Working with Heath is an absolute MUST for any academic writer, whatever career stage you are at, or whatever piece of writing you are working on. Mere words cannot do justice to Heath’s approach. She is a rare find: attentive, clear, extremely thorough, and as quick and responsive as you need; able to work across disciplines, jurisdictions, and multiple writing formats seemingly with ease. I send my best and my worst work to her and each time it comes back with insightful improvements that I’d have never noticed prior. Although working with her has improved my writing technique, I still send all my editing work to her and will continue to do so—she’s my secret weapon. The only bad thing about how good she is is that I have to share her!
— Tayanah O'Donnell, Ph.D; LLB/BSSc. Climate Change Institute, Fenner School for Environment and Society. Australian National University (September 3, 2019)
I have no hesitation for recommending Heath if you are looking for a reliable, quality and professional editor. I had a great deal of help from her in polishing my PhD thesis.
— Soo Young Hwang, PhD. Human Rights Officer, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (May 9, 2019)
A quick, and way overdue, note to say how much I have loved your edits. I almost forgot I needed actually write to say so because, from my perspective, we’ve been in one long conversation this last month as I’ve been going through all of your revisions and comments. I’m nearly done and the book is so much better for your work, much tighter and more confident. I’m very grateful.
— Anna Watkins Fisher, PhD. American Culture and Digital Studies. University of Michigan (May 4, 2019)
Heath - I’m just reading through the draft and your edits are amazing. You really understood what I was trying to do with the paper. I am very grateful. Thank you!
— Meena Krishnamurthy, PhD. Philosophy. University of Michigan (March 29, 2019)
Heath did a marvelous job editing two crucial chapters of my manuscript, and she did it with great speed. Her work created a far more succinct, cogent, and clear structure for both of these chapters. Along the way, she asked thoughtful questions that helped me clarify the arguments made throughout the rest of the manuscript. Because of her insightful editing, Heath has made my manuscript more accessible and readable. I will certainly work with her in the future.
— Michael Dichio, PhD. Assistant Professor of Political Science. Fort Lewis College (March 26, 2019)
My co-author and I hired Heath to edit our political science book for style and to get our (very unorganized!) references in better order. Heath exceeded our expectations at both of of these tasks, working independently with little direction from us. When she asked us questions, they were always important. Our book is rather technical, as it includes both a formal mathematical theory and dozens of empirical statistical tests. Heath adeptly navigated the technical aspects of our language and helped us better color our prose to make our thesis clear. I’d hire Heath again without a moment’s hesitation!
— Courtenay R. Conrad, Ph.D. Department of Political Science. University of California–Merced (March 19, 2019)
My co-author and I used Heath to copyedit our political science book, both reference editing and editing for style/content. She did a fantastic job: she was very responsive, asked questions when needed, worked with the press, met our deadlines, and copyedited as a talented writer. She made edits directly when they were simple and asked questions when we needed to be true to our intended meaning. The questions she asked has made me think differently about my writing in other research since then! She also worked in LaTex for us which made our lives much easier. I would (and have!) recommend her to anyone writing in any academic context.
— Emily Ritter, PhD. Department of Political Science. Vanderbilt University (March 18, 2019)
Working with Heath is a delightful experience. She listens carefully and attentively. She is interested in ideas and in the expression of them. She meets you where you are. She is a talented editor, with a sharp eye for logic and evidence as well as lower-order concerns of style, grammar, and usage. When I was ready to throw out an article manuscript that had received a round of frustrating reviews, she helped me prioritize and come up with a strategy for revising and responding. I’m looking forward to working with her again soon.
— Jacquline Whitt, PhD. Strategic Studies Institute. US Army War College (March 11, 2019)
Heath has been fantastic help in assisting me with getting my PhD thesis across the line. She has shown boundless enthusiasm to engage with the content, despite being outside her field. Her edits and ideas are always well-structured and insightful. We worked together periodically for over a year, and she always demonstrated friendly patience with the frustrations of the submission process, and relieved some anxiety on what can be the most stressful time of the process. I’ll definitely use Heath again in my academic pursuits.
— Jamie Bruce, PhD candidate. Department of Psychology. University of Adelaide, Australia (March 5, 2019)
Heath is a pleasure to work with. She is patient, attentive, and she did the necessary background research to fully understand the nature of my book project. She completely understood my writing style and restructured it so it was more succinct. We worked together for over a year and I will definitely work with her for my 3rd book and PhD dissertation. She is a talented editor who brings out the best in anyone’s writing.
— Mark Aaron Polger, Assistant Professor and First Year Outreach Librarian. College of Staten Island, CUNY (November 26, 2018)
After reading and rereading my manuscript so many times, I could no longer really see it. With fresh eyes and a sharp mind, Heath helped me to cut out redundancies, enhance cohesion, and restructure for clarity. Thanks to her close editing, my manuscript is now far more readable and thus impactful. I would recommend working with Heath to anyone who wants to sharpen their writing.
— Ali Heller, PhD. Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland (June 7, 2018)
Heath Sledge did transformative work for my book, improving it on every level, and it was an absolute pleasure to work with her. A brilliant editor, she really understood me—my needs as well as my writing. I will be forever grateful!
— Jesse Matz, PhD. Department of English and Literature, Kenyon College (May 3, 2018)
I came to Heath with a draft of an application essay that had been frustrating me for weeks. She helped me highlight its strengths, cut out its weakest parts, and tighten up the prose until it sounded polished and professional. The essay is now something I am proud of instead of something I want to set on fire. She is fantastic to work with.
— Genevieve Romeo, PhD. (August 30, 2017)
I’ve described Heath Sledge to my friends in the following way: She’s basically the Wizard of Oz, but not a phony at all. I have never met her in person, she’s great and powerful, and she’s there to grant my wishes (given that my wishes concern writing and editing help).

I enthusiastically recommend her services. She line-by-line edited my turgid prose when I needed the help/confidence to send my writing off to a publisher. She also provides structural feedback, helpful suggestions, editing to a publisher’s style guides, and constructive criticism. My first book is now accepted and soon-to-be ready for press!
— Ashley Shew, PhD. Department of Science and Technology in Society, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (June 2, 2017)
My experience with Heath can only be described as ideal. Beside the normal efficiency of meeting deadlines and working with my schedule, she was able to transform my ideas and my words into easy to read prose even though my content was based on hard science. She was a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend her if you are writing any non-fiction text or if you are an academic who needs a coach to help transform technical content into engaging narrative.
— Bobby Hoffman, PhD. Educational Psychology, University of Central Florida (May 17, 2017)
Heath was of great help to review my master’s thesis. She was able to wrap her head around my topic and understood my thought very well. Heath is very fun to work with, and I would work with her again anytime! Even my mom understood my thesis!
— Francis Benoit, Master of Design candidate, York University (April 20, 2017)
Heath was an incredible editor. She takes the time to look carefully into the details. In fact, she had significant contribution to the ideas and concepts I used in my dissertation, she goes way beyond the typical editing. In addition to her professional contribution, she cares about her work and delivers on time.

The quality of her input was different from any other editor I worked with and I highly recommend her.

I will continue working with her in the future.
— Amir Gohar, PhD. Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, University of California at Berkeley (March 23, 2017)
I am very pleased with the feedback Heath provided for my dissertation. She significantly addressed the primary concern of my document (wordiness) and provided other useful feedback, such as improving my thesis statement, that improved the quality of my work. Thanks so much Heath! She was kind enough to work me into her busy schedule and provide feedback in a quick manner.
— Sean Sanders. PhD candidate. Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (March 21, 2017)
I have just read all the notes and comments you include in the document. What can I say? I am very impressed by the combination of editorial expertise, critical penetration and sympathetic understanding these comments evince. You’ve made my day! Thank you for such a thorough and yet friendly reading [and] for your kindness, intelligence, and help. Copy-editing is a difficult art demanding rare talents: this is something some publishers seem to ignore. I wish they knew that people like you are actually out there in the business!
— Julián Jimenez Heffernan, PhD. English and Comparative Literature, University of Córdoba, Spain (January 17, 2017)
I reached out to Heath during the final stage of writing my dissertation. I was working to meet the conflicting demands of committee members and unable to identify the frequent grammatical mistakes I was making nor able to weave a consistent narrative. She helped me do both! She is professional, responsive, and was a joy to work with. I am grateful for Heath’s editorial abilities and positive encouragement.
— Adelle Monteblanco, PhD. Department of Sociology, University of Texas El Paso (January 11, 2017)
Heath is one of those rare people who can simultaneously see the big picture and the details, and her editing reflects this talent. She’s dedicated, responsive, punctual, and has the ability to work with challenging interdisciplinary texts. I can’t recommend her enough.
— Kaitlin Costello, PhD. Information Science, Rutgers University (October 6, 2016)
As an editing contractor for an Israeli publisher producing English versions of Hebrew books, I’ve engaged Heath twice (so far), for one fiction book and one non-fiction. Translated material is difficult to edit—one must infer the correct meaning and then edit appropriately. Heath’s outstanding editing skills meet my high professional standards easily. For instance, in the last book, a transcribed memoir of 150k words, she left *one* error that an editing program picked up, and standardized the inconsistent stylings of the author—as well as ensuring the MS was grammatically correct. Hire Heath and you won’t regret it!
— Susan Uttendorfsky, owner, Adirondack Editing (September 2, 2016)
Thank you so much! I really love your edited version. It makes more sense and is more clear, and even my wife can understand it now (she knows nothing about CS). ;) I’d love to recommend Heath to my friends who also have acadmic edit needs.
— Chen Liu. Ph.D. candidate. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Delaware (August 26, 2016)
To begin, Heath’s email communication is prompt and direct. She quickly understands your needs and prepares a strong plan for you to move forward with your project. I was especially impressed with Heath’s turn-around time—it really motivated me to gain the necessary momentum to push through revisions on my manuscript. All of her comments were pointed and professional, and the edits she made maintained my “voice.” It was such a pleasure to work with Heath!
— María J. Durán. Ph.D. candidate. English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. (August 22, 2016)
I turned to Heath Sledge for editorial advice as a late-stage doctoral candidate who was utterly incapable of seeing punctuation or linguistic mishaps any more. Within a few hours Heath set me back on course with elegant solutions, and with the light touch that only a first class editor possesses, Heath returned my confidence and enabled me to see that my dissertation could be finished with a few tweaks and with external insight. Thank you Heath!
— Suzanne Steele, BMus, MLIS, PhD. English, University of Exeter. (August 5, 2016)
Heath, you are wonderful! I have taken into account most of your comments. You also caught some egregious errors that you might not be expected to catch—as an English editor.
— Darrel Stafford, PhD. Biology, UNC-CH. (June 21, 2016)
As a researcher in the humanities, I have found Heath’s editing services invaluable when finessing ideas, particularly when preparing work for publication. In one instance Heath helped me condense a longer work for journal publication, in the process streamlining my argument and helping me strengthen my ideas while clarifying my prose. In another essay recently accepted for publication in American Literature, Heath offered feedback that dramatically improved the quality of my argument and flawlessly transitioned my style from MLA to Chicago. She has an excellent eye for detail and her extensive training allows her to offer incisive feedback that enhances the quality of my research.
— Ben Bolling, PhD. English and Comparative Literature. UNC-CH. (April 12, 2016)
Heath’s help has been invaluable as I rethink my stolid, academic dissertation into a dynamic, readable yet rigorous work of serious non-fiction. Not only has she helped me see gaps and opportunities to improve, she has helped me immeasurably with overcoming the terrors of writing. I wish my previous experiences with editors had been as good!
— Stephanie Morgan, Ph.D. Director of Member Education, CompTIA (March 8, 2016)
Heath provided valuable insight and improved the organizational flow of several documents of mine that were reviewed. Feedback was appropriate and invaluable. In addition, questions and correspondence were both pleasant and expeditious. Thank you for your help.
— James Puglia, Ed.D. candidate. Educational Technology Leadership. New Jersey City University (March 7, 2016).
Dr. Sledge edited an article that we had been working on with a small research team in preparation for publication. The work was collaboratively written and we were concerned that it should have a unified voice and presentation, but that we were unable to see the problems where they were. Not only did she succeed in incorporating our different voices and writing styles into a consolidated narrative, but she gave invaluable advice about restructuring our prose such that the logic of our arguments were clear, concise, and coherent. We had spent so much time writing and rewriting this work that we were lost in it. Without Heath’s contribution, the article may never have reached a state in which we would have been comfortable submitting it. If you want to publish your work and ensure that your readers take something valuable away from it, enlist Heath’s considerable skills and talent as an editor. You will not regret it!
— John D. Martin III, Ph.D. candidate. Information Science. UNC-Chapel Hill (March 2, 2016).
Heath has worked with my research group on several rounds of revisions to NIH grant proposals and journal articles for publication. She is easy to work with, responsible, and turns things around when she says she will. She has helped us present our research so that it can be understood by scientists not in our particular field; her advice on restructuring paragraphs and sentences for clarity have made our work much more accessible to non-specialists and much more readable. The writing she has helped us with has a high success rate, and she’s always available to explain changes and collaborate on further revisions. I continue to call on her whenever I or my students need help communicating our research findings.
— Darrel Stafford, Ph.D. Biology. UNC-Chapel Hill (September 4, 2015)
Heath’s view of language and editing is far more than just a collection of rules to be followed. She understands that language is dynamic and always fulfills a purpose, and she is perceptive about our purpose in science. I’m really impressed with her knowledge of clean, economical, and clear writing, and for that alone her services are exceptional. The value she adds is in knowing the standards of how we practice science, and what matters to us in reading and thinking about science writing. I’m a pretty good writer - not brilliant, but I could have done okay on my own. Heath knew how to elevate and connect my ideas; she helped me weave them into a great story.
— Anne-Marie Hoskinson, Ph.D. Biology. Michigan State University (October 22, 2015)
Heath has been worked with us for several years on a couple of projects. Her editing is very thoughtful and in details, her the comments are very helpful. I am surprised that she can get (or grasp) the overall idea of our project quickly and edit our work according to the scientific logic behind it. I was inspired by some of her thoughtful comments in designing one of my experiment on vitamin K epoxide reductase study. With her great help, we have renewed our NIH R01 grant and published several papers in the prestige journals in the field.
— Jian-Ke "Jack" Tie, Ph.D. Biology. UNC-Chapel Hill (October 15, 2015)
Heath was fast and thorough, and I would definitely recommend her editing services.
— Diana Walsh Pasulka, Ph.D. Philosophy and Religion. UNC-Wilmington (October 12, 2015)
Recently, I worked with Heath to finalize an article for publication. Her thoughtful and precise comments on the manuscript helped me identify a key section to revise that could be clarified with additional explanation. Without her editorial assistance, the readers may have missed the importance of that particular component. She is precise and fluent in multiple citation styles. In particular, her assistance with the APA style guide for the journal streamlined the polishing process. I really appreciate her attention to detail and will be calling on her expertise for future projects.
— Jennifer Ware, Ph.D. Communications. Wright State University (August 25, 2015)
Dr. Heath Sledge has worked with our group and many students in the department over the years. She helped edited many of our scientific publications, which are widely read for several years. Her edits focus not only on the writing mechanics and grammar, but also suggest areas where the exposition of our papers can improve in terms of style and effectiveness in communicating the main themes of our work. In addition, she often explained the rationales behind her suggested changes; these insights helped us improve our scientific writing in the long run as well.
— Ming C. Lin, Ph.D. Computer Science. UNC-Chapel Hill (August 31, 2015)
She always responded timely to our request for help in proofreading. She not only edited grammatical errors but also corrected confusing paragraphs. In addition, she helped us with the format consistency in our writing.
— Shan Yang, PhD candidate. Computer Science. UNC-Chapel Hill (August 31, 2015)