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Because no two writers or goals are quite the same, our bespoke mentoring sessions together will be guided by your objectives; whether you're working toward publishing a manuscript or just want to be more engaged with writing for your own personal reasons. 

Below are some of the areas we can cover. You're also very welcome to ask questions about the publishing process at any stage along the way.


Publishers and literary agents requesting editing or consulting services are welcome to email directly:

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Mentoring & Editing

I've written and edited my way across radio, television, newsprint and online. I've worked in-house for Larrikin House Publishing as both publicist and senior editor and currently work in a consultative capacity as an editor specialising in children's literature for several organisations. I have qualifications in both children's literature & journalism - you can find more info on my 'About' page. If you have questions about Mentoring or Editing services, feel free to drop me an email anytime.  


When it comes to rhyme crimes, I can help you separate the seriously sinful from the cheeky misdemeanours. If you need a second pair of eyes to read over your work or want some guidance to muscle your meter to its most melodic - I'm happy to help! 


Structural editing is one of my favourite tasks. 

I describe it as lovingly (if even occasionally ruthlessly) dissecting a manuscript into its parts and viewing it in 3D. 

This can be particularly helpful if you feel you are becoming too close to your project and would like to step back and take an overall view, before returning to work through the finer details.


Are you feeling stuck or muddled? Lost sight of the yellow brick road somewhere along the way? This is where mentoring can be really helpful. Take a breath, take some time, and revisit the work with an extra pair of eyes and an enthusiastic sounding board. We can discuss the direction of your story and brainstorm possibilities... Sometimes, you just need excessive amounts of tea and chatter to find where you're going again! 


Not sure where to start? An assessment is a great place to begin. I'll read up to 1500 words of your manuscript, or full picture book manuscript, and offer a written report outlining the strengths and potential areas for improvement.

Thank you for your generosity with your time and with your expertise.

Caroline Li

I appreciated our Zoom meeting so much. It gave me excellent insight and ideas to work with. For the first time, I feel I have a clear understanding and focus going forward and can potentially bring my dream to life one day. 

Charde Negus

Your feedback was encouraging and incredibly helpful. It gave me a boost as well as a real sense of where to go with my next re-write and I very much appreciate the time, thought and energy you put into my assessment.

Holly Bidwell

My session with Crystal was brilliant and very worthwhile!

I highly recommend.

Karen Wassen