Bill Cotter Bill Cotter was born in Dallas. His first two novels, Fever Chart (2009) and The Parallel Apartments (2014) were published by McSweeney’s, and his next two, Saint Philomene’s Infirmary (January 2018) and The Stone Sky (2019), will be published by Henry Holt. His writing has appeared in The New Orleans Review, The Paris Review, and elsewhere, and an essay for The Believer titled "The Gentleman’s Library" was awarded a Pushcart Prize in 2014. Cotter lives in Austin, where he has just finished a short story collection and a novel about the lottery, titled The Misery Ticket.   


  • Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, YA and Middle-Grade, Memoir


  • Manuscript critiques, first-chapter critiques, developmental editing, copyediting, line editing, proofreading and fact checking, coaching

"Bill Cotter has been extremely helpful in shaping my last two books.  His guidance and input have been invaluable.  I recommend his services for writers of every level, from beginners to published."

-Name Jacqueline Kelly, award-winning author of The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (2010 Newbery Honor Award)

"Bill Cotter has been my go-to editor, encourager and idea man for three years as I’ve worked on my novel. His ideas are always thoughtful, specific, non-judgmental and make me want to write. He inspires. He doesn’t kill the spirit. By asking good questions, Bill makes me think about my characters and why they do what they do as well as considerations of plot and sequence. His own writing is a testament to his original mind. He is talented and flexible enough to work with a range of writing styles, fiction and nonfiction. It’s the most freeing and motivating experience to work with Bill. How fortunate your clients will be to have his full attention and support!"

-Pansy Flick, author of The Nonchalant Debutante