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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Heath was fast and thorough, and I would definitely recommend her editing services.
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.
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.
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.