Thanks for visiting my profile! I'm a ghostwriter, developmental editor, and book producer. My passion is for creating stories with a purpose: a social entrepreneur’s memoir, the book that describes a charity’s mission, a guide to applying brain science for great teamwork. Some of my success stories include Shift, a bestselling business memoir raising funds for World Bicycle Relief; Never Say Die, an award-winning surgeon’s memoir that boosted awareness for the Lifehouse integrated cancer center; and Sophie’s Journey, a bestselling book in support of the Day of Difference foundation for injured children.
I also have a special interest in family business narratives and origin stories. I've profiled dozens of the world's most successful family businesses, including Lavazza, Riedel, and Mitchells Family of Stores.
Interviewing is one of my strengths: I delight in taking the conversation deep to find some element that surprises, reveals, or enlightens.
I have worked for some of the world's leading publishers (HarperCollins, St. Martin's Press and others), so I'm an expert at creating book proposals that will appeal to agents and publishers.
I'm currently fully booked with projects through to the end of 2018. If you'd like to reserve my time to work on your project starting in 2019, please send me a request. Do be aware that most book-length writing projects take many months, so an early 2019 deadline is not going to work, unless you are simply looking for a developmental editing review or a well-prepared book proposal.
I don’t set a fixed price for writing or producing a book or book proposal. Instead, let me show you some client scenarios—not only what the price tag is, but what value I deliver.
A prominent surgeon’s book: he considered taking a sabbatical to write it, but the cost in terms of lost income would have been over $30,000 per month. He paid me $12,000 per month to work with him and has now fulfilled his long-held dream of authoring a book that is published by one of the world's leading publishing houses.
A social entrepreneur’s memoir: in the 2 years since publication, 10,000 copies have been sold. Or to put it another way, 10,000 people and their friends and family are now fully invested in the mission of her organization, emotionally and financially. My fee was $95,000—$9.50 spend per new supporter.
Sounds expensive? The best work usually is. However, you might have in mind a short business book, based on existing presentations, say, or articles. Once I see the material you have I can quote a firm price that will almost certainly be less than the examples above.
For a more affordable option, I can also work with you as your developmental editor or writing coach. That enables you to have the very great pleasure of doing most of the writing yourself!
If you are stuck on one section of your book, I can come in and work on your partial manuscript, or even write a model chapter to get you heading in the right direction.
I also offer "book strategy sessions" in the $1,000-2,000 price range, to help kickstart your thinking about what your book should be, how you will find your readers, and what path to publication is right for you.
“Sally was an absolute godsend. As first-time authors we were stumbling in the dark on not only getting our story right and making it an interesting and compelling read, but also on the logistics and practicalities of getting from manuscript to publication. Sally provided such incredible guidance, from her executive review of the content through to providing answers and solutions to every question and need under the sun. ”
– Leonie Hull, co-founder of the Academy of Brain-based Leadership
“Sally is not only one of the most brilliant writers and editors, she’s a pleasure to work with.”
– Fiona Henderson, Simon & Schuster
“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.”
– Pamela Williams, award-winning journalist and author
“Sally Collings 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.”
– Shay Butler, digital entrepreneur & vlogger
I run a company that creates handcrafted books for family businesses. From in-depth personal interviews to writing the first draft, from book design to artisan bookbinding, we do more than craft a compelling business history. We take each client on a journey, an opportunity for reflection and self-examination, that deepens their understanding of what makes their family story exceptional.
Alongside our book creation services, we provide ghostwriting and editorial services to authors and publishers. Our expertise is in family business narratives, personal memoirs, and narrative non-fiction (especially health, wellness, and business inspiration).
Commissioning and budget responsibility for motivation, self-help, biography and business titles. Creating bestsellers with leading authors such as wine critic James Halliday, cookbook sensation Donna Hay, and surfing legend Mark Richards.
I was responsible for running the editorial and design team for a custom publishing program, producing prestige books for business and government.
I managed a team producing award-winning CD-ROMs using content from The Times and Sunday Times as well as newly commissioned content.
Setting the editorial direction for a leading UK book packager, specializing in international co-editions of non-fiction titles. My job involved commissioning writers, designers, photographers and illustrators; attending international book fairs; overseeing budgets and schedules; and leading a strong in-house team of editors, photo researchers, and designers.
My job was to head up a unit producing CD-ROM content for Microsoft’s Encarta World Atlas and other interactive reference titles. We localized content supplied from Microsoft US and commissioned new content from UK academics and authors.
Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky is proud to share Family Spirit, celebrating the perseverance and triumphs of 12 remarkable family-run companies. Featuring gorgeous full-color and back-and-white photographs from the archives of participating families, Family Spirit offers wisdom handed down over generations, contemporary insights, and timely inspiration. Featured families include: Deniha... read more
In today’s world where fast-food restaurants, soda, and processed foods reign supreme, does “fat dad” have to mean “fat kid”? Digital entrepreneur and beloved vlogger Shay Butler and his preteen son, Gavin, decided to find out the answer for themselves.Before Shay became famous for vlogging about life with his boisterous brood of five, known on YouTube as the Shaytards, he was like many other ... read more
From the pediatrician who became an Internet sensation with the “Hamilton Hold” in a YouTubevideo about how to calm a crying baby, comes a one-of-a-kind resource to guide you through the earliest moments of your child’s life—and help you to parent with common sense and confidence.Robert C. Hamilton, M.D., has spent more than three decades caring for newborns. In his practice, Dr. Bob has seen ... read more
For anyone going through cancer, as well as their friends and family. Can good things emerge - unexpectedly - from the cancer journey? Reeling from the death of her mother from cancer, Sally Collings saw nothing positive whatsoever about the disease. But then she read that two out of three cancer survivors and their families consider that something good has come of their experience and she dec... read more
The only sense of wonder I have in my day is wondering how three kids can make such a mess. Do you want more soul in your life? Parenting with Soul is for every parent who feels that purpose and meaning are things they lost under a pile of nappies, crayons and odd socks. Living and parenting with soul means enjoying a rewarding and active inner life. It also means living a life that is rich, d... read more
A child's-eye view of life, love and chocolate cake. Kids tell it like it is. And they know some very useful stuff indeed. Such as the fact that you can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk. Or it's never a good idea to try to baptise a cat. You just can't argue with these things. Our children are bursting to share commonsense advice that will help us grown-ups get through the day wit... read more
It could have been anybodys child. ten days before Christmas. A room of children, napping on mattresses in their childcare centre, waiting for Santa to arrive. It's a peaceful scene. Until a car crashes through the doors at head height, smashing into the midst of the sleeping children. the engine revs faster and faster; flames lick the ceiling. Incredibly, no child was killed at the Roundhouse... read more
In November 2006, Chris O'Brien was diagnosed with glioblastoma multi-forme, a malignant and extremely aggressive form of cancer. As one of the country's most eminent cancer specialists, O'Brien knows that the chances of beating the brain tumour are tiny; even with chemotherapy, surgery and radiation few sufferers survive past 12 months. Nevertheless, he is determined to beat the odds. With th... read more
KILLING FAIRFAX: PACKER, MURDOCH AND THE ULTIMATE REVENGE - an incisive, hard-hitting and utterly compelling exposé of media, powerful mates and multimillion-dollar deals that reads like a thriller. "Not since tHE LAtHAM DIARIES came out in 2005 has a book delivered so many scoops, insights and revelations into how power is wielded in Australia ... a treasure trove of gems" - Crikey "Pamela Wi... read more
From the star of the film Kenny, the story of his long road to overnight success. After the film 'Kenny' catapulted him to national and international fame, actor, writer, producer Shane Jacobson was told by people that he had a talent for acting. Which was great news as he'd been on the stage since the age of ten. Working in musical theatre, stand up comedy, radio, ads, and the occasional Boy ... read more
There are love stories and then there's the story of Kristian and Rachel Anderson. When Kristian wanted to show his wife Rachel how much he loved her after learning he was terminally ill, he ended up winning millions of hearts around the world, thanks to the now famous YouTube video he made for her 35th birthday. Social media is often seen as trivial and self-absorbed, but this heartfelt and m... read more
Heartbreakingly honest, moving and inspiring, Chloe Maxwell and Mat Rogers share their journey of discovery with their autistic son, Max. 'It feels terrible for your son to want to hurt you so bad that you bleed, and to look into his beautiful eyes and see nothing but hatred. What mother could deal with that? Not me, that's for sure. I loved my son, but I was no longer sure whether I was the r... read more
Both scientific and industry research suggest that paying close attention to psychological safety has tangible benefits, not just to personal health and well-being, but to workplace productivity and performance. In 2015 Google released the findings of some compelling research known as “The Aristotle Project”. In its quest to build the perfect team, Google assessed the factors common to their h... read more
***ALL the profits from Shift will go to World Bicycle Relief.***This is a must-read book for anyone looking to change their perspective and live a more purposeful life. Michael O’Brien (OB to his friends) shows that the secret to becoming our best starts with our mindset.Drawing on his personal story from his “last bad day”, Michael shares the emotional and physical recovery that starts with ... read more
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