Assessors and Editors
Disclaimer: This list of assessors and editors contains names, contact info and links. However, the NZSA can take no responsibility for the quality of work that is offered.
Fleur Beale – Fiction
Norman Bilbrough – fiction for children, YA and adults; non-fiction; short stories
Shirley Corlett – fiction for children, YA and adults; short stories
Christine Cloughley – Adult fiction, non-fiction
Caroline Barron is an award-winning writer, avid reader, manuscript consultant, book reviewer, and was on the board of the Michael King Writers Centre from 2016-2021—giving her a 360-degree view of both the literature industry and current publishing trends. Her debut book Ripiro Beach: A Memoir of LIfe After Near Death (Bateman, June 2020) won the 2020 New Zealand Heritage LIterary Award for Best Non-fiction Book. She has a Masters in Creative Writing (University of Auckland) and a Bachelor of Communications in Journalism (AUT).
Christine Dale – children’s books
Barbara Else – Non-fiction/fiction – short story, novel
Chris Else – Non-fiction/fiction – short story, novel
Michelle Elvy – fiction (novel, short story, flash fiction); creative nonfiction and travel; memoir; YA. Member of NZAMA
Mandy Hager – YA fiction
Majella Cullinane – poetry, short stories, historical fiction and essays
Anna Mackenzie – Fiction
Janice Marriott – life writing; children’s novels; short stories
Lesley Marshall – fiction (incl romance); non-fiction (inc theses); family history
Sue McCauley – fiction
Rae McGregor – adult fiction, adult non-fiction, biography, children’s writing
Janine McVeagh – children’s fiction’ adult non-fiction
Diana Menefy – fiction/ non-fiction
Kyle Mewburn – Fiction children/YA
Judy L Mohr – fiction (novel, short story), YA and adult
Lee Murray – Fiction, adult/YA, short story
Vivienne Plumb – Poetry
Jo Randerson – Theatre
Sue Reidy – fiction (adult general fiction, crime, YA, children’s) and memoir
Paddy Richardson – short story, novel
Joan Rosier-Jones – fiction; memoir; family history
Tina Shaw – Taupo; fiction
Deborah Shepard – fiction, memoir/biography
Vanda Symon – Fiction (crime)
Barbara Unkovic – Have your manuscript professionally assessed by an award-winning author. Find out your strengths and weaknesses with detailed constructive criticism. All types of fiction and memoir. Member CIEP (Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading
Geoff Walker – fiction; general non fiction
Philippa Werry – Fiction (adult general fiction, children’s, YA) and non-fiction
Sue Wootton – poetry
Jenny Haworth – historical fiction, non-fiction history
Jenny Argante – non-fiction; fiction
Charcoal & Brass – Spec Fiction specialist – 25% discount for NZSA members.
Patricia Bell (Bellbird Words Proofreading, Editing, and Writing Services). Professional, highly qualified, and competitively priced. 15% discount for NZSA members.
Barbara Unkovic – Specialising in all types of fiction and memoir. She is an author in her own right and holds a MCW (hons). Member of CIEP (Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading). Barbara can polish your work and bring it up to publication standard with professional proof-editing.
Adrienne Morris (AM Publishing New Zealand) – Professional editing and proofreading services. Auckland.
Clearlingo – Professional proofreading and copy-editing service for fiction and non-fiction.
Donna Blaber – an experienced editor providing an affordable editing and proofreading service.
Sue Copsey – development and copy editor
Marlene Ditchfield – editing services
Drill Press – Structural editing, copywriting, proofreading.
Editline (NZAMA member) – fiction (incl romance); non-fiction (incl theses); family history. Northland
Judy L Mohr – structural and substantive editing of fiction (YA and adult); writing coaching also offered
Penelope Todd – structural and copy-editing of fiction, YA and creative non-fiction
Total Fiction Services (NZAMA members) – fiction & non-fiction; children; poetry. Wellington
Charcoal & Brass – Spec Fiction specialist – structural editing and manuscript assessment – 25% discount for NZSA members. Not sure if you’re ready yet? Send through the first three chapters and I’ll let you know.
Writing Allsorts – developmental and copy/line editing, proofreading; fiction and non-fiction.
Non NZSA Members
Kathryn Burnett – scripts. Auckland
Christine Dale (NZAMA member) – fiction and non-fiction for children and YA. Parakai
Dr Susanna Lyle – non fiction
Coles & Lopez – Manuscript assessment, editing (fiction and non-fiction) and proofreading.
Polygraphia Ltd (NZAMA member) – editing; assessing – academic texts; non-fiction. Auckland
First Words Writing Service – manuscript assessors and editors, all genres considered
Crucial Corrections – proofreading and copy editing services for fiction and non-fiction manuscripts. Cambridge NZ.
Intelligent Ink – ‘Specialists in thought leadership and ghostwriting; available for professional editing.
Meerkat Editing Services – editing; proofreading. New Plymouth
Language Matters – professional editing and proofreading
Scribendi – proofreading and editing – based in Canada
Get it Right Proofreading Services – Based in Australia. Offering proofreading and editing
The NZ Association of Manuscript Assessors (NZAMA)
The New Zealand Association of Manuscript Assessors (NZAMA) is a group of professional New Zealand-based editors and writers who offer authors objective advice and guidance on how to bring their work closer to publishable standard. We have all worked in manuscript assessing, editing and/or the teaching of writing.
NZAMA has a code of professional practice and strict entry criteria. The purpose of NZAMA is to give writers confidence in the professional capabilities of its members and thereby help writers avoid exploitation by unscrupulous operators in the field of mentoring, publishing advice and manuscript assessment.
Writers need to contact members individually for fees and other details, such as how to present manuscripts (e.g. do not email manuscripts as attachments unless the assessor has agreed). Please make enquiries by email or write with a stamped self-addressed envelope. www.elseware.co.nz/NZAMA