I have been fortunate enough to collaborate with Tessa on several titles, both novels and nonfiction projects, and I have nothing but respect and admiration for her professionalism. She has the skill and experience to oversee and plan the full editing process, working with the author from the time of manuscript delivery through to final page proofs and publication. She is a wonderful manager, providing a timeline of key dates and deadlines to ensure a stress-free experience. As well as having big-picture skills, Tessa has a brilliant eye for detail. She identifies problems within the manuscript and offers suggestions and solutions. Her manner is always helpful and calm; she’s sensitive to the author’s needs and open to dialogue. Tessa remains positive right to the end, providing a burst of energy just when you need it. I really love working with Tessa and I hope to work with her again and again.
—Laurence Fearnley, writer
As an in-house editor, Tessa was a colleague and ally on many book projects at Penguin Random House, working alongside me and other publishers, and with some of our most important writers. Ever the safe pair of hands, she took to every one of her books with the utmost care and professionalism. Authors loved her, and she extended the same courtesy in return. Tessa possesses a huge range of experience and skills, as well as a broad range of personal interests, all of which proved invaluable when conceiving, editing, project-managing and troubleshooting any particular book. The calm demeanour, patience, diligence and creativity she also brought to her work was a major asset.
—Jeremy Sherlock, Senior Publisher Non-fiction, Penguin Random House New Zealand
Tessa worked as editor on Te Uru’s book to accompany Janet Lilo’s solo survey show, Status Update. The publication had an idiosyncratic approach, which Tessa was able to accommodate while still maintaining a high standard for the quality of the prose. She was respectful of the authors’ work and sensitive to the need to retain their unique voices, while making sure to correct factual and grammatical errors. She forged a good relationship with the various authors involved, who were happy to work with her. It was an absolute relief to have Tessa working on the project, knowing that no detail would go unchecked.
—Ioana Gordon-Smith, Curator Kaitiaki Wakaaturanga, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery