About Judi Heidel

I bring a genuine love of reading, writing, syntax, grammar, and punctuation to my job. I enjoy the meticulous work involved in ensuring that your final product reflects the “4 Cs” of a professional writer—clarity, coherency, consistency, and correctness, which all serve the “Cardinal C”— Communication. Whether it is a novel or a website, that is why we write—to communicate. As a copyeditor, my job is to make sure that your message gets across to your reader.

Areas of expertise

  • Poetry
  • Memoir
  • Fiction and nonfiction books and articles
  • Academic papers in the humanities and social sciences
    (especially for those for whom English is a foreign language)


University of California, San Diego
Copyediting Certificate, March 2015

University of California, Los Angeles
Fiction writing certificate (in progress)

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Doctoral ABD, Classics – 1994
Master of Arts, Classics – 1991

American School of Classical Studies, Athens, Greece
Completed classical studies coursework, Summer 1991

Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut
Bachelor of Arts with honors, College of Letters, 1983
Wesleyan Program in Paris, January – June 1981


When not busy editing, I still spend most of my free time immersed in words. I have always been a devoted reader, with a special passion for literary and historical fiction. During my lunch breaks, you can catch me doing the New York Times crossword puzzle or (yes, I’m admitting this) playing word apps on my phone. Bringing a book and a chair to the beach in my hometown of San Clemente is one of the things I enjoy most.


Aces efa

Panel Presenter at the 2017 ACES St. Petersburg Conference