I help people write books.
What does your ideal relationship with your editor look like?
A good editor understands your vision, has heard what you want to say, and then works to help you write it.
This process is personalized, there’s no other way.
For some of my clients, we work together from inception to publication.
But before publication, you have to make sure the writing’s perfect.
Better than perfect, you have to make sure it’s good.
Together, we can shape your text into exactly what you want.
I’m an Editor, Book Midwife, and the Creative Director of The Republic of Letters, a not-for-profit literary center and local writing community hub in the Fox Valley. We host author events, and offer classes, discussion groups, writing workshops, and marketing opportunities. We encourage everyone, published or nah, to submit to our reading series, Waterline Writers. We’re here to connect the writers of the Fox Valley.
I write experimental fantasy novels, inside-out love stories, and auto-theory for fun.
I also deconstruct the tarot’s archetypes and symbols into a game designed to help you generate endless story ideas.
The Tarot for Writing Project is a free online tool that teaches symbolism through the tarot.
Writing is words that stay, a book is a complex thought made concrete. How wonderful and special! To make it worth writing, you have to make it worth reading.
There is always a give and take, a back and forth between author and reader.
As a book midwife, I collapse the distance between reader and text.
Together, we’ll go through the experience of reading your story.
In their words ::
“Cathy’s eye is fine, and acutely generous, able to enter into the writer’s personal universe without imposing her own upon it, always listening to the unique thread which makes a work a work, and not any other, and often making that line emerge when I myself had not been able to find it.
“I can very genuinely say that I would not have come this far, or indeed, gone anywhere at all as a writer, without her help. Sometimes I think I should list her as co-author.” – Lily Robert-Foley.
“I especially appreciate the one-on-one time she spent with me at the end of the project.” – Michael Bauch.
“I am a better writer because of Cathy.” – Kailyne Waters.
Once upon a time, when you began to write you may have found the words pouring out of you. The experience was transcendent, a magic moment of divine inspiration. Maybe that passed, what goes up must, alas, come down. So now you have some pages – pure gold! – stacked in front of you, but something nags. The sentences feel pretty enough, and clever enough, but is the plot interesting enough? Are the characters engaging enough? How does your reader feel as they fall into your story? *Gasp* You think, nearly faint, Is this worth reading?
Writing a book can be super overwhelming. It’s an intricate juggling act organizing your own thoughts. Then, couple that with handling the reader’s journey, suddenly this once awesome hobby turned into a migraine of a task. It doesn’t have to be so messy. Together, we can piece your disparate writing fragments into a lovely book. I promise it’ll be fun.
Practice Writing While Learning the Tarot!
The tarot can be thought to represent the totality of the symbolic world, a (nearly) complete set of narrative forms and characters. Let’s turn it into a game of archetypes and symbols, a useful tool – a kind of machine – for generating endless artistic inspiration.
Symbolism adds depth to whatever it touches.
The tarot can help you learn and add symbolism to your work easily.
It’s also crazy fun and wildly inspiring.
Symbols and metaphors are the chamomile and lavender in the tea of the unconscious.
In that way, art is the threshold of the unconscious; dreams made form.
Your dreams are made up of the symbols that are important to you.
Art is a portal into those emotions and desires.
It can be a way of working things out, healing old wounds.
(This is one of the ways art can be therapeutic.)
Poetry grew where words failed, it expresses what cannot be said.
Something realer than real.
Expressing the inexpressible is the je ne sais quoi of what makes art the best.
The tarot can give you some really great ideas to add to your work.
Each card is covered in specific symbols, let’s look at them with writing in mind.
The Tarot for Writing project is a free online tool to inspire you to turn your readings into art.
If you are interested in a tarot reading for your book or art project, I offer that too.
I do not offer personal tarot readings.
To learn more about what I do offer, visit the Tarot For Writing Project.