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Catherine Plear

Vancouver, BC V6H 1Y5
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  • Tom Fairley Award finalist (2012)

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Certification (2015)


I'm a certified copy editor with a record of helping writers hone their work and meet their deadlines. I work in both the digital and print worlds and help authors make sure their writing is ready for either.

As a book editor, I've worked both freelance and in-house with general, legal, and business publishers as well as academic and educational presses. I've edited art catalogues, legal how-to guides, and books on personal finance, natural history, medical technology, and business basics, among other subjects.

My aim is to ensure not only that every book succeeds as a whole but also that every sentence in every book is as clear, informative, and engaging as possible.

I’m also an indexer. I’ve indexed books on sports, politics, nature, health, and history.

As a web writer/editor, I've worked on websites, newsletters, and marketing copy. I understand the demands of web publishing (including search engine optimization) and know how to shape material for online delivery.

I love language and know how to make it work.

"Catherine Plear worked for me as an employee (editor, then managing editor) and freelance editor for many years. She is among the very best editors I have had the pleasure of working with: conscientious, meticulous, and on time. Among her great strengths are her ability to quickly grasp complex topics and explain them in simple language, and her ability to deal with print and digital content in any form one might imagine. I recommend her without reservation."

          -- Richard Day, Publisher, Self-Counsel Press





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Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Indexing
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Web adaptation
  • Writing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Bibliographies
  • Blogs
  • Books, art and photography
  • Books, general
  • Business materials, general
  • E-materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Guidebooks
  • Indexes
  • Magazines
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Newsletters
  • Public relations materials
  • Reports, other
  • Style guides
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Animals
  • Arts
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Ecology and environment
  • Health and medicine, general
  • History
  • Humanities, general
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Sports