Canterbury / Christchurch Independent Book Consultants

Below are the Independent Book Consultants listed within the Canterbury Region and Christchurch City.


I am a trained indexer, having successfully completed the online course from University of California- Berkeley Extension, a course designed and run by indexing guru Sylvia Coates. I am a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI) -

I use dedicated indexing software to produce a professionally prepared index that is comprehensive and accurate. Subject areas of particular interest include biological sciences, medicine, business, computer software, lifestyle, cooking and family history but I am comfortable in most areas.

An index should be:




easy to use and

point to the information you want.

Your publication needs such an index! Let me create it!

Contact details: Ph: 03 342 4145, Email: Profile:

Belinda O’Keefe – Copy Editing & Proofreading Services

  • Copy Editing
  • Proofreading

Belinda is a professional copy editor and proofreader with a passion for language and books. She is a committee member of the South Island Writers’ Association, and has a Diploma in Book Editing, Proofreading and Publishing, as well as a Bachelor of Japanese Language.

Belinda will provide a high quality, reliable, confidential copy editing and proofreading service with a fast turnaround. She strives to produce clear, concise documents without changing the intent of the writer.

She covers 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.

She has worked on novels, biographies, eBooks, children’s stories, anthologies, academic dissertations and newspaper articles, and is happy to consider all genres of writing.

Contact details: Ph: 03 359 5935, Mobile: 021 136 7737, Email: Website:


  • Copy editing
  • Proofreading

I have a passion for the written word and want to continue my career around writing.  As a busy wife, mum and business owner, my passion is to be able to work at something that I love while keeping the other parts of my life in order.  As a qualified Proofreader and Copy Editor I use my strong spelling and grammar skills to proofread and edit work. Red Pencil clients range from website companies, students submitting papers to published authors.

Please contact me if you require any further information.

Contact details: Leanne Wickham, Ph: 021 241 8811, Web:

Sofia Hansrod (SolidProof) – PROOFREADER and COPY EDITOR

SolidProof is a professional proofreading and editing service, based in Christchurch but providing services throughout New Zealand and the world.

I have a Diploma of Proofreading & Editing from the New Zealand Institute of Business Studies, as well as a Bachelor of Health (Speech Language Therapy). I have a passion for language and the written word and can offer a fresh, independent eye to look over your manuscript or document. I have a strong eye for detail and I love polishing and perfecting written text.


  • Proofreading
  • Your text will be checked for correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, basic formatting. It does not change the contents of the document in any way.
  • Copy-editing
  • This includes proofreading but in addition provides suggestions regarding word choice, sentence structure and style (phrasing), and clarity of expression, so that the text will ‘flow’ well and appeal to the target audience. This ensures the writing is clear, correct, concise, consistent and comprehensible.

My areas of expertise and interest include, but are not limited to: health/lifestyle, alternative/holistic health, speech and language pathology, child development, English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), personal development and travel. I have specific interest and experience in equestrian topics. However, I welcome projects from a wide variety of topics and specialist fields. I work with fiction and non-fiction manuscripts, e-books as well as traditional print books. I also offer services for (small) business owners, students and speakers of English as a second language. Please see my website for more details.

Contact details: Sofia Hansrod, Ph: (03) 550 4896, Email:  Website:

Robert Stoothoff - Rawhiti Editorial Services

Working from manuscripts or computer files, RES helps authors to make writings ready for publication. My services range from the editing of manuscripts to the design and production of press-ready PDF files.

  • Editorial services include checking text for grammatical and spelling errors, suggesting revisions to improve organization and style, and generally trying to ensure that ideas are presented in good clear English. We can also assist with translations from French, German and Italian texts.
  • Production services include designing and composing the contents and covers of books and pamphlets, making press-ready PDF files, and dealing with printers to ensure that the files are used to make satisfactory publications.

For samples of my work, you may search for these books on the websites of Amazon and other online booksellers: Norma Delgarno, Becoming Karl (revised edition, 2023), Suzanne Lang, Displaced Donkeys (2009) and Jim Thornton, Reason at Work (2020).

Contact details:
Ph: (03) 322 7582 or 027 926 904




I enjoy reading mostly fiction or health related books. And definitely children's books.

I'd be happy to proofread magazines and booklets and any other smaller publication.

I work part time, so have many hours to read any material sent for checking.


51 Sefton Street
Belfast, Christchurch
Phone: 027 458 6181


We are always looking for more people to add to this directory so if you are competent, professional, able to provide a service and would like to be listed on this page please contact us.