If you've been pitching to literary agents and getting tepid responses without specific, actionable advice, you need an insider's perspective.
We'll work on your craft and professional approach and find ways to position you in front of literary agents who are the right fit to help you launch a sustainable career in the publishing industry.
When you have a talented author whose weakness in one or a few areas is keeping you from selling their work, I come alongside to help you both.
Keeping your strategies in mind I work with your client to develop their craft and fix the manuscript, so you can work on finding the publishing fot that's right for them.
Agents are busy people. The great ones focus on building high-value industry relationships, pitching to acquisition editors and publishers, and negotiating favorable deals for their clients.
So, if your agent has recommended that you work with a developmental or substantive editor or collaborator, I'm here to prepare you for the opportunities your agent is pursuing on your behalf.
literary and upmarket fiction, high-impact memoir, and intellectual nonfiction
“After 15+ years in publishing, I can say that Cristen sets the gold standard for freelance editing. She recently worked with us on a client's memoir proposal, including an extensive amount of co-writing of sample chapters. From the start of the process, I was highly impressed with her writing, her ideas, and just how much organization and inspiration she brought to the project. Her writing was beautiful, clear, and very true to the author's unique voice. Collaborating with her has been a joy for both author and agent. She had tremendous impact on this project, and we will look forward to working with her on many more, given our experience.” —Lilly Ghahremani, JD MBA, co-founder of Full Circle Literary
“Cristen is the most BRILLIANT editor I have ever worked with. Her editorial comments on my novel helped me recognize several patterns in my writing style, both good and bad. She has a eye for what good writing should read like, and every single comment she made was 100% accurate. That kind of editing is a gift that few people possess. She will always be my go-to editor.” —Etaf Rum, debut novelist A Woman Is No Man, New York Times Bestseller
“All this time I’ve been sending to agents and editors and hearing, “I like it but I’m not connecting,” with no thoughts on what they’re not connecting with or how to fix it. Yours was the first real advice I’ve been given and I’m just beside myself.” —C.H. Armstrong, secured a traditional publishing contract with Central Avenue Publishing