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Renell Judais of Proof Perfect Ltd has just edited my eighth novel Octavian’s Light, a fairly large project of 141,000 words. She has been excellent to deal with throughout the exercise, always ready to discuss aspects of the novel, and help whenever required. (She is a keen classical scholar.)
Renell always stressed that I was the author and that ultimately my decisions would prevail, as the book was my work, a vital aspect for me. I particularly appreciated her patience nursing me through some of the complexities of MS Word and the digital world in general. Her enthusiasm, support and encouragement were a great help. Her wise advice throughout the process, and during the submission phase afterwards, was very much appreciated. Renell has been a delight to work with. I would unreservedly recommend her skills to any author.
I was totally blown away by her sheer professionalism and expertise. Not only did she sort out my spelling and grammar but she made a considerable number of suggestions as the how the odd word or phrase could vastly improve the dialogue. I now have a very professional, well-produced manuscript that has also been checked as to technical and aesthetic detail thanks to Renell’s untiring effort on my behalf.
I would unreservedly recommend Renell to anyone who has any form of written document they would like to be thoroughly checked and polished before publication.
During the first round, Renell uncovered a serious lack of accuracy in my direct quotes and references. Although it was my responsibility to be accurate, Renell went over and above her brief, investigated sources, and corrected my mistakes. The references are now in a good state for future researchers.
The next two rounds went smoothly. Renell’s instructions were always clear and consistent, she answered any queries quickly and kept me informed about completion dates for the work in hand.
I am in awe of Renell’s skill. Her keen eye and meticulous application brought about a transformation in my rough manuscript. In the beginning, I felt unsure and something of an imposter but when the final editing was complete, I felt confident that I could now send the correctly formatted and polished manuscript to a publisher.
Renell’s generosity extended further than the copyediting work. She helped me with several other book publishing issues and technological procedures which were puzzling me.
Renell will definitely be my first choice for any similar work I might have in the future.
Once again, Renell’s affinity with my story and understanding of my characters proved invaluable. Her astute observations and comments prompted me to reimagine some key scenes and make them more compelling and engaging. Renell’s guidance on consistency has helped me to develop a unique voice.
As always, Renell is quick to respond to questions. She even researched background information to ensure the authenticity and accuracy of the manuscript. This level of commitment and collaboration makes the editing process an absolute pleasure.
Editing can make or break a book—and an author’s career. Finding the right editor is essential for every writer. It is their most important professional relationship. I’m glad I found Renell.
When you are ready to publish your work, no matter how good you think the finished project is, Renell will make improvements, editing your work to a much higher level.
Renell’s research is without limit.
Renell does not change your work in any way, she just makes what you have written flow without hesitation. She puts you at ease with any correspondence and guides you through the process of becoming an author.
We think that words cannot express the gratitude we have for Renell’s help.
We soon came to appreciate Renell’s depth of knowledge and obvious professionalism. We had expected that from an editor, of course. What we did not expect was how thoroughly she immersed herself in the project, checking, researching, and generally getting onto the same page as us, so that we could work through the books together. We both think that she went way above and beyond anything that we had expected.
Although we have confidence in our writing skills, we acknowledge that we have learned a great deal from this process, and we are very grateful. Renell was always clear and consistent and provided a fresh perspective that helped us to develop our story. The result is even better than we hoped and we look forward to working with her again in the future.
With thanks and kind regards,
Renell would always suggest I look things up, and the research started. The smallest detail became a thing of enormous history, which lead to yet another area of research. Her passion for what she does flows in a continuous stream; all that is required is to just enjoy the journey, which I did.
I began my first-ever ‘big’ piece of writing – my memoir [name withheld until publication], late in 2018 to March 2022. It has been a labour of love and anguish to complete. I knew that it would be a tough path getting my work from ‘raw’ through to the ‘ready for publishing’ phase, as I think I said at the very beginning of my introduction to you, that I was no Eleanor Catton.
I sought out proofreading companies who I considered would ‘get’ my ideas and ‘hear’ my writing voice. I look for people who I figured wouldn’t want to bastardise my writing, as I didn’t want to lose the rawness and authenticity of what I’d felt and written online, and in my book. I’m aware that some proofreaders and editors can cut a manuscript to pieces — effectively losing an author’s voice. I was super-afraid, after all this is my first-ever serious manuscript, and I have barred my heart, soul, and life story onto the pages of my memoir. This, you know.
Renell, in the beginning, I carefully studied your website. I wasn’t sure if you would be the right ‘fit’ for my work. But after reading over some of the testimonials on your website, I learned that you possessed great empathy, and had mastery in the profession of proofreading and editing. And, from learning this, I contacted you.
Our working relationship has progressed over the last few months, and we have emailed each other frequently (and had the odd phone call). My writing (including the swear words) hasn’t faze you one bit! When proofreading and editing my work; if ever you didn’t understand my writing and what I meant – you always asked and never ‘assumed’. You took the care to understand my ‘voice’ and perspective, and you were timely with achieving my edits. I have come to recognise the value in your advice, the patience and empathy you have extended, and the mana, knowledge, and integrity you possess which really is indispensable for a first-time writer.
My initial judgement was wrong. On Sunday, I received my final edit and I was ecstatic that we had finally completed ‘phase one’. After a marathon read, I sat in my ‘writing’ chair and without realising had tears rolling down my face at my manuscript’s authenticity. It was clean, controlled, and read exactly how I had wanted it to read. I would not have accomplished that alone, without your help.
Again, I am truly grateful. I hope my letter to you will be a testimony of the work you have undertaken for me. It is with sincere appreciation that I write this. Thank you, thank you, Arohamai.
The feeling was as if someone looked inside my mind, understood what was in there, and wrote it in a significant way. I looked at my writings after corrections and thought to myself, That was exactly what I meant, and I could not have done it better. Renell’s work is a combination of something very empathetic and precise; it was what we were looking for, and I am glad we found it.
I met and talked briefly with Renell via Zoom, and during this short meeting, I realized that Renell not only reads between the lines of my writings, but she reads my thoughts “between the lines”. Thank you so much for this experience with you, Renell. Even though the writing was hard work for me, I left with very pleasant memories and all thanks to your work — clearly professional work!
Maybe someone can interpret this quote differently, but I felt this way when I worked with you, Renell 🙂 The picture and the quote (on the right) explain my experience with Renell.
One thing I did not expect from Renell, after we started the editing journey, a journey during which I learned that I could not possibly fathom the depth of Renell’s editing skills, was how tenacious she would be to bring out the best in my writing. Renell is a soft-spoken, gentle lady with a big heart for abandoned puppies, but once she started to look at my manuscript, she turned into a fierce, dreaded principal, like the ones at school – her comments on the manuscript were incisive, to the point, and quite unrelenting.
It was almost like a novel-writing bootcamp, but in the end, it is all worth it! I had so many teachers from kindergarten to university in my life, but no one I respect as much as Renell!
Renell’s interest and involvement with the project proved a constant source of encouragement and inspiration. She understood my characters and their motivation. Whenever I had a question, I always received a rapid reply from Renell.
Gang Girl includes some Māori language in the dialogue. Renell offered to compile a glossary for the book, which my early preview readers have found invaluable.
The relationship between an author and their editor is crucial for a book’s success. I feel privileged to have Renell as my editor and look forward to working with her again. I have no hesitation in recommending her to all aspiring and established authors.
Renell pays attention to every detail and has a sharp eye for the smallest grammatical mistakes and continuity errors — even down to the dialect a character is speaking. I look forward to working with her again.
A true professional and extremely thorough, Renell is generous with her help, and her suggestions were just what were needed. She identified several awkward areas and offered advice on how to improve them. Her attention to detail resulted in her checking my historical references and suggesting minor alterations to add to their authenticity.
My manuscript was vastly improved in Renell’s expert hands. She formatted my work, put it into the appropriate stylesheet, then gave me help with my back cover ‘blurb’ – a task I was finding difficult to narrow down.
Knowing my novel was better for her work on it, I felt much more confident when sending it to the publisher.
Renell help to recreate my books which are bilingual, New Zealand English and Māori, in the historical fiction genre category. Renell proved to be an expert in all fields. Amazing work skills.
“I made the song, Renell made it sing, and the characters started to dance.” I would not hesitate to recommend Renell as a copy editor as she excels in this field of work.
However, I did have the comfort in knowing that this manuscript was the best it could possibly be and I offer my sincere thanks and gratitude to Renell Judais, my copy editor from Proof Perfect NZ for making this happen.
Renell was more than my copy editor, she rode alongside me on the emotional journey of cutting my darlings, reducing the word count, advising me on grammar and diction and most importantly, gave me support at a time when I was wobbly and losing confidence that I could ever be good enough. I put Renell under enormous time pressures towards the end but she never complained and kept my wobbly confidence intact.
At the end of this process, I submitted a manuscript which is the best that I could do, it looks professional, has been assessed by an expert who acknowledged that it could hold its own out there in the publishing world and I am one very grateful author for having her in my life.
In 2010 I took on a small voluntary project to compile a local history. The project spiralled out of control, resulting in three volumes of stories compiled over nine years. Consistency of style over that time varied wildly. Also, the nature of the content necessitated several thousand source references.
The last two volumes needed serious editing, but by whom? While editing services abound, how can you be sure of high quality? Seek professional advice, of course. Renell was recommended and it proved to be sound advice.
Within days we had agreed terms and time estimates. Renell was able to start immediately and for the next three months, it seemed I was her only client (I now know that was certainly not the case). Renell did a superb job improving the two manuscripts. And she even standardised the format of those thousands of source references. That alone warranted her fee.
Renell’s knowledge, professionalism and courtesy are without equal. I highly recommend her services. Thank you so much, Renell. You are a joy to work with.
We were most grateful to Renell and would not hesitate and would be proud to recommend Renell to any future clients.
Renell is extremely knowledgeable on all the fine details required to edit a manuscript. She has been helpful and informative over any issues to do with editing.
Many of Renell’s suggestions have improved the overall quality of my manuscript. She also works tirelessly and quickly to complete her contracts. I can genuinely endorse her skills and recommend her in this capacity.
I contacted Proof Perfect and sent Renell what I thought was a novel almost ready for publishing. The contract came back with a time-frame and a price. To begin with I thought the time frame for the work I imagined was a little overlong, and the cost, a little excessive, but one has to start somewhere. How wrong it turned out I was over just about anything. The amount of ‘editing’ of the return manuscript was daunting. I don’t think there were two pages in a row without a recommendation about something. I deliberately use the word recommendation because, apart from the obvious corrections of mistakes, each edit was presented in a way to improve the manuscript, not that had I thought it needed much. It was only when I read the ‘clean’ copy (without the edits) that I realised just how much improvement my work needed and had received.
After this I went back and read line for line, recommendation after recommendation. Not every one of which I accepted, Renell, after all, could not ‘see’ the novel laid out in my mind. Along with the recommendations over dialogue were a number of brilliant ideas to improve the flow of the story and how to tie certain sections together. Ideas that had not crossed my mind, after all, I knew the book and the characters by heart. So off went draft number 2 with my interpretation of Renell’s edits and suggestions. Back came the second edit. Not as much red as the first edit (thank heavens) mostly to do with a view to making the ‘tie-ins’ flow into the original manuscript. Then came a third, and final edit. In amongst these edits flowing backwards and forwards, mostly from Renell to me with questions, were numerous calls and emails to clarify details.
Not only did my novel improve during this editing process, but also my knowledge of writing and editing. With each edit, without a doubt it was still my novel, but my novel with smoothed corners and slicker flow to the dialogue and story. Several things had worried me at the start of this process. One, was it really necessary? Second, would it still be my novel? Lastly the price. After the way Renell led me through the editing process, her guidance and her recommendations she answered worry number one impeccably. After each reading of the ‘clean’ edited version, I could see how the dialogue had improved and how much better the yarn flowed. Now, rereading the finished product, the novel is still mine, but also a novel I can be proud of.
Renell must be a speed reader to have put so much work into editing the novel for me in less time than the original estimate. With the work she has put in, I wondered if I should include her as a co-author? If this book is a success it will be due as much to Renell as it will be to me. Renell (Proof Perfect) charges a project-based fee, with a ‘free redo’ clause if the author is not satisfied with the editing and, rest assured, this is genuine value for money. When I need an editor for my next novel, I know who will be the first (and only) person on my list.
Project Two – I am very happy with this. Good job! I know it’s not easy to say the same thing, differently, without using more words… Well done.
Anyone who uses her service WILL be more than 100% satisfied.