Welcome to Cornerstones U.S.! I am the Managing Editor, and am thrilled that you have found us. Formerly, I was an agent at Writers House for almost 25 years, and am now bringing my 30 years of publishing and agenting experience to our authors. We are proud to be part of the Cornerstones family, the long-standing No. 1 literary consultancy in the UK. Cornerstones is bringing its unique and extensive range of editorial services to the American corner of the world. Every character has an origin story, and while we originally hail from the U.K., the Cornerstones U.S. team is an outstanding group of experienced home-based story editors, with a sharp knowledge of what American agents and publishers are looking for.
We are the writer’s friend, and are here to help writers work to the best of their creativity and energy. Our principles are rooted in respect for the remarkable creativity it takes to write a book—any book, about any story, told in any voice. Cornerstones U.S. looks at every client personally and individually, customizing our editorial packages for each particular project. We bring insight, expertise, and above all, our creative passion to each and every story.
We assess every submission, and review your work to ensure that you are at the right stage to work productively with an editor. Whether you are ready for a detailed editorial letter, a full line edit, or workshopping, we will match you with the right service and editor. Cornerstones’ services are designed to give every writer the tailored editorial guidance they need to move their projects forward. We aim to provide our writers with powerful editorial tools that will help them as they continue to work on their writing. Cornerstones works at the speed of writing culture—always bringing up-to-the-minute editorial expertise and knowledge to every project we edit, workshop, and polish.
I am here as an added resource to our clients and am always available to answer your questions, and help you figure out what your best next steps should be!
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Managing Editor, Cornerstones U.S.
New York City
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Alex holds a BA (Hons) in American Literature with Creative Writing from University of East Anglia, and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Lancaster. During his studies, he developed a passion for wilderness literature, war stories and historical fiction – something he tries to give academic credence to by studying part-time for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Southampton. After his MA, he worked for the literary agency Rogers, Coleridge & White from 2010 to 2013, and then with social media marketing company Digital Animal. He joined Cornerstones as editorial assistant in October 2014, managing editors and social media. Say hello on twitter: @CornerstonesLit
After achieving a first in Literature and Criticism at University College London, Kathryn worked for literary agencies and for a bookshop specialising in crime fiction where she developed a taste for unusual and macabre stories. Following her true passions–editing and teaching writing skills–she joined Cornerstones as managing editor in 2005 and later became co-director. In 2014 she decided to focus on the editorial side of the business and now works closely with authors developing their manuscripts. She edits all literary and commercial fiction but particularly loves children’s fiction, fantasy and Sci-fi.
French-born and American-bred, Julie Gourinchas pursued a degree in English Literature at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. There, her undergraduate thesis focused on mapping the cultural myths defined by Vladimir Nabokov’s magnum opus, Lolita. An internship with a Portland publishing house, Elly Blue Publishing, nurtured a nascent interest in the publishing world. She pursued this dream while attending the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University in September 2016. Julie joined the Cornerstones team as an editorial assistant in February 2017. Her reading interests include literary fiction, historical, and young adult – although she’ll always have a soft spot for fantasy.