Happy clients

A selection of testimonials from valued clients.

“Maryanne provided a very professional service as a copyeditor and proofreader for a large historical publication. She had a very good eye for detail and provided suggestions to improve clarity. The book had a lot of detail and Maryanne was able to provide her comments in a timely way for us to be able to meet our deadlines. Maryanne was very easy to work with and her knowledge of Australian Government editing style was excellent.”


Denise Fowler

Murray–Darling Basin Authority

 

“Maryanne is a highly competent proofreader/editor, with a professional, responsive and friendly approach. I was impressed with her attention to detail, and ability to adapt to a range of requirements, including working in Word templates and editing charts in Excel. I have no hesitation in recommending The Happy Apostrophe to anyone looking for a high-quality proofreading and editing service.”


Serin Werner

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

 

“Maryanne provided a highly professional and responsive service to the department. She edited a large and sensitive report to a high standard and a short deadline. She was able to turn around subsequent edits rapidly to ensure the publication deadline was met. The quality of Maryanne’s work was appreciated not only by the department, but also by the report’s author, who thanked her publicly in the final document.”


Strategic Communications Officer

Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport

 

“The Happy Apostrophe was commissioned to undertake a large editing and proofreading project for the department. This involved a series of research reports totalling over 1500 pages, as well as supporting summary documents. Maryanne was meticulous and consistent throughout the process. She was able to meet the challenging deadlines we were working to, without impacting the quality of her work. Maryanne provided regular progress updates, and was proactive in contacting me to seek clarification if needed. She was also very responsive to any requests or questions I had of her. Maryanne demonstrated a familiarity with the government style manual, and always kept the end user of the outputs in mind. Maryanne was a pleasure to work with, and I would have no hesitation in recommending her as a highly skilled and professional editor.”


Senior Communications Advisor

Australian Government department

 

“Maryanne is an excellent copyeditor and proofreader. She is professional, efficient, reliable, meticulous and a pleasure to work with. I am impressed by her ability to adapt to the style preferences of different clients (and to remain cheerful while doing so).”


Dr Hilary Cadman

Cadman Editing Services

 

“Maryanne edited our active transport plan and did a great job. We only gave her a couple of days but she was able to deliver a much better product than what we gave her. Maryanne is friendly and very easy to work with. I would recommend her to others needing a good editor.”


Caroline Le Couteur

Member of the Legislative Assembly for the ACT

 

“Maryanne’s proofreading and copy editing of my PhD thesis improved the quality of my work immeasurably. She identified discrepancies in my referencing style, made sure my abbreviations were consistent throughout and even cross-checked my text with what I had reported in tables and figures. I also learned some useful grammatical tips which I’ll use to improve my future academic writing. I’d highly recommend Maryanne to any PhD, Masters or Honours student wanting to give a final impression of professionalism to their thesis.”


Claudia Pitts

PhD candidate, University of Sydney

 

“I engaged Maryanne to copyedit and proofread my book, Creating Happy Families – The Three Rs: Routines, Rituals and Rhythm. I have also used Maryanne to edit my feature articles for the Coffs Coast Child Magazine. I highly recommend Maryanne and will use her again for editing I require in the future. At all times Maryanne was a delight to communicate with, responding to my requests and making sound editing suggestions that enhanced the finished product ready for publication. Thank you, Maryanne. You’re a gem!”


Rowena Parkes

Author, educator

 

“Thank you Maryanne for an excellent job of editing my application and résumé. Your comments and suggestions are insightful and relevant, and I am confident my application now has the best possible chance for consideration.”

Margaret
Successful candidate