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Sally Collings
Sally Collings, book proposal + development specialist

Thanks for visiting my profile! With 20+ years’ experience in book publishing, I know what makes a great book proposal and a great manuscript — and I know how to write them. Former non-fiction publisher for HarperCollins and editorial director for Amber Books, I now work as a ghostwriter and developmental editor, specializing in writing and developing non-fiction book proposals and manuscripts.

My author clients are represented at a number of agencies, including Park & Fine Literary & Media, Talcott Notch Literary, The Palgon Company, and Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. Some have published with HarperBusiness, St. Martin’s Press, Simon & Schuster, and Chronicle Books, while others have successfully self-published their books or worked with leading hybrid publishers.

The only way I know to attract a top agent or editor is to craft a book proposal so good the proposal itself is unputdownable. Lucky for you, I know how to do just that.

Born in Australia, I now call Northern California home, and I get my kicks running through the Santa Cruz Mountains.

years experience: 25
rates: Please request a quote for the most accurate fee on your project.
Writing, Ghost-writing, Developmental editing, Proposal writing/editing, Book Doctor
Mind/body/spirit, Health, Memoir, Personal Leadership, Innovation
“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
Mickey Rowe, Fearlessly Different: An Autistic Actor's Journey to Broadway's Biggest Stage (Rowman & Littlefield 2022)

Jenelle Kim, Myung Sung: The Korean Art of Living Meditation (Watkins UK, 2022)

Joan Fallon, Goodbye Status Quo: Reimagining the Landscape of Innovation (Forefront Books/Simon & Schuster 2022)

Meredith Sandlands & Carl Orsbourn, Delivering the Digital Restaurant: Your Roadmap to the Future of Food (Mascot Books 2021)

Above the Line: Living and Leading With Heart by Stephen Klemich & Mara Klemich (HarperBusiness, 2020)

Debra Meyerson, Identity Theft (Andrews McMeel, 2019)
Winner of the 2019 Silver Nautilus Book Award

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

Bulletproof by Maci Bookout (Post Hill Press, 2015)
A New York Times Bestseller

Trade industry experience including:
* Associate Publisher, Non-fiction, HarperCollins Publishers (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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