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Welcome to Catherine Knepper Writing Services, LLC. I offer a full suite of editorial, critique, and writing services to ensure that your manuscript or book proposal is as professional, marketable, and creatively successful as it can be. For fiction, I work within any adult genre and specialize in developmental editing, line editing, and manuscript coaching and consultation. In the area of nonfiction, I offer a comprehensive set of services that spans the gamut from helping you pitch your ideas competitively to writing a professional, salable book proposal to line editing and collaborating on your book.

My clients’ books have been published by or are forthcoming with Berkley Books, Bloomsbury, Broadway, Crown, Hyperion, Lake Union, Oxford University Press, Penguin, Permanent Press, Rodale, Sarabande Books, Seal Press, Skyhorse Publishing, Sourcebooks, Spiegel & Grau, St. Martin’s Press, and various university and independent presses. Several clients have achieved national prominence in the form of bestsellers and literary awards, and I work with many of the top literary agents and publicists in the business.  

Please see the Services page for a full description of services. Further questions?  Send me an e-mail, or use my Contact page to fill out a fast, easy form. I do my best to get back to you within twenty-four hours. I look forward to hearing more about you and your work.

Here's a sample of my editorial projects:

Unblocked: How Blockchains Will Change Your Business (And What to do About It) by Alison McCauley (business/technology, Collins & Cross January 2019) Amazon Hot New Release in 10 categories, Amazon Best Seller in 9 Categories 

The Memory of Us by Camille di Maio (fiction, Lake Union Publishing June 2016) Summer Book Pick by Redbook, Working Mother, SheKnows, and Bustle

The End of Fun by Sean McGinty (fiction, Hyperion 2016) Booklist starred review

His Redeeming Power by David Fisler (religion, Cedar Fort 2016)

The Curseborn Saga (volumes I-V) by Trowa D. Cloud (fantasy, Curseborn Saga, LLC 2015-2016)

The Grammar of God by Aviya Kushner (memoir, Spiegel & Grau 2015) National Jewish Book Award Finalist, Publishers' Weekly Top 10 Religion Stories of 2015

The Superhuman Mind: Free the Genius in Your Brain by Berit Brogaard, D.M.Sci., Ph.D. and Kristian Marlow, M.A. (science, Penguin 2015)

Sleepwalker: The Mysterious Makings and Recovery of a Somnambulist by Kathleen Frazier (memoir/popular science, Skyhorse Publishing 2015) 2017 Independent Publisher Book Award for Best First Book, Non-Fiction

Under this Beautiful Dome: A Senator, A Journalist, and the Politics of Gay Love in America by Terry Mutchler (memoir/current events, Seal Press 2014) 2015 Independent Publisher Book Award for Autobiography/Memoir

The Blue Box by Sallie Bingham (memoir, Sarabande Books 2014)

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure (fiction, Sourcebooks 2013) Finalist, 2015 International Dublin Literary Award, named Malcom Gladwell’s favorite book of 2013

Killer Nurse: The Harrowing True Story of One Woman’s Murder Spree in an East Texas Town by John Foxjohn (true crime, Berkley Books 2013)

Death in a Wine-Dark Sea by Lisa King (mystery, Permanent Press 2012)

Fear and Faith in Paradise: Exploring Conflict and Religion in the Middle East by Phil Karber (travel memoir/current events, Rowman & Littlefield 2012)

Traces of Bliss by Cecilia Velastegui (fiction, Libros Publishing 2012) Association of American Publishers 2012 National Latino Book Club selection

H.O.M.E.L.A.N.D. by James Hufferd (fiction, Progressive Press 2011)

Lady Leader: 10 Ways to Play in Big Boy Business by Mary Stier (business, Sigler 2011)

More than a Walk on the Beach: Confessions of an Unlikely Diplomat by former U.S. ambassador Mary Kramer (memoir/politics, Sigler 2010)

Sky Train: Tibetan Women on the Edge of History by Canyon Sam (nonfiction, University of Washington Press 2009) PEN Open Book Award winner, 2010

The Adversity Paradox: An Unconventional Guide to Achieving Uncommon Business Success by J. Barry Griswell and Bob Jennings (business, St. Martin’s Press 2009) Wall Street Journal bestseller, 800CEORead bestseller, Top 30 business book of 2009 by Soundview Executive Business Summaries

Icebergs by Rebecca Johns (fiction, Bloomsbury 2006) finalist for the 2007 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for First Fiction