Catherine is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the Bay Area Editors' Forum, and has obtained certification in the Professional Editing Sequence from UC Berkeley Extension.
Grief & Bereavement
Health & Healing
“To live in the world of creation—to get into it and stay with it—to frequent it and haunt it—to think intently and fruitfully—to woo combinations and inspirations into being by a depth and continuity of attentions and meditation—this is the only thing.”
Catherine is a freelance writer, editor, graphic designer, and publishing consultant from the San Francisco Bay Area. She founded Wordsage in 2005 and truly believes everyone has at least one good book in them (even if it's a very short one). Her clients appreciate her insightful and passionate contribution to their work and often end up not only as repeat clients but also as good friends.
With almost 25 years working in writing-related fields, Catherine has worked as an editor, writer, publishing consultant, writing coach, literary agent, book publicist, graphic designer, and marketing manager. She has held positions at Random House and Yoga Journal. Her well-rounded publishing background has helped her cultivate a thoughtful understanding of the needs of her clients, whether they are authors or publishers or organizations. She has a proven track record as a detailed and thorough project manager, coordinating the creation of several websites and self-published books.
Catherine holds a BA in English from UC Berkeley and is a member of the Bay Area Editors' Association and Editorial Freelancers' Association. In addition, she is a hospice volunteer involved in helping the bereaved through grieving. Although based near Napa, she works with clients from all over the world. She is a happily married wife, mother of two spunky and adorable little boys, and is currently writing a memoir about losing her father to AIDS while a teenager living in Marin County.
"Catherine is a brilliant writer and editor. I have had the pleasure of working with her at Random House and WiseBear/Miavita.com. She is highly intelligent, articulate, a quick study and detail oriented. She brings her total attention to her projects, simultaneously able to deal with big issues as well as the smallest details. Catherine possesses a rare balance and poise. She has the ability to be an effective leader while making the work environment pleasurable because she is wise and kind."
AUTHOR, SPIRITUAL TEACHER
& VEDIC SCHOLAR
“Catherine is a rare gem in the publishing industry. Her knowledge and skills are surpassed only by her remarkable sense of passion, dedicated to preserving the author’s voice and the overall integrity of the work. Being an adept writer herself, she is knowledgeable of the manifold layers of details and processes in the production of a fine book. She is multi-skilled in editing, copyediting, proofing, and an all-round book craft genius. Catherine is in a league of her own when it comes to putting out the finest book. I highly recommend this truly magnificent professional to anyone searching for the best!”
INTENTION TO DETAIL
“Cathy is an amazingly conscientious editor. Her attention to detail is remarkable and refreshing. Not only is she a great copy editor, she has such a complete background in all aspects of writing and editing that she is able to provide feedback about the project on many levels. I am thrilled to be working with Cathy and I look forward to many more projects together!”
EDGAR CAYCE'S A.R.E.
“Catherine brought not only her diverse professional skill set to Yoga Journal, but also a warm and creative spirit that was infectious. What more could anyone in the workplace ask for?”
“Catherine helped to write/edit my company website and design my company logo. She was professional, creative, dependable and I am very pleased with the outcome of her work!”
"Catherine brings focused results-oriented work to creative projects. She is easy to work with, a great communicator and brings a ray of sunshine into the room with her. A pleasure to work with."
BLUE MOON DESIGN
“In working with Cathy on several book projects I have found her to be very organized, creative, detail-oriented and inspiring. Cathy is very talented and a great communicator, multi-tasker and problem-solver. Above all she is just an absolute pleasure to work with. I highly recommend Cathy and hope to have the opportunity to work with her on future projects.”
ARIADNA RENTERÍA TORRES,
“Cathy is a delightful riddle solver. I approached Cathy with a vague project outline and the anxiety of budget constraints and an imminent deadline. She mindfully listened and asked insightful questions that enabled her to cut through the maze of my disperse ideas and allowed her to arrive to simple, practical and timely creative options. Cathy’s personable and straight forward approach framed our very productive, rewarding and long lasting professional relationship.”
AUTHOR & PRESENTER
"Catherine at Wordsage is the wind beneath my wings! Her editing, writing, and hospice training experience makes her more compassionate than a traditional editor and especially qualified to help people write about loss while going through it. Because of her professional support, my book project is set to sail somewhere special."