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About me

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Specialist in fiction editing for self-publishing authors.

I graduated from Loughborough University in 2001 with a degree in Fine Art (Painting). I worked in various administrative and managerial roles within the charity sector before becoming Director of Help For Writers in 2015. I am an Intermediate Member of the Society for Editors & Proofreaders.

Help For Writers provides a range of services for authors. Our core business is ebook distribution, and we can get your book into over 60 stores around the world. We also offer proofreading, copy-editing, typesetting, cover design, and marketing. If you’re interested in any other strands of our work I’d be delighted to tell you more.

My skills

  • I particularly enjoy proofreading and editing fiction, and I’ve worked directly with self-published authors across a range of genres. I’m comfortable working on books that include sex and violence. ‘No job too odd’ is my motto!
  • I have lots of experience proofreading and editing websites and blog posts and using Content Management Systems.
  • I have worked in the public sector, private sector and third sector. Formal letters, reports, leaflets, staff handbooks, contracts … if your company uses them, I’ve probably proofread them!
  • I can use Adobe InDesign for typesetting/book design.

My specialisms

Like all proofreaders and copy-editors, there are some subject areas that I’m more knowledgeable about than others. This makes my work in those areas quicker and easier because I don’t need to do so much fact-checking. My areas of specialist knowledge and experience in the non-fiction arena are:

  • fine art – painting
  • the fine arts – general
  • the humanities – general
  • art history
  • English literature
  • history
  • religion and spirituality

In fiction I specialise in:

  • erotica and pornography
  • romance
  • women’s fiction
  • horror
  • fantasy
  • science fiction
  • young adult fiction

About me

When I’m not working or looking after my young daughter, you’re most likely to find me knitting, drawing, jogging, or reading a book about Anglo-Saxon history. I also enjoy listening to music across a range of genres but particularly rock, metal, goth/industrial and visual kei. I play the guitar and piano with borderline competence. I am reasonably good at French and, being a language junkie, have tried my hand at various other languages including Japanese, Latvian and Russian.

Find me on social media

Follow me on Twitter: @CatherineDunn8  |  Follow Help For Writers on Twitter: @HelpForWriters

Find me on Facebook: /CatherineDunnEditorial  |  Find Help For Writers on Facebook: /helpforwriters

Find me on Instagram: ursul4  |  Find Help For Writers on Instagram: helpforwriters

SfEP intermediate membership badge editing proofreading

Intermediate membership


Catherine Dunn editing proofreading

Yes, this really is me and my desk (or, if you prefer, my desk and I).