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A Bit About Me

I am a senior editor at Skyhorse Publishing, a New York City–based independent publishing company with more than ten imprints that has grown incredibly over the past decade. I work with both fiction and nonfiction at Skyhorse—specifically cooking, lifestyle, and some young adult.

In addition to editing full time for Skyhorse, I have offered freelance editorial services and have spoken about traditional publishing and careers in publishing at colleges and conferences. If I'm not reading, writing, editing, or talking about books, it's probably because I'm eating or hanging out with my little boy. (Although I frequently multitask.) There's a special place in my heart for coffee, cookbooks, and quality time spent in kitchens. I'm not often the cook in the kitchen, but I enjoy being part of the process, though admittedly my help is often limited to sitting on a nearby stool/step and talking at you while you do the cooking. You can earn my adoration with coffee, popcorn, and/or ice cream.

Before moving to New York in 2012, I was a content developer/editor at an educational book production company in Pennsylvania. In the past, I have solved word puzzles, folded tiny baby clothes, supervised book sellers, and checked groceries. I graduated from Wilkes University with a bachelor's degree in communications/journalism.

After spending some time in New Jersey, I returned to northeastern Pennsylvania in the spring of 2018 with my husband, Matt, a trained chef who helps keep me grounded and well-fed. We have one child, Cooper Reece, who enjoys reading the same books over . . . and over . . .  and over  . . . and over.


A collection of quotations about food, kitchens, cooking, and sharing a meal with those you love. This one's special; I am all about these things and I was able to put it together with my husband.

ISBN: 9781626360822

Pub Date: April 1, 2014

Also available in ebook, 9781629141473


Advice for any bride-to-be planning her wedding. Includes information on the basics, quotes from wedding planners, cake bakers, and past brides and grooms. Conveniently sized to fit in your bag so you can take it from one appointment to the next. Also special, as I wrote it while planning my own wedding!

ISBN: 9781632202772

Pub Date: January 5, 2016

Also available in ebook, 9781510700659



  • American Library Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA

    • Skyhorse Publishing representative, 2015

  • Book Con, New York, NY

    • Attendee, 2014

    • Association of American Publishers/ recruiter, 2015

  • Book Expo America, New York, NY

    • Attendee, 2012–2015

  • Columbia University, New York, NY

    • Association of American Publishers/ panelist: Careers in Publishing, 2015

  • HippoCamp: A Creative Nonfiction Conference, Lancaster, PA

    • Panelist: Agents & Editors on Creative Nonfiction Today (2015–2018)

    • Workshop Leader: Query Letter Writing (2015)

    • Presenter: Flash Sessions, Adding a Practical Element to your Manuscript (2016)

    • 1-on-1 Query Sessions (2016)

  • King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA

    • Association of American Publishers/ solo presenter: Careers in Publishing, 2015

  • Pitch to Pub 2016 (#p2p16)

    • Mentor to Anne Stubert

  • Revise & Resub (#revpit)

    • Contributed first-chapter critiques for runners up (2017)

    • NaNoWriMo Team Leader, #teamnicole (2018)

  • Simon & Schuster, New York, NY

    • Association of American Publishers/ panelist: Careers in Publishing, 2015, for Bard & Vassar Colleges

  • Unicorn Writers' Conference (Summer 2016), Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY

    • Panelist: Editor's Panel

    • 1-on-1 MS Critiques

  • Wilkes University, MFA Residency (Summer 2016, 2018), Wilkes-Barre, PA

    • Panelist: Agent/editor panel

    • Panelist: Pitch sessions with MFA graduates

    • 1-on-1 MS Critiques

  • Wilkes University, MFA Residency (January 2017, July 2017, January 2018), Wilkes-Barre, PA

    • Off-campus 1-on-1 MS Critiques

  • Yeshiva University, New York, NY

    • Association of American Publishers/ discussion: Careers in Publishing, 2015


Skyhorse Publishing was founded in 2006 and is located in Midtown Manhattan. We have more than twelve imprints, including Skyhorse, Sky Pony Press, Arcade, Sports Publishing, Allworth, Helios Press, Night Shade Books, Talos Press, Carrel Books, Good Books, and Not For Tourists.

I have been with the company since 2012 and am a full-time senior editor, splitting my time between the NYC offices and my northeastern Pennsylvania home. I acquire and edit the following nonfiction categories for both children and adults: cooking, lifestyle, crafting, art/interior design, humor, travel, mind/body/spirit, sex/sexuality, health/diet/nutrition, pets/nature. As of 2019, I am no longer acquiring adult, young adult, or middle grade fiction; however, I am still looking for picture books and practical nonfiction for kids.

If you're interested in submitting a manuscript or proposal for review, please make sure it falls under one of the above genres and send your query to nfrail [at] skyhorsepublishing [dot] com. 

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Select Acquisitions for Skyhorse Publishing & Imprints

A preview of some past titles. Visit for more details on each. Covers © Skyhorse Publishing.

To see what's coming up, check out Upcoming Releases.



Health & Wellness



house & home / Gardening/ nature







YOUNG ADULT & middle grade






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  • The Practicality of Dreaming by Bex Jalise, publication November 2018, ISBN: 978-1729336229.

  • Science Fiction: A Novel with a Side of Space Sauce by Eric Scott Johnston, publication November 2018, via Ablative Publishing, LLC, ISBN: 978-0692044315.

  • Lake Effect by Nicole Tone, publication September 2018, via Pen Name Publishing, ISBN 978-1941541296

  • Unlikely Events by Bex Jalise, publication May 2018, via Amazon/Create Space, ISBN: 978-1719305747

  • No Random Moves by Norman Sinel, publication February 2018, via Amazon/Create Space, ISBN: 978-0999311318

  • Switch the Song by Sara Pyzska, publication January 2017, via Amazon/Create Space, ISBN: 978-1541058781

  • Demi by Shawn Mackey, publication December 2016, via Amazon Digital Services, ASIN: B01MS2K7Y9

  • My Sister's Secrets by Jeanne McNamee, publication November 2016, via Amazon Digital Services, ASIN: B01N0JIIF1

  • The Definition of Insanity by Rhonda Robinson, publication September 2016, self-published, ISBN: 978-0692567401

  • Dream Hopper by Shawn Mackey, publication February 2016, via Amazon Digital Services, ASIN: B01CEGODAU

  • Dear Muse by Shawn Mackey, publication December 2015, via Amazon Digital Services, ASIN: B019DRGFFE

  • Dancing Daisies by Sara Pyzska, publication December 2013, via Amazon/Create Space, ISBN: 978-0615910604

Editorial Services

If you're looking for an editor to help you develop your book manuscript (fiction or nonfiction, traditional or self-pub), I may be able to help!

I am open to all categories and genres, though I admittedly won't be much help with any poetry or academic writing. I will let you know beforehand if I have had experience in your chosen genre. I do not offer developmental/content edits for every client because I am not an expert in all content areas and am not pretending to be; if we've worked together in the past and I am confidently familiar with your genre, we can discuss this option. For nonfiction, you must do your own fact checking. I adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition and Merriam-Webster. All clients are required to sign an agreement and pay 40% of the estimated total up front to hold their slots.

Note: Turnaround time is at least one month, depending on the word/page count. Rush rates are available for those that require a quicker turnaround. Please inquire about this to learn more.

As of 4/9/2019: If you want to book for this summer, please query me soon. Limited spots are available.

  • Manuscript critique

    • applicable to fiction and nonfiction

    • no edits, but will provide an editorial letter and in-line comments

    • Full manuscript (more than 100 pages) ($1.30 per page)

    • Partial manuscript

      • First chapter (0.005 per word)

      • First 50 pages ($50)

      • First 100 pages ($100)

    • Picture book authors, please ask me for a quote. Rate is dependent on whether MS is text-only or has sketches/illustrations.

  • Summary/book blurb support ($35)

    • will provide notes for revision of back cover copy/online description

    • will proofread upon completion of client revision, no extra charge

    • will not create blurb from scratch; client must send a workable draft

  • Line editing, copy editing, and proofreading are available upon request for previous clients, clients with promotional codes, or giveaway winners. If we got along well with the critique or a past project and you'd like to bring me on for those services, too, line editing is $0.01 per word, copy editing is $0.009 per word, and proofreading is $0.008 per word.



  • Critique prices based on manuscripts following publishing industry standards: 12-point, Times New Roman font and double-spaced with 1-inch margins.

  • All communication will take place online. No phone calls, Skype calls, or in-person meetings.

  • This is very important: I will NOT work with your piece if it is already under contract with a publisher (no matter which publisher). No exceptions. Also, if I work with you on a freelance basis, it is understood that I am doing so as a freelancer and not a representative of my publishing house. Working with you does not mean I will review your manuscript for consideration/publication, acquire your project, or offer you a contract with my house.

How to Book Services:

If you have questions about what any of these services entail or would like a quote, if you don't know what you want/need, or if you'd like to chat about a project, please send me an email at nicolefrailedits [at] gmail [dot] com  or fill out the form below. If you are looking for a quote on a service that is not listed, we can discuss it. Please allow me up to forty-eight hours to respond. I will request an overview of the project and will determine if I am the right person to help you.

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What My Authors & Clients Have Said

“Nicole Frail is one of those people with the ability to deliver the most brutal truths in a kind and encouraging way. Always quick to point out the good, she also doesn’t hold back on what needs improvement. It is very clear by her work ethic and expertise that her top priority is helping authors turn their coal into diamonds. I can honestly say, I look forward to receiving her critiques because I know when I hand her a manuscript, she will treat it with respect. Her instincts for plot and characters arcs are spot on, and her suggestions have never steered me wrong. Whenever I hear another author say they’re worried about feedback from their editor, I think, ‘They must not be working with Nicole!’” —Bex Jalise, author of The Practicality of Dreaming and Unlikely Events

"Nicole Frail's professional knowledge and insight into the industry has been amazing! I reached out to her for a few picture books critiques and she gave me detailed, honest, and valuable feedback. I was able to not only touch up my existing manuscripts (which lead to me signing with an agent!) but also apply the knowledge to new manuscripts (which lead to a recent book sale!). The most pleasant part of working with her was how friendly and approachable she was the entire way through. I highly recommend her services, and look forward to working with her again!" —Heather Macht, children's picture book author

"When I hand over my manuscript to Nicole Frail, I can look forward to watching the work evolve and improve under her care. Frail has a knack for taking the manuscript to the next level while preserving the writer's unique vision, entering into the process with intense skill and professionalism." —Martin Rose, author of Bring Me Flesh, I'll Bring Hell and My Loaded Gun, My Lonely Heart

“Nicole Frail is both professional and delightful, one of those rare creatures in the world of editing who actually likes writers. She encourages a writer's natural voice and is whip-smart, funny and kind, even when a deadline is bearing down like a runaway train. We did six books together in a single year and we're still speaking to each other! Nicole is a treasure and any writer who gets to work with her should make a special offering to their Muse. I raised a glass of absinthe to my mentor, M. F. K. Fisher, who would have loved this charming and wise young woman.” —Michele Anna Jordan, James Beard Award–winning author of More Than Meatballs and The Good Cook’s series

“I was impressed by Nicole the moment I began working with her. She was kind, smart, and responsive throughout the whole publication process. She knew just what to tweak to make my manuscript shine and I'm so happy and proud of the results. Nicole cares about her clients, is passionate about the books she works on and is very approachable. I know my books are in great hands with her expertise and I’m looking forward to working with her again in the future.”  —Chantele Sedgwick, author of Love, Lucas, Switching Gears, and Interlude

"Nicole was the editor for my first book. She played the role of cheerleader and psychologist, as well as editor, to this newbie author. Her editorial expertise and calming, reassuring demeanor are valuable assets. I highly recommend her." —Jackie Garvin, author of Biscuits and Sweet Potato Love

"As an editor with an impressive list and much experience, I've been in good hands with Nicole from the day we were introduced. She is  approachable, responsive, and  passionate about what she does." —Kate Ormand, author of The Wanderers, The Pack, and Dark Days

"Being a debut author, I had no idea what to expect from the editing process or the editor. Frankly, I was terrified. From the very first email exchange, Nicole has been unerringly professional and patient, answering questions (sometimes more than once) and always in a timely manner. The editing process was smooth and collaborative, with Nicole offering compelling insight, as well as being willing to discuss differences and brainstorm the best solution. I couldn't have asked for a better experience, or editor." —Melissa Lenhardt, author of Stillwater: A Jack McBride Mystery

"Nicole Frail served as editor for my first three books, and it is a pleasure to commend her services.  She devotes long hours to her tasks, sometimes working as late as three a.m. to complete important work in a timely fashion.  She is an upright, conscientious young woman and a most faithful colleague." —Sarah A. Chrisman, author of Victorian Secrets and This Victorian Life, as well as editor of True Ladies & Proper Gentleman

"Nicole's skills go far beyond merely editorial—she's highly communicative, makes herself readily available to her authors, and is thorough and attentive to detail. She not only helped bring my book to life; she made the whole experience easy and fun. I can't recommend her enough!" —Jessica Leake, author of Arcana and The Order of the Eternal Sun

"I cannot imagine having a better experience with any editor. Nicole was smart, patient, and thoughtful throughout the entire process. All of her suggestions—both to the internal narrative, and to the structure of the book—were completely on point, and she was eagle-eyed in her ability to identify the exact changes I'd need to make to create the best book possible. She was also meticulously organized, and always helped me to make sure I'd meet every deadline in the submission process. I always felt comfortable approaching her with any questions or concerns I had, and I had complete confidence in her judgement. She is an incredibly talented editor, and I'm so proud of the book she enabled me to put out. Working with her is an absolute pleasure. I hope to do it again soon." —Ilana Garon, author of Why Do Only White People Get Abducted By Aliens?

"Nicole and I worked together for six months. I can not say enough good things about her. She's very honest, but in a way that doesn't make me feel bad. She was one of those people in my life who provided a turning point. I will never forget her. I can only hope I can hire her for my next books." —Sara Pyszka, author of Dancing Daisies and Switch the Song

To submit your manuscript or proposal for consideration for publication by Skyhorse Publishing, email me at nfrail [at] skyhorsepublishing [dot] com.

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