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One to One Training and Coaching

Adrienne Geoghegan can help you hone your picture book text and illustrations, so that publishers or agents receive a professional and well thought out proposal.

A. Why do I need objective picture-book editorial advice?
B. Why do I need an independent review of my portfolio?

Isn’t that the publisher’s or agent’s job?

An agent will find it so much easier to work on your behalf when they receive fully developed picture book proposals or high quality illustration portfolios. This allows them to place your work immediately with potential publishers, providing you with the best chance of acceptance in this highly competitive market. If you opt to send un-agented work, you have a better chance of not ending in the slush pile.

As an experienced published author and illustrator myself,  I know how challenging the journey to publication can be. So, if you do not have the time to commit to a full year on one of my courses, I can offer an alternative level of support that suits you and your needs. This can include assistance and advice with all aspects of your creative process, including illustration, picture book writing, and general illustration portfolio review, empowering you to find your vision. I can tailor our meeting to help you shape the book that you have always wanted to write or illustrate, and the portfolio you have always dreamed of creating.

How to Book

You can arrange a personal one-to-one consultation or a Skype call consultation by contacting me via email.

One to One: I will arrange to meet you at The Ashling Hotel in Dublin near Heuston Train Station and the National Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7. Served by Luas red line 3 or 3 stops from the city centre. Stops: Museum or Heuston.

Skype: By arrangement. The manuscript must be emailed a week prior to meeting. Each session is €100 per hour or part thereof. 40 minutes of reading your manuscript and 20 minutes of Skype.


Consultation fees €100 per hour or part thereof.


“I had a one to one consultation with Adrienne in relation to picture books. I found her advise clear, concise and practical. Adrienne is friendly, professional, insightful and encouraging. I had gotten to a certain stage with some projects but was unsure as to how to proceed and found the consultation gave me a clear idea of what to do next. Adrienne is helpful and easy to talk to and I would have no hesitation in recommending her or consulting with her again.” – Liz Rackard, Artist (Liz went on to attend illustration boot camp and posture book bootcamp.)

“I found my consultation with Adrienne very useful.  I am a watercolour artist but a complete beginner in the area of book illustration so she gave me simple, practical advice about how to develop individual pictures and also how to conceive the whole sequence of images as they would be experienced by a reader turning the pages.  She urged me to follow my own instincts and preferences in terms of style and medium, which I found enormously encouraging.  She made the whole undertaking seem quite possible – whereas it hadn’t really before!  She also explained a lot about how publishers work so that my partner was able to decide how to proceed with the business side of things.” – Anne McLeod, Artist  

“Our time spent with Adrienne was very helpful. She made us feel that our project was viable and set us on the path of bringing it to fruition with practical advice and criticism. I look forward to working with her again when we get to the next stage.” – O.G., Writer

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