Heather McElwain

Heather McElwain – Editor

Passionate, creative, and reliable freelance copy editor with a deep understanding of publishing and a solid record of client satisfaction


I'm a passionate, creative, mindful, reliable, and seasoned freelance copy editor and writer with extensive design experience, a deep understanding of all stages of publishing, the ability to balance multiple projects with proficiency and accuracy, and a solid record of client satisfaction.

I've been a copy editor for National Geographic Books for more than 16 years (and hundreds of titles); Orion magazine for the past five; and several other publishing houses and independent clients.

I also have experience in developmental editing and have helped to shape hundreds of titles. In the words of one former senior production editor with whom I worked for more than a decade: "Your contributions were so many and so varied and helped make every author whose book you copyedited look better than he or she would otherwise."

Children’s Non-Fiction Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences Health & Wellbeing Home & Garden Nature
English (US)

Work experience

Orion magazine

Mar, 2019 — Present

I am pleased to be the staff copy editor for this fine publication. In addition to four magazine issues a year, Orion also publishes several themed anthologies featuring articles from the magazine.

National Geographic Books

Jan, 2007 — Present

For 16 years, I have proudly copyedited hundreds of titles for National Geographic Books, through both their adult and children's divisions. Having played a role in creating beautiful, thought-provoking, and informative books has been a dream. I've also helped out with developmental editing and proofreading on numerous titles.


Jan, 2000 — Present

I work with several publishers and independent authors, editing and designing books, and helping to ensure clients' messages and stories are the strongest they can be.


Octopus, Seahorse, Jellyfish

Liittschwager, David

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