Little Raven Publishing offers a manuscript appraisal and editorial service. The fee is $150 AUD/€100/£80 for two pieces up to 3,500 words each. The fee for longer pieces of work is negotiable. The writer receives a comprehensive report with recommendations to improve their work. Little Raven’s director, Van Roberts, and Managing Editor, Talia Eilon, run the service.
Talia Eilon, Managing Editor
Talia Eilon (BA Fr, BA Hons Eng) has been editing since 1998 and joined Little Raven in 2012. She’s worked as a translator, English teacher, marketing editor and has judged the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Award. She has a soft spot for speculative fiction – fantasy, weird, gothic – and, of course, erotica. She finds working with writers deeply rewarding, and sees it as a lesson not just for the author, but also herself.Talia edited Little Raven One, Little Raven Two, Little Raven Three and A Storytelling of Ravens: The Best of Little Raven Publishing 2011 – 2014.
Van Roberts (BA Eng/Fr, CELTA, Cert IV Training and Assessment, Dip Professional Writing and Editing) is a writer, editor and the director of Little Raven Publishing. She has edited and proofread erotica, general fiction and non-fiction: anthologies, short stories, blogs, novellas, poetry, websites, articles, scripts, essays and novels.
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‘Van’s skills are exceptional. I moved forward with her assistance. She has an ability to understand my motivation, style and get the best out of me. Short stories that I have been reworking over the years have now been bedded down, providing me with the confidence to resubmit these works and begin new ones.’ – Fotis Kapetopoulos, Writer
‘Van is an amazing, visionary editor.’ – Aimee Nichols, Writer
‘As a writer, I find collaborating with an editor like Van, who helps me improve my work, to be essential. Whenever I send her a piece, she gives me her professional feedback promptly and includes suggestions that get me to think about the piece in new ways. I also really appreciate that her style of editing allows me to keep my voice within my writing.’ – Cece Ojay – Writer/Life coach
‘Van not only understands the technical issues but can also see into the heart of a piece of writing. She can you tell what might be missing as well as what is working. Van could turn your shopping list into a piece of literature. An inspired editor.’ – Nicky Marr, Writer/Performer
‘I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for Talia’s highly talented and dedicated editing. She’s a rare gem: an editor who not only takes rigorous, delicate care with the writing, but also dwells on what’s good and to be enjoyed. It’s made me reflect more on how I write. Her outstanding efforts and care has had a significant effect on me. You would think after winning five short story competitions and various other writing accolades I would take my writing seriously, and I have, but her thoroughness and skill have resulted in me taking even more care. A stranger has valued my work enough to put her own important time into making my story better. I’m in the middle of a YA fantasy novel and I’m pushing myself to a higher level of story telling because of her high standards. Thank you very much.’ – Binky Banks, Writer
‘Talia offered wonderful suggestions and editorial guidance on my story. She and the entire Little Raven team are informed, timely, and helpful. They also love literature, which made working with them an extra treat. I would heartily recommend Talia’s editorial guidance to other writers.’ – Marina Kris, Writer
‘As an emerging writer with little formal training, it was invaluable to have Talia’s support in the editing of one my pieces. I received prompt and constructive feedback that was encouraging and informative. She took the time to explain comments, recommendations and cuts to the original submission. I enjoyed this process and learnt a great deal from it.’ – Nicholas G Frank, Writer/Performer
‘Van and Talia edited our most recent book, Electric Spaghetti. Their service was both comprehensive and professional. The insights and suggestions they provided show a genuine passion for editing. Communication throughout the process was prompt and the project was completed very quickly. Thanks to the editing team at Little Raven, our latest book is now at a publishable level.’ – Drew Gates, Publisher, Green Ant Press