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.

Query Letter Video Review

Description: High-level constructive feedback in response to your literary agent query letter, delivered in a confidential video.

Who is this for: Aspiring authors ready to query literary agents, who want to feel more confident in their query letter (and to address any areas for improvement), before they use it in agent submissions.

How it works:

  1. You send your draft query letter (ideally one page but max. 600 words) to hello at lloydliterary.com.
  2. I read and review your query in real-time on a confidential video.
  3. I send you the link to the video, which you can use to revise or refine in response to my editorial suggestions.


  • You will have more confidence in the readiness of your query letter before sending out to literary agents
  • You will know if there is any information missing from your query letter that an agent would expect to see
  • You will be better informed about the sorts of questions and concerns that go through an agent’s mind as he or she reads your query letter—and how revisions can address them in advance
  • If you decide to make revisions following my video review, you will understand why those changes will strengthen your query letter
  • The query letter you ultimately send out will be stronger and thereby move you closer to your goal of landing a literary agent and getting a book deal.


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