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 (almost 8 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.

Portfolio (29 selected works)

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

The Digital Pivot: Secrets of Online Marketing

Schwartzman, Eric, Pogue, David

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

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

How To Win Medicare Appeals

Mullens DPM JD, David

Heather has 31 reviews

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Jason Weill
After providing an initial sample to evaluate her editing, I hired Heather to do copy editing on a roughly 85,000 word manuscript. Although the final cost was a bit higher than estimated, Heather did a great job, adding over 5,000 modifications and dozens of useful comments. She helped me to express myself consistently and professionally, in my own voice, while following best practices for styl...
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Jason Weill, August 2022

Heather Pendley
Thanks, Jason. I enjoyed working with you too!

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Travis Cody
Fantastic experience and really pleased with the final result.

Travis Cody, August 2022

Heather Pendley
It was great working with you, Travis!

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Brian Johnson
Heather is an amazing editor. She has helped turn my book into a masterpiece. Although Heather experienced challenges with my formatting (errors on my part)she remain patience, consistent and got the job done with phenomenal results. Thank you so much Heather, I couldn’t have done this with you .

Brian Johnson, June 2022

Heather Pendley
Glad to hear you are pleased, Brian! I hope to work with you again in the future.

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Gustavo Razzetti
This was my second collaboration with Heather. This time she reviewed the print and Kindle versions of my book before submitting them for publishing. Once again she did a very profesional and thorough job meeting deadlines and quality expectations.

Gustavo Razzetti, May 2022

Heather Pendley
Thanks, Gustavo! Hope to work with you again soon.

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Gustavo Razzetti
It was an honor and a pleasure to work with Heather. The communication and collaboration process was fluid and smooth. Overall, Heather did an amazing job line editing my book Remote, Not Distant. Not only did she spot lots of issues/ typos/ redundancies but also improved the clarity, conciseness, and flow. I'm super grateful for her work and will hire her again so she can proofread the final...
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Gustavo Razzetti, April 2022

Heather Pendley
Thanks, Gustavo. It was a pleasure, and I look forward to working with you again!

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