BELINDA O'KEEFE / COPY EDITING & PROOFREADING SERVICES
I would love to help you with your upcoming literary project, whatever it may be. I am proud to provide high quality, reliable, confidential copy editing services.
I have worked on novels, biographies, eBooks, children’s stories, anthologies, academic dissertations and newspaper articles, but I am happy to consider all genres of writing. I strive to produce clear, concise documents without changing the intent of the writers, as I know how important this is. I have a fine eye for detail, and am accustomed to working to deadlines.
I cover a wide range of areas, from working with authors who want their manuscripts polished before publication, to working with businesses to hone advertising material and written correspondence to a professional standard. Please feel free to contact me for a quote.
Phone: 021-136-7737 or 03-359-5935
CHRISSIE WARD / PROOFREADING AND COPY EDITING
Chrissie developed her skills while working for non-fiction publishers in the UK in the days when 'copy and paste' involved scissors and a pot of glue! She provides proofreading and copy editing at very reasonable rates.
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DANA WENSLEY / STRUCTURAL EDITING SERVICES
Dana has over 20 years’ experience as a writer. She has worked as an assistant editor in London, a columnist in Canada, presented her short fiction at the prestigious Eden Mills Literary Festival in Canada, and she now writes, produces and interviews for the Top Writers Radio Show on Fresh FM.
Dana holds a postgraduate diploma in writing from Humber (Toronto), where she was mentored by New York Times notable book of the year author Helen Humphreys. From this experience she learned what she thinks is the golden rule of writing: “The silence between the words is as important as the words themselves”.
Dana offers structural editing, where she examines overall flow, reviews style, and provides feedback on how to make the text have more impact with readers, including synopsis and 'back blurb' preparation.
She also offers manuscript assessment services which involve a close reading of the work. Dana will provide a full written report of the work’s strengths and weaknesses, focusing on plot, characterisation, style, and language.
Editing packages start at $150 and can be tailored to suit individual needs.
Please find links to NZSA advice on assessments and assessors here
Phone: 021 0739658
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JIM KENNARD / PROOFREADING AND EDITING
The Importance of Getting it Right!
In 1631 Robert Barker and Martin Lucas, Royal publishers to the Court of Charles I, proudly published their version of the King James Bible. However, due to poor proofreading before publication, Exodus 20:14 was composited as ‘Thou shalt commit adultery’. In the ensuing uproar, these gentlemen faced the Court, were stripped of their Royal Warrant and had their presses confiscated, in addition to most copies being destroyed. A few copies still exist and are known variously as the Wicked Bible, or the Sinners Bible: it was not the intent of these good gentlemen to have their hard work of love remembered in such a way.
Do you want to be sure that your hard work is ready for the publisher and will live on with the message you wanted to share? Then I can help you by being that second pair of eyes, going through the manuscript in detail, ensuring clarity and consistency, checking grammar and punctuation. Don’t let a typo spoil the future.
I also offer assistance with family and historical research. See my website for details.
LIZ FLEET / PROOFREADING AND COPY EDITING
I have a Diploma in Proofreading and Editing (Excellence) from the New Zealand Institute of Business Studies. I am based in Nelson and available for projects locally or from further afield. I was a registered nurse for many years in the UK and New Zealand and learnt valuable skills such as attention to detail, good work ethics and how to manage my time effectively. I am now working full-time with my business, Word by Word, which means I can devote my time to delivering a high quality and professional service.
I understand the dedication, hard work and determination that authors apply to their writing. Maybe your dream is to publish your novel, book, screenplay, article or short story? I have been trained to help an author show the full potential of their work by correcting, enhancing and suggesting subtle changes to the text to improve the readability and flow.
I would love to help you to achieve your writing goal. Please contact me to discuss your particular project and for a quote. I would be happy to do a free sample edit or proofread so that you can see the quality of my work before you commit.
LORNA CROFT / PROOFREADING & EDITING
You have written a novel, a short story or an article. All your dedication and hard graft are about to be realised. However, before you consider publishing your work, you want to make sure the text will meet your readers’ approval. As the creator of this piece of writing, you’ve developed a close, personal attachment to your manuscript. After all, it has been an important part of your life for a long time.
I recognise the effort and emotion you have put into your writing, and I take this into account when reviewing your manuscript. My approach to your work is sensitive, appreciating the need to maintain your voice and intent in the revised copy. I provide an objective eye, scanning your text to check whether it meets the criteria of clarity, conciseness, correctness, consistency and comprehensibility. In addition, I look at the overall structure and make suggestions when and where I see a need for improvement.
I have edited and proofread several technical and business documents, a newsletter, and website content for local community organisations. In addition, I edit a monthly e-zine for Romance Writers of New Zealand (RWNZ). A love of learning often tempts me into surfing the Internet for interesting short courses that allow me to practise my skills or expand my knowledge. In my spare time, I’m an avid reader and a writer of fiction.
Phone: 027 548 1008
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PHYLLIS DEAN / PD PROOFREADING
Proofreading and editing is a crucial stage in writing. It polishes and sharpens your work, elevating its impact by catching all those little errors before your audience views it. I check grammar, punctuation, word choice and consistency, giving you confidence that what you submit for publication is as error free as possible.
I am a professional proofreader and editor with a Diploma in Proofreading & Editing (Merit) and a Certificate in Small Business Management. I have a broad knowledge base having worked in a wide range of industries including health, law, hospitality and printing. Please contact me to discuss your job and get a quote.
Phone: 0274 163 224
RUTH SCHAFFER / FREELANCE PROOFREADER
I am a professional freelance proofreader currently available for assignments.
I have worked for 20 years as a librarian in Christchurch. When in the United Kingdom I worked as a typist/word processor for the BBC in their London overseas newsroom, and when living in Sheffield produced an instruction manual for T C Harrison Ford's newly installed computer system. I have typed and proofed many theses and reports for university students and proofread eight books – six fiction (including The Iceberg Trilogy by Sherryl Caulfield) and two non-fiction for Greig Caigou. Read his letter of appreciation here. I was privileged to type manuscripts for Margaret Mahy.
For 15 years I worked at Outward Bound and proofread and edit board reports, annual reports, an in-house publication The Challenge of Words, documents, reports and letters. I was responsible for the production of students' course reports, which were initially written by outdoor instructors who have a wide range of writing skills.
My formal qualifications include the New Zealand Library Association Certificate and the Sackville Academy’s Certificate in Proofreading and Editing Skills.
I am able to work flexible hours. I am reliable, conscientious and easily work to deadlines.
Phone: 027 354 9141 (text only)
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