workshop: intensive editing & conversation
I offer one-on-one workshops for published and unpublished writers. This is a chance to devote a day to you and your work.
You will send me your novel a couple of weeks before you are booked in, then, with a nice view, we will sit down for a day and talk about your novel.
We will cover all the usual suspects: plot, structure, character, voice, with a view to exploring your work in depth and resolving anything that needs to be resolved.
Your manuscript doesn't need to be complete in order to book in—the day is often about workshopping story and plot in order for you to finish that draft. This is a time for broad thinking and nourishment.
We will wander down to local restaurant Pig and Goose for lunch, past the Gong and through the botanic gardens.
Cost: $950+ (depending on length of your book). Food for the brain and the tastebuds included. Take home: my notes on your book.
Where: Buninyong, Victoria. Fifteen mins out of Ballarat, approx 1.25 hours from Melbourne.
Book-related content writing for marketing/publicity/websites.
I edit books for: children, young adults, adults, both fiction and non-fiction.
Many of my books have gone on to become award-winners and bestsellers.
Can I help you independently publish your novel? Yes.
I have taken several authors from manuscript to published book and then had the pleasure of going to their book launches. I can put you in touch with designers and proofreaders, and I have long-standing relationships with printers. Independent publishing is not for the faint-hearted, but it is incredibly rewarding.
my work history
RMIT, Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing.
Black Dog Books, six years, publicist to commissioning editor.
My books included: Carole Wilkinson's Dragonkeeper, Leon Davidson's Scarecrow Army, Karen Tayleur's Chasing Boys, Elizabeth Vercoe's The Grief Book, Danny Katz's Little Lunch series, among many others.
Text Publishing, six years, acquisitions editor.
Among many others, I worked with: Graeme Simsion, Rai Gaita, Sally Rippin, Leanne Hall, Lloyd Jones, Ramona Koval, Paula Weston, David Levithan and John Green.
Freelance, three years.
My clients have included: Barbara Blackman, Rai Gaita, Shane Maloney, Carolyn Morwood, Carolyn Goodwin, Penguin Books, Harlequin, Hardie Grant Egmont and other publishing houses, as well as many aspiring writers.