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L.J. provides the following freelance services: 

Details of each service and availability are below. To enquire/receive a no-obligation quote, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

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L.J. is available to speak and teach on a range of topics related to writing and history, particularly women in history. A sought-after speaker at writing conferences, readers festivals, booksellers, libraries, book clubs and schools, L.J. also teaches workshops at writers festivals and writers centres.


New Speaking Topics for 2018

  • Reclaiming Women's History Through Fiction
  • Egyptian History:  the Naughty Bits (adults only)
  • How to Mummify a Corpse (a corpseless explanation)
  • How to Analyse a Skeleton (a practical demonstration)
  • How to Write Your Name in Hieroglyphics (suitable for ages 7 and up)

Most Popular Previous Topic

  • Writing Your First Novel:  A One Hour Crash Course
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Workshops for 2018

L.J.'s focus is on participants completing her workshops  with a clear plan and take-home worksheets to implement their new understanding. Most workshops are designed to run for 3 hours, though some may be shortened to 2 hours via negotiation. Most form part of larger blocks, but may  be run independently.

From Inspiration to Bookshelf Workshops: Finishing Your Novel and Publishing It

  • How to Complete Your First Draft:  A Step-by-Step Guide (3 hours)
  • Essential Plotting::  The 3 Documents You Must Have (3 hours)
  • The Key to Success: Editing (3 hours)
  • Getting it on the Shelf:  From Manuscript to Published Book (3 hours)

Publicity for Writers Workshops: Getting the Word Out^

  • Your Publicity Strategy:  Digital Marketing (4 to 6 hours - some optional extras)
  • Your Publicity Strategy:  Events (3 hours)
  • Your Publicity Strategy:  Media (3 hours)

^If all three units in this topic are booked together (including the 6 hour Digital Marketing) participants will leave with a personalised publicity strategy.

Individual Workshops

  • Putting the History in Your Fiction (3 hours)
  • Putting the Science in Your Fiction (3 hours)


Proposed speaking and teaching engagements will be considered. Note that the Egyptian Enigma book tour will occur in March and April 2018, so L.J. may be travelling to a city near you.

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  • Manuscript assessments
  • Structural editing
  • Line editing and proofreading (for repeat editing clients only)
  • Projects involving genre fiction, with an emphasis on crime, historical or science fiction, particularly suitable


  • In relation to STAT (scientific, technical and academic texts)—structural editing, line editing and proofreading
  • PhD thesis editing a specialty


Due to existing editing commitments, L.J. will consider editing projects with a commencement date of May 2018 onwards. 

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  • Large and small writing commissions
  • Fiction and non-fiction
  • Projects with a focus on history, science or women's history, particularly suitable


Due to existing writing commitments, L.J. will only consider proposals for small (5,000 words or less) writing projects though to September 2018. Proposals for larger projects with a due date of October 2018 onwards also considered. 

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Mentorships involve one-on-one coaching designed to help you reach the next level in your writing career.

L.J. offers writing mentorships in:

  • completing a final draft of your first full-length work, covering:
    • your approach to writing;
    • how to structure, draft and edit your work;
    • how to pitch your work to publishers and readers; and
  • marketing and publicity for authors, including approaches to self-publishing, crowdfunding and social media.


Due to existing mentoring commitments, L.J. will consider mentorships with a commencement date of May 2018 onwards.

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To enquire about any of the above services, please fill out the form below.

Payments are made via the ACT Writers Centre. Once an agreement is reached regarding a service, a 50% upfront payment will be required.

All services are covered by $20m public liability insurance.

Please include your timeline, including the date you'd like the project to start and the deadline.