Hi, I'm Cate.

Since childhood I've been awed by the power of stories; these spells of fantasy that transport us to new places, twist our emotions and challenge our beliefs. To the untrained eye, the art of storytelling is mystical and enigmatic; stories either move us, or they don't. But fiction writing is a craft, and while there is a creative 'x-factor' that no amount of training can manufacture, the vast majority of elements can be learned and developed.

As a developmental editor, I apply my intuition and knowledge to a manuscript to ensure it resonates with readers. Witnessing a novel click into perfection is endlessly gratifying, and my passion for good stories has made me one of the best developmental editors in the business. My work and essays have been featured in international publications like The Telegraph (UK) and Novelists Inc., an exclusive network for multi-bestselling authors in the US. More importantly, I've developed hundreds of great novels, including Amazon bestsellers in over a dozen fiction genres.

In my spare time I write articles on love and romance for popular blogs, and offer free writing tips and reading lists on this site. Want to connect? Drop me a line, or say hi on Facebook and Twitter.

Writing Tips

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How to write a novel

  Guest Post: Five Plot Structures for Bestselling Novels By Katja L Kaine   So you’ve got an amazing story idea, but the question remains: how to turn it into a great novel? There must be as many different ways to write a novel as there are novel writers. Some of…

How this Newbie Writer Scored 2.1 Million Wattpad Reads

(and Lived to Tell the Tale)   Based in New Zealand, M. N. J. Greenhill is as mysterious and elusive as the paranormal characters in her stories. If you’ve never heard her name that might be because you’re yet to explore Wattpad, a website where people can read novels from…

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Top 10 Sites Every Writer Should Know

In this week’s guest post Veronica Hunt shares her favourite sites for writers. The web is an endless source of information, inspiration, and everything else we wish we had more time for. Which is why I’ve cut through the noise to create a list of the top 10 writing sites…

Editing & Proofreading Tools

10 Power Tools For Proofreading & Editing

  Guest Post: Editing & Proofreading Tools by Leona Hinton. Writing with style and substance is essential to becoming a successful author or blogger, but perfecting the ability to proofread and edit your own work will save you time and money down the line. The best way to start the proofreading…

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Introducing a Character, Not a Bore

10 Signs You’re Introducing a Boring Character And how you can ensure they hook us from page one.   Your character might be complex and dynamic, but if your opening pages make for a boring introduction, the reader probably won’t hang around long enough to find out. Here are ten signs your opening scene…


Why She Writes

  Guest Post: Why She Writes by Joanne Fedler A woman sits down at a desk. Perhaps the humble simplicity of a chair will suffice, a bench, a place against which she can press her lower back to take the responsibility from her legs, her tired feet. From a bag, a drawer,…

Romance Editor

Finding a Great Romance Editor

“Good romance editors are worth their weight in bestsellers.” Romance editors: it might be hard to find one who embodies all of the attributes below (I’m not sure I do!) but these tips will help you navigate your way to the romance editor of your dreams. Alternatively, if you already have…

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8 Tools For Writers: Freelance Secrets

Tools for writers; master the trade. Tools for writers are just as important as the tools you apply to any craft. We live in an age where entire empires can be run from a single mobile phone. Hell, if a service ain’t digital, it’s archaic. When it comes to scheduling,…

Storytelling Tips

5 Storytelling Tips to Win Readers

When the freelance gurus at TurnPoint asked me to outline my top five storytelling tips as a fiction editor, I was happy to oblige. Almost every rough draft I encounter would benefit from at least one, if not all of these storytelling tips. But before you toss that manuscript away, rest assured, each…

Are you ready to become a writer?

Are You Ready to Become a Writer?

I’m not sure how I decided I was ready to ‘swallow the red pill’ and become a writer, leaving the Matrix behind. But when a friend of mine contacted me seeking advice about her own career change, I was forced to think about the actions and beliefs that led to…


Tough Love: Assessment & Beta Reading

Content Editing @ just 1.5 cents per word (aka Beta Reading, Line Editing, Critiquing & Assessment) The following critique service is the most intensive I have come across, combining beta reading, assessment and content editing into a single, comprehensive offering. In this process, I go through every line of the manuscript and…

Avoiding cliche

The Crematorium of Cliche

Guest Post: How to salvage your writing from the crematorium of cliche. by Joanne Fedler   Aspiring writers sometimes ask me, ‘How can I write like you?’ The answer is, ‘You don’t want to write like me, you want to write like you. You want to find your writing voice, and that will…


The Spiritual Writer

Guest Post: 9 Spiritual Principles To Make You More Creative by Joanne Fedler Creativity, like any other skill, can be nourished. It’s important to remember, though, that it takes time and dedication to tap into your inner wellspring of natural creative ability. With that in mind, here are nine spiritual…

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‘Show Don’t Tell’ Rule

Rule: SHOW us the goods, don’t TELL us to buy them.   The old ‘show don’t tell’ rule is one of the most important for good writing, and once you understand it you’ll find yourself cringing over old work that suddenly appears gauche and overstated (I know I did). So,…


Pretty Punctuation

I used to think that the minor rules of punctuation were based mostly on elitist affectation. Petty people with expensive educations that liked pointing out missing dashes and dots for a fleeting moment of superiority. I was wrong. Punctuation, like all literary devices, is there to help the writer get…

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Finding Your Novel’s Dream Theme

Many writers shiver at the T word. After all, finding a novel’s theme sounds so intellectual, a boring week of high school English you’d rather leave forgotten. But throw out theme at your own risk, because it’s the secret ingredient that will make your story soar, or leave it sorely lacking….


Awfully Awkward Adverbs

  An adverb is a descriptor such as: She rubbed her eyes and said tiredly, “These adverbs are so redundant.”  Consider that sentence. The word “tiredly” didn’t need to be there, because we already indicated she was tired by saying she “rubbed her eyes”. Recognisable by their ‘ly’ ending, adverbs…