Award-winning Writer & Book Producer
Storytelling for a Purpose
Award-winning Writer & Book Producer
Storytelling for a Purpose
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.
Stanford Professor & Stroke Survivor
Sally is among the best. I learned straight away that Sally 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.
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. You gave me so much and it was such a reward for me to work with you.
Award-Winning Journalist & Author
To my very favorite person from the country of Australia, Sally Collings, who came in after I had written three chapters in seven months and took the reins and crossed the t’s and dotted the I’s and asked the good questions that needed to be asked without ever getting in the way.
Digital Entrepreneur, Vlogger & Bestselling Author
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.
Bestselling Actor, Presenter, Entertainer
Sally is not only one of the most brilliant writers and editors, she’s a pleasure to work with.
Simon & Schuster
From the moment I met Sally Collings, it was clear that she was the writer I wanted and the one that I needed to get the job done. She ‘got’ me, gave allowance for my eccentricities, and gently guided me along this new journey.
Dr. Bob Hamilton
Pediatrician & Author
Sally Collings and her wonderful team made the process of bringing my story to life an absolute joy. I got a great story, a great book; all the proceeds are going to charity to help others across the globe. But I also learned a lot about myself through the whole process. Putting forth your memoir is scary, and Sally gave me the confidence to move forward.
Peloton Coaching & Consulting, Bestselling Author Of Shift
Sally Collings is an accomplished, bestselling author and has experience as a publisher. I hired Sally to develop a plan of action and write a book proposal for a book that I was interested in publishing. During this process, Sally proved to me she has high character. When she promises a client work to be done, she does it with integrity and style.
Police Officer (Retired) & Author
I’m Sally Collings, and I help people write books.
I do that through my work as a writer and book producer.
I’ve written eight books under my own name and ghostwritten a half-dozen more in the last decade or so for publishers including St Martin’s Press, Simon & Schuster, and Chronicle Books. Before writing full-time, I spent several years as editorial director with leading UK book packager Amber Books, creating highly illustrated books for the international market; before that I was a senior editor with HarperCollins Australia, and prior to that I was executive editor with Websters Multimedia in London. These days, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband, two children, and one calico cat. Apart from my work, trail running is what gives me energy and joy.
But my personal details don’t matter so much here.
What matters is that I’m very good at what I do.
And what I do is write stories that change hearts.
I’m an artist.
There, I said it.
You know what? You are too.
You are the creator of your life, your memories, and your stories. The very process of taking an idea or a memory or a random sequence of events and finding a thread to tie it all together, that’s art. And that’s what we will do together. The process of making art can be boisterous and absurd and at times frustrating, but do it right and it will always have an impact.
I choose to work with people like you, people who can collaborate creatively and openly. People who want to make a positive impact on the world. And I think they—you—choose me for the same reasons.
Five key intentions provide the bedrock for my work as writer and book producer:
- I believe that telling a great story starts with listening.
- I choose to pursue the truth at the deepest level, in whatever form it takes.
- I aim to create books of beauty, in both words and form.
- I choose to work on projects that excite and inspire me, so that I bring the best “me” to the table every time.
- I choose to work on projects that are meaningful to me, having a positive impact on the world.
Work With Sally
Choose me to help write or produce your story and I’ll deliver 200 pages so good, readers will forego sleep rather than stop reading.
That’s what your readers get.
What you get is much more valuable.
Imagine if people would sit and listen to you tell your story, for between 5 and 10 hours. That’s a long time, right? Common wisdom is that a 90-second video stretches most people’s attention. But with a book, readers will willingly stay with your story for hours on end, often over a period of a week or more. Imagine just how deeply your story will be rooted in their hearts and minds. And if they like it enough, your readers will lend it to their friends, or gift it, or recommend it.
This is the power your book will have to communicate your values to the world.
Like most everything else I do, I aim for simplicity in my offering. I provide four kinds of services.
Collaborative writing. My passion is for writing stories with a purpose: a social entrepreneur’s memoir, the book describing a charity’s founding, member stories for a non-profit. No book is too small: I delight in conveying your message concisely yet powerfully for maximum impact.
Executive producer. I will be your project manager, freelancer wrangler, and wave-smoother for your self-published book. I’ll work with you to set up schedules and timelines (as well as expectations!), then tee up all the freelancers and contractors you need, checking their work and making sure the wheels run smoothly. This service is specially designed for people who are looking to create a top-quality book while saving themselves the huge amount of time and energy that would be required to do it all themselves.
Book proposals. I excel at writing pitch packages for submission to literary agents and publishers. I get a kick out of crafting a blend of creative development and market analysis, distilling it into an attention-grabbing package. For self-publishing authors, I create book “blueprints” that clearly express their concept, their audience, and their path to market.
Coach/consultant. If you are confident with handling the writing work yourself, call on me as your chief editor/advisor/cheerleader. I can offer whatever level of input you need, from developing your book concept to planning out your best path to publication.
Right around now, you probably want to know what this will cost you.
Cookie-cutter solutions are not my style, so I don’t set a fixed price for writing or producing a book. Some clients come to me with a solid plan in mind and a bundle of great materials for me to work with; others are still trying to work out what story they want to tell. Some people want a concise book they can self-publish, others want a longer manuscript that they can submit to a publisher.
Every client is different, every book is unique, so contact me using the form below to find out more about packages and pricing.
Every great story starts with a conversation.
Let me leave you with one last thought.
Cause-driven organizations and the people behind them face the difficult task of telling stories that hit an emotional chord, but don’t teeter into guilt for their audience. Together we can write a book that may be heart-wrenching and even uncomfortable at times, and yet still uplifting. The kind of book that stirs people to action. Because sometimes one person’s story can help give a voice to millions.
If you are ready to start telling your story, let’s have that conversation soon.