Bonnie Hearn Hill

Bonnie Hearn Hill - Editor

Central Cali

From memoir and self-help to crime, business, and women's fiction, I can help you find your vision and your voice. Outstanding references.

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Overview

I'm an editor and ghostwriter who has worked on numerous books, including New York Times bestsellers. I love what I do and like to think that passion is reflected in the quality of my work.
Let's talk about your vision and how I can help you achieve your writing and publishing goals.

"You were a true pleasure to work with–always attentive to my concerns, diligent in your follow through, unflappable in the face of any deadline."

Peter Borland
Senior Editor
Atria Books/Simon & Schuster



"In my twenty years college administration and teaching, I have never come across any editor or writer who is more capable than Bonnie. She is an incredible instructor and a sensitive editor."
Professor John Brantingham
Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Self-help & Self-improvement
True Crime
Writing & Publishing

Certifications

  • UC Berkeley, Professional Sequence in Editing certificate (4.0 GPA)

Awards

  • First place, essay on writing, The Writer Magazine, 2019
  • First place, genre short story, Writer's Digest Magazine, 2019
  • Killer Nashville, first place, nonfiction (client book)
  • Recipient Harlequin Creator Fund, novel, 2019

Work experience

Developmental editor/Ghostwriter

Advantage Media/Forbes Books
November, 2017 – Present (almost 3 years)

Have ghostwritten books on investments, wealth management, and written book outlines for books on health and entrepreneurs.

Editor/Ghostwriter/Book Proposal Writer

Self-employed
April, 2004 – Present (over 16 years)

I've worked on true crime, fictional crime, and memoirs (with or without crime). I also love working with authors of prescriptive nonfiction on books that can change lives. My nonfiction book proposals have helped sell numerous books.

Portfolio (17 selected works)

River Below, The

Bonnie Hearn Hill

A tale of suppressed secrets, fractured families … and murderWhen a mangled car is pulled from the river, containing bloodstains and a gun, the sense of safety is shattered in Tessa's Californian hometown. Tessa, who works at the river conservancy, thinks she saw a girl out on the riverbank - but Tessa's memory is failing and could this be the start of something more serious?Tessa's friend and... read more

A tale of suppressed secrets, fractured families … and murderWhen a mangled car is pulled from the river, containing bloodstains and a gun, the sense of safety is shattered in Tessa's Californian hometown. Tessa, who works at the river conservancy, thinks she saw a girl out on the riverbank - but Tessa's memory is failing and could this be the start of something more serious?Tessa's friend and... read more

I Wish You Missed Me (The Kit Doyle Mysteries Book 3)

Bonnie Hearn Hill

A California crime blogger left her radio job to find missing people. Now she’s searching for her best friend in this “harrowing [and] intense” mystery (Publishers Weekly). Farley Black, Kit’s friend and former radio co-host, is missing. He was supposed to be surfing with his girlfriend but never arrived at his Malibu Beach destination. As the last person to hear from him, Kit is determined to... read more

A California crime blogger left her radio job to find missing people. Now she’s searching for her best friend in this “harrowing [and] intense” mystery (Publishers Weekly). Farley Black, Kit’s friend and former radio co-host, is missing. He was supposed to be surfing with his girlfriend but never arrived at his Malibu Beach destination. As the last person to hear from him, Kit is determined to... read more

DIGITAL INK: Writing Killer Fiction in the E-book Age

Bonnie Hearn Hill, Christopher Allan Poe

From protagonists and antagonists, to dialogue and conflict, DIGITAL INK is a powerful, succinct, and entertaining book that will dramatically improve any writer’s work.Suddenly it's a cinch to publish -- pop your manuscript up online via Amazon’s KDP, INScribe, Smashwords, or NOOK and voilá, you've got an e-book. The number of authors, self-published and otherwise, is exploding. But what ever... read more

From protagonists and antagonists, to dialogue and conflict, DIGITAL INK is a powerful, succinct, and entertaining book that will dramatically improve any writer’s work.Suddenly it's a cinch to publish -- pop your manuscript up online via Amazon’s KDP, INScribe, Smashwords, or NOOK and voilá, you've got an e-book. The number of authors, self-published and otherwise, is exploding. But what ever... read more

The Yes Factor: Get What You Want. Say What You Mean. The Secrets of Persuasive Communication

Tonya Reiman

The premier guide to combining verbal and nonverbal communication to gain confidence, establish credibility and make lasting impressions Yes—a small word, but the key to opening doors both professional and personal. The power of The Yes Factor gets you the job, the promotion, or the second date. But getting a "yes" can be tricky. Tonya Reiman explains how communication works—what the words you... read more

The premier guide to combining verbal and nonverbal communication to gain confidence, establish credibility and make lasting impressions Yes—a small word, but the key to opening doors both professional and personal. The power of The Yes Factor gets you the job, the promotion, or the second date. But getting a "yes" can be tricky. Tonya Reiman explains how communication works—what the words you... read more

The Mystery of the Lone Wolf Killer: Anders Behring Breivik and the Threat of Terror in Plain Sight

Unni Turrettini

For the first time, the life and mind of Anders Behring Breivik, the most unexpected of mass murderers, is examined and set in the context of wider criminal psychology.*Winner of the 2016 Silver Falchion Award for Best Nonfiction Adult Book*July 22, 2011 was the darkest day in Norway’s history since Nazi Germany’s invasion. It was one hundred eighty-nine minutes of terror—from the moment the b... read more

For the first time, the life and mind of Anders Behring Breivik, the most unexpected of mass murderers, is examined and set in the context of wider criminal psychology.*Winner of the 2016 Silver Falchion Award for Best Nonfiction Adult Book*July 22, 2011 was the darkest day in Norway’s history since Nazi Germany’s invasion. It was one hundred eighty-nine minutes of terror—from the moment the b... read more

Surviving the Cancer System: An Empowering Guide to Taking Control of Your Care

Mark Fesen M.D. F.A.C.P.

According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 8.4 million Americans alive today have suffered from or currently suffer from cancer. Newly diagnosed patients and their loved ones are in for a long battle—not only against the disease but against a healthcare system that can be impersonal and frighteningly complicated to navigate. How can patients ensure they get the care they so desp... read more

According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 8.4 million Americans alive today have suffered from or currently suffer from cancer. Newly diagnosed patients and their loved ones are in for a long battle—not only against the disease but against a healthcare system that can be impersonal and frighteningly complicated to navigate. How can patients ensure they get the care they so desp... read more

Off the Grid: A Father's Journey

Fred Fruehan

When Fred Fruehan's son Freddy is kidnapped at age fourteen, Fred puts his life on hold and vows to find him. Freddy escapes his captors but not the horror of those thirty-five days. Off The Grid is the story of Fred's attempts to save his son and to be the father he knows he must be if he is to keep his family together.Overcoming adversity is easy for Fred. And going from rags to riches takes... read more

When Fred Fruehan's son Freddy is kidnapped at age fourteen, Fred puts his life on hold and vows to find him. Freddy escapes his captors but not the horror of those thirty-five days. Off The Grid is the story of Fred's attempts to save his son and to be the father he knows he must be if he is to keep his family together.Overcoming adversity is easy for Fred. And going from rags to riches takes... read more

The Wednesday Group: A Novel

Sylvia True

Gail. Hannah. Bridget. Lizzy. Flavia. Each of them has a shameful secret, and each is about to find out that she is not alone… Gail, a prominent Boston judge, keeps receiving letters from her husband's latest girlfriend, while her husband, a theology professor, claims he's nine-months sober from sex with grad students. Hannah, a homemaker, catches her husband having sex with a male prostitute ... read more

Gail. Hannah. Bridget. Lizzy. Flavia. Each of them has a shameful secret, and each is about to find out that she is not alone… Gail, a prominent Boston judge, keeps receiving letters from her husband's latest girlfriend, while her husband, a theology professor, claims he's nine-months sober from sex with grad students. Hannah, a homemaker, catches her husband having sex with a male prostitute ... read more

Star Crossed: Aries Rising

Bonnie Hearn Hill

Aquarius Logan McRae is a high school sophomore in Terra Bella Beach, CA and has been working all semester to impress her teachers in order to get into the summer writing camp she desperately wants to attend. But when this ordinary girl finds an extraordinary book, Fearless Astrology, her life is changed forever. Applying what she’s learned about the zodiac, she lands her own column in the sch... read more

Aquarius Logan McRae is a high school sophomore in Terra Bella Beach, CA and has been working all semester to impress her teachers in order to get into the summer writing camp she desperately wants to attend. But when this ordinary girl finds an extraordinary book, Fearless Astrology, her life is changed forever. Applying what she’s learned about the zodiac, she lands her own column in the sch... read more

Star Crossed: Taurus Eyes

Bonnie Hearn Hill

Having been accepted into the summer writing camp in Monterey, CA, Logan worked so hard for in Aries Rising, she is on her way to becoming a real published author! She needs to impress the camp’s instructor, Henry Jaffa, a renowned journalist, paranormal investigator, and fellow Aquarian, whom she hopes will see the promise in her writing and become her mentor.But when Logan is stuck writing a... read more

Having been accepted into the summer writing camp in Monterey, CA, Logan worked so hard for in Aries Rising, she is on her way to becoming a real published author! She needs to impress the camp’s instructor, Henry Jaffa, a renowned journalist, paranormal investigator, and fellow Aquarian, whom she hopes will see the promise in her writing and become her mentor.But when Logan is stuck writing a... read more

Star Crossed: Gemini Night

Bonnie Hearn Hill

Starting her junior year, Logan McRae is excited about her internship at CRUSH magazine. But she is not so excited about her new boyfriend Jeremy's travel abroad in Ireland. Logan's in over her head trying to balance school, love, and friends, while trying to solve an astrological mystery—the fate of a Gemini is star-crossed.Will Logan find out who is in danger before the CRUSH Halloween costu... read more

Starting her junior year, Logan McRae is excited about her internship at CRUSH magazine. But she is not so excited about her new boyfriend Jeremy's travel abroad in Ireland. Logan's in over her head trying to balance school, love, and friends, while trying to solve an astrological mystery—the fate of a Gemini is star-crossed.Will Logan find out who is in danger before the CRUSH Halloween costu... read more

The Addicted Lawyer: Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow, and Redemption

Brian Cuban

Brian Cuban was living a lie. With a famous last name and a successful career as a lawyer, Brian was able to hide his clinical depression and alcohol and cocaine addictions—for a while. Today, as an inspirational speaker in long-term recovery, Brian looks back on his journey with honesty, compassion, and even humor as he reflects both on what he has learned about himself and his career choice ... read more

Brian Cuban was living a lie. With a famous last name and a successful career as a lawyer, Brian was able to hide his clinical depression and alcohol and cocaine addictions—for a while. Today, as an inspirational speaker in long-term recovery, Brian looks back on his journey with honesty, compassion, and even humor as he reflects both on what he has learned about himself and his career choice ... read more

Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid

Tanya Nicole Kach

Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid is the haunting story of a young girl, Tanya Kach, lost in the cracks of the system, forced to spend more than a decade as the prisoner of her middle school's security guard. From her troubled childhood, through her captivity at the hands of a manipulative captor, and ultimately on her road to recovery, Tanya's story is one of pain but ultimately triumph. Her story ... read more

Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid is the haunting story of a young girl, Tanya Kach, lost in the cracks of the system, forced to spend more than a decade as the prisoner of her middle school's security guard. From her troubled childhood, through her captivity at the hands of a manipulative captor, and ultimately on her road to recovery, Tanya's story is one of pain but ultimately triumph. Her story ... read more

Goodbye Forever (The Kit Doyle Mysteries Book 2)

Bonnie Hearn Hill

Talk radio host Kit Doyle goes undercover as a teenaged runaway in this mystery series “that will attract Erin Hart enthusiasts” (Library Journal). Seventeen-year-old Jessica is missing. There are no clues as to why she disappeared—apart from the note she left behind: “I love you. Goodbye forever.” It turns out that Jessica is not the first teenager to have gone missing, nor the first to have ... read more

Talk radio host Kit Doyle goes undercover as a teenaged runaway in this mystery series “that will attract Erin Hart enthusiasts” (Library Journal). Seventeen-year-old Jessica is missing. There are no clues as to why she disappeared—apart from the note she left behind: “I love you. Goodbye forever.” It turns out that Jessica is not the first teenager to have gone missing, nor the first to have ... read more

If Anything Should Happen (The Kit Doyle Mysteries Book 1)

Bonnie Hearn Hill

A California talk radio host turns amateur sleuth to solve her mother’s murder—and prevent her own—in this mystery series debut. When Kit Doyle’s near-perfect mother tells her about the letter she’s written and locked away—a letter to be read only “if anything should happen” to her—Kit thinks she’s being melodramatic. But the next day Kit’s mother is dead—and what she reads in that letter will... read more

A California talk radio host turns amateur sleuth to solve her mother’s murder—and prevent her own—in this mystery series debut. When Kit Doyle’s near-perfect mother tells her about the letter she’s written and locked away—a letter to be read only “if anything should happen” to her—Kit thinks she’s being melodramatic. But the next day Kit’s mother is dead—and what she reads in that letter will... read more

Bonnie has 11 reviews

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Bonnie Daily
Bonnie is an experienced author and journalist. She also teaches writing. She knows how to edit your work to take it to the next level so you can feel confident sending it on to an agent. She also knows how to teach you to self-edit and she has a lot of tips on how to get published. Definitely 5 stars.

Bonnie Daily, September 2020


Susan Walberg
Bonnie is awesome to work with. She not only knows her stuff, but she really went above and beyond the 'job specs' in helping me sort out my challenges and how to overcome them. I will surely work with her again!

Susan Walberg, September 2020


Bitty Martin
My experience with Bonnie Hearn Hill proved that I had made the right decision when I chose her from five editors. The first cue was the fact that she was the only one who took the time to look at my five submitted pages and give me a sample of her editing style. Each editor had different strengths that were enticing, but there was something about Bonnie, other than her prompt response, that d...
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Bitty Martin, June 2020


Jeff Letterii
Fantastic experience working with Bonnie. This was my first time writing a manuscript and working with a professional editor. She kept me on track not only grammatically, but questioned my thinking and I how viewed the situations I was writing about. Provided excellent feedback and suggestions for improvement. A very professional editor with a writer's background. Would hire again without ...
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Jeff Letterii, February 2020


Michael Davitt
Bonnie was very professional and very pleasant to work with. She immediately understood the ethos of my book and was therefore able to suggest very relevant changes. She replied quickly to communication and kept me well informed at all stages.

Michael Davitt, January 2020

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