I help writers get book publishing deals. Sometimes it’s through a literary agent, and at other times it’s by a publisher’s direct acquisition. I do this through mentoring, editorial tough-love, and sharing insider knowledge built on my unique combination of skills as a former literary agent, former in-house and freelance book editor (of fiction and nonfiction), and as the author of two traditionally published books (memoir/nonfiction).
My clients get published. Here’s what some of them have said about working with me.
The Debut: Agent Query Letter & Synopsis Edit
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“Virginia’s editing was strong but necessary for publishers to appreciate how my manuscript could be turned into a published book.”
– Author, The Dental Diet (Hay House 2018) | Non-Fiction
Dr Steven Lin
“One of the most important hours I have ever spent talking about my writing.”
– Author, Have You Seen Simone? (Black Inc 2014), about her work in progress | Memoir
– Writer | Memoir
“Virginia’s editorial advice was priceless. She gave me an idea of how to shape the book and helped me solidify ideas to focus on for chapters…”
– Author, Game, Set, Cash! (Black Inc 2014) | Non-Fiction
“Virginia’s editorial input, advice about submission materials and strategies for approaching publishers were wise, and ultimately effective. Thanks to Virginia, I have a publishing deal.”
– My Giddy Aunt (forthcoming in 2022) (Upswell Publishing) | Non-Fiction
– Writer | SF trilogy
Ingrid Du Vernet
“Virginia mentored me through writing the query letter and synopsis for my memoir. I had a draft of each to start with, but Virginia was able to push me to make them much much better. Because of her extensive experience in publishing, she knows exactly what is required in these documents. She also gave me invaluable advice in helping me resolve some structural issues in the work. This was my first memoir and so it was always going to be a challenge to place it, but it was finally accepted by Australian Scholarly Publishing, a result with which I’m very happy.”
– Author, Choosing To Live, Choosing To Die: A Memoir Of My Husband (Australian Scholarly Publishing 2021) | Memoir