Sharon Zink

Sharon Zink - Editor

Worthing, United Kingdom

I am a novelist and editor, literary consultant and writing coach who specialises in assessing and editing fiction and mentoring authors.

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Overview

I'm an award-winning published writer (my first novel was longlisted for The Guardian First Book Award), who is also an experienced editor, literary consultant and Martha Beck-trained writing coach. I've taught and mentored authors from beginners to veterans, helping them to polish their manuscripts, as well as brainstorming ideas and making the submission or self-publication process easier and more successful. Having worked for literary consultancies, editing companies and publishers worldwide, I am experienced in working across all genres, including fiction and non-fiction, and I am also conversant in various academic styles and versions of English. I look forward to helping you become the writer you were born to be.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Cultural & Ethnic
Historical Fiction
LGBTQ (Fiction)
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Short Story
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • Ph.D. English (London)
  • M.Phil. Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Cambridge)
  • B.A. (Hons) First class (top of subject - London)
  • P.G.C.E. Further and Higher Education (Greenwich)
  • Martha Beck-trained life coach

Awards

  • Young Poet of the Year
  • Writers Inc Writer of the Year
  • Longlisted for Guardian First Book Award
  • Longlisted for Mslexia Novel Competition
  • Shortlisted for Raymond Carver Short Story Prize
  • Shortlisted in New Writer Short Story Competition (three times)
  • Winner of Scariest Play in the Fringe (The Scotsman)

Work experience

Founder - Writing Coach/Mentor, Editor and Literary Consultant

Self-employed
July, 2008 – Present (about 12 years)

I have worked as a freelance editor, literary consultant, writing tutor and coach for over eight years and have thus gained vast experience, working on manuscripts of all genres and with authors from all over the world.

Having worked for a range of leading literary consultancies (including Cornerstones, Writers' Workshop and The Writing Coach), as well editing companies and publishers (such as Scribendi and Sidharta) , I have been able to refine my editing skills and combine them with my own writing experience to help my author clients become the writers they were born to be.

Indeed, several of my clients have gone on to sign publishing deals with major houses and many others have successfully self-published their books.

It's my greatest joy to help support my fellow writers as an editor, literary consultant and writing coach and I look forward to hearing from you.

English Literature Academic

Queen Mary, University of London, Birkbeck College, University of London, Kingston University and the University of Hertfordshire
September, 1998 – June, 2003 (over 4 years)

I specialised in studying and teaching Renaissance literature, but I also taught contemporary literature, critical theory, Medieval literature and nineteenth-century literature to undergraduates and postgraduates. This experience not only has given me a sharp editorial eye and sound understanding of the big picture when assessing manuscripts, but my long teaching experience has also helped me to offer thorough, but thoughtful feedback to my writer clients.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

The Last to Know

Mark Gartside

It only takes one person to destroy a marriage . . . They were the perfect family unit, Tom, Sherry and their daughter Peggy. That was until Daniel Faber walked back into Sherry’s life. Never an ex according to Sherry, but Tom is concerned that Daniel wants more from his wife than she realises. The fact that Sherry already has a husband and child doesn’t seem to bother him. So begins a battle ... read more

It only takes one person to destroy a marriage . . . They were the perfect family unit, Tom, Sherry and their daughter Peggy. That was until Daniel Faber walked back into Sherry’s life. Never an ex according to Sherry, but Tom is concerned that Daniel wants more from his wife than she realises. The fact that Sherry already has a husband and child doesn’t seem to bother him. So begins a battle ... read more

The Letter

Kathryn Hughes

The #1 EBook Bestseller. Every so often a love story comes along to remind us that sometimes, in our darkest hour, hope shines a candle to light our way. Discover THE LETTER by Kathryn Hughes, the Number One bestseller that has captured thousands of hearts worldwide. 'A wonderful, uplifting story' Lesley PearseAnd if you love THE LETTER, you will adore Kathryn's second novel THE SECRET... Tina... read more

The #1 EBook Bestseller. Every so often a love story comes along to remind us that sometimes, in our darkest hour, hope shines a candle to light our way. Discover THE LETTER by Kathryn Hughes, the Number One bestseller that has captured thousands of hearts worldwide. 'A wonderful, uplifting story' Lesley PearseAnd if you love THE LETTER, you will adore Kathryn's second novel THE SECRET... Tina... read more

A Perfect Home

Kate Glanville

Claire appears to have it all - the kind of life you read about in magazines; a beautiful cottage, three gorgeous children, a handsome husband in William and her own flourishing vintage textile business. But when an interiors magazine sends a good-looking photographer to take pictures of Claire’s perfect home, he makes her wonder if the house means more to William than she does. This is the be... read more

Claire appears to have it all - the kind of life you read about in magazines; a beautiful cottage, three gorgeous children, a handsome husband in William and her own flourishing vintage textile business. But when an interiors magazine sends a good-looking photographer to take pictures of Claire’s perfect home, he makes her wonder if the house means more to William than she does. This is the be... read more

The Kiss of Karma

Vimal Vaz

The Kiss of Karma Fourteen-year-old Ash Choudhary lives with a drunken and abusive father in a counc....

The Kiss of Karma Fourteen-year-old Ash Choudhary lives with a drunken and abusive father in a counc....

The Wrath of Karma

Vimal Vaz

"You can run from the laws of mankind…but the law of karma always catches you up."Turn a different corner, choose another path and destiny is not what it might have been.The Wrath of Karma rewinds to Chapter 42 of The Kiss of Karma.This time Ash makes a terrifying decision from which there is no way back…and the future for his sister, his mother and himself is more brutal than the past.Ten yea... read more

"You can run from the laws of mankind…but the law of karma always catches you up."Turn a different corner, choose another path and destiny is not what it might have been.The Wrath of Karma rewinds to Chapter 42 of The Kiss of Karma.This time Ash makes a terrifying decision from which there is no way back…and the future for his sister, his mother and himself is more brutal than the past.Ten yea... read more

Welcome to Sharonville

Sharon Zink

Engrossing work of character and psychologically driven literary fiction set in 'anywhere-ville' USA. The inhabitants of SHARONVILLE are forced to re-examine the truths they have lived by while a precious member of their community is lying in a coma.

Engrossing work of character and psychologically driven literary fiction set in 'anywhere-ville' USA. The inhabitants of SHARONVILLE are forced to re-examine the truths they have lived by while a precious member of their community is lying in a coma.

What Will Survive

Mark Gartside

Graham Melton was a normal fifteen-year-old until he met Charlotte Marshall over a can of warm lager at his best-friend's party in 1985. It was love at first sight, and teenage life was never going to be the same again. Two decades later, Graham is a single father trying to protect his son from the rigours of the modern world. Everything has changed, and the innocence has long gone. What happe... read more

Graham Melton was a normal fifteen-year-old until he met Charlotte Marshall over a can of warm lager at his best-friend's party in 1985. It was love at first sight, and teenage life was never going to be the same again. Two decades later, Graham is a single father trying to protect his son from the rigours of the modern world. Everything has changed, and the innocence has long gone. What happe... read more

Poppy Day (No Greater Love)

Amanda Prowse

What would you sacrifice to bring home the one you love?Ever since hairdresser Poppy Day married her childhood sweetheart, Mart, she's been deliriously happy. Now Mart is fighting in Afghanistan, and Poppy is counting the days until he returns. It takes one knock at the door to rip Poppy's world apart. Mart has been taken hostage, and it's too dangerous for the army to rescue him. Poppy is det... read more

What would you sacrifice to bring home the one you love?Ever since hairdresser Poppy Day married her childhood sweetheart, Mart, she's been deliriously happy. Now Mart is fighting in Afghanistan, and Poppy is counting the days until he returns. It takes one knock at the door to rip Poppy's world apart. Mart has been taken hostage, and it's too dangerous for the army to rescue him. Poppy is det... read more

UNTHOLOGY No.3

UNTHOLOGY NO.3 is the third in Unthank Books' series showcasing the finest short fiction from new and established writers. Like its predecessors, UNTHOLOGY No.3 lets the classic short story jostle for elbowroom with the formally unusual and the novelette. Its eighteen stories describe sticky predicaments, testing choices and reluctant confessions: a publisher surveys the changing literary scen... read more

UNTHOLOGY NO.3 is the third in Unthank Books' series showcasing the finest short fiction from new and established writers. Like its predecessors, UNTHOLOGY No.3 lets the classic short story jostle for elbowroom with the formally unusual and the novelette. Its eighteen stories describe sticky predicaments, testing choices and reluctant confessions: a publisher surveys the changing literary scen... read more

Sharon has 17 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Michael Duree
Thank you copy editor Sharon Zink. Due to your support, I am well on my way towards publication of my first book. Dr. Zink completed a thorough edit, outlined areas for improvement in my manuscript and included some helpful notes. Dr. Sharon Zink encouraged me at every step of the process and coached me what next to expect in development of my work. I am glad to recommend her for authors of ...
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Michael Duree, September 2020


Rod Hacking
I have to draw a line now, and end the process with Sharon who is clear not well enough to fulfil her part of the contract. I have sought to be patient and encouraging but there is nothing to show now for my money and I am dismayed at this. Therefore I ask for a com plate refund although in my last communication from Sharon there was implicit threat that she might not be able to return it.

Rod Hacking, February 2020


Emma Dhesi
There were a few ups and downs due to unforeseen circumstances, but we got there!

Emma Dhesi, January 2020


Joy Osaka-Lu
Sharon generously shared her gift of professional insights into my work and bridging it with the realities of the publishing industry. She provided many useful points for me to reflect upon in the thorough editorial assessment she created for me.

Joy Osaka-Lu, August 2019


Emilie Nantel
I am sorry to say that collaborating with Sharon was disappointing. She asked for several delays after the last installment was paid, all for good reasons, but it brought me lots of stress and anxiety. The one positive I can say is that she is good at communicating: she kept me updated often, even through the asked delays. When I finally got my proofread manuscript back, I was displeased by ...
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Emilie Nantel, July 2019

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