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writer, ghost, editorial :
Sally Collings
Red Hill Publishing
Bestselling author and award-winning editor, Sally Collings

The very first book I wrote, Sophie's Journey, was an immediate bestseller. In 2016 I ghostwrote Shay Carl Butler's book Fat Dad, Fat Kid, which went to #1 within days of release.

Successes like that come out of decades of experience in writing, editing, and publishing. With 20+ years’ experience in book publishing, I know how to create a great book. Former non-fiction publisher for HarperCollins and editorial director for Amber Books, I now work as a ghostwriter, co-writer and developmental editor, producing award-winning books and bestsellers for the world’s leading publishing houses as well as for private clients.

My core strengths include:
• Writing and editing memoirs and narrative non-fiction, creating books that hit the sweet spot with readers
• Conducting in-depth interviews, extracting deep insights and fresh revelations
• Hitting tight deadlines without sacrificing quality
• Accurately and compellingly capturing diverse voices on the page
• Crafting book proposals and concept documents with strong publisher appeal
• Deep understanding of the entire publishing process

Australian-born, I now call California home, residing in the Bay Area with my husband, children, and one calico cat.

I'm also founder and CEO of Red Hill Publishing, creating handcrafted legacy memoir books and oral history manuscripts for families, businesses and individuals. To find out more, visit

years experience: 25
rates: Please request a quote for the most accurate fee on your project.
Book Doctor, Developmental editing, Proposal writing/editing, Book packaging, Writing, Ghost-writing
Biography, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Lifestyle
“I had the absolute pleasure of having Sally Collings work with me on my memoir, Shane Jacobson: The Long Road to Overnight Success. Her ability to organize, structure, perfect and polish my stories with ease was astonishing. We began as collaborators, but I ended up as a fan of her incredible talent.”
– Shane Jacobson, Actor / Presenter / Entertainer

“Sally is not only one of the most brilliant writers and editors in Australia, she’s a pleasure to work with.”
– Fiona Henderson, Non-Fiction Publisher, Random House

“Sally finds solutions and meets deadlines. She is a pleasure to work with. Creative. Great sense of humor. Complete understanding of the nuts and bolts of publishing and a brilliant editor.”
– Philippa Sandall, Owner, Philippa Sandall Publishing Services

“I enjoyed every minute of work with Sally Collings. She is a seasoned business writer, but I hesitate to box her in with that label … Sally is among the best. She is an excellent interviewer and a great storyteller who can find the crux in almost any story ... She is a pleasure to work with: always prepared, courteous and dedicated. I can only congratulate her next client for having the good sense and discernment to bring her aboard.”
– Suzanne Stroh, Research Fellow, Cambridge Institute for Family Enterprise

“I will always remember our collaboration as a wonderful highlight of my writing career. I remember all of your amazing work and your resilience with a fairly determined author ... and how I came to trust you implicitly."
– Pamela Williams, Award-Winning Journalist And Author (Killing Fairfax)

Simon & Schuster
St Martin's Press
Chronicle Books
HarperCollins Publishers
Family Spirit (Chronicle Books for Glenfiddich/William Grant, 2015)

Shay Butler & Gavin Butler, Fat Dad, Fat Kid (Simon & Schuster, 2015)
#1 in Children’s Health and Health Audiobooks on Amazon (January 2016)

Pamela Williams, Killing Fairfax (HarperCollins Publishers, 2013)
Winner of the 2013 Walkley award for non-fiction book
‘An incisive, hard-hitting and utterly compelling exposé of media, powerful mates and multimillion-dollar deals.’

Shane Jacobson, A Long Road to Overnight Success (ABC Books, 2013)
Instant #1 bestseller

Kristian and Rachel Anderson, Days Like These (HarperCollins Publishers, 2012)
“Kristian was an inspiration to us all, the way he handled cancer with fierce grace. I was so moved after meeting him and seeing how much he appreciated his family, and every precious moment. He taught us how to LIVE with cancer. The Light he left on earth will not be dimmed by his passing.”
– Oprah Winfrey

The Simple Things with Antonia Kidman (ABC Books, 2012)
“… It is, on one level, a roll-call of strategies to streamline your life, and therefore enhance it. On a far more captivating level, the book … encourages readers to discover their untapped reserves of strength to cope with life's challenges.”
– Sun Herald

Sophie's Journey (HarperCollins Publishers, 2007)
Over 60,000 copies sold in the Australian market alone, an immediate bestseller.
“… Vivid images, layer upon layer, give this book an eyewitness feel. Sophie’s Journey is both a harrowing and inspirational story, with a little girl’s sunny personality and strength of character in sharp relief to her circumstances.”
– Courier Mail

Trade industry experience including:
* Founder + CEO, Red Hill Publishing (USA)
* Associate Publisher, Non-fiction, HarperCollins Publishers (Aust)
* General Manager (Publishing), Focus Publishing (Aust)
* Editorial Director, Amber Books (UK)
* Managing Editor, News International (UK)
* Executive Editor/Program Manager, Websters Multimedia (UK)

Academic qualifications including:
* MA in Literature & Communication (Murdoch University)

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