Harvard Girl Professional Writing, Editing,
& Book Shepherding Services

We make words work as hard as you do

Heidi Connolly

Writer, Editor, Self-publishing Consultant,
Coach, and Workshop Facilitator


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Writing and Editing with Conscious Intent
(A New Kind of) Ghostwriting: Writing with the Dead

Contact me for more information about all of my services and rates.


Crossing the Rubicon: Love Poems Past the Point of No Return by Heidi Connolly is now also available on Amazon and at 2lakespublishing.com

"I recommend Crossing the Rubicon for those in grief who have lost a loved one. After death communications, which are now recognized as common and universal experiences, come in many varieties. The message, however, is the same: I am okay, I am still here, and I still love you. Heidi's book is a beautiful example of these fundamental principles."
Dr. Allan Botkin, author of After Death Communication

Click here to read the prologue to Crossing the Rubicon.


Crossing the Rubicon in audiobook format through venues world-wide including Amazon and iTunes.
Narrated by Heidi Connolly
Inspirational improvisational flute by Heidi Connolly

Including an invitation to hear Randy's final words in his unique language, which he called "the language of the emotions" or "the language of source," as he passed over. Link here to a 5-minute sample of the Prologue and "Wishing," two poems of love and loss.

5.2 MB

"This book will inspire many bereaved individuals." 
Terri Daniel, author of A Swan in Heaven: Conversations Between Two Worlds and Embracing Death: A New Look at Grief, Gratitude, and God;
founder of the Afterlife Conference

"Thank you very much for sharing with me this very special, incredible, work. I felt as if I'd been granted special access to a unique and very private part of two people's lives. I hope this book will touch many souls."
Dr. Piero Calvi-Parisetti, scientist, author, grief counselor

"Crossing the Rubicon is the sacred song of a broken heart."
- J.T. Sines, MA transpersonal psychology

"When I heard you read, I couldn't stop the tears." - South Coast Writers Conference participant at the book's first reading on Valentine's Day, 2014

Those who have experienced the deep loss of a loved one will find their feelings expressed in this honest look at love, loss, and death and the inextricable link among them. - Tony Prewit, author of Journey in the Mind's Eye of a Poet

"Heidi interprests and communicates these complex insights, emotions, and conclusions with a simple, straightforward brilliance that few people have the ability to convey in writing. This book is 'perfection personified.'"
- Greta Medlin, award-winning journalist and author of The Tender Void.

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One-day Workshops
Writing & Editing with Conscious Intent

"Your workshop changed my life!"
"It doesn't matter what the topic is, I come to all your workshops."
- 2014 Workshop Participants

Conscious intent speaks to our ability to become fully aware of why we choose each word we put on the page. It means partnering the left and right brain in new ways and with surprising results. It means being receptive to new modes of receiving and relaying information, paying attention to what feels right—and what doesn’t—and then relating that knowledge to every writing decision we make. (Download pdf workshop flyer here)

This is a one-of-a-kind workshop. Takeaways focus on accessing, developing, and integrating personalized writing techniques and tools using TruthWriting, Dialoguing with Your Future Self, and WordRhymics. Learn how to recognize the resonance of truth and apply that to your writing to achieve the reader response you crave.

Email me and book your Conscious Intent Workshop today!

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“When my dead husband woke me up from a deep sleep one night at 3 a.m. and said, ‘Get out your notebook and a pen and start writing,’ I had no choice but to listen. The result—a book of downloaded poetry and the knowledge that those who pass on are doing everything they can to communicate with those of us who have been ‘left behind’—is something I could never have foreseen. It is this staggering realization that has guided me along the path to healing in an infinitely less destructive and, in fact, brilliantly life-affirming way.”

The verses in Crossing the Rubicon represent the “new language” Randy Connolly promised to share with Heidi, and reach directly into the reader’s heart and soul. And yet it is Heidi Connolly’s starkly honest story of loss and renewal through her acquired ability to converse with Randy and others on the other side of the veil that makes this book so utterly spellbinding.

While Crossing the Rubicon addresses the deep grieving that comes from losing the love of one’s life, it also celebrates the profound joy of connectedness, truth, and the energetic frequency of love as expressed in verse. Anyone who has ever lost a loved one will find their own feelings articulated and experience the freedom of release that brings peace.

The verses take the form of an ongoing conversation between two lovers, one who has crossed over and one who has remained behind in human form, and the author’s story of how she came to understand her new “abilities” through the death of her husband adds a level of depth and power to the raw integrity of the poems themselves. Though this book may be viewed as a direct confrontation with death, it is surely one that holds within it the seeds of new life.

The idiom “crossing the Rubicon” means to pass a point of no return. It refers to the event in 49 BC when Julius Caesar led his army across the Rubicon River, even though he knew this act meant they might never be able to go home again. In this work, Heidi Connolly offers each of us a way to cross the threshold of our own personal to the shores of a new way of living.


The 19th annual South Coast Writers Conference in Gold Beach, Oregon ( http://www.socc.edu/scwriters/) took place on Valentine's Day weekend. It was a huge success. The caliber of presenters was astonishing--all of them approachable, smart, brilliant writers, with great senses of humor to boot. Perhaps you'll be inspired to join us next year! Here are a couple of comments about my workshops:

"Your workshop was one of the most revelatory sessions I've had in years. Now, I'm working on listening, and today I was inspired to write something totally unlike anything I've ever writen before. Perhaps your inspiring words have altered my thinking on writing slightly,
but that's like saying there was a small shift on an ocean liner. It will make a huge difference
in the end."

"I've been looking for someone for years to help me with my book. You're the answer."

"I am very grateful to you for responding so quickly to my publisher's request. Loyalty is a marvelous quality...you have that indeed, above and beyond simple financial considerations."

- Avraham Avi-hai, author of A Tale of Two Avrahams, originally self-published, now published by Gefen Publishing, Jerusalem, Israel

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2014 Workshops:

Cracking the Nut: Writing and Editing with Conscious Intent

A Self-publishing Primer: Potential, Pitfalls, and Profitability
Everything you need to know about the new, wonderful world of self-publishing including how to avoid the potholes of the ever more prolific self-publishing marketplace.

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  Harvard Girl Detailed Services

As a seasoned writer, editor, book designer and self-publishing consultant of 17 years, I work with first-time and professionals on fiction and nonfiction manuscripts, both for trade and online sales through print-on-demand (POD) venues.

I am the coauthor of 4 books. My areas of expertise include several fiction genres, nonfiction (specializing in self-help and spirituality), and business communications. I pride myself on being a true writer's advocate and have been said to "channel" my authors' messages so the words appear to come directly from them to the page.

  • Writing (books, web content, marketing materials)
  • Workshops and consulting
  • Proofreading, copyediting, substantive rewriting (fiction/nonfiction)
  • Customized book cover design and interior book design
  • Full self-publishing services ("book shepherding"). Working with your publisher (e.g., Lulu, iUniverse, Amazon's Createspace) to create a perfect bound or hardcover edition of your book
  • Ebook production (for Kindle and all EPub devices)
  • Business publications and communications (including website and blog content editing)
  • Manuscript critiques
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Schedule some time to learn about the finances and budgeting of self-published book production or talk to me about your editing project.
Your first consult of up to 15 minutes is always free. I also offer estimates and sample edits at no charge. Let's see if we're a match.

Call me, a.k.a. Harvard Girl, at 541.329.0217541.329.0217 or email me at heidi@harvardgirledits.com.

Click here to watch a short Youtube video (1:48) about the power of words and the philosophy behind my work.

[A note on fees: Although fees are based on individual project parameters, including word count and level of editing or design, the EFA (Editorial Freelancers Association) does provide a rate chart of fees typically charged by freelance publishing professionals (including writers, editors, graphic designers, and proofreaders). This chart may be accessed by clicking on the link here. Editorial Freelancers Association rate chart]
Your book is on the line, so make it the best--the most professional--it can be.

Whether you work with me on your manuscript, business proposal, or self-published masterpiece, you will always know that it's YOUR message that matters and YOUR message that will be heard in the end product.

Learn more about me...

View some of the recent self-published books my clients and I have produced.

"Beyond simply being a gatekeeper to the esoteric world of English language grammar, Heidi fostered my writing toward greater coherence and decisiveness. Though I approached the concept of hiring a professional editor with skepticism, my conversion was rapid. I preach the faith now and gladly drink the Kool-aid. Pour us two cups, Heidi! (You drink first.)" - Stephen J. Lewis, author of Dead Men Tell No Lies, 2011.

"Heidi is a thoroughly intelligent editor who immersed herself in my work. Her comments were both supportive and perceptive. For critical narrative and character development issues, her comments were not overly directive and she stimulated my own creativity in finding solutions." - William Espinosa, Atty. in International Law,

Washington, DC, 2009



  • Editorial Services: Book development, substantive editing, manuscript critiquing (for plot, voice, character development, etc., proofreading, copyediting)
  • Book Design Services: All elements of internal text formatting and layout, graphic design of photos and images, and cover/jacket design
  • Book Proposals: Complete synopses and book proposals for submission to publishers and literary agents


I'll help you learn what you need to know to:

  • Navigate the complicated world of self-publishing
  • Purchase an ISBN number or bar code yourself
  • Get your book listed with Amazon.com
  • Choose the best on-line printer of short-run books or the best "print-on-demand" (POD) or "self-publishing service"
Get the information you need. Sign up now for an hour of consulting for $100 with a free extra 15 minutes for first-time clients.


  • All editorial services (included copy editing, proofreading and substantive rewrites and as listed above) from manuscript to bound book (either hardcover or perfect bound editions)
  • ISBN/barcode procurement and Library of Congress registration
  • Interior book design and production
  • Cover and jacket design and production
  • Printer bids and print supervision through to finished book production
  • Editing of newsletters, brochures, letters, emails and Web site content...no project too small to correct for grammar, punctuation, consistency, word usage, stylistic integrity,etc.
  • Creation of marketing materials--newsletters, brochures, business cards, fliers, etc.
  • Graphic design for charts, reports, proposals and PowerPoint projects

“I heard Heidi speak at a writer’s workshop in Brookings, Oregon, and was convinced she was the one to edit my book. Now I know I made the right choice. She has my full endorsement.”  - Ellen T. McKinsey, Crescent City, CA, 2008, author of Jofi: Star Seeker Series, Book I

Don’t forget to visit www.2lakespublishing.com for books written by

Heidi and Randy Connolly

Member EFA (Editors Freelance Association) NY, NY;

South Coast Writers Conference Presenter (Workshops: "Conversations with a Freelance Editor" & "The Power of Self-publishing") 2006, 2010. SOCC information here.

Member Bandon Chamber of Commerce, Bandon, Oregon

Member SOMOS (Society Of The Muse Southwest), Taos, New Mexico

Member NIEG (Northwest Independent Editors Guild)

Conversant in Chicago Manual of Style and AP Stylebook

TELEPHONE: 541.329.0217

EMAIL: heidi@harvardgirledits.com

Heidi Connolly, a.k.a. Harvard Girl, copyright 2007