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Catherine Van Herrin

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returns 11/25/2016

I am an American-born, native English speaker with a BA in English and more than 26 years of professional editing, writing, and proofreading experience. I have edited several books and book-length manuscripts. References and titles available upon request.

For further work or assistance with larger projects, see my profile here, with 190 excellent reviews: WordChannel Professional Reviews, Ratings

I can use British-English or American-English, and I am very familiar with Chicago and AP style.

Experience in the area

More than 26 years' U.S. publishing industry experience, editorial (print). I provide crystal-clear, clean grammar; strict attention to style, consistency, flow, logic, accuracy, and spelling, and I work quickly and efficiently.

I do not format or provide technical assistance in publishing books. I use MS Word only.

If I can help you further, contact me at the website above (create a job request) or write to me at My rate is $0.008 per word. Send requests/inquiries to I accept currency only through PayPal, with 50% of the total at project initiation; the balance is due upon project completion.


Editorial Freelancers' Association, USA


AA, Liberal Arts, Anderson College, Anderson, South Carolina. BA, English, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. Post-graduate concentration: Post-war Irish poetry and early 18th century English fiction, Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas.

Past/Present Clients

I have worked with authors in the UK, Canada, the US, and several other countries. References and titles available on request.

What do you like about this subject?

I have freelanced exclusively for 12 years, including seven years as a provider on I continue to freelance on a full-time basis but enjoy helping others when I can.

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Delaney01/20/10101010Thank you very much! You answered perfectly .....
Linda11/28/09101010Dear Ms. Van Herrin, I cannot Thank .....
Sophia O.11/20/09101010I appreciate your quick response. Thank you .....

Recent Answers from Catherine Van Herrin

2010-01-19 Quoting another author in your own work:

Hi Delaney,     Thanks for writing. You can use quotes from any other author who has published a work and from any song that has been "published." Because these words, etc., are in the public domain, you

2009-11-27 using actual WW11 love letters in a book:

Dear Linda,     You have quite an interesting project there, and I believe it would appeal to both sexes alike, and in nearly all age groups (21-on). As far as how to put it together, I'd really have to

2009-09-20 Plot flaw:

Dear Mattanja,     I'm not sure I understand your question; how do you mean you "have a reaction to something and don't know what happened to cause that reaction?" You changed something in the plot, and

2009-07-08 Character Names:

Dear Angela,     Please forgive my tardiness in replying; I quite honestly have been ill, over the holidays, at that~!     Thanks for your question, which is a good one and also a very subjective one --

2009-01-04 Writing about people still living.:

Susannah,    Thank you for writing. I answered a question very similar to this one recently, and because it was still active on the public board here at allexperts, I've copied it here for you, modified


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