I live in New York City.
I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, attending a leading academic high school that facilitated enrollment in University of Louisville art history and English classes, starting when I was 15. I attended Western Kentucky University in the summer between my junior and senior years of high school, taking honors English and history. I then attended St. Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN), graduating as Valedictorian with multiple honors in art, art history, and women’s studies.
After college, I continued art historical studies at the University of Iowa. I have a Master’s Degree and am A.B.D. in Art History with concentrations in 20th-Century Art, 18th-Century Art, and Contemporary Rhetorical Studies. I received numerous awards, grants, and fellowships from federal, private, and university sources, including a University of Iowa Presidential Fellowship, a Bodine Fellowship, a T. Anne Cleary Fellowship, a FLAS Fellowship (for Hindi), and a Stanley Foundation Fellowship. Before editing, I taught writing and speech at The University of Iowa for seven years. I also taught 20th-century art history at The University of Iowa and at Iowa State University.
I admit to great bouts of wanderlust. Over the years, I have lived in a variety of places where I have researched contemporary art, textiles, fashion, and literature, including Paris, Berlin, New Delhi, San Francisco—and now New York City.
In 2002, I started my career as a fine arts photographer and printer. My hand-crafted prints, produced in 19th-century techniques, are held in private and public collections. You can view portfolios at: www.catherinemicheleadams.com.
In 2003, I began my work as a developmental editor. As happens so often in the publishing field, this turn happened without me even thinking about it. My enjoyment in teaching writing at the University of Iowa merged with my enjoyment in discussing literature and writing with a key group of friends, all from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. I was offered a job, and I ran with it.
In 2009, I started Inkslinger Editing as an independent platform for offering editing services. I have worked on a wide range of fiction and nonfiction projects, including Transmedia projects ushering in a new publishing arena. I design websites and offer guidance as writers consider choices about agents, venues, and the next steps in their careers. I have written well over 7000 pages of critical analysis for more than 350 clients. I have also content line edited well over 50,000 manuscript pages (I stopped counting a long time ago). My clients have found agents and publishers and have won regional and national awards.
For more details about my journey as a developmental editor, please see this interview.