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DAVID A. CATHCART has worked as a writer, editor, publisher, journalist, screenwriter, blogger, copyeditor, copywriter, art director, and proofreader for almost 20 years. He has written, co-written and edited over 60 published books, both fiction and non-fiction. He has written, co-written, and/or directed a dozen films and has shepherded dozens of writers through the editing and publishing process.

David's areas of specialty include Christian fiction and nonfiction, sci-fi and fantasy, literary fiction, screenplays, creative nonfiction, business writing, how-to/self-help, autobiography and historical fiction. His clients appreciate his extensive knowledge of story structure, his attention to detail, his knowledge and experience of the marketplace and his friendly, honest approach.

Editing Specialties

  • Mainstream fiction and nonfiction
  • Christian fiction and nonfiction
  • Science fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Scripts and screenplays
  • Developmental Content Editing
  • Structural Editing
  • Copyediting
  • Writing
  • Proofreading

Experience

Editing Credits

ABC for the Affluent Child by Ashley Ward To Climb a Mountain Sleeping With a Wall Street Banker by Marlene Morgan

Wheels of Wisdom - Open Road Press The Symphony Heist - Curiosity Books Jesus Showed Us - Freshwind Press
The Beauty in Darkness - Amazon CreateSpace Sacred Planet - Amazon CreateSpace Sex and Mine Alone - Amazon CreateSpace God's Love Mystery - Amazon CreateSpace
Everything You Never Wanted to Know about Erectile Dysfunction and Penile Implants - LuLu Publishing Services The Kokuran – Vaughn Publishing The Nigerian Optometrist by Olakunle Adegbile

ABC for the Affluent Child – Ashley Ward – 2016

Sleeping With a Wall Street Banker – AuthorHouseUK – 2016

Wheels of Wisdom – Open Road Press – 2016

The Symphony Heist – Curiosity Books – 2016

Jesus Showed Us – Freshwind Press – 2016

The Beauty in Darkness – Amazon CreateSpace – 2016

Sacred Planet – Amazon CreateSpace – 2016

Sex and Mine Alone – Amazon CreateSpace – 2016

God's Love Mystery – Amazon CreateSpace – 2016

Everything You Never Wanted to Know about Erectile Dysfunction and Penile Implants – LuLu Publishing Services – 2016

The Kokuran – Vaughn Publishing – 2016

The Nigerian Optometrist – Olakunle Adegbile – 2016

The Three Marriage Enigmas – Discovery Path Publishing – 2016

The Zero Sum Game Book 1: The Lie – CreateSpace (design and editing) – 2016

Wheels of Wisdom – 2016

Star Wars Redeemed – Big Mercury Press – 2015

The Life Engine – Amazon CreateSpace – 2015

The Man – Amazon CreateSpace – 2015

The Mask – Amazon CreateSpace – 2015

Husband, Liar—Sociopath – Amazon CreateSpace – 2015

Called to a Higher Service – Amazon CreateSpace – 2015

What Is Time? – Amazon CreateSpace – 2015

The Warring Princess – Inved Publishing – 2015 

Mission Veritas – Editor – by John Murphy, published by Booktrope Editions – 2015

Men Wanted for Hazardous Journey – Editor – Project Wildman Publishing – 2014

A Conscious Peace – Amazon CreateSpace – 2015

The Esss Advance – Amazon CreateSpace – 2015

The Last Call  – Amazon CreateSpace – 2015

Le Mental Au Poker – Jared Tendler, LLC – 2015

The Ten Prison Commandments – Prison Coach Consulting – 2014

Why I'm an Atheist Who Believes in God – Editor – Outskirts Press – 2014

Racism in America: My Personal Stories and Insights – Wasteland Press – 2013

Tethered Worlds: Blue Star Setting Editor – Amazon CreateSpace – 2013

Tethered Worlds: Unwelcome Star – Editor – Amazon CreateSpace – 2013

The Last Thing I’d Ever Do – Editor – YWAM Publishing – 2012

Her Gates Will Never Be Shut – Editor – Fresh Wind Press – 2009

Unfavorable Odds – Editor – Tate Publishing – 2009

Chrysalis Crucible – Editor – Fresh Wind Press – 2007

For You, My Son – Editor – Fresh Wind Press – 2006

Kissing the Leper – Editor – Fresh Wind Press – 2006

The Beatitudes – Editor – Fresh Wind Press – 2005

If This Were a Dream, What Would It Mean? – Editor – Fresh Wind Press – 2005

Big Time Bid – Editor – Freestate Publishing – 2004

Fear No Evil: Overcoming the Culture of Fear – Editor – Fresh Wind Press – 2004

Rivers From Eden – Editor – Fresh Wind Press – 2004

Sweating From Your Eyes: Emotional Fitness for Men – Editor – Fresh Wind Press – 2004

Can You Hear Me? Tuning In to the God Who Speaks – Editor – Fresh Wind Press – 2003

Children, Can You Hear Me? – Editor – Fresh Wind Press – 2003

Star Wars Redeemed by Bradley Hagan The Life Engine by Rick Baker The Man by Julius Robinson Bad Credit No Credit No Problem by David Ash
The Mask by Jim Jones Husband, Liar, Sociopath by O N Ward Called to a Higher Service by Jacqueline Johnson What is Time by Gary W Driver
The Warring Princess by Josephine Namukisa Mission Veritas by John Murphy Men Wanted For Hazardous Journey by Rob Cope The Ten Prison Commandments by John Doc Fuller
Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God by Frank Schaeffer Kissing the Leper The Beatitudes by Ron Dart Rivers From Eden
Sweating from the Eyes Big Time Bid Children, Can You Hear Me?
To Die is Gain Hellbound For You, My Son

Writing Credits

Devotionals for Movie Lovers – Co-writer – Barbour Publishing – 2010

Hollywood Jesus Reviews 2005-2006 – Contributor – HollywoodJesus Books – 2006

HollywoodJesus Reviews 2004-2005 – Contributor – HollywoodJesus Books – 2005

One Message of Victory – Contributor – Athletes in Action – 2005

Scoring In the Red Zone – Ghostwriter – Thomas Nelson Publishers – 2005

Can You Hear Me? Study Guide – Writer – Fresh Wind Press – 2004

HollywoodJesus Reviews 2003-2004 – Contributor – HollywoodJesus Books – 2004

Laughing Out Loud  – Contributor – Hallmark – 2004

All About Time – Writer – Cook Communications – 2003

All About Money – Writer – Cook Communications – 2003

All About Talents – Writer – Cook Communications – 2003

Soul Retreats for Students – Writer – Zondervan – 2003

The 2:52 Bible for Boys – Contributor – Zonderkidz – 2002

Kiddictionary – Co-writer – Zonderkidz – 2002

The World’s Easiest Pocket Guide to Buying Your First Home – Co-writer – Northfield Publishing – 2002

The World’s Easiest Pocket Guide to Your First College Decision – Co-writer – Northfield Publishing – 2002

The Money Planner for Kids – Ghostwriter – Faith Kidz – 2001

More Mealtime Moments – Contributor – Tyndale – 2001

A Christian Parent’s Guide to the Spiritual Growth of Children  – Contributor – Tyndale – 2000

I Want to Know About the Christian Faith – Contributor – Tyndale – 2000

Teaching Your Child How to Pray – Contributor – Moody Press – 2000

Financial Parenting – Contributor – Moody Press – 1999

I Want to Know About the Fruit of the Spirit – Contributor – Zonderkidz – 1999

Kidcordance  – Co-writer – Zonderkidz – 1999 Your Child and the Bible – Co-writer – Moody Press – 1999

The Tree Planter’s Survival Guide  – Writer – Millstone Press – 1995

The Ultimate Bible Guide – Contributor – Group Publishing – 1999

Your Child and Jesus – Co-writer – Moody Press – 1999

Your Child and the Christian Life – Contributor – Moody Press – 1999

Movie Lovers' DevotionalsHollywood Jesus Reviews 2003-2004Hollywood Jesus Reviews 2004-2005Hollywood Jesus Reviews 2005-2006Laughing Out LoudSoul Retreats for StudentsAll About MoneyAll About TalentAll About TimeKid DictionaryBoys BibleBuying Your First HouseMaking Your First College DecisionMore Mealtime MomentsMoney Planner For KidsFruit of the SpiritTeaching Your Child How to PraySpiritual Growth of ChildrenFinancial ParentingKidCordanceYour Child and the BibleYour Child and the Christian LifeUltimate Bible Guide

Staff Writing/Editing Positions

Co-founder/Editor-in-chief – Fresh Wind Press, Abbotsford, BC – 2002-2008

Co-founder/Editor – Clarion: Journal of Spirituality and Justice, Abbotsford – 2003-2006

Senior Writer/Editor – Campus Crusade for Christ, Canada – Sept. 2000-April 2001

Writer/editor – Lightwave Publishing, Maple Ridge, BC – 1998-2000

Reporter – Northern Pride Newspaper, Meadow Lake, SK – Oct. 1996-May 1997

Teaching Experience

Sessional Instructor – Screenwriting – Centrocom Christian School of Filmmaking, Medellin, Colombia – 2014-2015

Sessional Instructor – Screenwriting – Digital Filmmaking School, Kona, HI – 2008-2016

Sessional Instructor – Screenwriting – Woodcrest Writing School, Tyler, TX – 2003-2014

Sessional Instructor – Screenwriting – Video Impact School, Denver – 2010, 2012, 2013

Sessional Instructor – Screenwriting, School of Frontier Media, Perth – 2012-2013

Sessional Instructor – Screenwriting, Documentary Film School, Harpenden – 2010-2013

Sessional Instructor – Screenwriting, School of Digital Filmmaking, Brisbane – 2009-2010, 2013-2015

Co-Leader/Instructor – Authors Training School, Kona, HI – 2004

Sessional Instructor – Creative Writing, University of the Fraser Valley – 2001

Sessional Instructor – Creative Writing, Northwest Regional College – 1997

Produced Films

The Divine Comedy of Thomas Merton – Co-writer – Feature Film – Divine Comedy Entertainment – 2016

Fractured – Producer/Co-writer/Film editor – Feature-length Documentary – WestWave Films – 2016

Songs for Justice – Writer/Film editor – Short documentary – Davara Films – 2015

The Chicken Manure Incident – DA Cathcart – 2014

Hellbound? – Writer/Director/Producer – Feature-length Documentary – DA Cathcart

Drop Gun – Executive Producer and Screenwriter (with Magnus Persson) – Short Film – Monumental Films – 2011

Monumental – Screenwriter – Feature-length Documentary – Pyro Pictures – 2011

No Saints for Sinners – Screenwriter (with Chris Benzoni et al) – Feature Film – Fox Lad Pictures – 2011

Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth – Screenwriter – Feature-length Documentary – PhotogenX – 2011

spOILed – Associate Producer and Screenwriter ( with Mark Mathis) – Feature-length Documentary – WestWave Films – 2011

With God On Our Side – Screenwriter (with Stephanie Hicks) – Feature-length Documentary – Rooftop Productions, 2010

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed – Screenwriter (with Ben Stein) – Feature-length Documentary – Premise Media, 2008

Hakani – Screenwriter – Docudrama – Pray for Rain Pictures – 2008

Trunk – Screenwriter (with Nathan Frankowski and Matt Chandler) – Short film – Drummer Boy Productions – 2008

Tainted – Screenwriter (with Nathan Frankowski) – Short film – Drummer Boy Productions – 2007

After – Screenwriter – Feature Film – Pray for Rain Pictures – 2006

Articles

Book Editor Reviews

"David Cathcart is an outstanding editor, with incredible insights. I have already recommended him to a number of other writers." - Carl Page

"David Cathcart did a great job. The work was done quickly and was everything I expected and more." - Frank Leigh

"David has a unique ability to take someone's body of work and make it better. His feedback helped in improving my manuscript. He is on schedule and very professional. For authors seeking an editor who is detail-oriented and fluent in sentence structure and content evaluation, I recommend David." – Myron Guillory

"Wow! Thanks a million for your revision and I am so appreciative for your work. Believe me, I have been trying to finish writing other short stories from my childhood but the editing has been stopping me from finishing it. I now know who to contact to help me edit my stories. Once again, thank you very much! Excellent Service!." – Contact info on request

"David Cathcart made an intimidating task very comfortable. From the very start of the project he demonstrated experience, skills, and a ' can do' attitude. He is so much more than a typical editor. He had experience and great advice to offer on everything from grammar to fronts and design issues and everything in between. David seems just as comfortable editing fiction text as he does formatting complicated pages of art. If you are looking for someone who can handle that project that doesn' t seem to fit anyone else, he is the one! You will not be disappointed." – Grace Netanya

"David Cathcart brings creative thought and a humble, willing spirit to his editing solution. On Wheels of Wisdom, he provided excellent suggestions on how to rework stories to make them more compelling and intriguing. He is accommodating and customer service-oriented." – Tim Bishop, Coauthor of Wheels of Wisdom

"It was a privilege to work with you on this project. I really appreciated how quickly you responded to emails and how efficiently you worked to complete your editing. Your suggestions and comments have served to greatly enhance this book and I will be forever grateful for your commitment to detail and excellence. I have learned from you and look forward to working with you again!" – Sheila Schroeder, owner/counselor, Relationship Renewal

 

The Last Thing I'd Ever Do

"David is a highly motivated communicator in more than one field. I know him as the one who helped me structure and edit my recent book, The Last Thing I'd Ever Do. He did such a good job that when I submitted it to my publisher, it required virtually no revisions." – Peter Jordan, author of The Last Thing I'd Ever Do

"I chose David based on his excellent credentials. I expected his work to be competent. But he surprised me. His editing surpassed my great expectations." – Ari Nemsira

"I used the network to identify my consultant for the developmental edit. I went back to David for my line edit because I trusted his judgement and his price was competitive. David was very helpful to me as a first time writer." – Charles Waugh

"David edited my query letter, synopsis, and novel. I was amazed at the detail and care he used to findThe River Within inconsistencies. He is a wonderful editor and I highly recommend him." – M. Gulick

"I am very happy to recommend David. He helped to republish two of my books and redesigned the ccover and the layout. He did an excellent job."
– Jeff Imbach, author, The River Within

Persecution Complex

"David's work editing my book was vital. Not only did he correct my mistakes, but he helped to shape my writing into a work that would better communicate my ideas and connect with my audience. David helped me to organize my thoughts and directed me to resources that would help me to better flesh out my ideas. David was also incredibly speedy and easy to work with. My book would not be nearly as good if it were not for his help." – Jason Wiedel, Persecution Complex

 

"David was a professional. Quick in communication and diligent in his work. He is not the kind of editor who "phones it in." He remained genuinely interested in the subject matter, and applied his craft to hone two full-length novels to a fine edge." – Gregory Faccone, author of the Tethered Worlds series.

Tethered Worlds - Blue Star SettingTethered Worlds - Unwelcome Star

"Everyone at the network is wonderful. I decided to work with Mr. Cathcart, and I could not have been happier with the results. Throughout the whole process he has been prompt with emails, flexible in terms of pricing, and always a cheerleader for the book. He made this whole process easy, when, quite frankly, I was worried about a true editor besides my friends touching the book—my worries were all unfounded. All the glowing recommendations given above are nothing compared to my appreciation for what he did for my novel. He took every sentence, every line, and the overarching feeling of hope I tried to instill in every word and truly made each one shine. He made the book, the magic, I saw in my head come through on paper. Reading through his edits and implementing them (I think there were maybe two edits I chose not to accept) made me fall in love with my story all over again. As well, his work on the query and synopsis—I say work when I really mean a complete overhaul—made both sing and were exactly what I was looking for in terms of help. I hope that my words evidence how pleased and appreciative I am of everything he did. Now I feel as though the book has a fighting chance and will stand out against other novels. If I ever need edits again, Mr. Cathcart is the first person I would email." - Chase T.M. Anderson

"David has edited six of my ten books. It's no coincidence that these works account for 98% of my sales—four of them are Canadian bestsellers. I've learned to trust my writing career to his good judgment. In retrospect, I cringe to think of working without him (and my other books remind me of this). Whether I need line editing, style and content advice or a deeper structural revision, David is my first choice. Period." – Dr. Brad Jersak, author of Her Gates Will Never Be Shut, Can You Hear Me?, Fear No Evil and other works

Her Gates Will Never Be ShutCan You Hear Me?Fear No Evil

Scoring in the Red Zone"David gently instructed me throughout the creation of my book. Where I'd come up short, he would be there to add structure and order to my organic style of writing." – Spencer Tillman, CBS Sports commentator and author of Scoring In the Red Zone

 

"Book-Editing Associates proved to be such a wise choice in finding a talented editor. David is a genuine professional. His edit and review of my manuscript was thorough, punctual, and reflected his impressive skill as a writer. He answered my questions and stayed in contact with me throughout the entire process." – Wesley Spena

"David is a great editor and advisor. He caught issues that surprised me and was always available for immediate feedback. He’s a gem." – M Aitken

Unfavorable Odds"I could not have written this book without David He helped pull out details from my past that not only made for a great book, they also led to the reconciliation of my father and me."
-- Kim Hamilton, former US National Gymnastics team member and author of Unfavorable Odds

"David brought a fresh creative perspective that ‘freed’ me to tell the overarching story as I originally intended, injecting new excitement into the project. On the technical side, he was able to find every grammatical flaw and writing tic, helping me polish my novel to a professional level. I am grateful for David’s expert advice and extremely proud of the results. When I need inspiration and technical assistance again, David will be at the top of my list." – Kate Kosel

"David did a great job! He wasted no time editing my novel and gave plenty of suggestions to help develop my characters." – Luther Berry

"David editorial input into my manuscript has been truly outstanding." – Dr. Mitra Makbuleh, author of The Mystery of Jewish Creativity: The Secret Light In Every Human Soul

Chrysalis Crucible"David is an editor who (rightly!) makes you do the hard work of manuscript improvement up to the limits of your creativity." – Wayne Northey, author of Chrysalis Crucible

"The network made it really easy to get an editor. I got two offers quickly. Since it was a small job, and I was exploring editors, I hired both of them. David was a great editor. He got the work (3 chapters) done in less than two days. He focused on making the words a better reading experience, and enhanced the story too. (My wife also approved of his edits.) I was happy to have him available." – Jimm Grogan

"David  provided a very thorough and thoughtful editing of a couple of my stories.  He corrected all grammatical and stylistic errors.  He also gave me insightful comments and suggestions about the plot and character development." (Contact info on request)  

If This Were a Dream, What Would It Mean?"David, thank you for your patience, time and commitment to this project. You truly have become my ‘inner voice’!" – Murray Dueck, author of If This Were a Dream, What Would It Mean?