What satisfied clients have to say about Elsie.

In response to a review written for Volunteer Nelson website.

‘Lorna, thank you- that is absolutely wonderful.  You have captured it all brilliantly.’

Jan Glover

Referral Service Coordinator

Volunteer Nelson

‘The role you carry out is extremely useful and helps in the process of creating the newsletter …’

Gareth Cashin

Victory Community Centre

‘It’s never easy sending a stranger your precious manuscript and asking them to point out the errors, but I am happy to have asked Lorna to edit my first novel.  I found her to be very thorough, giving reasons for corrections to grammar and sentence structure. She made clear suggestions to improve the character’s voices and the flow and continuity of the plot. Her advice has not only tightened my writing into a finished product I can be proud of, but also taught me a lot for my writing future.

Lorna has been excellent to deal with and I will be telling others to use her services.’ 

Louise Walker



‘With a very tight deadline looming, Lorna Croft stepped in and fully edited my 30,000 children’s novel.

Not only did she polish the grammar and spelling, but she pointed out passive passages, repetition and offered alternative word choices for clarification. Her mark-ups and comments were clear to follow.

The piece she edited was awarded a Readers’ Favorite 5* review seal. Lorna Croft was a pleasure to work with as she handled all interactions with professionalism, and I highly recommend her novel editing skills.’

Multi-award winning children’s author, WJ Scott.

‘I was very nervous to have someone else look over my first romance novel manuscript, having previously only let a couple of family members and close friends read it, but I needn’t have worried. Lorna kept in touch with me throughout the process, gave thoughtful and helpful feedback on my work as a whole, and suggested changes throughout my manuscript, giving reasons for these. She also highlighted areas where I could improve particular aspects of my writing and identified other issues such as unintentional changes in perspective, use of passive voice, and slips in tense which I was able to remedy, resulting in a more polished story.

I found her input very valuable and was impressed with how she was able to propose changes which improved the flow of the story but retained the tone I wanted. I was especially grateful that she was able to edit my story within a short timeframe so I could submit it to a competition. I would gladly recommend her services to others.

Thank you very much!’

Ashlee Dolamore

"Lorna Croft was invaluable to the fine-tuning of this novel. She is dedicated, astute and eagle-eyed - from spelling and errors in grammar to plot holes and character inconsistencies, nothing goes missed. Moreover, she's punctual in responding to queries, highly respectful of deadlines, and very flexible on pricing. Sincerest kudos to someone of supreme professionalism."

       Briar Land, Nicole Folwell-Ambler

‘I recently employed Elsie Editing Services to look over a manuscript I had finished. I had previously used a similar editing service, but was not satisfied with the result. But with Elsie Editing my manuscript was transformed into the story I wanted to tell and exceeded my expectations in its delivery to me.  As a result, my manuscript has been accepted by an American publishing company.

Lorna was thorough, candid and most of all kept her focus by enhancing the story without changing its tone or context.

I would strongly recommend Elsie Editing Services to new and existing writers.’

Outsiders, Ross Graham

‘I retained Elsie Editing early on to proofread and edit my manuscript.

Lorna went above and beyond the brief. Her editing, and professional advice proving invaluable in the journey towards publishing my debut novel.

Were it not for Lorna's early intervention, my book would have been riddled with head hopping, and oodles of repetitive clunky sentences. Her industry knowledge and work ethic is first rate and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.’

Sarah Addison-Fox, author of Disowned

Students and ESOL

‘Lorna is really talented at editing and proof reading, she has helped me on several assignments and the outcome is excellent. So if you need editing or proof reading service, Lorna is your best choice!’

Tony Liu

‘I like your proof reading service because I can get the feedback quickly.’


Yang Hong

‘I would recommend Lorna to anyone as she’s very prompt on her communication. I went to her with a very tight time frame and Lorna did what she promised to do. The work was at a high standard and thank you very much Lorna’.

         Kinest Jin

Businesses and Other Organisations

‘Thank you Lorna for your unstinting effort of creating the best newsletter we could have!’

RWNZ Exec.

‘Lorna Croft assisted us with proof reading for our website pages.  We were developing a new website and we wanted to be sure that the grammar and general readability was of a high quality.  Lorna was not only thorough and corrected areas we had read many times and not noticed before, but she also provided creative suggestions for improving the flow of each section.

We were really pleased with the final result and found this service invaluable – Lorna was thoroughly professional and supportive and we rate the service we received very highly.’

Dave Marshall

National Director  

Big Brothers Big Sisters

‘… an extensive facility manual comprising four key areas:  centre operations, financial management, governance, and staff and volunteers.  Each area had approximately 15 individual guidelines/policies at a relatively high level.

From the outset Lorna became an asset to the project.  She undertook all tasks in a professional manner and within the agreed time-frames.  All of her comments and suggested changes were in an easy-to-read format and clearly explained where necessary.  She showed an immediate aptitude for the work and took an interest in the subject matter to ensure she understood the target audience.

At all times throughout the process I found Lorna to be professional, courteous and overall, of real benefit to the project.  I would have no hesitation in using her services again or recommending her to others.’

Steve Mitchell

Sport Assist. Manager

Sport Tasman