I want to help you make your novel the best it can be.

Carta Editorial Services opened in 2018, with an aim to provide novice- and debut authors with friendly and affordable editing services. Since then, I have worked extensively with debut authors who want to produce and polish high-quality manuscripts. I’m particularly passionate about seeing more women and under-represented voices in traditional publishing.

Whether you’re querying or self-publishing, I will help you make sure your manuscript lives up to its full potential; with a strong narrative spine, an engaging plot and unignorable characters.

I understand how scary it can be to show your work to an outsider, especially for the first time. To make it all a little bit easier, I believe in encouraging, constructive feedback and an open dialogue. I will help you set achievable goals, based on your strengths and ambitions. We’ll try to have some fun along the way, too.


Strong women protagonists. Cat-and-mouse-games. Stalkers. Cults. Unreliable narrators. Small-town and family dynamics. LGBTQIA+. Witches. Ghosts. Magic. Paranormal Romance.

Psychological Thrillers. Domestic Thrillers. Mysteries. Suspense. Women’s Fiction. Epistolary Fiction/Mixed Media. UpLit/Feelgood. Urban Fantasy. Romance.

Adult. Young Adult. Middle Grade.

Every author is different, and so is their process. I’m flexible in how I structure my services, and aim to fit most budgets.

About Me

I am a freelance developmental editor and writing coach with 5 years’ experience as an editor and 17 years’ experience as a beta reader.

When I’m not editing, I like to read, swim, solve puzzles and kill plants in increasingly creative ways because the internet told me to. I live in a small town in Western Australia with my partner and our two cats.

I look forward to hearing from you!
Catherine (she/her)

Find me elsewhere

Editorial Freelancers Association, the National Association of Independent Writers & Editors, the WritingWA Literati