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Rebecca Heyman

Rebecca Heyman - Editor

Boston

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

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Reviews (9)

"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.


**PLEASE READ "Genres of Interest" in Work Experience section below before requesting a proposal**

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 (over 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 (11 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

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

Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World

Sarah Prager

This first-ever LGBTQ history book for young adults will appeal to fans of fun, empowering pop-culture books like Rad American Women A-Z and Notorious RBG.World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals—and you’ve never heard of many of them. Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, a... read more

This first-ever LGBTQ history book for young adults will appeal to fans of fun, empowering pop-culture books like Rad American Women A-Z and Notorious RBG.World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals—and you’ve never heard of many of them. Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, a... read more

Whatever You Call Me (Volume 1)

Leigh Fleming

Annie Cooper is fed up with Washington. More importantly, she’s done with being Senator George Cooper’s daughter and all the expectations that come with it. She changes her name and tries to start fresh after quitting her job, but the only position she can find is in the political world she despises. Kip Porter is a two-term congressman from a blue collar district along the shores of the Chesa... read more

Annie Cooper is fed up with Washington. More importantly, she’s done with being Senator George Cooper’s daughter and all the expectations that come with it. She changes her name and tries to start fresh after quitting her job, but the only position she can find is in the political world she despises. Kip Porter is a two-term congressman from a blue collar district along the shores of the Chesa... read more

Welcome to the Slipstream

Natalka Burian

Bright lights, big trouble Fans of Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak and Judy Gregerson's Bad Girls Club will relate to this story about a girl traumatized by her brilliant mother's serious mental illness Like a grown-up Eloise from the picture book, the main character, Van, lives in an upscale casino in glitzy Las Vegas, giving readers entree into a crazy world that few ever get to see Based on r... read more

Bright lights, big trouble Fans of Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak and Judy Gregerson's Bad Girls Club will relate to this story about a girl traumatized by her brilliant mother's serious mental illness Like a grown-up Eloise from the picture book, the main character, Van, lives in an upscale casino in glitzy Las Vegas, giving readers entree into a crazy world that few ever get to see Based on r... read more

Serafina and the Black Cloak

Robert Beatty

A brave and unusual girl named Serafina lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age. Serafina's pa, the estate's maintenance man, has warned her to keep herself hidden from the fancy folk who live on the floors above, but when children at the estate start disappearing, Serafina and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt must work together to solve a... read more

A brave and unusual girl named Serafina lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age. Serafina's pa, the estate's maintenance man, has warned her to keep herself hidden from the fancy folk who live on the floors above, but when children at the estate start disappearing, Serafina and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt must work together to solve a... read more

Written in the Ashes

K. Hollan Van Zandt

After she is abducted from her home in the mountains of Sinai, Hannah is enslaved and taken to Alexandria, where she becomes the property of Alizar, an alchemist and pagan secretly working to preserve his culture. Revered for her beautiful singing voice, the young slave is invited to perform at the city’s Great Library, where she becomes friends with the famous mathematician and philosopher, H... read more

After she is abducted from her home in the mountains of Sinai, Hannah is enslaved and taken to Alexandria, where she becomes the property of Alizar, an alchemist and pagan secretly working to preserve his culture. Revered for her beautiful singing voice, the young slave is invited to perform at the city’s Great Library, where she becomes friends with the famous mathematician and philosopher, H... read more

Almost Paradise: A Novel

Corabel Shofner

Twelve-year-old Ruby Clyde Henderson’s life turns upside down the day her mother’s boyfriend holds up a convenience store, and her mother is wrongly jailed for assisting with the crime. Ruby and her pet pig, Bunny, find their way to her estranged Aunt Eleanor's home. Aunt Eleanor is an ornery nun who lives in the midst of a peach orchard on Paradise Ranch. With a little patience, she and Ruby ... read more

Twelve-year-old Ruby Clyde Henderson’s life turns upside down the day her mother’s boyfriend holds up a convenience store, and her mother is wrongly jailed for assisting with the crime. Ruby and her pet pig, Bunny, find their way to her estranged Aunt Eleanor's home. Aunt Eleanor is an ornery nun who lives in the midst of a peach orchard on Paradise Ranch. With a little patience, she and Ruby ... read more

Rebecca has 9 reviews

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Marcus Stricklin

A wonderful wonderful collaboration. Really enjoyed working with her. Very fast, responsive. Will DEFINITELY go back to her time and time again. A truly talented person that I simply loved working with. Highly recommend.

, April 2017


Doug Porter

Rebecca was everything I had hoped for in an editor. She had a good idea of where I needed to find my voice and suggested a number of readings from a well known author to help me along my way. She helped me find the strengths and weakness in my writing, but she could be brutally honest when she needed to be. The improvement in my writing and in my manuscript are amazing, largely thanks to Rebec...

, March 2017


William Cade

Rebecca is a shining bright light in the dark of the night. Her attention to detail, inventiveness and work ethic are mind boggling. Don't know how she manages to do it all, but somehow she pulls it off. Time and again. William Cade

, March 2017


John Danenbarger

Rebecca is exactly the person I need to prod me on in the right direction and she does it with clarity.

, December 2016


William Cade

I have been trying to wait until my sense immense gratitude subsides. But alas, it will never go easily away.

, December 2016

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