My Testimonials, updated

I have been fortunate enough to receive some very nice testimonials from my clients.  Here are some recent ones!


Having worked with Julia Gibbs on two projects now, one a collection of short stories and the other a historical novel, I have found her to be professional, dedicated and thorough. An excellent proofreader, Julia is also approachable, easy to work with and very reasonable in her fees. I will be working with her again in the future, and advise you to do the same!
G. Lawrence, Author,
When I asked authors whose work I admire to recommend a proof reader, Julia’s name came up again and again, and now I’ve worked with her to prepare my novel Dory’s Avengers for re-release, I can see why she comes so highly recommended. Not only did she spot mistakes that had been missed by the two proof readers who’d worked on the original release, she went above and beyond, offering invaluable opinions and comments. One particular scene had always bothered me, but as the author I couldn’t see the wood for the trees and work out why it made me uneasy. In a few simple words, Julia explained why she felt it didn’t work, and she’d absolutely hit the nail on the head. If you’re an author looking for a friendly, reliable and extremely competent proof reader then please don’t hesitate to contact Julia, but I’d advise you to book well in advance. She’s deservedly a very busy lady!
Alison Jack,
If you have written a book that you are serious about then it needs to be professionally proofread. I’m no stranger to proofreading as I run two successful magazines, so the number of typos and mistakes in punctuation found by Julia Gibbs while proofing my latest novel came as a shock. No matter how many times you and others read through your manuscript, it isn’t ready to publish until it has been proofed by one of the best in the business, Julia Gibbs.
Gary Brown,
Julia has been a lifesaver for me. My first book I didn’t use a proof reader and the feedback was that people loved the story but that it needed better proof reading. For my second book, I looked online and found many proof readers to be very expensive but a writer on Twitter put me in Julia’s direction who offers a far more reasonable fee than some of the online businesses. I also get a really personal touch with Julia. We’re in touch most of the year and she supports me with my social media and has supported me with my applications to literary agents. What’s brilliant is, she doesn’t just proof read it for grammar, she’ll give me feedback on the story too, which is so useful as she’s the only person who reads it before it goes to print.
David Hatton,
Julia proofed a 135k-word, complex and detailed spy thriller for me; it was the sixth in the series and she jumped right in. Her work was timely and accurate. It was also very good value for money. She is now my proofreader for all my work. I highly recommend her.
Roland Ladley,
After a poor experience with another proofreader, Julia was recommended to me. She then set about correcting all the errors in my debut MS The Decalogue which has since been re-published and is receiving much praise. I found Julia to be professional, supportive and (dare I say) good value for money. I was so impressed by her efficient and great work that I also asked her to work on my follow up, Tick Tock Time’s Up. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Julia to all you current and prospective writers out there.
Mark Pettinger,
Working with Julia on my third novel has been a dream. She is more than pleasant to approach, professional, intelligent and more to the point, knows exactly what she’s doing. When she says she’ll get in touch with you, she does. When asked for a quote, she comes back quickly and with the minimum of fuss, itemising her charges and for what. Julia gave me an exact timescale as to when she would be able to take the manuscript and how long she would need on it. She bettered both timescales and I received two copies: one with all the changes and one totally clean copy. I have no hesitation in recommending Julia’s proofreading services and will most certainly use her again. Julie Houston, Author of Goodness, Grace and Me; The One Saving Grace; Looking for Lucy.
I was introduced to Julia by another writer and I have been completely satisfied with the decision to use her to proofread my novel. Julia is as pleasant as spring rain and just as welcome in my circle of friends. A more thorough and affable cohort in the production process cannot be found. She’s a terrific professional; delivering more than I expected, precisely on time.
Joseph Hefferon,
I just received Julia’s proofread of my debut novel New Beginnings on Vancouver Island. She’s done an excellent job. Julia is approachable, professional and keeps to deadlines. I am highly recommending her.
Dr Lorna Hunting
Julia did just a proficient job on my manuscript. Her professionalism, pricing and skill may be unmatched in the editing and proofreading business for writers. Also, her turnaround time was fast. I am so lucky I found Julia through a recommendation on Twitter. Thanks, Julia.
Sophie Machel Shull,
Thank you so much, once again. You have lifted the manuscript and polished out all of my issues, and given me a great finished product to work with. I appreciate your attention to detail, so much! I have no questions, I understand your comments and will go with all of your suggestions.
Sheryl Beaumont,
Julia Gibbs proofread my second historical novel, Occupying Love in June 2015 and I was delighted with the final result. Her professional attitude before, during and after the work was completed made me confident that I had made the right choice. Not only was the final proof ready for publication but she managed to turn what is normally a very stressful process into a pleasure. As a former journalist I would definitely recommend Julia’s work to new and experienced authors and writers alike.
Marilyn Chapman,
I found Julia via a word of mouth recommendation; she’s fast, flexible and fun to work with. She found errors where I was convinced there were none! She’s great value for money too. I have no hesitation in recommending her to all authors looking for a good proof-reader.
Elizabeth Ducie,
Julia carried out a final proof edit of The Prodigal in June 2015.  She completed the task in super quick time and picked up even the tiniest of errors.  Completely professional and friendly too. Would highly recommend Julia to anyone looking for a professional proofreading service.
Nicky Black,
I am delighted to recommend Julia in the light of her work on CONCEALMENT, my latest psychological thriller. I came across Julia on Twitter and soon realised that everyone was full of praise for her. However careful you are, you simply cannot proofread your own work and as a newcomer to self-publishing, it was vital for me to have a high-quality and error-free product. Julia certainly lived up to all the hype. She approached the project in a thoroughly professional manner and homed in on those pesky typos and punctuation errors with ruthless zeal, completing her work well within the timetable we had agreed. I will definitely be using her services again.
Rose Edmunds,
I had the chance to work with Julia after having had translated Dangerous Games from French to English. Julia is a highly efficient professional: she’s accurate, precise, always willing to explain basic questions (from punctuation to UK/US English differences) which was of great help for me. She always responds promptly and she also delivered her work even faster than the deadline she gave me. Should I have another text to proofread, no doubt I’ll work with her again!
Jerome Dumont,
Julia Gibbs is simply the best. Thoroughly professional, utterly reliable, and deeply invested quite personally in making your manuscript as perfect as it can possibly be. I wouldn’t trust anyone else.
Jake Needham,
I didn’t think I needed a proofreader. I was so wrong! I was pretty confident that there weren’t any, or at least not many mistakes in my novel, having read it so many times during the editing process. Luckily for me, I’d been told I should contact a miracle proofreader called Julia who came very highly recommended by the whole universe it would seem! I decided she would be far too busy to help, but did as I was told and sent her an email anyway. She was busy, (I think she is always busy and very much in demand!) but she replied later that day, was absolutely lovely, and answered all of the many, many questions on my very long list of doubts and concerns. By the end of her first email, I knew I had found the Mary Poppins of the proofreading world! Julia did the work quickly and brilliantly and I’m so glad I found her! I cannot recommend her highly enough and I will definitely be asking for her help with the next novel!
Alice Darwin,
This is the first time I have used Julia’s services, and it certainly won’t be the last. My MS came back polished and ready to go to my editor. I liked the fact that any changes to words/phrases she suggested, were noted at the side. The suggestions certainly helped to make my MS flow better. She also made comments in the return email regarding her opinions on my story, all very helpful advice. So, if you’re looking for a proof reader who is professional, honest and friendly then Julia is the lady for you.
Toya Richardson,
Having used Julia’s services for projects lately, it is clear to me that she approaches her work very diligently and with the utmost professionalism. It’s also true she’ll go the extra mile in making sure the author has considered all aspects of the piece – not just punctuation, spelling and the use of grammar.   It should also be noted she is very approachable and friendly, and a joy to work with. I’ve found a proofreader I’ll go to time and again without question. Highly recommended!  
Keith Anthony Baird,
A fellow author sent me a great article on proofreading, by Julia Gibbs. As a result I asked Julia to tackle the manuscript of my book. She was so good to work with; thorough, efficient, responsive and made me realise that proofreading is best not done by the author!
I thought I could do it all, with the help of a few eager friends (some authors) creative writing classes and constantly reviewing my manuscript looking for errors. I was wrong, I needed a proof reader. They are skilled technicians and Julia goes the extra mile. I have two novels nearing completion and will be handing them over to Julia before I publish.
My grateful thanks.
Geoff Green,
Julia is an utter professional and if you want to be too, hire her. I consider her part of my team now and, believe me, being able to trust your proof reader is a weight off the shoulders. I recommend her without hesitation.
Mark Davies,
I was recommended Julia by a book blogger and am extremely pleased they did. The proof reading service was exactly what I needed – clear guidance and explanations and a fast, professional and value for money service. On top of that I found Julia to be fantastically enthusiastic and supportive to me as a writer, freely offering her knowledge and pointing me in the right direction. If you need a proof writer (and you do) then look no further.
Mark Hurst,
I have worked as a proofreader for publishers, so when I wrote my first novel Rock’n’Roll Suicide I did my own proofreading.  Despite this, I found I had left in many, many mistakes of various kinds, meaning I had to republish four times. With my latest novel, Doppelganger, I decided to ask Julia Gibbs to help me.  Not only did she find hundreds of errors that I had completely missed, but she even spotted factual flaws and names that didn’t match and an element of the plot that didn’t work, things I had not noticed.  She kindly went beyond her brief to do these things, in addition to correcting so many typos, missed words, repeated words, inappropriate commas, incorrect words even, that were totally invisible to me, perhaps because I was too close to the work.  And all these myriad mistakes were present after I had already carefully checked the manuscript three times. She did the corrections with ‘Track Changes’, in a manner that allowed me to see exactly what had been changed, thereby preserving the option of not making the change, in the unlikely event that I may not have agreed with some of the corrections. Julia Gibbs did the work within just 10 days and charged a very reasonable price.  I cannot recommend her services highly enough and I will always ask for her help with my future books.  Mistakes irritate the reader, the last thing a writer wants, and to have a conscientious, careful, and highly literate proofreader makes all the difference to the success of your work.
Geoffrey David West,
For me, having Julia as my proofreader was a bit like going to a reassuring doctor. I contacted her with lots of niggles and anxieties about the final edit, then skipped off afterwards – every problem sorted! Wonderful. Julia checked and polished my MS, and even corrected my Spanish!
June Kearns,
One of the truisms of being on a self-publishing journey is that you will always need outside help. You need another set of eyes to make sense of the wood and the trees. The writing, cover design, beta reading, editing and proofreading make the journey a team effort. I highly recommend making Julia part of your team. Her service was thorough, quick and just what my manuscript needed.
Wayne Marinovich,
Having worked with half a dozen proofreaders, I settled on Julia as a perfect fit. She goes above the line edit, punctuation and typo level to check facts, foreign spellings and authorial missteps. Her suggestions and corrections are spot on and I have come to trust her judgement completely. Julia’s attention to detail adds a shiny coat of professionalism to my books. I’m glad I found her.
JJ Marsh,
Julia is a fantastic, eagle eyed proof-reader and is very much part of the team that I have built around myself. She is honest, open and responsive to questions, and happy to discuss the project we are working on. Her work is always of high quality and on time. She gives my books the final polish and makes them even better. I wouldn’t dream of allowing my books out into the world if they hadn’t been proofread by Julia.
Kate Minchin,
Julia is brilliant at what she does and a lovely person into the bargain.
Her proofing of my story ‘Linger’, in the Diabolica Britannica anthology, was flawless. It was a joy having her involved in the project. Highly professional and very friendly – the perfect combination in a proofreader.
John F. Leonard,
Julia proof-read an anthology I contributed to, and I would like to say what an incredible job she did. No error gets past this lady’s scrutiny! Not only that, but her expertise in the English language is exemplary. There isn’t a question she cannot answer when it comes to grammar and punctuation. I would recommend her work at the drop of a hat. Catherine McCarthy,
An excellent, fast, accurate and professional service which I’ve always been pleased with and would recommend to any author requiring high-quality proofreading.  
Dominic Piper,
The editing/proofreading work Julia undertook on my short story was top notch and gave the story a final polish. I’d be more than happy to work with her again.  
Alyson Faye,
When a proofreader does his or her job well, their work is invisible to the outside world. This is why you are probably unfamiliar with Julia, but if you want readers to fall into the flow of your story and not be thrown out again every time they smash into one of your mistakes then I highly recommend you get in touch with her.
Christopher Henderson,
As a debut writer, I needed all the help I could get. Julia’s proofreading service went over and above my expectations. Not only did she make corrections to my manuscript, she also took time to explain the reasoning behind key changes, allowing me to learn from the experience. I have used Julia’s excellent service twice now and will be using her once again when I am ready to publish Book 3. Her attention to detail and professionalism made this first-time and slightly nervous author actually enjoy the experience.
Trevor Lince,
The difference between not having your manuscript proofread and having it done professionally by Julia is akin to tooth extraction: do-it-yourself, painful and messy, or by a decent dentist, safe and painless. 
Whatever happens, I feel comfortable that my proofread manuscript by Julia is bulletproof insofar as punctuation and grammar are concerned.
Julia’s proofreading is absolutely invaluable in picking up and spotting so many grammatical and punctuation errors, no matter how many times you self edit. It’s true what they say: you can’t always see the wood for the trees.
James Cooke,

17 thoughts on “My Testimonials, updated

  1. Whilst court in the thick of writing a novel, things are missed. A proofreader is invaluable to a writers art. Julia has been outstanding in her work ironing out the many bumps in my MS.
    Julia is friendly and helpful, i would recommened her anytime and hope we work together on future Manuscripts.


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