Kyle V. Hiller
Kyle V. Hiller specializes in young adult and middle grade fiction. He favors magical realism and coming-of-age narratives and particularly seeks to amplify the voices of marginalized writers. Character development and nuance are the strengths of the Temple University alum who swears that if he ever grew up, he’d lose all his virtuosity as a purveyor of storytelling. Also, he loves his mom.
Kyle is gentle but truthful: he'll keep it real with you, but will never step on your toes about it. He'll take your hand, dance with you about it, and learn from each other.
Kyle is the self-published author of 2016 novel THE RECITAL and the upcoming UNDERSCORE. He sharpened his editorial skills as Kate Angelella's assistant in 2017. He's the Associate Editor at Broad Street Review and has appeared in Paste Magazine, Al-Jazeera, Philadelphia Metro, Twinfinite, The Urban Twist, and more. He's a former #RevPit editor, too!
Preferred age level & genre of expertise:
Middle-grade and young-adult fiction. Open to all genres.
Lillith's Brood by Octavia Butler
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Opus by Satoshi Kon
Goodnight PunPun by Inio Asano
Three Shadows by Cyril Pedrosa
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Siren Suicides by Ksenia Anske
Seconds by Byran Lee O'Malley
Bird by Crystal Chan
I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
Favorite TV Shows:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Pushing Daisies, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop, The Office, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Veronica Mars, Atlanta, Grey's Anatomy, and Steven Universe.
Kyle was a dream to work with. I needed a crazy turnaround, and he stepped up to the plate. He was timely, professional, detailed, and thoughtful. His feedback was nuanced, multilayered, and above all, generous. I felt he was deeply invested in my story and rooting for it to realize its full potential. Without his help, it couldn’t have. I will definitely be seeking his help again, and can gladly recommend him to writers in search of wise eyes on their manuscript.
Julie Berry, author of LOVELY WAR, and 2017 Printz Honor Winner
Kyle got my story and its themes and offered nuanced guidance to bring these to the forefront. With his insight, I was able to strengthen my plot and characters, so that the underlying potential of my story came to life in a compelling and poignant way. I love the way my book transformed through the editing process. If you feel like your story needs something, but you’re not quite sure what, Kyle knows which chords to pluck and what questions to ask to help you make it into something extraordinary.
Loretta Chefchaouni, 2018 RevPit Winner
Kyle’s insightful comments about a rather tricky project of mine yielded a much clearer next draft. He was able to help me prioritize aspects of the novel, from characters to plot points, and point out areas that were lacking and needed some fleshing out. It’s always helpful to get an objective opinion on your writing, and Kyle provided a measured, fair, and honest assessment of my work!
Katie Antonsson, author of BRICK
I am thoroughly thankful and impressed with the quality in-depth feedback that Kyle has provided me with on my film script. His analysis and critique were beyond helpful and has empowered me to craft a stronger, more meaningful story. His ability to target the problem areas of a story and offer a variety of suggestions on how to improve the narrative has been invaluable in this endeavor. I highly recommend his editing services to any writer who wants to take their work to the next level.
Jesse Torres, author of THIRST TRAP
Kyle worked on a variety of editing projects for Tell Tell Poetry. His edits were always on point, and my clients were able to receive substantive edits as well as line edits. It’s always a pleasure working with Kyle and I hope you’re lucky enough to work with him, too!
Kallie Falandays, owner of Tell Tell Poetry