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Karin Cather

Karin Cather Editorial Services LLC

United States
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Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Conference (2015)


I edit police procedurals, thrillers, memoirs, autobiographies, apocalyptic fiction, science fiction, historical fiction, and young adult fiction. I also edit academic journal articles, dissertations, academic books, textbooks, and theses. As a former prosecutor who has extensive martial arts training, I'm uniquely situated to judge the accuracy of your fight scenes, whether they involve weapons or not. The subject matter experience I gained in criminal law and child welfare law makes me just the editor for your behavioral health, medical, and forensics work. I have published in comparative literature, psychobiology, psychological anthropology, and law, and have prepared panel discussions on healthcare policy in the United States. 

As an editor who is also a lawyer, I bring a nuanced perspective to fiction and nonfiction.

I have an editing certificate from the University of California Berkeley, a JD from William and Mary Law School, and a BA in comparative literature from the University of Virginia.

See my blog and testimonials page to get a sense of my approach.


Keywords: academic editor, academic editing, behavioral health, documentation, citations, book editing, fiction, martial arts, Krav Maga, tae kwon do law, legal, criminal law, child welfare, medical, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, history, natural history,  structural editor, line editor, special education, developmental editor, copyeditor, thesis, dissertation, book, journal articles, textbooks, healthcare policy, public health, firearms

Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Plain language
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, self-published
  • Conference materials
  • E-books
  • Fiction
  • Government materials, general
  • Periodicals, general
  • Reference materials, general
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Textbooks, elementary and high school
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction


  • Animals
  • Biography
  • Government
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • History
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Medicine
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Politics
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Social sciences