Kimmy Beach

Kimmy Beach - Editor

Red Deer, AB, Canada

I have a decade of editing experience at all levels, and feel particular joy in helping emerging authors find their voices.

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Overview

I'm a professional editor and manuscript evaluator with many years experience with both book publishers and private clients. In those years, many of the over seventy-five manuscripts I've edited or evaluated have gone on to publication and awards recognition. I work with The University of Alberta Press (Edmonton, AB, Canada) on a freelance basis, and copy edited Norma Dunning. To our knowledge, her book is the first ever published collection of Inuit short fiction.

I also do substantive and copy editing for Turnstone Press (Winnipeg, MB), Thistledown Press (Saskatoon, SK), Wolsak&Wynn Publishers (Ontario, Canada), Arsenal Pulp Press (Vancouver, BC), and Radiant Press (Saskatoon, SK). As an independent editor, I have worked with award-winning authors Naomi K. Lewis, Nora Gould, Peter Midgley, and Helen Moffett.

An important thing to know about me: I only wear Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers. My policy is that if I can't wear my Chucks to The Thing™, I don't go to The Thing™.

Endorsements:

Kimmy Beach was the final reader and editor of my book Tiny Lights for Travellers before publication, and her eye for the smallest errors to the broadest thematic confusion was invaluable. Thanks to her careful and multiple considerations of the text, the book went out into the world in the best possible shape. Naomi K. Lewis, author of Tiny Lights for Travellers (University of Alberta Press, 2019), shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction, 2019.

Kimmy Beach is the best investment I’ve ever given to myself. She saw what was good and real and didn’t make me feel small. She gave me the best of her experience, her humour, and her soul. Kimmy helped me see the cracks in my words, the way things don’t tumble but stumble. She gave me the courage to believe that I could get it published. Norma Dunning, Annie Muktuk and Other Stories (University of Alberta Press, 2017). Finalist for the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize. Shortlisted for the Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story. Winner of the INDIE Book of the Year Award (Short Fiction). Winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Shortlisted for the Book Publishers Association of Alberta—Trade Fiction.
Languages
English (CAN)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Travel
Fiction
Literary Fiction
Poetry
Young Adult Fantasy

Awards

  • Longlisted for the ReLit Award for Poetry
  • Shortlisted for the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction

Work experience

Owner

Self-employed
June, 2014 – Present (about 6 years)

For the last several years, I have been helping authors discover where their manuscripts are headed, and have helped authors listen to what their manuscripts are trying to tell them. I do a deep evaluation and then meet with the author one-on-one after they've had a chance to digest my suggestions. This last is the most valuable part of the process.

Writing Mentor

Writers' Guild of Alberta
January, 2019 – May, 2019 (4 months)

Writer in Residence

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity/ Writers' Guild of Alberta
January, 2017 – February, 2017 (about 1 month)

I worked one-on-on with twenty-five writers over a ten-day period.

Faculty

Sage Hill Writing Experience
July, 2012 – July, 2013 (about 1 year)

I co-facilitated the Introduction to Poetry and Fiction Intensive over two summers at this writing school, which is one of the most prestigious in Canada.

Writer in Residence

Parkland Regional Library
January, 2012 – April, 2012 (3 months)

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Tiny Lights for Travellers (Wayfarer)

Naomi K. Lewis

Why couldn’t I occupy the world as those model-looking women did, with their flowing hair, pulling their tiny bright suitcases as if to say, I just arrived from elsewhere, and I already belong here, and this sidewalk belongs to me?When her marriage suddenly ends, and a diary documenting her beloved Opa’s escape from Nazi-occupied Netherlands in the summer of 1942 is discovered, Naomi Lewis dec... read more

Why couldn’t I occupy the world as those model-looking women did, with their flowing hair, pulling their tiny bright suitcases as if to say, I just arrived from elsewhere, and I already belong here, and this sidewalk belongs to me?When her marriage suddenly ends, and a diary documenting her beloved Opa’s escape from Nazi-occupied Netherlands in the summer of 1942 is discovered, Naomi Lewis dec... read more

Annie Muktuk and Other Stories (Robert Kroetsch Series)

Norma Dunning

I woke up with Moses Henry’s boot holding open my jaw and my right eye was looking into his gun barrel. I heard the slow words, “Take. It. Back.” I know one thing about Moses Henry; he means business when he means business. I took it back and for the last eight months I have not uttered Annie Mukluk’s name.In strolls Annie Mukluk in all her mukiness glory. Tonight she has gone traditional. Her... read more

I woke up with Moses Henry’s boot holding open my jaw and my right eye was looking into his gun barrel. I heard the slow words, “Take. It. Back.” I know one thing about Moses Henry; he means business when he means business. I took it back and for the last eight months I have not uttered Annie Mukluk’s name.In strolls Annie Mukluk in all her mukiness glory. Tonight she has gone traditional. Her... read more

The Dragon Run: Two Canadians, Ten Bhutanese, One Stray Dog (Wayfarer)

Tony Robinson-Smith

Tony Robinson-Smith could hardly imagine that he, his wife, ten Bhutanese college students, and a stray dog would end up running 578 kilometres (360 miles) across the Himalayas. In early 2006, he arrived in the Kingdom of Bhutan to work as a university lecturer. A casual conversation with his wife led to the creation of the "Tara-thon," a sponsored run to send village kids to school for Taraya... read more

Tony Robinson-Smith could hardly imagine that he, his wife, ten Bhutanese college students, and a stray dog would end up running 578 kilometres (360 miles) across the Himalayas. In early 2006, he arrived in the Kingdom of Bhutan to work as a university lecturer. A casual conversation with his wife led to the creation of the "Tara-thon," a sponsored run to send village kids to school for Taraya... read more

The Greatest Lover of Last Tuesday

Neil McKinnon

In this comical novel about sexuality, relationships, and aging, self-proclaimed World's Greatest Lover, eighty-year-old Alberto Camelo frankly recounts his exhaustion at being tasked with a lover whose spontaneous ecstasy becomes too much for him to handle, his short-lived stint in the army, and how he ran a franchise of "specialty" restaurants - into the ground, that is. An aura of absurdity... read more

In this comical novel about sexuality, relationships, and aging, self-proclaimed World's Greatest Lover, eighty-year-old Alberto Camelo frankly recounts his exhaustion at being tasked with a lover whose spontaneous ecstasy becomes too much for him to handle, his short-lived stint in the army, and how he ran a franchise of "specialty" restaurants - into the ground, that is. An aura of absurdity... read more

The Glass Character

Margaret Gunning

In the heady days of the 1920s Jazz Age, people went to the movies almost every day, living vicariously through their heroes: Valentino, Garbo, Fairbanks, and Pickford. But comedians were the biggest draw, and broad slapstick the order of the day, with one very significant exception. Standing beside Keaton and Chaplin in popularity and prowess was a slight, diffident man named Harold Lloyd - t... read more

In the heady days of the 1920s Jazz Age, people went to the movies almost every day, living vicariously through their heroes: Valentino, Garbo, Fairbanks, and Pickford. But comedians were the biggest draw, and broad slapstick the order of the day, with one very significant exception. Standing beside Keaton and Chaplin in popularity and prowess was a slight, diffident man named Harold Lloyd - t... read more

The Waiting Place

Sharron Arksey

Duty, desire, love, and purpose. Who we want to be and whom we want in our lives. As Susan prepares for the birth of her first child, she contemplates her role as a mother, wife, and partner on the family farm through the lives of the women closest to her. In a world of wanting and waiting, is fulfillment always beyond reach?Praise for The Waiting PlaceLust and despair rival hard work and fami... read more

Duty, desire, love, and purpose. Who we want to be and whom we want in our lives. As Susan prepares for the birth of her first child, she contemplates her role as a mother, wife, and partner on the family farm through the lives of the women closest to her. In a world of wanting and waiting, is fulfillment always beyond reach?Praise for The Waiting PlaceLust and despair rival hard work and fami... read more

Queen of the Godforsaken

Mix Hart

Lydia Buckingham is an ice queen. She wasn’t always that way, but after her parents uprooted the family to move to an isolated and rundown farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, she has been forced to adapt this personality in order to survive in rural Saskatchewan. Despite her interest in the local history at Batoche, Lydia finds herself unable to relate to her peers at school or to her surround... read more

Lydia Buckingham is an ice queen. She wasn’t always that way, but after her parents uprooted the family to move to an isolated and rundown farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, she has been forced to adapt this personality in order to survive in rural Saskatchewan. Despite her interest in the local history at Batoche, Lydia finds herself unable to relate to her peers at school or to her surround... read more

Little Yellow House: Finding Community in a Changing Neighbourhood

Carissa Halton

"Ma'am, you sound like a very reasonable person. Can I advise you to just move?" A young family moves into a neighborhood with a reputation for crime. As they make their home in one of the oldest parts of the city, Carissa Halton reflects on the changing view from her little yellow house. While others nervously examine the less-than-stellar reputation of her surroundings, she heads out to meet... read more

"Ma'am, you sound like a very reasonable person. Can I advise you to just move?" A young family moves into a neighborhood with a reputation for crime. As they make their home in one of the oldest parts of the city, Carissa Halton reflects on the changing view from her little yellow house. While others nervously examine the less-than-stellar reputation of her surroundings, she heads out to meet... read more

What You Take with You: Wildfire, Family and the Road Home (Wayfarer)

Therese Greenwood

Four years after Therese Greenwood and her husband moved to Fort McMurray, Alberta, their new community was shattered by one of the worst wildfires in Canadian history. As the flames approached, they had only minutes to pack, narrowly escaping a fire that would rage for weeks, burn more than 85,000 hectares and force 80,000 people to flee.

Four years after Therese Greenwood and her husband moved to Fort McMurray, Alberta, their new community was shattered by one of the worst wildfires in Canadian history. As the flames approached, they had only minutes to pack, narrowly escaping a fire that would rage for weeks, burn more than 85,000 hectares and force 80,000 people to flee.

The Left-Handed Dinner Party and Other Stories (Robert Kroetsch Series)

Myrl Coulter

Secrets aren’t good for families. — from “Big Luck Island”In The Left-Handed Dinner Party and Other Stories—a collection of new, delightful, distinctive short stories—everyone is missing something or someone; every family is riven by secrets and absences. From “The Remedy,” a tale of revenge and justice, to “The Smart Sisters,” a story of tricky family dynamics, Coulter’s narratives portray re... read more

Secrets aren’t good for families. — from “Big Luck Island”In The Left-Handed Dinner Party and Other Stories—a collection of new, delightful, distinctive short stories—everyone is missing something or someone; every family is riven by secrets and absences. From “The Remedy,” a tale of revenge and justice, to “The Smart Sisters,” a story of tricky family dynamics, Coulter’s narratives portray re... read more

The Melting Queen (Nunatak First Fiction Series Book 48)

Bruce Cinnamon

Every year since 1904, when the ice breaks up on the North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton has crowned a Melting Queen—a woman who presides over the Melting Day spring carnival and who must keep the city’s spirits up over the following winter. But this year, something has changed: a genderfluid ex-frat brother called River Runson is named as Melting Queen. As River's reign upends the city's centu... read more

Every year since 1904, when the ice breaks up on the North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton has crowned a Melting Queen—a woman who presides over the Melting Day spring carnival and who must keep the city’s spirits up over the following winter. But this year, something has changed: a genderfluid ex-frat brother called River Runson is named as Melting Queen. As River's reign upends the city's centu... read more

let us not think of them as barbarians (Crow Said Poetry)

Peter Midgley

Peter Midgley’s let us not think of them as barbarians is a bold narrative of love, migration, and war hewn from the stones of Namibia. Sensual and intimate, these evocative poems fold into each other to renew and undermine multiple poetic traditions. Gradually, the poems assemble an ombindi—an ancestral cairn—from a history of violent disruption. Underlying the intense language is an explorat... read more

Peter Midgley’s let us not think of them as barbarians is a bold narrative of love, migration, and war hewn from the stones of Namibia. Sensual and intimate, these evocative poems fold into each other to renew and undermine multiple poetic traditions. Gradually, the poems assemble an ombindi—an ancestral cairn—from a history of violent disruption. Underlying the intense language is an explorat... read more

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