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Rebecca Heyman

Rebecca Heyman - Editor

Boston, MA, United States

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

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Reviews (14)

"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 (almost 8 years)

Rebecca Faith Heyman started editing in 2007, while completing her Masters in English & American Literature at NYU. Her no-nonsense editing style is precise, spacious, honest, and compassionate, and has fostered countless collaborations with indie and traditionally published authors alike. Rebecca serves as an advisor to the board of Reedsy, a curated marketplace for book industry professionals and winner of the 2015 Futurebook award for BookTech Company of the Year, and is the founder/director of The Work Conference, an annual writers’ event in NYC. Notable releases (2017): The Alchemists of Loom (Kova, Silver Wing Press); Queer, There and Everywhere (Prager, HarperCollins); Project Semicolon: Your Story Isn’t Over (Bleuel, HarperCollins); Welcome to the Slipstream (Burian, Merit/Simon&Schuster); Hot Mess (Belden, Graydon House/Harlequin).

Genres of interest
Adult FICTION: contemporary/commercial, romance/women's, historical (18-19th c.), book club/upmarket, literary, LGBTQ+
YA: fantasy and contemporary, PNR, LGBTQ+

For YA and adult manuscripts, I am particularly interested in the compassionate representation of mental illness and underrepresented identities/cultures that reflect an author's reality.

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, procedural mystery, or horror work.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

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

Sarah Prager

This first-ever LGBTQ history book of its kind for young adults will appeal to fans of fun, empowering pop-culture books like Rad American Women A-Z and Notorious RBG. Three starred reviews!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 o... read more

This first-ever LGBTQ history book of its kind for young adults will appeal to fans of fun, empowering pop-culture books like Rad American Women A-Z and Notorious RBG. Three starred reviews!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 o... read more

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

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 Barbershop Girl

Georgina Penney 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

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

For fans of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak and Judy Gregerson’s Bad Girls Club, this is a deeply moving and exquisite novel about a girl traumatized by her mother’s serious mental illness, and the steps she takes to save her from destruction.Bright lights, big trouble. When Van arrives in Las Vegas at the upscale Silver Saddle casino with her mother—a brilliant businesswoman with fragile mental... read more

For fans of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak and Judy Gregerson’s Bad Girls Club, this is a deeply moving and exquisite novel about a girl traumatized by her mother’s serious mental illness, and the steps she takes to save her from destruction.Bright lights, big trouble. When Van arrives in Las Vegas at the upscale Silver Saddle casino with her mother—a brilliant businesswoman with fragile mental... 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

"Written in the Ashes is one of those rare novels that sets 'history' afire, to bathe readers in the glow of a greater, hotter truth. Fans of The Mists of Avalon will find this romantic/alchemical/feminist/spiritual epic equally captivating."—Tom Robbins, bestselling author of Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life and Villa IncognitoIn the bloody clash between Christians and... read more

"Written in the Ashes is one of those rare novels that sets 'history' afire, to bathe readers in the glow of a greater, hotter truth. Fans of The Mists of Avalon will find this romantic/alchemical/feminist/spiritual epic equally captivating."—Tom Robbins, bestselling author of Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life and Villa IncognitoIn the bloody clash between Christians and... read more

Almost Paradise: A Novel

Corabel Shofner

A heartfelt debut about a spunky girl determined to save her family and find her way home.Twelve-year-old Ruby Clyde Henderson’s life changes 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 m... read more

A heartfelt debut about a spunky girl determined to save her family and find her way home.Twelve-year-old Ruby Clyde Henderson’s life changes 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 m... read more

Rebecca has 14 reviews

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Susan Hu

Rebecca gave me exactly what I needed: a clear perspective on all aspects of my writing. She was spot on with the problems in my book, which I knew existed but could not pinpoint myself. She is very honest with her critique and unsparingly picks out all the bad spots in the writing, and at the same time, she sees and articulates all the strengths and potential in it. Rebecca is a treasure trove...

, July 2017


John Danenbarger

Rebecca has an insanely wonderful talent at picking out what is missing in a novel and presenting it in both a positive, clear, and beneficial manner that only a few people (let alone editors) can manage. I am not often impressed with people's talents since a majority are simply not impressive. Rebecca blew me away with her concise explanations and reasoning. I picked her out of the bidding pro...

, June 2017


Sarah Biglow

Rebecca was great to work with. She delivered the editorial assessment we'd agreed upon a day early and was very gracious with discussing her feedback. She gave me lots to think on to help improve my manuscript and I know she'll be there along the way if I need to bounce ideas off her.

, May 2017


George Traikovich

Rebecca provided a clear and thorough analysis of my text while offering meaningful guidance to help me improve my writing

, May 2017


David Bartsch

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, May 2017

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