cathryn.lykes@gmail.com

Cathryn Lykes
Editorial Services

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Take Your Work to the Next Level

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Vassar-Educated Book Editor

Let me put my literary background, rigorous education, and years of editorial experience into action for you. You'll get gorgeous, super-refined results guaranteed to elevate your work. 

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Precision, Intuition, Experience

Want next-level polish for your manuscript or business copy? You've come to the right place. I offer highly personalized editorial services. You'll receive masterful revisions, trustworthy communication, and strict adherence to your deadline.

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Ready to Get Started?

It's easy. Email an abbreviated description of your project and the approximate word count to cathryn.lykes@gmail.com, and I'll reply with a free quote. Let's begin!

TESTIMONIALS

"This woman is AMAZING at what she does. I would not have created this book if not for her! If you are looking to finally make it happen, she is your gal! Don’t wait!" — Samantha Davis, So Female


"I thought I was a pretty good copy editor...that is, until Cathryn went through the 'final' draft of my 100-page poetry (micro-story) manuscript. I was astounded by the sharpness of her eyes. She saw mixed-up fonts I could barely distinguish, even when they were pointed out. She saw tiny holes. She taught me things I'd never known about commas, quotation marks, and italics. And...she is lovely. She is soft and kind and true. Edits were made in a timely fashion, and her communication was fluid and clear. I highly recommend Cathryn and her until-everyone-feels-done copy editing service. I am super grateful we connected. I did not know how much I needed her." — Enza Marie Putignano, Deep Low Bow: Poems & Stories of Impermanence & Love


"Our hawk-eyed editor, Cathryn Lykes, fixed those pesky manuscript issues: potbelly pig vs. potbellied pig, that vs. which, and paint pony vs. painted pony. One of her suggestions prompted a lively firehouse/fire department/fire station Facebook debate. We highly recommend her as an editor!" — Ehris Urban & Velya Jancz-Urban, How to Survive a Brazilian Betrayal


"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, Manifest Now


"I am honored to say how happy I have been working with you. I am thrilled at the care you took, your enjoyment of the book, and your professional timing. Your editing is spot on, and brings a deep smile to my heart. I was told you were an excellent editor, and you are. I am grateful. Thank you, Cathryn. I look forward to working with you again in the future." — Laura Del Gaudio, author of The Undertaker: A Memoir 


"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, Holding the Net: Caring for My Mother on the Tightrope of Aging


“Cathryn was instrumental in her accurate, precise, and particular attention to detail in editing my tenth 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. 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 bestselling author


"Whether you are semicolon-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, 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, The Garden of Wisdom


“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


“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 C. Williams


“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

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Cathryn Lykes: Editorial Services

Vermont, USA

cathryn.lykes@gmail.com