Scott Heim

Scott Heim - Editor

Boston, MA, USA

I've published three novels with HarperCollins. I also work as a freelance fiction editor, copyeditor, and proofreader.

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I'm a novelist (three books with HarperCollins; the first, Mysterious Skin, was made into a 2005 film); besides writing, I also work as a freelance editor, copyeditor, and proofreader (I am currently freelancing for Kensington; in the past, I worked with Simon & Schuster, Crown, and others). I have edited novels and story collections, specializing in literary fiction, LGBTQ fiction, and occasional mysteries / true crime. Currently, I am offering my copyediting / proofreading services and occasional help with fiction editing.
English (US)
LGBTQ Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
LGBTQ Non-Fiction
True Crime


  • M.A., English (University of Kansas)
  • M.F.A., Writing (Columbia University)


  • Lambda Literary Award for Fiction (2009)
  • Sundance Screenwriters Lab Fellowship (1999)
  • International Writer-In-Residence, London Arts Board (1998)

Work experience

Freelance copyeditor and proofreader

March, 2020 – Present (about 1 year)

Freelance work (both copyediting and proofreading) on several original works of fiction.

Freelance proofreader

July, 1994 – September, 2015 (about 21 years)

For many years, I worked as a freelance proofreader for Simon & Schuster / Pocket Books. (When I relocated from New York to Boston, however, I wasn't able to obtain as much freelance work, unfortunately!)

Administrative Assistant / Reader

Denise Marcil Literary Agency
August, 1993 – September, 2002 (about 9 years)

While living in New York, I worked as an assistant to Denise Marcil, a literary agent. I learned a lot about the publishing business, reading manuscripts, coordinating author royalties and payments, and doing general office work.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

The Walk-In Closet

Nazemian, Abdi

The Souvenir Museum: Stories

McCracken, Elizabeth

The Forgotten Ones

Ferguson, Douglas

A Grateful Nation

Weinberg, Ivan

The First Time I Heard

Heim, Scott, Nooten, Pieter, Franklin, Adam, Anderson, Emma, Gedge, David Lewis, Greer, James, Kadane, Matt, Rhodes, Lou, Refoy, Mark, Joseph, Sheri, Garcia, Dean, Franklin, Emily, Masters, Ian, Budd, Harold, Fong, Lincoln, Fixsen, Guy, Wolbert, Anka, Van Hoen, Mark, Narcizo, David, Balfe, David, King, Dave, Foos, Laurie, Peacock, Annette, Larson, Nathan, Briscoe Hay, Vanessa, Gannon, Craig, Deanovich, Connie, Williams, Anna-Lynne, Leavitt, Caroline, Berenyi, Miki, McIntyre, Vestal , Wedren, Craig, Kenny, Andrew, Scott, Simon, Livingston, Paul, Wilson, Kaia, Phipps, Simon, Grant, John, Appleton, Dominic, Hoover, Michelle, Wells, Kellie, Mould, Bob, Segel, Jonathan, Clarke, Mia, Christopher, Roy, Silberman, Peter, Savill, Christian, Prinz, Andrew, Heim, Scott

Scott has 1 review

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

manjula stokes
Scott Heim's attention to detail astounds me. I'd been over and over my manuscript, but missed errors that Scott caught and corrected. I appreciate his professionalism and communication, and the way he improved the novel by adding comments and questions. He's a joy to work with. I'll definitely hire him again in the future!

manjula stokes, February 2021

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