Virginia Lloyd

I HELP ASPIRING AUTHORS FIND A LITERARY AGENT & GET PUBLISHED

The Debut

The Wordsmith

The Bestseller

The Debut: Agent Query Letter & Synopsis Edit

If you’re planning to submit your manuscript to a literary agent, you’ll need to have a compelling agent query letter (email) as well as a synopsis (in the case of fiction writers) or chapter outline (for nonfiction writers).

You’ve put so much time and effort into writing your manuscript or book proposal. Why not give yourself the best chance of grabbing a literary agent’s attention by having a book publishing professional review and edit your agent submission materials?

How it works

  1. Following payment I’ll send you an email setting out the specific information about your project I need to help you. 
  2. Once you send me the requested information (and/or your draft materials if you have them) in a Word or Google Doc, I review your draft agent query email and synopsis, providing my comments, suggested edits and questions via annotations using Word mark-up. This is the first draft.
  3. After you respond to my suggestions via email with additional information, I revise your agent query email and synopsis, making further refinements and suggestions. This is the second draft.
  4. We go around one more time: you respond to the second draft and I review and annotate what becomes the third (final) draft of your agent query letter and synopsis, respectively.

Your outcomes

  • You’ll have a professional query letter and synopsis, ready for submission to literary agents when your project is publisher-ready.
  • You’ll have a connection with a publishing professional who has experience as a traditionally published author, an editor, and former literary agent.

$497.00

The Wordsmith: get agent-ready!

The Wordsmith provides a literary agent query letter and synopsis edit, along with customized agent research. 

If you’re sending out submissions to literary agents and not hearing back, it’s time for constructive feedback on why that might be the case.

As a former literary agent, a traditionally published author, an in-house editor and a structural editor for many writers published in the US and Australia, I can provide the sort of insider feedback you’ll never receive from a supportive friend or writers workshop — along with constructive suggestions for how to address any areas that might need work. 

The Wordsmith: How it works

  1. Following payment I’ll send you an email setting out the specific information about your project I need to help you. 
  2. Please send me the requested information (and/or your draft query email if you’ve already written one), and your synopsis or nonfiction chapter outline in a Word or Google Doc. 
  3. I review your draft agent query email and synopsis, providing my comments, suggested edits and questions via annotations using Word or Google mark-up. This is the first draft.
  4. You respond to my suggestions via email with additional information.
  5. When you provide any outstanding information, I will revise your agent query email and synopsis, making further refinements and suggestions. This is the second draft.
  6. We repeat step 5 to reach your third and final draft of your agent query email and your synopsis (or chapter outline), respectively.
  7. In the meantime I provide your literary agent research report in a Google Sheet with the contact details for the 25 most relevant US agents for your individual project.

Your outcomes

  • You will have a complete professional query letter and synopsis, ready for submission to literary agents when your project is publisher-ready.
  • Your detailed agent research report will make the submissions process more efficient by focusing on the 25 most relevant literary agents for your genre, style, and/or subject.
  • You will have a connection with a publishing professional who has experience as a traditionally published author, an editor, and former literary agent.
You’ve put so much time and effort into writing your manuscript or book proposal — why not give yourself the best possible chance of grabbing your ideal literary agent’s attention?

$747.00

The Bestseller: literary agent submissions support

Complete literary agent submissions support for serious writers

You get one chance to impress a literary agent. Why not make sure you’re doing everything possible in your submission to maximize your project’s appeal — before you send them out for consideration?

In addition to writing/rewriting your agent query email and synopsis, plus my tailored agent research of the top 25 agents for your project, the Bestseller offers my personalized feedback on your first ten pages plus a 1:1 Zoom meeting to discuss your project and answer all your publishing questions.

That’s right: an actual conversation. With a publishing professional. Addressing all your questions about your project and the publishing process.
And detailed editorial feedback from an author/editor with a strong track record of getting clients over the line with agents and book deals.

The Bestseller: How it works

  1. Following your 25% deposit payment ($299) I’ll send you an email setting out the specific information about your project I need to help you. 
  2. You send me the requested information (and/or your draft query email if you’ve already written one), your synopsis or your chapter outline (nonfiction), and the first ten (double-spaced) pages of your manuscript in Word or Google Docs. 
  3. I review your materials, providing my comments, suggested edits and questions via annotations in mark-up. This is the first draft.
  4. We have an 1:1 conversation of up to 30 mins between your first and second drafts by telephone, Zoom or WhatsApp.
  5. In the meantime I annotate my thoughts/suggestions on the first ten pages of your manuscript.
  6. You respond to my editorial suggestions and matters arising from our conversation via email.
  7. When you provide any outstanding information, I will revise your agent query email and synopsis, making further refinements and suggestions. This is the second draft.
  8. In the meantime I provide your literary agent research report in a Google Sheet with the names and agencies of the top 25 US agents for your individual project.
  9. You come back to me when you’re ready with further revisions and additions, which I review and edit. This is the third and final draft.

Your outcomes

  • You will have direct access to an experienced publishing professional — someone who has been a traditionally published author, an editor, and a literary agent — as a sounding board for your questions and concerns about the publishing process.
  • You will have a professional query letter and synopsis, ready for submission to literary agents when your project is agent- and publisher-ready.
  • Your detailed agent research report will make the submissions process more efficient.
  • You will have a clear understanding of what if any further development is required to maximize your project’s appeal to an agent.
  • You will feel more confident by experiencing a complete range of literary agent submissions support.

$1,197.00

“Awesome feedback. Your suggestions really hit the mark on some of the challenges I have writing this story. Loved your feedback on the narrator, and you’re spot on about the voice…”

– Writer | Fiction

Joe Novella

“…She was a great editor and confidante as I worked through early drafts of Becoming Westerly. She knew how to both push and encourage….”

– Author, Becoming Westerly (Allen & Unwin 2015) | Non-Fiction

Jamie Brisick

“Virginia’s frank but gentle guidance was crucial in helping me to finish a manuscript that I could submit to publishers with confidence.”

– Author, Surrogate (Wakefield Press 2017) | Fiction

Tracy Crisp

“Virginia is an expert editorial ‘curator’ and a godsend for a first-time author.”

– Author, Love in the Age of Drought, The Mothers’ Group, Wife on the Run, Fearless | Fiction / Non-Fiction

Fiona Higgins

“… I find Virginia not only correctly identifies issues but also offers clear, concrete ideas on how to resolve them. That’s rare and valuable.”

– Author, Conviction (Allen & Unwin), (forthcoming in 2022)| Fiction

Frank Chalmers

“I am so grateful for Virginia’s knowledge and her mentoring around my whole writing project. She is just lovely to work with!”

–  Clinical Psychologist, Author, The Woman Who Lost the Sun (Ocean Reeve Publishing 2020) | Non-Fiction

Dr Carrie Hayward

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