About My Work

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Hello! I'm Cathryn Lykes, and I polish other people's prose.

I edit written language to make it more precise, easier to read, and more enchanting to your audience. I can copy edit your book, articles, website copy, business communications, blog posts, social media posts, or other written text. 

Experience You Can Trust

I’ll use my Vassar education and years of freelance experience to get you gorgeous, super-refined text that consistently elevates your message. I offer meticulous copy editing services, unlimited revisions, and personalized attention that specifically addresses your unique set of requirements. 

Reserve Your Time in My Calendar

If you’d like to work together, I offer package deals for each of these options, and I always guarantee my work. 


I respond very quickly to email messages. 

Email: cathryn.lykes@gmail.com  


Nice things people have said about my work...

“Cathryn has been such a blessing to me. She edited my book in such a timely manner. Her professionalism and swift replies allowed me to be a part of the editing process. She also gives you constructive editing that polishes your work but at the same time takes your writing to the next level. I appreciate Cathryn and what she does. I’m so glad I found a great editor for my book. Thank you!” —  Idil Ahmed, author of Manifest Now

“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.” — Bruce Kasanoff, author, ghostwriter, artist

“Cathryn was instrumental in her accurate, precise, and particular attention to detail in editing my 10th book, Co-Create, last year. I found her to be extremely competent in her craft, very capable of elevating what I was trying to say while still retaining my voice, and she worked proactively with me and my team on tight deadlines to get the manuscript done and back to the publisher. I would highly recommend her for her professionalism and quality work.” — David Nour, senior leadership/board advisor, international speaker, and best-selling author

“Whether you are semi-colon-averse, comma-clueless, or just (like me) given to writing the way you speak, Cathryn Lykes is an eagle-eyed companion through the perils of punctuation!” — Christine Eberle, author of Finding God in Ordinary Time

“Cathryn’s editing is always meticulous and timely. Her thorough word-crafting offers creative suggestions that improve the writing while respecting and enhancing the author’s original voice, which makes for a truly collaborative editing experience. Cathryn possesses that rare quality of being both highly professional and personable.” — Michael Caduto, author of The Garden of Wisdom: Earth Tales from the Middle East

“From my first conversation with Cathryn to the final edits on my book, I had complete confidence in her. She was collaborative, thorough, insightful, and willing to discuss changes I wasn’t sure about. She brought exactly the skills and experience I needed, and made me feel that my manuscript was in good hands. The product was much improved. I have gone back to her with other, smaller writing projects, and will continue to do so. I recommend her highly.” — Melanie Merriman, author of Holding the Net: Caring for my Mother on the Tightrope of Aging 

“Working with Cathryn was truly a blessing! Before meeting Cathryn, I was uneasy and nervous about the editing process. The moment Cathryn stepped into my writing journey, she gave me the confidence I needed to call my work a finished product! Her professionalism, expertise, and kindness were shown throughout the entire editing process. She gave the service of a million-dollar business, while showing the patience and feedback of a close friend. She truly took my work to another level. You will not be disappointed in working with her!” —  Bryan Williams, author of Convicted Christianity

“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 jewel—and 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.”  Matthew M. Robb, Memoir Masterworks

More happy clients' remarks:

“Awesome work—attention to detail, responsiveness—both 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!”

“Awesome—absolutely 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!”

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Cathryn Lykes: Copy Editing Services

Vermont, USA