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Kara McDowell, Represented by Kristy Knight of The Knight Agency…
Working with Heather changed my writing life. Prior to her mentorship in Pitch Wars, I had received dozens of full manuscript requests that all ended in rejection. Shortly after implementing her insightful feedback and detailed line edits, I signed with a literary agent who remarked that my manuscript was one of the cleanest she’d even seen. When my book sold, my publisher and editor made similar comments. I truly believe my book would not have sold without Heather’s help. And not only were Heather’s notes helpful on my debut novel, but also, I’ve been able to apply her advice to future projects at every stage, from brainstorming to line edits. I wholeheartedly recommend hiring Heather to any writer who is seeking to improve!

Sasha Smith, Represented by Hillary Jacobson at ICM Partners…
From line-edits to big-picture vision, Heather’s guidance is indispensable. She has a special talent for asking the right questions for large-scale story development, and her line-edits completely changed the way I think about paragraph and sentence structure. Her guidance sharpened and shaped my manuscript into something worth querying. Within one week I had multiple offers of representation, something that I truly believe would never have happened without Heather’s editorial input.

Kristin Walters, Represented by Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Literary Agency…
Heather was my mentor in the Pitch Wars contest. She is a skilled editor and a straight shooter, and her comments and advice made my manuscript much stronger. She also knows a lot about the industry and helped me improve my query and pitch. When querying my novel, I had a great request rate from agents (and ultimately multiple offers), and I know Heather’s copious talents helped make that happen. I highly recommend her editorial services!

Amanda Sellet, Represented by Bridget Smith at Dunham Lit…
“Heather is a writer’s dream editor: clear, thorough, and insightful. She understands what your book is trying to do, and can articulate exactly where intention falls short of reality. I found her suggestions for revision incredibly helpful and inspiring – the kind of ideas that make you excited to get back to work, even when it feels like you can’t possibly rewrite one more scene. I recommend her highly to writers at all stages of the game.”

Elizabeth Chatsworth, Represented by Natalie Grazian at Martin Literary Management…
Since I first connected with [Heather] in July, my novel THE BRASS QUEEN has improved by leaps and bounds. [Her] initial insight into how to approach the first chapter led to structural changes and edits throughout the MS. [Her] perspective helped me to see the novel with fresh eyes, and an editing mindset that served through Pitch Wars and beyond. Three months later, I have some exciting news to share. I’ve received an offer of representation from a literary agent!

Jocelyn Rish…
Heather was one of my mentors, and she’s amazing! Even though she only read my first chapter, she identified two bad habits that infected the entire novel. With her feedback, I was able to make changes that strengthened not only my story but also my writing in general. You definitely want her editorial services!

Stacy Choi…
Heather’s edits were amazing. She gave clear and insightful feedback with excellent, idea inspiring suggestions. I couldn’t wait to dive back into my manuscript the moment I read her notes. Her ability to hone in on what my synopsis needed and what I should cut was stellar. With Heather’s feedback, I was able to polish pages and work my synopsis into something I am proud to submit to an agent. If you are considering hiring Heather, do it!