Cushion Editing Services

Content editing, copy editing, writing, research


I recently had the pleasure, as well as the good fortune, of utilising Maureen Lee of Cushion Editing to edit my autobiography. I found her work to not only be very accurate and precise, with an emphasis on pertinent, relevant facts, but also provided an uncanny ability to think laterally. So to ensure any reader, a well informed, easily understood read. I am indebted to her.

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I found Maureen’s editing of my manuscript very thorough. She even researched the Maori words, checking they were written in the correct way for the story. She would question why I wrote things, then present different viewpoints for me to consider. This allowed me to push my thinking even wider. She would make me think about what I had written, and by re-writing or changing a sentence or paragraph it would sound even better. Yes, I can say it was totally worth having my book edited by Maureen.

Raewyn Anderson

Maureen edited my manuscript ‘A Lighthouse Keeper’s Cookbook – Stories and recipes from New Zealand lighthouses.’ It has now been accepted by a publisher. I had written the book over twenty years which clouded my mindset. The editing process was thorough in the extreme. Maureen sorted it all. Numerous emails passed to and fro to confirm facts and style. I recommended her to a friend who has also had his book accepted by a publisher. I have no hesitation in saying this is the go-to lady for any writing editing.

Paul Trevethick

I have recently had a manuscript approved for publication as a direct result of using the editing services of Maureen Lee at Cushion Editing. I had rewritten the manuscript many times over many years and there was some interest in it, but it needed the finishing touch that I as a writer found overwhelming. Maureen’s coherent thinking, meticulous attention to detail, and her ability to sympathise with the story and my writing style, coached me through the final process. I needed a “third eye” and got it. My publishers told me that apart from a few comma changes the manuscript was good to go. Now we have a writing relationship, Maureen is also working with me on a sequel.

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Maureen has provided high-quality comprehensive editing services for our organisation across a variety of products. Often the parameters of the work have changed and we have become very appreciative of Maureen’s flexible and agile approach to meeting our needs.

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Maureen has the rare skill of being able to polish a piece of writing while preserving the author’s voice. With her excellent general knowledge she is able to edit writing across a broad range of subjects. Maureen is conscientious and precise, and is patient and thorough when training others.

Heather Zachernuk, former Hansard Reporter and Editor

Having worked alongside Maureen for 20 years in a demanding publishing environment, I can vouch for her excellent editing and proofreading knowledge and expertise. Her work on screen was always accurate and timely in what was a pressured environment. Maureen has been involved in computerised publishing systems and is a great self-manager.

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Are you looking for an excellent editor? I can recommend Maureen Lee of Cushion Editing Services. Maureen has always given me excellent feedback, asking careful questions so she understood what it is I am trying to say and explaining why changes need to be made to my documents.

Wynne Price, former Clerk Assistant (Reporting Services), New Zealand Parliament