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If you’re exploring the business end of publishing – the mysterious realm of literary agents and book publishers – it can feel impenetrable and daunting.
You might be wondering: Is my book ready to submit to a literary agent? How do I write an agent query letter? How do I even find a literary agent?
Well, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve been helping serious and ambitious writers find agents and publishers for a l o o n g time.
Check out my packages and see if one’s right for you. If not, just contact me with your question and I’ll see how I can help.
-Author | Truganini (Allen & Unwin 2020) | Non-Fiction
– Author, Lola Bensky (2014) Winner, Prix Médicis Étranger 2014 | Fiction / Non-Fiction
Virginia not only made me a better writer but was the reason I was able to get my first book deal. I couldn’t recommend working with Virginia and her team enough, whether you’re looking to get an agent or pitch publishers!
–Co-authors, The Talking Cure (Pan Macmillan 2019) | Nonfiction
Prof. Gillian Straker & Dr. Jacqui Winship
Professor Gillian Straker & Dr. Jacqui Winship
Honest, constructive advice about your book or book idea
Are you stuck? Not sure if your idea is good enough? Or are you wondering why you’re not hearing back from any of the agents or publishers you’ve already submitted your work to?
If so, then it’s time to reach out to someone who will be constructive, helpful – and honest.
Explore the ways I most often help writers to get an agent or a book deal:
The Debut: Agent Query Letter & Synopsis Edit
The Wordsmith: get agent-ready!
Anna Bligh Through The Wall
Anna and I worked closely for several months during the drafting and editing of her story of female resilience and leadership.
Tim Elliott Farewell to the Father
I helped Tim turn an explosive feature article in the Sydney Morning Herald into a fleshed-out chapter outline for this book, which sold at auction before it was completed.
David Kowalski The Company of the Dead
The first book I agented, a phenomenal work of alternate history that went on to win two Aurealis Awards. It was published in Australia and the USA.
Katrina Lawrence Paris Dreaming
Katrina’s publisher HarperCollins Australia asked me for a structural report to help the author refine and develop the manuscript from final draft through to the version sent for copy editing and, finally, to the printer. I wanted to say a huge thank you for your wonderful edit of my manuscript, and for all of your wise and considered and kind advice. Katrina
Virginia Lloyd – Girls at the Piano
A story about how learning to play the piano shaped the lives of the author and her grandmother, worlds and generations apart. Girls at the Piano is a musical mystery, a personal exploration of the purpose of years of intensive music study, and a tour through the changing relationship between women and the piano over the course of the instrument’s history. About the book Girls at the Piano is a literary tour through my love-hate relationship to the instrument, as a serious piano student during my childhood and adolescence, and investigates the mystery of my musical grandmother Alice, who gave up a blossoming professional life in music in Scotland to migrate to Australia in 1921. It regards the piano from the perspective of some historical and fictional women who sat […]
Jenny Ackland The Secret Son
I was delighted to discover Jenny, and then find her a publisher for this warm, haunting novel set in Melbourne and a small mountain village in Turkey.
Maryanne Moodie On the Loom: A Modern Weaver’s Guide
Maryanne has a large following on Instagram and Etsy for her beautiful modern works of woven art. I was delighted to advise Maryanne on her agreement with a big US publisher.
Kellie Arrowsmith Skimpy
Kellie and I worked on the structure and a few sample chapters before I pitched and sold her memoir to Hachette Australia.
Guy Hull The Dogs that Made Australia
Guy contacted me after stumbling upon my website, to see if I thought his book idea about the socio-economic history of dogs in Australia had any ‘legs’. With his professional background as a dog behaviourist, I knew instantly the book had enormous potential appeal to publishers — so long as Guy could develop a story-driven chapter outline and write a publishable manuscript. We refined his chapter outline together, and I provided editorial feedback on the first few chapters before we approached a shortlist of publishers. The book was published by HarperCollins in Australia, where it was a history bestseller, and is now available in the United States. (Guy’s follow-up book is coming out in 2021.)
Fiona HigginsThe Mothers’ Group
Fiona was a nonfiction client when she sent me the draft of a novel she’d written. When I read The Mothers’ Group manuscript, I knew this was an important – not to mention page-turning – book. My job was to help Fiona maximise its appeal to prospective publishers through editorial feedback. The Mothers’ Group went to auction and was a bestseller in Australia and Europe. 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
Kylie Ladd The Way Back
Structural edit for the publisher, Allen & Unwin
Dr Cassandra Pybus Truganini: Journey Through the Apocalypse
I helped esteemed historian Cassandra Pybus find a publisher for this important book, which required knowledge of which publishers would be most receptive to the work.
Virginia Lloyd – The Young Widow’s Book of Home Improvement
A young professional woman finally meets the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with, only to discover that he is terminally ill. After her beloved John’s death from cancer, Virginia was faced with addressing the chronic rising damp problem in the house they had shared and, over her first year as a young widow, her house had to dry from the inside out – and so did Virginia. The Young Widow’s Book of Home Improvement is a wry and touching love story that plays with the parallels between our homes and ourselves.
Fiona Higgins Wife on the Run
I was Fiona’s agent for her follow-up to the bestselling The Mothers’ Group.
Tracy Crisp Surrogate
I edited three drafts of this novel as the author developed it.
Have You Seen Simone
Exploratory discussion of the ideas and motivation for the author’s new project
Jane Hutcheon China Baby Love
I provided a detailed report on a draft of the manuscript.
Sally Cooper Between a Burqua and a Hard Place
I helped the author shape a publishable book-length work from a diary she kept of her not-for-profit work in Afghanistan.
Maryanne Moodie Weave The Rainbow- Forthcoming
Reviewing and advising on aspects of the author’s offer from her publisher, Norton
Sally Rynveld & Guy Winship A Good Life: The Story of Guy Winship and Good Return
Initial manuscript assessment led to a detailed structural report — and ultimately a publishing contract.
The Miracle Typist
Structural edit for the publisher, Simon & Schuster
Lauren Chater Gullivers Wife
Structural edit on the bestselling debut author’s second novel for the publisher, Simon & Schuster
Adrian Tame The Awful Truth
Structural edit for the publisher, Simon & Schuster
Dr Steven Lin The Dental Diet
I helped Steven clarify his pitch & chapter outline, edit sample chapters, finalize a book proposal and attract a US agent — resulting in a book deal with Hay House.
Jamie Brisick Becoming Westerly
I provided encouragement and some editorial notes, and found Jamie an Australian publisher for this spectacular book about transgender surfer Westerly Windina.
Game, Set, Cash!
Brad came to me with a great idea and a rough ms. With some editorial tough love I got him a book deal on a partial manuscript.
Brooke Hemphill Lesbian For A Year
After working with the author on story structure and a chapter outline, I was able to find her a publisher based on a partial manuscript.
Lily Brett on tour in Australia to promote Lola Bensky
I was proud to edit this wonderful novel, Lily’s sixth, which won the prestigious Prix Médicis Étranger.
Lily Brett In Full View
The first book of Lily’s I edited, a collection of personal essays.
Ashley Hay A Hundred Small Lessons
I edited this folllow-up novel to Ashley’s international bestseller The Railwayman’s Wife for Allen & Unwin
Dore Ashton David Rankin: The New York Years
I interviewed the artist to create a first-person introductory essay to this volume, published by Macmillan, which also featured art historian Dore Ashton’s reviews of his work, which I edited.
Professor Gillian Straker and Dr Jacqui Winship The Talking Cure
The authors approached me for constructive feedback on their manuscript. We worked together to turn it from an academic tome into a commercial work now published in Australia, South Africa and the USA.
Laura Garber- In Progress
Structural report and developmental editing on my client’s memoir-in-progress
Fleur McDonald The Missing Pieces of Us
I worked with one of Australia’s leading rural novelists on this novel about mothers, daughters, and the secrets we keep.