Virginia Peters

“One of the most important hours I have ever spent talking about my writing.”

– Virginia Peters, Have You Seen Simone? (Black Inc, 2014), about her work in progress

Tracy Crisp

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

– Tracy Crisp, Surrogate (Wakefield Press, 2017)

Sally Rynveld

“Virginia’s searching questions and frank feedback were just what I needed to tighten the book’s focus and cut out irrelevant material.”

– Sally Rynveld, co-author of A Good Life: the story of Guy Winship and Good Return (Ginanderra Press, 2018)

Richard Hensley

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

Lily Brett

“Virginia has edited all of my novels and most of my nonfiction since 1997. I love working with her and I recommend her without hesitation.”

– Lily Brett, award-winning writer and winner of France’s prestigious Prix Médicis étranger for Lola Bensky (2014)

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….”

– Maryanne Moodie, On the Loom: A Modern Weaver’s Guide (Abrams) and Weave the Rainbow (forthcoming)

Katrina Lawrence

“Thank you for all of your wise and considered and kind advice.”

– Katrina Lawrence, Paris Dreaming (HarperCollins, 2017)

Laura Garber

“Thank you for the thoughtful and constructive criticism.  It has been helpful and I am glad I chose to use your service….”

– Laura Garber

Jenny Ackland

“I can’t recommend Virginia enough to anyone looking to improve their work and in their efforts to be a published author.”

– Jenny Ackland, The Secret Son (2015) and Little Gods (2018)

Joe Novella

“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…”

– Joe Novella

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

Jane Hutcheon

“Virginia’s detailed manuscript assessment gave me both the motivation and a framework to move forward in the final months of my writing.”

– Television journalist and author Jane Hutcheon, China Baby Love (ABC Books, 2017)

Ingrid Du Vernet

“Working with Virginia has been an invaluable experience. Not only is she professional and efficient, but she has a way of immediately identifying what doesn’t work on the page and coming up with wonderful suggestions to make it work. She also excels at being able to pinpoint plot holes and loose ends and ways writing style could be improved. My manuscript wouldn’t be what it is today without her input, and I am so grateful to her for that. If you want to work with someone who will tell you what you want to hear, Virginia isn’t for you. But if you want to work with someone who tells you what you need to hear, then working with Virginia will be the best decision you’ll ever make.” – Ingrid Du […]

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….”

– Jamie Brisick, Becoming Westerly (Allen & Unwin, 2015)

Guy Hull

“Virginia has been an absolute joy to work with and she has delivered on her every promise. ”

– Guy Hull, The Dogs that Made Australia (HarperCollins, 2018)

Fiona Higgins

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

– Fiona Higgins, Love in the Age of Drought, The Mothers’ Group, Wife on the Run, Fearless

Frank Chalmers

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

– Frank Chalmers

Dr Carrie Hayward

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

Dr Steven Lin

“Virginia’s editing was strong but necessary for publishers to appreciate how my manuscript could be turned into a published book.”

– Dr Steven Lin, The Dental Diet (Hay House, 2018)

Cass D.

“Exactly what I needed to progress and to help me craft the best work possible for my story. All your suggestions are very constructive and give me a lot to work with. I also appreciated your appreciation of the things I did well.” -Cass D., about her Agent-Readiness report  

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.”

Alex Smee

“Virginia gave me back my perspective. After losing the narrative in my ever growing memoir, she showed me how to dig down to find the stories that were hidden in my pages…”

– Alex Smee

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…”

– Brad Hutchins, Game Set Cash! (Black Ink, 2014)

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