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Rebecca Heyman

Rebecca Heyman - Editor

Boston

Creative, compassionate, precision-based developmental editing and supportive, no-nonsense book coaching since 2009.

Overview

Reviews (4)

"Becca has been my dream editor through two novels, one of which has already landed in the top 100 on Amazon. She was so much more insightful and deft than the editor I was assigned for my traditionally published book that it was difficult to think of them as being part of the same profession." -David Vinjamuri, OPERATOR and BINDER

"Working with Becca was a dream. She’s super efficient and balances the right amount of constructive criticism with praise. She edited two of my manuscripts, which have both since been acquired by Penguin Destiny. I would definitely recommend her editing services for anyone who is looking to have their manuscript whipped into the best possible shape before self-publishing or submitting to agents or editors in traditional publishing." -Georgina Penney, IRREPRESSIBLE YOU and UNFORGETTABLE YOU

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I see you. You are finding your place in the vast ocean of book development; perhaps you're taking the first few tentative steps away from the shore, or maybe you're floating in the shelter of a sun-soaked cove known only to you, or maybe you are floundering for breath in the wide open water, hoping for rescue.

Do you see me? I'm the one in the boat nearby, reaching out a hand to pull you aboard. I have dry clothes for you, and fresh water, and snacks. And perhaps most importantly, I have a map. Together we will read the stars and frown over the tides, gliding ever closer to your destination. I see it there, on the horizon: the island of My Book Is Real and Wonderful, an Authentic Expression of the Story in My Soul (the nomenclature is more elegant according to the native tongue).

I see you. Do you see me?

Welcome aboard.


Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Fantasy Historical Fiction Literature Romance Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • BA, English and American Literature/min. Creative Writing (NYU, 2007)
  • MA, English Literature (NYU, 2008) 
  • SCBWI (2015)

Work experience

Developmental Editor, Book Coach

Rebecca Faith Editorial

November, 2009 – Present (about 7 years)

RFE provides editorial services for every stage of book development, with a special focus on craft. Whether you are in the earliest phases of concept clarification or the final stages of proofreading ahead of publication, our work together will focus on refining your manuscript to a level of polish commensurate with the best mass market titles available today. Previous clients have signed for representation with a wide range of literary agencies, including Miller & Browne, Donadio & Olson, D4EO, Literary Arts Representatives, New Leaf Literary & Media, the Jennifer Lyons Agency and more.

Get organized with the RFE 3-step plot development process that ensures your novel won't flail and die halfway through. || Hone your craft with individualized attention to conventions, diction, style and voice. || Be supported in your efforts by someone who believes in your book as much as you do. || Develop an honest, authentic relationship to your work. || Learn how to query, and get help writing a letter that will make you stand out to agents.

Genres of interest
FICTION: adult contemporary, romance/women's, historical (18-19th c.), thriller/suspense, literary, YA fantasy, lite scifi/dystopia, and YA/NA LGBTQ. Select erotica and paranormal -- please inquire for more details.

At this time, I am unable to collaborate on nonfiction, novellas, short story collections or MG/picture books. I'm open to most genres, but kindly find a more appropriate editor for your space opera or horror-themed work.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Operator

David Vinjamuri

When Michael Herne's high school girlfriend Melissa commits suicide, he makes the fateful decision to return home for her funeral. Michael hasn't stepped foot in his Catskills hometown for more than a dozen years since he left it and a college football scholarship behind to join the Army. Michael quickly learns that his hometown has changed as he is pulled into the web of mystery and corruptio... read more

When Michael Herne's high school girlfriend Melissa commits suicide, he makes the fateful decision to return home for her funeral. Michael hasn't stepped foot in his Catskills hometown for more than a dozen years since he left it and a college football scholarship behind to join the Army. Michael quickly learns that his hometown has changed as he is pulled into the web of mystery and corruptio... read more

Binder (A Michael Herne Novel Book 2)

David Vinjamuri

When a colonel’s daughter goes missing, ex-Army operator Michael Herne travels to West Virginia to find her. Instead, Herne finds cults, communes and supremacists as he unravels the deadly conspiracy behind the girl’s disappearance . Meticulously researched and seamlessly plotted, BINDER is the scorching sequel to the bestselling thriller, OPERATOR.

When a colonel’s daughter goes missing, ex-Army operator Michael Herne travels to West Virginia to find her. Instead, Herne finds cults, communes and supremacists as he unravels the deadly conspiracy behind the girl’s disappearance . Meticulously researched and seamlessly plotted, BINDER is the scorching sequel to the bestselling thriller, OPERATOR.

Cliff of the Ruin

Bonnie McKernan

There are three good reasons why dashing Civil War hero and New York lawyer William Teague cannot tell artist Mae Kendrick he's in love with her. One, she told him he was dull. Two, she is the niece of an important client. Three, she just hired him to find the man she doesn't remember marrying.As Will unravels this peculiar case, he makes a shocking discovery about Mae's childhood, one that sh... read more

There are three good reasons why dashing Civil War hero and New York lawyer William Teague cannot tell artist Mae Kendrick he's in love with her. One, she told him he was dull. Two, she is the niece of an important client. Three, she just hired him to find the man she doesn't remember marrying.As Will unravels this peculiar case, he makes a shocking discovery about Mae's childhood, one that sh... read more

Written in the Ashes

K. Hollan Van Zandt

Who burned the Great Library of Alexandria? When the Roman Empire collapses in the 5th century, the city of Alexandria, Egypt is plagued with unrest. Paganism is declared punishable by death and the populace splinters in religious upheaval. Hannah, a beautiful Jewish shepherd girl is abducted from her home in the mountains of Sinai and sold as a slave in Alexandria to Alizar, an alchemist and ... read more

Who burned the Great Library of Alexandria? When the Roman Empire collapses in the 5th century, the city of Alexandria, Egypt is plagued with unrest. Paganism is declared punishable by death and the populace splinters in religious upheaval. Hannah, a beautiful Jewish shepherd girl is abducted from her home in the mountains of Sinai and sold as a slave in Alexandria to Alizar, an alchemist and ... read more

Pajo

Karl Kruger

Pajajopi Bamatojasi—or simply Pajo—is the last of a despised race of hair-covered creatures. Though only thirteen years old, he has lived alone in the Darkwood since his mentor, an elderly monk, died nearly four years ago. His life is one of isolation and self-loathing until he is unwittingly—then unwillingly—drawn into a multi-faceted plot that includes an assassination attempt on the royal p... read more

Pajajopi Bamatojasi—or simply Pajo—is the last of a despised race of hair-covered creatures. Though only thirteen years old, he has lived alone in the Darkwood since his mentor, an elderly monk, died nearly four years ago. His life is one of isolation and self-loathing until he is unwittingly—then unwillingly—drawn into a multi-faceted plot that includes an assassination attempt on the royal p... read more

An Island Between Two Shores

Graham Wilson

Discover a story that reveals how to risk everything to be true to yourself. Trapped on a desolate arctic island, Liana is pushed to the edge and must face her elemental fears. It is a haunting tale of the biting physical toil survival often requires. Graham Wilson simultaneously strips down the American adventure novel while broadening its concerns to encompass themes of compassion and belong... read more

Discover a story that reveals how to risk everything to be true to yourself. Trapped on a desolate arctic island, Liana is pushed to the edge and must face her elemental fears. It is a haunting tale of the biting physical toil survival often requires. Graham Wilson simultaneously strips down the American adventure novel while broadening its concerns to encompass themes of compassion and belong... read more

Outside In

Doug Cooper

From Memorial Day until the student workers and tourists leave in the fall, the island community of Put-In-Bay, Ohio, thrives on alcohol, drugs, sexual experimentation, and any other means of forgetting responsibilities. To Brad Shepherd—recently forced out of his job as a junior high math teacher after the overdose death of a student—it’s exactly the kind of place he’s looking for. Allured by... read more

From Memorial Day until the student workers and tourists leave in the fall, the island community of Put-In-Bay, Ohio, thrives on alcohol, drugs, sexual experimentation, and any other means of forgetting responsibilities. To Brad Shepherd—recently forced out of his job as a junior high math teacher after the overdose death of a student—it’s exactly the kind of place he’s looking for. Allured by... read more

Irrepressible You

Georgina Penney

You don't become a notorious British celebrity without rubbing a few people the wrong way, which is why writer and comedian Ben Martindale has decamped to Australia until the latest media frenzy dies down.When he meets Amy Blaine, a perky blonde who dresses like a 1950s pin-up girl, he knows he's hit the satirical jackpot. He begins to fill his weekly London column with snarky observations abo... read more

You don't become a notorious British celebrity without rubbing a few people the wrong way, which is why writer and comedian Ben Martindale has decamped to Australia until the latest media frenzy dies down.When he meets Amy Blaine, a perky blonde who dresses like a 1950s pin-up girl, he knows he's hit the satirical jackpot. He begins to fill his weekly London column with snarky observations abo... read more

Unforgettable You: Destiny Romance

Georgina Penney

After months working on an oil rig in the Atlantic Ocean, engineer Jo Blaine can't wait to get home. Her job is tough, and she is desperate for some long overdue girl time. The last thing Jo needs when she walks through her front door is to find a strange man staying in her house. When she learns that her uninvited guest is none other than Stephen Hardy, she's tempted to head straight back out... read more

After months working on an oil rig in the Atlantic Ocean, engineer Jo Blaine can't wait to get home. Her job is tough, and she is desperate for some long overdue girl time. The last thing Jo needs when she walks through her front door is to find a strange man staying in her house. When she learns that her uninvited guest is none other than Stephen Hardy, she's tempted to head straight back out... read more

The Color of Home: A Novel

Rich Marcello

A love story for today, an open and striking look into the private relationship of a musician and chef living in New York City. Can two people stay connected for a lifetime and each know the complete truth about the other? When New Yorker Nick Satterborn falls in love with Sassa Vikander, he’s convinced the answer is yes. Nick Satterborn. Songwriter. Dabbler on the spiritual path. Survivor. Sa... read more

A love story for today, an open and striking look into the private relationship of a musician and chef living in New York City. Can two people stay connected for a lifetime and each know the complete truth about the other? When New Yorker Nick Satterborn falls in love with Sassa Vikander, he’s convinced the answer is yes. Nick Satterborn. Songwriter. Dabbler on the spiritual path. Survivor. Sa... read more

The Big Wide Calm: A Novel

Rich Marcello

A young woman’s journey to find herself and create the perfect album Paige is a rock star. The world just doesn’t know it yet. With a name like Paige Plant, how could she be anything but the future frontwoman of the next Led Zeppelin? She’s got the charisma, the drive, and, of course, the mega-musical skills. All she needs is to make her debut album, one that will change the world, inspire rev... read more

A young woman’s journey to find herself and create the perfect album Paige is a rock star. The world just doesn’t know it yet. With a name like Paige Plant, how could she be anything but the future frontwoman of the next Led Zeppelin? She’s got the charisma, the drive, and, of course, the mega-musical skills. All she needs is to make her debut album, one that will change the world, inspire rev... read more

Mounting the Whale

Colleen McCarty

"With a light touch and a cast of brilliantly eccentric characters, MOUNTING THE WHALE is a wild caper with a heart that beats the truth about what it really means to find someone." -- Kristen Valentine, Author of Gone Cold and Reviews Editor at Black Heart Magazine "Mounting the Whale is an amazing and funny book: think Wes Anderson meets Arrested Development!" -- Lindsey Testolin, Award Winn... read more

"With a light touch and a cast of brilliantly eccentric characters, MOUNTING THE WHALE is a wild caper with a heart that beats the truth about what it really means to find someone." -- Kristen Valentine, Author of Gone Cold and Reviews Editor at Black Heart Magazine "Mounting the Whale is an amazing and funny book: think Wes Anderson meets Arrested Development!" -- Lindsey Testolin, Award Winn... read more

Conspiracy of Silence

Gledé Browne Kabongo

Boston executive Nina Kasai has been living a lie since her days as a student at Stanford University. But she’s about to learn that some secrets are too big to stay buried. Years ago, Nina fled her affluent suburban home and vowed never to return. The horrifying truth has been locked away in her hidden diary, and in the mind of a disturbed woman who will never tell, ever. However, the perfect ... read more

Boston executive Nina Kasai has been living a lie since her days as a student at Stanford University. But she’s about to learn that some secrets are too big to stay buried. Years ago, Nina fled her affluent suburban home and vowed never to return. The horrifying truth has been locked away in her hidden diary, and in the mind of a disturbed woman who will never tell, ever. However, the perfect ... read more

Merciful

Casey Adolfsson

At 17 years old, Acacia Moirgetes is starting to feel like her boring, lonely existence is something of a tragedy. A Greek tragedy, that is. Acacia quickly learns that the life she thought she knew is a lie. More disturbingly, it’s a lie she’s been telling herself to avoid the terrible truth. Now she’s on a mission to corral the Greek gods of myth back to Mount Olympus before all Hades breaks ... read more

At 17 years old, Acacia Moirgetes is starting to feel like her boring, lonely existence is something of a tragedy. A Greek tragedy, that is. Acacia quickly learns that the life she thought she knew is a lie. More disturbingly, it’s a lie she’s been telling herself to avoid the terrible truth. Now she’s on a mission to corral the Greek gods of myth back to Mount Olympus before all Hades breaks ... read more

Rebecca has 4 reviews

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Tim Blaine

Rebecca’s editorial assessment was very useful in helping me to develop the plot of my story. She is enthusiastic about her work and it comes across in the feedback that she provides. She’s fun to work with, and I can see why she is beloved by the Reedsy community.

Tim Blaine, November 2016


Amber Samuel

She was thorough and informative. Working with her was a pleasure.

Amber Samuel, October 2016


Michael Doane

Rebecca was wonderful to work with. She challenged me to consider alternative options for my narrative and asked me the crucial question: "What is it you're trying to say?" Without Rebecca, The Crossing wouldn't have been half of what it is today.

Michael Doane, October 2016


Mikael Carlson

Rebecca was the editor of both AMERICA, INC, and the first sequel, AMERICA, INC.: BOUNDED RATIONALITY. Her professionalism, editing competence, and desire to make any novel the best it can be are second to none. Couple that with timely communication and the right blend of praise and criticism, and you have an editor who is not only a joy to work with, but will ensure to the best of her ability ...

Mikael Carlson, September 2016

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