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‘An important function of New Zealand Winegrowers is to disseminate the information, knowledge and results of levy-funded research to the wine industry. We worked with PressGang to produce a book summarising one avenue of our research –Understanding Botrytis in New Zealand Vineyards. We were impressed with the result, which reflects the group’s excellent services: high-quality editorial support, innovative design and professional press production. We look forward to working with them again.’

‘After 12 years of compiling my Shand family history I knew that it was something special and deserved to be put in a professionally bound and beautiful book. I was recommended to Renee Lang of PressGang and knew immediately that I had found the perfect partnership with her and Nick Turzynski to produce my dream. Virtue Leads, Fortune Follows is the result of years of work, comprehensive editing and wonderful design skills. Its distinctive blue and gold colours, the quality of the photos and raw materials have made this an impressive family history. Their support, enthusiasm, creativity in design and gentle mentoring was an inspiration to work with.’

‘I have been fortunate to work with Renée on two separate publishing projects. She was wonderful to work with — totally professional and efficient but at the same time extremely nurturing and patient with a new, nervous and less-than-confident author. She guided me expertly through all the steps, even from before the manuscript was finished, to the final stages. More recently she was my choice of editor for my new book Two Wings of a Nightingale (Exisle). Once again it was a pleasure to work with her. She is an excellent editor but is also great to deal with — caring, enthusiastic and a real confidence booster!’

‘Working with Brian and Julie on Living Legacy: A History of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland (2011) was an enjoyable and very satisfying project. Brian brought to the task his considerable professional experience in editing and publishing and Julie her creative skills in design and layout. They were both great to work with — very responsive to our concerns and they achieved a final product which realised everything we hoped for. Nick developed up our suggestions for the cover and produced a design which has drawn very favourable comments.’

‘The Auckland Botanical Society engaged Brian and Julie of Punaromia Publications Ltd to produce its book, Natural History of Rangitoto, published in 2007. We were delighted with the result, and also with their support, advice and assistance in every aspect of the production including design, layout, proof reading and liaison with the printer. They were a pleasure to work with.’

‘When Nick Turzynski took on my own manuscript for Footballers Don’t Cry, and led me through the process of turning it into the book it has become, I was taken aback by how much creative effort was still needed. Nick has a love of books, a sense of colour and vast experience in all aspects of turning those typewritten pages into something that a printer can take to fruition. He is patient, friendly and diplomatic with expectant authors and the best supporting evidence I can quote for these glowing tributes is the frequent comment from all sorts of people, including the judges at a literary prize-giving in England, “How good looking this book is”. Working with Nick has taught me how much someone like him can add to the visual impact of any writer’s work when it is translated into book form.’

‘Nick’s energetic and creative efforts turned out an appealing book which exceeded my hopes and which sold well both in New Zealand and overseas.’

‘Over the past thirty years I have had books produced by shoestring outfits, by a university press and by three of the large multinational publishers here in New Zealand. I decided I would finance the publication of my latest work myself. A freelance book publicist and friend, Lorraine Steele, recommended PressGang. My new novel, The Spaces Between, is rolling off the presses in Wellington. Today, the e-book went live on Kobo. The book, inside and out, looks stunning. For all the work entailed in producing a top quality book, PressGang’s rates are outstandingly reasonable. I will use the Gang again. I would recommend them to anyone.’

‘I’ll be eternally grateful as your advice was invaluable to me. My experience of self publishing has been wholly fulfilling (and profitable).’