Few things are more satisfying than being a traditionally published author.
But how do you find a literary agent and get your book published?

I help you maximise your appeal to those literary agents who are open to submissions, by editing your query letter and synopsis and providing constructive industry-level feedback.

Over the years I’ve worn several hats in the publishing industry, from literary agent and book editor to published author. Take a look at my portfolio below and these testimonials. You’ll see I have the experience to help you achieve your dream of having your book published in the traditional way.

It’s highly unusual to have my combination of experience as a book editor, a literary agent, and as a published author.

You benefit from my experience by receiving feedback that understands your goals as an aspiring author, as well as the commercial goals of the literary agents or book publishers who will review your submission.

Below is a selective list of projects I’ve helped transform from idea or manuscript to published book, arranged by the type of advice I provided my clients:

 

* editing literary agent query letters * writing/revising literary agent submissions
* small-group coaching with personalized editorial feedback *structural editing of fiction and nonfiction manuscripts
* helping authors develop the story in their draft manuscript * mentoring writers to a commercially publishable level
* advising subject experts on publishing strategy and platform development * (formerly) representing authors as a literary agent
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Agent
Author
Editor
Mentoring
MS development
Nonfiction Book Proposals
Structural Editing

Anna Bligh Through The Wall

Anna and I worked closely for several months during the drafting and editing of her story of...

Agent, MS development

Tim Elliott Farewell to the Father

Tim came to me for help turning a feature article about his brilliant but troubled father into...

Agent, MS development

David Kowalski The Company of the Dead

Award-winning work of alternate history, the first book I sold as an agent. Published in the US...

Agent

Virginia Lloyd – Girls at the Piano

A story about how learning to play the piano shaped the lives of the author and her...

Author

Jenny Ackland The Secret Son

I was delighted to discover Jenny, and then find her a publisher for this warm, haunting novel...

Agent, MS development

Maryanne Moodie On the Loom: A Modern Weaver’s Guide

Reviewing and advising on aspects of the author's offer from her publisher, Norton...

Agent

Kellie Arrowsmith Skimpy

Kellie and I worked on the structure and a few sample chapters before I pitched and sold her...

Agent, MS development

Guy Hull The Dogs that Made Australia

Guy and I developed a chapter outline and a partial manuscript, which was enough to convince...

Agent, MS development

Fiona HigginsThe Mothers’ Group

Fiona was a nonfiction client when she sent me the draft of a novel she'd written. When I read...

Nonfiction Book Proposals

Kylie Ladd The Way Back

Structural edit for the publisher, Allen & Unwin...

Structural Editing

Dr Cassandra Pybus Truganini: Journey Through the Apocalypse

I helped esteemed historian Cassandra Pybus find a publisher for this important book, which...

Agent

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,...

Author

Fiona Higgins Wife on the Run

I was Fiona's agent for her follow-up to the bestselling The Mothers' Group....

Agent, Editor

Tracy Crisp Surrogate

I edited three drafts of this novel as the author developed it....

Structural Editing

Have You Seen Simone

Exploratory discussion of the ideas and motivation for the author's new project...

Mentoring

China Baby Love

I provided a detailed report on a draft of the manuscript....

MS development

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...

Agent, MS development

Maryanne Moodie Weave The Rainbow- Forthcoming

Reviewing and advising on aspects of the author's offer from her publisher, Norton...

Agent

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...

MS development, Structural Editing

Leon Silver The Miracle Typist

Structural edit for the publisher, Simon & Schuster...

Structural Editing

Lauren Chater Gullivers Wife

Structural edit on the bestselling debut author's second novel for the publisher, Simon & Schuster...

Structural Editing

Adrian Tame The Awful Truth

Structural edit for the publisher, Simon & Schuster...

Structural Editing

Becoming Westerly

I provided encouragement and some editorial notes, and found Jamie an Australian publisher for...

Agent

Game, Set, Cash!

Brad came to me with a great idea and a rough ms. With some editorial tough love I got him a...

Agent, MS development

Brooke Hemphill Lesbian For A Year

After working with the author on story structure and a chapter outline, I was able to find her...

Agent, MS development

Lily Brett Lola Bensky

I was proud to edit this wonderful novel, Lily's sixth, which won the prestigious Prix Médicis...

Editor

Lily Brett In Full View

The first book of Lily's I edited, a collection of personal essays....

Editor

Ashley Hay A Hundred Small Lessons

I edited this folllow-up novel to Ashley's international bestseller The Railwayman's Wife for...

Editor

Dore Ashton David Rankin: The New York Years

I interviewed the artist to create a first-person introductory essay to this volume, published...

Editor

Professor Gillian Straker and Dr Jacqui Winship The Talking Cure

The authors approached me for constructive feedback on their manuscript. We worked together to...

Agent, MS development

Fleur McDonald The Missing Pieces of Us

I worked with one of Australia's leading rural novelists on this novel about mothers,...

Editor

VIRGINIA LLOYD (*waves*)

I'm on a mission to help writers and experts maximize the appeal of their manuscript submissions to literary agents and book publishers.

Too many writers send off their agent submissions without getting feedback on their materials. Then when they don't hear back from agents, they get frustrated and disappointed.

As the traditionally published author of two books, as a structural editor, former in-house editor and literary agent, I'll give you the kind of commercial and constructive feedback you'll never get from a workshop or writers' group.

Whatever you need, my team and I are here to help. 

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