Kim Halstead

Kim Halstead - Editor

Seattle, WA, USA

I'm an experienced editor in all stages of text development, and I'm just as socially awkward as you are. Let's chat.

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Hi there! I'm Kim. I've done a lot of writing and editing over my lifetime, beginning with my very first picture book titled "The Cat Climbed Up" at age 3 (the cat eventually fell back down but was unharmed). Since then, I've dedicated my life to words and people like me who love them.

I'm experienced in a variety of genres and stages of text development. Whether you're exploring for the moral quandaries of sci-fi or the will-they-won't-they of romance, I can help make your vision for your book your reality.

REVIEWS

"Having worked with Kim for a number of years, I can confidently state that she has consistently produced stellar editing. Ms. Halstead has never missed a deadline. She maintains an open line of communication, and enthusiastically takes on new projects. Ms. Halstead has proved herself to be an asset when working with some of Kensington Publishing Corp.'s top acquisition editors. She has more than earned her status as a vital member of my team." - Renee Rocco, Managing Director & Founder of Lyrical Press
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Romance
Science Fiction
Young Adult

Certifications

  • MFA in Prose - University of Washington

Awards

  • David Guterson Award for Fiction Writing at the University of Washington MFA Program

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Simon & Schuster
August, 2014 – Present (over 5 years)

• Proofread, copy edit, and cold read for fiction and nonfiction imprints under tight deadlines and multiple editors, including Scribner and Gallery imprints for New York Times bestselling authors

Freelance Editor

Lyrical Press
August, 2014 – Present (over 5 years)

• Copy edit and proofread novella and novel-length manuscripts (20k-120k+ words) under multiple deadlines for Lyrical Press

Production & Editorial Intern

Wave Books
September, 2016 – September, 2017 (about 1 year)

• Proofread and copy edit book-length poetry manuscripts at all stages of development

University of Washington Writing Instructor

University of Washington
September, 2015 – June, 2017 (over 1 year)

• Autonomously instructed students in freshman- and sophomore-level courses
• Courses taught include: Expository Writing, Introduction to Creative Writing

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Self-Portrait with Boy: A Novel

Rachel Lyon

A compulsively readable and electrifying debut about an ambitious young female artist who accidentally photographs a boy falling to his death—an image that could jumpstart her career, but would also devastate her most intimate friendship.Lu Rile is a relentlessly focused young photographer struggling to make ends meet. Working three jobs, responsible for her aging father, and worrying that the... read more

A compulsively readable and electrifying debut about an ambitious young female artist who accidentally photographs a boy falling to his death—an image that could jumpstart her career, but would also devastate her most intimate friendship.Lu Rile is a relentlessly focused young photographer struggling to make ends meet. Working three jobs, responsible for her aging father, and worrying that the... read more

The Binding: A Novel

Nicholas Wolff

When a rare mental disorder begins to consume his small-town neighbors, a young psychiatrist digs up the past for clues to the epidemic’s bone-chilling source in this brilliant supernatural horror debut, written in the bestselling tradition of Peter Straub.Convinced that evil spirits have overtaken his daughter, a desperate father introduces her to Nat Thayer, a young psychiatrist in their sle... read more

When a rare mental disorder begins to consume his small-town neighbors, a young psychiatrist digs up the past for clues to the epidemic’s bone-chilling source in this brilliant supernatural horror debut, written in the bestselling tradition of Peter Straub.Convinced that evil spirits have overtaken his daughter, a desperate father introduces her to Nat Thayer, a young psychiatrist in their sle... read more

Kiss the Sky

MK Schiller

Love can move mountains . . . Strong, athletic, and driven, Tristan Sinclair is determined to fulfill his late brother’s wish to climb Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second highest mountain. He never expects part of the challenge will be getting along with one of his fellow climbers—or that the greatest peril may lie beyond the summit . . . A passionate, life-long climber, Pakistan born Farah Nawa... read more

Love can move mountains . . . Strong, athletic, and driven, Tristan Sinclair is determined to fulfill his late brother’s wish to climb Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second highest mountain. He never expects part of the challenge will be getting along with one of his fellow climbers—or that the greatest peril may lie beyond the summit . . . A passionate, life-long climber, Pakistan born Farah Nawa... read more

A Meddle of Wizards (Fledgling Magic)

Alexandra Rushe

Welcome to Tandara, where gods are fickle, nightmares are real, and trolls make excellent bakers . . . Raine Stewart is convinced she’ll die young and alone in Alabama, the victim of a chronic, mysterious illness. Until a man in a shabby cloak steps out of her mirror and demands her help to defeat a bloodthirsty wizard. Raine shrugs it off as a hallucination—just one more insult from her faili... read more

Welcome to Tandara, where gods are fickle, nightmares are real, and trolls make excellent bakers . . . Raine Stewart is convinced she’ll die young and alone in Alabama, the victim of a chronic, mysterious illness. Until a man in a shabby cloak steps out of her mirror and demands her help to defeat a bloodthirsty wizard. Raine shrugs it off as a hallucination—just one more insult from her faili... read more

Surviving Ice: A Novel (The Burying Water Series)

K.A. Tucker

The USA TODAY bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths series and Burying Water—which Kirkus Reviews called “a sexy, romantic, gangster-tinged page-turner”—returns with a new novel packed with romance, plot twists, and psychological suspense.Ivy Lee, a talented tattoo artist who spent the early part of her twenties on the move, is looking for a place to call home. She thinks she might have f... read more

The USA TODAY bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths series and Burying Water—which Kirkus Reviews called “a sexy, romantic, gangster-tinged page-turner”—returns with a new novel packed with romance, plot twists, and psychological suspense.Ivy Lee, a talented tattoo artist who spent the early part of her twenties on the move, is looking for a place to call home. She thinks she might have f... read more

Black Lotus: A Woman's Search for Racial Identity

Sil Lai Abrams

A unique and exquisitely wrought story of one multiracial woman’s journey to discover and embrace herself in a family that sought to deny her black heritage, Sil Lai Abrams shares her story in Black Lotus: A Woman’s Search for Racial Identity—an account that will undoubtedly ignite conversation on race, racial identity, and the human experience.Author and activist Sil Lai Abrams was born to a ... read more

A unique and exquisitely wrought story of one multiracial woman’s journey to discover and embrace herself in a family that sought to deny her black heritage, Sil Lai Abrams shares her story in Black Lotus: A Woman’s Search for Racial Identity—an account that will undoubtedly ignite conversation on race, racial identity, and the human experience.Author and activist Sil Lai Abrams was born to a ... read more

The Orpheus Clock: The Search for My Family's Art Treasures Stolen by the Nazis

Simon Goodman

“An extraordinary piece of history...a fresh and lively read” (The Christian Science Monitor)—the passionate, gripping, true story of one man’s single-minded quest to reclaim his family’s art collection, stolen by the Nazis in World War II.Simon Goodman’s grandparents came from German-Jewish banking dynasties and perished in concentration camps. And that’s almost all he knew about them—his fat... read more

“An extraordinary piece of history...a fresh and lively read” (The Christian Science Monitor)—the passionate, gripping, true story of one man’s single-minded quest to reclaim his family’s art collection, stolen by the Nazis in World War II.Simon Goodman’s grandparents came from German-Jewish banking dynasties and perished in concentration camps. And that’s almost all he knew about them—his fat... read more

The Pine Tar Game: The Kansas City Royals, the New York Yankees, and Baseball's Most Absurd and Entertaining Controversy

Filip Bondy

An award-winning veteran sportswriter who personally covered the Pine Tar Game looks back and explores one of the wackiest events in baseball history.On July 24, 1983, during the finale of a heated four-game series between the dynastic New York Yankees and small-town Kansas City Royals, umpires nullified a go-ahead home run based on an obscure rule, when Yankees manager Billy Martin pointed ou... read more

An award-winning veteran sportswriter who personally covered the Pine Tar Game looks back and explores one of the wackiest events in baseball history.On July 24, 1983, during the finale of a heated four-game series between the dynastic New York Yankees and small-town Kansas City Royals, umpires nullified a go-ahead home run based on an obscure rule, when Yankees manager Billy Martin pointed ou... read more

Shooting for the Stars: A Gil Malloy Novel (The Gil Malloy Series)

R. G. Belsky

“I read it in two sittings.”—Sandra Brown, New York Times bestselling author "Smart, juicy...highly satisfying.” –Publishers Weekly “Belsky is a tantalizing, devilish, mesmerizing writer.”—Killer Nashville Following up his “engrossing journalistic thriller” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) The Kennedy Connection, R.G. Belsky brings back New York City newspaper reporter Gil Malloy in a gripping... read more

“I read it in two sittings.”—Sandra Brown, New York Times bestselling author "Smart, juicy...highly satisfying.” –Publishers Weekly “Belsky is a tantalizing, devilish, mesmerizing writer.”—Killer Nashville Following up his “engrossing journalistic thriller” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) The Kennedy Connection, R.G. Belsky brings back New York City newspaper reporter Gil Malloy in a gripping... read more

Promise to Keep: A Novel (Promise of Sunrise)

Elizabeth Byler Younts

World War II Marine Joe Garrison returns home from war longing to be a father to his deaf daughter, Daisy, only to find that she is attached to Esther Detweiler, the Amish woman who has raised her since his wife’s death in this touching historical romance.Orphaned as a child, Esther Detweiler is used to caring for herself and her ailing grandmother. They made the best out of a hard life and po... read more

World War II Marine Joe Garrison returns home from war longing to be a father to his deaf daughter, Daisy, only to find that she is attached to Esther Detweiler, the Amish woman who has raised her since his wife’s death in this touching historical romance.Orphaned as a child, Esther Detweiler is used to caring for herself and her ailing grandmother. They made the best out of a hard life and po... read more

Fat Dad, Fat Kid: One Father and Son's Journey to Take Power Away from the F-Word

Shay Butler, Gavin Butler

In today’s world where fast-food restaurants, soda, and processed foods reign supreme, does “fat dad” have to mean “fat kid”? Digital entrepreneur and beloved vlogger Shay Butler and his preteen son, Gavin, decided to find out the answer for themselves.Before Shay became famous for vlogging about life with his boisterous brood of five, known on YouTube as the Shaytards, he was like many other ... read more

In today’s world where fast-food restaurants, soda, and processed foods reign supreme, does “fat dad” have to mean “fat kid”? Digital entrepreneur and beloved vlogger Shay Butler and his preteen son, Gavin, decided to find out the answer for themselves.Before Shay became famous for vlogging about life with his boisterous brood of five, known on YouTube as the Shaytards, he was like many other ... read more

Tiny House in the Trees (A Tiny House Novel)

Celia Bonaduce

House enough to hold her dreams . . . Aspiring engineer Molly McGinnis is one master’s thesis away from conquering the universe. But in the meantime, she’s struggling to make ends meet, working at a tree farm while stowing away in a Tiny House on builder Bale Barrett’s property. Of course, she only plans to hide out until the weather improves, or until she finishes her own Tiny House project .... read more

House enough to hold her dreams . . . Aspiring engineer Molly McGinnis is one master’s thesis away from conquering the universe. But in the meantime, she’s struggling to make ends meet, working at a tree farm while stowing away in a Tiny House on builder Bale Barrett’s property. Of course, she only plans to hide out until the weather improves, or until she finishes her own Tiny House project .... read more

Sorcery of the Stony Heart: A Novella (The Books of Conjury Book 4)

Kevan Dale

The key to unlocking the heart of sorcery rests in the hand of a dead man. August Swaine’s illicit pursuit of sorcery has cost him dearly—he’s down to his last few pennies, with little hope to bring in more since he’s come under the scrutiny of agents of His Majesty who’d be happy to see him tossed in prison for practicing magic. Worse, his reputation is publicly battered after his attempts to... read more

The key to unlocking the heart of sorcery rests in the hand of a dead man. August Swaine’s illicit pursuit of sorcery has cost him dearly—he’s down to his last few pennies, with little hope to bring in more since he’s come under the scrutiny of agents of His Majesty who’d be happy to see him tossed in prison for practicing magic. Worse, his reputation is publicly battered after his attempts to... read more

Kim has 5 reviews

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Hannah B
Kim was incredibly welcoming throughout the whole process. Not once had I felt anything but kindness from her, which was greatly appreciated since I've never had my story professionally edited before. In addition, her editing was exactly the type of criticism and help I had been looking for. Everything was clearly stated, she answered all of my questions, and each suggestion was written in such...
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Hannah B, August 2019


Lori Pollock
Kim is the ultimate professional. Not only did she start and finish exactly as agreed upon, she was also accessible to discuss questions throughout the whole editing process She meticulously checked every word and line for spelling and grammar, and offered honest and respectful comments when she thought some areas needed tweaking or cutting. Her suggestions for creative additions and soluti...
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Lori Pollock, July 2019


Andrew Honecker
Having had my manuscript of over hundred-thousand words proofread by Kim, I can say with the utmost confidence that she is a godsend. With a discerning eye, Kim checked over every letter, comma, and period of my manuscript. In addition to the phenomenal proofread, she went out of her way to help with a few extra issues one of which could have potentially ruined the entire manuscript: the use of...
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Andrew Honecker, June 2019


Alexandria Rizik
I loved working with Kim! She kept me updated throughout the whole process, made it easy to communicate, and delivered on time! I highly recommend her. I really like her feedback on my manuscript too. Such a pleasure to collaborate with her.

Alexandria Rizik, May 2019


KC Davis
Kim did a fabulous job proofreading my historical fantasy novella! Her work was precise and thorough, with insightful comments at various points. Her enthusiasm came through in her communications throughout the process. Would happily work with her again!

KC Davis, January 2019

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