Kimberley Lim

Kimberley Lim - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Editor of literary fiction and narrative nonfiction, with a focus in diverse/underrepresented voices that challenge the status quo.

Request a quote

Overview

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 (coming-of-age, women's, humor, thriller), narrative/creative nonfiction (memoir), and self-help (psychology).

My interest and expertise is especially in diverse and underrepresented voices (immigrant/transnational, BIPOC, and other minoritized writers) that tell a different story and challenge the status quo. It is a personal mission of mine, as a Southeast Asian woman and immigrant, to help elevate these voices and support 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 in collaboration with the experts of these stories—the author!

My past titles include THE GLOVEMAKER (historical fiction, 2020 WWA Spur Awards and AML Awards finalists), THE EXPERIMENT OF THE TROPICS (poetry, 2020 Lambda Awards finalist), and DEEPA'S SECRETS (cookbook, 2018 James Beard Book Awards winner). I've also worked on multiple projects with authors like Raymond Benson, author of the 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 copy editing services, I also offer diversity (a.k.a. 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 look better! 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

"Near the end of the editing process, Kim highlighted a passage with a simple request to clarify. She had homed in on the one piece in my book where I was not completely honest with myself, the one remaining false note. This is the kind of careful insight a writer needs most. She approaches her work with a sense of purpose and respect, and—may I say it?—love. Kim was a champion of my idiosyncratic voice, and her keen attention was devoted to honing that voice until it shone. Because of her, I feel confident that my book is entering the world as its strongest self."
—Caitlin Myer, author of WIVING

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Cultural & Ethnic
Literary Fiction
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Editor

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 5 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

Perlie

Jay Kasperbauer

When the hungry stumble upon a wellspring of profit, they risk greed. And money tempts anyone with an appetite. Perlie, a scrutinized Black man struggling with identity and reestablishment after a brief prison sentence, finds a job as a mechanic. The garage’s owner, a breezy gambler named Freddie, is trying to climb out of a hole of his own. But things aren’t always smooth within the jazz-echo... read more

When the hungry stumble upon a wellspring of profit, they risk greed. And money tempts anyone with an appetite. Perlie, a scrutinized Black man struggling with identity and reestablishment after a brief prison sentence, finds a job as a mechanic. The garage’s owner, a breezy gambler named Freddie, is trying to climb out of a hole of his own. But things aren’t always smooth within the jazz-echo... read more

Kimberley has 59 reviews

Professionalism
Professionalism
Quality
Quality
Value
Value
Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Jen Cazares
Kimberly, I can't thank you enough for your thorough developmental editing. You brought to my attention some very interesting and insightful suggestions, that were thoroughly appreciated. I hope we can work more on the manuscript in its next stages to bring it to life. With much appreciation and gratitude, Jen

Jen Cazares, June 2022


Andrea Gagne
Working with Kim has been an absolute pleasure! In addition to providing high quality work with an eye for detail and insights that exceeded our expectations, she was also extremely friendly, professional, and communicative. We are so glad that we've been able to work with Kim on this project and look forward to more collaboration in the future!

Andrea Gagne, June 2022

Kimberley Lim
Thanks so much, Andrea! The feeling is mutual. :) Wishing you and Teklit the best of luck, and looking forward to more in the future. Kim

Reply from Kimberley Lim


Irvin Ventura
Kim exceeded any and all expectations I had upon hiring her for my developmental edit. First, she took the time to understand my vision for the book before even starting her work. I really appreciated this, as it made the process feel more collaborative than transactional. She treated my work as if it were her own by providing extremely detailed feedback, but also challenged me in areas where m...
Read more

Irvin Ventura, June 2022


Angelique Adams
This is my second book with Kim. She is timely, thorough, and great to work with.

Angelique Adams, June 2022

Kimberley Lim
Thanks, Angelique! It was my pleasure. :) Kim

Reply from Kimberley Lim


Michael Ross
Great working with Kim. She gave honest feedback and collaborated more so than dictated. I will likely use her again.

Michael Ross, May 2022

Kimberley Lim
Hi Michael, thank you! It was my pleasure. :) I certainly look forward to future collabs. Kim

Reply from Kimberley Lim

Read more reviews

Explore the Reedsy Community

Reedsy is a community of top publishing professionals. Join Reedsy today to browse 1000+ profiles.

Adam Wilson

New York Times bestselling editor with 15+ years in editorial acquisition & development across genres, age groups, and interests

New York, NY, USA

Ellen Leach

I'm a publishing professional with more than 20 years of experience in NYC providing services to HarperCollins, Hyperion, and many others.

Brooklyn, NY, United States

To view 1,000+ more profiles, Join Reedsy