Embarking on my first book was a journey into the unknown. Thankfully, there was a someone on the path (with a guiding torch) to assist my passage.
Wendy has been so much more than an editor for me. She has been a friend, a confidante, and a soulmate.
I have greatly appreciated Wendy’s expertise and patience throughout this intricate process and have always trusted her impeccable judgement.
More importantly though, Wendy instilled faith and confidence in a novice writer.
Her encouragement propelled me to harness the winds and finish a book that was only in its embryonic stages when we first met.
I am so grateful to Wendy. I was divinely guided to her doorstep and have never looked back. Rebecca Roberts – Heal the Storyteller
It was such a pleasure to meet and work with Wendy. I immediately felt at ease, knowing that my manuscript was in safe and caring hands.
Wendy explained how she works with fiction. She visualises the events that take place in a manuscript and in doing so, she is able to pick up on inconsistencies and confused text. She explained that if she wasn’t able to clearly comprehend how things were playing out, then most likely my readers would have the same issues. I was blessed to be able to tap into that particular talent, facilitating a clear story-telling outcome.
A down-to-earth, thorough professional, Wendy is calm, meticulous, patient and focused. Her knowledge of grammar is outstanding. Wendy’s comments on my work were concise; they helped to consolidate and strengthen my overall storyline.
I heartily recommend Wendy to authors who seek to have their finished manuscript sparkle! I would happily work with Wendy again! Professor John Andrew Sandham (Author: My Name is Miro)
I run the Drama program at the Cockburn Youth Centre. To celebrate the program running for ten years, I compiled a book of the plays I had written for the program during that time, including testimonials from the young people involved. It was a passion project that I felt very strongly about, and which had a limited budget. After searching far and wide for a good quality, affordable editor, I came across Wendy at Text Perfection. From first contact, Wendy was friendly and approachable, while maintaining a high level of professionalism. Over coffee, we talked about my project; it was clear that Wendy would ‘go that extra mile’ to edit my manuscript to the standard worthy of publication. Wendy is very detailed and precise in her editing and completed the project quickly. She was also very supportive of my project and generously worked within my budget.
Thank you, Wendy, for elevating my book to a higher level and allowing my creative vision to be realised! Fleur Hockey (Proprietor – Home-grown Theatre)
After working with several editors on other works, I reached out to Wendy to understand her skills and capabilities. Wendy suggested we meet in person over a coffee to review a few initial pages to get a sense of my writing style. More importantly, this was also a great way to establish if we could work together in a productive way. Wendy provided a crucial service thereafter to support my Thesis work that helped transition it from being a heavily technical document to one that was much more ‘reader friendly’.
Wendy’s attention to detail (not just in the body of the document, but also in the tables, graphics and appendices) really set her editing capabilities apart. When Wendy reached an impasse during the editing process, she would notify me promptly and we would work through the issue jointly to progress the document along. Her focus and professionalism clearly sets her services apart from my previous experiences with other editors. Dale Blyth – Doctoral Candidate
It was with some trepidation that I approached Wendy from Text Perfection to edit my little book. With limited knowledge of the basics of English grammar rules (having failed Junior English and barely scraped through Leaving English), I am now an engineer trying to write and narrate a poetry book.
Over coffee, Wendy spent the time to get to know me, my story, understand my past and what I was trying to achieve with my attempt at self-publishing. I explained that my poetry was simple verse and the prose was actually by my dog. Wendy smiled and said, Simple is perfect!
Wendy’s attention to detail, grammar, spelling and structure proved to be invaluable and gave me the confidence to press on to the printing and publication stages.
When Wendy and I finished this project, I left with the feeling that I was not only a client, but also a friend. I look forward to catching up with Wendy on the next literary project my little dog and I attempt.
And remember – it’s foreword, not forward! (thanks, Wendy) Ken and Chloe Eaton (Two old nomads loving life)
It was a pleasure working with Wendy, at Text Perfection, who assisted in editing my doctoral thesis. When I had been let down by another editor, Wendy came to my editorial rescue to copy-edit and proofread my thesis. Her feedback on the structure and language use within the thesis greatly assisted in improving the clarity and cohesion of my writing. She took great care to ensure that the messages I was conveying were clearly communicated. She has a keen eye for detail, which helped with formatting the thesis consistently.
Throughout our work together, Wendy was extremely organised, responsive, calm and professional. Her clear communication style made the process straightforward and relatively painless. I highly recommend Wendy’s work to others in need of editorial assistance. Karen Wylie – Doctoral candidate – University of Sydney
I contacted Wendy to copy edit a fiction manuscript prior to submitting it to publishers. Wendy’s keen eye for detail tightened up the wording of the manuscript and her natural ear for the rhythm of the phrases added flow and expression to the text.
In addition to marking up the text in a way that was thorough and professional, Wendy’s willingness to visualise the scenes and imagery allowed her to pick up inconsistencies in the manuscript that an author proofing their own text wouldn’t identify.
I would gladly use Wendy’s services again. Jeremy Newman – author of The Human Current
I had the pleasure of working with Wendy when she was my Executive Assistant at Christ Church Grammar School, Perth, a role that required her to proof and edit (and in most cases, draft) the Headmaster’s speeches, letters, emails and various other documents. I was especially blessed to be able to tap into Wendy’s expertise in the editing and writing domain. Wendy has a rare talent of being able to clearly communicate a message whilst maintaining a professional and warm presence – the very essence of sound communication. Wendy’s attention to detail is second to none, her knowledge of the English language cannot be equalled and she always adhered to timelines. She gives thoughtful consideration to how the quality of communication can be improved upon, no matter what the genre.
Wendy played a significant role in ensuring my communication to a school community, in all its many forms, was impeccable. I cannot speak highly enough of her credentials in the editing and writing field. Garth Wynne (Executive Principal, Christ’s College, Canterbury NZ) (and former Headmaster, Christ Church Grammar School, Perth)
In the course of my various roles within the marketing arena, I have been blessed to be able to call upon Wendy’s editing prowess to assist me with the many forms of communication that fall under the marketing umbrella. Her flawless editing abilities provide me with great peace of mind. I know that my first draft is always in safe hands and will be returned with immeasurable clarity.
Wendy’s ability to take a challenging phrase or sentence and turn it into a clear and concise message (in a heartbeat) is unparalleled. Her grasp of the English language is meticulous; her grammar skills are flawless; her attention to detail is commendable; and her timeline management is impeccable.
Wendy is a thoroughly stylish and professional person, and there is a gentle strength and calmness to her personality that shines through in her work.
Another of Wendy’s skills is her in-depth understanding of branding and messaging – a vital attribute when compiling company publications or website content. Jo Mulligan
After months of searching for an editor, I finally came across the Text Perfection website and the friendly face of Wendy Macdougall. And what you see is exactly what you a get! Wendy is friendly, approachable and talented! Wendy took the fear and trepidation out of the editing process, and made clear and succinct changes to my manuscript, which added the final polish to my Children’s Illustrated book. Her good work reflects her years of experience.
I totally recommend Wendy for your editing and proofing needs. Great job, Wendy. Hope to work with you again in the future. Tania Milic (Author)
I came across Text Perfection when I was in search of an editor, having finished my first novel, State of Grace. Working with Wendy on my manuscript was a much easier and more enjoyable process than I had originally envisaged. Initially, I met Wendy over a casual coffee to discuss the story line, my writing style and my expected outcomes. I was pleased that we were on exactly the same page as one another (pardon the pun!). Wendy took the time to understand my characters and their intentions. She carefully and professionally took my manuscript and worked her magic on it. I am so delighted with the end result. I look forward to working with Wendy again in the future. Kikki Suleski (Author: State of Grace)
Wendy is diligent and methodical in all aspects of her work. I enlisted her company, Text Perfection, to edit student-behaviour learning modules for an online platform. I’ve seen Wendy go ‘above and beyond’ to ensure our product was edited to suit our audience.
Her meticulous editing was efficient, and changes were only made when required. I was also very happy with the customer service I received, along with the final edits process, which ensures all the finer details are addressed.
I highly recommend Wendy at Text Perfection. Her editing and proofreading skills are second to none. Jess Moreschini – MindScholar
It was such a pleasure to work with Wendy. I immediately felt safe in the hands of someone who knew exactly what they were doing.
Wendy showed complete commitment to understanding my industry and what I was wanting to achieve in writing my book, whilst also ensuring my voice and the authenticity of what I was delivering was maintained.
Wendy is a true professional; I highly recommend her to anyone requiring any form of editing. She knows her way around words – no matter what the subject! Rebecca Rance – TAC Australia
My name is Mary James and I run a heartfelt blog – elsiecube.com. The things I write about are very personal – life lessons, stories of the past and how to come to a place of happiness after grief. I was very sceptical to invite someone in to help me with the editing of my work. Since inviting Wendy in, not only has she made my work shine, but she has been a solid rock in the foundations of it. Wendy is more than an editor; she is an extremely passionate and driven woman. Wendy’s work allows me to relax, knowing that the hundreds of people reading my posts are getting a good quality read, straight from the heart. I would only ever recommend Wendy to anyone. There simply is no one else for me. Thank you, Wendy, for all your hard work and genuine dedication in helping me thrive. Mary James (elsiecube.com)
I contacted Wendy when I wanted the content of my new website to be edited, so that it was professional, easy to read and flowed well. I got much more than that; Wendy also helped me to see how I could improve my own writing skills, which has been of enormous benefit to me.
Wendy’s extensive skills in editing continue to astound me, and I always feel comforted knowing she is looking over my work. I proudly recommend Wendy’s editing and proofreading skills for anyone wanting to make their writing the best it possibly can be. Suzanna Wallace – The Green Naturopath
It was an absolute delight to work with Wendy from Text Perfection on our College magazine. Her attention to detail is impeccable and her knowledge of the English language, style and grammar is second to none. Wendy is so professional and lovely to work with. She is always willing to help and in an efficient and timely manner! I’m also very appreciative of the way she openly communicated with me throughout the editing process, so that I could fully understand why she had made certain changes. Before going to print, I had the added confidence that it would be a wonderful (error free) publication – and it was indeed! Thank you, Wendy! Karyn Osmetti (Communications Manager, All Saints’ College)
I highly recommend Text Perfection for all editing requirements. Wendy did a fantastic job scouring my manuscript for errors, and she was easy to work with through the final stages.
Her feedback was invaluable, and I’m really happy with the results. Author, Livian Grey – Into the Other
Working with Wendy on my second novel was a rewarding experience. Prompt, professional, encouraging are three words that quickly come to mind when I reflect back on the service she provided. Beverlie Stanway (novelist: Should I Tell?)
In order to clean up my book’s text prior to publication, I had the pleasure of meeting up with and discussing the draft of my story with Wendy. She took my hard copy and proofread it, marking it up with corrections and suggested improvements. I was more than happy with the copy she returned. One doesn’t often come across a service provider who is both amiable and professional at the same time. However, Wendy has these qualities in spades! I highly recommend her. Alexander – hobby writer (extekrita.com / The Short Place)
Wendy has an extraordinary ability to craft and edit sentences and paragraphs, the end product being a clear and concise piece of communication. I was fortunate enough to have been mentored by Wendy and I gained extensive knowledge on grammar and how to use language with meaning, which has been invaluable to me in my role as a Personal Assistant.
Wendy also mentored my daughter on how to create a flowing piece of creative writing. My daughter and I were amazed at how Wendy can change an average creative writing piece into a beautifully flowing one. My daughter also viewed this learning as invaluable. Fiona Schwarzinger (Personal Assistant to the Dean of the Junior School, All Saints’ College)
Wendy did a great job on my second book, A Customary Suspicion, which has greatly benefited from her close involvement and her editing skills. She has the ability to amend the text whilst maintaining the story line. I highly recommend her services. Michael Allwood (Novelist: A Customary Suspicion)
I recently had the pleasure of working with Wendy at Text Perfection. I needed help with editing school guidelines for Aboriginal teaching assistants. She was fantastic to work with and was always available when a phone review was needed. Wendy’s attention to detail is second to none and she delivered well within the requested timeline. She is patient and offers valuable advice, and goes ‘that extra mile’, while being thoroughly professional and with a down to earth manner – nothing was too much trouble for her. Wendy is truly passionate about ensuring the written word is as perfect as it can be. I was very happy with the outcome that Text Perfection provided and I would recommend Wendy to anyone wanting excellence in editing or proofreading services. Sharon Davis – Team Leader, Aboriginal Education Team, Catholic Education
I am very satisfied with Wendy’s work, She has an efficient and effective method in doing her job. She utilised track changes when editing my work while several other proofreaders did not, so it was very helpful for me in saving my time when correcting my work. She also did not mind working together with me and explained the complexities of English grammar to me – what was correct and what was incorrect – which was very useful for me as I still need to learn more about formal English writing. So, I got English lessons into the bargain! Thank you, Wendy. You are such a life saver in my rushed time. I will definitely contact you again. Maya Irjayanti (Student – Curtin University)
The moment I saw Text Perfection’s website, I instantly knew that it was going to be the perfect fit for me, and that I was guided there for a reason. Wendy is an amazing and thoroughly professional editor. It was vitally important to me that ‘my voice’ was maintained throughout my book. Wendy has that rare talent of maintaining an author’s voice and integrity, whilst adding sparkle to the text, even after quite extensive edits. She literally makes words ‘sing’ off the page. She is meticulous with time keeping and always meets deadlines. She goes that extra mile to make sure everything is crisp, clean and shiny.
Wendy was extremely helpful and nothing was too much trouble for her. She made my experience of writing and self-publishing my first book a joy. I was awarded the honour of ‘Author of the Year’ by an American magazine and then a publisher chose to publish my book, A Holy Grail of Spiritual and Financial Freedom, which has now been released. I whole-heartedly recommend Wendy, who I am happy to say is now editing my second book. Deborah Seaton (Author: A Spiritual Budget and A Holy Grail of Spiritual and Financial Freedom)
Wendy was an enormous help through my final draft and preparation for the publication of my novel, Incantation: The Riva Williams Series. She has a fine eye for detail and adds the precision required to create flawless text. Anya Stephens (novelist – Incantation: The Riva Williams Series)
Wendy is a highly efficient and meticulous proof-reader. Her ability to work to the standards set by a style guide, whilst also exercising good judgement and initiative, make her a valuable resource when time is tight and the quality of written material is variable. She has an extremely good knowledge of grammatical conventions and is able to ensure that material reads well without changing the original intent of the writer. I recommend her services with confidence. Margaret Brophy
I have worked with Wendy in various capacities over a number of years and have witnessed in action her extraordinary and rare talent. She is a unique individual with an expert insight on all aspects of the craft of writing; she generously uses these gifts to assist those of us less fortunate in this area. She is focused and accomplished, and quickly turns the most mundane pieces of work into absolute literary masterpieces, no matter how short a deadline she might have! I can only endorse the previous testimonials! Anne Rooney, Company Secretary
Wendy was a great help in picking up grammar and spelling errors in my thesis. She corrected all the mistakes I made and impressively picked up figure errors. She has a keen eye for detail and is very professional at what she does.
I would recommend Wendy for her helpful service. Sharon Ung (University Student)
In July 2016, we engaged the services of Wendy at Text Perfection (never has a business name been more apt) to help us edit our 300-page cook book and bring our project to the final stages of completion.
From our initial contact by email and then by phone, and later at a sit down meeting we felt very comfortable with Wendy’s straight forward approach. During that first and only face to face meeting, Wendy was able to benefit us with her experience, which enabled us to avoid many common pitfalls in the business of publishing.
Although our project was not formatted in a configuration conducive to easy editing, we were given accurate quotes, both in initial cost and timeframe of completion.
Throughout the editing process, we were given innumerable suggestions of how to make our book more reader friendly. Many of these we incorporated in the finished book, while some ideas we banked for any future projects.
We were more than happy with the results of Text Perfection, and we will certainly use them on our next project. Andrew & Jennifer Thomson