a Corset Taught Me about the Past, the Present, and Myself

Sarah A. Chrisman

On Sarah A. Chrisman’s twenty-ninth birthday, her husband, Gabriel, presented her with a corset. The material and the design were breathtakingly beautiful, but her mind immediately filled with unwelcome views. Although she had been in love with the Victorian era all her life, she had specifically asked her husband not to buy her a corset—ever. She’d heard how corsets affected the female body a... read more

On Sarah A. Chrisman’s twenty-ninth birthday, her husband, Gabriel, presented her with a corset. The material and the design were breathtakingly beautiful, but her mind immediately filled with unwelcome views. Although she had been in love with the Victorian era all her life, she had specifically asked her husband not to buy her a corset—ever. She’d heard how corsets affected the female body a... read more

The Wanderers

Kate Ormand

A Unique Twist on Shape-Shifters with Fast-Paced Action, Thrilling Adventure, Mystery, and a Bit of RomanceFlo lives an eccentric life—she travels with a popular circus in which the main acts star orphaned children with secret shape-shifting abilities. Once Flo turns sixteen, she must perform, but she’s not ready. While practicing jumping a flaming hurdle in a clearing beside the circus, she s... read more

A Unique Twist on Shape-Shifters with Fast-Paced Action, Thrilling Adventure, Mystery, and a Bit of RomanceFlo lives an eccentric life—she travels with a popular circus in which the main acts star orphaned children with secret shape-shifting abilities. Once Flo turns sixteen, she must perform, but she’s not ready. While practicing jumping a flaming hurdle in a clearing beside the circus, she s... 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. T... 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. T... 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 im... 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 im... 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 ChristensenIn 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 ask... read more

“A propulsively well-written trio of novellas linked by a sense of loss and an inquiry into the impossible past.” —Kate ChristensenIn 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 ask... 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

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 Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten Girl & Random Boy

Marie Jaskulka

If I let you read mine, will you let me read yours?Forgotten Girl, a fifteen-year-old poet, is going through the most difficult time of her life—the breakup of her parents, and her mom’s resulting depression—when she meets Random Boy, a hot guy who, like her, feels like an outcast and secretly writes poetry to deal with everything going on in his life.In The Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten G... read more

If I let you read mine, will you let me read yours?Forgotten Girl, a fifteen-year-old poet, is going through the most difficult time of her life—the breakup of her parents, and her mom’s resulting depression—when she meets Random Boy, a hot guy who, like her, feels like an outcast and secretly writes poetry to deal with everything going on in his life.In The Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten G... read more

Nantucket Cottages and Gardens: Charming Spaces on the Faraway Isle

Leslie Linsley

A beautiful, colorful guide to bringing the style of Nantucket Island to your home.There is something essentially charming about a simple cottage surrounded by a fence covered with roses. More than 1,200 of these houses can be found on Nantucket Island. Nowhere in this country are there more charming and diverse cottages featuring small pocket gardens and window boxes than on Nantucket.To a la... read more

A beautiful, colorful guide to bringing the style of Nantucket Island to your home.There is something essentially charming about a simple cottage surrounded by a fence covered with roses. More than 1,200 of these houses can be found on Nantucket Island. Nowhere in this country are there more charming and diverse cottages featuring small pocket gardens and window boxes than on Nantucket.To a la... read more

More Than Meatballs: From Arancini to Zucchini Fritters and Everything in Between

Michele Anna Jordan

More than fifty recipes that celebrate the versatility of meatballs, fritters, and other bite-sized rounds of deliciousness!“I love meatballs!” people say around the world.Round morsels of bite-sized savory foods—meat, poultry, fish, grains, and vegetables—have never been more popular. In Turkey alone, there are more than 150 traditional recipes for meatballs. It’s nearly impossible to get a s... read more

More than fifty recipes that celebrate the versatility of meatballs, fritters, and other bite-sized rounds of deliciousness!“I love meatballs!” people say around the world.Round morsels of bite-sized savory foods—meat, poultry, fish, grains, and vegetables—have never been more popular. In Turkey alone, there are more than 150 traditional recipes for meatballs. It’s nearly impossible to get a s... read more

Bright Coin Moon: A Novel

Kirsten Lopresti

Set against the colorful backdrop of immoral psychics and dishonest scam artists, Bright Coin Moon tells a story of longing and loyalty and the emotional burden of sacrifice.Seventeen-year-old Lindsey Allen is an A-student who has her heart set on becoming an astronomer. But first she must break away from her mother, an eccentric failed beauty queen who has set up a phony psychic reading shop ... read more

Set against the colorful backdrop of immoral psychics and dishonest scam artists, Bright Coin Moon tells a story of longing and loyalty and the emotional burden of sacrifice.Seventeen-year-old Lindsey Allen is an A-student who has her heart set on becoming an astronomer. But first she must break away from her mother, an eccentric failed beauty queen who has set up a phony psychic reading shop ... read more

Arcana: A Novel

Jessica Leake

A Southern Independent Booksellers Association Book Award nominee!A romantic, suspenseful, genre-bending debut set in Edwardian London.Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome—or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into soc... read more

A Southern Independent Booksellers Association Book Award nominee!A romantic, suspenseful, genre-bending debut set in Edwardian London.Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome—or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into soc... read more

Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other Nontraditional Twenty-First-Century Weddings

Mark O'Connell LCSW

NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE BOOK AWARD FINALIST--Marriage and LGBT Non-FictionHow to make any wedding liberating, brave, and sexy.This post-DOMA book is for any couple--same or opposite sex--seeking a personalized wedding that dignifies the relationship and the individual self. No "new normal" here--this guide emboldens you to harness your unique, brazen, queer truth; to be creative; and to plan... read more

NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE BOOK AWARD FINALIST--Marriage and LGBT Non-FictionHow to make any wedding liberating, brave, and sexy.This post-DOMA book is for any couple--same or opposite sex--seeking a personalized wedding that dignifies the relationship and the individual self. No "new normal" here--this guide emboldens you to harness your unique, brazen, queer truth; to be creative; and to plan... read more

Bring Me Flesh, I'll Bring Hell: A Horror Novel

Martin Rose

Vitus Adamson is falling apart. As a pre-deceased private investigator, he takes the prescription Atroxipine hourly to keep his undead body upright and functioning. Whenever he is injured, he seeks Niko, a bombshell mortician with bedroom eyes and a way with corpses, to piece him back together. Decomposition, however, is the least of his worries when two clients posing his most dangerous job y... read more

Vitus Adamson is falling apart. As a pre-deceased private investigator, he takes the prescription Atroxipine hourly to keep his undead body upright and functioning. Whenever he is injured, he seeks Niko, a bombshell mortician with bedroom eyes and a way with corpses, to piece him back together. Decomposition, however, is the least of his worries when two clients posing his most dangerous job y... 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

Superfood Juices, Smoothies & Drinks: Advice and Recipes to Lose Weight, Prevent Illness, and Improve Your Emotional and Physical Health

Jason Manheim

In his previous book, The Healthy Green Drink Diet, Jason Manheim established that one juice or smoothie a day—made from green vegetables such as kale, cucumber, celery, and spinach—works wonders for organ health, immune system strength, and weight loss. Now, Manheim takes these drinks to the next level by offering recipes to help you introduce healthy drinks made with superfoods into your dai... read more

In his previous book, The Healthy Green Drink Diet, Jason Manheim established that one juice or smoothie a day—made from green vegetables such as kale, cucumber, celery, and spinach—works wonders for organ health, immune system strength, and weight loss. Now, Manheim takes these drinks to the next level by offering recipes to help you introduce healthy drinks made with superfoods into your dai... read more

The Fix

Natasha Sinel

One conversation is all it takes to break a world wide open.Seventeen-year-old Macy Lyons has been through something no one should ever have to experience. And she’s dealt with it entirely alone.On the outside, she’s got it pretty good. Her family’s well-off, she’s dating the cute boy next door, she has plenty of friends, and although she long ago wrote her mother off as a superficial gym rat,... read more

One conversation is all it takes to break a world wide open.Seventeen-year-old Macy Lyons has been through something no one should ever have to experience. And she’s dealt with it entirely alone.On the outside, she’s got it pretty good. Her family’s well-off, she’s dating the cute boy next door, she has plenty of friends, and although she long ago wrote her mother off as a superficial gym rat,... 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

The moments after accepting a marriage proposal are exciting and romantic, but they could also be overwhelming and sometimes even confusing. Immediately after sharing the news, brides are oftentimes bombarded with questions—have you set a date? What are your colors? Who are your bridesmaids? Where will you register?If you’re a bride-to-be who isn’t sure how to even begin answering those questi... read more

The moments after accepting a marriage proposal are exciting and romantic, but they could also be overwhelming and sometimes even confusing. Immediately after sharing the news, brides are oftentimes bombarded with questions—have you set a date? What are your colors? Who are your bridesmaids? Where will you register?If you’re a bride-to-be who isn’t sure how to even begin answering those questi... read more

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