Querying can be just as frustrating as it is exciting. You've dreamed of the moment that your manuscript is polished and you're finally to finally pursue a literary agent in hopes of a book deal. There's a chance you've sent out dozens of queries in exchange for silence and thoughts of where you went wrong.
An effective query letter balances your personality as a writer, a strategic approach tailored to the litagent you hope to engage, and the ability to sell yourself as an author with longstanding potential.
1-on-1 Query Letter Reviews are designed to give you the querying insight, critique, and targeted approach you need to write a memorable query.
Kerry Ambrose is a professional editor—one of the only editors we trust here at So You Want to Write.
As a stylistic line editor, Kerry’s expertise will bring your fiction or non-fiction book up to industry standards (using The Chicago Manual of Style). She especially enjoys LGBTQA2S+ and women’s fiction.
Her practice is inspired by her experience. A skilled writer with a cheerful wit, she’s penned her own novel, which is currently in development. She has advanced degrees in philosophy and social justice, as well as fifteen years’ experience working in nonprofit, school, and community-based settings.
Before moving to Toronto, she lived on a Pennsylvania battlefield, in the Andean high plains, on a mountaintop in Vermont, and at a Buddhist meditation centre in California.
"Kerry Ambrose is a wonderful editor. She possesses impressive literary skills, and her edits combine detailed attention to grammar with clear, concise writing. Her broad knowledge of cultural and social trends allows her to give insightful feedback on the more general issues my non-fiction books and poetry address. If you want a skilled, conscientious editor, Kerry is an excellent choice."
— Katie Curtin, Author of Amazon BestsellerThe Happy, Well-Fed Artist: How to Get Your Creative Projects Off the Ground and Into the World
"Working with Kerry has been a game changer. I started my trilogy fifteen years ago, but Kerry’s recent editing support helped me finish it. I’m proud to say I'm now preparing to publish! This has been a dream of mine for a long time. Consulting Kerry has been one of the best investments I’ve made on my journey to becoming a published author.”
— Stina Hemming, Author ofWillful Blindness, Book One in the Alex Greene “Ice Queen” legal thriller series
Professional Editor Kerry Ambrose will meet you 1-on-1 via Zoom to give detailed feedback about your query letter. This includes:
If you have any questions about working with Kerry, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!
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