Catherine Mallette

Catherine Mallette - Editor

Princeton, NJ

A sharp-eyed proofreader known for retaining author voice while fixing grammatical errors and offering timeline and fact-check queries.

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Overview

As a proofreader for a Big Five publisher, I have deep experience in both adult fiction and nonfiction, many of them bestsellers. My favorite genres are women's fiction, historical fiction, and prescriptive nonfiction. As a top editor in the features departments of major-market daily newspapers for more than two decades, I honed my writing and editing skills and met deadlines without fail. As managing editor for an independent publisher, I helped authors produce top-quality, highly illustrated nonfiction books on a wide variety of topics. I love helping authors polish their work and am known for retaining author voice while always meeting deadlines. The books in this portfolio focus solely on my work as a professional proofreader.
Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Health & wellbeing
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Director, Editorial Services

HarperCollins Publishers
September, 2016 – Present (almost 4 years)

Director of an in-house team providing proofreading and cold reads for HarperCollins adult general books, across all imprints. We read fiction and nonfiction. I work closely with managing editorial teams in New York and San Francisco to ensure all books meet standards.

Managing Editor

Schiffer Publishing
January, 2014 – September, 2016 (over 2 years)

Directed a team of editors at an independent publisher. Provided developmental and line editing for about 60 high-quality illustrated nonfiction books annually, and then managed the editorial production process, working closely with authors and designers. Prescriptive titles included house & garden, arts and crafts, and DIY. Other genres included art, architecture, design, fashion, history, and travel.

Features Editor

Fort Worth Star Telegram and The Baltimore Sun
September, 1998 – September, 2016 (about 18 years)

*Award-winning humor columnist at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
*Assistant managing editor for Features at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
*Senior Features Editor and Magazine Editor at The Baltimore Sun.

Portfolio (17 selected works)

The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel

Heather Morris

#1 New York Times Bestseller and #1 International BestsellerThis beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.“The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document, a story about the extremes of human behavior exis... read more

#1 New York Times Bestseller and #1 International BestsellerThis beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.“The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document, a story about the extremes of human behavior exis... read more

The Christmas Dare: A Twilight, Texas Novel

Lori Wilde

A jilted-at-the-altar bride reunites with her high school sweetheart in Lori Wilde’s sensational new Twilight, Texas Christmas novel.Kelsey James always played by the rules and look where it got her—dumped and half-drunk in a poofy white dress, her Christmas wedding ruined. Then her best friend talks her into going on her “honeymoon” anyway, daring her to a “Christmas of Yes.” It’s about time ... read more

A jilted-at-the-altar bride reunites with her high school sweetheart in Lori Wilde’s sensational new Twilight, Texas Christmas novel.Kelsey James always played by the rules and look where it got her—dumped and half-drunk in a poofy white dress, her Christmas wedding ruined. Then her best friend talks her into going on her “honeymoon” anyway, daring her to a “Christmas of Yes.” It’s about time ... read more

Death in Provence: A Novel (Penelope Kite)

Serena Kent

The first entry in a clever, lighthearted mystery series set in modern Provence—a delightful blend of Agatha Christie and Peter Mayle—featuring the irrepressible Penelope Kite, a young-at-heart divorcee with a knack for stumbling across dead bodies.It’s love at first sight when Penelope Kite sees Le Chant d’Eau—The Song of Water—the stone farmhouse tucked high in the hills above the Luberon va... read more

The first entry in a clever, lighthearted mystery series set in modern Provence—a delightful blend of Agatha Christie and Peter Mayle—featuring the irrepressible Penelope Kite, a young-at-heart divorcee with a knack for stumbling across dead bodies.It’s love at first sight when Penelope Kite sees Le Chant d’Eau—The Song of Water—the stone farmhouse tucked high in the hills above the Luberon va... read more

Don't Skip Out on Me: A Novel

Willy Vlautin

A FINALIST FOR THE PEN/FAULKNER AWARD From Willy Vlautin, award-winning author of Lean on Pete and The Motel Life, comes a powerful exploration of identity and loneliness pulled from deep within America's soul.Don’t Skip Out On Me is going to make your heart crumple into a little wad of paper and then open it back up into a perfect paper airplane sailing the skies from the hand of a boy. How d... read more

A FINALIST FOR THE PEN/FAULKNER AWARD From Willy Vlautin, award-winning author of Lean on Pete and The Motel Life, comes a powerful exploration of identity and loneliness pulled from deep within America's soul.Don’t Skip Out On Me is going to make your heart crumple into a little wad of paper and then open it back up into a perfect paper airplane sailing the skies from the hand of a boy. How d... read more

The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France's Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando

Paul Kix

In the tradition of Agent Zigzag comes this breathtaking biography, as fast-paced and emotionally intuitive as the very best spy thrillers, which illuminates an unsung hero of the French Resistance during World War II—Robert de La Rochefoucauld, an aristocrat turned anti-Nazi saboteur—and his daring exploits as a résistant trained by Britain’s Special Operations Executive.A scion of one of the... read more

In the tradition of Agent Zigzag comes this breathtaking biography, as fast-paced and emotionally intuitive as the very best spy thrillers, which illuminates an unsung hero of the French Resistance during World War II—Robert de La Rochefoucauld, an aristocrat turned anti-Nazi saboteur—and his daring exploits as a résistant trained by Britain’s Special Operations Executive.A scion of one of the... read more

The Unbreakables: A Novel

Lisa Barr

A delicious, sharp novel about a woman who jets off to France after her perfect marriage collapses, putting the broken pieces of herself back together while rediscovering her own joie de vivre—a lust for life, art, and steamy sex. “Artful, feminist, and emotionally gripping. The Unbreakables is a remarkable tribute to a woman’s strength in the face of heartbreak and adversity.” — Helen Hoang, ... read more

A delicious, sharp novel about a woman who jets off to France after her perfect marriage collapses, putting the broken pieces of herself back together while rediscovering her own joie de vivre—a lust for life, art, and steamy sex. “Artful, feminist, and emotionally gripping. The Unbreakables is a remarkable tribute to a woman’s strength in the face of heartbreak and adversity.” — Helen Hoang, ... read more

This Could Hurt: A Novel

Jillian Medoff

“Periodically a writer captures the pattern of comedy and tragedy that peppers office life like alternating colors of carpet squares. . . . As smart as Medoff’s critique of corporate inanity is, it’s tempered by compassion for these people, who are ultimately tender with each other, too. . . . Medoff finds plenty of hurt—but strains of hope, too.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post A razor-shar... read more

“Periodically a writer captures the pattern of comedy and tragedy that peppers office life like alternating colors of carpet squares. . . . As smart as Medoff’s critique of corporate inanity is, it’s tempered by compassion for these people, who are ultimately tender with each other, too. . . . Medoff finds plenty of hurt—but strains of hope, too.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post A razor-shar... read more

Tangerine: A Novel

Christine Mangan

“As if Donna Tartt, Gillian Flynn, and Patricia Highsmith had collaborated on a screenplay to be filmed by Hitchcock—suspenseful and atmospheric.” —Joyce Carol Oates, author of The Book of American MartyrsThe last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends—once inseparable roommates—haven... read more

“As if Donna Tartt, Gillian Flynn, and Patricia Highsmith had collaborated on a screenplay to be filmed by Hitchcock—suspenseful and atmospheric.” —Joyce Carol Oates, author of The Book of American MartyrsThe last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends—once inseparable roommates—haven... read more

Republicans Buy Sneakers Too: How the Left Is Ruining Sports with Politics

Clay Travis

National Bestseller!Sports media superstar Clay Travis wants to save sports from the social justice warriors seeking to turn them into another political battleground.Have you ever tuned into your favorite sports highlights show, only to find the talking heads yammering about the newest Trump tweets or what an athlete thinks about the second amendment? The way Clay Travis sees it, sports are ba... read more

National Bestseller!Sports media superstar Clay Travis wants to save sports from the social justice warriors seeking to turn them into another political battleground.Have you ever tuned into your favorite sports highlights show, only to find the talking heads yammering about the newest Trump tweets or what an athlete thinks about the second amendment? The way Clay Travis sees it, sports are ba... read more

The Queen of Sorrow: Book Three of The Queens of Renthia

Sarah Beth Durst

The battle between vicious spirits and strong-willed queens that started in the award-winning The Queen of Blood and continued in the powerful The Reluctant Queen comes to a stunning conclusion in The Queen of Sorrow, the final volume of Sarah Beth Durst’s Queens of Renthia trilogy.Queen Daleina has yearned to bring peace and prosperity to her beloved forest home—a hope that seemed doomed when... read more

The battle between vicious spirits and strong-willed queens that started in the award-winning The Queen of Blood and continued in the powerful The Reluctant Queen comes to a stunning conclusion in The Queen of Sorrow, the final volume of Sarah Beth Durst’s Queens of Renthia trilogy.Queen Daleina has yearned to bring peace and prosperity to her beloved forest home—a hope that seemed doomed when... read more

A Noise Downstairs: A Novel

Linwood Barclay

The New York Times bestselling author of No Time for Goodbye returns with a haunting psychological thriller that blends the twists and turns of Gillian Flynn with the driving suspense of Harlan Coben, in which a man is troubled by odd sounds for which there is no rational explanation.College professor Paul Davis is a normal guy with a normal life. Until, driving along a deserted road late one ... read more

The New York Times bestselling author of No Time for Goodbye returns with a haunting psychological thriller that blends the twists and turns of Gillian Flynn with the driving suspense of Harlan Coben, in which a man is troubled by odd sounds for which there is no rational explanation.College professor Paul Davis is a normal guy with a normal life. Until, driving along a deserted road late one ... read more

Mirror Touch: A Memoir of Synesthesia and the Secret Life of the Brain

Joel Salinas M.D.

In this “rich, fascinating portrait of extraordinary sensory awareness” (Kirkus), acclaimed neurologist Joel Salinas, M.D., tells his amazing true story of living and practicing medicine with mirror-touch synesthesia, a rare neurological trait that allows him to literally feel the emotional and physical experiences of other people. From the corridors of Massachusetts General to his personal li... read more

In this “rich, fascinating portrait of extraordinary sensory awareness” (Kirkus), acclaimed neurologist Joel Salinas, M.D., tells his amazing true story of living and practicing medicine with mirror-touch synesthesia, a rare neurological trait that allows him to literally feel the emotional and physical experiences of other people. From the corridors of Massachusetts General to his personal li... read more

The Alzheimer's Solution: A Breakthrough Program to Prevent and Reverse the Symptoms of Cognitive Decline at Every Age

Dean Sherzai, Ayesha Sherzai

A revolutionary, proven program for reversing the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline from award winning neurologists and codirectors of the Brain Health and Alzheimer's Prevention Program at Loma Linda University Medical CenterOver 47 million people are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease worldwide. While all other major diseases are in decline, deaths from Alzheimer’s... read more

A revolutionary, proven program for reversing the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline from award winning neurologists and codirectors of the Brain Health and Alzheimer's Prevention Program at Loma Linda University Medical CenterOver 47 million people are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease worldwide. While all other major diseases are in decline, deaths from Alzheimer’s... read more

The Stylist: A Novel (The Amber Green Series)

Rosie Nixon

In the tradition of The Devil Wears Prada comes Rosie Nixon's debut novel, which follows a young woman who is thrown into the fast-paced world of fashion and glamour as she’s forced to navigate the treacherous Hollywood red carpets…while finding a fairytale love of her own.“A stylish, fun read, I absolutely loved it!”—Jackie CollinsAmber Green loves working at Smith’s, London’s ultra-exclusive... read more

In the tradition of The Devil Wears Prada comes Rosie Nixon's debut novel, which follows a young woman who is thrown into the fast-paced world of fashion and glamour as she’s forced to navigate the treacherous Hollywood red carpets…while finding a fairytale love of her own.“A stylish, fun read, I absolutely loved it!”—Jackie CollinsAmber Green loves working at Smith’s, London’s ultra-exclusive... read more

Home Sweet Maison: The French Art of Making a Home

Danielle Postel-Vinay

French Women Don’t Get Fat meets The Little Book of Hygge in this lively, sophisticated, and practical illustrated lifestyle guide that shows how to enjoy la belle vie—to live like the French every day—transforming your house into a home defined by beauty, family, and accessible elegance.How do the French create the elusive and alluring sanctuaries they call home? This question long intrigued ... read more

French Women Don’t Get Fat meets The Little Book of Hygge in this lively, sophisticated, and practical illustrated lifestyle guide that shows how to enjoy la belle vie—to live like the French every day—transforming your house into a home defined by beauty, family, and accessible elegance.How do the French create the elusive and alluring sanctuaries they call home? This question long intrigued ... read more

Look Cook Eat: 200 Recipes Without Words

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A fresh and innovative cookbook that includes 200 quick and easy-to-follow visual recipes featuring simple photographic ingredients and steps.1 ingredient + 1 ingredient + 1 ingredient 1 pot for 15 minutes = 1 delicious meal!Exhausted after a long, demanding day at work, most of us don’t want to spend time at the stove hashing over recipes filled with detailed and sometimes confusing instructi... read more

A fresh and innovative cookbook that includes 200 quick and easy-to-follow visual recipes featuring simple photographic ingredients and steps.1 ingredient + 1 ingredient + 1 ingredient 1 pot for 15 minutes = 1 delicious meal!Exhausted after a long, demanding day at work, most of us don’t want to spend time at the stove hashing over recipes filled with detailed and sometimes confusing instructi... read more

The Beauty Diet: Unlock the Five Secrets of Ageless Beauty from the Inside Out

David Wolfe

Internationally acclaimed nutrition and natural beauty expert David Wolfe, one of America’s foremost nutrition experts, distills the five factors that lead to exceptional, lasting beauty.Each year, women absorb pounds of toxins through cosmetics and beauty products. These creams, lotions, and cleansers not only work against us—dehydrating our skin, clogging our organs with harmful toxins, and ... read more

Internationally acclaimed nutrition and natural beauty expert David Wolfe, one of America’s foremost nutrition experts, distills the five factors that lead to exceptional, lasting beauty.Each year, women absorb pounds of toxins through cosmetics and beauty products. These creams, lotions, and cleansers not only work against us—dehydrating our skin, clogging our organs with harmful toxins, and ... read more

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