Waikato Independent Book Consultants

Below are the Independent Book Consultants listed within the Waikato Region.

Merren Tait - Miss Spell Proofreading


  • Proofreading

Literature and language are passions of mine, and I have an excellent knowledge of the mechanics of English. I have spent ten years in the classroom teaching high school English up to year 13 and eight years as a public librarian. My qualifications include a first-class honours degree in English, a Diploma in Teaching (Secondary), and a Diploma in Information and Library Studies. My aim is to make it easy for you to produce polished, easy-to-read work.

I am currently writing two novel-length works of fiction, so I understand how precious a manuscript is to an author and the time and love that has been dedicated to it. I will treat your work with the care and respect it deserves.

I offer a 10% discount to RWNZ and NZSA (PEN NZ Inc) members on my hourly rate.

Contact details: Phone: 0220441328, Email: info@miss-spell.nz Website: www.miss-spell.nz

Nikki Crutchley – Crucial Corrections


  • Proofreading
  • Copy editing

I have a Diploma in Publishing, Editing and Proofreading from NZIBS as well as a Diploma in Library and Information Studies from the Open Polytechnic and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from Waikato University.

I am happy to proofread/copy edit anything from a newsletter, magazine article or thesis to a manuscript (fiction or non-fiction). I check for typographical errors, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, consistent use of language, style and layout (including headings, pagination, and fonts).

My aim is to make you feel confident in sending your piece of work to a publisher.

In the past I've proofread manuscripts, Phd theses, assignments, and newsletters, as well as journals such as ‘Public Sector’ and ‘PSA’. I currently proofread for the Waikato/Bay of Plenty magazine ‘Nourish’.

I pride myself on a quick and efficient turnaround along with a competitive hourly rate.

Contact details: Phone: 021 02255191, Email: nikki@crucialcorrections.co.nz Website: www.crucialcorrections.co.nz

Leigha Hartley – check-it-4u


  • Proofreading and copy editing
  • Editing
  • Specialising in manuscripts: fiction, non-fiction, any age group and a wide topic base
  • Academic work such as theses and essays
  • Product information translation accuracy

Leigha at check-it-4u provides an affordable proofreading and editing service for anyone who needs it. Her philosophy is ‘If you can write it, it should be proofread’. Leigha has been proofreading for the last 5 years for friends and acquaintances and has recently formalised her skills by completing a Diploma in Editing, Proofreading and Publishing from the New Zealand Institute of Business Studies (NZIBS).

Past employment has included serving in the Armed Forces (Army) and she had a role of important responsibility as a Driver, VIP Driver, and Dispatcher as well as a leadership role in charge of several people and their administration requirements. This has given Leigha an appreciation not only for hard work, leadership, loyalty and honesty, but also to be able to follow directions and to work independently or as part of a team while retaining a sense of humour and love of life.

Leigha has started her business, check-it-4u, to do what she loves - reading and fine-tuning manuscripts by checking details including spelling and typos, offering suggestions and helping to bring about a polished, outstanding book (theses or essay etc).

Hours: Flexible,

Fees negotiable, barter trade accepted.

Contact details: Leigha Hartley, Ph: 027 256 5183 (txt or call), Email: leigha@check-it-4u.com Web: www.check-it-4u.com

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.