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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Overview

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
Contemporary Fiction
Contemporary Romance
Dystopian
Epic Fantasy
Post-Apocalyptic
Young Adult Fantasy

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 (about 7 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 (about 7 years)

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

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 (12 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

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 21 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Drew Chastain
I recommend Kim Halstead highly. Kim provided me an editorial assessment on a 173K word novel. When I was seeking quotes for the assessment, Kim suggested the most time efficient schedule of anyone, and stuck to that schedule, with good communication before and throughout the process. While addressing specific questions I had, she also provided much additional feedback on both a general and a f...
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Drew Chastain, August 2021


VIANLIX MESTEY
It is truly amazing to work with Kim. She is wonderful as an editor and it has been a wonderful experience once again due that this is our second time working with each other.

VIANLIX MESTEY, August 2021


Magdalena Stasiak
Kim provided the editorial assessment of my novel, and it was thorough and very insightful. I found many of her comments incredibly helpful. She's been encouraging, friendly and also very professional in our communication, and I can really recommend working with her.

Magdalena Stasiak, July 2021


James Ungurait
Kim is a wonderful person to work with. Is super supportive and gives feedback well with suggestions. She also makes herself available for questions. I can honestly say she has one, made me feel better about my writing and will help improve it along with the current project. I will 100% be working with Kim again for future works.

James Ungurait, July 2021


VIANLIX MESTEY
This has been the best experience I have had working with her. She is very talented and edits so well. She did amazing with my work and got everything I needed her to do. Was so well done I didn’t have to send anything back to her she did all in one shot. I am working with her again that is a guarantee.

VIANLIX MESTEY, July 2021

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