Testimonials

“Deborah Heimann is a great editor. She is not only highly skilled in the uses of language, she takes into account the style and sensibilities of the writer in making her corrections and suggestions. I highly recommend her.” –Ernest Hebert, author of The Old American, Never Back Down, and the seven-novel Darby Chronicles

“Thanks for all of your excellent copyediting work on my text. My book is clearly better and I’m far more confident in its accuracy because of it. You do exemplary work.” –Richard A. Griggs, author of Psychology: A Concise Introduction

“I’ve been working with Deb Heimann for over twenty years. She is the editor/dramaturg to whom I bring new work, especially work that is breaking form or pushing the envelope on subject matter. I can only describe her talents, insight and skills as brilliant. She has repeatedly cut to the core of problem issues I didn’t know existed or did but could not articulate. My pieces – both short form and long, fiction and memoir – burst into their full potential because of her feedback. I cannot stress how much better my work has become and how much I’ve grown as a writer because of her efforts. She truly is a rare editor.” –CO Moed, author of several works of fiction, plays, and the My Private Coney project, blogging at It Was Her New York

“Being a a new playwright, Deb gave me invaluable help, beyond an editor (i.e., identifying dialog needing clarification), to being a dramaturg-coach. Her questions consistently helped me improve my script. And her feedback as to what was working and why was always very instructive. Moreover, Deb’s methodical review of the work, providing a format to track number of exchanges between characters and what was learned in each scene, provided insight for further editing. Beyond an eye for detail, Deb’s feedback on the big story arc and energy from each character (to keep the plot moving through conflict resolution) helped me collaborate with the play’s composer. Her commitment to see the project through to a staged reading was vital to advancing the work. On top of all that, Deb has begun to teach me about self-editing. I’ve been most fortunate to work with her since our very first session. Her fees are very reasonable, but her value is priceless–I recommend Deb’s professionalism and ability to create real rapport without hesitation.” –Joy Kosta, playwright of Tango Tonight! and founding partner of Strategic Workforce Development

“Deb Heimann’s superb editing skills have helped my writing come alive. Her gentle, thoughtful comments and suggestions were always right on. She has edited two complete novels for me, and I know I can pretty much click on “accept all changes” and be confident that the grammar, syntax and structure are as they should be. Her work has been completed on time, and at a reasonable cost. Highly recommended.” –C.I. Dennis, author of Tanzi’s Heat and Tanzi’s Ice

“Deb did a meticulous job copy-editing a 400+ page curriculum for us and was a complete pleasure to work with. She worked at a rapid clip, catching inconsistencies we had failed to notice; the fact that she is an experienced editor was immediately evident. She was thorough, great at communicating with us, flexible, and really immersed herself in understanding the project. We feel like we have another author who has joined us in our commitment to this work.”
–Janice Bloom and Lori Chajet, co-directors, College Access: Research & Action (CARA) and authors of College Inquiry: A College Access Curriculum for Middle and High School

“Deb’s detailed analysis of every word, line, paragraph, and structure was excellent…. Deb offered praise and critique for grammar, characters, themes, dialogue, and more…. Most importantly, she grasped the soul of our story. Our biggest fear in hiring an editor was that it would create a corporate blandness in our work. To the contrary, Deb grasped the story’s essence, and pushed it to its potential. Furthermore, Matt and I, the original Brothers Plad, stayed sane and saved our brotherhood. Hiring an editor, who is also a writer, is a great investment. Deb understands both writing and writers.”
–Sean Plasse (Watermelon Tourmaline), co-author, The Brothers Plad and the Mystery Trout
For more details about Deb from Sean, click here.

“Being a first time novelist, Deb entered my life at the perfect juncture. I was desperate for a professional editor equipped with a magic bag of tricks that would take my novel to a new level. Enter Deb…her editing experience, life experience, attention to quality, accuracy, and natural ability to grasp the big picture without needing explanation, completed my novel. Because of Deb’s unyielding support, I feel confident my writing will always achieve its best quality. She is genuinely interested and takes a personal investment into each work she is editing. Deb has lifted me up when my confidence waned and continually provides invaluable thoughts and concepts for future novels. Her efficiency is such that I have to write faster, just to keep up!”
–T.M. Swanson, author, Between the Cheeks

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