Contact

If you have a question about getting published, a corporate or not-for-profit writing or research project, or if you would like me to participate in a literary event, I would love to hear from you.

The best way to reach me directly is by email to: info @ virginialloyd.com (closing up the blank spaces I’ve placed there to elude spammers). Any writer seeking to interest me in his or her manuscript should first consult my Submissions page.

I’m also on LinkedIn here and on Twitter I’m @v11oyd.

My own literary agent is Jenny Hewson at Rogers, Coleridge & White in London.

I look forward to talking with you.

14 Replies to “Contact”

  1. Hi Virginia,
    I felt compelled to drop in and say hello. I recently read your Young Widow’s Book… and loved it. I also reviewed it for a subject in my masters degree and so enjoyed being able to discuss it at length.

    I am also a widow. My husband died suddenly from a cerebral aneurysm several years ago. I related to the humour, openness and strength you displayed through your book…all of these characteristics certainly help!

    I too write. I have been working on a manuscript for quite some time, it has gone onto the shelf for a long period as I took a huge and demanding exec role (after my husband’s death…single mum, two kids, worry about survival etc) but I’m back into it now. My manuscripts also deal with death and the fall out. My sister, mother, father and two dear friends also died within a few years of my husband’s death so there was much fodder for writing.

    Anyway…thanks for your book and for your generous website. I am currently constructing mine.

    I’d be interested to explore a possible review of my manuscript at some stage…or simply a connection.

    All the very best to you.

    Annette Chennell

    1. Dear Annette,
      Thank you for contacting me and for reading my book. I am full of intense admiration for anyone raising children, let alone as a widow. I’m sorry for all the losses you have endured and can understand why you would wish to write about your experiences. I would be pleased to hear from you when you feel your ms is as good as it can be.
      Best wishes to you,
      Virginia

  2. Hi Virginia,

    I cannot express how much finding your blog has inspired me to finally move forward with my memoir.

    I lost my teenage son to horrific circumstances 4 years ago and I have written a lot about this. I can’t tell you how many times I have stopped and started this road throughout my journey and it has only been recently that I have started to feel as though I can start again and actually finish.

    Tonight, I decided to start researching information on publishing my memoir (when it’s finished). I was quite overwhelmed by the many ways to do so and the many processes of doing so!

    I found your blog and instantly felt drawn to it an compelled to read more.

    I am left feeling that this is the right time to start again and this is the right time to stop being fearful of dealing with how heightened my grief becomes when I write, rather embrace it.

    I am hoping to send you my submission sometime in the near future but I have to say thank you now for this little push!

    Kind regards
    Rebecca

    1. Hello Rebecca and thank you so much for letting me know you’ve found my blog. While I cannot pretend to know what you are feeling over the loss of your son, I do know how difficult it was for me to experience the grief of losing my husband – eight years ago today, as it happens – and then to choose to dwell in those darkest moments again in order to write about them. Those deepest feelings must be present to you when you write in order to create work that is powerful for a reader. But it is extremely hard at times to do. Do what you can, a little bit regularly is best.
      I wish you all the best in your writing.
      Virginia

  3. Hi Virginia
    I’m pleased I’ve found your blog and look forward to reading your memoir. I have also nearly finished a memoir about overcoming emotional issues and assisting my daughter to do so. I believe that emotional challenges and your reaction to them are all part of a spiritual trajectory that enables you to assist others through your experience. Writing about this is a great way to pass on your knowledge and wisdom to others in need of company and comfort. It also assists in your own healing.
    I wish healing energy for you.
    Warm regards
    Anne

    1. Hi Anne. Thanks for stopping by. When I wrote my memoir I never imagined how humbled I would be by some of the responses from readers I received. Good luck with finishing your manuscript.

  4. Hi Virginia,
    So excited to find your blog and learn more about the world of literary agents and publishing! I have an idea for a non-fiction book that I am very passionate about, but would like to find out more about the submission process to ensure that I can give my book the best opportunity. Do you have submission guidelines that I can reference? Also, I have read that when writing a non-fiction book, it is not necessary (or recommended) to write the book first. How much should I prepare before approaching a literary agent? Thanks so much – and merry Christmas!
    ~ Katie

    1. Hi Katie,
      Thanks for finding my blog and leaving this comment. I’ll be reopening my books for new submissions in January and will publish my guidelines at that time. As for how much of a nonfiction book needs to be written prior to approaching an agent or a publisher, it really does depend on the author and the nature of the project. For example, major celebrities can sign a book deal without a word having been written, but if you don’t have much of a platform then you would probably need to write the whole manuscript. I look forward to hearing from you in the new year. Merry Christmas! –Virginia

  5. Hi Virginia,

    I attended a writers workshop you gave in Byron Bay some time back and really enjoyed it and was inspired by both your advice and own personal story.

    I was so pleased to find your blog and read the tips and guidence you give to writiers about what publishers are looking for, editing the manuscript, even the advice other writers have given such as removing “suddenly” from the script was a gem.

    Since finding the blog, I’ve passed its site address onto other writers in my writing group to follow, but I myself have a little problem. I’m unable to work out how to subscribe to your blog. I’ve hit the ‘feedburner’ button a few times but unable to locate where to put my email address. I feel absolutely daft at not being able to do this as I have subscribed to other wordpress blogs before….but for the life me don’t know how to subscribe to yours.

    I will however keep plugging in every now and again to read your posts and in the meantime will try and work out the subscribing thing.

    Thanks Virginia for all the wonderful inspiration you give.

    1. Dear Kerry,
      How lovely to read this message. Thank you for finding my blog and sharing it with other writers. And thanks for letting me know about the problem subscribing. Be assured, it’s not you, it’s me! I confess that I’ve been so busy reading manuscripts and trying to finish my own book that I have neglected updating the website. There’s lots I want to do to make it even more useful to writers, and putting an email subscription form on the home page is one of those things. Now it’s at the top of the list! I’ll try to remember to let you know when I’ve done that. I really appreciate your taking the time to write. –Virginia

  6. Hello Virginia,
    I am not an Australian writer but an American with Asian origin (India). I have been in the healthcare management field for over 35 years in the U.S. and Asia. I am very much perturbed by the rising tide of chronic disease burden in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in the developing countries, since 1980– the after-effects of globalization.

    My organization is committed to improving People’s Health through Education and Empowerment. I ( along with my two contributing MD authors) have just completed the manuscript for our Book:
    “THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN MACHINE–YOUR BODY AND ITS HEALTH”
    specially written for the people in that region. Will you consider its representation? Thanks.
    Samy Veluchamy, MSc,MS,ScD,CCE.
    Columbus, Ohio,USA.

    1. Hello Samy and thank you for contacting me. My suggestion is that given your background and expertise, an Indian publisher might be the most appropriate channel for your book. I am not the right agent for you. Search for an agent or foreign rights specialist who has expertise with the Indian publishing environment. Publishers Marketplace / Publishers Weekly might be a good place to search (requires subscription). I hope this helps, and good luck. –Virginia

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