Sarah Ell

Sarah Ell - Editor

Auckland, New Zealand

I am an freelance editor, proofreader, writer and editorial consultant with more than 20 years' experience in the publishing industry.

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Overview

I am an freelance editor, proofreader, writer and editorial consultant with more than 20 years' experience in the publishing industry. I have edited and proofread a wide range of fiction and non fiction titles, for adults and young adults/children, especially in the areas of history, natural history, lifestyle (e.g. architecture, cooking, self-help) biography and sports. I have a BA in History and a Master of Creative Writing degree and a professional background in journalism, book and magazine publishing. I have a broad general knowledge, a passion for making good work even better, and a friendly, approachable style when it comes to working collaboratively. As the author of 11 published books myself, I know what authors need and want in an editor. I have also ghost-written several books, as well as worked on substantive structural edits and rewrites.
Languages
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Non-Fiction
Humanities & Social Sciences

Work experience

Principal

Self-employed
August, 2010 – Present (almost 11 years)

Freelance editor, proofreader, writer and editorial consultant, working for a range of large publishers including Penguin Random House, Allen & Unwin and Auckland University Press.

Managing editor/Commissioning editor

Random House NZ
January, 2004 – August, 2010 (over 6 years)

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Drawn Out: A Seriously Funny Memoir

Tom Scott

Tom Scott is a political commentator, political cartoonist, satirist, scriptwriter, playwright, raconteur and funny man. He's been drawing political cartoons for Wellington's Dominion Post since 1988, was in the Press Gallery and was famously banned by PM Muldoon. He's observed David Lange, Mike Moore and Helen Clark, he was a close friend of Ed Hillary and wrote and worked on a number of docu... read more

Tom Scott is a political commentator, political cartoonist, satirist, scriptwriter, playwright, raconteur and funny man. He's been drawing political cartoons for Wellington's Dominion Post since 1988, was in the Press Gallery and was famously banned by PM Muldoon. He's observed David Lange, Mike Moore and Helen Clark, he was a close friend of Ed Hillary and wrote and worked on a number of docu... read more

Invisibly Breathing: (Large Print 16pt)

Eileen Merriman

A moving story about unconventional love, bullying and being true to yourself. 'I wish I wasn't the weirdest sixteen-year-old guy in the universe.' Felix would love to have been a number. Numbers have superpowers and they're safe - any problem they might throw up can be solved. 'If I were a five, I'd be shaped like a pentagon �?� there'd be magic in my walls, safety in my angles.' People are s... read more

A moving story about unconventional love, bullying and being true to yourself. 'I wish I wasn't the weirdest sixteen-year-old guy in the universe.' Felix would love to have been a number. Numbers have superpowers and they're safe - any problem they might throw up can be solved. 'If I were a five, I'd be shaped like a pentagon �?� there'd be magic in my walls, safety in my angles.' People are s... read more

Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds

Anne Salmond

Six centuries ago Polynesian explorers, who inhabited a cosmos in which islands sailed across the sea and stars across the sky, arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand where they rapidly adapted to new plants, animals, landscapes and climatic conditions. Four centuries later, European explorers arrived with maps and clocks, grids and fences, and they too adapted to a new island home. In this, her most... read more

Six centuries ago Polynesian explorers, who inhabited a cosmos in which islands sailed across the sea and stars across the sky, arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand where they rapidly adapted to new plants, animals, landscapes and climatic conditions. Four centuries later, European explorers arrived with maps and clocks, grids and fences, and they too adapted to a new island home. In this, her most... read more

A Conversation with My Country: (Large Print 16pt)

Alan Duff

A fresh, personal account of New Zealand, now, from one of our hardest-hitting writers.

A fresh, personal account of New Zealand, now, from one of our hardest-hitting writers.

Sarah has 2 reviews

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Professionalism
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Quality
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Value
Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Johanna Craven
Working with Sarah was a great experience. Her feedback was incredibly valuable and her suggestions will definitely take my work to the next level. She is punctual and professional and I highly recommend working with her.

Johanna Craven, November 2020


Marea Whitley - Rust
Sarah went above and beyond. A gifted editor, she addressed all aspects of professional writing, provided advice and guidance, and shared her personal thoughts on my manuscript. Her corrections, critique and guidance were invaluable. I am thrilled with the improvements to my book. Couldn't be happier. Thank you, Sarah.

Marea Whitley - Rust, August 2020

Sarah Ell
Many thanks, Marea - it was a pleasure to work with you and all the best for your book project.

Reply from Sarah Ell

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