Pro Copyediting | Proofreading | Writing

Susan VanHecke Editorial

Providing a full range of professional editorial services to authors, editors, agents, organizations, and individuals seeking to create clear, powerful, and compelling communication.

Copyediting and proofreading | Writing, cowriting, and ghostwriting | Developmental editing | Fact-checking and research | Manuscript evaluation 


Experienced, Meticulous, Reliable, Responsive

As a certificate-holding copyeditor (UCSD) for Big 5 and indie publishers, a seasoned journalist, and an award-winning author of nonfiction and fiction for adults and young readers, I bring decades of experience, scrupulous attention to detail, and a profound respect for the writer's voice to each and every project. I specialize in texts related to arts and entertainment, with an emphasis on music.

Whether you're an editor looking for a meticulous and reliable copyeditor, an author preparing a manuscript for submission, or an individual with a story to tell, I can assist you at every step along the path to publication. Let's get to work! 

What Clients Are Saying

"Susan VanHecke was invited into [my] book project, and now I realize I couldn't have completed this without her. She painstakingly went through all of my old writings and then drew new material from me by asking questions. Great questions. She worked so fast and so well it felt like she was inside my head. Then she took all these pieces and wove them into a verbal and visual tapestry. Without Sue, I'd still be stuck with boxes of notes that looked more like confetti than anything close to a tapestry. Sue made this happen. Now I can't imagine writing without her."

Tom Wright
Coauthor, Roadwork: Rock & Roll Turned Inside Out (Hal Leonard, 2007/Omnibus UK, 2009)

"The book has come out very well. I think your co-writer and editor [Susan VanHecke] did a wonderful job and your credit to her says a lot. I'm proud to be a part of it."

Pete Townshend
Author of foreword to Roadwork: Rock & Roll Turned Inside Out (Hal Leonard, 2007/Omnibus UK, 2009), by Tom Wright and Susan VanHecke

"Without Susan VanHecke this book would not have happened at all. Not only did she make it happen, she made it the best it could possibly be. For me it was a learning experience, but for Sue I think it was 'business as usual.'"

Dean Kohler
Coauthor, Rock 'n' Roll Soldier: A Memoir (HarperCollins, 2009)

" make it sound as though I was there with [Dean], making music. Thanks again."

Graham Nash
On his VanHecke-edited foreword to Rock 'n' Roll Soldier: A Memoir, by Dean Ellis Kohler with Susan VanHecke (HarperCollins, 2009)

"A heartfelt thank you, Susan. I appreciate the time you put into making my manuscript crisp, polished, correct, and much better than before! I am so grateful."

"Thank you for the candid and detailed feedback. It is extremely helpful."


"Thank you for the manuscript evaluation. I have discussed it with my coauthor, and my editor and I just finished going through each point together. We have all found it very insightful and extremely helpful. We so appreciated your quick turnaround, but even more your ability to help us see things a bit differently. Thank you!"

"I just received the copyedited manuscript back. You did a great job and I'd like to thank you. It was well worth the cost."

"You've been a huge asset to me on this project."

"Thank you for being so responsive and for all that you've done to help get this book ready to publish."

"I am really impressed with your feedback and the level of detail in your notes. I can tell that you really went through the manuscript with an attention to detail. I'm confident that your editorial skills will make this book much better than it would have been otherwise."