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:

Katrina Rainey – Freelance editor

  • Copy editing
  • Proofreading
  • Academic editing

Katrina is a professional editor with a background in science.

Having completed my M.Sc. (1st class hons) in Plant Ecology at the University of Canterbury in 1989, I moved over to the UK and worked as a Research Assistant at Cambridge and then Oxford Universities. I moved into publishing in 1994 and worked in-house for Blackwell Science (now Wiley-Blackwell) until returning to New Zealand in 2002. Since 2002 I have worked as a freelance editor, my clients include Pearson, HarperCollins, New Holland Publishers, Department of Conservation, Blackwell Science, and Massey University. Although I specialise in editing scientific and technical material, I have experience in a wide range of subjects and am confident editing these. I can work on hardcopy or electronic material, as required.

Please contact me if you have any queries. I can provide a full CV and referees on request.

Contact details: Katrina Rainey, Ph: 03 332 3724, Email:

Ray Prebble

Ray has a PhD in philosophy from Melbourne University and has been editing for 25 years. For 10 years he was in-house copy editor at the prestigious Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. He has also worked freelance for a range of clients, including four government ministries, five universities and diverse commercial publishers in New Zealand and Australia. Depending on your requirements,

Ray can:

  • rearrange text for better flow
  • rewrite convoluted prose
  • fix grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • ensure the style and tone are appropriate for the intended audience
  • provide value-added editing, which means querying the author’s arguments and generally acting as a peer reviewer
  • proofread final page proofs before printing (PDF or Word)

His past work ranges from complex and nationally significant reports such as New Zealand’s Fifth National Communication Under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (for the Ministry for the Environment), to newsletters and chatty alumnus magazines.

Together with his wife and partner, Charlotte Randall, Ray can tackle any stage of the publication process for both published and self-published work.

Contact details: Ray Prebble, Email:

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.