“Heather Whitaker is a master teacher of tension, plotting, and the integration of language and action. With 18 published books under my belt, I’ve learned more from her in the last few years than at any other point in my career. She is my narrative guru, my (now not-so-secret) secret weapon.”

—Julianna Baggott, best-selling, award-winning author of the Pure trilogy, The Provence Cure for the Broken-Hearted (written as BridgetAsher) and the Anybodies series (written as N.E. Bode)


“Heather has edited for me for the past four years in various capacities, ranging from brainstorming premises and story development to the fine-tunings of micro-tension and voice. For my debut novel COUNTING BACKWARDS, Heather worked with me from the earliest stages through the final rewrite. She’s a whiz at plot, conflict and pacing as well as developing authentic, believable characters. Rather than pointing out a story’s flaws, she identifies ways to make it stronger and delivers her suggestions for revision with both clarity and encouragement.

I honestly believe it was Heather’s discerning eye that helped me land an agent and a publishing contract.”

—Laura Lascarso, author of COUNTING BACKWARDS (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, August 2012), winner of the 2012 Florida Gold Book Award for young adult fiction


“As soon as I give Heather a manuscript, I start counting down the days until her edits arrive as she never fails to show me ways to make my story–and my writing–stronger. Whether it’s something as small as a line edit or as broad as a character arc, when Heather offers up her insights, you’d better believe I listen!”

—Angele McQuade