I have extensive editing and teaching experience that spans two decades.
Since beginning work as a developmental editor in 2002, I have worked on a wide range of fiction and nonfiction projects, including Transmedia projects ushering in a new publishing arena. I design websites and offer guidance as writers consider choices about agents, venues, and the next steps in their careers. I have written well over 7000 pages of critical analysis for more than 400 clients. I have also content line edited well over 100,000 manuscript pages. My clients have found agents and publishers and have won regional and national awards.
A little bit about me: After graduating Valedictorian of Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN) in 1994 with B.A. in Art History and Women’s Studies, I continued art historical studies at the University of Iowa. I am A.B.D. in Art History with concentrations in 20th-Century Art, 18th-Century Art, and Contemporary Rhetorical Studies. I received numerous awards, grants, and fellowships from federal, private, and university sources, including a University of Iowa Presidential Fellowship, a Bodine Fellowship, a T. Anne Cleary Fellowship, a FLAS Fellowship (for Hindi), and a Stanley Foundation Fellowship. Before editing, I taught writing and speech at The University of Iowa for seven years. I also taught 20th-century art history at The University of Iowa and at Iowa State University.
I admit to great bouts of wanderlust. Over the years, I have lived in many places to research art, textiles, and literature, including Paris, Berlin, Delhi, Tbilisi, Palermo, and New York City. I have traveled throughout the Europe, Levant, Central Asia, and South Asia in pursuit of an art-filled life.
Some developmental editors are writers. My creative passion, however, is photography. My photographs have been published internationally and exhibited in solo, curated, and juried exhibitions both in the US and abroad. Examples of my photographic work can be found at www.catherinemicheleadams.com and www.peregrinephotographer.com. Currently I am at work on the multi-year project “Past Ruins, To Modernity” that explores cultural sites and rural outposts from the Levant to Japan. The first stage of this journey has been published in the Japanese magazine (Issue #48, 2020).