I’ll be the calm one, you’ll be the terrified one!

I work with early-career writers to develop fiction and non-fiction manuscripts at any development stage. As part of the Four Centres Emerging Writers Program I was engaged by KSP Writers Centre, Peter Cowan Writers Centre and Fellowship of Australian Writers WA to mentor three talented writers over an 18 month period, to prepare their manuscripts for submission to agents and/or publishers.

I also work with private clients on an array of projects. For example, right now, I’m mentoring a Vietnamese refugee who is writing a memoir about her parents’ experience of fleeing Vietnam in 1981, their time in the Malaysian refugee camp on the island of Palau Bidong, and their eventual settlement in Australia. It is such a rewarding process to help bring this important story to light.


Annabel has the rare ability to both closely read every word for accuracy and impact, while also reading for the broader context of the characters, the pace and the overall narrative. She provides refreshingly direct feedback and encourages the writer to stretch themselves to build new skills. She is a delight to work with and will help you to become a better writer.

Tasha Broomhall, psychological suspense author

Annabel is a diligent and good humoured coach. She is reliable and helps you be realistic about what’s doable in your life.  At the end of the day it’s up to you, but for me, regular contact from Annabel with tools, tips and encouragement was the difference between doing nothing and actually getting on with writing. 

Louise Ainsworth, fiction writer

Success Stories

Heather James’ beautiful, evocative novel The Inlet was recently shortlisted for the highly competitive Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.


Curious to find out if I could help you fulfill your writing goals? Want to know more about how the mentoring process works? Or would you like a quote for how much you can expect the process to cost? Use the form below to email me and I’ll get back to you pronto!

Annabel Smith is the author of US bestseller Whiskey & Charlie (published in Australia as Whisky Charlie Foxtrot), digital interactive novel/app The Ark, and A New Map of the Universe, which was shortlisted for the West Australian Premier’s Book Awards. I am currently working on Monkey See, an epic quest with a sci-fi twist featuring a monkey, an evil priestess and the mother of all tsunamis.