Heather Rivera

Heather Rivera - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Nearly a decade of experience in copy editing, and proofreading (Wiley and Open Court). I edit your work, keeping your style fully intact.

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I am a writer and book editor. I have edited and published numerous books with Open Court Publishing for their 'Pop Culture and Philosophy' series over the past 8 years. I have also published my own works with Open Court, Wiley Blackwell, and Philosophy Now Magazine. In addition to my writing and editorial works, I have a passion for baking and street photography. I love capturing moments in time others tend to miss.

I am a born and bred NY girl who has recently moved to the Deep South; it's a culture shock and a wonderful experience, who knows, maybe I'll write a book about it.

*I only offer copy editing and proofreading services.*

Genres/Areas of expertise: Both Fiction and Nonfiction:

History (especially military history), Memoirs, Philosophy (evil, existentialism, empiricism, philosophy of the mind), True Crime (serial killers, cold case files, mafia-related crimes), Horror, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Cooking/Baking, Coming of Age Stories, Short Story Collections, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, Psychology, and Mental Health.

Professional Recommendations:

"I am happy to recommend Heather Rivera.

We publish edited collections on philosophy applied to pop culture. Heather has co-edited books for us.

In all respects, Heather was an excellent co-editor, showing awareness of the literary and editorial side of book production, as well as maintaining good communication with the contributors to the volumes, and reshaping their chapters to conform with standards of entertaining and readable prose."

- David R. Steele, Editorial Director, Open Court Publishing Company, a division of Cricket Media

"Heather was great to work with. She was quick in her responses and getting the tasks done and was an awesome communicator. Great value and great editor."

- James Cantrell, Author of Breaking All the Rules: The Inside Story of the New Race to Space

"Heather is absolutely the best! She was responsive to each of my questions and went above and beyond to deliver a phenomenal edit of my work. I will use Heather again and again."

- Wendell Hutchins II, Author of: Kicking the Stars

English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
True Crime
Coming of Age
Historical Fiction
Psychological Thriller

Work experience

Volume Editor

Open Court Publishing
May, 2013 – Present (about 9 years)

Accepting or denying all abstracts regarding current CFA's for new series volumes which I have proposed to the series editor. Editing chapters submitted by contributing authors and readying all work for publication. Polishing final manuscript for publication, including TOC, Index, Bio Blurbs, Footnotes, Endnotes, and introduction. Conference with authors regarding any major edits to their work. Title and subtitle creation for a volume. To set the tone for the collaborative book, I write the introductions to the volumes I edit. Press interviews and other publicity as needed to promote new books.


Kulp, T., Cassidy, Annie, Rivera, Heather


Baker, Chet

Heather has 40 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Frank Racioppi
Heather is easy to work with, very accommodating, and good at her job.

Frank Racioppi, April 2022

Larry Kelly-Mahaffey
Heather did an excellent job proofreading my manuscript "Frozen Assets." Earlier I had engaged a copy editor and was unhappy with the results. Heather not only proofread my manuscript but cleaned up some of the mistakes the copy editor made. Her ability to know when to use a semi-colon is the mark of a true professional, and one I do not possess to any large degree. She taught me that the f...
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Larry Kelly-Mahaffey, April 2022

Ric Evans
Heather did a terrific job and she did it quickly. I will certainly consider utilizing her skills as a proofreader in the future.

Ric Evans, April 2022

Chris Meister
Excellent work by Heather.

Chris Meister, April 2022

Frank Racioppi
Heather is terrific. She’s reliable and professional. She’s punctual and is easy to Work with. She’s very good at her job. I highly recommend her.

Frank Racioppi, April 2022

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