Saturday, May 6, 2017

Meet ShoreIndie Editor Rebecca Heyman

Rebecca Faith Heyman started editing in 2007, while completing her Masters in English & American Literature at NYU. Her no-nonsense editing style is precise, spacious, honest, and compassionate, and has fostered countless collaborations with indie and traditionally published authors alike. Rebecca serves as an advisor to the board of Reedsy, a curated marketplace for book industry professionals and winner of the 2015 Futurebook award for BookTech Company of the Year, and is the founder/director of The Work Conference, an annual writers’ event in NYC. Notable releases (2017): The Alchemists of Loom (Kova, Silver Wing Press); Queer, There and Everywhere (Prager, HarperCollins); Project Semicolon: Your Story Isn’t Over (Bleuel, HarperCollins); Welcome to the Slipstream (Burian, Merit/Simon&Schuster); Hot Mess (Belden, Graydon House/Harlequin).

For ShoreIndie 2017, Becca is excited to receive submissions that fit the following MSWL:

For both adult and YA audiences, I'm looking for urban/contemporary fantasy (no high fantasy); historical fiction/historical romance; contemporary romance with strong female heroines and lots of consensual sexiness (no badly portrayed "dom" men who don't actually understand sub/dom culture, please and thank you); adult commercial fiction; and contemporary YA. I am particularly interested in the compassionate representation of mental illness, LGBTQ+, and underrepresented identities/cultures that reflect an author's reality.

Manuscript word count MUST be at or below 90k words for consideration -- I will automatically reject anything over 90k, no exceptions.

If your manuscript opens with a character waking up, or relies heavily on amnesia/forgotten memories/nightmares, please DO NOT send it to me.

Follow Becca on Twitter, check out her Website and her writers' conference, The Work Conference, and ask her all your questions during her #ShoreIndie #AskEditor sessions on Monday, May 29th at 8pm ET and Wednesday, May 31st at 8pm ET.

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