Hello, I’m Virginia Lloyd. I work with aspiring authors aiming to find a literary agent and book deal by improving their submissions materials and developing their author platform.

I’m originally from Australia, where I earned a PhD in Literature at the University of Sydney and worked as an editor on the Picador imprint at Pan Macmillan. I started to agent books there but when I was widowed in 2004 I moved to the US to start a new life.

In New York I wrote the first of my two traditionally published books. Today I provide a range of editorial services for writers who are serious about sharing their message and their expertise.

What’s unusual about me is that I’ve been an author, I’ve been an agent, and I’ve worked as a developmental editor for the major publishing houses—which means that you benefit from advice that understands the challenges of writing as well as the commercial risks and realities that face publishing decision-makers.

I decided to create this real-time video review as a quick and effective way for you to see how I think when I’m working on query letters, and to figure out whether you’d like to talk with me about helping you develop your current manuscript or a future project you have in mind.

As always I’m pleased to answer any questions, so don’t hesitate to contact me. I hope to learn more about your work soon.

Platform Audit

Audit: Platform audit for academic writers and subject experts $497

Description: Following an initial discussion of your goals and challenges, I review your existing online presence together with background material on your current or future book project to create a customized platform development plan for you to follow.

Who is this for: Academic writers seeking to broaden their readership beyond the university to trade publishing, to better understand the way book publishing works, and to help position themselves strongly when pitching their book project.

How it works: Following an initial consult by phone/Zoom, I review your existing online presence together and read up to 20 double-spaced pages of background material on your book project (current or future) to create a detailed customized plan.

Outcome: You will have a detailed plan and strong grasp of what you need to do in order to achieve your publishing goals.


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