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Sally McGraw

Sally McGraw - Ghostwriter

Minneapolis, MN, United States

I’m a savvy and versatile ghostwriter/editor with more than 15 years of experience. I specialize in non-fiction books and book proposals.

Overview

I specialize in ghostwriting non-fiction books and book proposals, and love working with authors on their passion projects. I'm especially helpful to first-time authors since I've had personal experience with traditional publishing deals AND self-publishing, allowing me to provide insights into the advantages of both. In addition to offering top-notch ghostwriting and editorial services, I'm often able to connect my clients to flexible literary agencies or help them position their self-published books for success.

Services
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Entertainment Health & wellbeing New Age Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Contributing Writer

GoDaddy Garage

April, 2015 – Present (over 1 year)

I contribute posts on small business strategy, social media, branding, writing, and entrepreneurship to this business-centric website. I tap my own experience as an entrepreneur, freelancer, and blogger for subject matter and tidbits of advice.

Author

Self

July, 2012 – Present (over 4 years)

I have written two books on the intersection of personal style and body image:
- Already Pretty: Learning to Love Your Body by Learning to Dress it Well, currently available via CreateSpace
- Find Your Style: Boost Your Body Image Through Fashion Confidence, available spring 2017 via Lerner Publishing Group

Owner

Sally McGraw is self-employed

May, 2011 – Present (over 5 years)

I specialize in ghostwriting non-fiction books and book proposals, and love working with authors on their passion projects. I'm especially helpful to first-time authors since I've had personal experience with traditional publishing deals AND self-publishing, allowing me to provide insights into the advantages of both. In addition to offering top-notch ghostwriting and editorial services, I'm often able to connect my clients to flexible literary agencies or help them position their self-published books for success.

Recent books I've ghostwritten include:
- A memoir for a 50-year-old man who grew up in Sierra Leone
- A guidebook of best business practices for yogis and healers
- A book exploring the lives of women married to wounded war veterans

Nothing makes me happier than capturing an abstract concept and pinning it to the page with illuminating, impassioned, carefully chosen words. Books may seem like small, self-contained creations, but I’ve seen how the written word can change the path of history. If I can help my clients support, educate, or inspire their readers, I believe that together, we can make the world a tiny bit better. And that’s a worthwhile endeavor.

Owner, writer, editor

Already Pretty LLC

September, 2007 – Present (over 9 years)

Already Pretty is my popular daily blog that provides tips and advice for regular girls on regular budgets who want to look and feel fabulous every single day. Lots of helpful photos illustrate features on making your wardrobe work for you. Already Pretty also touches on accepting your own beauty, highlighting your best features, and other ways to feel more comfortable in your own body. Receives 250,000 pageviews/month.

Online Marketing Specialist

Llewellyn Worldwide

December, 2003 – May, 2005 (over 1 year)

I created and executed online marketing strategy for this prominent new age book publisher. Created proposal for, launched, and managed content, design, and coding for three monthly e-newsletters that were sent to more than 100,000 recipients. Provided creative direction for and facilitated launch of an entirely new website to support an imprint of the larger company.

Production Editor

Lerner Publishing Group

January, 2001 – December, 2003 (almost 3 years)

Worked to design and lay out the interiors of children's books for this educational publisher. Although I mainly worked on non-fiction series, I was assigned a few single titles.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Egypt in Pictures (Visual Geography (Twenty-First Century))

Jeffrey Zuehlke

Discusses the physical features, history, government, people, culture, and economy of Egypt.

Discusses the physical features, history, government, people, culture, and economy of Egypt.

Book by Engfer, Lee

Canada in Pictures (Visual Geography (Twenty-First Century))

Eric Braun

A historical and current look at Canada, discussing the land, the government, the culture, the people, and the economy.

A historical and current look at Canada, discussing the land, the government, the culture, the people, and the economy.

Sacred Home: Creating Shelter for Your Soul

Laurine Morrison Meyer

Home decorating is more than window treatments and color schemes. Bringing soul into a personal space is important, too. Blending time-honored design principles with Western mythology and folklore, interior designer Laurine Morrison Meyer shows readers how to transform their home into a sanctuary for body, mind, and spirit. Sacred Home presents an overview of Western religious and folk traditi... read more

Home decorating is more than window treatments and color schemes. Bringing soul into a personal space is important, too. Blending time-honored design principles with Western mythology and folklore, interior designer Laurine Morrison Meyer shows readers how to transform their home into a sanctuary for body, mind, and spirit. Sacred Home presents an overview of Western religious and folk traditi... read more

Understanding the Tarot Court (Special Topics in Tarot Series)

Mary K. Greer, Tom Little

Just who are those kings, queens, knights, and pages in the Tarot deck? Generally considered the most difficult part of the Tarot to interpret, they actually represent different characters or personalities that are aspects of ourselves. They also serve as teachers or projections of our own unacknowledged qualities. Two esteemed Tarot scholars unmask the court cards with details not found in an... read more

Just who are those kings, queens, knights, and pages in the Tarot deck? Generally considered the most difficult part of the Tarot to interpret, they actually represent different characters or personalities that are aspects of ourselves. They also serve as teachers or projections of our own unacknowledged qualities. Two esteemed Tarot scholars unmask the court cards with details not found in an... read more

Chakra Therapy: For Personal Growth & Healing (Llewellyn's New Age)

Keith Sherwood

You are an energy being. Your thoughts, feelings, and actions are energy events―to know who you are and why you think, feel, and act the way you do, you must know yourself energetically. Each of the seven chakras of the human body processes and distributes energy. The chakras transform the energy into sensations comprehensible to us, namely, thought, emotion, and physical sensation. Human prob... read more

You are an energy being. Your thoughts, feelings, and actions are energy events―to know who you are and why you think, feel, and act the way you do, you must know yourself energetically. Each of the seven chakras of the human body processes and distributes energy. The chakras transform the energy into sensations comprehensible to us, namely, thought, emotion, and physical sensation. Human prob... read more

Already Pretty: Learning to Love Your Body by Learning to Dress it Well

Sally McGraw

Structured as a fun and accessible self-guided makeover, Already Pretty is the antidote to cookie-cutter style guides. Instead of dumping you into a body type category and restricting what you can and cannot wear, this friendly, funny, body-positive book presents a highly customizable regimen to help you define and hone your own personal style. Packed with enlightening exercises, mix-and-match... read more

Structured as a fun and accessible self-guided makeover, Already Pretty is the antidote to cookie-cutter style guides. Instead of dumping you into a body type category and restricting what you can and cannot wear, this friendly, funny, body-positive book presents a highly customizable regimen to help you define and hone your own personal style. Packed with enlightening exercises, mix-and-match... read more

Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife: Not Just Surviving But Thriving

Barbara K McNally

Imagine sending your spouse to war with a heavy heart, then receiving a life-shattering phone call telling you he's been badly injured. Your beloved returns to your arms, but changed, broken, angry, conflicted, and in need of around-the-clock care. What do you do? Meet the women who drew upon their inner resilience and prevailed. Their vivid personal accounts provide inspiration to those who f... read more

Imagine sending your spouse to war with a heavy heart, then receiving a life-shattering phone call telling you he's been badly injured. Your beloved returns to your arms, but changed, broken, angry, conflicted, and in need of around-the-clock care. What do you do? Meet the women who drew upon their inner resilience and prevailed. Their vivid personal accounts provide inspiration to those who f... read more

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