Heather Pendley

Heather Pendley - Editor

San Diego, CA, USA

Copy/Line Editor│Proofreader │Indexer: 15 years in business specializing in B2B (AWS/Amazon), finance, law, children's, and education.

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Overview

I've edited and indexed all types of projects in genres such as B2B, self-improvement, finance, law, and the culinary arts. Clients include AWS (Amazon Web Services) and Farm Credit East, as well as smaller businesses publishing print and online journals. I also edit children's books and thrillers/mysteries. In addition to years of experience in editing and indexing, I earned a specialized certificate in copyediting from UCSD and successfully completed UC Berkeley's indexing course. I judged the ACES 2020 Headline Contest and currently serve on marketing and membership committees of the American Society of Indexers, as well as its Key Words editorial board. I am also an elected Member at Large on the Editorial Freelancers Association's Board of Governors.


I work with authors who want to present their very best work; I am organized, efficient, detail-oriented, dependable, and have been a major word nerd my entire life. I will write your index or edit your text, making changes and/or suggestions while still retaining your voice and message. Using the style guide of your choice—or creating one just for you—I will ensure your piece shines by gently molding your hard work into the best form it can be. David Mullens, DPM, JD, author of How To Win Medicare Appeals, said, "I could not recommend Heather Pendley more highly. She was extremely competent, very thorough, and uncommonly patient. In addition, she made time for me no matter how inconvenient my request for help. And amazingly, she was less expensive than all of her competition."






Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Education & Reference
Finance & Accounting
Humanities & Social Sciences
Self-Help & Self-Improvement

Certifications

  • ACES Copyediting
  • UCSD Grammar Lab
  • A.S. in Accounting
  • UC Berkeley Indexing Theory & Application

Awards

  • Elected Member at Large on EFA's Board of Governors
  • Serving on ASI's Editorial Board, Marketing, and Membership Committee
  • San Diego Professional Editors Network Membership Chair
  • ASI Director at Large

Work experience

Freelance Indexer, Copy Editor & Proofreader

Self-employed
October, 2014 – Present (about 7 years)

Organization, efficiency, attention to detail, and dependability are crucial skills for an editor/indexer and are among my strengths. As a word nerd, I've worked on everything from daily local news, educational workbooks, and résumés, to self-improvement books, B2B, and hundreds of presentations for AWS (Amazon Web Services) re:Invent conferences. Using the style guide of your choice, I will ensure your piece shines.

I own a certified woman-owned small business.

How To Win Medicare Appeals

Mullens DPM JD, David

Along Comes The Association: Beyond Folk Rock and Three-Piece Suits

Giguere, Russ, Collins, Ashley Wren, Geffen, David

Mindful Simplicity: Practical Strategies for Finding Harmony in Your Home, Work, and Life

Yolanda V Acree

Get on the path to a simpler life with mindful strategies that work.Simplifying your life is easier said than done. But, with a little guidance, you’ve got this! Mindful Simplicity delivers simple, mindfulness-based strategies to declutter and organize every facet of your life―at home, at work, in relationships, with money, and more.This easy-to-read, step-by-step guide presents practical tips... read more

Get on the path to a simpler life with mindful strategies that work.Simplifying your life is easier said than done. But, with a little guidance, you’ve got this! Mindful Simplicity delivers simple, mindfulness-based strategies to declutter and organize every facet of your life―at home, at work, in relationships, with money, and more.This easy-to-read, step-by-step guide presents practical tips... read more

The 30-Minute Vegetarian Cookbook: 100 Healthy, Delicious Meals for Busy People

Lisa Turner

Healthy in a hurry―a quick and easy vegetarian cookbook.Delicious news! You can make 100 super healthy vegetarian meals faster than you can order delivery. Full and busy lives don’t always leave a lot of time for fresh and healthy homemade meals―let alone of the plant-based variety, but The 30-Minute Vegetarian Cookbook shows you the way.Find out how easy it is to become vegetarian, to mix thi... read more

Healthy in a hurry―a quick and easy vegetarian cookbook.Delicious news! You can make 100 super healthy vegetarian meals faster than you can order delivery. Full and busy lives don’t always leave a lot of time for fresh and healthy homemade meals―let alone of the plant-based variety, but The 30-Minute Vegetarian Cookbook shows you the way.Find out how easy it is to become vegetarian, to mix thi... read more

The Keto Guido Cookbook: Delicious Recipes to Get Healthy and Look Great

Vinny Guadagnino

Delicious recipes and great stories from Jersey Shore’s Vinny Guadagnino.You can change your diet (and your life) with Jersey Shore star and ketogenic diet aficionado, Vinny Guadagnino. Growing up in a big Italian family didn’t naturally lend itself to a carb-free lifestyle―so when Vinny started the ketogenic diet, the transformation in his body amazed him. He realized that eating keto was bot... read more

Delicious recipes and great stories from Jersey Shore’s Vinny Guadagnino.You can change your diet (and your life) with Jersey Shore star and ketogenic diet aficionado, Vinny Guadagnino. Growing up in a big Italian family didn’t naturally lend itself to a carb-free lifestyle―so when Vinny started the ketogenic diet, the transformation in his body amazed him. He realized that eating keto was bot... read more

The Book of Sleep: 75 Strategies to Relieve Insomnia

Dr. Nicole Moshfegh

Fall asleep, stay asleep, wake up rested―proven strategies for beating insomnia.Make your bed and actually sleep in it. The Book of Sleep provides dozens of quick, easy, and evidence-based strategies that are more effective and sustainable than sleep medication for people who suffer from insomnia.Based in CBT-I (cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia), the techniques in this book were devel... read more

Fall asleep, stay asleep, wake up rested―proven strategies for beating insomnia.Make your bed and actually sleep in it. The Book of Sleep provides dozens of quick, easy, and evidence-based strategies that are more effective and sustainable than sleep medication for people who suffer from insomnia.Based in CBT-I (cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia), the techniques in this book were devel... read more

JAZZ HANDS BABY

Parker, Anita, Ninekyu, L., Pendley, Heather

Maple for Class President (Little Miss Maple Book 2)

Sparrow, Johanna, M, Ninekyu, Pendley, Heather

I'm A Big Sister (Little Miss Maple Book 5)

Sparrow, Johanna, H, Ninkeyu, Pendley, Heather

Cuba, The Forbidden Island (bicyclingbeyondboundaries Book 2)

Pat Patterson, Cat Patterson

Part of an around the World Bicycle Odyssey through 17 countries in Africa Pat & Cat Patterson saw Che Guevara's iconic images on t-shirts and posters. Continuing their quest they began cycling in South America and discovered a small museum dedicated to Che Guevara. They had no idea that Che was Argentinian. Learning that Che's life had been change by a bicycle ride through Argentina and Boliv... read more

Part of an around the World Bicycle Odyssey through 17 countries in Africa Pat & Cat Patterson saw Che Guevara's iconic images on t-shirts and posters. Continuing their quest they began cycling in South America and discovered a small museum dedicated to Che Guevara. They had no idea that Che was Argentinian. Learning that Che's life had been change by a bicycle ride through Argentina and Boliv... read more

What's YOUR PLAN?: A Step-by-Step Guide to Keep Your Family Safe During Emergency Situations

James DeMeo

Orlando. Las Vegas. Texas. South Carolina. All are locations of active shooter events. In today’s social landscape it’s imperative that families, singles, and other groups are prepared for the unexpected. What’s Your Plan? A Step-by-Step Guide to Keep Your Family Safe During Emergency Situations by James A. DeMeo, M.S. is the perfect book to prepare you and your family for crisis situations yo... read more

Orlando. Las Vegas. Texas. South Carolina. All are locations of active shooter events. In today’s social landscape it’s imperative that families, singles, and other groups are prepared for the unexpected. What’s Your Plan? A Step-by-Step Guide to Keep Your Family Safe During Emergency Situations by James A. DeMeo, M.S. is the perfect book to prepare you and your family for crisis situations yo... read more

Lead with L.O.V.E.

Spencer Conley

What really makes a leader? Spencer Conley has walked that walk, as a professional athlete, coach, and leadership entrepreneur – and now he’s sharing his secrets. His book, “Lead with L.O.V.E.,” is a life-changing volume from a true motivator that will embrace and empower readers with a fresh willingness to learn ways to lead. Are you ready to examine yourself? Can you look at who you have bec... read more

What really makes a leader? Spencer Conley has walked that walk, as a professional athlete, coach, and leadership entrepreneur – and now he’s sharing his secrets. His book, “Lead with L.O.V.E.,” is a life-changing volume from a true motivator that will embrace and empower readers with a fresh willingness to learn ways to lead. Are you ready to examine yourself? Can you look at who you have bec... read more

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Denise M. Bressler
Always a pleasure to work with Heather! She is my go-to for copy editing and indexing.

Denise M. Bressler, November 2021

Heather Pendley
Great to work with you too, Denise!

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Rochelle Moulton
I’m a firm believer in proof-reading, but wasn’t sure if I needed copy editing AND proofreading on the same book by two different people. Heather proved that it was essential—and then some. She did great work on a short timeline and I'm convinced my book is clearer and sharper than when left to my own devices. Definitely recommend her!

Rochelle Moulton, November 2021

Heather Pendley
Thanks, Rochelle. I really enjoyed working on your book and hope we can collaborate again!

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Kyle Christensen
I gave Heather a short time frame to get this work done, and she did it in time and did a fantastic job. I've had several follow up questions for her that she also promptly replied to. I would recommend Heather to anyone.

Kyle Christensen, November 2021

Heather Pendley
Thanks, Kyle. Hope to work with you again in the future!

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Eileen Regan
Heather is a professional! Thank you for your participation in editing my manuscript, I appreciate your patience, with a novice as myself. I appreciate you!

Eileen Regan, September 2021

Heather Pendley
Thanks so much, Eileen. You did a great job with a tough subject.

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Denise M. Bressler
Heather was a wonderful copy editor! I wrote a very personal book and needed someone who could preserve my personality and voice - while giving the manuscript a final polish. Heather came through perfectly! She was easy to communicate with and worked on the edits independently. Everything was completed by the deadline and for a reasonable price. I would definitely recommend Heather!

Denise M. Bressler, September 2021

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