Rachel Stout

Rachel Stout - Editor Tick

New York, United States

Literary agent turned editor of fiction & memoir where narratives and protagonists have distinct, identifiable voices.

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As a former literary agent, I not only offer editorial services on manuscripts and book proposals (agents do a lot of editorial heavy lifting nowadays!), I am also a great resource for strategy and research tips for authors to find the right literary agents for their work. I am available to edit query letters and put together a list of recommended agents along with suggested notes of personalization for each query letter. I am also available for ghostwriting query letters and book proposals using my unique perspective from the other side of the desk!
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Historical Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Literature
Romance
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Editor, Query Letter Master, Writer & Ghostwriter

Self-employed
November, 2015 – Present (over 3 years)

Since leaving the life of a literary agent, I've been really excited to take on all types of editorial projects. I have extensive experience working mainly with fiction and memoir, including YA and Middle Grade titles. If you have a manuscript or book proposal that needs an editorial eye, I'm a very detail-oriented, attentive editor.

In this time, I have also ghostwritten book proposals for authors of my former agency and have become a consultant for all things querying. Whether it's just working on your query letter and writing sample, tightening up your synopsis, researching agents to query or everything at once, I have worked with dozens of authors on their projects.

Literary Agent

Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
October, 2010 – October, 2015 (about 5 years)

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Some Kind of Magic (Flirting with Fame)

Mary Ann Marlowe

“An amazing first novel.” –Sydney Landon, New York Times bestselling authorIn this sparkling debut novel, Mary Ann Marlowe introduces a hapless scientist who’s swept off her feet by a rock star—but is it love or just a chemical reaction?...Biochemist Eden Sinclair has no idea that the scent she spritzed on herself before leaving the lab is designed to enhance pheromones. Or that the cute, grun... read more

“An amazing first novel.” –Sydney Landon, New York Times bestselling authorIn this sparkling debut novel, Mary Ann Marlowe introduces a hapless scientist who’s swept off her feet by a rock star—but is it love or just a chemical reaction?...Biochemist Eden Sinclair has no idea that the scent she spritzed on herself before leaving the lab is designed to enhance pheromones. Or that the cute, grun... read more

The Call of the Farm: An Unexpected Year of Getting Dirty, Home Cooking, and Finding Myself

Rochelle Bilow

Rochelle Bilow, a classically trained cook and aspiring food writer, was nursing a broken heart and frustrated with her yet-to-take-off career when she set out to write a short profile of a small, sustainable CSA farm in central New York. At most, she expected to come away with a cute city-girl-in-the-country piece. But after just one day of moving hay bales, feeding pigs, and tapping maple sa... read more

Rochelle Bilow, a classically trained cook and aspiring food writer, was nursing a broken heart and frustrated with her yet-to-take-off career when she set out to write a short profile of a small, sustainable CSA farm in central New York. At most, she expected to come away with a cute city-girl-in-the-country piece. But after just one day of moving hay bales, feeding pigs, and tapping maple sa... read more

Scandal in the Secret City: A World War Two mystery set in Tennessee (A Libby Clark Mystery)

Diane Fanning

From the author of the Lucinda Pierce series, comes a thrilling new mystery, set during the Second World War . . .Oak Ridge, Tennessee, otherwise known as the Secret City, rose seemingly overnight in 1942, built by the US Government. No one was quite sure what its purpose was or where it came from, but there was certainly something going on . . . Libby Clark, a gutsy Bryn Mawr graduate, is det... read more

From the author of the Lucinda Pierce series, comes a thrilling new mystery, set during the Second World War . . .Oak Ridge, Tennessee, otherwise known as the Secret City, rose seemingly overnight in 1942, built by the US Government. No one was quite sure what its purpose was or where it came from, but there was certainly something going on . . . Libby Clark, a gutsy Bryn Mawr graduate, is det... read more

Mom, I Want to Speak to Marie Antoinette: A Story About Traumatic Brain Injury, Abuse, Death, Divorce, Love & Laughter

Wendy Gaynor

A call from the police telling single mom Wendy Gaynor that her 18-year old daughter, Ruby, had been in an extremely serious car accident changed October 5, 1995 from an ordinary fall day to an extraordinary one. On the sixty minute drive through torrential rain and gusting winds to get to the hospital, Wendy didn’t know if Ruby was dead or alive. The grim diagnosis: Ruby was in a coma, on a r... read more

A call from the police telling single mom Wendy Gaynor that her 18-year old daughter, Ruby, had been in an extremely serious car accident changed October 5, 1995 from an ordinary fall day to an extraordinary one. On the sixty minute drive through torrential rain and gusting winds to get to the hospital, Wendy didn’t know if Ruby was dead or alive. The grim diagnosis: Ruby was in a coma, on a r... read more

Earth's Imagined Corners (The Round Earth Series) (Volume 1)

Tamara Linse

In 1885 Iowa, Sara Moore is a dutiful daughter, but when her father tries to force her to marry his younger partner, she must choose between the partner—a man who treats her like property—and James Youngblood—a kind man she hardly knows who has a troubled past. When she confronts her father, he beats her and turns her out of the house, breaking all ties, so she decides to elope with James to K... read more

In 1885 Iowa, Sara Moore is a dutiful daughter, but when her father tries to force her to marry his younger partner, she must choose between the partner—a man who treats her like property—and James Youngblood—a kind man she hardly knows who has a troubled past. When she confronts her father, he beats her and turns her out of the house, breaking all ties, so she decides to elope with James to K... read more

Deep Down Things

Tamara Linse

Deep Down Things, Tamara Linse’s debut novel, is the emotionally riveting story of three siblings torn apart by a charismatic bullrider-turned-writer and the love that triumphs despite tragedy. From the death of her parents at sixteen, Maggie Jordan yearns for lost family, while sister CJ drowns in alcohol and brother Tibs withdraws. When Maggie and an idealistic young writer named Jackdaw fal... read more

Deep Down Things, Tamara Linse’s debut novel, is the emotionally riveting story of three siblings torn apart by a charismatic bullrider-turned-writer and the love that triumphs despite tragedy. From the death of her parents at sixteen, Maggie Jordan yearns for lost family, while sister CJ drowns in alcohol and brother Tibs withdraws. When Maggie and an idealistic young writer named Jackdaw fal... read more

The Thunder Beneath Us

Nicole Blades

To the world, Best Lightburn is a talented writer rising up the masthead at international style magazine James, girlfriend of a gorgeous up-and-coming actor, and friend to New York City’s fabulous. Then there’s the other Best, the one who has chosen to recast herself as an only child rather than confront the truth. Ten years ago, on Christmas Eve, Best and her two older brothers took a shortcu... read more

To the world, Best Lightburn is a talented writer rising up the masthead at international style magazine James, girlfriend of a gorgeous up-and-coming actor, and friend to New York City’s fabulous. Then there’s the other Best, the one who has chosen to recast herself as an only child rather than confront the truth. Ten years ago, on Christmas Eve, Best and her two older brothers took a shortcu... read more

The Farm on the Roof: What Brooklyn Grange Taught Us About Entrepreneurship, Community, and Growing a Sustainable Business

Anastasia Cole Plakias

The founders of Brooklyn Grange, the world’s largest green rooftop farm, share their inspirational story of changing the world through entrepreneurship. In their effort to build the world’s first and largest commercial green rooftop farm, the founders of Brooklyn Grange learned a lot about building and sustaining a business while never losing sight of their mission—to serve their community by ... read more

The founders of Brooklyn Grange, the world’s largest green rooftop farm, share their inspirational story of changing the world through entrepreneurship. In their effort to build the world’s first and largest commercial green rooftop farm, the founders of Brooklyn Grange learned a lot about building and sustaining a business while never losing sight of their mission—to serve their community by ... read more

Fated (Fate of Love) (Volume 1)

AJ Brooks

Until you discover the truth in love you will only be half. Until you find the one who makes you whole. Cassius, the god of love, is stripped of his status and left as a demi-god with a quiver full of arrows and a riddle he’s no closer to solving. When he fell in love with a mortal, he thought he'd broken the curse. But when he chose godhood over the woman he loved, Cassius ended up in servitu... read more

Until you discover the truth in love you will only be half. Until you find the one who makes you whole. Cassius, the god of love, is stripped of his status and left as a demi-god with a quiver full of arrows and a riddle he’s no closer to solving. When he fell in love with a mortal, he thought he'd broken the curse. But when he chose godhood over the woman he loved, Cassius ended up in servitu... read more

Waking in Time

Angie Stanton

Still mourning the loss of her beloved grandmother and shaken by her mysterious, dying request, Abbi has just arrived at UW Madison for her freshman year. But on her second day, she wakes up to a different world: 1983. That is just the first stop on Abbis journey backward through time. Will is a charming college freshman from 1927 who travels forward through time. When Abbi and Will meet in th... read more

Still mourning the loss of her beloved grandmother and shaken by her mysterious, dying request, Abbi has just arrived at UW Madison for her freshman year. But on her second day, she wakes up to a different world: 1983. That is just the first stop on Abbis journey backward through time. Will is a charming college freshman from 1927 who travels forward through time. When Abbi and Will meet in th... read more

The Sisterhood

Helen Bryan

Menina Walker was a child of fortune. Rescued after a hurricane in South America, doomed to a life of poverty with a swallow medal as her only legacy, the orphaned toddler was adopted by an American family and taken to a new life. As a beautiful, intelligent woman of nineteen, she is in love, engaged, and excited about the future—until another traumatic event shatters her dreams. Menina flees ... read more

Menina Walker was a child of fortune. Rescued after a hurricane in South America, doomed to a life of poverty with a swallow medal as her only legacy, the orphaned toddler was adopted by an American family and taken to a new life. As a beautiful, intelligent woman of nineteen, she is in love, engaged, and excited about the future—until another traumatic event shatters her dreams. Menina flees ... read more

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Jasmine O’ Hea
Rachel is a truly outstanding editor, and I am grateful for our collaboration. Her comments and questions were always insightful, and the materials she provided me with are invaluable for me as a writer. She clearly took time to fully understand my novel's characters, theme, and target audience. Rachel pointed out a number of issues in the story that I felt were there, but could not quite artic...
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Jasmine O’ Hea, May 2019


Daryl Tanner
I am honored by the extensive attention my manuscript received from Rachel Stout. Totally blow-away by the amount of time she put into my fledgling 93K word story. From her developmental edits, I have become a more conscious and direct writer, aware of what is missing, the setting, character arcs, plotting, etc. I hope I can put into the next manuscript all the efforts she afforded me, so that...
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Daryl Tanner, May 2019


Cecilia C
Rachel is wonderful! She helped me on refining my query letter and got back to me quickly. She is very creative and professional. Also, her insights on querying were very beneficial. I appreciated her taking the time to answer all the questions I had about items related to my query. I look forward to working with her again in the future.

Cecilia C, April 2019


Diane Black
Rachel is amazing! I can't praise her enough. She's invested, supportive, and has the expertise I was looking for. Her work has given me a much better chance of accomplishing my goals. You can't put a price tag on that! Thanks Rachel!

Diane Black, March 2019


Anne N
Rachel is insightful and reliable. She offered me clear and very helpful feedback on the beginning pages of my novel. I look forward to continuing to work with her! Thank you Rachel!

Anne N, January 2019

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