The last twelve months have been an intensely surreal and enjoyable time for me. None of it would have been possible without Virginia’s eye for a good yarn, her willingness to provide opportunity to novice writers, her guidance and support, and her impressive connections in the literary world. Her advice has always been the right advice. Throughout the entire process I have always felt that Virginia was acting in my best interests. Virginia has been an absolute joy to work with and she has delivered on her every promise. I cannot say fairer than that. I am now a contracted writer with one of the world’s most prestigious publishing houses. In just one year. I’m still scratching my head.
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.
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.