• adult fiction

  • YA fiction

  • middle grade

  • picture books

  • memoir

  • structural editing

  • assessments

  • mentoring

  • consultation

Fiction Specialist—Creative writing teacher, mentor, development editor & literary awards judge.​

Instructions for emailing

Email your query to Cathie and ask for a quote.

Include as much information as you can, as a single Word document containing a brief biography, a blurb, synopsis, and word count. Please specify the genre and category (age level). MS Excel or PDF files will not be accepted.


Editing and Manuscript Assessments​

Cathie is a structural editor, or a developmental editor. She’ll help you shape your novel, children’s novel, picture book, short story or memoir.

This can take the form of a manuscript assessment or a structural edit.

Some authors request a number of structural edits of their work as they restructure and revise their manuscripts over time, so the service can become more of a mentorship.

Cathie and Alan are also the go-to people to tidy a submission before submission. Book in advance to secure a place.


Cathie was as a children’s book publisher for many years, and keeps up to date by judging a variety of literary awards. If you have ever wished you had an agent, then you might want to chat with Cathie, or email her. She can go through your work and give you a lead about what to do next — whether the stories need more time cooking, or whether it’s time to submit. Cathie also teaches and reads extensively in genre fiction, and consults on adult fiction.


Cathie works as a mentor to help authors develop their work.

With her long-term book designer, Deborah Brown, Cathie and Deb will mentor authors and illustrators through self-publishing their own picture book or middle grade fiction. The Book Cooks


Cathie teaches creative writing, both online and face-to-face. She has created and tutors these writing courses —

Most of her teaching is through the Australian Writers’ Centre She tutors these courses or programs online —

Cathie’s last CBCA talk.

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