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.


Jane Cafarella

“It took me a long time to choose the person I knew I would need to help me tell my story. I wanted someone who was a published writer, an experienced editor, who understood loss, and who would tell me the truth. I found all this in Virginia –and more. Virginia is intelligent, compassionate, and unflinching in her mission to help you find your story and the best way to tell it. When you’re drowning in a sea of memories, Virginia will throw you a life jacket.” — Jane Cafarella, about mentoring with me

Jamie Brisick

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

Cassandra Pybus

“Over a couple of years Virginia has given me immeasurable help with my writing and shepherded my book TRUGANINI to considerable publishing success.”

Brad Hutchins

“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…”

Richard Hensley

“Six months later, I read my work and I can’t believe it’s the same writer.”

Maryanne Moodie

“Virginia was instrumental in my negotiations with my American publisher on my first and second book deals. After receiving an initial offer, Virginia helped me understand the process….”

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:

Business book writing/development – contact me for more information

Nonfiction book proposal development contact me for more information

Agenting (nonfiction only)

Very occasionally I act in the traditional manner of the literary agent, in which I approach a shortlist of relevant publishers on behalf of an author’s manuscript, and take a standard 15% commission on income earned by the author, beginning with the advance sum a publisher pays on acquiring the manuscript. If I’m agenting a book then I charge no fee, just commission on the advance and any royalties earned down the track. Here’s a partial list of books I’ve agented.


Hello and welcome. I help writers and experts develop their work to a publishable standard, find an agent, and get published. As the traditionally published author of two books, as a structural editor, former in-house editor and literary agent, I provide fiction and nonfiction writers with the sorts of commercial and constructive feedback you will never get from a writing class or workshop. Read more about me HERE

Important note about remuneration:

I provide a range of fee-based services to authors that support their efforts to get published. Because I charge a fee for my services, however, I do not charge any commission on acquisition by a publisher, even if I have made the introduction of author to publisher. No double dipping here! But it is for this reason that I have never joined an association of traditional literary agents, such as the Australian Literary Agents Association.

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