What can Sally offer me?
I help people make great books. I do it by writing, editing, and offering advice drawn from years of publishing bestsellers and award-winning titles.
My skills can enhance your written work, whether you want to create a print book or an ebook, and whether you are starting with a draft manuscript, a collection of articles or blog posts – or just a set of great ideas.
Ghostwriting and co-writing
Non-fiction is my specialty, and I love working on life stories and first-person accounts. Versatility is my middle name: I’ve worked with athletes, explorers, and entrepreneurs; I’ve written in the voice of a brain surgeon, a surrogate mother, and a Tokyo hostess.
Working through a series of structured interviews (face-to-face, Skype or email) or from material such as articles or blog posts, I can turn your book idea into a complete manuscript in around 6 months, depending on the materials and your availability.
My specialty is what I like to call ‘extreme editing’: also known as structural or developmental editing, I improve the tone or structure of a non-fiction manuscript.
I can breathe life into a manuscript by re-ordering material to improve the flow, making the tone appealing and consistent, identifying gaps or repetition in the content, and honing expression and word choice.
Using my ‘book blueprint’ method, I help writers to take their big idea and make it even bigger and better, and then to achieve their publishing goals, whether that be securing a contract with a trade publisher or releasing their own work independently.
Why work with Sally?
I had the pleasure of working with Sally Collings as her in-house editor recently and found her a total professional: intelligent, thoughtful, and dedicated to making her book the best it could possibly be.
– Anne Reilly, HarperCollins Publishers
Sally polished my writing style while staying true to my voice and the message I was sharing.
– Jo Bassett, writer, executive and performance coach
Sally is not only one of the most brilliant writers and editors in Australia, she’s a pleasure to work with.
– Fiona Henderson, Head of Non-Fiction, HarperCollins Publishers
Sally 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, Philippa Sandall Publishing Services
Please contact me to discuss your writing, editing or publishing requirements. I can provide a fee structure that is tailored to your needs.
Sally Collings is a member of the Gotham Ghostwriters network and the Association of Ghostwriters.