Heidi Shoham

Heidi Shoham – Editor

Editor with 14+ years experience with NYT/USA Today bestselling authors. Line editor at Harlequin, a division of HarperCollins.


I've worked as an editor for multiple publishing houses as well as indie authors. I have a BA in English Language and Literature and have edited over 400 titles, many of which have hit The New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.

I offer developmental and content edits, where I focus on issues like plot/structure, character development, world building, dialogue, pacing, redundancy, continuity and consistency, and point of view. If needed, I can also help authors brainstorm possible solutions. I offer copy edits, where I look at grammar, punctuation, and spelling. I check there are no inconsistencies, repetition, or ambiguity. I look out for overused words, phrases, patterns, autonomous body parts, dangling modifiers, and all the grammar and style issues that can clog up your story or jolt the reader’s eye. I also provide manuscript and query evaluations, and I’m experienced writing blurbs/back cover copy.

I specialize in romance (all heat levels and all subgenres), but I’ve also edited other genres. There’s nothing I enjoy more than getting to work with an author to bring a great story into the world!

I am currently accepting new clients.


“I've worked with Heidi on the edits for two dozen published titles, and I can say with confidence she has made me a better writer.” ~ Cat Johnson, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
“Once Heidi has done her magic, I feel completely confident sending my story out into the world. She makes every book better!” ~ Erin Nicholas, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
“If you’re looking for a professional, reliable, efficient editor with a great eye for detail, look no further. Heidi’s one of the best. Working with her has made me a better writer. I highly recommend Heidi.” ~ N.J. Walters, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
"Heidi Shoham is an extremely talented editor! We've worked together on many of my books, and she makes every one of them better. I highly recommend her!" ~ Eliza Knight, USA Today bestselling author
"I've worked with Heidi on multiple projects and her edits are quick, comprehensive and always make the book better!" ~ Sarah M. Anderson, RITA award winning author
“I trust Heidi beyond question, have faith that she is helping me craft and write the best book I can, and willingly put my career in her hands. She has this amazing ability to see to the heart of my characters. I can’t fathom what I would do without her.” ~ Lexxie Couper
“Heidi is fast, sharp, and straightforward. She is thorough and meticulous, yet knows how to balance writing technicalities with author voice. She has the ability to look at the story as a whole, as well as sentence by sentence. Her suggestions make my work better.” ~ Jenna Bayley-Burke
“Heidi has a total grasp of my writing and knows how to take my words and make them sing. She is always very careful not to change my voice and her edits continue to make my books winners. I highly recommend her to everyone.” ~ Desiree Holt, USA Today Bestselling Author
“From working with Heidi over multiple books, I’ve found her to be prompt, professional, and thorough. I've learned more about pacing and sentence structure from Heidi than any craft book or writing course. I gladly recommended her to other authors.” ~ Laura Trentham
"I love working with Heidi. She's easy to work with. Is able to pinpoint what needs work and throws in smiles and praise when she likes something, too. She definitely helped make my writing better. I highly recommend her." ~ Natasha Moore
Fantasy Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy LGBTQ Fiction Paranormal Romance Romance Science Fiction Young Adult
English (AUS) English (SA) English (UK) English (US)
  • BA English Language and Literature

Work experience


Sep, 2006 — Present

I provide comprehensive developmental, content, and copy edits to authors who self-publish. I focus on the story as a whole, as well as look at it line by line, to make sure it all works.
I work with authors to get the very best version of their stories ready for readers, all while keeping the author's voice intact.

I also work with some authors developing ideas and outlines and write back-cover copy/blurbs.

Harlequin, a division of HarperCollins

Apr, 2020 — Present

* Provide substantive/line edits, checking for consistency from scene to scene (GMCs, actions, descriptions, etc.).
* Edit to improve paragraph structure, scene structure, and transitions.
* Revise repetitive words/phrases/structures.
* Check dialogue is authentic, believable, and flows.
* Tighten wordy sentences.
* Check for readability, pacing, clarity, and consistency.

Entangled Publishing

Apr, 2016 — Aug, 2018 (over 2 years)

* Reviewed submissions, prepared and presented acquisition proposals to the acquisition board, provided developmental, content/line edits.
* Developed and maintained the vision and quality of the imprints through controlled acquisitions and QA of every book published on the line.
* Collaborated with the authors, marketing, art, and administrative departments. taking manuscript from acquisition to publication.
* Wrote back cover copy and worked with various departments to design the best marketing tools and metadata.
* Managed the imprint’s production editor and publicist as well the day-to-day editorial operations, including writing outlines for spec projects and approving all acquisition proposals for the imprint before they were brought to the acquisitions board.

Samhain Publishing

Jun, 2006 — Mar, 2016 (over 9 years)

* Reviewed submissions, acquired manuscripts, provided content/line edits, reviewed copy edits and galleys, took the manuscript from acquisition to publication.
* Wrote back cover copy and tip sheets, coordinated between the author and the marketing and art departments to develop a comprehensive marketing package.
* Developed anthologies, including recruiting specific authors, promoting interest within the writing community, considering submissions, acquisition and editing the anthology.


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