Testimonials

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The Cactus Surgeon

Having never written a book before I was unsure what to expect from working with Deborah. My experience was wholly positive and she helped me bring a book to market that I can be really proud of. Her guidance and suggestions were technically brilliant, sensitively delivered and extremely constructive. I made virtually all her suggestions and trusted her implicitly. She helped me to improve the flow and structure and encouraged me to add more descriptive writing (show don’t tell!), which readers are really enjoying.

Hannah Powell

Chasing Tigers

Having had some not so good experiences with other editors around New Zealand, by a random web search I found Deborah. I’m not religious though she was definitely the answer to my prayers. And at that point I was praying a lot! Writing suddenly became a joy again and working closely with Deborah was the reason.

Her help has been amazing and so encouraging, despite my chaotic disarray on all levels! Deborah is a true professional full of great ideas and help, not to mention a guru at grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Without Deborah’s amazing help my book Chasing Tigers would never have been as good. That’s a fact. She’s so damn good that I’ve already hired her awesome services for my future book projects.

Can’t recommend Deborah’s services enough. Go on, hire her, you will not regret it.

Stu Tripney, Stu’s Superior Flies

Book proofreading

Thank you for proofreading my book – it was great to have the work done in such an efficient and timely manner. I’ll be recommending you to my colleagues.

Associate Professor David Fletcher, University of Otago

Dunedin Walks

Deborah’s concise writing and systematic editing skills were a vital link in the chain of getting a landmark public information project done for Dunedin City, allowing the concept of a joint agency Dunedin walking brochure to evolve from an array of scattered information to a single professional product.

Andrew Lonie, Dunedin City Council

Dead Ground and The Lewis Pass

Deborah edited my two novels, DEAD GROUND and THE LEWIS PASS. I found her work to be thoroughly professional, prompt, and full of detailed feedback. Gifted with a great sensibility for getting the best out of any writer and goes the extra mile to make sure the written word is clear, concise, and on point. I feel she has made me a better writer. Highly recommended.

Justin Warren

Help! My story has Mary Sue Disease

Deborah was always prompt and polite as she edited my book. Her ability to take my knotted sentences and twist them into something clearer and more concise was invaluable to my project.

L. C. Morgenstern

Dunedin Is A Ghost Town

Deborah was extremely helpful and professional in the editing process of my book. I look forward to working with Deborah again in the future and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for efficient, friendly editing services.

Andrew Smith

The Wizard’s Harvest Table

I spent a lot of time looking for a proofreader all over the world, and it is something of a gamble to blind hire a freelancer. I admit sort of taking a shot in the dark, and probably made my choice based on ‘this proofreader is from my town!’ and ‘she graduated in Philosophy … from my university!’ and nothing else.

I can’t congratulate myself on what turned out to be pure luck, but I can congratulate Deborah for her excellent work, so here’s an endorsement that’s effusive and glowy. What I got were fast delivery on both an insightful story edit (the kind where you blush but also benefit) and accurate proofreading, not only grammar but correction of oversights and comments addressing style, plus follow up help with a few late changes and very fussy questions by me.

Thomas Mooney

Master’s thesis

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for doing the proofreading for my master’s dissertation! I thought I’d let you know that it passed without the need for any corrections and I got an A for it, so I am graduating in a few weeks with distinction!

Sarah Bush

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