Toni Kirkpatrick

Editor for Hire

I am an editor of fiction and nonfiction with more than ten years of experience at a major publisher.



"It's rare to find an editor who's willing to dive into the intent of a story, the arc of a character, the clarity of a plotline, or the always-tricky balance between showing and telling; it's even more rare to find an editor who is an expert in each of these areas, who's also an award-winning author, AND who worked for a major publisher! Toni is all of these and more. She seeks to fundamentally understand the author and the work, and from there, she provides highly-actionable feedback at the author's desired level. Toni's insights to my own work led to multiple offers of representation from premiere literary agencies, being named 1st-Runner-Up for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, and other honors, including making the 2016 Short List for the Faulkner-Wisdom Novel Competition. I highly recommend Toni from an interpersonal and professional standpoint. As one of her multi-published authors once said to me, Toni is simply a joy to work with!"--Joel Freiburger, author of The Mapmaker's Daughter

"Working with Toni Kirkpatrick on my debut novel was a dream come true.  Not only were her edits spot-on, but she responded to all my concerns with patience, understanding, and wisdom.  Her years of experience in the publishing industry were invaluable, and I'd work with her again in a heartbeat!"--Natalie S. Harnett, author of The Hollow Ground and winner of the John Gardner Fiction Book Award

"Toni knows how stories work. Better yet, she conveys her knowledge with clear, concise, and constructive advice. Her clear-eyed observations and practical suggestions made my debut novel much stronger. Her enthusiasm made me feel like my work mattered. Any writer, whether aspiring or accomplished, would benefit from working with Toni.”—Tiffany Quay Tyson, author of Three Rivers and Colorado Book Award Finalist

"Toni Kirkpatrick is a fantastic editor. Her thoroughness, attention to detail, and sharp eye for plot consistency have brought out the best in my manuscripts. In addition to her knowledge and insight, she is very accessible and has an open communication style that makes working with her an absolute pleasure. I highly recommend her services!"--Ashley Weaver, author of Murder at the Brightwell, ALA Award winner and Edgar Award finalist

"It was my good fortune to have Toni Kirkpatrick as editor of my debut novel, The Lodger. Toni has an exceptional editorial eye. She is also highly engaged, kind, and gives consistently wise advice throughout the process. Thanks to her talent and insight, I learnt so much, and the process of editing was an absolute joy."--Louisa Treger, author of The Lodger

"As our editor at St. Martin’s Press, Toni Kirkpatrick showed a remarkably discerning eye for even the smallest detail. Her enthusiasm and cogent observations made the editing process both productive and enjoyable."--D.E. Ireland, Agatha Award finalist and author of Wouldn't It Be Deadly