Know what your message or story is but not quite sure of the order, the flow, the grammar or the placement of apostrophes? No worries!

Collaborate with an experienced and skilled writer, editor, copy-editor and proofreader to improve your manuscript or marketing communications to enhance your business or life as a writer and aspiring author.

Making a point of really understanding what you want to achieve, I give feedback on the whole as well as the little details. I communicate well along the way and enjoy being on the journey of bringing a book baby into the world! Working mostly with new book authors and independent contractors in the nonprofit and health and wellbeing sectors, with me you will find the right words to best communicate your story.

I bring my clients an understanding of the big picture strategy, with the equal ability to hone in on the finer details. In other words, I aim to understand the broader context of where you’re coming from so that even the small edits make perfect sense.

Wherever you are in the world, we can work together. Let’s talk.


Client reviews

“I have worked with dozens of editors and I rate Steff at the top of the list. She went above and beyond to help us edit books for a new publishing venture. She was patient, courteous and professional. She is our editor of choice!”
Antionette Kerr, Co-author of Modern Media Relations for Nonprofits and Co-founder of Bold & Bright Media

“Our relationship with Steff began with her serving as our copy editor… Our relationship with Steff evolved once we elected to …self-publish the book. Steff was extremely supportive of our decision. We read blog posts and books about self-publishing. If we had questions, we turned to Steff who provided real-world insight. At this stage, Steff was our consultant to assist with getting the book published. We selected a graphic artist (to design the book cover), an information designer (for the interior), and an indexer. Steff provided feedback, made suggestions about what to ask these professionals, and developed a checklist of tasks to be completed… Without Steff’s participation as the copy editor and then as a consultant, our dream of publishing our book would not have been realized. We have self-published a non-fiction book, which has many more details to coordinate and organize versus a fiction book. We HIGHLY recommend Steff.”
Natonne Elaine Kemp, Co-author of award-winning There Is Something About Edgefield and Co-founder of Rocky Pond Press.

“Steff did an excellent job editing my Fantasy novel. As with any editing or proof reading it can be difficult to receive criticism. But Steff communicates a very gentle tone while still being highly critical of the manuscript. At the end of the day I feel like not only did my manuscript improve greatly but I also became a better writer thanks to Steff.”
Brian Declan, Author of Hidden in the Reed’s

“I just finished my first novel and had the wonderful experience of working with Stephanie Kemp. As a first time author I had lots of questions and she was very patient with me. She took my work seriously and provided great feedback. She was meticulous with her corrections of my work. Stephanie also met all of the deadlines we set-up. It was a true pleasure to work with Steff and I look forward to working with her on my second book. She made the editing process a great experience for me and I will forever be thankful.”

N. V. Love, Author of Secrets of My Temple

“After I finished writing my first book I was so nervous passing it on for someone else to read my words for the first time. But Stephanie took the time out to meet me in person and we got to know one another and she made me feel so comfortable. Her work is precise and thoughtful as is she. I would recommend her to anyone and can’t wait to work with her again myself.”

India Sweet, Author of 31 Days to your Happy Place.

“For the past several years Stephanie has provided copy-editing services to me; working on presentations, proposal documents, marketing and communications material, website content and other work crucial to an independent contractor. She has the ability to see the wood for the trees; bringing clarity, creativity and purpose to the work. She knows how to dot the i’s and cross the t’s.”
David Hunt, Founder at David Hunt & Associates

“Wow. I feel very lucky to have stumbled upon Stephanie Kemp. I recently wrote a romance novel which she edited for me. Reasonably priced, worked in timely manner, and extremely nice person to work with. She did a great job editing for me. I highly recommend Ms Kemp.”
Em Perna, Author of Grant Me

“Amazing service! The editing provided by Stephanie Kemp’s writing service was exceptional. Her communication up front was timely and helpful. Her pricing was fair, as well as extremely worth the quality of the editing she performed. She set a very reasonable timeline for the work and completed it on time. Her comments and suggestions went well beyond grammar check and were very valuable. My work will be far better thanks to her service. Absolutely will use her business again and she has my highest personal recommendation!”
T.J. Carver, Author of Solo Fathers

“I hired Stephanie to edit some client proposals, and client reports for my consulting firm. These documents have to be perfect, and with Stephanie’s eye for detail, they were. Also, Stephanie was great about letting me give her things at the last minute, and turning them around quickly. I really can depend on her services.”
Jean Butzen, Founder and CEO, Mission + Strategy.

“If you are not sure what you need to do with your writing—perhaps editing? proofreading? professional opinion? or just unburden your writing off of your shoulders, or perhaps all of it…—contact Stephanie, she will know what needs to be done. You will be satisfied… – I have been.”
Milos Toth, Author of Put the Sky Inside of You

“Stephanie is an exceptional editor. I hired her to help me edit a mid-grade novel. She is professional, dedicated and detail-oriented. I was fortunate to find her!”

Yvonne Rudder, Author of The Keeper of Nightfire Lodge.

“I have to say the quality and content of the magazine is brilliant!!! I can’t wait to see the feedback we get as I think you have managed to deliver what the customer has been asking for. Seriously first class and well done. Thanks for all your hard work in making this happen.”

Wayne Nicholls, CEO at The Gawler Cancer Foundation


Steff’s Editing Services  25 reviews


Got a book, blog post, business proposal, newsletter, brochure, website, flyer, grant application, report or magazine article ready drafted? Want a second pair of eyes on it to get it just right?

I provide a copyediting service, which includes advice on the general flow of sentences, paragraphs or chapters, readability, sentence structure and overall clarity, and corrections in spelling, grammar and punctuation.  Using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes or Google Docs, you can see my changes or advice, and choose which to accept.

Rest easy that you’re giving your document or manuscript the best possible advantage – no typos or grammar no-nos distracting readers from your message.

Check out my blog post Editing explained for how I go about copyediting books.


Marketing Communications

Working for yourself as an independent contractor or freelancer? Small team? It can be a lonely out there and you may not have much of a budget for marketing or copywriting. But if you start the ball rolling, I can help with some advice on what to focus on and edit your content. Not sure where to start? With over 20 years experience in Marketing Communications and Development roles, here’s some idea of what I can help you with:

  • Editing and/or writing for websites, blog posts, email campaigns and social media posts
  • Developing, writing and/or copyediting proposals, grant applications and internal policy guidelines
  • Editing and/or writing for brochures, flyers, booklets and other marketing communications materials
  • Editing and/or writing for member/supporter magazines and newsletters (print and online)
  • Writing direct mail fundraising appeals, membership drives and donor communications
  • Proofreading for all marketing communications.

Clients include: non-profits, trainers, management consultants, presenters, psychologists, college consultants, nutritionists, financial planners and even a numerologist!

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About Steff

I am an experienced and skilled writer, editor, copy-editor and proofreader with a background of over twenty years in marketing communication and fundraising development roles in New Zealand, England, Australia and USA. I work mostly within the non-profit and health and wellbeing sectors, for organisations, small businesses, independent contractors and aspiring authors to help find the right words to best communicate their stories.

I bring my clients an understanding of the big picture strategy, with the equal ability to hone in on the finer details. In other words, I get the broader context of where you’re coming from so that even the small edits make perfect sense.

Whether editing a book or magazine, writing an article, copyediting a proposal, or correcting a comma, I am content and comfortable in the land of words.

A New Zealander returned home, I provide services to clients wherever they are. I’d love to hear about your project!