Kim Smith

Kim Smith - Editor

Melbourne VIC, Australia

Semi-retired, I only work on one book project at a time. I'm primarily a line/copy editor.

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I mainly work with Australian and British English authors but have done a number of US English projects. I focus on line/copy editing but often find an annotated manuscript appraisal (with Zoom discussions) can be beneficial if your MS is not quite ready for that final edit. If not engaging a proofreader, I offer a free final proof-check of your formatted book. Note: this is a check for problems like spacing errors and hyphenation issues only.

I work across a number of genres as well as narrative non-fiction. My favourite is humorous sci-fi/fantasy. I work collaboratively with my authors and keep them regularly updated on progress. My authors enjoy working with me and find me very approachable. Maintaining author voice is key and I am not a prescriptivist editor.

Some testimonials

Kim has an excellent sense of composition, both for narration and dialog. She's a stickler for grammar accuracy, her edits invariably improving clarity and flow. Kim caught inconsistencies in my story line that, while subtle, blemished the overall story. Her revision recommendations were well considered and clearly expressed. Jim Giedraitis – Dog Star Night

Kim did an awesome work. English is not my first language, but Kim brought my manuscript to a professional level. She also helped me see plot holes and details requiring further research. Anttimatti Pennanen – The Black Table series (Black Table, Catalyst, book 3 is due to me this year)

Kim edited my book and turned a mess into a masterpiece! She responded to every query quickly and left me feeling very confident with my my work. Can't thank her enough! Pauline Kramer-Saxon – Secret Women’s Business Lingerie: Confessions from the Change rooms: A Lingerie Memoir

English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Contemporary Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Science Fiction
Women's Fiction


  • BA Communications (UTS)
  • Graduate Certificate Publishing and Editing (USQ)
  • IPEd professional member
  • CIEP professional member

Work experience

Freelance editor

September, 2016 – Present (about 6 years)

Publications Officer

Monash Postgraduate Association (MPA)
January, 2007 – September, 2016 (over 9 years)

Commission, edit and publish articles for student magazine. Edit website. Edit and produce all print publications for the organisation. Edit and produce newsletter and social media.

Production Controller and Reprint Editor

Allen & Unwin
February, 1989 – July, 1994 (over 5 years)

Print buyer, production controller and reprint editor.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Black Table

Pennanen, Anttimatti

The First Line: An Anthology

Group, Monash Writers, New, Robert

The Last Line

Monash Writers Group, New, Robert

Realm Wars: Eyes of the Descendants

James, Jesse, Maciel, Alex, Smith, Kim

Unprecedented Times

Group, Monash Writers, New, Robert

Sovereign Assassin

New, Robert

Kim has 11 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Rebecca Dengate
Kim was great to work with! Her editing greatly improved my manuscript, especially the big-picture suggestions she made. I like that she suggested meeting by zoom, because it's easier for me to work with people when I've met them. Enthusiastic and professional, would recommend.

Rebecca Dengate, September 2022

Kim Smith
Thank you Rebecca, I really enjoyed working with you. Your approach to self-publishing is impressively professional, and this speculative fiction novel was well-researched and executed. I wish you...
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Kathleen Richardson
It was the best decision to send my manuscript to Kim for appraisal. Her comments and explanations, not to mention her patience gave me a great insight into my style of writing. I look forward to working with Kim again in the future.

Kathleen Richardson, September 2022

Kim Smith
It was lovely working with you Kathy. I hope we cross paths again but as you are writing for your own enjoyment, rather than publication, I think you don’t need to spend your money on a professiona...
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Amilcar A De Leon
Very professional and dedicated to the work she did with me. I will be happy to work with her again in the future so I highly recommend her.

Amilcar A De Leon, June 2022

Kim Smith
Thankyou, you were great to work with too. :)

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Legible Tiger
We initially struggled to understand each other regarding my expectations of the edit. The main communication problem was due to me being inexperienced in editing novels and not fully describing what I was after. Once that was sorted out Kim was professional and very helpful.

Legible Tiger, June 2022

Kim Smith
This project ended up being a developmental edit as there were many inconsistencies in the revealed world building and character development. The author had written the manuscript in a mere 6 weeks...
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laura browne
Kim was the only Editor that offered to teach me how to do it myself. She is wonderful and endlessly patient.

laura browne, June 2022

Kim Smith
Thanks Laura, I certainly see editing as also being an educative process. Had fun chatting with you via Zoom working through how to punctuate dialogue and what is, and isn't, a dialogue tag. Just s...
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