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Cate Baum

Cate Baum - Editor

Spain

Cambridge-educated book editor with fifteen years experience, specialising in editing for indie/self-published books and product blurbs.

Overview

I am an experienced editor and book reviewer, and owner of Self-Publishing Review, Indie Book Editing, and Cate Baum Editing Consultancy. I am a Brit with experience in UK/US/AU/NZ English. I was educated in Cambridge and London in the UK and have lived in Los Angeles, USA. I now live in Spain. I speak French and Spanish, which means I specialize in non-native English authors writing books in English. I ensure that books I edit are checked for formatting issues before publication into e-book formats on request. I also provide a corporate editing and copywriting service, including back of book and Amazon product blurb creation.

You will quoted per page for books. Please note the industry standard for a manuscript page is a firm 250 words.

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Adventure African American fiction Anthologies Crime & Mystery Cultural & Ethnic Themes Fantasy Historical Fiction Horror Inspirational LGBTQ Literature Mashups Romance Science Fiction Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Architecture Art Computers & Internet Design Education & Reference Entertainment Photography Publishing Technology

Certifications

  • BA Hons
  • Postgraduate Certificate
  • TEFL

Awards

  • Best Website AIA
  • National Indie Excellence

Work experience

Editor and Copywriter

Cate Baum Editing
April, 2015 – Present (over 2 years)

Book editing, copywriting, product blurb creation, and web copy services for B2B clients.

Book Editor

Indie Book Editing
December, 2014 – Present (over 2 years)

Book editing service set up to expand the editorial work I do for SPR.

Editor and COO

Self-Publishing Review
January, 2011 – Present (over 6 years)

Editor and book reviewer for the premier self-publishing portal SPR, as recommended by The Guardian and The New York Times. Dealing with hundreds of self-published authors every year.

Platform Technologies ELT Project Manager (Publishing)

Cambridge University Press
January, 2010 – November, 2010 (10 months)

Consultant for all English language workbooks for Cambridge University. Working on Touchstone, English Grammar in Use and Classware launches for 2010/2011.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

Digital Book Editing: How To Edit And Format For e-Book Creation

Cate Baum

How to edit your book into a digital format ready to convert without a hitch, by editing expert Cate Baum, the COO of premier indie book site Self-Publishing Review. This 101 digital editing guide will give you step-by-step basics on how to write and self-edit a digital version of your book ready to be converted to an e-book format, with links to resources and advice on how to achieve the best... read more

How to edit your book into a digital format ready to convert without a hitch, by editing expert Cate Baum, the COO of premier indie book site Self-Publishing Review. This 101 digital editing guide will give you step-by-step basics on how to write and self-edit a digital version of your book ready to be converted to an e-book format, with links to resources and advice on how to achieve the best... read more

EXTENDEDCOMPANION

William Krasinski

Breakthrough technology is great, until you live long enough to become obsolete. Wilek and the other ABC Captains have successfully handled this over the past century, but a resurgent Earth jealously eying the Off Worlds will soon put the hype to the test. Add to the mix an unasked for new crew 'mate', salty recruits and a happy bio, Captain Wilek may reach his last good nerve long before Earth

Breakthrough technology is great, until you live long enough to become obsolete. Wilek and the other ABC Captains have successfully handled this over the past century, but a resurgent Earth jealously eying the Off Worlds will soon put the hype to the test. Add to the mix an unasked for new crew 'mate', salty recruits and a happy bio, Captain Wilek may reach his last good nerve long before Earth

Ole!: Capturing the Passion of Bullfighters and Aficionados in the 21st Century

Olé! has been recognized in 2014 with several literary awards. The book has achieved:First Place in the Compilations/Anthologies category of the San Francisco Book FestivalFirst Place in the Anthologies category of the National Indie Excellence AwardNamed Finalist in the Sports category of the International Book AwardsShort-listed for the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award in the Sports a... read more

Olé! has been recognized in 2014 with several literary awards. The book has achieved:First Place in the Compilations/Anthologies category of the San Francisco Book FestivalFirst Place in the Anthologies category of the National Indie Excellence AwardNamed Finalist in the Sports category of the International Book AwardsShort-listed for the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award in the Sports a... read more

ORIGIN (Alexandra's Order Book 1)

Emilia I. Rutigliano

From the author of Layers of Veronica, comes a family saga that you won't be able to abandon...You can't escape fate. Alexandra Kamin is everywoman. At 42, she has a supportive family, terrific children, a great career with a superlative income, a gorgeous face with a terrific figure, and a loving boyfriend. Most impressive is that she is in complete control of every ambit of her life. Where d... read more

From the author of Layers of Veronica, comes a family saga that you won't be able to abandon...You can't escape fate. Alexandra Kamin is everywoman. At 42, she has a supportive family, terrific children, a great career with a superlative income, a gorgeous face with a terrific figure, and a loving boyfriend. Most impressive is that she is in complete control of every ambit of her life. Where d... read more

NAPOLEON (Layers of Veronica Book 1)

Emilia I. Rutigliano

*** BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND***Layers of Veronica#1: NAPOLEON#2: FAIRYTALES#3: PETALS#4: GAJAH#5: FAIRTYTALES#6: DESTINY #7: ABANDONIn SEVEN glorious books, the Layers of Veronica series takes you into a real fairy tale which teaches about life.Veronica Palese is a New York City girl who has achieved the American Dream that every immigrant hopes for. At thirty-five, she has a lucrative law pract... read more

*** BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND***Layers of Veronica#1: NAPOLEON#2: FAIRYTALES#3: PETALS#4: GAJAH#5: FAIRTYTALES#6: DESTINY #7: ABANDONIn SEVEN glorious books, the Layers of Veronica series takes you into a real fairy tale which teaches about life.Veronica Palese is a New York City girl who has achieved the American Dream that every immigrant hopes for. At thirty-five, she has a lucrative law pract... read more

Skeletal (A Christchurch Crime Thriller Book 2)

Katherine Hayton

A Self-Publishing Review Favorite Indie Book of 2015 & Ajoobacats Blog Top Ten Books of 2015Three months before she died Daina Harrow faced a bully at school.Six weeks before she died Daina Harrow suffered an assault in the park.One week before she died Daina Harrow stole a secret people had killed to hide. That was ten years ago. Ten long years.Now, her bones have been found on a building sit... read more

A Self-Publishing Review Favorite Indie Book of 2015 & Ajoobacats Blog Top Ten Books of 2015Three months before she died Daina Harrow faced a bully at school.Six weeks before she died Daina Harrow suffered an assault in the park.One week before she died Daina Harrow stole a secret people had killed to hide. That was ten years ago. Ten long years.Now, her bones have been found on a building sit... read more

A Patriot's Act: A Lawyer Brent Marks Legal Thriller (Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series Book 1)

Kenneth Eade

Death, law and in that order at Guantanamo Bay.The 2015 RONE Award nominated for best legal thriller novel, fast-paced, action packed #1 bestseller legal and political thriller from the bestselling author critics call 'one of the strongest thriller writers on the scene.' This mystery novel challenges everything you believe about justice and freedom.When a naturalized American citizen turns up ... read more

Death, law and in that order at Guantanamo Bay.The 2015 RONE Award nominated for best legal thriller novel, fast-paced, action packed #1 bestseller legal and political thriller from the bestselling author critics call 'one of the strongest thriller writers on the scene.' This mystery novel challenges everything you believe about justice and freedom.When a naturalized American citizen turns up ... read more

Gemini (A Novel of Supernatural Suspense)

Randy Eberle

SPRING, 1987:Justine Knox and her fiancé, Alex Van Huss, exit a dark movie theater and quickly find themselves in the midst of a torrential, Indiana thunderstorm. Trapped outside in the elements, Alex leads Justine on a shortcut through a rundown apartment complex and into their worst nightmare... As the two of them rush through the woods behind the apartment buildings, they come across David ... read more

SPRING, 1987:Justine Knox and her fiancé, Alex Van Huss, exit a dark movie theater and quickly find themselves in the midst of a torrential, Indiana thunderstorm. Trapped outside in the elements, Alex leads Justine on a shortcut through a rundown apartment complex and into their worst nightmare... As the two of them rush through the woods behind the apartment buildings, they come across David ... read more

ORIENT: From Blue-Collar to Blue-Blood (Alexandra's Order Book 3)

Emilia I. Rutigliano

(Book 3 of 4), Alexandra's Story Continues...What does it all mean? The family and the search for meaning keeps expanding, and it’s all just a matter of keeping it all in order. Goal oriented and ambitious women don’t just sit around waiting for love. Life continues and dealing with every day tasks is the real gift. Each individual has his or her own path, and the rest of the family bands toge... read more

(Book 3 of 4), Alexandra's Story Continues...What does it all mean? The family and the search for meaning keeps expanding, and it’s all just a matter of keeping it all in order. Goal oriented and ambitious women don’t just sit around waiting for love. Life continues and dealing with every day tasks is the real gift. Each individual has his or her own path, and the rest of the family bands toge... read more

Walking Up a Slide: A Rom-Com for Anyone Who Has Ever Pined Over 'The One That Got Away'

Daley James Francis

A Potty-Mouthed Rom-Com for Anyone Who Has Ever Pined Over 'The One That Got Away'After being invited to the wedding of his college sweetheart, Jason Chapman’s life begins to crumble around him. But with the help of his two best friends, he’s going to face his past, present and future all in one night.23 years old and drifting through life, Jason’s love life is as stale as the bread in his kit... read more

A Potty-Mouthed Rom-Com for Anyone Who Has Ever Pined Over 'The One That Got Away'After being invited to the wedding of his college sweetheart, Jason Chapman’s life begins to crumble around him. But with the help of his two best friends, he’s going to face his past, present and future all in one night.23 years old and drifting through life, Jason’s love life is as stale as the bread in his kit... read more

Just Two Weeks

Amanda Sington-Williams

After being made redundant from a seemingly secure job Jolene Carr takes a two week break in the sun. On the first day she meets Raquel, another hotel guest. Little does she realise how this apparently innocent acquaintance will lead to terrible and lasting consequences. After a frightening incident she hits a conspiracy of silence from the locals and over the rest of the holiday she feels her... read more

After being made redundant from a seemingly secure job Jolene Carr takes a two week break in the sun. On the first day she meets Raquel, another hotel guest. Little does she realise how this apparently innocent acquaintance will lead to terrible and lasting consequences. After a frightening incident she hits a conspiracy of silence from the locals and over the rest of the holiday she feels her... read more

The Homecoming: Returning home is hard when someone wants to kill you.

William Walker

As second in command of a Coast Guard ship, Elizabeth Fossett is leading the perfect life, right up until she is held responsible for the deaths of apparently innocent fishermen--only it wasn't like that, but no one is listening.A court martial and a bitter divorce cascade on top of her mother's death by a hit-and-run driver, and Elizabeth returns to her small hometown on the shores of the Che... read more

As second in command of a Coast Guard ship, Elizabeth Fossett is leading the perfect life, right up until she is held responsible for the deaths of apparently innocent fishermen--only it wasn't like that, but no one is listening.A court martial and a bitter divorce cascade on top of her mother's death by a hit-and-run driver, and Elizabeth returns to her small hometown on the shores of the Che... read more

The Silver Promise

William Walker

For her entire adult existence Juliet Driscoll has remained locked within herself. Orphaned as a toddler and abused as a young girl, she maintains a precarious emotional balance while working as a bar waitress. She dreams someday of obtaining an engineering degree, all the while unaware that she and her brother are the rightful heirs to a silver-mining fortune.She partially succeeds in tamping... read more

For her entire adult existence Juliet Driscoll has remained locked within herself. Orphaned as a toddler and abused as a young girl, she maintains a precarious emotional balance while working as a bar waitress. She dreams someday of obtaining an engineering degree, all the while unaware that she and her brother are the rightful heirs to a silver-mining fortune.She partially succeeds in tamping... read more

The Bull and The Ban -: A Journey Through Spain To Explore The Catalan Ban on Bullfighting

Catherine Tosko

In 2012, Catalonia, an autonomous province of Spain, abolishes bullfighting, and Cat Tosko decides to make a documentary about it, "The Bull and The Ban". This is the book of the exclusive interviews, essays and photos with matadors such as Francisco Rivera Ordóñez (Death and the Sun) and Frank Evans (The Last British Bullfighter), Catalan politicians, animal rights activists and those who wor... read more

In 2012, Catalonia, an autonomous province of Spain, abolishes bullfighting, and Cat Tosko decides to make a documentary about it, "The Bull and The Ban". This is the book of the exclusive interviews, essays and photos with matadors such as Francisco Rivera Ordóñez (Death and the Sun) and Frank Evans (The Last British Bullfighter), Catalan politicians, animal rights activists and those who wor... read more

FAIRYTALES (Layers of Veronica Book 2)

Emilia I. Rutigliano

Layers of Veronica, Book 2 of 6Veronica's Story continues...The reason there is so much gore in the storybooks that we read to our children is because the stories are, indeed, appropriate preparation for life.Amidst the balls, gowns and champagne, there are evil stepmothers, death and disease. There are also valiant princes, kindly matriarchs, and enchanted lands. There is no alternate reality... read more

Layers of Veronica, Book 2 of 6Veronica's Story continues...The reason there is so much gore in the storybooks that we read to our children is because the stories are, indeed, appropriate preparation for life.Amidst the balls, gowns and champagne, there are evil stepmothers, death and disease. There are also valiant princes, kindly matriarchs, and enchanted lands. There is no alternate reality... read more

Containment Zone

R. A. Seckler

October 12th, 2021.That was the day Death ceased her collection of souls.Instead of claiming people on the day of their death, Death has doomed human beings to remain trapped inside their decaying bodies until a sliver of the brain dubbed the "soul region" rots away. The government's only solution is to set up Containment Zones in each state to handle the burgeoning undead demographic. However... read more

October 12th, 2021.That was the day Death ceased her collection of souls.Instead of claiming people on the day of their death, Death has doomed human beings to remain trapped inside their decaying bodies until a sliver of the brain dubbed the "soul region" rots away. The government's only solution is to set up Containment Zones in each state to handle the burgeoning undead demographic. However... read more

PETALS (Layers of Veronica Book 3)

Emilia I. Rutigliano

Layers of Veronica#1: NAPOLEON#2: FAIRYTALES#3: PETALS#4: GAJAH#5: FIREBIRD#6: DESTINY#7: ABANDONWhat happens after the bloom? Physical recovery post-trauma is not the difficult part. How do you heal the other parts of you? And what if you were stupid enough to throw out the healer in your life?Every relationship takes work. Every relationship is a lesson. Each has a depth.Where NAPOLEON and F... read more

Layers of Veronica#1: NAPOLEON#2: FAIRYTALES#3: PETALS#4: GAJAH#5: FIREBIRD#6: DESTINY#7: ABANDONWhat happens after the bloom? Physical recovery post-trauma is not the difficult part. How do you heal the other parts of you? And what if you were stupid enough to throw out the healer in your life?Every relationship takes work. Every relationship is a lesson. Each has a depth.Where NAPOLEON and F... read more

The Dead Bank Diary

Anna Schlegel

This is not a robbery. A bank is taken with all its guts: accounts, debts, points of exchange, the staff to the last secretary, the building. This is beautiful and clean fraud.I was out of work, while all around you could smell millions, even in the air outside. It was an unforgettable smell of public debt, oilfields, gold, bank guarantees, diamonds... I wanted to breathe in the air of easy ca... read more

This is not a robbery. A bank is taken with all its guts: accounts, debts, points of exchange, the staff to the last secretary, the building. This is beautiful and clean fraud.I was out of work, while all around you could smell millions, even in the air outside. It was an unforgettable smell of public debt, oilfields, gold, bank guarantees, diamonds... I wanted to breathe in the air of easy ca... read more

The Modern Mughal Mentality: New Strategies to Succeed in India and the Global Marketplace

Afshan Naheed Hashmi

The Modern Mughal Mentality transforms hardships and difficulties into success stories by introducing the Jugaad Management Principle Business Model, which can be applied to any business, anywhere. For the purpose of this book, the term Jugaad will be defined as “obtaining your objectives by maximizing resources through thinking out of the box.” Following this new business model will inspire a... read more

The Modern Mughal Mentality transforms hardships and difficulties into success stories by introducing the Jugaad Management Principle Business Model, which can be applied to any business, anywhere. For the purpose of this book, the term Jugaad will be defined as “obtaining your objectives by maximizing resources through thinking out of the box.” Following this new business model will inspire a... read more

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