Cathy Bernardy Jones

As an editor, my focus is on making it clear and getting it right. People hire me for my attention to detail, organizational skills, thoroughness, and years of editing experience and talent.

I am a full-time freelance editor, proofreader, and fact-checker with more than 20 years of experience in general interest nonfiction, education materials (middle school through college, adult ELL), magazines, newspapers, marketing materials (websites, newsletters, catalogs, letters, etc.), and fiction.

Education editing and/or fact-checking experience, digital and print:

  • social studies
  • humanities
  • English language arts (ELA)
  • business
  • sciences
  • adult English language learner
  • children's library nonfiction, primary through high school
  • nonfiction aimed at preschool/K teachers

Niche editing areas:

  • K-12, AP high school, college
  • classic rock
  • instructional (self-help and how-to)
  • crafts (crochet, painting, sewing instructions)
  • business
  • personal finance
  • collectibles (philately, LPs/CDs, memorabilia)
  • sports
  • gardening
  • and more

"Cathy is a diligent and tenacious fact-checker. I trust her to do as much digging as she feels is warranted and know the results will be accurate, verifiable, and delivered on time. (She’s a terrific copy editor, too!)"

Tom Schiele, director, content development, humanities, MPS

Editing Services
Copyediting, Developmental editing, Line editing, Proofreading, Series, Substantive
Other Services
Content review, Ebooks, Editorial project management, Fact-checking, Image sourcing, Manuscript critique, Publishing, Social media, Style guide creation
Niche areas include: classic rock, instructional (self-help and DIY/how-to, such as crafts), business/personal finance, collectibles, gardening, decor, sports, biography, and more. Experience in primary grades through early college: social studies, English language arts (ELA), adult English language learner (ELL).
Fiction Genres
Science fiction
Nonfiction Genres
Academic, Biography, Business, DIY/how-to, History, Reference, Self-help, Textbooks, Travel
Age Levels
Infant and toddler, Early elementary, Middle grade, Young adult, Adult
End Products
Books, magazines, websites, marketing materials, newspapers, social media posts
Style Manuals
American Psychological Association (APA), Associated Press Stylebook (AP), Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), Gregg Reference Manual
Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe InDesign, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, QuarkXPress
Other Memberships
ACES: The Society for Editing, Minnesota Book Publishers’ Roundtable