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Specialist in fiction editing for self-publishing authors. I will happily tackle any genre, but I have most experience in fantasy, science fiction, romance and horror. I relish projects that are a bit different – no job is too odd!

I have lots of experience of editing non-fiction. I specialise in the arts, humanities and social sciences. I also have experience in business, lifestyle and memoir/autobiography. I will take on most topics except maths, sciences, law, statistics and economics.

‘Clarity, communication and consistency’ is my motto. My aim is to help you get your voice heard and understood while preserving your unique style.

I am a Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. I have undertaken a number of their training courses on copy-editing and proofreading.

My skills

  • I’m used to working directly with self-publishing authors, and I particularly enjoy this aspect of my work.
  • I’m comfortable working on books that include sex and violence.
  • I have experience of proofreading essays, theses and dissertations.
  • I’ve edited non-fiction books for major publishers, including Cambridge University Press, Routledge and Arc Humanities Press.
  • 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 background

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. 

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.


I usually price my work by the hour. In order to gauge how long a project will take, I do a free, no-obligation sample edit of a few pages. This enables me to give you an accurate price and also allows you to see my style and approach and decide whether you think I’d be a good fit for your work. If you would like to discuss your project, please contact me.

I charge £10 per 1,000 words for pieces of fewer than 10,000 words.

About me

When I’m not working or looking after my young daughter, you’re most likely to find me knitting, drawing or painting. You can see some of my artwork here. I also enjoy jogging (although ‘shambling’ might be a better description). I love listening to music, particularly rock, metal, blues, goth, industrial, visual kei, pop and folk. I play the guitar and the 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


Catherine Dunn editing proofreading

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

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