Close this message

Heidi Ward

Heidi Ward - Editor

Sleepy Hollow, United States

Copy editor and editor with 7+ years experience in educational material. Also, extensive knowledge of comics, manga, and more.

Overview

Reviews (1)

Hi. I am an experienced editor and copy editor with over a decade of varied experience in publishing, including seven years in educational publishing. I both project managed/edited and copy edited material, so I have a solid understanding of educational terminology and standards, and the unique needs of educational publishing. However, I started my career at a magazine that focused on comic books, video games, and pop culture, so I also have extensive knowledge of and experience with journalism, comic books and manga (which I regularly proofread), and all things pop culture. My favorite projects are in these genres, but I am also experienced with general fiction and nonfiction too.

I love to help an author hone and develop their writing to make it the best it can be, whether that is as an involved edit or a simple proofread. I would love to work with you.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Art Children's Books (Non-Fiction) Comics (non fiction)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books Comics & Graphic Novels Science Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • Comic Editing and Project Management course, from Comics Experience

Work experience

Freelance editor, copy editor, and proofreader

Self-employed
July, 2015 – Present (over 2 years)

Projects include:
• Content editing for The Enemy, LLC;
• Copy-editing for Integramed, RAPP, Sparks&Honey, Gartner, Benchmark Education Company, College Board, AdventureKEEN, Girl Friday Productions, Reader’s Digest, Becton Dickinson, and Penton Media;
• Proofreading for Becker&Mayer, Yen Press, infinitely big, Girl Friday Productions.
• Fact Checking for Girl Friday

Some titles I have worked on that are not listed below are:
• Springboard, both as a content and copy editor for The College Board
• Benchmark Advance assessments, as a copy editor for Benchmark Education Company

Project Editor

Benchmark Education Company
September, 2012 – July, 2015 (almost 3 years)

My first editorial project was a poetry anthology set for grades K–6 in September 2012, while still officially a copy editor. I managed the schedule and all stages of development, working collaboratively with other departments. I researched, wrote, and edited copy and art specifications for books and student activities. I created writer's guidelines, reviewed manuscripts, gave feedback, and rewrote as necessary. I created guidelines for audio recordings and assessed the finished audio. I was officially given the title of editor in 2014. My later projects included core standards weekly and unit assessment books. For those, I did many of the above listed as well as facilitating the conversion of the print products to a digital platform.

My editorial projects included:

• Text Connections Poetry anthologies (a collection of poetry leveled to each grade from K–6, which also included information about the poem and poet, additional fun facts, and notes about the poem structure)
• Benchmark Literacy Assessments (a K–6 program that includes these formal and informal assessments)
• Be a Reading Star (an intervention program for grades 2–6)
• Benchmark Advance Unit and Weekly Assessments, Interim Assessments and Performance Tasks, and Informal Assessments (These assessments are part of a K–6 core program. I worked on content and adapted these for online use.)
• Prime Social Studies (These are magazine-style social studies books for Grades 5–9 that each include a graphic novel spread. I scripted those graphic novel spreads.)

Copy Editor

Benchmark Education Company
November, 2009 – October, 2014 (almost 5 years)

As a copy editor at Benchmark, I copy-edited and proofread all of the print and Web-based materials put out. I also checked marketing material. I checked not only grammar, syntax, and readability, but details and consistency within a series. I checked that the art and captions matched, fact checked when necessary, and made style sheets. I made changes in computerized files that included Word and InDesign.

Titles I worked on included:
• The Benchmark Literacy Core Program (a classroom literacy program that includes teacher instruction, texts for students to read, and assessments and activities)
• Early Rising Readers (180 fiction and nonfiction beginner reading level books)
• Early Explorers (172 early to mid-reader level books)
• Early Connections (science, math, and social studies books that range from Grade K–2+)
• Classic Tales (60 fiction books for Grade K–3)
• Jump Into Genre (24 folktale stories for grades 2–3)
• Text Connections (196 topic-based books for Grade K–6)
• Navigators (Science and Social Studies leveled books for Grades 3–6)
• Prime Social Studies and Prime Science (magazine style books for Grades 5–9)
• Reader's Theater (Script-style stories for Grades 1–6)
• and more...

Managing Editor

Games Abyss, LLC
October, 2008 – August, 2009 (10 months)

I assigned content (and occasionally wrote) for a website about video games. I also copy edited and proofread all content.

Associate Editor

Sterling & Ross Publishers
September, 2007 – October, 2008 (about 1 year)

I worked at this small publisher for about a year. I read, reviewed, and assessed query letters and manuscripts. I copy edited manuscripts for things like grammar, style, syntax, and consistency of author's voice. I also provided input for graphic designers for flyers and book jackets. I occasionally typeset manuscripts in InDesign.

Editorial Assistant

Wizard Magazine
April, 2003 – April, 2004 (about 1 year)

At this comic book and pop culture magazine, I participated in content planning meetings, researched content, interviewed for, and wrote articles. I also proofread text.

Portfolio (25 selected works)

Decoidz: Counter-Intuition

Adam Patyk, James McDonough

They're here to rock your world! They were sent to Earth as the ultimate intergalactic Trojan horse: four super-advanced beings capable of replicating human biology so perfectly that they could operate undetected by our small blue planet’s indigenous population. Created to be the ultimate insiders within our society, they would instead rebel to become outsiders—and in the process become even m... read more

They're here to rock your world! They were sent to Earth as the ultimate intergalactic Trojan horse: four super-advanced beings capable of replicating human biology so perfectly that they could operate undetected by our small blue planet’s indigenous population. Created to be the ultimate insiders within our society, they would instead rebel to become outsiders—and in the process become even m... read more

Five-Star Trails: West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest: Your Guide to the Area's Most Beautiful Hikes

Johnny Molloy

A whopping 900,000 acres, the mighty Monongahela National Forest is the heart and soul of West Virginia and a natural getaway for hikers and weekend backpackers. Five-Star Trails: West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest leads hikers to classics, such as High Falls and Senaca Rocks, as well as such lesser-known but equally scenic hikes as Canyon Rim and Laurel Creek.The 2nd edition of Five-... read more

A whopping 900,000 acres, the mighty Monongahela National Forest is the heart and soul of West Virginia and a natural getaway for hikers and weekend backpackers. Five-Star Trails: West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest leads hikers to classics, such as High Falls and Senaca Rocks, as well as such lesser-known but equally scenic hikes as Canyon Rim and Laurel Creek.The 2nd edition of Five-... read more

Guns in the Hands of Artists

Jonathan Ferrara

In the 1990s, the New Orleans murder rate exploded. In 1996, 350 people were killed—the highest number in the city’s history, and the highest rate in the nation. In response to this crisis, gallery owner and artist Jonathan Ferrara and artist Brian Borrello, launched a powerful project: Guns in the Hands of Artists. Over sixty artists, including painters, glass artists, sculptors, photographer... read more

In the 1990s, the New Orleans murder rate exploded. In 1996, 350 people were killed—the highest number in the city’s history, and the highest rate in the nation. In response to this crisis, gallery owner and artist Jonathan Ferrara and artist Brian Borrello, launched a powerful project: Guns in the Hands of Artists. Over sixty artists, including painters, glass artists, sculptors, photographer... read more

The Sound of Rain

Gregg Olsen

Former homicide detective Nicole Foster has hit rock bottom. Driven off the force by her treacherous partner and lover, she’s flat broke and struggling with a gambling addiction. All Nicole has left is the dream of a warm bed at a homeless shelter and the haunting memories of three-year-old Kelsey Chase—whose murder case ended her career.As Nicole obsesses over the old facts, she realizes ever... read more

Former homicide detective Nicole Foster has hit rock bottom. Driven off the force by her treacherous partner and lover, she’s flat broke and struggling with a gambling addiction. All Nicole has left is the dream of a warm bed at a homeless shelter and the haunting memories of three-year-old Kelsey Chase—whose murder case ended her career.As Nicole obsesses over the old facts, she realizes ever... read more

One Wrong Turn: A Novel

Deanna Lynn Sletten

Author Deanna Lynn Sletten returns with an unforgettable novel about one man’s crisis of self and his greatest act of love.The words “I’m her husband” roll off Clay Connors’s tongue, but with his estranged wife lying in a coma—and no assurance that she’ll awaken—he knows he’s perilously close to losing everything. A singular, terrifying accident has left Jess Connors suspended between life and... read more

Author Deanna Lynn Sletten returns with an unforgettable novel about one man’s crisis of self and his greatest act of love.The words “I’m her husband” roll off Clay Connors’s tongue, but with his estranged wife lying in a coma—and no assurance that she’ll awaken—he knows he’s perilously close to losing everything. A singular, terrifying accident has left Jess Connors suspended between life and... read more

The Wall Between

Jesper Bugge Kold

Why would someone want to murder the father he never knew?After Peter Körber is stabbed to death in Berlin, his son, Andreas, leaves his home in Denmark, where he was raised by his mother and stepfather, and travels to that once-divided city to uncover the brutal truth. In his search to know this complete stranger, Andreas hopes to come to grips with his own identity crisis, stalled academic c... read more

Why would someone want to murder the father he never knew?After Peter Körber is stabbed to death in Berlin, his son, Andreas, leaves his home in Denmark, where he was raised by his mother and stepfather, and travels to that once-divided city to uncover the brutal truth. In his search to know this complete stranger, Andreas hopes to come to grips with his own identity crisis, stalled academic c... read more

Kagerou Daze, Vol. 7 (manga) (Kagerou Daze Manga)

Jin (Shizen no Teki-P)

A mysterious girl appears before Hibiya as he chases after the vanished Hiyori. To solve the mystery of the other world, the girl tells him the story of the very first protagonist...the tale of Azami begins here!

A mysterious girl appears before Hibiya as he chases after the vanished Hiyori. To solve the mystery of the other world, the girl tells him the story of the very first protagonist...the tale of Azami begins here!

No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!, Vol. 9

As the dreaded class trip comes to an end, it leaves an unexpected boon in its wake-Tomoko has gotten juuust a bit more capable of conversing with her classmates! But never fear! The trials of an antisocial butterfly are unending, and Tomoko now has a new hurdle to tackle: the sports festival! Forced to take part in events that require actually talking to people, her newfound social skills are... read more

As the dreaded class trip comes to an end, it leaves an unexpected boon in its wake-Tomoko has gotten juuust a bit more capable of conversing with her classmates! But never fear! The trials of an antisocial butterfly are unending, and Tomoko now has a new hurdle to tackle: the sports festival! Forced to take part in events that require actually talking to people, her newfound social skills are... read more

Konosuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!, Vol. 2 (manga) (Konosuba (manga))

Natsume Akatsuki

After being transported to another world, Kazuma is joined by his allies Aqua the goddess, Megumin the magician, and Darkness the crusader. As they conduct more missions to fulfill quests, like purifying a lake while fending off monstrous alligators, they also progress as adventurers, receiving rewards from successful outings and skilling up. But one fateful day, one of the Demon King's terrif... read more

After being transported to another world, Kazuma is joined by his allies Aqua the goddess, Megumin the magician, and Darkness the crusader. As they conduct more missions to fulfill quests, like purifying a lake while fending off monstrous alligators, they also progress as adventurers, receiving rewards from successful outings and skilling up. But one fateful day, one of the Demon King's terrif... read more

Handa-kun Vol. 5

Satsuki Yoshino

The class trip has begun, but now it's not just his own classmates Handa needs to worry about... When a rival school ends up going along for the ride, isn't it a given that Handa-kun's going to run afoul of a whole new set of kids??The Handa Army have met their nemesee...nemenisee...neemessss--their rivals! There is no way they will allow their beloved Handa to be diminished by the white shirt... read more

The class trip has begun, but now it's not just his own classmates Handa needs to worry about... When a rival school ends up going along for the ride, isn't it a given that Handa-kun's going to run afoul of a whole new set of kids??The Handa Army have met their nemesee...nemenisee...neemessss--their rivals! There is no way they will allow their beloved Handa to be diminished by the white shirt... read more

Baby Knows Best: How to Prevent Childhood Obesity from Day One

Herbert I. Goldman

In BABY KNOWS BEST, Dr. Herbert Goldman writes about an area to which he has dedicated much of his long career; infant and childhood nutrition and the prevention of obesity. Citing studies he has carried out as well as other compelling evidence, Dr. Goldman sheds light on ways to prevent excess weight gain and obesity. With his easy-to-follow, tested and proven method, Dr. Goldman teaches pare... read more

In BABY KNOWS BEST, Dr. Herbert Goldman writes about an area to which he has dedicated much of his long career; infant and childhood nutrition and the prevention of obesity. Citing studies he has carried out as well as other compelling evidence, Dr. Goldman sheds light on ways to prevent excess weight gain and obesity. With his easy-to-follow, tested and proven method, Dr. Goldman teaches pare... read more

The Book of Harry Potter Trifles, Trivias, and Particularities: 1

Racheline Maltese

The first of three books in an exciting new series, The Book of Harry Potter Trifles, Trivias and Particularities is designed to delight and challenge Potter fans of all ages. Its nine quests, each built around a different aspect of wizardry — Hogwarts and Academia, Potions and Spells, Magical Menagerie, and others — contain questions in three skill levels: Salamander, Phoenix, and Dragon. The... read more

The first of three books in an exciting new series, The Book of Harry Potter Trifles, Trivias and Particularities is designed to delight and challenge Potter fans of all ages. Its nine quests, each built around a different aspect of wizardry — Hogwarts and Academia, Potions and Spells, Magical Menagerie, and others — contain questions in three skill levels: Salamander, Phoenix, and Dragon. The... read more

Capitol Reflections

Jonathan Javitt

Capt. Gwen Maulder, a hardworking FDA medical officer is traumatically thrust onto the trail of a small, but mysterious epidemic of fatal seizures, all among young professionals. The culprit seemingly kills without a trace, no matter how deeply she probes. As Gwen attempts to probe the mystery, the opposition to her investigation rises, far out of proportion to its scope. At the heart of story... read more

Capt. Gwen Maulder, a hardworking FDA medical officer is traumatically thrust onto the trail of a small, but mysterious epidemic of fatal seizures, all among young professionals. The culprit seemingly kills without a trace, no matter how deeply she probes. As Gwen attempts to probe the mystery, the opposition to her investigation rises, far out of proportion to its scope. At the heart of story... read more

The Simian Bridge

Ray DiZazzo

An ominous call from their estranged son sends Sam and Alice Waltrick to Africa. Following an evasive set of instructions, the couple is drugged and left naked in a remote jungle clearing. Awakening from their stupor, they see before them an ancient, natural bridge, and surrounding them, a pristine, untouched paradise. This, they realize, is where their real journey begins. But what they disco... read more

An ominous call from their estranged son sends Sam and Alice Waltrick to Africa. Following an evasive set of instructions, the couple is drugged and left naked in a remote jungle clearing. Awakening from their stupor, they see before them an ancient, natural bridge, and surrounding them, a pristine, untouched paradise. This, they realize, is where their real journey begins. But what they disco... read more

Konosuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!, Vol. 4 (manga) (Konosuba (manga))

Natsume Akatsuki

With his subversion of the state charge cleared up, Kazuma and Aqua are living a life of laziness thanks to their hard-earned reward money. Not content to idle away their days, Darkness and Megumin come up with a plan to revitalize the two slackers by taking them on a vacation to Alcanretia, known for its water, hot springs, and...the Axis Cult's headquarters!?

With his subversion of the state charge cleared up, Kazuma and Aqua are living a life of laziness thanks to their hard-earned reward money. Not content to idle away their days, Darkness and Megumin come up with a plan to revitalize the two slackers by taking them on a vacation to Alcanretia, known for its water, hot springs, and...the Axis Cult's headquarters!?

Handa-kun, Vol. 6

Satsuki Yoshino

Handa-kun and company have survived the class trip, but now the culture festival is right on top of them! Will Handa get to contribute to the festival preparations, or will the culture festival be his biggest high school frustration yet?

Handa-kun and company have survived the class trip, but now the culture festival is right on top of them! Will Handa get to contribute to the festival preparations, or will the culture festival be his biggest high school frustration yet?

Lost in Her (A K2 Team Novel Book 4)

Sandra Owens

It’s been a year since Ryan O’Connor buried his wife. He was in Afghanistan as a SEAL medic when the call came that she’d been killed during a robbery. In that time, he returned home, nursed his grief, and joined his former brothers-in-arms in the K2 Special Services.After a bad breakup with her ex, Charlene “Charlie” Morgan finds happiness only when flying the friendly skies—as an aerobatic s... read more

It’s been a year since Ryan O’Connor buried his wife. He was in Afghanistan as a SEAL medic when the call came that she’d been killed during a robbery. In that time, he returned home, nursed his grief, and joined his former brothers-in-arms in the K2 Special Services.After a bad breakup with her ex, Charlene “Charlie” Morgan finds happiness only when flying the friendly skies—as an aerobatic s... read more

The Accidental Divorcee: What You Need Right Now to Survive and Recover from the Big Breakup

Laura Scott

So this is it: your marriage is ending.It might have come as a shock, or maybe it was a long time coming. You might be the one leaving, or the one left behind. No matter how you got here, you are now standing at the edge of the unknown, peering down a path that will be entirely different from the one you were on. You know you need to start taking steps forward. How do you begin?When author Lau... read more

So this is it: your marriage is ending.It might have come as a shock, or maybe it was a long time coming. You might be the one leaving, or the one left behind. No matter how you got here, you are now standing at the edge of the unknown, peering down a path that will be entirely different from the one you were on. You know you need to start taking steps forward. How do you begin?When author Lau... read more

Aoharu X Machinegun Vol. 4 (Aoharu x Machine Gun)

Naoe

Hotaru's been found out...by Midori! His accusations of deception weigh heavy on Hotaru, who's still lying to her teammates in Toy Gun*Gun about being a girl... Desperate to play with Matsuoka and Yukimura and fight in the TGC again, she decides to tell them the truth. But as she prepares to deliver her confession, she comes face to face with an unexpected proclamation from Matsuoka instead...!!

Hotaru's been found out...by Midori! His accusations of deception weigh heavy on Hotaru, who's still lying to her teammates in Toy Gun*Gun about being a girl... Desperate to play with Matsuoka and Yukimura and fight in the TGC again, she decides to tell them the truth. But as she prepares to deliver her confession, she comes face to face with an unexpected proclamation from Matsuoka instead...!!

Aoharu X Machinegun Vol. 5 (Aoharu x Machine Gun)

Naoe

Hotaru has been handed her walking papers from Toy Gun Gun, but there's no way she's going down without a fight -- or several! Fighting her way back onto the team will just be the first step if she wants to become a serious competitor, though.When a face from the past re-emerges, the hurdles Hotaru has to overcome to secure her position with Toy Gun Gun increase exponentially!

Hotaru has been handed her walking papers from Toy Gun Gun, but there's no way she's going down without a fight -- or several! Fighting her way back onto the team will just be the first step if she wants to become a serious competitor, though.When a face from the past re-emerges, the hurdles Hotaru has to overcome to secure her position with Toy Gun Gun increase exponentially!

Handa-kun, Vol. 7

Satsuki Yoshino

Just when you thought it was all over, the whole crew makes a surprising return for three extra chapters! How will the Handa Army react to the news that their beloved Handa will be the focus of an anime series? By blowing it all ridiculously out of proportion, of course! The final volume of Handa-kun is full of high jinks with the Handa Army, plus some special extras from the author.

Just when you thought it was all over, the whole crew makes a surprising return for three extra chapters! How will the Handa Army react to the news that their beloved Handa will be the focus of an anime series? By blowing it all ridiculously out of proportion, of course! The final volume of Handa-kun is full of high jinks with the Handa Army, plus some special extras from the author.

No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!, Vol. 10

Yen Press World

Tomoko's caught in a love triangle...and she doesn't even know it yet! First-year Akari is head-over-heels for Tomoko's kid brother, Tomoki. But thanks to Komi's meddling, Akari thinks she and Tomoko are rivals in love! When the three girls finally get together, the confrontation quickly devolves...into a heated debate about d*cks!

Tomoko's caught in a love triangle...and she doesn't even know it yet! First-year Akari is head-over-heels for Tomoko's kid brother, Tomoki. But thanks to Komi's meddling, Akari thinks she and Tomoko are rivals in love! When the three girls finally get together, the confrontation quickly devolves...into a heated debate about d*cks!

Aoharu X Machinegun, Vol. 7 (Aoharu x Machine Gun)

Naoe

Since childhood, Haruki has lagged behind his twin brother, Haruka. Whether it's school or survival games, Haruki just can't seem to measure up. His latest one-on-one battle--ending in a crushing defeat--is the last straw. He lashes out at Hotaru's attempts to help and insists the other members of Toy Gun Gun will never forgive him for quitting. Can the team come together in time for the upcom... read more

Since childhood, Haruki has lagged behind his twin brother, Haruka. Whether it's school or survival games, Haruki just can't seem to measure up. His latest one-on-one battle--ending in a crushing defeat--is the last straw. He lashes out at Hotaru's attempts to help and insists the other members of Toy Gun Gun will never forgive him for quitting. Can the team come together in time for the upcom... read more

The Last Thing She Ever Did

Gregg Olsen

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a psychological thriller exploring the things we dare to do when no one is looking . . .The community along Oregon’s Deschutes River is one of successful careers and perfect families. For years, up-and-comers Liz and Owen have admired their good friends and neighbors, Carole and David. They appear to have it all—security, happiness, and a bea... read more

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a psychological thriller exploring the things we dare to do when no one is looking . . .The community along Oregon’s Deschutes River is one of successful careers and perfect families. For years, up-and-comers Liz and Owen have admired their good friends and neighbors, Carole and David. They appear to have it all—security, happiness, and a bea... read more

As Good as True

Cheryl Reid

A powerful and haunting novel of a woman’s broken past and the painful choices she must make to keep her family and her home.August 1956. After a night of rage and terror, Anna Nassad wakes to find her abusive husband dead and instinctively hides her bruises and her relief. As the daughter of Syrian immigrants living in segregated Alabama, Anna has never belonged, and now her world is about to... read more

A powerful and haunting novel of a woman’s broken past and the painful choices she must make to keep her family and her home.August 1956. After a night of rage and terror, Anna Nassad wakes to find her abusive husband dead and instinctively hides her bruises and her relief. As the daughter of Syrian immigrants living in segregated Alabama, Anna has never belonged, and now her world is about to... read more

Heidi has 1 review

Professionalism
Quality
Value
Communication

D.V. Phillips

I’m so glad that I had the opportunity of working with Heidi on my project. Heidi delivered a magnificently edited script of my childrens book and was always available to answer questions throughout the process. I hope to be working with her again soon on more of my writings.

, December 2017

Share this profile :)

It's time to tell the world about this Reedsy profile!

Explore the Reedsy Community

Reedsy is a community of top publishing professionals. Join Reedsy today to browse 700+ profiles.

00440837e42fd2b62e4b0ddd4ca21654d4ff8094

Judith Paskin

Freelance children's book editor. I am also a professional proofreader and copy-editor. I have a background in journalism with the BBC.

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

79dbe4eeb5ee7ed4bf1ea2d8d6bb71d3fb844a03

Teresa Heapy

Experienced editor, specialising in children's fiction and non-fiction. I provide detailed, supportive editorial help and advice to authors.

Oxford, United Kingdom

To view 700+ more profiles, Join Reedsy

To view 700+ more profiles, Join Reedsy