Testimonials
Ann took my first novel, The Magpie's Nest, to the next level, something that I could not have managed on
my own. So, when the praise flooded in about how well written it was, and the book reviewer from The
West Australian newspaper commented on my "snappy, sassy prose", I had to tip my hat to Ann's keen
editing eye. I also sent Ann the manuscript to the sequel,
The Cat's Miaow (to be released in late 2017),
and again she has given my work the polish and shine it needed.’

Jacqueline Perry

https://www.facebook.com/MagpieNovel/
http://www.vividpublishing.com.au/themagpiesnest/
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'Ann is an amazing mentor who is generous with her time and advice. As well as being positive and
enthusiastic, Ann always provides constructive and detailed feedback on how I can improve. I found her
advice on plotting and characterisation to be particularly helpful. She has bolstered my confidence as well
as my writing skills and I feel lucky to have found her.'  

Danika Hall  
Charlotte Waring Barton Award 2016 / CBCA HarperCollins Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program
recipient.
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‘Ann Harth has been an invaluable help to me in my writing journey. From when she and I first met at the
inaugural Allen and Unwin Children’s Manuscript development program in 2009, I knew she was someone
who would make an excellent editor and manuscript assessor. She understood my story immediately and
was able to offer insightful and constructive advice as to how to improve it. I would class myself as very
much a beginner writer in those days, and Ann’s approach to critiquing was sensitive and encouraging.
She has since critiqued three more of my stories, and her constructive comments about my work’s
qualities and weaknesses are always offered in an enthusiastic  and positive way. Ann offers insightful
suggestions on structure, plot and character development and is a master at picking up when you begin to
‘tell’, instead of ‘showing’. I would highly recommend Ann to anyone who is considering having their
manuscript assessed. She will definitely help you improve your writing, and will hopefully develop your
manuscript towards successful publication, as she did mine.’

Samantha Wheeler
www.samanthawheeler.com

Mr Cassowary (University of Queensland Press 2015)
Spud & Charli (University of Queensland Press 2014)
Smooch & Rose (University of Queensland Press 2013)
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‘Ann has helped uncover the best possible book from my raw manuscript. She's done this by not only using
her expert knowledge on structure, grammar and style, but also provided me with helpful advice throughout.
She ensured that at the end I had the tools to help myself in the future and understood completely why she
made the changes she did. My novel originally blew out by over twenty five thousand words, but she helped
me tighten the prose to reveal a book that flows well from start to finish. I found her to be extremely helpful,
timely, generous in her knowledge and would you believe it – a kind and friendly editor. I don't think I can
now publish a novel without having Ann take a look. I recommend her services to all my friends and will
definitely be using her in the future.’

Lana Pecherczyk

Hunting for Witches (2015)
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‘I have worked on my writing with Ann Harth as a mentor for several years, across a number genres ranging
from non-fiction, writing for children and adolescents, and most currently, historical fiction. Ann has guided
me throughout my writing journey, from a completely nervous novice, to a writer who is soon to seek
publication for her first novel. I definitely could not have achieved this without the mentoring I have received
from Ann. She is very professional, extremely efficient, and also very funny! Ann provides a great depth of
knowledge and experience in writing, is always highly constructive and honest in her advice, however never
hesitates to point out the positives in your writing and is a great cheer squad. I would not hesitate to
recommend Ann Harth to anyone seeking mentoring, whatever stage of your writing journey you are at. I
call her my Literary Legend!’

Rachael K
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‘I can barely describe how incredible working with Ann has been. Not only is her Full Assessment
affordable - which was perfect for my tight budget - but she also returned it very quickly! I have had a few
professionals gaze over my work, but Ann has proven to be the best suited for me. Her comments were
easy to understand, and she described her reasons for the constructive criticism that my work desperately
needed, clearly and with precision. She helped me to realise that the flaws in my story weren’t the end of
the world. I honestly can’t recommend her enough and look forward to working with her in the future. :)’

Keira W
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‘Ann is awesome. Her comments on my writing have been a crucial part of my learning. She never
criticised, she gently held my hand and sprinkled me with a shower of her knowledge. I will take her
wisdom with me and, throughout my writing career, it will be her that I thank.’

Francine H
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‘As a consultant I spend most of my life rewriting my work and it is very clear that I have a lot of room for
improvement. One of the best things about working with Ann is that I get to see my work through the eyes
of a professional who understands writing and isn't simply changing words to make her mark on the
work.’

Claire Savage

Managing Director
www.savagelycreative.com.au
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‘The changes Ann made definitely tightened up the writing and I can clearly see how it improves the flow.
Her feedback is invaluable and it’s truly amazing how much I have learned.’

Heather M
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‘Ann gave me the confidence I needed to actually put what I wanted down on paper. Her support and
constant stream of advice has helped build my confidence and really become excited about finishing this
story. She helped everything come to life and I will be eternally grateful for that.’

Esther D
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‘…  I cannot believe how much I have learnt and how much of an
improvement I see within my own work. All of Ann’s feedback was fantastic and gratefully received.’

Katherine H
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‘I don't think I could have brought myself to this point of creativity without Ann. She has been such a strong
influence for me. She has inspired me and shown me how this process of writing brings insight and a real
sense of achievement.’

Susanna W
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‘Talk about striking gold!
Her insights, comments and suggestions were embarrassingly close to what I had always meant to write,
but never quite did. In addition to the formal aspect of my studies, there were a number emails that were the
electronic equivalent of tutor - student “chats”. Ann encouraged this conversation and was always
understanding and supportive of what I wanted to do and how I was going to get there.
Thanks Ann. It was a great two years.’

Tony H
“Anyone who says writing is easy isn't doing it
right.”
Amy Joy
“Nobody reads a book to get to the middle.”
Mickey Spillane
“Have you ever pondered the miracle of popcorn?
It starts out as a tiny, little, compact kernel with
magic trapped inside that when agitated, bursts to
create something marvelously desirable. It’s sort of
like those tiny, little thoughts trapped inside an
author’s head that―in an excited explosion of
words―suddenly become a captivating fairytale!”
Richelle E. Goodrich
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A Writer's 2020
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