Cushion Editing Services Limited

Editor, copy editor, and proofreader Maureen Lee

Why use an Editor?

You write because you have something you want to communicate. Poor writing can make it difficult for your readers to understand what you are saying. Spelling mistakes and typos are a distraction. Factual errors make you lose credibility.

By using my services you can be confident that your writing is

  • clear
  • concise
  • accurate
  • consistent in style and formatting.

And I will make sure your writing uses language appropriate for your readers.

The services of an editor provide you with a safety net – a cushion.

Here is a recent article written by someone who knows the value of a good editor:
The Better Angels of Our Writing

John E McIntyre of the Baltimore Sun writes about what proper editing is:
What they think about when they are editing

This op-ed piece from The New York Times explains the effect that using the passive voice can have:
How Texas Teaches History


My name is Maureen Lee and I am an editor, copy editor, and proofreader. Cushion Editing Services is my company.

For over 20 years I worked full-time as an editor at the New Zealand Parliament, editing text on a wide range of subjects. My duties included copy editing, proofreading, fact-checking and checking formatting. I developed editing style, wrote style guides and training material, and trained people to be editors.

I can quickly get to grips with any subject so that I can edit copy on it.

I edit and proofread any writing in English, including websites, reports, fiction, memoirs, family histories, training material, curricula, transcripts and indexes.

I look forward to working with you.

  • English degree from the University of Auckland.
  • Qualified tutor of English as a second language.
  • Experienced editor of text for people whose first language is not English.
  • Experienced editor of text that includes words and phrases in Te Reo.

  • Recent Clients

    author of children’s book

    Huia Publishers structural edit of young adult manuscript

    Institute of Directors in New Zealand: review of training material (multiple documents over several formats)

    MBA student’s property development project: editing and fact-checking

    Institute of Directors in New Zealand: report writing (12 reports)

    builder putting together a Look Book and TradeMe advertisement

    author of The Compleat Guide to HMS New Zealand

    Institute of Directors in New Zealand: report writing (100-plus reports)

    tertiary student writing report on sugar tax

    author of 80,000-word love story

    author of children’s book Awatea’s Treasure

    tertiary student writing a report on waste reduction at building sites

    author of an editorial for a medical publication

    author of memoir / recipe book A Lighthouse Keeper’s Cookbook

    Institute of Directors in New Zealand: editing multiple training documents