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.

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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 nonfiction (memoir, history), and self-help (psychology, parenting). I also work with poetry.

My interest and expertise is especially in diverse and underrepresented voices (immigrant/transnational, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, 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.

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“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 (over 4 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 48 reviews

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Jonathan Gottlieb
Kimberley was a great editorial resource for helping me understand how to strengthen my short story. She brought a fresh perspective and presented options in ways that were instructive and a spur to ideation. She was also very helpful in providing a sensitivity reading and writing strategies to address potential issues. I would gladly work with Kimberley again.

Jonathan Gottlieb, October 2021

Kimberley Lim
Thanks so much, Jonathan. It was my pleasure! Looking forward to future collaborations. :) Kim

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Patty Rogers
Kim was exactly the person I needed to help me edit my manuscript. She's a clear and caring communicator who gives wonderful feedback.

Patty Rogers, October 2021

Kimberley Lim
Thank you, Patty. :) It was my pleasure! Best, Kim

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Judith Day
Kim was wonderful to work with. Her initial response to my work was immensely positive, and she understood the piece (a long short story) including its subtleties. Her discernment about how to make it better was just what I needed. It was reassuring to have a guide to bring left-brain sense to my disordered work, at the same time -- importantly -- appreciating and "getting" the value of the way...
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Judith Day, October 2021

Kimberley Lim
Thank you, Judith! It was such a pleasure to work with you and "get to know" Tim--and to have the opportunity to share my thoughts. I look forward to future collaborations! Kim

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Laura Ortega
I'm so happy to have found Kim as a developmental editor. After patiently, kindly, thoroughly going back and forth with me on a chapter draft, she showed such intuition with my vision for the story. She took such care and asked the kinds of questions and made the kinds of suggestions on level with the best of therapists, albeit for the story and not my psyche (haha). Collaborating with her gave...
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Laura Ortega, September 2021


Sam Arnold
Excellent thorough feedback, helpful suggestions, and clear communication!

Sam Arnold, September 2021

Kimberley Lim
Thank you, Sam! It was my pleasure to be able to help. Kim

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