Kimberley Lim

Kimberley Lim - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Editor with 7 years of experience in literary fiction and narrative nonfiction, with a focus in diverse/underrepresented voices.

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I'm an editor with seven years of experience at a trade publisher. I've acquired and edited fiction and nonfiction, including literary and commercial fiction (thriller, women's, humor), narrative nonfiction (memoir, history), self-help (psychology, parenting), and cookbooks. I also work with poetry.

My interest and expertise is especially in diverse and underrepresented voices (such as POC, LGBTQIA+, and women writers) that tell a different story and challenge the status quo. It is a personal mission of mine, as a WOC and immigrant, to help elevate these voices and ensure their presence in the market. I am fascinated by stories that break boundaries in defiance of established power norms, and I take pride in doing my part to help "midwife" these books!

My past titles include THE GLOVEMAKER (historical fiction, 2020 WWA Spur Awards and AML Awards finalists), DEEPA'S SECRETS (cookbook, 2018 James Beard Book Awards winner), and THE EXPERIMENT OF THE TROPICS (poetry, 2020 Lambda Awards finalist). I've also worked on multiple projects with authors like Raymond Benson, author ofthe James Bond continuation novels, as well as Stephen Jones,horror and dark fantasy writer and editor of more than 140 books, including the Mammoth anthologies.

My favorite part about the job is collaborating with authors through a dynamic editing process to synthesize good edits with the authentic voice and story that is already there. My goal is to challenge authors (where they need to be challenged) and point them in the direction of possibilities they might have missed. I look for a responsive, mutually trusting relationship where everyone's opinions are respected and we are both invested in the direction the manuscript is going. In addition to developmental editing and copyediting services, I also offer diversity (aka sensitivity) reads.


“In my four decades as a published author, I have worked with many excellent editors. My three collaborations with Kim Lim were among the most rewarding. Her insight and professionalism no doubt made my books better. Even veteran writers can learn new tricks from a great editor, and Kim is one I can’t recommend highly enough.”
—Raymond Benson, author of THE SECRETS ON CHICORY LANE and the James Bond continuation novels

“In my thirty years in the publishing industry, Kimberley Lim has been once of the best editors I have ever worked with. Her creativity and attention to detail on a number of books we have worked on together has not only improved the work, but has also made me lookbetter! It's not very often that you find someone who you instantly get on with and trust to suggest changes in your perceived-perfect project; however, I totally trust Kim, and would happily work with her any time.”
—Stephen Jones, award-winning horror and dark fantasy writer and editor of more than 140 books

English (UK)
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Self-help & Self-improvement
Cultural & Ethnic
Literary Fiction
Women's Fiction

Work experience


Skyhorse Publishing
July, 2013 – March, 2020 (over 6 years)

• Managed a list of 15 titles per season from submission to press: acquired and pitched fiction and nonfiction titles, negotiated contract terms, conducted sales/market research, copyedited manuscripts, wrote metadata and copy, shepherded projects through production, and oversaw design processes. • Assisted publishing veterans Herman Graf (of Carroll and Graf) and Jeannette Seaver (of Arcade) with their titles. • Conducted publicity campaigns for fiction and nonfiction through email blasts and mailings.

Managing Editor

Gaudy Boy
April, 2017 – Present (about 3 years)

• Oversee all processes for Gaudy Boy titles: negotiate contracts, edit and prepare manuscripts for production, shepherd passes between production editor and designer, write metadata and copy, manage printing platforms, serve as liaison for authors, organize publicity efforts. • Manage roles and duties of interns, assistant editor, and assistant publicity director. • Assisted publisher with setting up the press: developed our mission, determined press structure and production schedule, built writer and media contacts.

The Glovemaker: A Novel

Weisgarber, Ann

The Foley Artist: Stories

Siasoco, Ricco Villanueva

The Experiment of the Tropics: Poems

Ypil, Lawrence Lacambra

Autobiography of Horse: A Poem

Park, Jenifer Sang Eun

Malay Sketches: Stories

Sa'at, Alfian, Isa, Isrizal Mohamed

Kimberley has 3 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Kellie Bigelow
Kim has been great to work with. She is a great communicator and really seems to care about her client's. I will most certainly use her again.

Kellie Bigelow, May 2020

Kimberley Lim
Thank you Kellie! It's always a joy to work with such dedicated authors like you who go the extra mile to make sure their book is the best it can be. My fingers are crossed for you!

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emily jung
Kimberly was more than amazing to work with. She was not only courteous, honest, timely and helpful but extremely thoughtful throughout the process. She helped me not only with the basics of editing but went above and beyond to help identify key messages and a voice throughout my entire journey. She is a pleasure to work with and is highly recommended! I will definitely be using her services a...
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emily jung, May 2020

Kimberley Lim
Hi Emily, thank you so much! It was my pleasure to help you tap into that inner voice and figure out your message and how to share your story. Wishing you the best of luck with the book, and here's...
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Kellie Bigelow
She helped me think in new ways and guided me in refining my query and synopsis.

Kellie Bigelow, April 2020

Kimberley Lim
It was wonderful working with you, Kellie! You were so open and responsive throughout the whole process. Wishing you the very best of luck in your querying! :)

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