Catherine Dee

Catherine Dee - Editor

Copy editor and proofreader of adult nonfiction. Award-winning author (Little, Brown & Co.). Detail-oriented, direct, easy to work with!

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Overview

With your nonfiction book, do you want to:

  • Sound like a pro?
  • Avoid being judged or discounted for grammar errors and typos?
  • Make sure your work is polished and glowing?
  • Effectively connect with your readers?

I can help! What qualifies me to work on your book?

I've been an editor of nonfiction books for adults and kids at a small publisher, EarthWorks Press. These titles included The Recycler’s Handbook, The Women’s Voting Guide, and Kid Heroes of the Environment.

I'm also a published author of nonfiction books, so I know what you're going through. I wrote 5 inspirational books to help teen girls build their self-esteem and pursue their dreams. The Girls' Guide to Life was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. The Girls' Book of Wisdom won awards from the American Library Association, New York Public Library, and Disney Adventures.

I've also perfected my copy editing and proofreading skills at companies including HP and Google.

As a copy editor and proofreader, I'm known for my ability to:

● Correct grammar errors and typos that others may miss
● Identify ways you could clarify and strengthen your message
● Simplify long and wordy sentences
● Create a softer, more conversational tone

When I'm your copy editor or proofreader, you can expect me to be:

● Straightforward with suggesting all grammar, usage, and style corrections
● Not afraid to tell you what I think you could improve (I may put a bunch of comments in the margins)
● Attuned to the details (or, as I like to say, "in the weeds")
● Approachable and easy to talk to
● Passionate about helping you get your message out
● Efficient, possibly completing your project before the deadline

A couple of testimonials from colleagues:

"Catherine is a solution-oriented oasis of positive energy—a real joy to work with."—Kevin Steen, Google

"Catherine's copy editing skills are top-notch . . . . She is a dream to work with . . . . fast and dependable responses . . . . A true resource!"—Lori McAfee, HP

If this all sounds good, I'd love to bid on your project. My rates are competitive, and I think you'll be pleased with the results.

I look forward to copy editing or proofreading your book!

Catherine


Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Career Guides
Education & Reference
Health & wellbeing
Inspirational
Psychology
Self-help & Self-improvement
Sex & Relationships
Writing & Publishing

Work experience

Editor--Dee Best Communications

Self-employed
September, 2019 – Present (12 months)

Focused on copy editing and proofreading non-fiction books that inspire and empower people: women, men, couples, singles, baby boomers, millennials, activists, parents, non-parents, entrepreneurs, artists, writers, health-care professionals, business owners, new age philosophers, and more.

Technical Editor

Talend
April, 2016 – September, 2019 (over 3 years)

Achievements:
● Helped non-native-English-speaking writers improve their English grammar and usage: created editorial style guide and emailed weekly style tip

Responsibilities:
● Edited and proofread software training courses, course certification content, and technical help articles

Copywriter

SapientNitro
January, 2016 – March, 2016 (2 months)

Responsibilities:
● Edited and proofread web pages for PGE. Project was focused on making content accessible and ensuring alignment with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

Editor

Google (contract)
April, 2015 – December, 2015 (8 months)

Achievements:
● Edited and enhanced exam questions about Google search, display, mobile, video, and shopping advertising, as well as related study guide material and UI content

Responsibilities:
● Produced educational content for Google AdWords Partners certification program: edited and coded material, collaborated with subject matter experts and legal team

Content Manager

eBay (contract)
June, 2014 – March, 2015 (9 months)

Achievements:
● Edited web content to help eBay sellers promote their listings, help eBay users create item collections, and simplify buyer-focused help pages

Senior Copywriter

Hewlett-Packard
February, 2003 – May, 2014 (about 11 years)

Achievements:
● Improved conversions by 12%, content quality by 35%; 66% of customers preferred new messaging; achieved results by strategically rewriting landing page
● Ensured that marketing copy addressed consumer needs and emphasized product benefits
● Wrote and maintained editorial style guide

Responsibilities:
● Edited and proofread web marketing copy and promotional content

Editor

EarthWorks Press
May, 1990 – May, 1992 (about 2 years)

Achievements:
● Edited trade paperback books about the environment and politics, including The
Recycler’s Handbook, The Women’s Voting Guide, and Kid Heroes of the Environment
● Managed team of writers and researchers, ghost-wrote newspaper columns, promoted books

Portfolio (7 selected works)

The Girls' Book of Wisdom: Empowering, Inspirational Quotes from over 400 Fabulous Females

Catherine Dee

Aimed at advising and amusing girls age 12 and up, this collection includes quotations from 500 famous women, including suffragists, pioneers, politicians, moms, musicians, athletes, and actors. The quotes are grouped by categories, such as friendship, confidence, and creativity.

Aimed at advising and amusing girls age 12 and up, this collection includes quotations from 500 famous women, including suffragists, pioneers, politicians, moms, musicians, athletes, and actors. The quotes are grouped by categories, such as friendship, confidence, and creativity.

The Girls' Book of Success: Winning Wisdom, Stars' Secrets, Tales of Triumph, and More

Catherine Dee, Ali Douglass

With quotes, suggestions, poems, and advice from celebrities, such as Beyonce Knowles and Amelia Earhart, provides young girls with encouragement and inspiration for achieving success in any career they wish to pursue. Original.

With quotes, suggestions, poems, and advice from celebrities, such as Beyonce Knowles and Amelia Earhart, provides young girls with encouragement and inspiration for achieving success in any career they wish to pursue. Original.

The Girls' Guide to Life: How to Take Charge of the Issues That Affect You

Catherine Dee

A handbook for girls ages ten to sixteen familiarizes them with the basic issues affecting girls and women today and explains how to cultivate a healthy self-image, presenting a mix of facts, activities, profiles, poems, and resource lists. Original.

A handbook for girls ages ten to sixteen familiarizes them with the basic issues affecting girls and women today and explains how to cultivate a healthy self-image, presenting a mix of facts, activities, profiles, poems, and resource lists. Original.

The Girls' Book of Love: Cool Quotes, Super Stories, Awesome Advice, and More

Catherine Dee, Ali Douglass

A collection of true stories, quotes, poems, and personal advice on various aspects of romantic relationships and being in love includes work by Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Amy Tan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and others.

A collection of true stories, quotes, poems, and personal advice on various aspects of romantic relationships and being in love includes work by Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Amy Tan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and others.

The Girls' Book of Friendship

Catherine Dee

The Girls' Book of Friendship published by Little, Brown and Co. for Hallmark Card (2003) [Hardcover]

The Girls' Book of Friendship published by Little, Brown and Co. for Hallmark Card (2003) [Hardcover]

The Recycler's Handbooks Simple Things You Can Do

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AAL Member Benefit edition

AAL Member Benefit edition

DotCom Divas: E-Business Insights From The Visionary Women Founders of 20 Net Ventures

Elizabeth Carlassare

In Dotcom Divas, prepare to meet some of the most talented, energetic, and visionary Internet entrepreneurs who ever plunged into the e-business revolution. And, oh, by the way -- they're all women. Industry insider, Elizabeth Carlassare, introduces readers to the inspiring women founders of 20 Internet companies, including LookSmart, EDGAR Online, E-Loan, RightWorks, and Marimba. In Dotcom Di... read more

In Dotcom Divas, prepare to meet some of the most talented, energetic, and visionary Internet entrepreneurs who ever plunged into the e-business revolution. And, oh, by the way -- they're all women. Industry insider, Elizabeth Carlassare, introduces readers to the inspiring women founders of 20 Internet companies, including LookSmart, EDGAR Online, E-Loan, RightWorks, and Marimba. In Dotcom Di... read more

Catherine has 12 reviews

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Debbie Ireland
I loved working with Catherine, her attention to detail was great, I appreciated the thought and feedback she gave me aside from the general edits, making me think hard, questioning what I had written and more importantly why, or the context of it, All this I am sure will make the book a better read, and higher value for the reader - so THANK YOU. AWESOME JOB. Would definitely use again an...
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Debbie Ireland, July 2020

Catherine Dee
Thank you so much for that kind endorsement, Debbie! I appreciate your upbeat, positive energy and I know the book is going to be fantastic--

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Velera Wilson
Catherine was extremely easy to work with and was super committed to our deadlines - in fact she sent the book edits back early! I really appreciated her insight and feedback!

Velera Wilson, May 2020

Catherine Dee
Hey Velera, thank you so much for the opportunity to work on your cool book! I enjoyed it very much, and I know it will be a fantastic resource to have at speaking engagements and other events. War...
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Janet Kelly
Catherine was very professional, and very helpful. I'm looking forward to having her on my next project.

Janet Kelly, May 2020

Catherine Dee
It was a pleasure working with you, Janet, and thank you for entrusting me with your work of fiction! Wishing you all the best with it--

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Firdaus Kharas
Catherine was: friendly competent very helpful. Here's the ultimate test of an edit: how many of the suggestions by the editor does the author agree with and incorporate in the final manuscript? In this case, the answer is all 200 of them! I am giving Catherine a credit as copy editor in my book. She deserves it. I would both work with her again in a heartbeat and highly recommend her to ...
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Firdaus Kharas, May 2020

Catherine Dee
Firdaus, what can I say other than you are rockin' it as an author (among many other things). Thank you again for the opportunity to help you with such a fun and fabulous book!

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Daniel Ratner
I was so happy with Catherine. She did a fantastic job of improving my book without going crazy and over editing. I highly recommend her!

Daniel Ratner, May 2020

Catherine Dee
Daniel, thank you so much for letting me know that my copy editing and proofreading worked for you. I really enjoyed reading The Ten Secrets to a Passionate Marriage, and I wish you the best of luc...
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