This is a selective list of current clients.
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’s debut novel The Sugar Men is forthcoming from allen & Unwin in 2015. She can be found on Twitter @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. Virginia Lloyd is not Lily’s agent. She has been Lily’s editor (fiction and nonfiction) since the mid-1990s when they met when she was working as Picador Editor at Pan Macmillan Australia. Virginia edited her latest novel, Lola Bensky, which was awarded the prestigious French literary prize for a work in translation – the Prix de Medicis Etranger – in late 2014.
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
Jamie Brisick has written two books: We Approach Our Martinis With Such High Expectations (Consafos Press, 2002) and Have Board, Will Travel: The Definitive History of Surf, Skate, and Snow (HarperCollins, 2004). His stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Details, and The Surfer’s Journal. In 2008 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. He lives in New York City. Jamie’s book Becoming Westerly, about transgender former pro-surfer Westerly Wendina (formerly Peter Druin) will be published by Allen & Unwin in Australia in February 2015.
It has been said that ‘literary agent’ is a misnomer. In the present-day publishing world, agents do much more than just sell their clients’ books. This applies to Virginia. She was a great editor and confidante as I worked through early drafts of Becoming Westerly. She knew how to both push and encourage and bring out my best. I feel lucky to work with her. ~ Jamie Brisick
Brooke Hemphill is a journalist and former speed dating host. She wrote The Sydney Morning Herald monthly feature ‘Table for Eight’ in which she took a group of singles out, got them drunk and set them up on dates. Brooke went on to present a popular online video series titled Sexperts that appeared on the SMH, The Age and The Brisbane Times websites. The series explored topics related to sexual health from bisexuality to whether sex can kill you. Brooke has written about sex, dating and relationships for publications including Women’s Health and Marie Claire USA, and was the resident dating expert for Yahoo!7. She also produced the online reality series ‘Generation L,’ which has had more than a 250,000 views on YouTube. Her memoir Lesbian For A Year was published by Affirm Press in 2014.
Fiona is a Bali-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 published in 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
Fiona’s brilliant new novel Wife on the Run was published by Allen & Unwin in 2014.
Born and raised in Brisbane, Brad Hutchins spent his youth playing sports, reading, working in sales and retail and studying to be a teacher. Bitten hard by the travel bug, between 2008 to 2011 Brad travelled to more than 50 countries. He has lived and worked in the UK and Canada. A qualified school teacher, Brad has taught everything from physical education and music, to literacy and special education in primary schools in Australia and the UK. He currently lives and teaches on the Gold Coast of Australia. During 2011-12 Brad worked as a sports trader on the international tennis circuit, reading and writing in his spare time. His memoir Game, Set, Cash! was published by Black Inc Books in June 2014.
Virginia’s editorial advice was priceless. She gave me an idea of how to shape the book and helped me solidify ideas to focus on for chapters. Once I’d rewritten my draft she then gave it a thorough cut and polish … which made the manuscript much more concise and engaging. She was very frank and non-judgemental with her feedback and helped me realise the general public might not be as interested in certain sections I’d written as I was. ~ Brad Hutchins
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.”