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.

NZSA Members


Fleur Beale – Fiction

Norman Bilbrough – fiction for children, YA and adults; non-fiction; short stories

Diane Brown – poetry; fiction; short story (contact via NZSA

Shirley Corlett – fiction for children, YA and adults; short stories

Christine Cloughley – Adult fiction, non-fiction

Caroline Barron– Genre: non-fiction (including creative non-fiction, memoir, self-improvement), adult fiction (including historical)
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

Bronwyn Elsmore – Fiction (adult, short story, novels), non-fiction, plays (contact via NZSA

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

Brandi Dixon (Charcoal and Brass) – Manuscript assessment and structural / developmental editor specialising in fantasy and science fiction. See my website for more details, indicative pricing and sample options.


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

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

Brandi Dixon (Charcoal and Brass) – Manuscript assessment and structural / developmental editor specialising in fantasy and science fiction. See my website for more details, indicative pricing and sample options.

Madison Hamill – offers a full range of editing from developmental to technical copy-editing and proofreading. She works with fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Further information can be found on her website:

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


Cushion Editing Services – Expert copy editing and proofreading.

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