This selective client list includes authors I represent as well as others I do not represent but for whom I edit, consult with or otherwise advise on manuscripts and the business of publishing.
Jenny Ackland is a teacher and writer who lives with her family in East St Kilda, Melbourne. She has lived in Japan and Turkey, travelled widely, and has worked in a variety of jobs. She has a Master in Education and co-owns a business which provides sexuality and relationships education in primary and secondary schools in and around Melbourne. Jenny had a short story published in RMIT’s Visible Ink anthology (2000). In 2012 she had two stories short-listed in the UK’s Bridport Prize, an essay long-listed in the inaugural Voiceless Prize, and her novel manuscript was short-listed in the HarperCollins Varuna Awards for Manuscript Development. Jenny’s writer website is at http://jennyackland.wordpress.com/ and she can be found on twitter at https://twitter.com/JennyAckland.
Lily Brett is the award-winning writer of six novels, three books of nonfiction and seven volumes of poetry. Born in Germany to survivors of the Auschwitz death camp, Lily Brett migrated with her parents to Australia in the late 1940s. She has lived in New York since 1989 with her husband and children. I have been Lily’s editor (fiction and nonfiction) since the mid-1990s when we met when I was working as Picador Editor at Pan Macmillan Australia. I am thrilled to have recently finished editing her new novel, Lola Bensky, which will be published in late 2012.
Virginia has edited all of my novels and most of my nonfiction since 1997. While I rely on her editorial judgement, she is much more to me than a good editor. She is wise and experienced about many aspects of book publishing. I trust her. I love working with her and I recommend her without hesitation. ~ Lily Brett
A consumer psychologist and Founding Partner at Naked Communications, Adam can be seen or heard on ABC TV (The Gruen Transfer) and ABC Radio (Sunday nights), and read in The Australian, Cleo, Mumbrella, Shop Till You Drop among others. He writes a column for Adnews and speaks at numerous conferences on marketing, ideas, contemporary culture, and consumer behaviour. Adam has degress in clinical psychology and commerce (marketing). A registered psychologist, Adam has worked in private practice, forensic settings, advertising (Saatchi & Saatchi) and marketing consultancy.
Jennifer Fleming is a producer at 702 ABC Sydney, and has worked with some of Australia’s most prominent and talented hosts including Richard Glover, James Valentine and James O’Loghlin. The co-author of six books, Jennifer is possibly best known for turning a popular radio segment into the best-selling Spotless series, which she wrote with stain-removal guru Shannon Lush.
In the early 1990s, writer and painter Vicki Griffin discovered her Indigenous heritage. She is a member of the Darwal tribe from the Shoalhaven area of the NSW south coast. In addition to raising four children of their own, Vicki and her husband fostered children for 30 years. Since 2001 they have been guardians of a Torres Strait Islander child. Vicki published the children’s picture book Nanna’s Storm with Townsville-based Indigenous publisher Black Ink Press in 2010, which will also bring out her My Mob at Christmas picture book in 2012. Her autobiography was published by Angus & Robertson. Vicki Griffin lives in Queensland.
Fiona is a Sydney-based writer, philanthropy adviser, and mother of three. Her experience of being the mother of a newborn baby inspired her to write The Mothers’ Group, which became a bestseller in Australia after its 2012 publication. The novel has been sold to several European countries including France, Spain and Germany.
Virginia’s mentoring was vital to the ultimate publication of my work. Her insights were helpful at every stage of the process – from big-picture thinking on narrative structure and focus, through to line-by-line editorial feedback at final draft. She is an expert editorial ‘curator’ and a godsend for a first-time author. ~ Fiona Higgins
Kirsten Krauth is passionate about all things wordy. She is currently editor of the NSW Writers’ Centre magazine, Newswrite; blogs at Wild Colonial Girl; and her first novel will be published by UWA Press in 2013. She writes regularly on film and literature and her articles have been published in RealTime, Îsland Magazine, IF Magazine, Empire, Metro and Screen Education. She runs a communications business, Freckle Features, from home. She lives in Castlemaine in regional Victoria with her husband and two children.
Elizabeth Lhuede is a fiction writer who established the Australian Women Writers website and 2012 Reading and Reviewing Challenge in response to the gender bias debates of 2011, to participate in the National Year of Reading and to raise awareness for The Stella Prize.
Graphic novelist Nate Neal’s first book, The Sanctuary, was hailed as one of the top ten books of 2010 by the influential Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington DC. Publisher’s Weekly said, ”the broad sweep of the book’s action and ideas unmistakably raises thoughtful questions” and make him “an artist to watch.” Booklist said, “Readers who are up for the challenge will be amply rewarded by this exceptionally inventive work.” Nate is currently at work on his new novel, The Big Trip, which you can follow in instalments here.
Covers of books I have agented.Company of the Dead (US ed) A Burqua and a Hard Place
Love in the Age of Drought The Young Widow’s Book of Home Improvement (hb)
Young Widow’s Book (paperback)