“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.”
I am a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader based in Northern California, co-coordinator of the Northern California EFA Chapter, and an editorial consultant for the magazine Venture Inward, published by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, A.R.E. I founded my editorial business, Wordsage, in 2005, which provides copyediting, developmental editing, writing, and graphic design services mostly for non-fiction projects. I have experience working in varied subjects and formats—educational books, literacy newsletters, and corporate marketing material—but am most proficient in areas related to mind/body/spirit, self-help, alternative health, or spirituality. My clients include individual authors, book packagers, book publishers, non-profits, and a public library.
I’ve worked in positions related to writing and editing for over 25 years. My publishing background includes working in the editorial department at Ballantine Books in New York, an imprint of Random House, and as marketing manager at Yoga Journal in Berkeley. I have also worked as an E-commerce bookseller, literary agent, library associate, book publicity assistant, and as an author’s assistant—all experiences that allow me to better understand and address the various needs of my clients. I strive for excellence and clarity in my work, and aim to be easy to work with and a source of encouragement for those I work with.
I have a BA in English from UC Berkeley and professional certification in editing from UC Berkeley Extension. I am a member of ACES, the society for editing, and the Bay Area Editors' Forum, as well as the Editorial Freelancers Association. Although based in Northern California, I work with clients from all over the world and from all walks of life. I am a happily married wife, mother of two spunky and adorable boys, and am currently writing a memoir about losing my father to AIDS while a teenager living in Marin County.
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."
"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!”
CNF, Creative Non-Fiction
Feng Shui/Interior Design/Space Clearing*
Grief and Bereavement**
Yoga and Ayurveda
*Studied with the Golden Gate Feng Shui School and Karen Kingston
**Trained hospice bereavement volunteer from Northbay Hospice
***Second-degree reiki practitioner