Lynk Manuscript Assessment Service

Formerly the National Book Council Manuscript Assessment Service


Everyone has a story to tell …



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The following publications have progressed through our assessment and/or editing services. This list is incomplete; we do our best, but it is difficult to keep track of all our authors and their work. If you have used our services and should be on the list, please let us know.

We congratulate all authors.


  • Deborah O'Brien, Mr Chen’s Emporium, The Jade Widow, A Place of Her Own and The Trivia Man – all published by Random House, and all available in both print and e-book formats.
  • Nansi Kunze, Mishaps, Random House. A novel for young adults, available in both print and e-book formats.
  • Chris Heffernan, Deliria, Odyssey Books. A wonderfully funny, clever and tender novel about young love, misadventure, and the whole damned thing.
  • Poppy Inkwell, The ‘Alana Oakley’ series: Mystery and Mayhem, Torment and Trickery, and Bloodlust and Blunders, Big Sky Publishing. Madcap fun for young teens.
  • Will Schaefer, The Jet Wolf, Hybrid Publishers. On the strength of this novel, Will secured a four-book deal with Hybrid.
  • Eugene Shafir, Harvey Shmidlap Seeks the Perfect Cheesecake, Possible Press. A refreshingly inventive novel about (often food-related) obsessions that defies classification.
  • Clayton Zane, Shooting Stars, Odyssey Books.
  • Ali Gray, Plato's Academy and the Eternal Key. The first volume in a series of children’s book that cleverly combines adventure and philosophy – available from Amazon in print and Kindle formats.
  • Jonathan K. Benton, A Wicked Kind of Dark, Odyssey Books. A young-adult fantasy that applies visceral urban grit to apocalyptic Tolkienesque escapism.
  • Kim Lock, Peace, Love and Khaki Socks, MidnightSun Publishing. Available in both print and e-book formats.
  • Pauline James, Disturbing the Dust, JoJo Publishing.
  • Karyn Sepulveda, Letters to My Yesterday, Ventura Press (Simon & Schuster)
  • Richard Yaxley, A Movement of Wings, Murray Books
  • Paula Fogarty, The Slave of the Lamp, DoctorZed Publishing. An adventure fantasy for children. Available in both print and e-book formats.
  • Judith Thomas, House of Cobwebs, Really Blue Books. A wonderfully dark and disturbing crossover crime/horror novel. Available in e-book format.
  • Luke Romyn is the author of numerous bestselling horror novels available in both print and e-book formats. For more details, visit


  • Jaci Byrne, The Music Maker, Big Sky Publishing. A gripping and inspiring POW story – and much more than that. US and UK rights also sold.
  • Annette Stephens, The Good Little Girl, Big Sky Publishing. A rivetting autobiography of a life spent dealing with betrayal and deception, before finally finding peace.
  • Susanne Grace, 3-Day Mini Detox, Rockpool Publishing. A comprehensive guide to cleaner, healthier living. Available in both print and e-book formats.
  • Dr Damien Brown, Band Aid for a Broken Leg: Being a Doctor Without Borders, and Other Ways to Stay Single, Allen & Unwin. A memoir of Damien’s volunteer work overseas with Medecins Sans Frontieres. 
  • Julie Braithwaite, Switching Suits: The Year I Became a Poker Shark, HarperCollins.A poker memoir.
  • Louise Ashby, Unsingle, Finch Publishing. Outlines a unique approach to finding love. Available in both print and e-book formats.
  • Carolyn Shine, Single White Female in Hanoi, Transit Lounge. A travel memoir. All proceeds of book sales go to the Cambodian Children’s Trust. 
  • Mary Groves, An Outback Life, Allen & Unwin. An autobiography about a rough-and-ready life in the Northern Territory. 
  • Jessica Rosman, Kindy Kitchen, ABC Books. An ingenious concept that encourages healthy eating in kids.
  • Vanessa Alford, Fit Not Healthy, Finch Publishing
  • Doug Hendrie, Amalga-Nations, Hardie Grant
  • Lindsay O’Brien, Bandit Mentality, Helion & Company, UK
  • Bob Marmion, Murder at the Fort, Big Sky Publishing
  • Dave Morgan, My Vietnam War, Big Sky Publishing
  • Liza Jankowski, Changed, Big Sky Publishing. A moving memoir about dealing with stillbirth.
  • Carmel Iaria, Life in the Ancient World, History Teachers’ Association of Victoria.
  • Andy Millar, Lost at Sea – Found at Fukushima, a powerful story of action and imprisonment during World War II, Big Sky Publishing.
  • Dr Ranjana Srivastava, Tell Me the Truth: Conversations with my Patients about Life and Death, Penguin Random House. Short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.
  • Danny Crossman, The Animal Code: Giving Animals Respect and Rights, Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Dalia Millingen, The Changing Form of Clouds: A Memoir of Life, Love and Longing, Hybrid Publishers.
  • Waratah Rosemarie Gillespie, Running with Rebels: Behind the lies in Bougainville’s hidden war, Ginibi Productions.


The following Lynk authors have chosen to self-publish their work:

  • Niki Tulk, Shadows & Wings, Small House Press. A literary novel of great beauty and power, it deals with events in Nazi Germany and their repercussions. Short-listed for the 2010 CAL/Scribe Fiction Prize, and available at Read a review of the novel at
  • Helen Heritage, Borrowed Landscape, CreateSpace. A touching and elegant novel about cultural and personal isolation in 1950s Australia.
  • Max Halley The Giftie, an impressive philosophical novel about a man at a mid-life crossroads. Available via Amazon and Smashwords.
  • David Ashbridge & Tom Clark, The Seventh Boat, an action-packed thriller about anti-whaling crusaders on the high seas, is available from Amazon as an e-book.
  • James Pratt, Telekom, a thriller about the return of some villainous, techno-savvy Nazis, is available from Vivid Publishing.
  • Walter Munro, Intervention, a gripping science-fiction techno-thriller with an ecological twist, is available as an e-book. You can find it on Amazon or at
  • Wendy Bunning, Love after Death – a fascinating account of communicating with deceased loved ones, available from Amazon in print and e-book formats.
  • Ramy Tadros, Understanding a Wager,
  • Paul Ritchie, Stay on Message and Faith, Love and Australia, Vivid Publishing
  • TL Swan, The ‘Stanton’ series: Adore, Unconditional, Completely, Amazon Digital Services. Erotica for women.
  • Peter Wigg, The View from Ibadan, Asset Books
  • Ben Nowland, Playing God, Vivid Publishing
  • Peter Wigg, The View from Ibadan, Asset Books
  • Dr Penny Farrant, Pen Pen’s Journey, Vivid Publishing
  • Bruce Llewellyn, Contraworm, Amazon Australia Services
  • Scott MacDonald, Saving Investa, Next Century Publishing
  • Yildiz Sethi, Stardust on the Spiritual Path, Be Rich and Spiritual, Rapid Core Healing and Stardust: the Traveller’s Way, Amazon Digital Services
  • Matilda Faltyn, Ego Alchemy, Infodesign Copywriting
  • Robert Cole, The Ego Cluster, Amazon Books
  • Karyn Sepulveda, Choosing Xaverique, Vivid Publishing
  • Colin Windeyer, Call the Intention Good, Amazon Books
  • Richelle da Costa, Three Summers in Portugal, Islington
  • Polly Whittaker, Polly: Sex Culture Revolutionary, Moral Minority
  • Kate Murdoch, Stone Circle, Fireship Press
  • Michael Kean, The Emergent Method, Lulu
  • Trevelyan, The Sheffield Conspiracy (The Monica Jones Mysteries Book 1), Amazon Digital Services
  • Ali Gray, Plato's Academy and the Eternal Key (The Eternal Key Series) (Volume 1), CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Mark O’Neill, From Ascot to Tobruk and Back, Amazon
  • Mark Lingane, Beyond Belief, Insync Holdings
  • Marilyn Campbell, Chester the Unlikely Sheepdog, Spindrift Publishing. To read a CBCA review of this picture book in bush verse, please visit:
  • Sandy Paull, Blade of Honour.

We look forward to helping you undertake a similarly successful journey to publication.

Welcome to the Lynk website.
You may be an established writer venturing into a new genre, or an emerging writer who has written a manuscript that you believe has genuine potential.
Either way, you’re probably wondering:

  • How good is my manuscript really?
  • What’s working and what needs further refinement in the text?
    • Is there a market for it?
    • How do I get it published?
    • Do I need an agent?
    • If so, how do I get one?



We can help. Lynk Manuscript Assessment Service uses only top professional editors and writers as our assessors. We have several dozen specialists to call upon, who collectively cover all forms of writing.
Specifically, we provide assessments for:

• all genres of fiction, and in all forms – e.g. novels, novellas, short-story collections, etc.
• all fields of non-fiction 
• plays 
• screenplays
• poetry 
• all forms of writing for young adults, and for children of all ages.


If your manuscript is ready for publication, we won’t hesitate to tell you. We’ll also write you a Lynk Letter of Recommendation and provide introductions to the right people. If your project still requires work, your assessment will outline, in detail, exactly what needs to be done to render it submittable to agents and publishers.

We will also assist with your crucial Publishing Proposal (comprising the synopsis, marketing outline and author bio), so you approach the industry with optimal professionalism.

The Australian book-publishing industry is relatively small in global terms, but we punch above our weight. Our standards are high and the competition to be published is vigorous, so it’s vital that your first approach to the industry is your very best approach.

We are committed to the pursuit of the excellence that leads to publication. If you want expert feedback on your work but are unsure if an assessment is the best step to take, email us. We’ll send you a sample assessment report in your genre, to give you a clear idea of what you can expect from the exercise.
Lynk has helped countless new writers realise their dreams. Will you be next?

Sean Doyle, the director of Lynk, is an author and a book editor with over 20 years’ experience in the publishing industry. 

Click here for more information about Sean. 

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