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A guiding hand, eye and ear can make your writing journey not only more successful, but also more enjoyable.


Sheila Vijeyarasa, one of Laurel Cohn's clients

Sheila Vijeyarasa
Brave: Courageously Live Your Truth (Rockpool Publishing)



The process with Laurel was truly exceptional. She took me from a writer who had training wheels on, to a writer who had confidence in her voice and her story. I could not have secured a publishing deal without Laurel. She helped me to write a tight, well-narrated and strong manuscript. She held my hand closely through the whole editing process. I am indebted to her forever!


Dina Davis, one of Laurel Cohn's clients

Dina Davis
A Dangerous Daughter (Scribe)


I’ve been meaning to write to you for ages, but have been flat out with the promotion and launch of A Dangerous Daughter. You’ve been an enormous help and inspiration to me all through the painful months of draft after draft, keeping me going when my confidence flagged, and finding flaws that I missed myself. Thank you again for all your help.


Gabriella Kelly-Davies, one of Laurel Cohn's clients

Gabriella Kelly-Davies
Breaking Through the Pain Barrier (Hawkeye Books)

Editorial consultation

After implementing Laurel’s advice about structure, tone, flow, backstory, what stays and what goes, my manuscript took off! Without Laurel’s guidance, I doubt Breaking Through the Pain Barrier would be in its second print run six weeks after it launched. Thank you, Laurel.



Editorial consultations and mentoring


Editorial Consultations with an industry professional offer writers the opportunity to discuss their ideas, explore options, consider potential issues and pose questions.

Often publishers and agents are unwilling to discuss a book idea unless they are able to consider samples of your writing or a finished manuscript. However, getting advice early on in the life of the project can be pivotal in helping your intentions become a reality. And sometimes talking through the issues of a book idea before you commit months and years to it can save you a lot of time and effort in the long run.

If you have some of your ideas already down on paper, the editorial consultation can be based on material read prior to meeting. For example, you may have a synopsis and a chapter outline, or one or two chapters that you'd like some feedback on, perhaps some early jottings you are playing with. Our editors will read your work, make brief annotations on the work, and prepare a brief summary of feedback points to be discussed at the consultation.

Sessions usually last for one hour (longer by arrangement) and can be held face-to-face or by phone/Skype.

A fee is charged to cover the consultation time and any reading time required prior to the meeting. Please contact us for further information.

If you'd like to extend your editorial consultation with more ongoing guidance, we suggest you consider our mentoring service.

Synopsis sessions

Will your synopsis entice the interest of an agent, publisher, funding body or judge? A 30-minute consultation will provide advice and guidance on how to hone your synopsis, making sure it communicates what it needs to in the clearest possible way. Feedback is given on a synopsis of up to 500 words. The consultation is also a chance to discuss issues that may arise from the synopsis about the larger work.

Suitable for writers of adult fiction and non-fiction, picture books, middle-grade and YA, edited collections and short story collections.

For bookings and enquiries, email Laurel Cohn.



Through our mentoring service we aim to create positive, supportive and encouraging relationships with writers to help them achieve their writing goals.

There is no one-size fits all. Mentoring sessions can be tailored to your circumstances. You may have a work-in-progress and want on-going feedback to make sure you're on the right track. You may want help to structure not only the work itself, but your writing practice. Perhaps a regular deadline will help you to move forward with your writing project. If so, you can opt for weekly, fortnightly or monthly sessions, for example. Or, if you need more flexibility, you can check in with your mentor as the need arises over an extended period of time. It is good to know there is someone who can guide you along the way offering personalised feedback.

While there is flexibility in the mentoring process, there is a structure to the sessions negotiated between writer and mentor. In most cases, the mentor and writer will together decide on a writing goal for each session. Work is sent to the mentor to read prior to the session. The mentor makes annotations on the work and prepares talking points. Wherever possible, these are sent to the writer in advance of the session.

Sessions usually last for one hour (longer by arrangement) and can be held face-to-face or by phone/Skype. Fees are charged to cover the mentoring session and any required reading time. Please contact us for further information.