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Catherine Adams
Developmental Editor
Writing Mentor

I have a dream job. For over fifteen 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 and from around the world share with me their creative and professional work, looking for advice. That level of trust and partnership brings inspiring rewards—professionally, my world view expands with each manuscript, and 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 that dive into the manuscript with great depth and precision, tailoring my critique and advice to the individual needs of story, from structure to voice to plot intensification.  I also provide support during the submissions process to literary agencies through review of query materials and help with targeted agent searches.  For those authors seeking to build their Internet presence or to take the publishing process into their own hands, I draw on my creative work as an artist to offer a unique, integrated approach to author mentorship that marries manuscript development with boutique book design and website construction.

I am here in whatever capacity you need to bring your story efficiently, beautifully, and powerfully to your future readers.  I look forward to hearing about your project.

"What is a developmental editor?" you ask...

In 2012, I was asked by a writer and literary blogger Kimberly Shursen to give an interview about being a developmental editor. It was a privilege to be able to talk about the process and my history to a wider audience.

Interview with an editor…

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