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A. H. Sullivan Editing and Literary Mentor


Dear Colleagues,

I’m here to offer my services as an editor and literary mentor to people who really want to improve their creative writing. I am a professional publisher, editor and agent. I have an MFA in Writing from a prominent creative writing program and a MA in English Lit. A BA from UPenn in English and have studied with editors from major houses (U. Mich Press, Penguin, FSG). I work in all genres, fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, memoir, essay and reporting. This is something I love to do.

What I offer:
I tailor my services to your personal needs and get to know you and your motivations as a writer and creative mind. This is a highly personalized relationship that I invest in and not a vanity publishing business that tries to up-sell you at every turn.

Generally speaking, we meet weekly or bi-monthly via skype for 60-90 minutes to discuss all aspects of writing. My clients submit their writing weekly or as needed and receive pointed, dynamic and honest feedback on their work. We talk about it in depth and formulate strategies and goals. I help on craft and execution as well as creativity, and once we have those things working, I help to navigate the submission landscape and to get the work into the right home. It’s a highly immersive relationship where I spend time getting to know you and your work so that I can best help to bring it to fruition. We talk about philosophy, character theory, defamiliarization, classics, contemporary authors, trends, business and anything that’s relevant. I also assign reading as necessary and my people have access to me 24-7 via text, phone and email.

A little more about me and what I offer:
I’m the managing editor at a major literary magazine, Fjords Review, in 1200 bookstores across 5 countries. I’m an uncredited consulting editor at numerous other journals (Pank, Carbon Culture, Quiet Lunch). I’m also the director of a midsize independent publishing house that puts out 20 books a year. I go to all major book fairs and writing conferences and have 50+ authors who I develop and edit at the press. I also freelance agent and have sold titles recently to Random House and Simon and Schuster and Red Hen Press. I wear many hats and have my hand in every aspect of the business. This, I think, gives me a unique point of reference with regard to mentoring other writers.

Please get in contact if you have any questions. I offer a free 30 minute consultation for anyone who is interested. I have many references available upon request.

Editing. I take on projects a la carte on occasion depending on the work–get in touch for rates.

Thanks so much. All the best and happy writing.

A H Sullivan

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