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writer, ghost, editorial :
Sally Collings
Sally Collings, writer and producer of bestsellers & award winners

With 20+ years’ experience in book publishing, Sally Collings knows what makes a great book – and she knows how to write them. Former non-fiction publisher for HarperCollins and editorial director for Amber Books, Sally now works as a ghostwriter, developmental editor and book producer, and has created award-winning books and bestsellers for the world’s leading publishing houses as well as for private clients. Her passion is for writing and producing stories with a purpose: leadership strategies for family businesses, member stories for a charity, a father-son health odyssey. She excels in writing tactical, informative books that rely on first-person accounts to bring home their message.

Her core strengths include:
• Writing and editing business memoirs, self-improvement titles, and other prescriptive non-fiction, creating books that make a tangible difference for their readers
• Crafting book proposals with strong publisher appeal
• Accurately and compellingly capturing her co-authors’ voices on the page
• Conducting in-depth interviews, extracting deep insights and fresh revelations
• Deep understanding of the entire publishing process and the demands of the market
• Subject specialization – demonstrated expertise in creating bestselling narrative non-fiction, particularly in the areas of leadership, motivation and wellness

Australian-born, for the past six years Sally has called California home, residing in the Bay Area with her husband, children, and one calico cat.

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, Business/investing/finance, Mind/body/spirit, Health
“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)

“Sally took on a very difficult project – co-authoring a book with me after I suffered a stroke and have limited communication. She has been fantastic to work with. Great communicator. Great writer. Has become a great friend. Can't thank you enough, Sally.”

– Debra Meyerson, Stanford professor and stroke survivor

“I had the absolute pleasure of having Sally Collings work with me on my memoir, 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 and Author

“Sally is not only one of the most brilliant writers and editors, she’s a pleasure to work with.”
– Fiona Henderson, Head of Non-Fiction, HarperCollins Publishers

Simon & Schuster
St Martin's Press
Chronicle Books
HarperCollins Publishers
Florence Tsai, China’s Next Generation of Family Business Leaders (Routledge, for release 2019)

Debra Meyerson, Identity Theft: Rediscovering Ourselves After Stroke (Andrews McMeel Universal, for release 2019)

Robert C. Hamilton, 7 Secrets of the Newborn (St. Martin’s Press, 2018)

Steve Schlecht, The Art of Building a Brand: The Story of Duluth Trading Company (Duluth Trading Company, 2018)

Dan Radecki & Leonie Hull, Psychological Safety (The Academy for Brain-based Leadership, 2018)

Michael O’Brien, Shift (Greenleaf Book Group, 2017)

Sally Collings, Family Spirit (Chronicle Books for Glenfiddich/William Grant, 2015)

Shay Butler & Gavin Butler, Fat Dad, Fat Kid (Simon & Schuster, 2015)

Michael O’Brien, Shift (Greenleaf Book Group, 2017)
Silver medalist in 2017 North American Book Award; Amazon bestseller in Management & Leadership – Teams category

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

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)

Professional development including:
February 2018: Winter Ghostwriting Intensive, Westport Lighthouse Writers Retreat
October 2016: Narrative Non-Fiction Conference, University of Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism
June-July 2014: Personal Essay Writing course, Stanford Continuing Studies

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