Cathryn Lykes

MY GIFT TO YOU. When I first started my business almost five years ago, I could never have anticipated the level of growth and enjoyment I’d find in my work. Because I’ve edited material on such a wide array of subjectsBahraini startups, caring for an aging parent, microaggressions in the college setting, the Vermont wilderness, and the success strategies of a blind martial arts champion, to name just a fewI’ve had the opportunity to learn a great deal from my clients. When I’m lucky enough to receive a project with the ability to expand my perceptions of human consciousness and the world in general, work begins to feel like a privilege. This holiday season, I’m giving back. For any project booked before December 20th, take 50% off my usual rates. Questions? Find me at May you have a peaceful and blessed holiday.

Editor and Proofreader

I am a Vassar-educated copy editor and proofreader with the ability to produce highly refined work within almost any scope or genre. You’ll receive precise, intelligent, error-free copy. Areas of special expertise include fiction, memoir, nonfiction, academic writing, business writing, web copy, and self-help.

I recently edited Broken Wing by David Budbill (Green Writers Press, 2016) and completed comprehensive proofreading work on Wild Mountain by Nancy Kilgore (Green Writers Press, 2017) and Holding the Net: Caring for My Mother on the Tightrope of Aging by Melanie P. Merriman, PhD (Green Writers Press, 2017; winner of the American Book Fest/Best Book Award in the category of Autobiography/Memoir). I also worked in an advisory capacity in the acquisition of the award-winning Chicago Heat and Other Stories by Clarence Major for Green Writers Press.

In total, I have completed more than 300 separate freelance projects since 2013. My strengths include an uncanny eye for detail, an indefatigable work ethic, and a deep commitment to each individual project and client.


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“It’s no secret that good writers have great editors behind them. Cathryn possesses editorial talent of the rarest, and most prized, kind: She can transform good writing into a glittering jeweland this praise comes from an award-winning professional writer. Cathryn gets the big picture, yet also zeroes in on those key details that can make or break a communication product. Add first-rate communication, a wonderful attitude, and rapid turnaround, and she’s definitely a great find.”

“Not everyone is a creative thinker…but Cathryn is. The service she provided exceeded my expectations. Her personal commitment to quality is obvious in everything she does.”

“Added to my favorites. More than I could imagine….”

“Awesome workattention to detail, responsivenessboth exceeded my expectations!”

“Expert at her craft! I highly recommend her! Remarkable work! Very professional!”

“Wonderful to work with! Exceptional outcome!”

Delightful. Skillful. Delivered early. I’ll work with Cathryn again and again!


“Incredible work product; very responsive; a pleasure to work with!

Cathryn is great to work with. She is responsive, adheres to deadlines, and delivers top-quality work.

A careful, precise, and clear writer. An excellent editor who finds a way to edit down a very long document with surgical detail. Her final product was concise, well written, and error-free!

Wonderful service and product!

Awesomeabsolutely awesome!

“As my company expands, Cathryn has proven to be a trusted sounding board and an uncommonly talented business writer and editor.”

“Cathryn was a pleasure to work with. She completed my order in record time and I was completely satisfied with the results. I plan to hire her again in the future and would highly recommend her to anyone!”

“Extremely professional, prompt, and helpful. Takes a great load off our shoulders.”


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photo credit: Alexey Kljatov