Canterbury / Christchurch Independent Book Consultants

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

Jo Dickson – Catchword

  • Typesetting
  • Book layout and design
  • Proof reading

Jo is a very experienced typesetter who specialises in compiling and formatting the final layout of books. She has compiled many books with a high standard of professionalism.

If you have most of your manuscript ready and would like someone to provide the final touch of professionalism or if you have a bare material such as a group of photos and a computer disk of text then Jo is a good person to see.

She has worked in our industry for over 20 years and taken and passed "Government Printer's" typesetting exams while working at the Dept. of Statistics.

Services offered - typesetting (desk-top publishing), formatting of material, book design, indexing and proof reading.

Contact details: Jo Dickson, Ph: 03 386 1127, Fax: 03 385 1227, Email:


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.

Services include:

  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Sentence structure
  • Consistency
  • Grammar
  • Format
  • Style
  • Typographical errors

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:

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.