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
Cultural & Ethnic
Historical Mysteries
Literary Fiction
Psychological Thriller

Work experience

Writer and editor

Kevin Anderson & Associates
January, 2017 – Present (almost 6 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)

Wendy has 4 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Pauline Benninga
I had an exceptional experience working with Wendy. She understood what I was trying to do with the manuscripts and offered exactly what I needed in terms of thoughtful feedback, as well as clear, actionable suggestions for moving forward. I highly recommend Wendy as an editor and as a person--she is very professional and positive, with excellent communication sklls.

Pauline Benninga, December 2022

David Tran
I am very grateful I had a chance to work with Wendy. For a long time, I had been so unsure of how to pitch my novel because it addressed a complex topic rarely written about in fiction. Wendy distilled the essence of the story and guided me on improving my query letter. She was able to identify published authors who follow the same literary tradition I am trying to emulate. Of course, her inte...
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David Tran, October 2022

Joy Uyeno
I'm so grateful for the tremendous level of care Wendy put into the developmental edit of my novel. First, she took the time to understand my vision for the book and my expectations for the edit, which I deeply appreciated. It was clear from the start that Wendy understood my project and my voice as a writer. Her editorial assessment helped me to look at the structure of my story from a broader...
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Joy Uyeno, July 2022

Casey Dunn
I am a published author with five published books and have been represented by a literary agent. After my agent left the agency this past spring, I knew I would need a rock solid, well-polished manuscript to be competitive when venturing back into the query trenches, so I came to Reedsy. This is my first experience using Reedsy, and the professional quality of Wendy’s editorial feedback and tho...
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Casey Dunn, July 2022

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