Cathy Suter

Cathy Suter – Editor

Formerly with Hachette Book Group and Columbia University Press. Over fifteen years of experience editing award-winning nonfiction titles.


My experience includes six years as the managing editor of The Permanent Press — an award-winning literary press, managing editorial experience at Hachette Book Group, and working as a freelance editor for Columbia University Press, Abrams Books, and Philosophical Library. This has given me extensive expertise in developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading. In addition, I've developed a personalized approach for helping authors self-publish.

Titles I've worked on include The Healing Power of Mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn, The War on Normal People by Andrew Yang, Layered Money by Nik Bahtia, and Birth Without Fear by January Harshe.

Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Health & Wellbeing Political Science & Current Affairs Religion & Spirituality Self-Help & Self-Improvement
English (US)

Work experience


May, 2018 — Jan, 2019 (8 months)

I've worked on numerous nonfiction titles including The Healing Power of Mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn, The War on Normal People by Andrew Yang, and Birth Without Fear by January Harsche.


May, 2016 — Present

I provide a range of editorial services to authors, including developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading, and assistance with self-publishing.

The Permanent Press

Jul, 2010 — Jun, 2016 (almost 6 years)

I served as the Managing Editor of The Permanent Press--an award-winning literary press--for six years.
Our books received a Macavity Award, a Pen Award, and a Foreword Book of the Year Award.


More than twenty years ago, Jon Kabat-Zinn changed the way we thought about awareness in everyday life with his now-classic introduction to mindfulness, Wherever You Go, There You Are. He followed that up with 2005's Coming to Our Senses, the definitive book f... read more
A hilarious reeducation in mathematics-full of joy, jokes, and stick figures-that sheds light on the countless practical and wonderful ways that math structures and shapes our world. In Math With Bad Drawings, Ben Orlin reveals to us what math actually is; its... read more

Cathy has 51 reviews





Lisa C.

Lisa C.

May, 2024

I thought Cathy did a great job and she answered all my questions and responded to my messages. She completed my project right on time as she said would.
Keevan C.

Keevan C.

Apr, 2024

Cathy's suggestion on the overview of the content and structure was particularly helpful. Your guidance on closing gaps in the overall structure has given me a clearer understanding of how to enhance the coherence and logical flow. I appreciate the time and effort you put into providing detailed suggestions for improvement. Thank you Cathy
Suzanne S.

Suzanne S.

Apr, 2024

When you've been working on the same manuscript for two years, you lose sight of what's needed and the flab and frippery that can go. Luckily, there's Cathy to charge in with a scalpel and make surgical suggestions. Project overview? Perhaps it's 500 words too long. Need a tougher marketing plan? She'll suggest promo tactics that you must consider. A contradiction or three in there? Cathy will ...
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James R.

James R.

Jan, 2024

Cathy was a thoughtful, engaged editor focused on making my voice and content shine. She was instrumental in getting me to jettison seventy pages of suboptimal or tangential content for the final draft. Her work on systematizing the tone and humor was also invaluable. Very happy about my choice! Highly recommend her for this kind of non-fiction.
William F.

William F.

Nov, 2023

My nonfiction project was a long and difficult one for any editor. Cathy made constructive suggestions and made the book compliant with the Chicago Manual of Style. I wrote it over a number of years in starts and stops, which resulted in a number of inconsistencies that Cathy straightened out. I am very pleased with her professional work.

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