So you're getting ready to query agents? Congratulations! That's a big step right there, and it can take a lot of polishing to get your materials in tip-top, query-ready shape. In the month of September, Black Lawrence Press Senior Editor Kit Frick
is again offering consultation packages for writers preparing to query a complete fiction manuscript. Consultation packages are first come, first served for the first 15 writers to sign up.
In addition to her editorial role at BLP, Kit is also the founding editor of Copper Lantern Studio
, an independent editing studio offering a wide range of services to authors, writers, businesses, and organizations. Kit began her career as an intern at The Overlook Press, then as an intern and Editorial Assistant at Simon & Schuster. In 2009, she joined the editorial team at Black Lawrence Press, where she is currently a Senior Editor. She has studied with copyeditors, book editors, and literary agents through the Center for Publishing at New York University.
Kit is also a writer. Her debut young adult novel is See All the Stars
(Simon & Schuster / Margaret K. McElderry Books, summer 2018), and her debut full-length poetry collection is A Small Rising Up in the Lungs
(New American Press, fall 2018). Kit studied writing and literature at Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. Her fiction is represented by Erin Harris at Folio Literary Management / Folio Jr. After surviving the query trenches and making it to the other side, Kit now loves working with querying fiction writers on getting their materials in the best possible shape.
If you'd like to work with Kit but aren't quite ready to hit send with your materials, don't worry! You can find Kit after September at Copper Lantern Studio
, where she works with querying writers year-round. But if you're ready to go, here's the deal:
Query Letter and Sample Pages Consultation
($80 for up to three reads of a completed query letter draft + feedback on the first 10 manuscript pages)
Writing a successful query letter is no easy feat! Whether you're just getting started and need some guidance on how to approach your query, or whether you've been querying for a while without much luck, I can help. You'll send in your completed query letter draft, and I'll do up to three rounds of edits. The first with lots of editorial comments, questions, and ideas; the second with targeted feedback on your revisions; and the third to polish up the writing to perfection.
Many agents will ask to see sample pages along with your query letter. Even if they don't, if they like your query, they'll be requesting your full or partial manuscript next—and your opening pages have to really shine for that agent to keep reading. The Query Letter and Sample Pages Consultation includes up to three reads of a completed query letter draft plus a one-page letter assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the first 10 pages of your manuscript and suggested line edits.
(Note: If you want a consultation on your query letter ONLY--no sample pages--please exit out of this category and select the correct category from the main page!)
So if I sign up for a query consultation, I'm guaranteed to sign with an agent / land a book deal / sell a million copies / have my book optioned for tv & film / earn a six-figure advance, right?
In the publishing business, there are no guarantees, and anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is lying to you, plain and simple. Here's what you can count on: if we work together, your writing will receive close, personal editorial attention. My focus will be on bringing your materials into the best possible light to help you meet your writing and publishing goals. Can I guarantee that this project will land you an agent or sell a million copies? I cannot, and nor could anyone else. What I can promise is to help you level up your writing, polish your materials, and give your manuscript the best possible chance to succeed.