Inkslinger Editing LLC
Catherine Adams — Editor & Mentor for Authors Transforming Their Writing Life
Welcome to Inkslinger—I’m Catherine. Living in New York City, I work as a developmental editor, a designer, and a fine arts photographer.
I have a dream job. For over ten years, I have mentored hundreds of writers in the production of books, essays, and short fiction/nonfiction for traditional, independent, and transmedia publishing. My clients have found agents and publishers and have won regional and national awards. Writers from all over North America, as well as a growing number from around the world, share with me their creative and professional work, looking for advice. That kind of trust and partnership brings both professional and personal rewards—professionally, my world view expands with each manuscript or piece I examine, and personally, I have been fortunate to have many of these writers become dear friends.
To shepherd writers and manuscripts through the publication process, I offer a range of editing services. Some take a quick, penetrating look at the manuscript project (see: New to Inkslinger? The Initial Evaluation Process). Others dive into the manuscript with great depth and precision (see: In-depth Editing: Overall Analysis & Comprehensive Line Editing or Nonfiction Proposals & Manuscripts). Still others attend to a specific aspect of the writing or submissions process (see respectively:Copyediting and Query Materials & Targeted Agent Research). I have services specific to the short fiction or nonfiction forms (see: Short Fiction & Nonfiction), and I actively seek to support writers throughout the creation and revision process (After the Edits: The Revision Process).
My job is to be here in whatever capacity you need to bring your short or book-length manuscript to your future readers. I look forward to hearing about your project.
—Catherine Michele Adams
Art Direction for Authors
For many writers, of course, the manuscript is just the first step for every writer charting the writing life. Here, too, I offer advice and experience. Inkslinger offers a unique, integrated approach to author mentorship that involves not only developmental editing but also boutique book design and the building of web & social media presence specifically tailored to the needs of authors. This is a new model for mentoring writers in the Internet and digital era. By combining my extensive experience in both publishing and art & design, I can provide new and established writers with visual strategies for promoting their work, as well as help develop web and social media strategies for building richer relationships between authors and readers.
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