Heather Pendley

Heather Pendley – Editor

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


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), Macmillan, 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 the board of the American Society of Indexers. I was 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 P. 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."

Action & Adventure Cozy Mysteries
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Education & Reference Finance & Accounting Humanities & Social Sciences Self-Help & Self-Improvement
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
  • ASI Training in Indexing Course Administrator
  • Past Elected Member at Large on EFA's Board of Governors
  • ASI (American Society for Indexing) Director at Large
  • ACES Copyediting
  • A.S. in Accounting
  • UC Berkeley Indexing Theory & Application
  • B.S. in Management
  • UCSD Specialized Copyediting Certificate

Work experience


Oct, 2014 — Present

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

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 Fam... 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 Gu... read more

Parker, Anita

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 medicatio... 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-... 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 t... 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 f... read more

Heather has 45 reviews





Marc R.

Marc R.

May, 2024

Heather was terrific! I was so impressed with how she was able to improve the quality of my manuscript while leaving my "voice" intact. She was thorough, easy to communicate with, and finished ahead of schedule. This was my first book and now I know who will edit my second one!
Heather P.
Thanks, Marc. It was a pleasure working with you and I learned a lot from your book! I look forward to collaborating again.
Louis H.

Louis H.

Oct, 2023

It was a pleasure to work with Heather. She fulfilled everything promised in a prompt and professional manner. I thought I was a good writer, until I saw her edits of my work! I would definitely recommend her to any writers, and have really appreciated, valued, and enjoyed my experience working on my book with Heather and Reedsy.
Rochelle M.

Rochelle M.

Nov, 2021

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

Tom P.

Jul, 2024

Heather did a great job proof reading and editing my manuscript. Great attention to detail. Saw things that I missed entirely. Made lots of helpful comments. I was very pleased with her work, and highly recommend her.
Heather P.
Thanks, Tom. It was a pleasure working with you and I hope we can collaborate again!
Rachael D.

Rachael D.

Jun, 2024

I had the pleasure of working with Heather, and I couldn't be more impressed. Her eye for detail, insightful feedback, and communication made the collaboration process easy.
Heather P.
Thanks, Rachael! You were a pleasure to work with and I hope we can collaborate again.

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