My clients attract Australian publishers and literary agents.

Read what some of my writing mentoring clients say about how I’ve helped them to reach or get closer to a publisher-ready standard with their work.

Australian publishers, like book publishers everywhere, are hungry for great stories that are told well. Sounds simple, right?!

But anyone who is serious about getting published knows that writing a book is not as easy as reading a great book makes it seem.

I love working with serious writers, whether they’re published or not.

Age, writing experience, and publishing history don’t matter when you are obsessed about your work in progress and are determined to make it publisher-ready.

When mentoring clients find me, they’re typically struggling with some aspect of their work in progress. They’re looking for a sounding board, some constructive feedback, and a sense of how their project might appeal to an Australian publisher or literary agent.

(Most of my clients aim first for Australian publishers or literary agents accepting submissions because they are Australian, though now being based in Brooklyn, New York, I have an increasing number of US clients too.)

While it’s gratifying to see many of my clients clinch book deals with Australian and US publishers, it’s possibly more meaningful to know that I’ve helped them grow as writers.

In the following testimonials, some of my clients describe the difference they feel working with me has made to their writing lives.

Virginia Peters

“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

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.”

– Author, Surrogate (Wakefield Press, 2017) | Fiction

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.”

– Co-author,  A Good Life: The Story of Guy Winship and Good Return (Ginanderra Press, 2018) | Non-Fiction

Richard Hensley

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

– Writer | Fiction

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.”

– Author, award-winning writer and winner of France’s prestigious Prix Médicis étranger for Lola Bensky (2014) | Fiction / Non-Fiction

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….”

– Author, On the Loom: A Modern Weaver’s Guide (Abrams) and Weave the Rainbow (forthcoming) | Non-Fiction

Katrina Lawrence

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

– Author, Paris Dreaming (HarperCollins, 2017) | Memoir

Laura Garber

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

– Writer | Memoir

Jenny Ackland

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

– Author, The Secret Son (2015) and Little Gods (2018) | Fiction

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…”

– Writer | Fiction

Jane Cafarella

“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.”

— Writer, about mentoring with me | Memoir

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.”

– Author and Television journalist, China Baby Love (ABC Books, 2017) | Memoir

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. 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.”

– Writer | SF trilogy

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….”

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

Guy Hull

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

– Author, The Dogs that Made Australia (HarperCollins, 2018) | Non-Fiction

Fiona Higgins

“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

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.”

– Writer | Fiction

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!”

–  Clinical Psychologist, Author, The Woman Who Lost the Sun | Non-Fiction

Dr Steven Lin

“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

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.”

-Writer, about her Agent-Readiness report | Memoir

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.”

-Author | TRUGANINI (Allen & Unwin 2020) | Non-Fiction

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…”

– Writer | Memoir

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…”

– Author, Game Set Cash! (Black Ink, 2014) | Non-Fiction

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