Heather Rubert

Heather Rubert – Editor

Enthusiastic sci-fi/fantasy editor with 6 years of experience in both publishing and freelance. Dragons, fairies, and robots encouraged.


Got cyborgs? How about superheroes or dinosaurs? As an editor specializing in sci-fi & fantasy books, I’m thrilled by anything to do with wizards, astronauts, and other fantastical mayhem. Though content edits are my jam, I also have extensive experience completing copy edits and going over query letters.

Between publishing and freelancing, I have six years of experience with MG, YA, and adult fiction, working primarily with first-time authors. Some of these writers have self-published, and others have gone the traditional route; either way, I’m here to help you navigate the world of publishing by making your work market-ready.

As your editor, I will be your first and biggest advocate. I’ll collaborate with you to make your work the best it can be, with professional insights on everything from character development to dialogue tags to comma usage. With my background as an acquisitions editor, I can also offer insights into queries, pitches, and what makes books sellable.

Here’s what to expect from the developmental editing process:

--First, you’ll send me a double-spaced Word document of your manuscript.

--Next, I’ll send it back filled with lots of comments about sentences that sing, dialogue tags that need work, plot twists I didn’t see coming, and more.

--Along with the returned document, I’ll pass along a sheet of content or style recommendations, typically the 3 or 4 changes that take highest priority.

--Once you've had a chance to review my notes and recommendations, we'll spend about an hour chatting about your manuscript and discussing any questions you may have.

Here's what to expect from the copy editing process:

--First, you'll send me a double-spaced Word document of you manuscript.

--Next, I'll spend 2-3 weeks going over your manuscript and adjusting sentences that could flow better, removing unnecessary dialogue tags, and making other sentence-level changes.

--Along with your edited manuscript, I'll send you back a style sheet explaining the top 3-4 most recurring style changes I made and explain why, helping you be an even better writer.

I can’t wait to work with you on your manuscript!

Dystopian Gaming & LitRPG Middle Grade Fantasy Paranormal Romance Post-Apocalyptic Urban Fantasy Young Adult Fantasy
English (US)
  • BA in Professional Writing

Work experience

Future House Publishing

Dec, 2015 — Jun, 2016 (6 months)

Selected MG/YA fantasy/sci-fi books for publication. Communicated virtually with 20+ accepted authors on initial content edits for their manuscripts. Read 10+ manuscript submissions weekly. Accepted pitches and query letters from a variety of authors.

Future House Publishing

May, 2015 — Dec, 2015 (7 months)

Edited 5+ YA fantasy/sci-fi books for publication, 200+ pages each, in stages ranging from content recommendations to proofreading. Completed all communication with authors virtually. Wrote letters of content critique, including suggestions on pacing, character development, and writing style.


May, 2014 — Aug, 2019 (over 5 years)

Edited 15+ books, 150-250+ pages each, for both content and grammar. Made thousands of corrections on punctuation, parallel construction, dangling participles, spelling errors, and other grammatical corrections. Wrote letters offering critique on content, including character development, pacing, detail, and description.

Heather has 18 reviews





george V.

george V.

Oct, 2023

She is really detailed and professional. I fully understood her perspective on aspects of my writing that I could perfect, and I can honestly say that it has made me a more conscious and creative writer. I am definitely going to work with her again.
Jon D M.

Jon D M.

Sep, 2023

Heather was a joy to work with. Her review of my manuscript, and notes throughout are sure to improve not only this manuscript, but all future writing as well. I plan on using Heather for all of my projects.
Jurgen A.

Jurgen A.

Sep, 2023

Heather gave me great feedback with very useful tips. I appreciated her insights and the Zoom call that wrapped it all up.
Madylene P.

Madylene P.

Sep, 2023

It was a delight to work with Heather. She is very thorough and the style sheet she produces as part of her feedback is super helpful and very easy to follow. She has given me a lot of confidence in my work and how to make it better, Thansk Heather!
Warren Z.

Warren Z.

Jul, 2023

Heather's editing job was fair and mostly thorough. Everything that I disagreed with, specifically more subjective aspects of writing, was at least understandable even if I didn't implement the suggestions. I have to praise her for noticing some things that should've been obvious after my second draft. She was good to work with overall.

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