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book proposal writer : sally@sallycollings.com
Sally Collings
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Sally Collings, writer and producer of bestsellers & award winners

Thanks for visiting my profile! I'm a writer specializing in book proposals. I'm one of the best in the country when it comes to stories of personal discovery—tales of better understanding ourselves in order to better understand the world around us. These are stories about business innovation, the limits of endurance, overcoming burn out, and survival. I am most drawn to books like Shoe Dog, North, and Wild, some of the best narrative nonfiction published in recent years.
In the last ten years, my clients and I have won a bunch of awards: 2013 Walkley Award for Killing Fairfax; 2011 Kibble Literary Award nomination for Parenting With Soul;2008 ABIA Biography of the Year shortlist for Never Say Die; and bestsellers Sophie’s Journey; Fat Dad, Fat Kid; Bulletproof; and A Long Road to Overnight Success.
And for all that success, here’s what I’ve learned.
No matter how great your story, your name recognition, or your marketing efforts, your book will live or die on the strength of your book proposal.
Australian-born, for the past six years I've called California home, residing in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband, two children, and one calico cat.


years experience: 25
rates: Please request a quote for the most accurate fee on your project.
SKILLS
Proposal writing/editing, Writing, Ghost-writing
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
Biography, Business/investing/finance, Mind/body/spirit, Health
TRADE REFERENCES
“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

LEADING CLIENTS
Simon & Schuster
St Martin's Press
Chronicle Books
HarperCollins Publishers
MOST RECENT PROJECTS
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, May 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)

BEST-KNOWN PROJECTS
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

SPECIALIZED TRAINING, WORK EXPERIENCE, HONORS
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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