Wendy Lee

Wendy Lee - Editor

New York, NY, USA

I have experience of over a decade as an editor of contemporary fiction, women's fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and memoir.

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I'm a book editor who started my publishing career of more than a decade at HarperCollins Publishers, working on memoir, narrative nonfiction, literary fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, and mystery/suspense. I'm especially interested in Asian American issues and love to work with writers from diverse backgrounds. As the second-generation daughter of immigrants from China, I feel that more immigrant stories need to be told.

I'm also the author of the novels The Art of Confidence (Kensington Books, 2016), Across a Green Ocean (Kensington Books, 2015), and Happy Family (Grove Atlantic, 2008). Happy Family was named one of the top 10 debut novels of the year by Booklist and awarded an honorable mention from the Association of Asian American Studies. I've received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Corporation of Yaddo for my writing.

A passion for education has led me to teach English in China and classes at the Asian American Writers Workshop in New York City. I've also mentored NYC high school students with the nonprofit Girls Write Now, and tutored under-resourced students in Los Angeles with 826LA. I live in Queens, NYC, where I enjoy exploring the variety of food and cultural experiences the borough has to offer.
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Chick Lit
Contemporary Fiction
Cozy Mysteries
Cultural & Ethnic
Historical Mysteries
Literary Fiction
Psychological Thriller

Work experience

Writer and editor

Kevin Anderson & Associates
January, 2017 – Present (over 5 years)

Developmental edit and line edit fiction (literary, historical, women's, contemporary, mystery/suspense, psychological thriller) and nonfiction (memoir). Write and edit memoir proposals and query letters.

Managing Editor

Lantern Books
February, 2012 – December, 2013 (almost 2 years)

Acquired, edited, and oversaw the publication of 10-12 titles per year in the areas of health and healing, environmentalism, animal advocacy, vegetarianism, and religion. Developed digital program by producing ebook originals and online promotional material. Oversaw the development of the company’s Twitter account. Coordinated with other staff on daily operations such as production, marketing, publicity, and social media.

Assistant Editor

HarperCollins Publishers
February, 2006 – January, 2012 (almost 6 years)

Acquired and edited titles in creative nonfiction, romance, women’s fiction, historical fiction, and mystery/suspense. Served as editorial point person for 80+ backlist titles by Agatha Christie. Authors edited include New York Times bestselling authors Lawrence Block and Kimberla Lawson Roby, national bestselling authors Angela Benson and Lynne Hinton, Agatha Award-winning author Katherine Hall Page, Indie Next Picks M. L. Malcolm and Duncan Jepson, and debut author Ann Mah.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

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