Proofreading is a specialist skill. It involves ensuring that writing is free of errors - in punctuation, spelling, layout, consistency, and formatting - and grammatically  correct. The goal is accuracy. I can proofread:

  • annual reports
  • articles written for publication
  • book manuscripts
  • brochures and flyers
  • business documents
  • websites and blogs
  • newsletters
  • spreadsheets, tables, graphs
  • academic writing, student theses (including complex bibliographies)
  • grant applications
  • media releases
  • letters
  • any other kind of written document, electronic (Word documents, PDFs, Excel spreadsheets etc.) or on paper - even if it's handwritten.

Bellbird Words

Proofreading, Editing, and Writing Services




Editing involves a thorough proofread as well as making adjustments to improve the document. The goal with editing is two-fold: accuracy and improvement.

Before commencing work I will discuss with you what level of editing you require. A light copy edit involves relatively minor tweaks and adjustments - replacing a word here, restructuring an awkward sentence there - whereas a substantive edit calls for a greater level of rewriting and reorganisation of the document. It can even involve suggesting new approaches and ideas.

I can edit any kind of written document (see the above list for starters), online or offline.

I offer an optional writing advice service in conjunction with most editing jobs. Please see below for more information.

I can write your document for you, from scratch. I will work closely with you to ensure the finished product is polished, professional, and appropriate for the intended audience. I write accurately, with flair and finesse.

I have broad experience in writing newsletters, brochures, annual reports, business proposals, and website content. Thanks to my background as a journalist I am particularly gifted at writing media releases and articles for publication.

I have worked in the not-for-profit (charitable) sector for some years and am highly skilled in writing funding applications, sponsorship proposals, direct mail appeal letters, and other fundraising collateral, such as brochures and promotional flyers.

Writing Advice service

I can offer you simple and practical tips and advice on how you can improve your writing skills. This can be especially useful for beginner writers who would like to learn more about their craft.

This service is usually offered in conjunction with editing a document. Instead of simply editing your work and sending it back to you, I provide notes on why I have made changes and corrections, and how the writing could be improved further. I also provide a short report with the edited text, covering the overall strengths and weaknesses of the document and offering targeted, personalised writing advice.

Note: This service is not a substitute for a professional manuscript assessment. I highly recommend that authors who have written a book submit their work to a professional manuscript assessor before approaching me for proofreading and editing.

Alternatively, I offer writing advice consultations that can be carried out in person, on the phone, or via Skype. In these consultations we discuss your work and any difficulties you may be having. I recommend that you send me a portion of your work before we talk, so I can gain a clear understanding of your writing style and be specific with my advice.

Again, these consultations are not a substitute for a full manuscript assessment. I urge authors to submit their work to a professional manuscript assessor before having it proofread.

Grant Application writing  / Grants Programme planning

Are you a not-for-profit needing help with your grants programme?

With fifteen years' experience working as a fundraiser, seven of those specialising in the grant writing area, I can write your funding applications for you. It might just be a one-off application you need help with, or you may be after a more regular, ongoing arrangement. I have a high success rate, writing powerful, accurate, and well-targeted applications.

I can also review or even create a grants programme/grant writing schedule for your organisation. I have a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of all charitable trusts and other funding sources available to New Zealand not-for-profits. 

Interested? Want to talk through the options?​ Contact me today.