Here are some kind words from happy customers.

We have used Pernickety Kate for the last two years to assist with our Year End materials. The attention to detail is superb, consistent and reliable. We have always received a responsive, professional service and will be continuing our relationship into the future.

Jo Leek

Ipswich Building Society

Many thanks to Pernickety Kate for your proofreading and suggested improvements to our leaflet and website. A great service & very worthwhile investment!

André Freeman

Commercial Manager, Kent & East Sussex Railway Co. Ltd.

The Free Appraisal on my latest book was really helpful. It was encouraging but also highlighted some weak points in my story. The proofreading was done promptly and picked up all sorts of details. I will definitely be using Pernickety Kate again for my next project. I highly recommend this service!
Don Egan


The process of working with Catherine is clear and always supportive. She took time at the start to understand my audience and the purpose of my book Everyday People, Everyday Leaders, and she clearly outlined the process and prices. To help me see the difference between proof reading and editing she did a sample chapter for me so I could see the impact the editing had on my book. The decisions were still firmly in the author’s hands but her professional eye helped me to see things more clearly and make it the best experience for the reader. Catherine wasn’t afraid to ask questions and give supportive challenge, all of it to help me write a better book.
I highly recommend working with Catherine for editing and proof reading. Her prices are good value and her expertise enhances the book.
Colin Tapscott

Everyday Leader

Thorough, accurate, intelligent work – and witty with it. I thoroughly recommend Pernickety Kate!

Allan Scott

Mill House Media

Catherine you are simply brilliant! You made it possible to actually publish my book. Thank you. I hope to write another and you will be my first point of contact!  

Deb Mawson


WOW Pernickety Kate – that is AMAZING!!!! Fantastic feedback and so thorough! I am so pleased, I had to up-size this font to convey my feelings.

Kate Kelly

The Business Plumber

Catherine can spot any mistake, not simply in spelling and grammar but also errors and inconsistencies in narrative and content. But she also has the wonderful knack of adapting to the style of the author, and knowing the structure and conventions that will work best for the target audience, whether scientific, traditional, business-like, relaxed or in vogue.
Her rates are clear and agreed up front, so there are no nasty surprises. She is friendly and helpful and she consistently completes her work to the agreed schedule.
If you have a message to deliver or a story that you want people to be captivated by, I would strongly recommend running it by Catherine.

Mike Bernard

I had a most fruitful hour with Catherine (over coffee, naturally) to chat about my website content. What a knowledgeable and engaging lady she is. She gave me some excellent advice and feedback, all of which I will be employing. If you are looking for someone to spend some time proofreading or just casting an expert eye over your content, I’d highly recommend her.

Ruth Leigh

Writer & Author

Kate recently worked over some blogs I didn’t have time to finish before my publishing deadline. Considering that some of them were pretty rough outlines, she did an excellent job of interpreting my scribbles. Plus she saved me considerable time and energy as well.
Annya Stoddart

Wisdom Mind

Catherine was a great help to me as a first-time self-publisher and gave me added confidence and the impetus to finish what I had started and to plan to go on to my next two books.

I can recommend her without hesitation and will be certainly using her again when my next book is ready.

David Card


I am not one to write reviews, but after having approached Kate to help me proofread a small body of text, I feel it is necessary. Despite it only being a small job, she went above and beyond what I expected to help me. She was quick, attentive and an all-round delight to work with. Based on my experience, I can say that Kate doesn’t just see you as another client, she takes on your project as if it was her own and delivers quality, both with the finished piece and with her suggestions. Also, isn’t rigid in her work, or cold, like many in her profession seem to be. Highly recommended!

Philip Martin

I worked with Catherine in a previous life – and always got her to proof read newsletters before sending them. In her ‘Pernickety Kate’ incarnation, I approached Catherine to proof read one of my MSc assignments. Her service was quick, accurate and supportive – and the assignment marker commented on the quality and accuracy of my written English! I will certainly be in touch before my next assignment submission date.

Anna Richards

I have used Pernickety Kate’s services for years now, her service has always been excellent with additional context that really helps. Catherine’s attention to detail and command of the English language is superb.

Joanne Debenham

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