My mum gave me my first bookish job; sharpening pencils and stacking textbooks during the school holidays. But it was when I met my favourite author, Alice Walker, while bookselling at Adelaide Writers’ Week that I became set on a career in publishing.
Moving to London, I began commissioning books for Random House’s Vermilion imprint, the personal development, business, wellbeing and parenting list, eventually moving to Harper Collins before setting up an authors’ agency, Jacqburns.com and co-founding London Writers’ Club.
I help authors to brainstorm their ideas and to inject something unique into their book. I mentor and advise throughout the writing process and help put a commercial twist on the work. When it comes to getting work published, I offer advice on the best course of action for the project which could be conventional publishing or self publishing.
I agent non-fiction and run writing retreats and workshops for fiction and non-fiction writers. I’ve ghostwritten a range of subjects from neuroscience to forced marriage and also wrote humorous books under a pseudonym. My book, Write a Bestseller, is about writing bestselling fiction. The non-fiction version is under construction.
These are just some of the ways that I help authors every day; see the help for writers page for more information.